It doesn’t take much to make me happy, most days. (Note: My children will read that sentence and say, “You choose how you feel, Mama; no one can make you happy or unhappy.” Wonder where they heard that?)
The other night, as I was choosing to have an unhappy moment, I gave myself a challenge: in less than 30 minutes, list 50 happy moments from 2013. By the time I got to number 3, I was already feeling better. By 35, I was feeling pretty damn grateful, and peacefully happy. The best part? I could have kept going – easily. For the 50 on this list, there were at least another 100 that I thought of before I went to sleep that night.
Having an un-swell sort of day? Take the challenge yourself; you’ll be amazed.
And now, in no particular order, here are 50 things that made me smile, inside and out, this year:
- Outstanding in the Field, and being there with two of my closest friends.
- Lucia Blue Lotus candles
- Pimm’s Royales on Easter
- Zinnias that sprang up from seeds my husband scattered in the alley behind our house
- Lulu Tinkle Beast, aka Destructo Dog
- Kadota figs from my neighbor’s yard
- Having a post Freshly Pressed
- Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus
- The Kinfolk Table
- Seeing kayaking explorer Daniel Alvarez again, and following his travels through his blog all year
- Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series
- My friend Marjorie’s beautiful silver hair
- Having my photographs published in the local paper
- Shared Vision, the collection of photographs I would own if I had the money (except for the Joel Peter Witkin; never did like Witkin’s work)
- The fact that there’s a ‘cement pond’ at my sister’s fancy new house (and that she calls it by that name)
- The Olivet, Michigan middle school football team
- Watching my daughter master intricate designs on the Rainbow Loom, thanks to hours spent watching YouTube videos
- The Big Texan
- Fresh lettuce from True Vine Farms
- Lilly koozies from my sister for my birthday
- L-I-C-E is a Four Letter Word, by the Bitchin’ Sisters
- Listening to The Sisters Grimm series on the way to school
- Seeing Elton John in concert
- Amurica, the craziest photo booth ever
- Acura of Memphis, best car service team ever (and I’ve owned many cars)
- Dinner: A Love Story
- Lesley Carter’s Social Media brainstorm, and the new blogging friends I met because of it
- Bernard’s shaving half his head and putting on make up to be Two-Face for Halloween
- Learning how many fellow foodies also hate kale
- My son’s winning football game on his birthday
- Making platinum prints for the first time in 25 years
- Being featured in the Memphis Business Journal
- The Camp Gyno video
- The Bitter Southerner
- Fishing on the 4th of July
- Tina Seelig’s Crash Course in Creativity (Stanford Venture Labs)
- Having lunch with my uncles Memorial Day weekend
- Watching my daughter play softball for the first time
- Going to my Hutchison 30th reunion dinner (surprise, I know, right?)
- Taking winter clothes to the dry cleaner and finding a whole spring wardrobe waiting
- Watching Here Comes the Boom with my son and listening to his belly laugh
- Assembling art collages for my children’s school auction
- The hilarity of the Optional School campout
- Retiring from competitive USTA tennis. Forever. I mean it.
- The public fall of Lululemon (yes, I do feel guilty being happy about another’s misfortune, and I know karma will come for me as it did for Chip Wilson)
- Interviewing Gannon Hamilton, chef de cuisine at The Elegant Farmer
- Not going Black Friday shopping
- Seeing the picture of Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela and remembering that the good always trumps the bad
- The WordPress community. Seriously. The posts, pictures, likes, comments, follows and WP challenges, I love it all.
Cheers to a happy 2013. May next year be the same.
LOVE IT. Great idea and I’ll be using it no doubt.
Thanks! Hope your list brings you many smiles!
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