Every once in awhile there's a challenge, like this one, that circulates around the internet among bloggers. Part of me thinks that no one has any interest in knowing 10 things that make me happy but, on the other hand, I like the challenge of taking a step back to really think about the things that make me happy because it brings things back into perspective.
Even if you don't have an interest in knowing what makes me happy, I challenge you to think about 10 things that make you happy.Especially, if you are in a place where you are feeling overwhelmed or discontent. This small exercise can make a huge difference.
I'd like to thank Jessica Foley from A Modern Mom's Life for tagging me in this challenge and without further ado, here's my list!
1) My Son
I could easily make this entire post about all the ways my son makes me happy, from his unsolicited hugs & kisses to his love for music to his goofy smile he flashes at random - he is a gift that I do not deserve.
2) My Faith
From the time I was a little girl, I loved all things related to God - church, the Bible, songs about Jesus etc. It was just something I felt very drawn to and that made me happy. In adulthood, I was exposed to many things about organized religion (for lack of a better term) that also made me unhappy. It was a difficult time for me to try to sort these things through. Now, I can honestly say that my faith makes me happy. There is a freedom and inner peace that comes with knowing that faith is a personal journey, not a set of rules & regulations set by people.
3) Being an Aunt
I became an aunt at 16 years old and for the next 19 years, it was my very favorite role in life. Being an aunt has brought me so much joy. And now that I'm a mom, it brings me a new kind of happiness to see my niece and nephews love on my son.
4) The Beach
Like Moana, the ocean calls me. Few things make me as happy as the ocean and a little sand between my toes.
Doing makeup is literally therapeutic for me. Given the chance, I would do a full face of makeup at 10 o'clock at night, only to wash it all off and go to bed. With a happy heart, of course.
I probably could have put this with makeup but it's my list and I think Sephora deserves it's own. Especially considering I was once so happy to be in a Sephora that I actually teared up... right after I basically ran to the store! (Hey, don't judge. I was living on an island with limited shopping in general.)
7) Ice Cream
If you have ever had ice cream with me, you know that I enjoy it! Ice cream makes me very happy.
Pizza is to me what chocolate is to every other woman on the planet.
I would much rather take a bath than a shower. I haven't figured out if it's because I'm too lazy to stand for that long or if I like a little bit of pampering. Either way, a nice hot bath makes me oh so happy!
Although it is a lot of work, I enjoy every aspect of blogging - even the challenges because I know that they contribute to learning and growing. If I could sit all day and blog, I would be happy as a clam. (Bonus: using weird idioms make me happy.)
So, there you have it 10 things that make me happy. I'm tagging Susan from Glorious Mom Blog to share her list next!