In a world where everything is so fast-paced and big picture oriented, it’s easy to take for granted things that bring joy into my life. No matter how much effort I put into embracing the special day-to-day moments of life, I will admit that, I often overlook these joyous moments, and focus solely on the negative events.

I think it’s important to take the time to slow down, and reflect. So, in an effort to embrace the joys in my life, I am writing this list – 20 things that make me happy. Here we go:

20 things that make me happy

  1. My family (especially seeing them after it’s been a while).
  2. Moments with my husband Rob – because of a million and one reasons.
  3. #Bestieday with my favorite friends. Mainly when it involves food and some sort of alcoholic beverage…but really, we could be doing literally nothing, and I’d still be in heaven.
  4. SLEEP. I’m somewhat of a bed-aholic. After a long day, my bed feels like heaven. Or waking up in the middle of the night, and realizing I can still sleep for a few more hours.
  5. Rainy or snowy days when I don’t have to leave bed — or my house.
  6. Daylight Savings Time. I love coming home when the sun is still out. It feels like summer is so much closer.
  7. The first warm days in Spring when I can go out without a winter coat and feel comfortable.
  8. Trying new food. (Big up to chef Rob for being an adventurous cook).
  9. Visiting home. The part when the plane touches down at the airport is literally the best feeling.
  10. Cheesecake that’s the perfect texture and sweetness.
  11. Hot tea. I seriously drink tea all day. For a while I was addicted to David’s Tea, but my fave right now is a more herbal tea – lemon and ginger.
  12. Tidal music. All my favorite artists and new ones are just a stream away.
  13. #TalkThursdays  – Usually my theme for Thursdays because my favorite podcasts come out (The Read, and the Brilliant Idiots)
  14. Helping someone or some group in need, whether it’s by a financial or time donation. The feeling of playing some beneficial role is priceless.
  15. Travelling to new places. Rob and I are planning an exciting vacation this year.
  16. A warm day at the beach, when it’s not overly crowded, and the temperature of the water is just right.
  17. Pay day. (yassss!)
  18. Peanut butter.
  19. A glass of cabernet after a long day.
  20. Date night.
  21. That feeling when all my creative juices are flowing, and I’m coming up with new ideas for a project.

What are the things that make you happy?

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