When I originally started writing this post I was going to stop at 30 things. I took a couple days to take mental notes of “things” that brought a smile to my face. I realized the more I thought about the things that made me happy, I was happier. So I continued on all the way to 99. And obviously there could be a million more.  I like how these 99 things give a better perspective of who I am.

 

  • My Family and Friends – really there is nothing better than them.
  • The changing seasons. I love the changes in the environment around me, I really live in one of the most beautiful states ever. I am lucky enough to have all four seasons and love all the changes each one brings. The first snowfall, the leaves on fire, blossoms bursting on a tree and the green mountains in the summer.
  • Glitter, and anything with glitter on it. This may make me seem like a teenager, but I love all things that sparkle.
  • Music – all types of music. From country to oldies, to the top 20. I have music on around me all day long. I love it. I love live music and going to concerts of any type. I loved the symphony as much as Coldplay.
  • Movie theater popcorn. Warm with butter. And lately I love it even more when its accompanied by a half blue / half red Icee. Also, going to the movies alone is really liberating. It took me awhile to get comfortable with the idea of being alone at the movie theater, but now I can go alone without thinking twice about and no one will judge me for eating to much warm buttery popcorn.
  • Stationary, scrapbook paper and stickers. I love them all. I collect them. I have way to much. I still buy more.
  • A good deal at the thrift store. I have been cleaning my house out of all the items I don’t need and tend to go in the thrift store while I am there dropping my old junk off and have found some amazing things lately. Yep, it is totally counter productive. My last killer find was a Lacoste sweater I wanted so badly last year but couldn’t bring myself to spend $200 on it. There is was for $4.99. It was a dream come true.
  • Driving in a convertible. There is something about having the sunshine on my face and the wind blowing through my hair. It makes driving so much more fun.
  • Bubble Baths – and you might as well through in some Epsom salt and essential oils. Its one of my favorite ways to relax.
  • Watching reality TV – I don’t watch much TV but love to indulge in Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise. Who knows why, but I like it.
  • My Birthday. It is still my favorite day of the year. I love to celebrate it. Don’t forget it and we can be friends.
  • Coke Zero and Orange soda are my favorite “bad” beverages. I also love freezing cold lemon water in my Hydroflask.
  • He was my childhood favorite and still brings a smile to my face when I see anything with Garfield on it.
  • Soft cuddly blankets. The bigger and fluffier, the better.
  • Eating out – I love to try a new restaurant. Bonus points if I still think about your food a week or longer after I have eaten it.
  • Chanel Chance perfume – the pink one. Its my favorite fragrance ever.
  • New notebooks. I make so many lists, do to lists, shopping lists, idea lists….. its always the best feeling to finish an old notebook and move on to a new one.
  • Passport Stamps – I like looking at my old passport as much as I like collecting new stamps. Traveling is one of my most favorite things.
  • Driving past another car that has a dog with its head out the window. I smile every time I see this. It seems that in the moment all is right in that dog’s world.
  • Watching a Sun Rise or Sun Set – besides it is so beautiful to watch it is a friendly reminder of how lucky I am to be here and for everyday.
  • Pedicures – I typically go for hot pink with a white flower and rhinestone in the middle
  • Fresh roots- If you color your hair you know the exact feeling I am talking about.
  • Finding Money in a pocket of a pair of pants you haven’t worn in forever.
  • Serving others – I don’t know why it is sometimes difficult to make time to help others or an organization in need. It is usually the best feeling when you are done knowing that you helped someone.
  • A good workout. I am not a runner, so for me it is more weight lifting
  • Sleeping in till about 8:30 – really anything after 7 AM.
  • The bookstore – I love stopping in Barnes and Nobel. There is something very inspiring about being in there. I especially love going through the 100’s of magazines they have.
  • Likes on Instagram or Facebook – I know this sounds dumb, but it really means a lot to me and I love seeing names from all over popping up on my feed.
  • Skiing in fresh snow. I had a perfect day last year on the slopes. It was so beautiful, the trees were covered in snow, the mountains were calling my name and I actually took work off just to go. There were very few people out and it was the best skiing day ever. It also helped that I rented boots that were actually comfortable. I wanted to buy them but they told me I couldn’t.
  • Reminders of home – The older I get the more I love my older belongings that remind me of home and my family. I have a glass bowl that is old and scratched, but it is still my favorite because it reminds me of my family every time I use it.
  • Flowers – what girl doesn’t love flowers. I usually get some when I go to Trader Joes. They seem to be reasonably priced there and I can’t pass them up.
  • Bag pipe players – especially when they are on a random street corner in full uniform. I love to stop and listen to at least one song when I see them out and about.
  • Patio Dinners under white lights. Its magical. This can be in a back yard or at a restaurant. I love it either way. One day when I have a back yard, there will be permanent white lights out there.
  • You’ve Got Mail, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie and Julia – my three favorite movies I could watch over and over again.
  • Founder’s favorite in a waffle bowl from Coldstone. – It’s the best. Try It, you’ll love it.
  • Handwritten Cards to me – I keep them, and I read them. It’s the equivalent of my high school year book for the later years of my life.
  • Peach season – who doesn’t love fresh local peaches, peach pie, peach shakes, and peach pancakes. The list could go on and on.
  • Cat videos – I love watching cute cats do silly things of them just being who they are. Where do cats get their funny personalities from anyway?
  • BYU Football – especially when the WIN
  • Freshly vacuumed clean carpet.
  • Cute Dishes – I love buying cute serving dishes. I use to sell dishes on eBay and developed a great love for them.
  • Sundance – I Love everything about the Sundance resort. Year round. I love to ride the lift in the spring and summer. Enjoy the theater and Blue Bird Café concerts on summer nights. And skiing in the winter.
  • New Car Smell. Or even just a car wash.
  • Road Trips – especially to National Parks
  • Fresh sheets
  • Reunions with my friends from college. Its crazy we can pick up right where we left off no matter how long it has been since we last got together.
  • Family Photos – I think I love having these around my house. Especially since I have no family around. Its nice to see their smiling faces around my house.
  • Surprises in the mail – Its nice to get something other than bills.
  • Accomplishing a goal. The feeling of achieving something that took great effort it just the best.
  • Long Weekends – It really is refreshing to have an extra day off every once and awhile.
  • Fall leaves – especially in the mountains of Utah
  • My favorite colors – Purple and Yellow
  • Gel Pens – especially colored ones. I actually really love buying offices supplies.
  • Compliments – Hearing a compliment about anything really does make my day
  • The smell of rain
  • Washi tape – not just buying it, but actually using 1 of my like 1000 rolls on something super cute.
  • Carnival rides – especially at night when all the lights are glowing and bright. It takes me back to my days as a kid when I would enter baked goods and art work into the county fair. It was the best running around to each of our items to see if we won a ribbon. And then the rides came after.
  • When someone’s dreams come true – If I can help it makes me even happier. But I love to watch shows like American Idol or when Ellen or Oprah do something to change a person’s life.
  • Sunday’s at church
  • Star Gazing. There is something mesmerizing about the stars
  • A night at a luxury hotel. It happens every now and then. I soak it all in.
  • Decorating my Christmas tree. I love decorating for Christmas, but especially trees.
  • Laughing until I cry – I wish this would happen more often. It really is the best.
  • Giving a perfect gift. I actually love to put a lot of thought into gifts I give. Watching someone light up when they get a perfect gift they love is awesome
  • Good People – I know there are still good people in the world. A lot of them.
  • All my laundry done, cleaned, wrinkle free and put away.
  • Peeling an orange peel off in one piece. You know you try and do this too, don’t you? We had several orange trees as a kid. Still to this day, I try and keep the peel in one piece.
  • Stretchy pants. Why are leggings so dang comfortable? My work out pants are my favorite and the first thing I change into when I get home from work.
  • Getting the exit row on an airplane. I am all about the extra leg room. I ask for it on every flight.
  • Cashing in sky miles for a free flight. I save these up for so long that its so fun when I actually accumulate enough to go somewhere.
  • Parties – especially theme parties
  • Watching my business grow. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done. Seeing it become something is the best.
  • Wearing a leather jacket. They always seem to be flattering. Its always a good night out when I get to wear one.
  • When the UPS man brings a package to the door. Even if it is just dish soap I ordered from Amazon.
  • Drinking sparkling cider on a special occasion.
  • Seeing a rainbow- even as an adult I want to see what is at the end of a rainbow.
  • Kids selling Lemonade in the neighborhood. I love to support young entrepreneurs.
  • My moms cooking
  • A big hug
  • Running into old friends in random places
  • Ugg slippers in the winter.
  • Fluffy clouds
  • Digital cameras – so I can take and delete as many photos as needed
  • Smiling at strangers or even when a stranger smiles at me
  • Winning a game of rummikub or uno
  • Hiking to a waterfall or summit
  • Technology – and the fact that my grandma has facebook
  • Going to the dentist for a cleaning and having no cavities
  • Disneyland
  • Freedom
  • Dressing up for Halloween. Even as an adult, I take this very seriously.
  • Fresh linen air freshener from Bath and Body works.
  • Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Costco and Target.
  • Selling old stuff on eBay.
  • Being Poolside on a hot day
  • Donating items, I no longer need to others. I love giving a new life to my old stuff. I probably drop off a bag at the donation center every other week.
  • All kinds of cheese. I’m getting to the point where I would pick cheese and fruit for dessert over baked goods
  • Wearing comfortable old t-shirts. They bring back a flood of memories every time I wear them.
  • Running into someone you haven’t seen in years at the store.. or anywhere else.