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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Miles Of Smiles

Sometimes it's the simplest (and silliest) things make me the happiest. A pretty color of nail polish on my toes, an extended lunch with a good friend, receiving flowers for no reason at all, or a beautiful blue sky without a cloud in sight.

In no particular order, here's a list of ten other things that always make me smile:

1. Half a dozen times a year, when I'm having a REALLY bad day, I'll get a McDonald's Happy Meal and I don't know if it actually works or not, but I sure do feel better after having one.

2. I discontinued many of my magazine subscriptions once I became a mother, but I held on to In Style and each and every month it arrives in my mailbox, I can't wait to find the time to devour it.

3. I love playing Scrabble on my iPhone and at any given time have 6-10 games going with various friends, but I also play against the computer and whenever I win, I get a huge sense of satisfaction!

4. I adore reading and wish I had more time for it. I love getting lost in a good book and hate finishing one, but thoroughly enjoy crossing another title off my list. The bookstore is one of my favorite places to pass the time and my book club is an absolute joy to be a part of. I'd rather read than watch TV any day.

5. I love living so close to the ocean and I try to take advantage of it as much as I can. I love taking long walks along the beach most of all and looking out as far as I can see. Nothing can put life more into perspective than when you think about just how small we really are.

6. Music alone can put me in a completely different state of mind and I love it for that. It can make me want to get up and dance, sing my heart out and twirl like a top or sit quietly, relax and remember.

7. Witnessing random acts of kindness make me elated! I enjoy seeing people looking out for one another; holding doors open, smiling when they pass you, or helping carry heavy loads. It restores my faith that humans are good and kind.

8. My husband. He is good, honest, caring supportive, level headed, a terrific father and puts up with all of my shit.

9. The euphoria you experience when done exercising. Physical activity is something I've done my whole life and I can’t imagine feeling healthy or happy without it. Don't get me wrong, I am not jumping for joy to go to the gym, however, I am smiling REALLY BIG when I leave the gym sweaty, tired, triumphant
and planning my next meal.

My son... I love watching everything he does, but his smile and laughter make me the happiest. Hearing him jabber away in his crib in the morning is a very close second.

The best is yet to be.

I wrote this post for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop - Prompt #3:
Write a list of 10 things that are sure to put a smile on your face when you are not happy.

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Blogger forty-something chick said...

I love this post! I would include all of yours on my list, we would probably get along well in real life.

I have to admit to having a Happy Meal now and then, even though my kids are much older now! And I get Instyle too, even though I am not at all stylish! It's a good escape.

July 1, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice list! Thoroughly enjoyed it...thanks!

July 1, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very happy list indeed. Just reading it made me smile. I think we should be friends.

July 1, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Raising Madison said...

Stopping by from Mama Kat's. I, too, LOVE witnessing random acts of kindness. Especially when the person who had the act of kindness bestowed upon them didn't even realize it, but I did. I feel like I witnessed a secret amazing thing. Love it.

July 1, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Tonya, I swear we could be long lost sisters! There are so many things on your list I love! The ocean, reading, music, hubby (mine, not yours...but I'm sure he's just as awesome as mine!).

July 1, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Angelia Sims said...

Beautiful list! The ocean, your son, exercising, and especially the random acts of kindness. I enjoy that too and really do wish I had more time to read as well.

Stopping by from Mama Kat's! Happy Friday!

July 1, 2010 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger liz said...

I also find that Happy Meals are enough for me to get my "fix" without feeling super guilty for eating all the bad food. :)

July 2, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger gingerbreadmama said...

Good list!

July 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Mrs.Mayhem said...

Great list. I had a couple of the same things on my own list. I love being in the middle of a good book!

July 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Sophie Eschenlohr said...

I'll have to try a Happy Meal one of these days : )

July 3, 2010 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

These are all great things that make you smile and I agree with all of them! Wonderful list!

July 6, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

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