What Makes You Happy?

These next few weeks are going to be hard on me (physically and emotionally) so I made myself a list of the things that make me happy to get me through.

What Makes Me Happy: A List
-Recommending a book to someone and then hearing how much they loved it.
-Writing using Papermate's Flair Pen, which doesn't leak through the page
-Taking pictures
-Writing, when it's going well
-Summer, all of it, everywhere
-Sleeping the perfect amount (this is so rare!)
-Finding a way to embrace the moments when I am not in pain
-Making people laugh
-Beating everyone in Jeopardy!
-Magnetic Poetry (Don't hate.)
-Being alone, under my covers, with a book and my iPad
-Being "on" while surrounded by family and friends
-Reading to my niece
-Chasing my cousin's children and my friends' kids around on the beach
-Swimming in the ocean
-Well-deserved sweat (Sweating for no reason annoys me greatly)
-Parks and Recreation and Cougar Town
-A whole-wheat everything bagel with low fat veggie cream cheese from Delicious Bagels in Wannamassa, New Jersey
-My strong connection to my family, even though they are nuts
-Reconnecting with an old friend and finding the magic is still there
-Surfing. The few times I can stand on a board, I am usually overcome with joy and fall off.
-My connection to my First Descents Family, without whom I would be lost
-The cold, clear buzz off one beer. I rarely drink now, but when I do, I make sure I find joy in the one or two glasses I have. It is a treat. (I know, who am I?
-Traveling. Making plans to travel. Believing I can.

What makes you happy?


  1. Having a bad night, so this is a good exercise. Here's a few:
    quiet bubble bath in my wonderful old tub; good coffee in a great cafe; etsy sales!--making money after putting in the work; thank you feedback from happy customers; a great thrift find; the dogs, even when they drive me crazy; getting nice posts from Twitter people. :)

    Vacuuming, huh? Because I've got 2 dogs & a 1970's orange Kenmore YOU are welcome to try. ;)

  2. Hi! I'm new here. I just have to say that Papermate Flair pens are TOP NOTCH!! I'm really rooting for you Kelly. You, who I know only through your blog that I've meticulously stalked over the last few days, are amazing. Keep your chin up, keep a smile on your face, and, most of all, keep kicking butt!! :)


  3. I'm a longtime reader/lurker but I don't think I've ever commented.

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your writing and check DAILY for new posts like a stalker. Keep up the awesome work.

    Also wanted to tell you that I am rooting for you during your latest tough time...for whatever that's worth. Positive vibes are being sent your way :)