This post has been my difficult thus far! At the time I had read The Wordy Mom’s “10 Things that Make Me Happy” and I was next to post, I couldn’t find exactly 10 things that made me happy! I’m going through such a difficult time with my life right now, that writing about 10 Things That Made Me Happy didn’t sound too plausible or realistic. I was just not up to the task. But then I thought about it, this is the perfect time to write about things that make me happy, because in a sense, it will make me jump back into reality…I have a lot of shit that makes ME happy! Me as an individual, not me as someone’s partner, mom, daughter, or friend but just plain ol me! So here they go, in no particular order!
Every day that I wake up, I am thankful and HAPPY! There are so many people that don’t get the chance to see another day, some saw it coming, and others it just happens. Life is something that we all take for granted at some point, but its nothing short of a blessing!
Music evokes so many emotions, nostalgia and feelings and has been a part of my life since I was a toddler! My grandmother gave me my first record player and my first album was Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs album. I used to play that album EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I couldn’t understand what the album was about, but I knew the words like the back of my hand. From then on music was my go to for everything!
So if you believe in astrological signs, and I was to tell you I was a Scorpio, you would say “Oh yeah you definitely love water, you’re a Scorpion” and while I sometimes follow astrology and somethings I don’t agree with in studies, this is one thing I can say I agree with whole heartedly. Water makes me HAPPY! Baths, rain, the ocean. I would prefer sitting on a beach in a bathtub in a rain storm. There’s the unpredictability of water that amazes me. It can be calm or it can be violent, and something about it draws me to it. It truly makes me happy.
My grandmother was an avid baker. She was the lady that everyone ordered pies, cakes, candy bars from in the neighborhood or at church. She was constantly baking and it was all from scratch! EVERY SINGLE THING. She used to bust her ass in the kitchen and I was so intrigued with it from a young age. It was fascinating to see all these ingredients she had lined up turn into these cakes or cookies. It was amazing to me! So she used to keep me in the kitchen while she baked, explaining to me what we called “Bakers Physics”. She finally tasked me with making my first cake from scratch at 9 years old and I’ve been doing it ever since. And so much that I turned it into a business 😉 The Dessert Jar Company is located in AZ. So any Arizonians, check us out! 🙂
5. Me Time
So while I don’t get this too often, I enjoy it when I do! I am a social loner. Lol. If that makes sense! As a child I preferred to be myself but loved when my cousins came over…but only for a little bit. After an hour or two, I wanted them to go home so I could be alone again. Lol. I don’t know if this is considered an only child syndrome thing but I’ll take it. I LOVE ME TIME.
6. Pedicures and Manicures
So the kid is three years old and so of course I have to schedule these things out, but they make me sooo happy! It puts me in a place of feeling like a woman and not just a mom or partner. It reminds me of the person that I was before being a mom. And while I love the woman and mom that I am today, I sometimes like to visit the old her sometimes-that woman before this fantastic mom sprouted out.
I LOVE cooking. Something about a good meal and serving it to those that I love makes me happy. I love concocting new things in the kitchen and making them from the heart!
May seem a little weird but when you lose your hair in such a vast amount, this is what you are happy about! I will never take hair for granted every again. After having my son, my hair fell out so much that my hair line was non existent. Postpartum hair loss is no joke. I used to try to explain to the guy, but he thought I looked fine. Literally had to show him before and after pictures so he could really see. At that time I thought that my hair would never grow back but it did and that I’m too happy about even 3 years after it has happened.
I can’t even describe how much books make me happy! I’ve had a love relationship since I was child. I was the kid that would read a book in a day from the classroom library. The kid that had every R.L. Stine, Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High Books. I LOVE BOOKS!!!!!!!!
10. My Son
I wanted to keep this post away from family because its a given they make me happy and really just focus on those little things but there is NO WAY I cannot mention this little boy. He brings so much happiness into my life and theres never enough words to express that. He is my strength and everything in between. My son is my heart, he is the only person that knows what my heart feels like from the inside. I love you H!
This exercise would be a great thing to do monthly to remind you that there is so much happiness surrounding you! What about you? What makes you happy?