Thursday, January 16, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Make a List of 101 Things That Make Me Smile


Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

It's too easy to concentrate on the negative in the world these days, so I decided to do something to redirect my attention to the positives.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

I was surprised just how hard it was to come up with this list!  I tried to only put things on my list that really 'fit' for me and not include things that were overly random.  It took a while, but I finally came up with 101 things that make me smile.

The details...

Here is my list:

1. feeling the warmth of the sun on that first spring day
2. reading a really good book that I can't put down
3. listening to the sound of crashing waves
4. snuggling with my fur babies
5. getting a compliment from a stranger
6. catching up with an old friend
7. watching a beautiful sunset
8. hearing my favorite song come on unexpectedly
9. opening the mailbox to find a card or letter from someone
10. watching a lightening storm
11. relaxing in a bubble bath
12. having my toe nails painted a new bright color
13. lighting an amazing smelling candle
14. experiencing the vivid colors of a Midwest fall
15. smelling something good cooking in the kitchen
16. having my entire house clean and organized
17. looking through old photographs from my past
18. accomplishing a goal I set for myself
19. coming home to a love note from my hubby
20. really connecting with someone new
21. enjoying a glass of my favorite wine
22. taking an afternoon nap
23. hearing that I look much younger than I am
24. watching hummingbirds in our backyard
25. feeling a cool breeze on a warm day
26. eating movie popcorn smothered in butter
27. celebrating my birthday in style
28. discovering an amazing new recipe
29. finding money I didn't know I'd lost
30. watching an amazing fireworks display
31. being blown away by a great movie
32. floating in the pool
33. finding a new flavor of chapstick
34. having an unexpected day off of work
35. watching my hubby play guitar hero
36. getting a massage
37. finishing a really good run
38. tasting the first bite of a favorite food I haven't had in a while
39. watching fish swim
40. finding a new item of clothing that fits perfectly
41. crawling into a bed made with freshly washed sheets
42. reminiscing about my childhood with the ones who were there
43. throwing a well attended party
44. having an empty seat next to me on an airplane
45. sitting around a campfire
46. popping bubble wrap
47. watching our wedding video
48. pushing the button for the elevator and it's already there
49. writing with a really awesome pen
50. walking on the beach
51. fitting into a pair of jeans I haven't been able to wear for a while
52. having a good hair day
53. trying to merge into traffic and a courteous driver lets me in
54. gazing at a lit christmas tree
55. returning to visit the cities where I used to live
56. wearing oversized comfy clothes
57. capturing the perfect photo of someone
58. being surprised with flowers or a gift for no reason
59. rediscovering old music
60. listening to our cats purr
61. eating a piece of perfectly ripened fruit
62. mastering a new photography technique
63. exploring a new place for the first time
64. waking up feeling well rested and ready to face the day
65. spending quiet time home alone
66. marking something off my bucket list
67. seeing my hubby smile
68. having a good friendly debate
69. singing along to the car radio
70. collecting inspiring quotes
71. finding the perfect gift for someone
72. waking up and realizing it's not a work day
73. laughing uncontrollably at something
74. spending time chatting with my mom
75. finding a coupon code when purchasing something online
76. stepping on the scale to see I've lost weight
77. snuggling under a blanket when it's cold
78. finding the perfect halloween costume
79. coming home to dinner already prepared
80. feeling appreciated
81. finding a front row parking spot
82. drinking pop from a glass bottle
83. experiencing the gorgeous views while hiking
84. being welcomed home with tail wags and puppy kisses
85. getting to see my husband in his work world
86. having an empty email inbox
87. being asked for the recipe for something I made
88. getting dressed up for a special event
89. discovering a new hobby
90. remembering there are good leftovers in the refrigerator
91. going to bed knowing you can sleep as long as you want
92. meeting someone whose name is spelled the same way as mine
93. falling asleep next to my hubby
94. crossing things off my to do list
95. watching our pets play together
96. gazing up at a sky full of stars
97. being told I'm good at my job
98. seeing the kitchen fully stocked after a big grocery store trip
99. experiencing the smells that come with the changes of season
100. watching fireflies
101. seeing a rainbow

Plus a bonus because I mis-numbered:

102. looking up at the clouds

And now I am challenging you to come up with your own list!  What makes you smile?

Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

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