Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Joy List!

Today I want to think happy thoughts and focus on being positive and appreciative. I've decided to make a "joy list". A list of 10 things that make me smile and feel alive :) Feel free to join in on the fun!

1) Flowers - I'm not picky about the kind either. I just love flowers! I'm blessed to live in a place where flowers bloom year round and I truly enjoy it and appreciate seeing them around. They just put a smile on my face.

2) Drive In Movies - First off, I love movies. But, I friggin LOVE going to the drive in! The idea of watching a movie... OUTSIDE, is just wonderful. I set up our car with blankets and pillows, like we are in the comfort of our own home, but we get to watch the movie on the big screen, enjoying the fresh air. It's great!

3) Sleeping Late - I'm so not a morning person. I try to put on a happy face and make the most of having to get up early but man on man, do I love sleeping in late. It makes me feel like I'm on vacation.

4) Putting my feet in the sand - I love the feel of sand on my feet. Especially warm, soft, white beach sand. Ahhhhhhh.

5) Arcades - I love games. I guess I'm just a kid at heart but I love going to the arcade and playing games. It's a fun way to pass the time and I enjoy winning silly tickets that I later cash in for way overpriced trinkets. I love the lights, the sounds and the energy.

6) Goosebumps - I know it may sound strange but I like getting goosebumps. Not when I'm cold, that just plain sucks, but when I'm watching a movie and the scene is just so intense that my body reacts with goosebumps. That's pretty cool. It sometimes happens when I'm reading a good book too. It just makes me feel so alive that my body actually reacted like that to the emotion I was feeling in the moment.

7) Beach Fires - There's something I love about sitting next to a fire on the beach. Not sure if it's worlds colliding or something but ocean and fire together amaze me.

8) Fireworks - I take such pleasure in watching a firework display. I remember one time, a while back, I went to watch fireworks on the 4th of July and we were so close that ash actually blew on us. It was kind of scary but so intense to be that close to such an amazing display.

9) A New Box of Chocolates - How great does it feel to open a new box of chocolates? When they all look so fresh and delicious and they haven't been picked over yet. Yummmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

10) Jumping Waves
- This brings back great memories. Fun summers at the beach as a child, jumping waves with my family. It makes me feel like a kid again. It's exhilarating to watch as the wave approaches and then psych myself up for it to hit and jumping right at the exact moment so it doesn't take me down with it. Oh, such fun!

What brings you joy?


  1. Everything on your list is what I enjoy!

    I also love new clothes (but I HATE shopping for them!)

    I love having girls nights and going out and just dancing with my friends.

  2. This post totally makes me want to be outside. I love spending time with my friends, having a glass of wine after a long day, and getting lost in a book. Great post.

  3. You got me on the box of chocolates!! LOVE a new box!

    I like this idea, I'll have to start thinking about my own joy list!

  4. Finishing a quilt - nothing like the feel when a quilt is completed

    reading a good book - sigh..luv to read esp romance!

    surprise contact from an old friend

    a walk late at night with my 2 dogs

    the first day of fall weather after a summer in the 100's

    first day of spring weather after a long winter!

    walking through Lowes when the plants are in bloom

    churches at Christmas and neighborhoods decorated overwhelmingly

    a cup of hot tea while reading about snowy christmases while I sit in my shorts

    finding a project I love on donorschoose and pretending my donation has made all the difference in the world to one of the kids

    dreaming of having lots of time and money and what I would do


  5. jumping waves is the best!!!! i love the ocean and i miss living near it.

  6. I can definitely go with the sleeping late, drive in and the arcades. The beach fires as well. I like fresh boxes of chocolates so I can pick out the ones I eat before everyone else does lol.

    I may have to do a post on mine some day.

  7. I love sleeping late, playing pinball in the arcades, and putting my feet in the sand. This list is a great idea. Might have to borrow the idea:)