List of All Lists

List

While on the search for the ultimate happy place in life, career, relationships, etc. I created a list that contains all of my favorite things.  I keep the papers in a special  place, so when I need to remind myself of happy things, I have easy access to it.  (The list lives in my desk under my oh-so-secret 90s collaged computer mousepad!) Without further ado, here is my list of all lists:

  • Traveling.  Be it a day trip to a farmer’s market I’ve never been to or a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad session in Australia.  I love to see the world.
  • Sticking to my guns.  I know what I like, what my morals are, who I am and when to say no.  You should know these things about yourself, too.
  • Kindness.  As they say, kindness makes the world go round. (And I think they say money does, too!)
  • Puppies.  They are so adorable and cuddly and just THE absolute cutest things ever!  They also have this ability to make me speak with a baby voice, even while typing the last sentence, my brain read that in my puppy baby voice — which is odd.  But I’m sure I’m not the only one to have that effect, right?
  • The beach.  There’s nothing better than walking on the sand and having the waves crash right next to you.  There’s just something about the sound and smell of the beach that washes all worries and cares away.  Searching for sea glass is always fun, too!
  • Wine.  Duh!
  • Cheese.  Pairs nicely with the above item.  Gouda’s my favorite! 🙂
  • Exercise.  Definitely necessary after consuming both of the last two items!  My favorite is taking a long walk or bike ride in the neighborhood, along a canal tow path or really anywhere with my fiance!
  • Organization and cleanliness.  Raise your hand if you’re a neat freak!  Tidiness and lists (i.e. this one I’m typing!) make me happy.  Every item has it’s place whether it’s the umbrella in my car, the tape dispenser on my desk or my toothbrush at home… I know where everything is so things rarely get lost, which makes life that much easier!!  I’m also a germaphobe and am never without my hand sanitizer.
  • Gift giving.  Birthdays are one of my favorite as I love to get gifts for friends and family and see their excitement tearing away the gift wrap.
  • Reading.  Love me some fiction.  I can escape the stress of today and imagine a different world that I may not have otherwise known about had I not been reading that particular book.
  • London and Kate Middleton.  Obsessed.  I have been to London twice and that’s not nearly enough.  I really should have been born across the pond waving a Union Jack as I have a true love for all things British.   After Kate married Prince William, the man I was supposed to marry, I decided that we actually have a lot in common and would make excellent BFFs.  I’m still waiting for that phone call, Kate!
  • Tea.  See above item — i.e. British.  Green tea is my favorite.
  • Being appreciated and appreciative.  It’s always nice to know that someone appreciates you, and it’s nice to show others you care, too.
  • Brunch.  I could eat breakfast and brunch all day, every day.  In fact, I was very close to having brunch served at my wedding dinner, but the restaurant made me a dinner I couldn’t refuse!!  Eating breakfast for dinner is super yummy but super rebellious at the same time.  Living life on the edge, one pancake for dinner at a time!
  • Listening.  I’ve been told that I’m a great listener.  It’s probably due in part to my quiet nature and introverted personality.  I like to learn about others and this is an excellent way to do so.  It’s a great trait to utilize at networking events.
  • Fashion.  I am a huge lover of pearls, Longchamp purses, stripes, navy and white, black and white, white jeans, J. Crew,  Frye riding boots, a fitted blazer, dark wash skinny denim jeans, and wedge heels, among others.  On the flip side, you will find me living in my yoga pants, a baggy T-shirt and slippers in my downtime and I feel just as great.
  • Manicures and pedicures.  Although I recently had an awful experience at a nail salon, I’ll definitely be getting pampered again closer to my wedding!  (Just not at the same salon!)  Clean and pretty pale pink nails are my favorite.
  • Eating healthy.  Salads, fruit, nuts, whole grains — mmmmhmmm!  Eating healthy makes me feel so energized and beautiful.
  • Crafting.  Pinterest and antique stores serve as great inspiration spots for me.
  • Family and friends.  I saved this one for last as it’s the most important to me.  Spending time laughing, eating, drinking, or even in silence with my family and friends is always the best.  Watching a movie, playing a board game, bike riding, etc. with these folks is never dull and always a fun time and I enjoy every minute spent with these special people.  I’m so lucky and grateful to have them in my life.
  • Quote of the Day
The original lists were probably carved in stone and represented longer periods of time.  They contained things like “Get more clay.  Make better oven.”
David Viscott
As that Christmas jingle reminds us, “He’s making a list and checking it twice… ”  Happy list-making, y’all!
xoxo, A
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