This is stuff that makes me happy.
Not because it benefits my kids. Not because it makes them happy. This is my list......composed of my loves......because I think we, as mothers, often mistake one for the other.
Snow Sports - Love them all. I'm a decent skier and will be concentrating on snowboarding next season. I love being out in the cold, in tune with nature and gliding down a mountain. It just feels good.
Widespread Panic - Few things make me happier than being at a concert with my husband. It's very much something we both love and seeing Widespread a couple times a year reconnects us. Makes me feel like a kid again. Even though I am likely twice the age of some of the kids there.
Movies + Popcorn - You know this one. Two hours of not thinking, not serving, not cleaning, not wiping toddler booties.
Living With 4 Seasons - I thank God each day for where we live and hope we will always be lucky enough to enjoy winter, spring, summer and fall. Each brings its own unique qualities that make me happy.
Red Bull - A little burst of energy and liquid sweetness. I love it.
Summer Concerts In The Park - Live music under the trees. Wine. Fireflies. Bubble wands. Blissful.
History - Learning who, what, where and why gives everything a deeper meaning. I love to learn it and share it. If it's haunted, I will enjoy it even more.
The Beach - Any beach. Blake and I have been lucky enough to hit the beach nearly every year since we married. Akumal, Cabo, Puerto Rico, Cozumel, Hawaii, Galveston, La Jolla and more. Sometimes with kids. Sometimes without. Both ways make me smile.
Books - I am always engrossed in a book. It puts me to sleep at night and entertains me while I'm waiting.....in the carpool lane, for a movie.....seems like I'm often in the car waiting on something.
Halloween - My love of hauntings feeds into this fall celebration, which kicks off the holiday season. Costumes, spooky movies, decorating.....all of it.
Circle E Candles - Or any good candles.....but these are the best I have found.
Nature - Enjoying God's gifts......not man-made.......getting down on the ground.....walking, hiking, sitting......any version of loving the earth makes me happy.
Cooking - Putting on an apron (always), trying a new recipe and feeding my family makes me feel like I'm doing something right. I enjoy hearing their feedback and making adjustments to suit their needs. I genuinely love creating, so cooking is a fine extension of that love.
My Catholic Faith - The ritualistic mass, our history and sacraments. I love being Catholic. Seeing all 3 of my kids do the sign of the cross makes me smile.
Keeping In Touch - I pride myself on being really good at keeping in touch with people. Facebook has reconnected me with so many special friends. I'm diligent about thank-you notes, holiday cards and gifts when I'm able to buy. This makes me happy - reaching out to people and staying in contact. This blog is another form of that love.
Family - My family beyond Blake, Carter, Jack and Lainey mean the world to me. I've been blessed with so many special relationships and cherish each of them.
Travel Planning - Creating an itinerary and spending months dreaming of the fun and adventure makes me absolutely giddy. I love it as much as going on the trip.
Things I would like to add to this list:
Running - I HATE it. Just started the Couch Potato to 5K and I'm pretty sure it's going to kill me. This is my second attempt. I'd love to one day love running. I know people do. I'm just not one of them.
Working - I've always enjoyed working, but have been home for 4 years now with kids. In the next few years, I hope to return to the workforce and I hope I enjoy it as much as I did before.
OK. How about you? Give it a try and make your own list!