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Monday, April 11, 2016

21 Things That Make Me Happy

Happy Monday! This week, I am blogging about 21 things that make me happy. :)

1. Getting Inspired - I love the feeling of being inspired. It's like anything is possible and is just an overall good feeling. I get inspiration from nature, reading positive quotes, two of my role models, (Alana Stewart and Yolanda Hadid), when I create a vision board, from other fashion bloggers, from songs, and when I am around like-minded people.

2. Loved ones - Friends and family mean everything to me.

My best friend Ashley

My mom

                                                                                 My dad

Emma, Ashley, and Adrienne 

3. Laughter - I love just talking with someone who makes me laugh. I always look forward to phone calls with my friend Jacqui, because it's non stop laughter when I speak with her.

Fun with some of my favorite people!

My girly, Jacqui

4. Cooking/Vitamix - I love creating a delicious meal. It's very satisfying to know I made it. For the holidays, I received a Vitamix. It's one of my favorite items. I just want to take it everywhere.

5. Traveling - One of my passions in life is traveling. It feeds my soul. I feel incomplete when I haven't traveled in a while. My favorite place to travel is to Denver, Colorado. I have a really close friend who I stay with and I'm at peace when I am there. The mountains and sunsets are beautiful, and I feel spiritually connected to the area.

Wandering around Venice Beach in California

                                                                        The sunset in Denver

                                                                          With Dee Dee <3

6. Sentimental items - Some of my favorite belongings evoke a smile and bring me joy.

When I was three, I was given Megan. She was my favorite doll growing up (You can tell she's been loved over the years).

This ring belonged to my grandmother. She was my best friend. When she married my grandfather they took a trip to Arizona, where they met with his family. The ring was given to her by my great grandfather. I wear the ring on a necklace, so that it stays close to my heart.

One of my spiritual mentors and friends, gifted to me a sarong of hers. Whenever, I go on a trip, I take it with me. I feel her positive energy and love and it brings me comfort at times when I am upset. Purple is also my favorite color!

My favorite accessory are rings. I sometimes wear six or seven at a time. A friend of mine gave me a thumb ring that I have been wearing every day for over a year and a half. What is so special about this ring, is that it is a grateful ring. I spin it during my day and think of what I am grateful for. It's a wonderful way to stay in the moment and to foster positive thinking.

7. My dog - Tony. He's my first pet and I can't imagine my life without him.

8. Performing random acts of kindness - My heart is happy when I can help someone. It can be something small like opening a door, or helping them learn how to use an app on their phone. Or it can be something bigger, like volunteering at an assisted living facility or helping with a project. I love to be able to put a smile on someones face.

9. Gratitude/The Universe - I am very spiritual. Manifestation, gratitude and mindfulness play a big part in my life.

10. Smell of a new book

11. Receiving snail mail / Having a package waiting for me

12. Naps

13. Going to temple - Connecting with my faith always makes me happy. My favorite time to go to synagogue is during the summer months. The services are outdoors and it makes for a wonderful evening.

14. Music - I love listening to music. It relaxes me, puts me in a good mood, and inspires me. Some of my favorite artists are: Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Carole King, James Blunt, Tove Lo, Luke Bryan, Melanie Safka, Cher, Neil Diamond, Jewel, Shania Twain, Sarah Brightman, Demi Lovato, and k.d. Lang.

15. Singing - Growing up, I always wanted to be a singer. I've taken vocal lessons and just love to sing.

16. Meeting authentic people - People who are living their truth, and spreading love and positive vibes.  

17. Avocados

18. Colourpop Cosmetics - I am obsessed with this company. I love finding cruelty free/vegan makeup products and their lippie stix and highlighters are some of my favorite beauty products that I own.

                                                              Wearing the "Brills" Lippie Stix

19. Sunshine - The sun is an automatic mood enhancer. I love being able to go for walks and to just sit and be one with nature.

Labyrinth in Sedona, Arizona

                                                                   Sunset at Lake Las Vegas
20. Learning something new - I love to learn new things. Whether it be from a conversation, a book, a course....I'm always learning...Learning is something that lasts a lifetime. :P

21. Getting out of my comfort zone - Initially, I may feel apprehensive about trying something new and challenging myself to do something I am not so comfortable with. Once I do, I feel accomplished. I obtain new skills and opportunities and am always glad that I chose to go for it.

I hope you enjoyed this post....I'd love to hear what brings you happiness! Let me know in the comment section below.

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  1. Most of those things make me happy too, especially laughter, sunshine and loved ones! :)

  2. I really like your photos. They are pretty amazing. I also enjoy the smell of new books :) There isn't better smell. And your dog is really cute :)

  3. You posted lots of wonderful things to make you happy! Love all of them, especially the pic of some of your favorite peeps! Couldn't live without my Vitamix either!

  4. This is so sweet! I really like the idea of a 'grateful" ring. Great post!

  5. Inspired is at the top of my list too!!!!! xoxo Robin from THE INSPIRED (

  6. Love this! So important to remember everything you’re grateful for!

  7. There are so many things that make people happy. It's just very important to remember to notice them!

  8. Such a beautiful post (and what a cute dog!). Spending time with my friends and family really makes me happy and I cherish so many happy memories of spending time with my grandparents. Although I miss them terribly, I remember all the amazing times we had together and having those memories really makes me smile.

    Sarah xx

  9. Great post, love to hear about positive things that make people happy

  10. Love both your rings in this post! It is really amazing you have such a story (esp your grandmas ring) and can have it so close to you! Wonderful post!

  11. Taking the time out of my busy day to read something like this from someone like you makes me happy. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  12. Ah, traveling! I adore it so much as well. I've never been to Denver, but it's on my bucket list. Uplifting post :)

  13. Nice post, getting out of my comfort zone is the most difficult one for me!

  14. I'm so with you on the travel!! Is your dog Tony a Shitzu???!!! My Shitzu dog has brought so much happiness and joy into my life:)

  15. I love reading these posts! And I loved the positive through this one :-)

    <3: Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

  16. It's good to share the things that we LIKE. It is good to focus on what we like and not only on what we don't like :)

  17. awh such a lovely and inspiring post, I was planning on writing one of these myself because we often take things for granted!

  18. It's a lovely post! reminds me to always appreciate life :)

  19. There are so many more things that are inspiring or to be grateful for than we actually realize, love your post!!

  20. Thank you makes me think of the things that make me happy also explains why we are friends we have so much in common my love

  21. Positive points like these make me realize, life is actually beautiful as we keep up with the positivity around us. This post is inspiring, and beautiful.

  22. What a lovely post, you seem like a very lucky girl to have this much happiness and positivity around you. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I love most of those things as well, but thee thing that brings me the most happiness is knowing that I have done something special for someone I love.

  24. Your list is absolutely awesome, I agree with you in 95%, the other 5 is like I don't have a dog, but I have a cat that makes me very happy. Heheheh

  25. This is a great list of gratitude, I was inspired reading it!