Sept Writing Challenge #1 – 10 Things That Make Me Happy (right now)
No Friday Favorites this week, not because I don’t have any favorites to talk about, but because I didn’t have any time to write it this week! Probably not the best start to the month, but whatever, not much I can do about that now!
Thinking about a new month brings me to my post today. I decided that since my blog is new, I would create a writing challenge for myself. My goal is to blog everyday in September…. this is probably an insane idea, especially with all that I have going on this month, but I have never been the kind of person to do things half-assed!
I wanted to start with a post about 10 Things That Make Me Happy right now and why. I want to revisit this in a few months to see if it’s the same, and to see what changes as time goes on.
So, as of September 1, 2017 (ugh! Fall please take a step back, I’m so not ready to say goodbye to Summer yet), here is my list of 10 Things That Make Me Happy (right now):
- Long weekends
This one is kind of a given since it’s the start of the Labor Day Long Weekend. September is shaping up to be one of the busiest months I have had at work in a long time so in preparation for that, I took a couple of vacation days to extend my 3 day weekend into a 5 day weekend. So far it’s just started and I am loving it! Seriously, is there a better feeling than not having to set your alarm and knowing that you have absolutely nothing to do that day?! Even better when it can last for 5!
Again, another one that’s just so fitting right now. I have been dealing with some sciatic pain for the past ~week and my shoulders and neck have felt super tight. I keep telling myself I need to go for a massage but for whatever reason, never seem to actually book one. I made sure that I had one booked to start my long weekend and it was ah-mazing! Totally worth it and totally making me happy right now.
- My job
If you had told me a month ago that I would list my job as something that’s making me happy, I would have laughed you out of here. My job has been causing me So. Much. Stress. for so long that I actually never thought I would be in this situation right now, but yet, here we are! My nightmare boss was let go a couple of weeks ago and I have been able to clear my head and really re-engage in my job. Who knows if this will last forever, but for now I’m going with it.
I know that the world of media has changed so much and magazines just aren’t really “in” anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. Vogue, InStyle, Cosmo, Glamour, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle Canada… I love them all! I especially love the really heavy ones (hello September Vogue issue!). You often hear that it’s the small things in life that keep you happy, but when it comes to magazines, it’s so true for me. The fashion, the beauty, the perfume pages. So much happiness!
- Online shopping
Don’t get me wrong, I have been online shopping for years, but for some reason lately, I’m *really* getting into it. It seems as though I have a package coming almost every day, it’s keeping me away from the mall and opening my closet up to so many new items that I usually wouldn’t find. Love, love, love it!
- Summer weather
Does this one need an explanation?! Usually Calgary summers aren’t that great. We get a few nice days here and there but that’s it, and last year was just completely awful. This year however, has been AMAZING! So many days over 30C, no rain, hardly any wind. Just complete perfection for a summer worshiper like myself!
This is probably not the travel description that most people would expect. I am not a traditional “traveller” in the sense that I will go anywhere and do anything. We usually go to the same places and I’m 100% ok with that. I travel a few times a year and it’s mostly to different places in the US. This year we skipped our annual trip to Hawaii to stay home with Shandi, but we added New York to our travels this year and OMG, I am in love. Although I only went to a few places this year (NYC, California, Las Vegas), I am so thankful and so happy for the opportunity to go to different places and get out of town for a bit.
- My Family
My little family is just that, little. It consists of myself, my husband (let’s call him Mr SS), our 8 year old puggle and an 11 year old cat. We’re far from perfect but they all make me happy every single day. I’m so thankful to have all 3 of them in my life and I remind myself of that as often as I can.
- Our home
Mr SS and I live in a typical, suburban 3 bedroom, double attached garage home and I love it. Every day when I come home, it doesn’t matter how my day was because I love this house so much. Just spending time here makes me happy and, cheesy as it sounds, I feel so lucky to be able to call this beautiful house our home.
This one is a little tough to talk about… Shandi was my everything. She was my sidekick and my entire world for 11 1/2 years. We had to say goodbye to her 4 months ago and I miss her more than words could ever describe. I would give anything to cuddle with her and pet her one more time. But, heartbreak aside, I am so, so thankful and happy that I was fortunate enough to have her in my life. As hard as it is to lose someone who meant so much to you (fur baby or not!), I feel happy every day when I look at her pictures and think about the memories we have together.
That’s what is making me happy right now! What about you guys?