My Happiness List: November 2016 Edition

I am a Canadian, and a relatively liberal Canadian, at that. Because of that it probably won’t surprise you to learn I was rooting for Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential election. My children were, too. Last night, as the results became increasingly obvious, my son Jacob became angry and my daughter Hannah became sad. At first I just sat with them and validated their feelings, sharing my own discouragement. And then I moved on to reassure them, as best I could, that as their mother I will take care of them and keep them safe and they don’t really need to worry about this stuff.

I tried to put on a brave face, but I was very unhappy. Today, I am determined not to wallow. I need some positivity. I think a lot of us need some positivity – even if you’re pleased about the outcome of the election, campaigns have a way of breeding divisiveness and bad feelings. So I’ve decided to count my blessings and look on the bright side. I blogged my last personal happiness list over a year ago, so it’s clearly high time for some happiness up in here.

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. My daughter Hannah, who baked cookies yesterday, completely of her own accord.
  2. Singing along to a great song.
  3. Kindergarten. I spent today as a substitute teacher in one, and while those kids are super energetic, they are also hope in human form.
  4. Speaking of substitute teaching, I am so, so, so happy to have a job that I love and that energizes me every single day when I show up to work.
  5. Great boots, that make me feel super cute when I wear them.
  6. My son Jacob, who recently started piano lessons and loves them, and who shares my love of doing math calculations in the car.
  7. Chocolate, which never disappoints.
  8. Justin Trudeau. Is he perfect? No, but he’s a leader that many of us, as Canadians, are justly proud of.
  9. Speaking of being Canadian, I’m especially happy about that right now. Eh.
  10. New skis for my husband, and ski passes for my family, which means a really fun winter (provided the weather cooperates).
  11. The camera on my phone, which allows me to capture so much of life – and especially so much of my children’s lives – that I never would have been able to in the past.
  12. Colourful fall leaves, which brighten up an otherwise gloomy month like November.
  13. My husband, who supports me in so many ways, in particular as I went back to school and earned my teaching degree.
  14. Guitar Hero, which saw me through the couple of weeks when I was sitting around waiting for my teaching certificate to be finalized so that I could work.
  15. The peaceful transition of power, which is such an amazing thing, whether I disagree with the final decision or not.

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

My Happiness List: October 2015 Edition

Sometimes, you just need to focus on the good things in life. I like to do that every so often, so I’m sharing another happiness list. I blogged my last personal happiness list back in January, so it’s clearly time for me to re-visit it. And as I wait to hear what school I’ll be placed in for my short practicum as a student teacher, I could use a little bit of positivity. The suspense is killing me!

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. All the cool things I’m learning as a student teacher.
  2. Mentors who inspire me.
  3. Watching my daughter in her tae kwon do class. She is seriously tough.
  4. Raisins. Not everyone is a raisin person, but I really am.
  5. Cozy blankets to curl up in on a chilly fall night.
  6. My son who has lost his two front teeth and is now sporting the most adorable gap-toothed grin.
  7. My shower. Getting clean is the best part of my day.
  8. The community that has formed with my fellow student teachers. It’s so good to spend your days with people you like and respect.
  9. Comfy boots to keep my feet warm and dry.
  10. Thanksgiving – it’s this coming weekend here in Canada!
  11. My new computer. It doesn’t crash every time I try to open more than two browser windows. So novel!
  12. My husband, who washes all my laundry and is picking up the slack now that I’m back at school.
  13. Fall leaves, that brighten up rainy days.
  14. Writing poetry.
  15. Chocolate. All the chocolate, all the time.

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

My Happiness List: January 2015 Edition

My last post was a little bit down, I think, so I decided that it was time to share another happiness list. I blogged my last personal happiness list almost ten months ago, so I’m clearly long overdue. Who couldn’t use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There’s all kinds of research to show that it’s very good for you. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. Rooibos chai tea. All the goodness of chai, none of the caffeine to make me jumpy.
  2. Comfortable new pants I bought on clearance.
  3. Really good chocolate. Always.
  4. Finishing my prerequisites for teaching school and earning a GPA of 4.06. Hooray!
  5. Massage therapy.
  6. My new seed order has arrived. Let the garden dreams begin!
  7. The teacher I’m volunteering with, who is a fabulous mentor.
  8. The students I’m volunteering with, who are more awesome than a hot fudge sundae.
  9. Living in Vancouver in January. As we like to say, you don’t have to shovel the rain.
  10. My son’s love for his new loft bed – which we scored for free from someone who outgrew it, so double extra bonus points.
  11. My daughter’s newfound love of fantasy novels. I really enjoy watching her sink her teeth into a book.
  12. My children’s teachers. Both my kids are really enjoying school this year.
  13. Singing in the kitchen in the morning.
  14. Podcasts. I do love podcasts.
  15. My husband’s piano is out of storage and I get to listen to him play.
  16. New books to read.
  17. Getting back to blogging again. This space floats my boat.

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

My Happiness List: March 2014 Edition

I blogged my last personal happiness list some six months ago in September, before I embarked on my new adventures in post-secondary education. I’m feeling like it’s time to re-visit it, and remind myself about the things that are going well in my life. Who couldn’t use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There’s all kinds of research to show that it’s very good for you. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. Spring! It’s in the air! I’ve seen daffodils and ladybugs, and I’ve planted radishes and spinach and kale.
  2. Really good chocolate. Always.
  3. Herbal tea. My current faves are bergamot sage, and mint licorice.
  4. My education class, which is making me think in the best way, and which I’m enjoying a lot. I’m taking this as a good sign because I’m going back to school to study education.
  5. New purple tights.
  6. The way my son is learning to read, picking out words from signs and posters when we’re out and about.
  7. My daughter’s extreme enthusiasm over her spring break theatre camp. This tickles me pink, because my husband and I became high school sweethearts when we were both cast in the same school play.
  8. Once Upon a Time is back on TV. I heart Once Upon a Time.
  9. I’m keeping mason bees this year, and I’ll be putting them out soon, which is exciting.
  10. Regular acupuncture appointments.
  11. Knowing that my husband is always on my side.
  12. VSCO Cam. I am totally smitten with this app. It’s made me fall in love with iPhone photography all over again.
  13. Poached eggs and avocado for breakfast.
  14. The semester is almost over, which means semester break is almost here. Yes, the papers and exams and so on are hard, but it means the end is near!
  15. Living within easy walking distance of my kids school. I feel so lucky.
  16. Family support as I head back to school.

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

My Happiness List: September 2013 Edition

I blogged my last personal happiness list over three months in June, before my kids got out of school for the summer. I’m feeling like it’s time to re-visit it, and remind myself about the things that are going well in my life. Who couldn’t use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There’s all kinds of research to show that it’s very good for you. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. Ripe autumn raspberries in my garden. They feel like a total gift as the days grow cooler and wetter.
  2. Having the opportunity to be part of successful Leading Moms event yesterday led by my fabulous and inspiring VancouverMom.ca teammates Christine Pilkington and Bianca Bujan, plus way too many other people to mention.
  3. Licorice tea.
  4. A new knitting project – I’m finally trying out the Clapotis.
  5. A weekend retreat to look forward to on Friday, led by the amazing Joyelle Brandt.
  6. Real progress being made on my renovations, with the result that the sunroom in my kitchen is no longer scorching hot in summer and freezing cold in winter.
  7. The fact that my kids are finally starting to settle into their school routine and I am, too.
  8. Excellent dark chocolate.
  9. Fresh local apples.
  10. An impending blog upgrade, which will hopefully reduce all the technological frustration and allow me to post more often here.
  11. Fall TV. I’m already sucked in to Sleepy Hollow, and I’m eagerly anticipating the return of Parenthood, The Good Wife and Person of Interest.
  12. Sweaters and boots, which help to make up for the fact that summer is over.
  13. A kid-free trip to Tofino with my husband to look forward to in November. It will be my first time!
  14. The way my son cuddles up to me and says, “Mama, you are so cozy!”
  15. The way my daughter cartwheels wherever she goes. (We’ve set some ground rules – no cartwheeling in the street, in parking lots, or in Starbucks.)
  16. I’m starting tap dancing lessons this week. I’ve never done it before, and I’m pumped!

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

My Happiness List: June 2013 Edition

It’s been a couple of months now since I blogged my last personal happiness list. I’m feeling like it’s time to re-visit it, and remind myself about the things that are going well in my life. Who couldn’t use a little hit of positivity once in a while? There’s all kinds of research to show that it’s very good for you. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. The first baby carrots and raspberries are now ready in my garden.
  2. My four-year-old son’s pride about his music class certificate of completion.
  3. Listening to my eight-year-old daughter practice her song for the school talent show (she’s singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”).
  4. The books in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
  5. The return of True Blood to my TV.
  6. New sunglasses.
  7. Long, sunny days, perfect for after-dinner trips to the playground.
  8. Home renovations that are kicking off in earnest this week.
  9. All the parts for my new wardrobes, waiting in my garage.
  10. The broccoli plants that are starting to grow in earnest, and which I will soon be enjoying.
  11. A work get-together today with my fabulous VancouverMom.ca teammates Chris Pilkington and Bianca Bujan.
  12. The Peaceful Parenting Mini Retreat I attended this weekend, which I’ll be writing more about soon.
  13. The way my daughter reminds me every day about our annual tradition of getting Slurpees on the last day of school (the only Slurpees we ever get, in fact, hence her excitement).
  14. The way my son insists on talking to the monsters every night, telling them, “I will always protect the world!”
  15. Good chocolate.
  16. Feeling on the same page with my husband.
  17. Kids’ artwork, covering my house.

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

My Happiness List: April 2013 Edition

Following my pity party yesterday, I’m feeling like it’s time to pause and count my blessings. And the perfect way to do that is to write my personal happiness list. I could really use the chance to focus on the things that are great in my life, which really are much higher in number than the things that aren’t, dental surgery notwithstanding.

Let’s get the joy party started, shall we?

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My Happy List

  1. A whole bunch of new books waiting for me on my iPad.
  2. Fresh, homemade chocolate ice cream in my freezer.
  3. The way my son puts his soft little hand on my cheek.
  4. Cherry blossoms and daffodils.
  5. A fuzzy red sweater to keep me warm on a chilly spring day.
  6. The way my husband’s eyes crinkle in the corners when he smiles.
  7. The fresh, clean smell that follows a rain shower.
  8. My Anne Boleyn tea cup, which I’m pretty sure is the best tea cup ever.
  9. Sweet little oranges.
  10. The way my daughter climbs trees and swings on monkey bars.
  11. The little seedlings, which are going strong in their seed-starting trays.
  12. Having too much work to do, which is really a positive sign.
  13. Anticipating my upcoming birthday.
  14. A sewing cupboard full of fabric just waiting for me to make something.
  15. The new shoes I bought myself last week.
  16. Rocking tunes to clean by, which (almost) make me enjoy washing dishes.
  17. Having the chance to work with people I genuinely like and respect.
  18. Dreaming summer vacation dreams.
  19. My mother, who turns, um, 39, today. Happy birthday, Mom!

What about you – what’s on your happy list right now? I’d love to hear!

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