10 things that make me happy

I truly believe that happiness is a state of mind. That said, I’m fortunate to have many concrete reasons (beyond my state of mind) for which to be thankful. After joyfully reading about 10 things that bring happiness to blogger Kristal Schirmer of Lattes & Hugs, I thought to myself, “hold on a sec — if Kristal’s list can make me happy, perhaps my list could do the same for someone else.” While I’m confident that I could have risen to the challenge of sharing a much longer list, that wasn’t the ask. So here, in no particular order, are just 10 of the many things that make me happy.

1. The beach

I’m lucky to live just a five-minute walk from Lake Ontario. Despite its name, this body of water is so massive, it has a real ocean feel to it. As glorious as it is during the summer, the truth is it’s equally spectacular in the thick of winter. Every day, year-round, the water, sky, clouds and landscape combine to create a new and beautiful picture; never the same one twice. Here’s an iPhone snapshot taken from this place I’m lucky enough to call home.

Took this photo at the foot of my street one January afternoon at around 4pm.

2. My dog

A picture says a thousand words, right? She’s small, she’s cute, she’s grey, she’s part shitzu and part poodle. All of this is clear enough. But what you can’t tell from this photograph is that when we set our home alarm to ‘armed’ in the evening, she grabs the nearest cuddly dog toy and takes herself up to bed. I know. Adorable, right? Man oh man, I could eat her up.

In hindsight, I probably should have washed the mirror before taking this photo.

3. This mug

Item number two is a perfect segue to item number 3. First, this mug feels great in my hands, especially when it’s holding a fresh and frothy home-made latte. Second, it tells me that my husband really knows me. Third, I’m a crazy dog lady. Oh right. I believe I’ve already covered that.

No caption required. Sadly, this mug says it all.

4. My teenage girl

I love my teenage daughter like nothing else. Yes, she even trumps the dog. I don’t always like her, however, so I can’t say she always makes me happy. Just like I don’t always make her happy. You can learn a bit about our mother-daughter relationship here. But I’ll tell you this for nothing: when she is feeling happy, as she was when we spontaneously stopped at the beach for a midnight photoshoot the other evening, she makes my heart soar with pure joy.

Lucy having a La-La-Land moment on the boardwalk.

5. My husband

If I could give you a sense of who my guy is by pointing out one physical attribute of his, I would point out his crow’s feet. Even when he’s not smiling, these permanent laugh lines stand as a testament to his wonderful sense of humour, his excellent comedic timing, and the joy he gets from spending time with people he loves. I LOVE YOU, BOO!

My guy. He’s a dedicated follower of fashion.

6. Shavasana

If you’re not familiar with the term,  Shavasana — also known as ‘corpse pose’ — is typically the final posture of a yoga practice. To assume this pose correctly, you must lie on your back and breath slowly and deeply with your legs spread out mat-width apart, your arms relaxed by your side, and your eyes closed. For anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Twist my arm!

Shavasana — my favourite pose. Source: Pixabay image by Windy Schneider

7. Facetime

I just can’t imagine life without it. My older brother and I live more than 2,500 miles apart, but we meet for lunch at least twice a week. My parents and I live more than 3,500 miles apart. We also get together for face-to-face chats every two or three days. FaceTime has allowed me to maintain close and meaningful relationships with the people I love, and that sure makes me happy.

Not my iPhone but you get the idea! Source: Pixabay image by Hurk

8. Writing

I’ve been writing for about 25 years but I’ve only loved writing for about two months. I’m a freelance copywriter by trade and while I do like my job very much, I can’t say I love it. Rather, I love the great flexibility it has afforded me. But a couple of months ago I began blogging and I can honestly say I now love writing, because I’m writing from the heart, not a client’s creative brief. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeves. As a blogger, I now get to wear it on my screen, and yours.

My ritual. Somebody else’s photo! Source: Pixabay image by Lydia Liu

9. This painting

Yep. I know. We’re back to dogs. The weird thing is, I’ve never been particularly partial to Dachshunds as a breed, but when I saw this painting in the gallery at the top of my street, I just had to have it. There’s something about all that negative space that I love. The quirky positioning of this cute little guy. The simplicity of the painting itself. Thankfully, my husband agreed.

Love this little guy!

10. My bed

I love my bed. And get this, I love that it’s a king-sized bed, which is kind of weird given that I only ever use about 20% of the mattress, even when my husband’s out of town. Maybe, as with the painting (above), there’s something about the negative space that appeals to me. Got any thoughts on this? Feel free to share your analysis in the comments section below.

Not my bed but close enough! Source: Pixabay image by Ted Sardena


Many thanks, Kristal, for passing this challenge my way and giving me a reason to stop and smell the many wonderful roses in my life. To keep the chain going, I’m now challenging a few fellow bloggers to share 10 things that make them happy. Cheridian at Yes, I’m That Mom, Cassie at White Sands and Cool Breezes, Ay See at British Expat Mummy in Dubai, and Betsy at Drive Me Crazy in Love — you’re up!

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By | 2017-08-09T11:45:20+00:00 July 12th, 2017|26 Comments


  1. Kristal July 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for keeping this challenge going! I really loved reading your list. ? The perfect coffee mug really does make all the difference. Yours is so cute!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Cheers, Kristal. I so enjoyed writing it!

  2. Diana July 14, 2017 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea and I love your 10 things! I too love the beach, but I think I need a “cat mom” mug, lol! I might have to make a similar list as well in the future!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 15, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Get the mug! I’m almost as attached to mine as I am to the dog itself!

  3. Emily @ The Multitasking Mom July 14, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    I love this list! It definitely made me happy!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 15, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Yay. Spreading the joy!

  4. Tayler Morrell July 14, 2017 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Love this list. My husband and two children are definitely the highlight of my life, too!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 15, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

      When my husband read this, he asked me what order I had put things in. I had to ensure him it was random (because he wasn’t top of the list)!

  5. Shell July 15, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    I love your list so much !!! Your inspiring to write my own list!! 🙂

    • THE WORDY MOM July 15, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

      Go for it!

  6. Gayle July 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    What a great way to boost your mood if you’re having a bad day- I am definitely going to be making a list like this the next time I’m feeling a little down. It helps you remember how much you have to be grateful for.

    • THE WORDY MOM July 18, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

      You’re so right, Gayle. I should write one at least every Monday!

  7. Rhonda July 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    This made me smile!!!! I love the beach and writing as well. I would have to add in there my music and Starbucks LOL

    • THE WORDY MOM July 18, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Be sure to tag me if you end up posting your own list, Rhonda!

  8. Dilraz July 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Lovely pics! Your daughter is incredibly talented and your dog is a cutie!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 18, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Thanks! Love both of my girls!

  9. jhilmil July 16, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    That’s a really cool challenge to get to know you better as a person…

    • THE WORDY MOM July 18, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Maybe that’s how we should introduce one another at parties! “Hello, my name is … and here are 10 things I love!”

  10. Jasmine Hewitt July 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    this is a fun challenge, i loved reading all your faves!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 18, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      I enjoyed writing it!

  11. Betty July 17, 2017 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Haha that’s great to really think about what makes you happy. Writing makes me happy too, obviously! 😀

    • THE WORDY MOM July 18, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Glad to hear it!

  12. Katie Bressler July 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    What a fun way to really look at what makes up happy in life! I love this idea 🙂 great list to have on hand when you are having a not so great day!

    • THE WORDY MOM July 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply


  13. Susan Ward August 10, 2017 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Joyful list, hard to edit to just 10 – off to write my own. Always a cup half full perspective and this is a lovely idea to have physically on hand as a little reminder! Thanks.

    • THE WORDY MOM August 10, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Thanks, Susan! A good exercise for all of us, I think.

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