25 Things I’m Grateful For


  1. Sunshine streaming through my window in the morning
  2. Cappuccinos
  3. Photography
  4. Intentional friends
  5. Birthday parties
  6. The ability and means to travel
  7. My university education
  8. Music
  9. My guitar
  10. The German language
  11. My little brother’s kind heart
  12. Hospitable people
  13. Netflix
  14. Little kid’s joy and curiosity
  15. Long, slow walks
  16. The beach
  17. Good books
  18. Religion
  19. My polaroid camera
  20. My car
  21. A soft bed
  22. California
  23. Siblings
  24. Cousins
  25. Holiday traditions

P.s. This photo is absolutely random and unrelated. But gosh do I love Bob Dylan.

A Happy List

IMG_2438.JPGTwenty things I that have made me happy lately:

  1. The rain storm Sunday night.
  2. My fuzzy white blanket.
  3. Acoustic guitar music.
  4. Chance run-ins with old friends.
  5. Of course, coffee. So so much coffee.
  6. Messing around with my camera.
  7. When someone is genuinely passionate about something and their passion rubs off on you.
  8. Decorating the Christmas tree.
  9. Windy mornings.
  10. Light pink cotton candy sunsets.
  11. Finding the perfect Christmas present for someone.
  12. Bonding in the misery of finals.
  13. A text that makes you laugh out loud.
  14. Staring out the window on long car rides.
  15. Listening to a song so many times you feel it in your bones.
  16. Phone conversations with my parents.
  17. Thrift store finds!
  18. Japanese Cherry Blossom perfume.
  19. Hot showers.
  20. Feeling excited about the future.IMG_2485.JPG

A Happy List

I wrote this little Happy List in the Amsterdam airport the day after I was supposed to be home. That’s right, I missed my flight. I guess Europe just really didn’t want me to leave! Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too happy. So I jotted down 20 little things in this life of mine that bring me joy, and I felt better almost immediately. Enjoy!
1. In N’ Out Burgers.
2. Falling into bed after a long day of travel.
3. Church potlucks.
4. Summer camp!
5. Intense card games with friends.
6. Forming coherent sentences in German- haha!
7. Star gazing.
8. Seeing a shooting star!
9. Unnecessarily long showers.
10. A fresh, new haircut.
11. Getting snail mail.
12. Giving the perfect gift.
13. Coffee dates with mama.
14. Summer thunder storms (a German specialty).
15. Reading on the beach.
16. Painting with watercolors.
17. The excitement and nervousness around the start of a new school year.
18. A good conversation with the person sitting next to you on the airplane!
19. Prosecco 🙂
20. Home sweet home.