Things to be Happy About - January Edition

One of the things I got for Christmas was a day by day calendar for my desk at work. Each day, the calendar page lists about 10 things to be happy about. By the end of the year, I will have read about thousands of things to be happy about. As I tear off the page each day, I circle one or two items on the page that really brings me happiness for one reason or another. Since we are at the end of the month, I thought I would list my favorites from January and a little reason why. I am going to try and do this each month. It will be a fun way to focus on the little things in life that bring such happiness.

Here are my January things to be happy about...

  • A Terrific Hair Day - What a perfect start to any girl's day

  • A Warm Cocoon of Blankets - I love to snuggle up in blankets

  • A Warmed-Up Car - Every single morning, John starts my car for me so it's nice and toasty when I get in to drive to work

  • Short Naps - I'm not one to take long naps, but sometimes a short recharge is great

  • A Glassed-In Sun Porch - My grandparents had one of these and I have so many wonderful memories of being on their back porch and playing in the backyard

  • Fruits of your Labors - How rewarding to work so hard on something and enjoy the finished product

  • Tomato Soup in Mugs - MMMMM ~ so creamy and warm

  • New Products at the Grocery Store - I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff ~ I love grocery shopping and trying all sorts of new things

  • Warm, Fluffy Towels - Not only does John warm up the car for me, but when I get in the shower he throws my towel in the dryer and when he hears the shower turn off, he brings me my warm towel...he's the best

  • Bread Fresh from the Oven - Oh my, what a smell and so tasty with cold butter

  • A Love You Can Count On - The love John and I share - solid as a rock!

  • Gift-Giving - As much as I love to receive gifts, I think I love giving them even more

  • The Smell of Popcorn - We pop our popcorn on the stove - YUMMY! The smell of it sends Calvin racing into the kitchen

  • Homemade Chicken Pot Pie - A cozy meal that I love to cook AND eat

  • A Laughing Couple - Not a day passes that John and I aren't laughing about something ~ we have oodles of fun together

  • A Potluck Dinner - Don't you love these at church? A buffet of deliciousness

  • Weekend Clothes - As I type this I'm wearing a t-shirt and fuzzy, fleece pants ~ ahh, the comfort. I like to dress up, but it's nice to take a break from "work clothes"

  • Indulging Your Organizational Compulsions - If you know me well, you know that I'm an organizational freak so any organization project brings a smile to my face

  • Reruns of Favorite TV Shows - Takes you back to the "good ol' days" when TV was wonderful

  • Coffee Beans Grinding - The smell in the house is divine and knowing a cup of hot coffee is on it's way ~ fabulous

  • Neatly Made Beds - I don't love making the bed, but I do love looking in a room and seeing it all nicely made

  • Cookies in the Oven - This may be one of the best things ever ~ warm cookies and milk

  • Dog-Ear Softness - Calvin has his ears played with constantly and they are soft as can be

  • Hummingbirds - John gets excited when he sees hummingbirds and that makes me happy

  • Stories Behind Photos - I really enjoy knowing all of the stories that a picture tells...the when, who, where, why ~ they truly capture memories

  • Lighting a Candle in Church - Such peace and calm ~ especially with a lit candle on Christmas Eve singing "Silent Night"

  • A Bride in White - Is there anything more beautiful than a bride on her wedding day?

Speaking of a bride, something bringing me happiness today is knowing that I am 9 days away from celebrating the day my groom and I were married ~ 7 amazing years! One last thing...this is my 100th blog post! I sure have enjoyed doing this blog ~ sharing our life with you.

I hope that you find something to be happy about each and everyday. Life is precious and we take so much for granted! I am looking forward to gathering my favorites from February ~ have a wonderful weekend.

Until we meet again...


  1. GREAT post, Riley!! I enjoyed the list of "happy things" VERY much! And 100 posts??? WOW! Congrats on another milestone. Hope you have had a happy weekend.

  2. I LOVE this!!! Thank you Riley for reminding me to take the time to look for things that make me happy. Time to smell the roses!

    Love you,



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