This week has me beat. Strike that. October has me beat. I’m currently typing on a “loaner computer” from my campus bookstore; long story short, my own laptop decided that it should take a hiatus from life and go to a better place with warmer weather and tropical computer drinks. Cheers to that. But since I have two exams this week and a seemingly endless list of things to do and read and email and write; I’m overwhelmed. I’m overwhelmed, and I need to step back and remember happier times and happier people.
We all know Julie Andrews, right? Right. If you don’t recall, shame on you, go watch the Princess Diaries and skip through a meadow singing THE HILLLLS ARE ALIVEEEEEE. In the same musical where said meadow-singing occurs, she does this whole “these are a few of my favorite things” ordeal about kittens and strudel, and obviously every single thing she says is 100% accurate and fit for a queen (get it?). So I’m taking after the ol’ Jules and getting happy over some of the best things in life. And of course, I’m not biased. I’m also trying to spread some cheer, since that always seems to make me feel better. So, score $300 to Kate Spade below. (And if you’re into making other people’s days, too, you’ll take your winnings and buy me something pretty.)
What makes me happy?
My whole big family who talks too much and laughs too loud, but those talking too much and laughing too loud isn’t a thing where I come from so really they’re just wonderful.
Chocolate of the darkest nature.
Waking up to the rocky theme song. Thanks, boyfriend.
Scented candles. A million of them, everywhere. Can’t stop won’t stop.
Painting my nails twice a week.
It’s makes me happy to make other people happy. That’s the whole reasons I started this here blog thing, and it’s the thing that makes me come back time and time again to try and write something inspiringly witty and helpful and pretty and fun.
Statement necklaces make me happy. Especially when layered with chunky things or chambray things or delightfully simple things.
Flowers make me happy. Specifically, roses (clever, right?). I’m not against bouquets on my doorstep or sent to work or put on the table for when I come home, just in case any of you were wondering…
Crossing things off the to-do list makes me happier than it should. I’m working on this, trying to get better at not living my days vicariously through lists written in colored gel pens. But that feeling of just getting s*** done? Incomparable.
Discovering new music on Spotify makes me happy. This is such a cool feature, I can’t get enough. I’ve discovered so many amazing artists through browsing (Nico and Vinz, anyone?), to the point where when someone asks me who I listen to I have no idea how to answer the question because I listen to everyone.
Things that smell like Thanksgiving and winter. I won’t say the P-word, because I’m trying to not be “basic”, whatever that means…
Bargain hunting makes me happy, and embracing the whole treasure hunt of shopping off-price. It’s like thrifting, but for brand spankin new stuff. I’ve been living in my Michael Kors trench coat and waterfall cardigan, because nothing says fall like Scandal (i.e. the trench coat) and cozy cardigans.
Blogging makes me happy. Or I wouldn’t be here. I’d be in the Bahamas probably, because I hear it’s nice there.
Seeing people do good, kind things for other people makes me happy. Like when people pick up someone’s dropped book or pay for a drive-thru coffee or leave a note on a car to help a neighbor in need. That is proof that really good, kind people still exist, and those are the best kinds of people.
Getting packages makes me happy. There’s something so thrilling about opening up a surprise and just knowing that it’s going to be a good one.
Coffee makes me happy. Really delicious coffee that isn’t too bitter, but doesn’t have any sugar or artificial crap; one shot of pumpkin or caramel will do, thankyoukindly.
Winning things makes me happy. Last week I won two hand-painted coffee mugs from Grey Skies Blue, so I can now drink my hot mint green tea in such inspirational style it is ridiculous.
And now, I want to share that winning-things-happiness with you.
I’ve teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway with an amazing prize for one lucky reader! We’re giving away a $300 Kate Spade gift card, so it’s a party.
You can enter daily over the next two weeks and earn bonus entries by sharing the giveaway with your friends on social media. Good luck!
Prize: $300 Kate Spade Gift Card
Co-hosts: Lush to Blush // Grace In Style // Peaches In A Pod // Polished Closets Island Hipster // Snippets With Alex // Style Tab // The Jort Report // A Labour of Life Miss Erin Says // Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog // SimplyCarmenRenee // Shopping My Closet Womanly Woman // Beyond the Khaki Pants // Palmtrees & Happiness // Coming Up Roses // Pumps and Push-Ups
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
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Now, I want to know…
What makes you happiest? What little joys get you feelin’ good and loving life day after day?
Your time is now, go out there and show ‘em what you’re worth (in case you were wondering, you’re worth a lot).