Thursday, January 12, 2012

10 things to be HAPPY about

I used to make a list in my journal every morning of 10 things I should be happy about. At the time I was suffering from pretty serious depression (mostly the kind that made me want to sleep all the time. I want to be clear that it was never bad enough to contemplate ending my life...just sleeping it away), and it was a way to try and bring my spirits up first thing in the morning. Start the day right, if you will.

I've since stopped making the lists....I've actually only recently started writing in my journal on a regular basis again. It's quite theraputic...but it takes up a lot of time sometimes if I have a million things to say, which I usually do.

Back to the list. I love reading things like this on other people's blogs, so I figured rather than writing mine in my journal, maybe I'd write it on the blog instead. Not every day of course, maybe just once a week so I can share what's going through my head.

#1: My husband

I know that's probably an obvious one, but I can't help myself. I still look at him almost every day and think "Wow, I am actually married to that man," and a little tingle of joy creeps up my spine and fills my heart with happy.

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#2: Going to tea with my mom tomorrow

In a particularly bad time in my life, my mom and I stumbled upon a cute little tea room not too far from her house. That tea room has since closed down, but we still make a habit of getting together for tea once in a while to relax and forget about the outside world for a couple of hours.

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#3: I got to see my nephew today!

Love this little guy!

#4: I got my name change started!

I'll have my new social security card and driver's license in about 2 weeks. Then I've got to get started on changing my credit cards, insurance, etc, etc, etc.

#5: We FINALLY got our Christmas tree taken down.

I know, I know, the tree is supposed to make you happy. And it did. But now it's time for Christmas to go back into its boxes until next year.

#6: Our bikes are done.

We took them to the bike shop to be "tuned" and they're finally ready for us to pick up. We used to go for a ride every Sunday morning, but something happened to mine and the first gear wasn't working, and let me tell you, hills are no fun without it!

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#7: I've gotten my photography business started.

Okay, I haven't actually shot it out into the world, but I've gotten my paperwork for my business license (I want to go by Stephanie Sutherlin, but it has to be a legal name before I start using it for business) and I have my website all ready to launch as soon as the business is ready. I also have business cards started and I'm working on pricing and policies, etc.  I'm beyond excited!

#8: I finally watched Something Borrowed!

Okay, so the movie wasn't as good as the book. I wasn't expecting it to be. But I went over to Jim's step brother's house and watched with his wife and daughter and ate a ton of crap I shouldn't have eaten and drank just a tad too much wine and had an amazing time with a great friend. So I consider it a success.

#9: By the time I finish this post, it'll be a reasonable time to go home.

I feel like poo, and all I want to do is curl up on my couch with some tea and a box of tissue and do some high quality resting. I may even trade the couch out of this equation for my bed. That's how ick I feel right now.

#10: I checked everything off my to-do list today.

I made all the calls I'd been putting off. And I addressed all the difficult things at work that I'd put into a stack mentally labeled " to do later." And for that reason, I believe I have earned my early leaving.

If you need me, I'll be the lump under my favorite fuzzy red blankey.


  1. I love posts like these, too. I always make myself a list when times are hard, they really help.

  2. It helps to just spend time thinking about it, I think. Those things are always there, but sometimes they take a back burner to things that make us unhappy.