List 10 things that make you really happy
The most expected thing would be to write about my husband Angel, my dog Lucy, my family and friends. Obviously, they make me very happy, but I will focus on other things that brighten up my day.
1. I think cacti are so cute. They come in so many different shapes and colors, and they don’t take up much space (great for a modern style). If you want to have a plant that isn’t too complicated to take care of, get a cactus. I accidentally knocked a leaf off of my succulent, and I looked up online how to propagate it. I left it in a bowl of dirt to dry out, watered it just a few times and now it has leaves and roots of its own!
2. The ocean. That is my top vacation destination every year, and every chance I can get. Some people find it boring after awhile, but the force and changing moods of the sea tell me that it’s alive. I like to feel the waves washing over my feet, and pulling the sand away as they recede. The sounds of the wind, waves and seagulls make a song that is so enchanting because it reaches all the way down into the soul.
3. I love acoustic covers of songs. It is so interesting to see the creative ways that people find to simplify a great song and make it even better. Their voices become the main focus of the song, while the instrument takes a secondary role. That sounds like an obvious statement in regards to most music, but there is a raw quality to this type of music. There are a lot of cases when I prefer the cover to the original song.
4. If I hear grackles squawking, it takes me back to a warm night to when we were new in Texas. We were in the parking lot of the Sharpstown Mall (old days right?) and the birds were everywhere. These birds aren’t pretty, and they are annoying since they can cover your car with their gifts in the short time you spend in the store. However, they have become a symbol of home for me. It’s kind of hard to explain the link between the two, but I guess they were the ones that welcomed me here many years ago.
5. My house is full of books. There are books in the garage that still haven’t been unpacked. I don’t drink coffee, but the smell of coffee is linked to going to the bookstore. The Houston Public Library used to have annual sales where they would get rid of so many books. I would fill up a paper bag of The Baby-Sitters Club books and whatever else I could find. It didn’t take me long to get through a book. If I had the time, I could finish it in a day or two.
6. Food! How can I not talk about food? I used to be such a picky eater when I was little. I started college and I met a hunger that has not left me since. Eating has become the central part of my day now, and all of my plans are made around the meals. My mom always wanted me to try new foods, and now I like eating almost everything. My favorite items would be limes and sauces. They add that special touch to the dish.
7. The color blue makes me really happy. When I was younger, the majority of my clothes were either blue, black or white. It wasn’t until later that I discovered that blue isn’t the best color for my skin tone, but I still can’t help gravitating towards that color when I am shopping for clothes. If I can’t wear it every day, at least I can see it in my room and throughout the house as decor. I find it so peaceful and relaxing.
8. Animal behavior is very interesting and entertaining. A dream job would be to study one species for the rest of my life. I would be happy to live among them and learn from them. I have loved animals since I was little. My dad used to call me “pet lawyer” because I wanted to defend and protect them. I would tuck in my stuffed animals in bed, careful to not cover their faces so that they could breathe.
9. This might sound really weird, but looking at Google maps with the Satellite view gets me really excited. I barely realized that last year as I was using the maps for work. I saw how some areas of town had a very clear image, and the 3-D buildings just made it better. My mind is wired in a spatial way. The location of things is so important to me. Before I complete an action, I have already physically walked through it in my head. So for some reason, looking at these maps felt like I was tickling my brain. Weird, I know.
10. Photography is fun. Time is always running, and we can’t take it back. But when we take a picture, we have the ability to relive that moment over and over again. Even though there is no sound, it can speak to us and convey a message or emotion. I know I take too many pictures, and since I don’t like deleting stuff, my phone got so full that I had to buy an SD card. I would like to take classes one day to be a better photographer.
What things make you happy? Let me know in a comment!
Thanks for reading 🙂