110 Things That Make Me Happy

Hi there, Monday! Once again, you came faster than expected.

As bloggers we open our lives up to an indefinably large audience. We share what’s going on in our world. Food. Fun. Maybe fitness. The good and the bad. I’m not a Negative Nancy so while authenticity is a key priority for me on- and offline, I don’t always tell everything – and I fell most bloggers will follow the same approach. Life isn’t unicorns and rainbows 24/7 and the past weeks have been more rain than rainbows for me. There, I said it. However, like I said, negativity isn’t my style so I’m trying to keep my head up. Coincidentially, Kathy inspired me to do some thinking about all the good things in life. It’s the little things that make us happy after all. Without further ado, here are 100 things that make me happy and bring joy to my life. Because photography is one of those things, I added some pictures bringing my list to the marvelous number of 110 things [and counting because once you start looking there are countless things making you happy in life].

  1. Being with people I love.
  2. The sound in my ears when riding my bike.
  3. My bed. The comfiest place on earth.
  4. Riding my bike.
  5. Especially riding my bike in the sunset.
  6. Flowers of any kind – as evidenced by the bazillion of pictures of them on my blog. You’ve got to share the love, right?!
  7. Walks through the woods. Just taking in nature, forgetting about the time and everything else.
  8. Seeing people smile. Especially people I love. I’m happy when others around me are happy. Smiles are indeed contagious.
  9. Silence and rest after loud and long days or nights.
  10. Stopping to smell the flowers. Literally.
  11. Writing letters
  12. Receiving letters.
  13. The sun.
  14. Curling up in bed pulling the blankets up until under my nose.
  15. PJ pants_striped_bed
  16. Reminiscing in childhood memories.
  17. Taking showers.
  18. The scent of my shampoo.
  19. Those rare days when the scent of said shampoo actually sticks in my hair for longer than a few minutes. Just me?
  20. Hand-knitted wool socks by my grandma. ‘tis the season.
  21. Freshly washed sheets.
  22. Fresh fruit. All the fruit.
  23. Ice cream.
  24. Nut butter. I don’t discriminate here.
  25. All the kabocha. At best home-grown from my mum’s garden.
  26. Sleeping in on the weekends.
  27. Talking with friends for so long we forget all about the time. And food.
  28. Buying new writing utensils.
  29. That’s an obvious one: Blogging.
  30. Family walks – on the beach or elsewhere.
  31. Reading thought-provoking articles.
  32. Sunday walk_October
  33. Taking pictures.
  34. Long dresses. Short dresses. All kinds of dresses, really.
  35. Getting dressed up for special occasions.
  36. Watching one of my favourite movies. Like How to steal a million. Mad Hot Ballroom.
  37. When I’m sad and others find just the right words to cheer me up.
  38. Painting my nails. Even if  picking a colour can be tough.
  39. The sound of leaves crushing beyond my feet on walks in autumn.
  40. Things children say in awe of things they don’t yet understand. Yes, it sure is possible to raise a foal in a three-bedroom city apartment. You just have to believe it.
  41. Saying that, I think I should re-read some of my old favourites.
  42. Tongue twisters.
  43. Running. It clears my mind, lets me breathe and fuels my creativity. I can’t wait to lace up my shoes and get back into it again one day. Hopefully soon.
  44. Colouring books. Because you’re never too old for them and it’s important to keep the inner child alive. Adult life can be rough.
  45. Winter sun
  46. Being silly with friends because we should keep our inner child alive forever.
  47. Insider jokes. Oh that one created on our class trip to the Netherlands …
  48. Gilmore Girls.Rory and Lorelai have saved many a boring night for me.
  49. Working out. Those endorphines produced while exercise are amazing.
  50. My favourite magazines.
  51. Listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks. To all Germans: Rufus Beck is brilliant.
  52. Laughing.
  53. While I’m neither a huge cake nor cookie person eating the dough is my favourite part.
  54. Scented candles. I just started lighting one on my table in the morning again. It didn’t feel right in summer but now that it’s getting colder again …
  55. Driving, turning the music up loud and jamming along. There’s a reason I prefer driving alone.
  56. Breaking out into spontaneous kitchen dance parties.
  57. Candles_December
  58. Random conversations with strangers.
  59. Libraries. Going into them with no idea on what to get and browsing endlessly.
  60. Reading. Duh.
  61. Writing lists. Like this one.
  62. Checking things off of my to-do list.
  63. Receiving a new issue of the magazine I subscribe to.
  64. Watching the clouds and looking for cloud animals. Did anybody else do that as a child?
  65. Watching the sunrise.
  66. Watching the sunset. Is it apparent I like the sun just a smidgen?
  67. Surprising other people.
  68. Asking my grandparents about their lives and listening to their stories. If yours are still alive and you haven’t asked them about ‘earlier’ yet: do it.
  69. Exploring cities or new places by simply walking around with no set goal.
  70. houses_Berlin
  71. Finding/buying/collecting beautiful dishes. I have way too many a lot.
  72. Early mornings. On those occasions I wake up early enough to enjoy them …
  73. Watching the stars.
  74. Beach walks with the whole family including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins.
  75. Wearing boots that make me a little taller. Any other short people that can relate?
  76. Unplugging. Some of the best memories are made when there’s no technology around to capture them.
  77. Eating nut butter straight from the jar. The joy of not having to share.
  78. Getting compliments. Not just for appearance but things I wrote or created, too.
  79. Making new friends.
  80. Hearing birds sing.
  81. When somebody unexpectedly calls, texts or mails to simply ask how I’m doing. That’s something to pay forward.
  82.  Finding things I thought I’d lost again.
  83. Baking cookies. Or cakes. Or anything, really.
  84. What's not to love about freshly baked cookies? Tasting the dough might be my favourite part of baking, though.
  85. Figuring out how to do things I had yet to understand.
  86. Rainbows.
  87. Trying something for the first time and immediately getting the hang of it.
  88. Playing board games. Unfortunately not one of my family’s favourite activies so we hardly do it anymore these days. That has to change!
  89. My mum’s laugh. Trust me, it’s the most contagious [and one of the loudest] ever.
  90. Creating new recipes.
  91. Candied peanuts_2
  92. Going to the movies.
  93. When my apartment looks neat and organized. Why does a thorough clean-up never last long??
  94. Crafting. It’s something I really enjoyed as a child but – thanks to many arts teacher telling me I had no talent – lost over the years. With Christmas in mind I started searching Pinterest for ideas and can’t wait to get started.
  95. Speaking English. I’m currently teaching German to an American exchange student and while I’m getting paid the best part is being able to practice my English, too. I’ve always loved learning languages.
  96. When the kids I’m tutoring are successful in school.
  97. Having a sudden flash of inspiration.
  98. Hot showers. Even more now that it’s getting colder outside they’re a real treat.
  99. No matter what’s going on in my life I will always appreciate a hug.
  100. There’s nothing like changing into your pajamas, watching some movie or reading a good book.
  101. Singing [when nobody’s listening].
  102. Listening to my favourite songs on repeat.
  103. Kitten. I guess we can agree baby animals are cute – but so are grown up ones.
  104. Scarves.
  105. Traveling and seeing new places.
  106. Doing puzzzles – even if they take me forever to finish.
  107. Learning something new.
  108. Living in the moment and not worrying about the future. I’m still practicing …
  109. Every comment on here. Yes, I know I’m repeating myself but the blogging community – you. Thank you for stopping by, commenting and making blogging all the better.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Taking a walk outside before the rain set in. Thoughts flowing, feet moving – it was wonderful

 

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Good good links #107

Knock, knock. Is anybody still around? Going a full week – until now, that is – without a post seems like half a century in the fast-paced world of social media. Especially as I didn’t intentionally skip the posts but technology conspired against me and the internet kept failing throughout trying to draft posts.* Enough of that, though, because today’s focus is on the plethora of amazing posts I found this week.

* in case you’re wondering how I as still able to read others’ posts: All thanks to my phone and functionable wi-fi in places other than my apartment.

Have a great Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Recovered or not? via Fit Swiss Chick

Only we know what’s really going on on the inside. Recovered is not a look but state of mind and involves more than some might think. Don’t let outsiders define your ‘normal’.

Why “Guiltless”, “Skinny”, & “Sinless” Foods Will Wreck Your Diet via Gabby’s Gluten-free

They might not just wreck your diet but mess up your mind and trust in your intuition.

What Is Your Comfort Zone Costing You? via Beets per Minute

This post! Take some time to read this very insightful post and let everything sink in.

Confessions of a Food Blogger and a Real Person, Too via Hummusapien

Think before you speak/comment and remember that criticism doesn’t hurt any less online.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

How to be more interesting than a phone via Alexandra Franzen

It’s not easy to get attention in a world of ’24/7 candy store[s] for the senses’ but these interesting ideas might be worth a try.

No shame, all love via build my bliss

Body-shaming exists but shouldn’t. Even if we can’t fully stop it we can do our part by not participating.

3 Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Successful Day via Career Girl Daily

Fail to plan – plan to fail. It’s all about the prep work to make sure your day’s off on a good note. And oh, #3 …

Do You Text While Driving? Why You Shouldn’t – and How To Stop via Gretchen Rubin

Please don’t tell me you’re doing it – or stop it ASAP.

 

Blogging

How To Use Social Media Consciously (without the overwhelm) via One Infinite Life

This! Who is not guilty of mindlessly browsing around and then getting stressed out and wondering where time went?

17 Things You Should Do to Every Blog Post Before + After You Hit Publish (Free Checklist!) via The Nectar Collective

Because your work isn’t done once you’ve finished writing. Truth: yes, I find this list kind of overwhelming, too. One day at a time, improving along the road, right?

How to use Hootsuite via Peace, Love and Oats

Scheduling posts is key to save time – a simple guide on using one of the most popular tools.

 

 

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

This Hipster Barbie Account Perfectly Mocks Every Annoying Person On Instagram via BuzzFeed

“Be Real. Be Unique. Be Authentic. Be Humble.” – Barbie knows best and Instagram can really be a huge circus show.

I Blog: What’s Your Superpower? (Free Wallpaper!) via Gina Alyse

Be proud of who you are! A cute freebie to show off one of your favourite hobbies [or job?].

 

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Oreo Cheesecake with Speculoos Crust via Seitan Beats Y our Meat

Need a dessert to impress on a special occasion? This will likely rock everybody’s socks off.

Chocolate Banana Protein Pie via Produce on Parade

Another [likely very] delicious answer to the questions of where vegans get their protein.

Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast via Running with Spoons

Hello, comfort food breakfast that’s actually nutritious.

Birkeskage (Danish Poppy Seed Cake) via Seitan Is My Motor

One of my mum’s favourite cakes gone vegan and using simple ingredients you might already have on hand.

Healthy 1 Minute Blueberry Muffin (Paleo, vegan, gluten free) via The Big Man’s World

A Starbucks copycat recipe that saves you money and a run to the coffeeshop? Winning.

Southwestern Pumpkin Risotto via Veggie inspired Journey

It’s the season to pumpkin up all the food! This risotto looks like every squash and Mexican food fiend’s dream.

Vegan Frito Pie via Contendedness Cooking

Mexican food alert #2. Tortilla chips, vegan chili and cheese – how could you go wrong with that combination?!

Oven-roasted Corn on the Cob via eat healthy, eat happy

This summer favourite doesn’t have to be reserved for the grill only – an easier way to satisfy the craving.

Veganes Rührei // Scrambled egg: 0% soy, gluten, wheat via Justine kept calm and went vegan

No need for tofu thanks to another magical favourite vegan ingredient in this scramble.

 

 

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: A bike ride at sunset. The sun never ceases to put a smile on my face.

 
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Good good links #106

Oh, Sunday, you came too soon again …

Can we agree that a) weekends should be longer and b) summer is not allowed to leave us yet? Good. Because I’m neither ready for the new week nor for allowing fall taking over. I guess one upside of colder days is an afternoon spend inside reading [books, blogs, whatever] doesn’t leave you like you missed out on anything going on outside. So in case your Sunday isn’t promising to offer swimming pool weather: here are some great reads to brighten any day.

 

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

How My Smartphone Almost Destroyed My Honeymoon via Career Girl Daily

While this might sound extreme at first read – is it really that far from our reality?!

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

15 Things I’ll Stop Doing In My Thirties via Helene in Between

Do you recognize yourself in any of these points? Watch out for the real lesson at the end of the post!

29 Lessons I Learned About My Body in 29 Years via Absurd, She Wrote

Beautiful and good reminders for everybody to appreciate our bodies and not max out their limits at all times [i.e. in terms of sleep].

The Truth Is … via Daily Moves and Grooves

Alison’s focus and determination in recovery are seriously inspiring.

 

The Declutter Challenge: 116 Things You Can Start Tossing *Now* via Levo

Hello, guilty of keeping those odd pens that don’t even work anymore and the likes …

14 Starbucks Hacks That Will Save You Money via Popsugar

Because that coffee shop habit can get expensive really fast.

 

Food

Five Truths About Advertising That the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know via Verily Mag

How ‘natural’ looses its meaning and serving sizes trick us into considering a product as healthier than it actually is.

 

Blogging

10 Tips On How To Be A Productive  Blogger via Oh So Amelia

Creating a good work environment, keeping a schedule, limiting distractions and other great advice on how to make the most of your writing time.

 

Fitness and Health

Pajamaste! Who Needs a Yoga Mat When You Can Do Yoga in Bed? via Popsugar

Granted, these might not turn you into a fully-blown yogi but are an easy way to start practicing.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

60+ of the Most Spooktacular Halloween DIYs via Popsugar

Before you know it’s Halloween again and why not get prepping already if you celebrate?!

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Blueberry Cream Cheese via The Vegan 8

Cashew magic once again! The ingredient list of this one makes storebought varieties a lot less appealing.

Sticky Cinnamon Roll Batter Oatmeal via The Big Man’s World

While I might have never had Cinnabon cinnamon rolls I’ll take my cinnamon with a side of oatmeal any day 😉 .

Fudgy Brownie Batter Protein Bars via Amy’s Healthy Baking

I’m not a huge fan of protein bars but promise me a nutritious snack tasting like brownies and I’m in!

No-bake Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars via Running with Spoons

These look dangerous times two: salty + sweet = addictive and no-bake = prepared in no time. Bye-bye, self-control …

Vegan Butter Chicken via Ceara’s Kitchen

A cashew-creamy tomato sauce with lots of warming spices – winner, winner, chickpea dinner [lame but whatever ;)].

10 Best Homemade Dip and Salsa Recipes via Skinny Ms.

Store-boughts sauces tend to contain some really sketchy ingredients you can easily make do without.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happiness-inducing today:  Making the most of a rainy day by visiting a friend anf talking for hours.

 
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Does a snowflake’s weight actually matter?

Change. You either embrace or despise it. I’ll make a guess and say most of us are in the second camp. The change I don’t like about today? Cold weather. It looks like – after different people announcing every day of this week so far ‘the last day of real summer’  – autumn really decided to settle in slowly now. Overall, it’s safe to say we don’t like change we have no say in. The weather s one of those cases in point. However, today I want to think out loud about change we can influence even though we might doubt it at first.

Thinking-Out-Loud

Think for a moment: when was the last time you used some form of the popular phrase ‘they say …’, alternatively ‘society says’ or simply expressed dismay about something common in society nowaways? The obsession with diets stemming from society’s screwed idea of the perfect body. The fact GMOs are becoming more common in the food industry. I could go on here …

How all of this relates to the title and all of us being snowflakes? That one is due to a wonderful story a former RE teacher of mine shared with my class years ago [and you might have heard this or another version of the story before, too]. Possibly the best RE teacher in the world, by the way and not just because of telling us this story but today isn’t teacher appreciation day so I won’t go on gushing here 😉 .

Flowers

Here it goes: A pigeon is sitting on the strongest branch of a tree on a cold snowy day watching the snowflakes fall down on the earth one by one. Soon, another pigeon ‘gesellt sich dazu’. After looking at the snowflakes’ fall for a while, too, the first pigeon asks: “Say, what does a snowflake weigh?” The second pigeon scoffingly looks at a single snowflake falling on the branch they’re sitting on and answers: “Oh, no more than nothing.” The pigeons rest in silence watching the snowfall becoming stronger and stronger. After a while the first pigeon flies away. By now, the huge strong tree branch is covered in a thick layer of snow. Then, the pigeon watches a single little snowflake fall down on the branch – and it breaks.

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We are part of this [screwed up at times, maybe] society we’re talking about – and we have the power to change it.

Granted, we as individuals might not be able to create worldwide change. But just because we aren’t the president, the powerful CEO of a big company or another huge influencer in today’s society doesn’t mean we couldn’t make difference. Once more, it’s about the little things.

Stop buying products by a company using GMOs.

Use the car less often. Eat less meat or even go vegetarian – though you know there’s no diet peer pressure.

Raise awareness about mental illnesses/eating disorders.

Talk to that ‘outsider’ in class – not to make yourself feel better but possibly brighten somebody else’s day.

Snowflake effect – it does exist. [yes, I’m aware of the term butterfly effect but let me stay with my seasonally non-suitable snowflake example, yes?!]. We might not have enormous power on our own – but one snowflake never touches the ground alone, either. So what do you think: Does a snowflake’s weight matter?

 

Happiness-inducing today: Harvesting some of the first raspberries of the year in our garden.

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