Make My Soul Smile...

It's always the little things that up to make you the most happy. My favorite things:

The smell of coffee brewing and toast on a warm summer morning.

My kids all fresh and warm from the shower.

The smell of hot pine needles in the summer.

A snowy day, a cup of coffee, and a good book.

The fact that my hubby and I have to be touching in some way to fall asleep (usually backs pressed together after we have cuddled).

Things that make me laugh out loud. Not a chuckle. Not a snicker. Good old laugh out loud.

Colors. Vibrant, contrasting, blending, earth tones, monochromatic. It doesn't matter...just show me color.

Finding an image or idea that makes me so excited that I feel bubbly in my chest.

My niece on the phone saying my name and that she loves me.

An afternoon at the bookstore with my sister.

The smell of blended essential oils lingering on my clothing.

Lunch with my mother-in-law.

A long lazy Sunday afternoon.

An invigorating workout that reminds me what my body is capable of.

Lists...that help me put life in perspective and that remind me that it's the little things in life that bring us the most joy.



P.S. I was inspired to create this post after finding it on "Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken". She was inspired by "Soul Aperture". If you would like to read other simple inspirations, they are there for your enjoyment.


  1. I loved your list and thanks for playing along !

    did you let christina know you were playing ???

    ohhhh....and the out loud belly too !....with tears in my eyes and until my stomach hurts !

  2. An amazing list of little joys and pleasures. Children after a bath -- oh I used to love that with me!! Bundling them into thick towels...and your last line about lists....yes!!

  3. Hello, I am visiting you today in the wake of Christina's love. Thank you for sharing your list and for creating so many lovely images. Warm toast, the smell of pine, time with a dear one, books. Yes, wonderful...

  4. Wonderful list. I totally agree about colour and also love what you've said with "feeling all bubbly" inside with an idea or image. I've been there. Lovely.

  5. oh yes, the colors and the laughs... such a beautiful, living out loud list.
    thank you... thank you for sharing.

  6. I love so many things on your list, bookstores`~divine

  7. i am so in love with the lingering scent of essential oils...stopping over from Soul Aperture to show you some love.

    one love.

  8. Isn't this idea of Christina's such fun? I love how many of us are roaming the blogroads stopping to say hello here and there. So, hello to you. Happy almost-Friday.

  9. Thank you ladies...for sharing your lists and for taking the time to look over mine. I read each list and it makes me think of so many more things that I could add to my own :) Thinking of starting an ongoing one...