Things That Make Me Happy

There are so many things in life that can disrupt our days. So many wrenches that can be thrown, cracks to trip over, and negative circumstances to arise.

Today, I decided to list the things that make me happy. As many as I can think of, and as quickly as I can think of them. I want to have this list to look back on every time something tries to sabotage my happiness. Here goes.

  • My Chihuahuas, Taquito and Chiquita. They’re always happy to see me, even if I only stepped out of the room for a moment.
  • A good glass of Malbec.
  • A funny text message from my mother.
  • Hearing my grandmother say, “Haaaaallllllloooooo” when I call her.
  • Getting sushi after I’ve craved it for weeks.
  • Cadbury Creme Eggs, especially the ones I’ve stockpiled for a rainy day.
  • Skype and text conversations with my best friend, Delonna.
  • Belly laughs with my husband, Carlos. Kisses are nice, too.
  • A good book. No, check that – a stack of good books.
  • Working out. Yes, I’m serious.
  • Having a really good meal and NOT worrying about calories.
  • Florida winters.
  • Having extra money at the end of the month.
  • Finding a great deal on ANYTHING while shopping, especially when it’s something I’ve wanted for a while.
  • Knowing that my family is healthy, happy, and well.
  • The smell of a fresh book.
  • Running out of room on my bookshelves, because it means I will never run out of things to read.
  • My comforter, fresh out of the dryer.
  • Watching my Chihuahua’s first steps in the ocean.
  • Having one of my poems or short stories published. It’s so fulfilling and affirmation I appreciate.
  • Taking silly selfies purely to make someone else laugh.
  • Mojitos at “Liquid Relief” at Dexter’s in Thorton Park.
  • Dancing like an idiot in my husband’s car, just because I love his embarrassment when people look over.
  • Watching the news/stories/segments I’ve written air live on The Daily Buzz.
  • The smell of brownies coming out of the oven. I like it even more when I’m baking them for a friend.
  • A hot bubble bath with a fully charged Nook.
  • Going back to my natural hair color: no maintenance!
  • Singing along to any Michael Jackson or Bruno Mars song that comes on the radio.
  • Sore muscles: it means I pushed myself.
  • Pedicures, ideally with friends, but equally pleasing when I splurge and do it for myself.
  • A clean house. There’s something so welcoming about a made bed, a clean kitchen, and a couch with freshly fluffed pillows.
  • Writing messages (with dry erase markers) on the bathroom mirror to make my husband giggle when he wakes up. I love his laugh.
  • Chasing after my niece, Liliana, and watching her grow faster than I could imagine.
  • Having a big family through marriage: I gained a brother, two sisters, and a second set of parents. It’s a beautiful thing.
  • Knowing that my mother and her girlfriend can get married (soon) with the lifting of the gay marriage ban in Florida.
  • Getting cards in the mail. Anything other than a bill, advertisement, or magazine is going to make me smile.
  • Being outdoors.
  • Setting a personal record during a 5k. My last was 28:04 – my next goal is to break 27:45!
  • Having the grilled vegetable panini with goat cheese at Dexter’s in Winter Park. I swear, they make it better than the other two restaurants.
  • Unlimited mimosas anywhere.
  • Getting fried calamari at a beach-side restaurant in Clearwater.
  • Fire pits. Marshmallows to roast, if you have ’em.
  • Beers with good friends.
  • The first pumpkin spiced latte of the season. So bad for you, but oh so good.
  • Frozen York peppermint patties.
  • When my husband does something sweet just because he likes to see me smile.
  • French-pressed coffee at 2am.
  • A pair of heels that makes my legs look smoking.
  • When my boy Chihuahua has a bath and he looks SO white: snowy and clean.
  • Watching free movies on the lawn on Park Ave. When the Grinch Stole Christmas in December is my favorite annual showing.
  • When the dress zips, even after a really big meal.
  • After I have an oil change, because I always feel so adult and responsible.
  • When I get carded, even if it’s a mercy-carding.
  • Watching Spongebob Squarepants reruns when I’m home sick.
  • Sister-time with Lindsey: whenever we can squeeze it in!
  • Roller-skates. Why don’t I have a pair? I love skating.
  • A day-long bike ride.
  • Getting a massage, especially when I don’t need/deserve it.
  • Bright pink nail polish.
  • Going to a theme park. Any theme park.
  • Glitter. Just because.
  • When I get a compliment on my eyes. It makes me feel like someone is seeing more than the surface of me.
  • Going to farmers’ markets. I love the variety!
  • Finishing something I’ve started.
  • Holding hands.
  • Going to the beach, it doesn’t matter which one. Sand between my toes makes me smile.
  • My husband after he gets a fresh hair cut.
  • Chalkboards.
  • Fresh cilantro served with any Mexican dish. Oh, and extra sour cream!
  • Getting an A in a class.
  • Not knowing the answer to a question at work, and finding it. I love seeing the shock/surprise on a coworker’s face when they see me go out of my way to help them.
  • Watching reruns of The Simpsons or Family Guy with my husband. He finds it so hysterical, it’s entertaining just to watch him.
  • Having a package waiting for me outside of my door. Even if I know I ordered something, it’s still exciting.
  • Finding a random dog hair on my outfit while I’m at work. My babies are always with me.
  • Google search. Seriously, you can find the answer to anything!
  • Collecting magnets when I travel.
  • Having a clear, concise memory of my father.
  • Coming home to a perfect crockpot dinner.
  • Realizing that I can think of someone from my past without pain anymore.
  • Flexing and actually having definition.
  • The Lion King.
  • Butterbeer at Islands of Adventure.
  • Antique shopping.
  • Yard sales!
  • A really big cheese tray.
  • Fresh, sliced mango. Mounds of it.

I realized I could go on and on. So many things in life make me happy. Really, I’m quite easy to please. There are few things in life I ask for – some time alone to read, a glass of wine, and the occasional theme park visit – so I’m a naturally happy person. Really, all I ask is that if I love you, you let me do it, freely and without restrictions. If that happens, everything else works out.

Optimistic for a happy, happy day,

~ Victoria Elizabeth


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