While reading blogs I follow, I found a 30 Day Writing Challenge on another blog (Adventures of Lexie). I really liked the concept and decided I wanted to do this, too. I can always use more to write about and maybe this will shake some story ideas loose! My goal is to write this for a continuous 30 days but it may just been 30 as-close-to-continuous-days-as-possible. After all, life happens.
Anyway, here’s the list showing what to write each day followed by my first post of the challenge.
Day 1: List 10 things that make you really happy
- My husband: I’m not really sure what I did to deserve him but it was worth it! My husband makes me laugh out loud often and he generally just makes everything in life better. He’s cute and silly and we have a great time.
- Our dogs: We have two mutts, Chase and Pearl. Chase is a very reserved and serious Dachshund-Beagle, Pearl is a 3.5-year-old Chihuahua-terrier who still acts like a puppy. They are adorable and do silly things. I primarily work from home so I get to see their antics most of the day. [Generally their antics are 85% sleep, 5% licking each other’s faces and 10% silliness.]
- Spending time with family and/or friends: Both my husband and me are transplants from the midwestern US to California, with families still living in that region. We don’t get to see them often but it definitely makes us happy when we’re able to! And in the past few months we’ve made more friends in the LA-area, where we now reside, so it’s gotten to feel a bit more like home. Spending time with people who make me laugh, have known me for my whole life, or just “get me” provides a lot of happiness.
- Going to new places – adventure!: My husband and I love exploring! I think part of the reason we’re ok with moving around so much is because of this fact. So getting to adventure to new areas and see new things is one of the joys in our lives. It doesn’t have to be anywhere particularly far or exotic, just something new or previously unseen will do. And it’s also about taking the time so really look and see what’s out there instead of just letting things pass you by.
- Learning new things: I love learning and consider myself a lifelong learner! Whether it’s programming (which I’m slowly learning), bits of other languages (somewhat on hold for the moment), conquering some random aspect of Jira at work, researching financial concepts, attending different exercise classes–I’m up for the challenge! Acquiring new skills makes me incredibly happy!
- Reading: If you follow my blog you probably already know that I enjoy reading enough to write about what I am reading/have read. While I think reading is a hugely important skill, it’s also just fun! Depending on what you read, you’re able to learn things and explore new places without ever going anywhere just by reading (see points 4 and 5 above). A good book makes me happy for having read it, yet sad when it’s over.
- Exercise: This one is a bit surprising but it also relates to point 4 above. I love learning new things and taking a variety of exercise classes fits nicely into that category. But beyond that, I like the idea of keeping both my mind and my body sharp. I mean, I’m never going to be a bodybuilder (I wouldn’t want to for many reasons) but exercise makes me feel accomplished, even if I do very little. I’ve come to love this quote: “No matter how slow you go, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.”
- Not having to endure Michigan winters: Sorry Mom and Dad! I miss my family a ton and wish we could visit more but I do not miss winter. Winter is actually my favorite season in the San Fernando Valley because the weather is tolerable, but it was torturous for me in Michigan. I could go back if I needed to but not having to deal with the snow and the ice and the freezing rain and the scraping your car windows and the sliding on the roads and the being cooped up indoors because it’s miserable out…I don’t miss it a bit!
- Times when there’s a surprising lack of traffic: southern California has awful traffic. There’s just too many people and not enough roadway (or at least that’s my super simplistic explanation). So when traffic is randomly not too bad during a time when it usually is, it’s a joyous occasion!
- The clear skies after a good rain: It’s notoriously smoggy in southern California but when it rains, the skies become gloriously clear! You can see mountain ranges that have always been there but were hidden behind the drab grey-brown smog all this time. If you’re at a higher point, you can see to downtown LA and beyond! I remember the first time there was a good rain after I moved to California, before I knew there were mountains that I should be able to see. It was a lovely, inspiring sight to finally be able to view what had always been right there in the distance.
That’s it for my first post but check back if you’re interested in reading the rest of my 30 Day challenge responses!