happy list 6.17.19

things i’m thankful for here in Peru:

  • an abundance of cheap, healthy food
  • inexpensive wine 
  • being able to hike
  • meeting new people from all over the world
  • facetime calls and movie dates with my friends (& how the distance forces us to get creative with quality time)
  • practicing my spanish 
  • the kind hostel staff i’ve met in Cusco and Arequipa (Ivan & Jose)
  • gaining a sense of independence back that i feel got a little lost in the last year
  • learning to appreciate the present moment, instead of trying to skip ahead through this incredible year filled with uncertainty and change
  • having the courage to start making videos of my travels and creating those visual memories to look back on

things i’m thankful for back home:

  • hot showers
  • being able to avoid single-use plastics
  • real towels
  • a big bed & my own space

things that fill my soul:

  • multi-day treks without service
  • buying gifts for people i love 
  • reading 
  • deep conversations with near-strangers who i feel like i know so well after only a few days 

happy list

Christmas sweaters
Disney World
goose down coats
thrift store finds
my sister’s cuddles
the way my dog sleeps all curled up
warm feet
cold fronts
two days till takeoff
my timbs
classical music
fjallraven backpacks
time to read
old sweatshirts
a weekend away
wanting to teach
four weeks since a cigarette
my travel friends
and all the people who help keep me sane.


happy list

90’s style
jean jackets
ripped denim
fall weather
the changing of leaves
our phis finally being initiated
going home
finding a parking spot in the middle of the day
giving & receiving travel recommendations
taking the trip
Bon Iver
a clean room
surprise mail
care packages
my mom
seeing my dog
being referred to as a “special treasure” by my best friend’s boyfriend
the Tigger song
Spotify’s Ultimate Indie playlist
not getting left on read
open communication
quality time
swimming on a sunny afternoon
royal blue
long blonde hair
my roots
iced coffee
the word y’all
giving a good presentation
new blog design
candy corn
waffles & whipped cream
staying hydrated
messy buns
staying in touch
embracing an ending
being able to remember without hurting
realizing what I’m looking for
because I know I’ll find it again.


happy list | 7

A message from a dear friend:
“It’s okay to keep your feet on the ground for awhile. This is where friends, and the rain, and the harvest are. The sky will always be there when you’re ready to fly again.”
{One of the most poetic pieces of advice I’ve ever received. Thank you, Dillon.}

the happy list

steaming showers
clean sheets
freshly folded laundry
fuzzy socks
cozy nights in
friends who check up on you
oversized sweatshirts
online sales
wearing a guy’s clothes
nearly being caught up on work
uncontrollable laughing
someone telling me I pull off embarrassing myself with grace
scrolling through Tumblr to destress
new country tunes
Mumford & Sons’ Johannesburg EP
bitterness dissipating
feeling less afraid
the recent grad who didn’t think I was crazy when I brought up dropping out
the law school student who’s going to make a dope documentary some day
checking things off my to-do list
out of the blue texts from a longtime friend
Jim Dale’s voice
walking through campus at night
brunch that turns into lunch
learning how to say no again
chicken nuggets
late night ice cream runs
my two precious littles
hockey season
beating the Caps in overtime
my fantasy league
talking to people at work instead of talking to people on the phone
good conversation
the giddy excitement girls have for each other when it comes to a boy
a light backpack
staying in touch with travel friends
remembering that there’s time
but not counting on it.



the happy list: Irma edition

As I was titling this post, I glanced back at past happy lists and realized something crazy: I haven’t written one since May 2016. That’s nearly a year and a half ago. I’ve certainly made mental happy lists since then, and have written at least one in my journal, but it baffles me a bit that that much time has gone by. In May 2016 I was a senior in high school, about to graduate. Now, I’m a sophomore in college who, to be entirely too dramatic, has just survived two consecutive bouts of strep throat and a record-breaking hurricane. (Okay, that was even more dramatic than I intended.) Anyway, speaking of said hurricane, here’s my happy list, in spite of (or perhaps because of), Hurricane Irma (and the last couple of weeks).

happy list

pub subs
Friends marathons
not feeling dead
no leaks or property damage
all the well wishes
drinking water out of my Camelbak
being stocked up on Carmex
brie cheese
leftover pasta
staying in bed
no expectations or responsibilities for six days
six continents full of friends
Joey’s smile
Chandler’s snark
Phoebe’s everything
musk scented candles
travel plans
having more money than I thought
that clean feeling after a warm shower
Ross Creations’ hurricane prep skit
my G, for tucking me in
Matt and Justin, for the 8 Advil
Sarah, for gracefully coping with my sick self
mom & dad, for checking on me this weekend
dried flowers
denim hats
staying in touch
learning to let go
memory foam
dream catchers
group chats
tumblr inspiration
coloring books
the time to rest and recover
days off
meeting new people
learning to live with my mistakes
realizing that I don’t need to chase people
and that it’s okay to have fuck-ups and feelings
the film I watched last week for class
speaking Spanish in my head
the way my books look all lined up along the windowsill
hopefully losing weight
the traces of the world in my room
and in me.