life is beautiful.

field of flowers

today was not so much of a good day.
actually... i feel like lately that's how it's been going.
1 step forward, 2 steps back.
i just feel like i can't catch a break.
but even in the bad times, i know i have so much to be grateful for.
i just have to remind myself & work a little harder to see it.
but really, it's not that hard if i just stop, breathe, & open my eyes.
just as a reminder for moi, here are a few things that make me happy & thankful


my mom and our awesome relationship.. how she's the one person who really gets me
good morning kisses from tobey & his barks welcoming me home every day
homemade milkshakes & smoothies
good friends who are always there for me, no matter how many miles away they are
a good workout
fresh flowers in the kitchen
the smell of rain
letters in the snail mail
talking to my brothers on the phone
the wind in my air
watching mia dance & laugh & learn about life
playing in the ocean
the unconditional love & loyalty of a dog
making new friends
watching movies during rainy days
texts that make me smile
the start of a new season
people i can be totally myself around, un-guarded
sunrises & sunsets
memories of my daddy
catching up with old friends
strangers who smile
tire swings hanging from a tree
receiving a genuine compliment
laughing until i can't breathe
iced coffee
inside jokes
brick walls inside of buildings
polaroid cameras & old school photo booths
saving movie ticket stubs
fresh fruit
fresh clean sheets
sleeping with the windows open
building a sandcastle or making a snow angel
sweet, sweet, sweet tea
big porches & porch swings
the smell of someone i love, freshly baked food, or fires burning on cold winter days
watching the ducks cross 4 lanes of traffic.. makes me smile every time =)


I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~Agatha Christie