My Happy List... Revisited

Saturday, August 20, 2011

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This is actually the note I had been searching for- My Happy List.  Something created eons ago and something that I have included in every attempt at blogging in the past.  This is my "me in a nutshell" post that never fails to put a smile on my face...

My Happy List (originally written sometime at the end of 2008-beginning of 2009):

1. My daughter... Autumn Gwendolyn. I was one of those people just a few years ago who would have said absolutely not about wanting to be a mother... it's amazing how a child can put so much into perspective...and the sound of her laughter is worth more than anything in this world.

2. Painting... I do not paint to show in galleries or to sell for extreme amounts of money... I do it for the pure joy of it. Whether good or bad my paintings are expressions of how I feel at the time and the mere act of putting brush to canvas is beyond words.

3. Writing... when I get into the right rhythm words can flow so easily.

4. Driving on winding, country roads... when you have no exact direction or place to go...simply taking in your surroundings and feeling a slight sense of freedom.

5. The ocean... just the sound of it, even before it comes into view, sends a wave of relaxation over me.

6. Finding myself again... I know this sounds bizarre, but over the past few months I rediscovered the passions and dreams that I let fall by the wayside while I was married. When you are in as deep a depression as I had been in nothing seemed worth doing... I feel like a veil has been lifted and each new day brings about reminders of the girl I once was and the woman I am longing to be.

7. Reading a good book... I should follow this up with on a stormy night with a perfect cup of coffee or tea. I am in awe of the authors in this world who can reach out and touch your heart with merely the written word.

8. Cooking... I love cooking from scratch. My favorite is buying veggies from a farmer's market and starting there as my base.

9. Designing my dream house... I religiously make floor plans on scrap sheets of paper, scan through design magazines, look up websites that will aid in my creation of my perfect home (that as everyone knows will one day be on the coast of Maine)

10. People watching... as most of my friends know I have never been one to be the center of attention - I enjoy being slightly on the edge of the party looking in... observing and having fun using my crazy imagination to discover more about an individual.

And the little things...

11. St. Simon's Island, GA (my favorite place to be- especially sitting on the end of the dock w/ a midnight picnic)

12. Ben & Jerry's Phish Food (I now must add that their Boston Cream Pie rocks as well!)

13. silver jewelry... especially with rainbow moonstones

14. crystals

15. reading tarot cards

16. fresh seafood

17. Red perfume... the smell of it still takes me back to when I was 13 listening to "Phantom of the Opera"

18. hot tubs

19. "Letters to a Young Poet"

20. swimming

21. chasing rainbows

22. driving to the song "Excess" by Tricky... I get a slight bad@ss feeling about me :)

23. sitting outside & drinking coffee on a foggy morning

24. rain

25. black nailpolish

26. glitter

27. Vanilla Bean Frappucino with double shot of espresso

28. long, relaxing bubble baths

29. "Carmina Burana"

30. The Art Institute of Chicago

31. listening to Frank Emerson play at Kevin Barry's in Savannah

32. Mozart's "Requiem Mass"

33. vampire stories

34. GA Guidestones in Ellberton, GA

35. James Taylor...his music always makes me smile

36. the full moon

37. Celtic traditions

38. unique teapots

39. a new haircut (one that I desperately need)

40. memories of my theatre life... it made me what I am today.

41. believing in true love and knowing I will find it one day

42. movies by Christopher Guest

43. going to Alexandria, VA simply to eat at a restaurant called Bilbo Baggins

44. Galway Bay in Chicago

45. chocolate cake shots (thanks to Galway Bay & the gorgeous Irishman, Nolan Rafferty)

46. my lighting design for "Jekyll & Hyde"

47. the smell of an old bookstore

48. carpet picnics (getting all fancy w/ no furniture- a little wine, smoked gouda, caviar, dried mango...)

49. the smell of patchoulli

50. North Campus at UGA

There are so many more favorite things that I could include... at one point in my life I even made a little video to go along with this happy list...

So, what would you put on your happy list?


Classic NYer said...

It's a blessing to have such a very long happy list. :-)

stopping in from the LBS tea party.

Leanne said...

Oh, dear friend!!!! My sister has been telling me to visit your blog (as I haven't been to your new space here)!!! and I am so glad to be here. I so appreciate and love this post! And I find that you and I are alike in so many ways! (James Taylor brings such a calmness to my soul . . . sigh.) Really enjoyed your list. Off to read some more!

Leanne said...

p.s. And the references to painting . . . I get them. Every one of them. :)

Heather said...

Thank you! Thank you!

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