things that made me happy in 2015

  

  • Dan, my amazing husband
  • Madison, Frieda, and Harriet, our wonderful pets
  • My fantastic family, my parents, siblings, in-laws, and extended relatives – they’re all extraordinary
  • My excellent friends
  • A challenging and rewarding job
  • Buying our incredible house!! : )
  • Getting to travel for through my job – to places I’ve never been, like San Francisco, and to places I’ve been to but got to discover new parts of, like Washington, D.C., and New York City
  • Podcasts
  • Books  (I met my reading challenge of reading 30 books this year! I’m setting the same goal for next year)
  • Lots of coffee
  • Rehabbing my knee
  • Trips to Columbus, Madison, OH, and Bowling Green
  • Hosting family and friends on trips to Cleveland
  • Indians, Cavs, and Columbus Crew games

  

  • Being diagnosed with celiac disease and starting to feel better
  • Fun nights playing Mario 3D World and Mario Kart
  • Meeting Matthew Dellavedova
  • Easter dinner at my grandma’s house
  • Many walks in the park
  • Trips to the movies with Dan and my dad
  • Getting new glasses and a new haircut
  • Attending showers for friends’ babies and weddings, and celebrating those terrific life changes with them
  • Learning to like running
  • Sitting on our deck
  • Visiting the Cleveland Zoo
  • Board game parties at my sister-in-law Cate’s apartment
  • Suppers at my parents’ house
  • Biking all over
  • Finally getting to visit the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH, with Dan
  • Cooking in our new kitchen
  • Watching football games and English soccer games
  • Decorating our house for the holidays
  • Back to the Future themed Halloween costumes with Back to the Future movie marathon leading up to it
  • Hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our families in our new home
  • A wonderful Christmas weekend with our families and time together approaching the new year : )

  

And of course, hundreds of little moments that bring a smile to your face every day – blaring Adele in the car and singing at the top of my lungs, naps under the electric blanket with my cat laying on my side, laughing with my husband over something silly, brunch after church, playing with my dog. My main focus in 2016 is to flourish – to focus on becoming healthier, growing in my faith, spending time with my family, and just plain enjoying and celebrating life.

What were your favorite moments of 2015? Any goals or hopes for 2016?

weekly gems (a little late)

 

Dan and I at our first Indians game of the season this weekend!     

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Glad the weather is getting nice again for long walks with Madison!

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I’ve had a great spring break – which started off with seeing an awesome Indians win Monday evening!

 

things that are making me happy

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  • All the kinds of flavored coffee Dan & I got for Christmas
  • Staying safe & warm during this terrible weather, and the fact that my friends and family are, too
  • The perfect planner for a new year
  • New leggings to wear while rocking workouts at the gym
  • Speaking of workouts…I’m loving prepping for my first masters meet and participating in Tone It Up’s Love Your Body series!
  • Working ahead to finish the second half of swim season strong
  • Cuddling up with Madison, a good book, & a cup of tea
  • Sending and receiving hilarious texts with friends
  • Marathons of favorite TV shows
  • A good night’s sleep
  • Only 36 days until pitchers and catchers report!

What is making you happy as of late?

 

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P.S. Happy Easter to all who celebrate : ) Hope you have a great day!

 

things that are making me happy

 

  • A new pair of jeans in my favorite style
  • Browsing Pinterest and wedding magazines for cute ideas and useful tips
  • Having a fun time at the Indians home opener (even though they lost the longest opening day game ever!)
  • Delicious Breyers Blast Golden Oreo ice cream
  • ABC’s new show Scandal 
  • Organizing my life by ordering a classy new planner (I have always used a hard copy agenda – I don’t know why I ever strayed!)
  • Long walks with Madison using her new Indians leash
  • Holiday weekends with family
  • Finally getting my hair cut for the first time in a year!
  • Driving with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up

 What is making you happy as of late?

 

 

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Tomorrow I graduate from BGSU with my bachelor’s degree. I can’t believe four years has gone by so fast, especially this year! I have learned so much and met so many fantastic people. I will miss being near the “family” I created here, and I will miss the city of Bowling Green, but I am ready and excited to begin a new chapter in my life. I think that’s a positive attitude to have around graduation, don’t you? ; ) What are you up to this weekend?
  • Love this stationery!
  • Casting news on Disney’s Oz prequel – super excited for this movie!
  • Some excellent exercise inspiration.
  • An amazingly written post about following your dreams.
  • Definitely looking forward to Tina Fey on SNL this weekend!
  • Glad that cities are taking action for justice!
  • This pie was instantly added to my “To Bake Someday” list.
  • Some weddings I love: one, two, & three.
  • Adore everything about this outfit!
  • According to this, I apparently need to go to Canada in June or California in July.
  • Some key tips about sunscreen! Also, why you should go to bed earlier.