50 Things That Make Me Smile

“List 50 things that make you smile”

I bought the BestSelf WordSmith deck a few months ago and promptly relegated it to a shelf where it could collect dust. But yesterday, I picked it up and stumbled upon the writing prompt “List 50 Things That Make You Smile” and I decided to give it a shot.

At first I thought this would be easy, but as I worked the list I realized that after a while it gets harder and harder to think of the things that make you smile. After some of the more obvious entries, I found myself searching for ideas. What do I spend my time on? What brings me joy? What do I find funny?

It turned out to be quite the journey, and the best part was that the time I spent creating this list was also time spent appreciating everything I wrote down. It made me think about how even in a terrible, no good, awful year, there is still a lot of joy to be found and pursued.

My list speaks to the things that have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember AND the things that I’ve grown to appreciate over the last 9 months or so. If you’ve got the time, I highly recommend creating your own list.

But for now, in no particular order, here are 50 things that make me smile:

Running
Reading
Writing
Photography
Family
Friends
New York City
Music Music Music
Hiking
The Great Outdoors
Schitt’s Creek
My brother’s dog
My sister’s dog
Mentors
Mentees
Pan Dulce
Travel
#HRCommunity
Hoodies
Manu the polydactyl cat
Breakfast tacos
Los Spurs
Mentoring students
Sunrises
Sunsets
The Texas Hill Country
Art
UTSA tailgates
Spotify
Clever t-shirts
Netflix
A solid pun
Meditation
Sleeping in
Waking up early
All the memes
Seinfeld
Curbside and grocery delivery
Plants
A new pair of running shoes
Family zoom time
Zoom catch ups with friends
Ransom typos *Random
Baking
BBQ
Noise cancelling anything
H-E-B
Giving back
Teaching/Coaching
Nerd life

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