A Productive Summer Break – Things That Make Me Happy

Hey y’all! I’ve been thinking lately how I’ve been doing a good job of keeping myself busy this summer. Not only did I take a summer class (and pass it with top marks, might I add), I got another job that I LOVE, I started this blog, I renewed my library card (THE BEST IDEA I HAD ALL SUMMER), I started working out at least three times a week at my gym, I started going to yoga class a lot more, I’ve written countless letters to my love, and on top of it all, I’ve been able to catch up on Game of Thrones! That is a few of the many fun things I’ve been doing to keep distracted and busy while summer break is underway.

A lot of the things I have listed above are activities that make me happy. I have gone through a lot of my teenage years struggling to find myself and the activities I value most and the activities that make me the most happy. As my 20th birthday approaches at the end of this week, I decided I’d write a list out (not just for you readers, but mostly for myself) listing some of the many activities, people, and items that make me a happy Julia. I will try to utilize the list to make my summer even more productive and meaningful for me. I also think writing this list out is cleansing. In the stressful world we live in, I find myself sometimes questioning what really makes me happy anymore. When I try to be superwoman and do a billion things at one time, I lose sight of the things I value and love in life. Sometimes, as the cliché goes, I have to sit back and smell the roses – well in my case, daisies. I love daisies!

What are activities or objects that make you all happy? You should write a list and try to do those activities or find time for those people at least once this summer! What is life without indulgence, right? I don’t think doing things that make you happy is over-indulgent though. It is important to keep yourself happy and satisfied – unless it’s at the expense of others’ happiness, which in that case I advise you to find other healthy activities to do. Regardless, keeping yourself happy is key to a healthy life.

Things That Make Me Happy (In no real particular order)

  1. My family
  2. DANCING
  3. My friends from high school
  4. My boyfriend
  5. My dog
  6. Animals in general
  7. Food – good food, healthy food, junk food, cheesy food, FOOD
  8. Books/the library
  9. Traveling
  10. Writing
  11. Going to church/praying/Jesus Christ
  12. Working out
  13. Yoga
  14. Boating on the lake
  15. MUSIC
  16. Floral print shirts
  17. Colored jeans
  18. High-rise anything
  19. Taking photos
  20. Cuddling
  21. Hearing people laugh – especially my little brother
  22. Playing the ukulele
  23. Hiking
  24. Helping other people/Making other people smile
  25. Trips to go get ice cream or frozen yogurt
  26. Build-Your-Own Salad/Wrap bars
  27. Any type of arts and crafts activity, like knitting or smashbooking or DIY projects
  28. Driving on a sunny day with my sunglasses on and good music playing
  29. Monetarily being self-sufficient
  30. Baking anything sweet or cooking a yummy meal
  31. GAME OF THRONES
  32. All of the holidays!! Especially: Halloween, Christmas, and New Years
  33. Sleeping
  34. Iced teas, milk teas, bubble teas, hot teas
  35. And on that note, coffee (hot or iced or blended)
  36. Even further on that note, smoothies!
  37. Cozy socks
  38. Vitamins
  39. Warm blankets
  40. Movies, any kind as long as they are quality! But a “B” movie is good occasionally too!
  41. Daisies, sunflowers, daffodils
  42. Stud earrings
  43. Getting good grades in school (and by good grades, I mean pushing myself to get all “A’s”)
  44. Listening to live music
  45. Going to the chiropractor (If you’ve never had muscle stimulation, you’re missing out)
  46. Hugging my loved ones
  47. Makeup (doing it, buying it, playing with it, following tutorials, etc.)
  48. Spending time with my grandparents
  49. Broadway shows
  50. Blogging
  51. Going to the park
  52. Poetry
  53. Autumn leaves, pumpkins, hay, ANYTHING FALL RELATED
  54. Pinterest-planning my wedding day (which will be in the fall, of course)
  55. Disney!
  56. 1940’s-1950’s era clothing, music, memorabilia, etc.
  57. Seafood and shellfish
  58. Babysitting my baby cousins (I love working with kids in general!)
  59. Vera Bradley (I am a crazy fan of her pocketbooks)
  60. Massages
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