10 Things That Make Me Happy When I Am Not

Here are 10 things that are sure to put a smile on my face when I am not happy:

1. This picture…

2. Tater telling me “Don’t cry mommy…I love you” and hugging me

3. Reading

4. Being around my family

5. Remembering the song that the locals sang to us on our honeymoon in Fiji

6. Thinking of a time a friend and I were at the river…it was nighttime and we were walking her dog on the golf course and she said something funny (I don’t even remember what it was!), and we laughed until we couldn’t breath, had tears running down our faces, and were rolling around in the grass. I can’t remember another time I’ve ever laughed like that!

7. Being by myself somewhere quiet (which usually leads to reading)

8. Thinking of the early days with hubby…when we were in “new” love

9. Looking at old photo albums

10. A glass of wine, preferably red, after the kids have gone to sleep and the house is quiet…

And so it goes…

Mama's Losin' ItThis post was written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #3: Write a list of 10 things that are sure to put a smile on your face when you are not happy.


  1. Maxabella says:
    I love this, it's a truly great idea. I'm going to think of my ten things. And BTW, your wedding photo put a smile on my face too. What a joyous image.
  2. Beautiful wedding photo! I love your list! I am all about the glass of red wine, a good book in a nice quiet spot!
  3. Ms. Understood says:
    Great list. Your wedding picture is gorgeous. I love sitting in the quiet, reminiscing with friends or sometimes just writing in my journal (which I haven't done in a while).
  4. Sharlene T. says:
    What's lovely is that you can remember and voice those things... bless you and have a great holiday, making lots of happy memories for later smiles...

    Twitter: SolarChief
  5. Really wonderful list, Natalie. (I love laughs like the one you described. I have had that a few times in life, and they are the BEST in the world.)
  6. Awesome list, girl! Old photos always put a smile on my face too!
  7. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    Great list! I choose the same prompt and it made me smile just writing it :) I love the image of you and your friend laughing so hard you end up rolling around on the grass, that's a great feeling!
  8. IS that your wedding day? Looks magical :)
  9. What a beautiful idea and what a beautiful post! Thank you for the inspiration.
  10. Your list looks a lot like mine - minus the laughing so hard one because obviously I wasn't there :)

    Your wedding photo is absolutely stunning - WOW!
  11. The Mommy says:
    Your list made me smile. That is a beautiful picture of you and your hubby. A honeymoon in Fiji sounds awesome, that would have made me smile too. I just love laughing out loud, till my cheeks hurt!
  12. Great photo. I lurve black and whites!!!! now you have me thinking about a beach vacation..sigh....
  13. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says:
    Reading always puts me in better spirits too. It's like a little bit of escapism.
  14. mommybyday.com says:
    That photo makes ME smile every time I see it. =)
  15. What a lovely list! Dropping in from Mama Kat's.
  16. Good to have a list. I could have used a list last night. That photo would be hanging in my home and would make me happy every time I walked past it. Not only do you look beautiful, but what a great memory.
  17. Kimi@SoManyKids says:
    Amazing wedding pic! I'm a reader too. Cannot tear myself away sometimes!
  18. pegbur7 says:
    Love the post and absolutely love the wedding pic. GORGEOUS!!!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's
  19. Aging Mommy says:
    Ah yes, with this proving to be one of those oh so challenging parenting weeks the glass of wine in the evening is an absolute must :-)
  20. Jessica says:
    Beautiful wedding photo!

    I love remenising on memories with my best friend. We usually end up getting those same gut busting, tear streaming, can't breathe laughs like you were talking about. I believe that those moments are true happiness.

    Also, I'm the same with being alone in a quiet place. The world is so loud and busy. There's nothing like relaxing or even just sitting there for just a moment or two.

    Wonderful post.
  21. The Empress says:
    That wedding photo is perfect. Oh, I wish our guy had captured more unguarded moments like that, rather than all posed ones.

    that photo is a treasure.
  22. Lula Lola says:
    Your wedding picture is beautiful! And I love to read too.
    Great list! I need to do this!
  23. Funky Mama Bird says:
    I love that photo; so beautiful!
  24. elizabeth @ twelvecrafts says:
    Thanks! I needed to read what makes someone else happy to remind myself what makes me happy in the midst of a pretty sad week. I smiled reading your list and now I'm off to smile making my own list.
  25. That pic is GORGEOUS!
  26. Laughing that hard is the best. Because at the end it never matters what you were laughing about, it matters who you were laughing WITH.
  27. forty-something chick says:
    I absolutely love that photo! I love how timeless the black and white pics look, and wish they were "in" when we got married (80's...only shoulder pad wedding gowns were in!).

    Laughing until you can barely breathe HAS to be at the top of my list! With some people it isn't even really that funny, but it just gets to you on a different level and you can't help it!

    Great post....made ME smile, too!
  28. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip says:
    It is always so good to remember what to be happy for, cuz it is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily stresses of life and forget all the good things that are right in front of us. At least for me. I loved your list and most esp. the wedding photo and the story of you and your friend laughing until you cried. Great moments. All of them.
  29. Belle's Butterfly says:
    What a beautiful picture. I love reading too. When Belle was a newborn I had such a hard time staying awake during the middle of the night feedings, so to keep me awake I read. Since she's been sleeping through the night I haven't finished a book.
  30. motivationmamadrama says:
    What an absolute gorgeous photo!! You have LOTS to be happy about. Loved your post!
  31. That photo of your wedding day is so good it looks like it could be in a bridal magazine! I chose this prompt this week too. :)
  32. The Sharp's says:
    I do love that picture! There are few things better than laughing uncontrollably! I think we all need to do more thinking about the early days when our love was new. I think it could do a lot of us some good.
  33. Kristy Pool says:
    Your wedding picture is beautiful! I am so with you on the reading one! I love escaping into a good book! I wish I could say I read highly intellectual books, but I mainly read for entertainment.
  34. That is a great picture! It is hard to beat love from your kids. It is so sincere and given without thought of receiving anything in return. I also love reading. I just finished the last good book I have that I haven't read yet and I am sad. I need to learn to pace myself. :)
  35. AH...I love a good roll in the grass laugh!! My sister..and my cousin always seem to bring those out in me!!

    I love that photo too..it makes me happy!! ;)
  36. That is a GREAT photo!

    I just put my list up! :)
  37. Mama Kat says:
    Love this list!! The photo is gorgeous, reading is a great escape, and drinking wine after bedtime is heavenly!!
  38. If SHE can figure it out.......... says:
    I have so much to catch up on! I've been working CRAZY hours, but I'm glad i found a moment to read your list - I LOVE that photo, by the way! Mindy
  39. I totally agree with #10 - enjoying a glass of wine after the kiddo is in bed. It's even better if my hubby out of the house so I can enjoy a rare quiet moment by myself!
  40. GasStation Cappuccino says:
    How in the world are you even remotely sane with three kids in diapers???
  41. moveovermarypoppins says:
    What a beautiful photo! And such a nice list! New love... that made me smile.
  42. Your wedding photo is to die for!!! Just gorgeous!!

    And "new love" is such a great way to word it! That's exactly what it feels like!

    Wine always makes me happy when I'm not also!
  43. blueviolet says:
    That photo is phenomenal and "new love" is amazing!
  44. Cara Mamma says:
    What a fab picture---and honeymoon in Fiji...sounds dreamy. We are just about to go on our belated honeymoon---to Mexico...hoping that it will dreamy and make up for the craziness of the last few months.
  45. For the record your wedding photo makes me smile too.
  46. Mrs.Mayhem says:
    What a gorgeous photo! I hope you have that framed and hanging somewhere you can see it everyday!
  47. You know where I stand on photos and wine. :) Perfect 10.
  48. Heather says:
    I can so relate with you on many of your Top 10 things and I love the wedding photo.
  49. That line from Tater? When my kids say that to me it always makes me cry more because it is so sweet.

    I've seen it a couple of times, but really that picture is BEAUTIFUL!
  50. NanaDiana says:
    And blogging! Your forgot blogging!!!! Love the post! Love the picture of you newly married and wondering what life really awaited you~and now you know. I have a friend that I laugh like that with too...it is just cleansing!
  51. Lindsey says:
    This is a great blog post. Thank you so much for turning me on to this writer's workshop!