Now, I don’t have a particular fondness for whiskers on kittens, there are a great many things that I do have fondness for. I am always keeping my eyes open for new things to love, and so I thought I’d share a list of things that make me smile. Mind you, these aren’t the huge important things worth living for, but as C. S. Lewis said, they make life worth living. I’d love to see some of yours!
♦ Brightly colored nail polish
♦ Quotes (I have quotes all over my walls, I love quotes!)
♦ Music videos (I especially like the ones with stories. Dancing is great as long as it’s cool dancing, but – I’m looking at you, SM – I get a little tired of just well-dressed guys dancing in oddly-lit rooms. I like stories, like Bang Yong Guk’s ‘I Remember’ or UKiss’s ‘0330’).
♦ That perfect pen that feels right in my hand and writes like a dream
♦ Tearing out pictures from magazines to put on my wall
♦ Emails from friends, those times when they post on my Facebook with things like ‘You make me smile’ or ‘I’m glad you’re my friend.’
♦ When somebody loves the same character as much as I do and we can talk about them for hours
♦ Big, bright sunglasses
♦ Geeky pieces of jewelry
♦ CDs. I burn CDs, sure, but I love having the actual thing. This is why I love Korean CDs -they package them so amazingly, with huge, detailed covers, extra pictures, posters, cards – and often, they’re less expensive than American CDs!
♦ Finding a kindred spirit
♦ Going to pet stores and petting all the animals (I have to do this again; it’s been a long time)
♦ That moment when everything seems perfect and nothing could be better
♦ Looking out my window at night and watching the airplanes make patterns across the sky
♦ Ice cream
♦ Days when I feel exceptionally pretty
♦ Asking a story employee a question and ending up having a fun conversation with them
♦ When mom and dad surprise me by bringing me something from the store
♦ A full inbox
♦ Making trailers and graphics for my books
♦ Blasting a song I love in the car and singing to it at the top of my lungs while my arm hangs out the window and catches wind
♦ Getting inspired on Etsy for all sorts of do-it-yourself projects
♦ Anything that reminds me of a fairytale or favorite book, movie, TV show, band – you know, when you see something and go “Oooohhh, hey look, this is exactly like the one in so-and-so!” or “This looks just like whatshisnose!” No? You don’t know what I’m talking about? ……….Sad. Just sad.
♦ When I make a cup of tea and it’s perfect
♦ The fairy lights in my room
♦ When I see something cool at a store and I can actually afford it
♦ Hearing a new song that I love and listening to it over and over and over and over and over…
♦ NaNoWriMo! The prepping, the writing, the inspiring, the writing, the panic, the writing…
♦ Those moments when you really feel God speaking to you
♦ Beautiful pictures that transport me to another place
♦ Doing random crazy things like asking perfect strangers if they’re professors. (Yes, I did that at Starbucks – turns out he worked at a nuclear power plant! I’m happy to say that I’ve come a long ways toward being extroverted, especially if you consider how shy I was when I was younger)
♦ Plotting deliciously hilarious things to do with friends when we get together
♦ Finding the perfect model for one of my characters
♦ Reading to my nephew Silas at Starbucks every Thursday
♦ When I finish school early and have lots of free time
♦ When my sister and I keep glancing at each other and trying not to laugh because the surrounding conversation is connecting with dozens of private jokes
♦ Finding the sheet music for a song I love – and it isn’t filled with sharps! (I can play 3 flats just fine, but more than one sharp and I have the hardest time…)
This music video. It really makes me want to write a story about it…. I’m not gonna lie, it made me tear up the first time I saw it. And the second. And, I do believe, the third.