100 Of Life's Simple Joys

100 Of Life's Simple Joys

Find the little things.

Last week, I wrote an article about doing what brings you joy in life. That has been sitting in my heart and in my head heavily over the past week, and I have been searching for the little joys in life. I made a list of 100 of the things that bring me joy (in no specific order) and I wanted to share, so here goes.

100 of the best things in life:

1. Sunshine

2. Sparklers

3. Chips and queso

4. Inspirational quotes

5. Driving with friends and listening to music

6. Phone calls

7. Naps

8. Coloring

9. Buying something on sale

10. Babies

11. Song covers

12. Bible verses

13. Sitting on the front porch or back deck

14. Getting paid

15. Human interaction

16. Alone time

17. High School Musical

18. Books

19. The night sky

20. Blankets

21. Music that gets you through a tough day

22. Ice cream

23. Dance parties

24. Bonfires and s'mores

25. Rainy days

26. Jesus

27. People that are always smiling

28. Disney movies

29. The beach

30. Community

31. Fireworks

32. Warm laundry

33. Candles

34. Chocolate

35. Homemade dinners

36. Birthdays

37. Ordering pizza

38. Celebrations

39. Snapchat filters

40. Picnics

41. Family celebrations

42. Understanding homework

43. Old pictures and home videos

44. Cozy sweaters

45. Christmas lights

46. Hidden talents

47. Hugs

48. Finding money

49. Musicals

50. Parks

51. Road-tripping during sunset

52. The smell of fresh bread

53. Mountains

54. Being kind

55. Snow days

56. Hiking

57. Potatoes (in any and all forms)

58. Pictures

59. Love songs

60. Getting mail

61. Bagels

62. Driving with the windows down on a fall/spring day

63. Traveling

64. Getting a good night's sleep

65. Sleeping in on a Saturday morning

66. Sweatpants

67. Long showers

68. The smell of fresh baked cookies

69. Fresh baked cookies

70. Weddings

71. Fireplaces

72. Coming home after a long day

73. Having a full tank of gas

74. Children's laughter

75. Blue sky

76. Having a clean home

77. Finishing homework

78. Breakfast for dinner

79. Movie nights

80. Sunsets

81. Fresh flowers

82. Riding a bike

83. Love

84. When people ask how you're doing

85. Doing laundry

86. College football

87. Laughing till your stomach hurts

88. Making to-do lists

89. Crossing things off of to-do lists

90. Playing board games

91. Getting into bed

92. Making new friends

93. Hot chocolate

94. Line dancing

95. Trees in the fall

96. Netflix

97. Tacos

98. Bucket lists

99. Life

100. This list

Cover Image Credit: http://allisonrimm.com/never-postpone-joy/

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season


Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

Elizabeth Gainey

Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

Elizabeth Gainey

We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!


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