The last few Wreck This Journal posts highlighted some critical epiphanies, so I thought it was time to be a little more lighthearted. There are several blank pages in the journal, which I’ve decided are there for me to experiment with my own ideas. On one of those blank pages I created a little shrine for a few things in life that make me happy. Aside from family, friends, and a slew of other little joys, these are some of my favorite things that keep me smiling:
The curve of the book makes it hard to read so I’ll fill in a few blanks!
Books . . . make me think. I’ve had a book in my hand every since I was little girl. To this day, a lot of my free time is spent reading everything from literature, mainstream, YA, and historical non-fiction. It’s a passion! Every evening, I look forward to time with a good book.
Chocolate . . . is a food group (I swear it is). This will probably be my undoing, but I can’t resist that sweet, smooth, and delectable treat. It’s almost like I have a relationship with this stuff, (especially Reese’s Peanut Butter cups!).
Movies . . . remind me to dream. I go to the movies almost every weekend ($5 on Sunday mornings!) and I have a massive DVD collection in my home. And never mind, what I keep on my iPod! I love just about every genre as long as its well-made, original, fun, or thought provoking. Movies take me to another place and let my imagination go crazy.
TV . . . is both good and bad. I only watch a handful of shows, but once or twice a week I’m glued to the TV. After a long day of work or a hard day of writing, my brain needs a break! Currently, I’m watching Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The Office (sometimes), Once Upon a Time, and Psych.
Crosswords . . . keep me searching for the right words. Every day after work, I sit down with a bowl of cereal and complete a crossword puzzle. It’s relaxing and it keeps my mind sharp. As a writer, I’m fascinated by words and I think its incredibly important to always keep my inner dictionary fresh and updated.
Music . . . is my emotional soundtrack. My iPod is never more than a couple feet away from me. It’s filled with playlists for every mood, writing project, or event in my life. Some of my playlists include: At the Movies, Bluesy Rock, BritFolk, Cheese Factory (essentially this is guilty pleasure music that is cheesy beyond belief), Christmas, Classical, Rainy Day, Running Music, If I Could Dance, Easy Listening, Feel Good Mix, and Feelin’ Fierce. There’s many more, but this is already sounding a bit crazy!
Barnes & Noble Cafe . . . makes me smile and gives me a place to relax. Yes, I actually cut apart my coffee cup and pasted it to the page! I spend anywhere from 3 to 4 evenings a week at my local Barnes & Noble. I love the people, the coffee, and the atmosphere. This is where I write, relax, and socialize. It’s like a second home to me and I always look forward to walking through the doors.
What are your favorite things?
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