50 things that made me happy in 2016 |Keeping it Real

Thursday, December 29, 2016

50 things that made me happy in 2016

I usually avoid writing these posts, not because I don't have a lot to be grateful for (because I do), but because I always think someone said it much better before. But this year I found this challenge on Oh My Heartsie Girl and I decided to accept it, so I'm making a list myself.

50 things that made me happy in 2016

Original instructions for this challenge come from Dawn at Tales from the Motherland:

Here’s how this works: set a timer for 15 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2016, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. You may find that if you use numbered mode, and just type what comes to mind, like me you will have enough time for more than 50. When the timer’s done, stop writing. Finish whatever sentence you’re on, but don’t add more. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! Add the photos, links, instructions, etc after you finish the list––the timer doesn’t matter for getting these details down; it applies to the list itself.

To join us for this project: 
1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 
2) Click on the InLinkz tool at the very bottom of this post. 
3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 
4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 3, 2017. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Here is my list:
  1. My Husband (12 years and counting)
  2. My Children
  3. One more year with my mother. She's 84 so each additional year is a blessing
  4. Family, close and extended
  5. Friends
  6. Love
  7. Good health 
  8. Home
  9. Work
  10. Seeing my kids happy and well adjusted in school and in life 
  11. Birthdays and new babies (not mine!)
  12. Going to the beach all year round
  13. Collecting seashells
  14. Sandcastles
  15. Finding time for crafting (Ok, so I would like a bit more of this, but I take what I can)
  16. Finding time to read (same as above)
  17. Finding time to work out (not easy, but doable)
  18. Books in general
  19. My computer and tablet. I'm not addicted, but they just make my life a lot easier
  20. Music (I'm partial to the 80's, but that's me)
  21. Singing along (I'm a terrible singer, but everyone else just has to bear with me because when I love a song, I sing along)
  22. Old movies (and not so old movies too, but there's beauty in the classics)
  23. Writing my blogs (seriously, this is therapy for me)
  24. My blog readers and everyone else who has supported me in this journey
  25. Family trips
  26. Spring blooms
  27. Long summer evenings
  28. Good memories
  29. Summer vacations
  30. The joy of children on Christmas morning
  31. Taking pictures 
  32. Playing games with my kids
  33. Kissing my kids goodnight and getting to see them first thing in the morning
  34. Dawns and sunsets - I love looking at the sky, no matter the season or the weather
  35. Rainy days spent at home (not so fun when you have to go out for work)
  36. Taking some time to unwind at the end of the day, after everyone else is asleep
  37. Smiles and laughs
  38. A good joke
  39. The drawings my daughter makes for me
  40. Simple, easy dinners (especially if someone else prepares them)
  41. Pool time in the summer
  42. Playing in the snow (not that there's a lot of snow in Portugal, but you take what you get)
  43. Having my breakfast made almost every morning (thank you husband)
  44. Still fitting into my wedding dress (I've worked really hard for this)
  45. Cooking (not my favorite pastime, but I'm working hard there too)
  46. Going through old photo albums and refreshing memories
  47. My sewing machine (and all other machines that make my life easier)
  48. Shopping for the perfect gift for everyone
  49. Upclycling
  50. Happy endings and new beginnings

Now write your own post and add it below, or just browse around to read what others are grateful or happy about:

And here's to a 2017 full happiness!

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  1. I love this! Sounds like there is a ton of good going on in your life.

    1. When we think back on all the good things, it's always a wonderful feeling! Thank you for stopping by, and have a Happy New Year!

  2. Dear Teresa,
    this is a real good idea indeed. We do tend to concentrate on negative things. Makes one feel much better when one concentrates on positive things instead!
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Marjan. Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

  3. Teresa, love your list and thanks so much for joining my 3rd #BloggersUnite for #50HappyThings blog hop. I have loved reading all of the lists, each year, and realizing what we all have in common, and what we each value separately. There is something on each and every list, that gives me an aha moment and reminds me again, that I have even more to be grateful for, than I thought of in those 15 minutes! Thanks for participating and Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you for sharing the idea Dawn, it's a fabulous way to review the year that is coming to an end and realise that no matter what happened, we still have a lot to be grateful for. Happy 2017!

  4. I wrote mine up yesterday and it's all ready to publish tomorrow. Your list is great!

  5. What a fabulous list, Teresa! So many on yours I wish I had on mine but then... in 15 minutes, what pops up, pops up!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Great idea! Truly gets out what you are most grateful for. Happy New Year. #motivationalmonday

  7. I love how you looked back at things that made you happy for the year - hope 2017 is a great one for you! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

    1. Thank you! A very happy 2017 for you and your family as well!

  8. Hi Teresa, first thank you for thaking the challenge, you did great. I like you dont usually do these kind of post, but this year it seeed so fitting. Wishing you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!!

    Oh My Heartsie Girl

    1. These may not be my usual posts, but I'm always up for a challenge, and it seemed like a wonderful idea. I loved writing it, and I love re-reading it to remind myself I do have a lot to be thankful for!