What’s On Your Happiness List?

By: Shannon Shull

I recently discovered skirt! Magazine. I had the pleasure of coming across the September issue and I must say, I loved its inspiration!  I’ve already emailed the brilliant editor Nikki Hardin to praise her for her genius writing. I told her that her creative way of thinking outside the box is just the kind of empowerment us goddess women need! skirt! Magazine covers the Columbia/Augusta/Aiken, SC areas and it’s FREE. The September issue is the “feel good” issue and I can confirm that it did, indeed made me feel good. Check out a sample of the fabulous copy she wrote for the cover of the magazine:

“Create your own University of One and major in wild ideas. Think sideways instead of straight and narrow. Make the music instead of the musician. Be the power, not the woman behind the power. Lead if you usually follow; surrender if you always resist. Choose Door # Unknown. Become a beginner at something you think you’ve mastered. Let go of anything that doesn’t beautify, edify or sanctify your life. Read out of your depth. Start something impossible or outrageous or out of reach and take a baby step. And then another.”

Isn’t that just flat out FANTASTIC!?!?!? I just love this way of thinking. “Create your own University of One and major in wild ideas!” That seriously rocks!

In this issue, the publisher, Nikki, shares her “Happiness List,” which consists of the “little, everyday pleasures of daily life.” She depends on this list to pump her up when she’s feeling down. Some of the items include: the song “Parachute Heart” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals,  Hendrick’s Gin & Tonics with one of her BFF’s after a Sunday yoga class, her Instant Queue on Netflix, and researching her next tattoo.

I think it’s a great idea for all of us ladies to make a happiness list and to recognize the little things in our daily lives that bring a smile to our faces, give us comfort, and help to carry us though our day.

Here are some of the things on my Happiness List right now:

  • The smell of my Midsummer’s Night Yankee Candle
  • Singing along to the “Vows” album by Kimbra
  • Sweet Tea. It is so good to be back in the South!
  • My newfound love of skirt! Magazine and its website, skirt.com
  • The sound of my participants hootin’, hollarin’ and laughin’ it up while having a blast during my Zumba and Aqua Zumba classes
  • Researching puppies – yes, I’m considering it!
  • My new, hot pink, super awesome Nike sneakers that I wear when I teach Zumba

Gosh, I could really go on and on!  See… it’s good to take a moment and take note of the little things. In our busy, stressful lives, we really do have so much to appreciate and the sooner we recognize the happy, little things that are a part of our day-to-day grind, the sooner we’ll allow ourselves to appreciate the bigger things in life.

What is on your Happiness List today?

One thought on “What’s On Your Happiness List?

  1. Love it! My happiness list: sleep, sleep and more sleep. j/k. I would also add my children discovering themselves in after school activities, my 4 year old mastering how to write her name, my two year old growing up, my 6 year old’s love of reading, my husband’s new venture and me, discovering that being “super woman” is played out! 🙂 xoxo

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