Self-Love Journal Prompt: Day 9

And the adventure continues!

Quick recap: for me, May of 2020 is all about self-love. I’m really capable of getting down on myself, so I’m trying to be kinder and embrace a more self-focused positive attitude. It’s pretty hard when you’re battling Bipolar 1’s super depressive swings. Each day, I’ll be working from one of the prompts from Tia Harding’s 32 Self-Love Journal Prompts or from The Petite Planner’s 30 Days of Self-Love.

Here’s today’s prompt: “List twenty-four things that make you smile.

This one… I wasn’t sure about including it, honestly. It makes me a little uncomfortable because I had to think about it after the first five or so. And then I was stuck on eighteen for like, half an hour.

But success was had!

But here’s my list of things that make me smile:

  1. a fresh skein of yarn
  2. Spock being a goof and playing tag with me
  3. mastering a new crochet stitch
  4. when J laughs suddenly and doesn’t try to hide her smile
  5. when I watch Baby Bubble walking around
  6. getting a text or call from my siblings
  7. playing Tetris
  8. reading a good, fluffy book
  9. the creamy crunch duo of a freshly toasted everything bagel with veggie cream cheese and a bit of salted butter
  10. the smell of my snickerdoodles baking in an oven
  11. being at a table in the tea house with friends, elbow deep in both discussion and our own yarn projects.
  12. using a slow cooker to make beef and sweet potato chili
  13. surprising friends with little trinkets like pins or earrings
  14. trying a new recipe
  15. root beer floats
  16. a fresh batch of silk flowers
  17. spending time cooking with Papa Ben and Pop Tom
  18. when Peanut wants attention and daintily puts a paw on my face or arm for attention
  19. tacos or nachos genuinely make me smile
  20. when I get a fresh notebook and am able to write and fill blank pages
  21. the smell of baking bread or cooking garlic
  22. lighting a candle for someone
  23. reading someone’s cards for them, meaning tarot cards
  24. getting a new lipstick

Boy! This was harder than I thought! But now I know some little ways I can bring a smile to my face on rough days.

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