Ten things that make me smile:
1. Baby Pandas
I watched the video of Taipei Zoo's new baby panda with his mom several times this morning. So good.
2. Yellow Flowers
3. Long Emails
There is nothing better than a long, newsy email from a friend.
Unless, maybe it is....
4. Video Chats
I spent some time on the computer with a far-away friend yesterday, and smiled for the rest of the day.
Books, newspaper articles, blog posts, old journals, letters, post-it notes, even magazines. I love words - reading them, writing them, holding them in my hands. Words are beautiful things.
Not just any spoon, although I do love spoons found on the side of the road. I am talking about spoons that are hand decorated to send to those battling invisible illness.
Spoons 4 Spoonies was started by my dear friend Tia to honor Misty Tamone who lost her battle with chronic illness in December 2012. It is a project dear to my heart, and I know Misty would have loved it.
Tia sent me this spoon last week. It has a piece of Misty's art attached to it.
I cried, smiled, and then cried and smiled some more.
You can also find Spoons 4 Spoonies on Twitter.
7. Light streaming through gauzy curtains
One of the most simple, yet beautiful, things in the world. Even better if the window is open, and the curtains are moving gently with the wind.
8. People who are changing the world
There are a lot of special people out there working to make this world a better place, even if it is just the small piece of world where they live. I am blessed to have some of them in my life, and they encourage me every day to do more, live louder, dream boldly, and take action.
9. My family
Thomas and Katarina are the biggest blessings in my life.
I found this picture of Katarina at four years old when I put together the flip-book of her first nine years for her birthday.
Every single one of you who stop by this blog, and read my words, make me smile. Thank you for that. Seriously. It is a beautiful thing to know we are not alone in this world.
What made you smile today?