Last year I decided to make this a bi-annual post, so I can have two editions of all the happy, cozy things that made me smile, cry, laugh, etc. throughout the year.
In case you are new here and a stickler for clean numbered lists (i.e. lists that are multiples of 5 or 10) and are wondering why on earth I would choose 17 of all things. 17 is my favorite number and my family kind of goes hard in the favorite number department.
With that being said, you can check out the first 17 here.
1) This quote:
2) Ashlyn Sailsbury
I found Ashlyn through Kristin Johns who I mentioned in a previous version of this post, and she has quickly become one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. She is so funny and sassy and genuine and she shares the adventures of her adorable, fun family in Copenhagen. 10/10.
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I know I share A LOT about the pastries in Copenhagen, but this city has a lot more to offer than *just* yummy treats. We spent the morning exploring the @glyptoteket, our favorite museum. It’s a great spot to explore with kids – lots of open spaces amidst all of the beautiful and mysterious Greek statues. A perfect setting for dancing and racing and pretending and talking. There’s also a great cafe with amazing croissants and chocolate cake and coffee 🤷🏻♀️. Owen and I got some really cozy one on one time while @austinsailsbury walked Lea, and it was so special. That little cutie in his marshmallow suit is the flippin best.
3) This song by Ella Henderson
8) Daisy Jones & the Six
This was such a great book! Even though it was fiction, it read like a Rolling Stone interview and I was hooked the whole time. Plus the writing was absolutely brilliant. Here are some of my favorite lines:
“Don’t count yourself out this early, Daisy. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.”
“Life is about who is holding your hand and, I think, whose hand you commit to holding.”
“Acceptance is a powerful drug.”
9) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
I mean, Mr. Rogers played by Tom Hanks? I loved it before I even stepped foot in the theater. It’s such a good tribute to a wonderful man and a great reminder of how much we can do for someone simply by being kind.
10) This writer who gets it
11) The Try Guys
I have been following the Try Guys for a while now but this year I really dove head first into their content. I started listening to their podcast The Trypod which always makes me laugh, and I kept up with their YouTube videos which always brighten my day.
Here is one of my favorites:
12) My sister
Raise your hand if you’ve been going to school for 600 years and have spent that time working your ass off, borderline losing your mind, and definitely questioning if any of it was worth it. Now raise your hand if you overcame every obstacle that was put in front of you, grown into an incredibly smart, well spoken, badass Speech Language Pathologist that will undoubtedly go on to do great things.
Natalee, please raise your hand.
13) The Grapes of Wrath, which inspired me to write this blog post.
14) Mitch Albom
I read my first Mitch Albom book last year and immediately fell in love with his style of writing, so this year I read three more of his books and they continue to make me feel all the feels. One day I hope to write something that moves people the way his books move me.
15) Glamour Friendship Test
This is such a sweet, hilarious series and this episode is absolutely one of my favorites.
16) Iliza Shlesinger
I first found Iliza last year when a friend highly recommended her Netflix special, Elder Millennial. After watching and loving it, I was very excited to see that she released a new special in November of this year called Unveiled. Spoiler alert: it is just as good. Not only is it hilarious, but she is so well spoken and has so many good messages within her comedy, she is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
17) Food Forward
This is one of my favorite local nonprofits to volunteer for. It benefits such a great cause and is run by such lovely people, so if you live in Southern California I would highly recommend checking them out!
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