It is not a surprise to most that I am a list maker. It is WELL beyond making a list to go to the grocery store or making a list of things to do. I had a friend gift me The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration and what a delight it has been. I recently completed LIST THE HAPPIEST MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR. I scrambled through A LOT of memories that have occurred throughout the years and could not help but share a few of them with you all.
Hands down the BEST moment of my LIFE. I haven’t gotten to share what that day was like with most, but I went to the hospital around 3:00 PM and was told it would be awhile. Obviously, this WAS NOT the news anyone wanted to hear, but I had a room full of the people I love. I even got a surprise visit from my sister who is forever scarred by childbirth. It wasn’t until around 1:00 AM on May 6th that I was told to begin pushing. It was our belief that my water had already broken, but IT DID NOT. It came flying out like a water balloon and splashed my nurse. Luckily, she handled it like a BOSS and was an awesome story for her to continue telling while she continued her education to become a midwife. Mila was born at 1:40 AM and I will always remember those first moments of her life like they happened yesterday.
DAY I ASKED CONNOR FOR HIS PHONE NUMBER
That’s right, I made the first move. He worked at Target at the time and I frequented that Target, like A LOT. (It might actually be a problem how much I love Target.) Long story short, I barged in one day to see if he was working and sure enough, he was.
WHEN I GOT TO HOLD LIBBY FOR THE FIRST TIME
I was 10 years old and guess what, I still get to “hold” that dog 14 years later.
DAY OUR POND WAS FIRST DUGOUT = MUD FIGHT
SISTER’S SURPRISE VISIT AT THANKSGIVING
I had just moved from Minnesota to Colorado in August of this year and I went from seeing my sister every day to essentially once a year. I went down to my uncle’s for the weekend and he went out to run errands. In the middle of movie night, she came walking down the stairs. My uncle had flown her out for the weekend and the next morning we were all able to surprise my parents when they arrived for Thanksgiving.
ALL OF THE CONCERTS
I cannot begin to list all of the concerts I have been to, but a few that will forever remain in my heart was Green Day with my sister and my dad, Mumford and Sons with Connor, OneRepublic with my friend Soraya, and as silly as it may seem, MKTO with my college best friends, Karsen and Stephanie.
LAZY DAYS WITH MY BEST FRIENDS IN THE DORMS
I was lucky enough to meet my two best friends in the dorms. I know this may not be a specific memory, but the overall days we spent lounging in my room either watching LOST or being the weirdos we are to this day will forever be some of my favorite memories.
FIRST DATE WITH CONNOR
WHEN ELLIE INTRODUCED ME TO THE OFFICE (FOREVER GRATEFUL)
Someone I met in college STRONGLY encouraged me to watch The Office, so much so that one of the first times we hung out she made me sit down and begin watching. I WAS NOT BUYING IT. She made me continue watching and that is something I will forever be grateful for. I have probably watched it 30 times through, NOT EXAGGERATING. That script is a part of my diction and is my go to show for comfort.
WHEN MY DAD TOLD ME TO DO CROSS COUNTRY
He did not force me to try it out, but he told me he would give me $20 if I gave it a try for two weeks. I never knew I would go on to love the sport for 6 years.
PARENT’S SURPRISED ME WITH A CRIB FOR MILA
IS SOMETHING DIALING UP?
Well, that dates the story. Back when we had DIAL UP INTERNET, my family was watching Smallville. In the show, the internet was dialing up and my mom was falling asleep, woke up and said, “Is something dialing up?” We assured her it was the TV and even rewound to show her. After finding the exact spot in the show it had happened, the dialing up noise began again and somehow in those few seconds, my mom had dozed off again. She was startled AGAIN, by the dialing and said, “Is something dialing up?” It is definitely something we have never let go.
Like I said, these are just a few I wanted to share and reminisce about. If you can get your hands on a copy, I would absolutely do so because week after week it has given me a time to just reflect which most of us never make time for. If you cannot obtain one, then I STRONGLY encourage everyone to take a moment of their day and “list” all of your happiest moments in life so far. WARNING: STRONG EMOTIONAL WAVE OF FEELING BLESSED MAY OCCUR.