Monday, March 21, 2011

Things That Make Me Happy

Guess who’s back at school and ready for the last half of her second semester of her first year of college (phew, confusing)? This girl! I’m so ready to be done with school, hopefully get my “dream” summer job (either at Whole Foods or one of my favorite clothing stores) and move on to next school year, when I’ll be a sophomore and have a dorm to myself!
Today has felt really weird. I’ve been really tired and kinda out of it, I guess because I had to wake up at 5:30 (3 hours earlier than usual!) so my mom could drive me back to school. Even though I’m exhausted, I’m glad I decided to go back today instead of yesterday, because I got to spend more time with my family. The first day back after a break always feels strange, and it was even stranger getting back to school this morning and having an hour to start unpacking my stuff and then rush out the door for a full day of classes.
The best part was that it was really sunny and pretty warm today. It actually felt like the first full day of spring, which it is! I ate my lunch outside today, and I spent almost another whole hour sitting on the grass after my last class before I had to go to the library to take some notes. It really made me calm and happy to be out in the sunshine, and it inspired me to make a list of things that have made me happy recently!
1.   The warm weather. I love that it’s felt spring-like most days and I’ve had the opportunity to take walks and play tennis with my dad and sister. Not to mention outdoor yoga, which I will be doing again in the near future. Plus, with daylight savings time, the sun sets a little after 7. More sunshine is always a good thing!

Just imagine this tree with leaves...hopefully soon!
 2.   Spring break. Unfortunately, it’s over for me, but I really enjoyed mine for the most part. I did have to fill out a bunch of job applications and I did struggle with my ED thoughts, but getting a week-long break from school was refreshing. I liked having the house to myself in the mornings and getting the chance to do outdoor activities with my family. And we went out to eat a few times (yum), and spent a great day out and about in Denver. My spring break was definitely more positive than negative.

3.   New Whole Foods goodies. Seriously, I spend my parents spend so much money at that store, it’s not even funny. See why I want to get a job there, so I can get an employee discount?! I got quite a few things there that are new to me, such as Gardein meatless BBQ Pulled Shreds, cinnamon sugar pretzel thins and Mix1 antioxidant drinks, and I can’t wait to try them (and tell you all about them, of course!)

4.   My iPod touch. I got mine for Christmas, and it rarely leaves my side. I’m almost always listening to music (it makes me so happy I could dance!), playing around with the apps (hello, Fruit Ninja!), checking the weather and catching up on all the blogs I read. It’s so portable, so it’s like having a computer everywhere. I love it!

Hi, my name is Ashley, and I'm addicted to pink :)
5.   Yoga. This is a true lifesaver for me. I started doing it at the beginning of February, and I doubt I could stop. It relaxes me, wakes me up and stretches out all my muscles, even ones I never knew I had. I love the new yoga app I tried out because it has even more intense flows that seem as strenuous as a typical cardio workout. And outdoor yoga in a quiet environment is even more amazing.

6.   My family. I wish my spring break were this week, because both my mom and sister have theirs this week. I missed out on a lot of time with my sis especially, since she was in rehearsals for a musical she’s in at her school. But I appreciated every second I got to spend with them, and I’m looking forward to the first weekend in April because I get to see them again!

7.   Finally, you guys! I could never thank my readers/commenters enough for all the great advice and such that you give me with. Seriously, all your comments touch my heart! Even if you don’t comment, I love that I have readers, period! I never thought anyone would actually want to read this, it was more of a recovery tool for me, but I’ve learned so much from reading your blogs and comments on my blog. You girls rock my world J

Q’s: What makes YOU happy?


  1. This is such an amazing post, Ash!! It's always important to remember the positives. And I must say, I LOVEEE your pink outfit!!! :-)
    I'm glad that you enjoyed your spring break for the most part. Hang in there w/ school- you're so close to being done with your freshman year!!! I remember how excited I was to be a sophomore- you're going to love it! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you get your dream summer job!
    I hope you have a great first week back from your spring break! Keep working hard and being your fabulous self. :-)

  2. Yoga & being outdoors makes me the happiest. :)
    Yay for being back at school, hope it goes well for you. Whole Foods would be an awesome summer job, I'd like to work in the bakery.
    thank-you for your very sweet comment<3

  3. I love getting to know you better! That's a cute pic - I like your sunglasses, I have a pair almost like those.

    What makes me happy? My cat, my family, ice skating, oatmeal, chocolate, music, books...the list goes on and on. Thank you for reminding me of the positives of life - I needed that today!

  4. Ashley, have I ever told you you are absolutely adorable? Because you are. Love the picture of you with you sunglasses and ipod. Yeah, I can't live without mine either. It comes with me wherever I go, mostly for the internet connection.
    I hope you get the job ad WF! That would be sooo awesome!
    Ballet makes me happy. As much as it's tiring, and as much as the blisters and aching muscles hurt, dancing makes me happy.

  5. Love Yoga too. I wish you the best luck for rest of your semester. :)

  6. I just wanted to say that I just found your blog and I will definitely be following it! We have so much in common! I am (going to be) majoring in broadcast journalism, and my story is similar to yours. Thanks for having such a great blog!

  7. Recently started reading your blog and wanted to let you know how amazing it is! Your posts are really inspiring and motivating me to keep up with my recovery (so thank you!). What makes me happy- weird stuff like the smell of library books and the feeling when your stomach cramps because you're laughing so hard you've almost pulled a muscle :)

    Mallory xo


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