Friday, August 11, 2017

10 Things That Bring Me Joy by Josie Riviera

 In no specific order, I'm sharing 10 things that always give me joy.

Please feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

1.  Visiting Ireland (or any new place)
2.  Saying "please"
3.  Saying "thank you"
4.  The first cup of fresh-brewed coffee for the day
5.   Writing
6.   Reading  (I always have a book on my nightstand)
7.   Chocolate birthday cake
8.   The movie soundtrack for "Out of Africa" (yes, I'm dating myself!)
9.   A Hershey's kiss (or 2!)
10. A fresh bouquet of lilacs

I hope this post brings you joy.

What are some things that bring you joy? Please feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

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  1. Josie, what fun. For me it is playing with the granddaughters, the mountains, coffee, playing the piano. Just to name a few.

  2. Mary, these are all wonderful! I'm a pianist, and playing the piano brings me so much joy!

  3. Love your list! I would add "smiling" to the list. And "hearing from a friend," and "being with my family." And... oh, too many things to list. Thanks for making me smile today, Josie.

    1. You're very welcome, Donna. And I love your additions to the list.

  4. God, friends, a good movie, a good book, caring for other, mountains, ocean, ice cream.

    1. Margaret,
      Everything on your list would match mine. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Josie, thanks for sharing things that bring you joy. I'm with you on the chocolate cake, Hershey kisses, and lilacs. I really miss lilacs because for years we've lived where they don't grow.

    1. Merrillee,
      I miss lilacs, too! They grew where I lived in upstate NY, but not in SC, where I reside now.

  6. What I enjoy most is having some quiet time to myself every day. Now that I'm retired it is so nice to get up and enjoy every morning at home.

  7. Denise,
    I also love my quiet time in the morning and at night.

  8. A wonderful list, Josie! I love chocolate cake and Hershey's kisses, too! :)

    1. LOL! Anything chocolate gets my vote, Shanna! :)