These are a few of my favorite things.

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“Funny Toy,” one of my kid’s favorite things. (Art by my daughter. Photo by me.)

Thanks to Shannon Ashley for tagging me to join in her piece, This One Looks An Awful Lot Like a Listicle.

Too often, I concentrate on the things I want to change (any other INFJs here?) So here’s to 40 things I love just as they are.

  1. Chocolate hummus. No, it doesn’t have garlic in it.
  2. Yoga with Adriene, and the way I feel right after I finish a yoga video
  3. Playing this video on our projector screen, while my 4-year-old and I try to do all the moves:
Charity & Andres: All Performances — World of Dance 2018 (Compilation) on YouTube

4. When the sky is pink on all sides of me

5. When my husband lets me warm my feet on him

6. My electric blanket

7. Hot coffee

8. So many wildflowers that you don’t even need to worry how many you pick

9. Home alone, dancing and singing along to music I love…

(One of my favorite albums) Los Campesinos! — Hold on Now, Youngster on YouTube

10. A huge bowl of popcorn with flax oil, salt and nutritional yeast

11. Not even wanting to binge-watch Black Mirror, because there’s so much to think about between each episode

12. Reading my old journals and thinking I’d be friends with me

13. When a Medium piece I worked hard on gets curated into multiple topics.

14. When someone comments on my Medium article just to say something simple and encouraging.

15. When my friends share my writing.

16. When someone tells me I inspired them to do/try something (yoga, veganism, writing…)

17. When I cook for you, and you love it

18. Squirrels chasing each other just outside my living room window

19. Losing myself in a magical world (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter)

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My Harry Potter tattoo (Photo Credit: Author)

20. My husband and I saying weird nonsense to each other, that only makes sense to us

21. When my husband bakes blackberry scones

22. The 2nd of the month, when our EBT gets refilled

23. Eating at an all-vegan restaurant

24. The Journey children’s book trilogy by Aaron Becker

My kid, when she was 2, reading Journey (video taken by Author)

25. When my kid reads a book, making up the words herself

26. When my kid puts on my shoes as a joke

27. When my kid is proud of herself

28. When my tired kid rests her tired head on my shoulder

29. When my kid sings to our dog

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My kid giving a “late birthday card” to our dog Lupin (photo credit: Author)

30. When my kid sleeps over at Nana’s and I get some time to myself

31. Adding more hot water to my bath, because there’s nowhere I need to be

32. When someone says, “I am so excited to see you!”

33. Managing to be on time, or even a little early

34. Sleepovers with other families, where we all wake up and have breakfast together

35. Vegan ice cream cones at the farmers’ market all summer long

36. Blowing out birthday candles

37. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Good Place

38. Sharing a huge plate of Ethiopian food

39. Gushing alongside other parents while our kids are full-on adorable in dance class

40. Managing to communicate with someone in a language besides English

Hey friends. What do you love? Feel more than free to share a list or a link in my comments section!

Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They

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