Good in the world

Count the Puppies

It’s becoming obvious to me that I hang out with and/or attract dog people. VERY few folks have commented they are thankful for their cats. If that’s you, you better send me your list because the puppy people are clearly winning here. Can you count how many times they’ve shown up on the list?

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Photo by Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash

Thank you to the following contributors for sharing their beautiful things – things going right, right now. We’ve now surpassed 200 (!) beautiful things and we’re halfway through the month.

Ready to share yours? Send me an email at 52beautifulthings at gmail dot com.

#143 Blue, blue skies
#144 A job that I love going to
#145 Flowers from my garden
#146 Spending time with my mom
#147 Eating outside
#148 Spending time with my son & daughter-in-law
#149 Evening bike rides with my husband
#150 Children
#151 The courage to voice my feelings
#152 Family that is always there for me

#143 – #152 Contributed by Cathy Huey

# 153 First sip of coffee in the morning
#154 An unexpected exchange of smiles with a stranger
#155 Finding a dollar in the pockets of an old jeans
#156 A good, hearty and yummy breakfast
#157 Sunsets on the beach

#153 – #157 Contributed by @jamnesreen

#158 I work with an amazing group of women like your mother in-law that uplift me every single day and make me want to be a better teacher and person.
#159 I live in a state where I am surrounded by beauty & can appreciate it every day.
#160 We have 2 amazing children that are adopted from Korea who remind me constantly of the beauty of family and the power of love.
#161 Pumpkin spice Latte!
#162 Beautiful sunrises/sunsets that remind me to stop and live in the beauty of the possibilities of a new day.
#163 Students who teach me more about life and happiness than I could ever teach them

#158 – #163 Contributed by Jen Weaver

#164 petting random, nice dogs
#165 rain at night while I’m sleeping
#166 new book or a really old book
#167 the food you’ve been craving all day
#168 stars in the mountains (no light pollution)
#169 the first cup of coffee in the morning
#170 bubble baths
#171 buying yourself flowers just because
#172 puppy snuggles
#173 meeting up with new friends

#164 – #173 Contributed by Alyssa Oligmueller

#174 friendship that feels like home
#175 siblings contagious laughter together
#176 handmade pottery
#177 dirt covered potatoes freshly dug from the ground
#178 soft light of morning right before the sun comes up
#179 gleeful toddler running
#180 stumbling into community with people that challenge you to love and think bigger #181 sisters for friends
#182 self-stick stamps
#183 the quiet that opens to a day of fullness
#184 toddler’s arms hugging around my neck

#174 – #184 Contributed by @Cushfamily on Instagram

#185 my family
#186 living in Colorado
#187 I’m still here
#188 I can still get around and walk
#189 the fact that I have my own house

#185 – #189 Contributed by my Grandma Charlotte

#190 Emma got her woodchipping badge in Boy Scouts
#191 My children are free of cancer
#192 The kids get their expanders off in December
#193 Car has 220,000 miles on it and it still runs great

#190 – #193 Contributed by my Uncle Keith

#194 glitter toenail polish
#195 puppies
#196 authentic people who aren’t afraid to “go there”
#197 connecting with strangers
#198 strangers becoming friends
#199 a thick chocolate shake
#200 water still warm enough to swim in in September
#201 leaves starting to change
#202 a seat on a crowded subway
#203 waking up before my alarm clock

#194 – #203 Contributed by Millet Israeli

#204 Our joyful snuggly puppy!
#205 A wonderful job with great coworkers
#206 The Gathering- dinner with friends and an uplifting message!
#207 Bible study with my group of women who are there for me always!
#208 Concert at Red Rocks, best venue ever!
#209 Dad/Daughter dates for husband & daughters
#210 Photography day trip with my daughter
#211 Morning walk to coffee shop
#212 Farmers market & Fall Art Festival
#213 Family time in God’s beauty of Fall colors in CO!

#204 – #213 Contributed by Lynne Goldmann


What’s on your list? When you are ready to contribute, follow these guidelines and send me an email. Let’s get resisting!

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First, take a listen

It’s Saturday. The air is crisp, the coffee is brewing, my comforter is cozy and later laundry will whir away. Before my to-dos I turn on piano music and I sit, compiling this growing list of beautiful things readers and friends are sending me. We’re ALMOST up to 150! We’ve got a ways to go, but not a bad start. Grab your coffee, inhale deeply, start this tune.

 

Read this list of good in the world and then write your very own. More instructions are here. Send it to me and I’ll feature it here next time. Happy Saturday.

#97 There are so many great books out there that I can read whenever I want to
#98 The Great British Baking Show
#99 I have had and will have more opportunities to travel to wonderful new places around the world
#101 Parents who I know will be there for me and support me no matter what
#102 Just an awesome family all around
#103 An awesome dinner just waiting in the fridge for me to make it
#104 A community of bloggers that supports each other
#105 I am finally doing something that I love and writing about my travels and experiences
#106 Friends that are awesome people and who inspire my to be my best self every day

#97 – 106 Contributed by @QuietGrlLoudWrd

#107 Technology like Marco Polo and FaceTime that help us keep in contact with loved ones near and far
#108 Rural roads with beautiful sunsets in the rear view mirror
#109 Social workers- I’m so thankful to know some of the very best and feel honored to work alongside incredible humans who choose to walk the hills and valleys with anyone in need of a helping hand.
#110 Laugh attacks with friends
#111 Pickle wrap dip
#112 Holding the door for a stranger
#113 A good workout to release the stress
#114 A thermos of fresh coffee on a fall morning drive to work
#115 Football season
#116 Random acts of kindness

#107 – 116 Contributed by Katie Vodraska

#117 Holding a baby
#118 Lying in the grass looking at clouds
#119 brand new book that 10 pages in you can’t put down and know is a keeper
#120 Baking bread
#121 A good movie on a rainy day
#122 Helping a friend
#123 A bookstore
#124 A long shower after a hard days work in the yard
#125 Knowing your purpose and living it
#126 An unplanned day

#117 – #126 Contributed by Suzanne Moughon

#127 I have a gorgeous, accomplished daughter
#128 My daughter is my travel buddy
#129 For every day
#130 I’ve never met a stranger
#131 Moments of peace
#132 Watching Gossip Girl reruns at age 60
#133 Jethrow Gibbs on NCIS
#134 Ancestors that went before me
#135 Wool sweaters … actually all sweaters

#127 – #135 Contributed by Julie Beaubian

#136 The ability to redefine and reform friendships
#137 Modern Medicine
#138 Therapy
#139 Wine
#140 Friends you’ve chosen to be family
#141 To be curious and open about the world
#142 French fries and popcorn and tacos
#143 Friends who accept where you’re at
#144 Baby Snuggles

#136 – #144 Contributed by Katie Beaubian


Let’s keep resisting. Instructions on how you can participate in this effort are here.

If you like the idea, please share!

#1 – #45

 

“I am going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.”― Elsie de Wolfe (2)

It’s Friday!

As you, hopefully, know I started a little challenge for us to create a list of 1,000 beautiful things in an effort to combat the nasty swirling around us. Not sure what I’m alluding to – read this post first.

I’m thrilled people are responding. Here’s the list so far. Think on these things at work, in the carpool lane, when gritting your teeth at the customer who can’t seem to stop yelling at you.  It’s out there – the good, the beautiful, the bold. May I suggest reading while listening to this song by The Fray?

#1 Peanut butter M&Ms
#2 Long, handwritten letters
#3 Nostalgia
#4 Carousels
#5 Bohemian Rhapsody
#6 Wendy’s frosties
#7 Honeysuckle
#8 Punch with Sherbet in it
#9 Summertime
#10 New beginnings

#1 – 10 Contributed by Lindsay Song

#11 – A dog curled up next to me keeping me warm
#12 – There are free apple trees all over the city, we’re picking them this weekend so they don’t go to waste, and they’ll provide snacks and syrup for us all year long
#13 – The leaves are starting to change
#14 – Dylan’s dad is making serious progress on Nathan’s house
#15 When the cream is swirling in your morning coffee
#16 – Fresh baked bread – specifically this recipe

#11 – 16 Contributed by Tegan Plock

#17 literature
#18 a spiritual path
#19 chocolate
#20 art
#21 music
#22 cookbooks

#17 – 22 Contributed by Christine Christman

#23 Friends with different political beliefs but still being able to get along
#24 crisp autumn days
#25 new lipstick
#26 holding hands with someone you love
#27 traveling to new places

#23 – 27 Contributed by Brittany Larsen

#28 The heavy breathing of sleeping babies
#29 Coffee shops with great decor
#30 The feeling when the song you’ve been wanting to hear comes on the radio
#31 Amazon Prime wardrobe instead of clothes shopping with two small children
#32 Highwaisted jeans are in style
#33 It never fails to make me smile – the way my two-year-old son says toot/tooted/tooting #34 I married across the aisle, and if we can continue to believe the best of each other, there is hope for the rest of us yet
#35 Gyms with childcare
#36 yoga
#37 that there is just so much possibility

#28 – 37 Contributed by Emily Alman

#38 There’s food in my fridge
#39 Grocery stores and corner markets sell bouquets of fresh flowers all over the world #40 Candy corn
#41 text messages with loved ones
#42 acoustic guitars
#43 writers
#44 creatives
#45 believers in beautiful things

#38 – 45 Contributed by me on the launch

Let’s keep resisting the notion that bad is all there is.  Ready to add your contribution to the list? Jot down 5-10 things that are going right in your world RIGHT now. Send me an email or leave a comment on the blog. If you prefer to be anonymous, that’s fine!

To resisting together!

 

 

Beam of Light – Katie M.

My sweet, sweet friend submitted this year’s first entry to the Give Light Giveaway.  Boom.

Katie M. 

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Hi again friends! If you don’t know me, I’m Katie. I’m a late twenty-something trying to take daily steps towards something beautiful, both in myself and in life. I’ll never say no to sushi, chocolate, hugs, or a trip to a coffee shop. Make me laugh or laugh at my jokes, and we’ll be fast friends.

I am very excited to participate again in this life-giving idea of giving light. I decided to take a different approach from my last submission and draw out a few of the things that have given me light recently. You may need to zoom in 🙂

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You can follow Katie on her blog Live Step By Step. She’s also previously contributed to 52 Beautiful Things here  & here.

 

If you are interested in giving your own light, click here to learn more about how you can enter the Give Light Giveaway. I’m accepting submissions until December 31st.