reasons why i’m smiling

In spite of having the most chaotic, stressful past couple of weeks at work, I’m smiling.

I’m smiling because if I don’t, I might just punch someone.

Serenity now, Jillian. Serenity now.

1.) My new go-to dessert.  I’ve found a healthy dish that satisfies my sweet tooth.  Cinnamon roast peaches, courtesy of Sophie Dahl.  Warm, roasted peaches flavored with cinnamon and a bit of butter over cool, tangy Greek yogurt.  In other words, heaven.

2.) The thought of my upcoming trip to St. Lucia.  We’re even planning on embarking on some excursions that include whale and dolpin watching!  Excited excited excited!  Can you tell I’m excited?
3.) Finding tops that I forgot I had. It’s like finding a $10 bill in your pocket.
4.) Getting to be with someone who makes me laugh. 
5.) The return of Doug, Clarissa Explains It All, Rugrats, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and All That on Nickelodeon.  Aaaah, I’m stoked about this one! It’s my childhood all over again.
6.) Letting the light in after a long day of work. Natural light is an instant mood-lifter.

It’s nice to just take a step back and appreciate the little things that make you happy.  Especially when morale is on the low side.

I’m smiling as I write this.  I’m smiling because of everything listed here and so much more that I am grateful for.

-jillian m.

{photo 5: ’90s are All That}

27 responses to “reasons why i’m smiling”

  1. colleen says:

    that picture of you and your boyfriend is adorable.

  2. Michelle's Style File says:

    Roast peaches! How lovely (and healthy).


  3. Ana Degenaar says:

    I thought I'd skip breakfast today because just before I saw those peaches I wasn't hungry but right now I am starving!

  4. Asibi-Chanelia says:

    I'm just the same way about holidays.I love the whole experience from going to the airport to sleeping in hotels and new adventures.

    I'm sure you'll have tons of fun.

  5. Sonia says:

    Aww you are right – those are some great things :)

    In Pursuit of Style

  6. Sam {} says:

    oh those peaches!! glad your heart is grateful :)

  7. Trianna says:

    Roast peaches sound delicious! I agree with finding tops that you haven't seen in a while. It is like finding lost treasure!

  8. Gloria says:

    Haha I used to LOVE "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"!!

  9. Caroline says:

    I love Sophie Dahl!!!! And that dessert looks so delicious!! xo.

  10. Monica {bohemian twilight} says:

    breeeeathe breeeathe

    peaches done like that are a regular breakfast for me! delish AND healthy.

    lol @ finding tops you forgot you had. i do that and i don't even have that much clothes!

  11. PhotoPuddle says:

    Yay, always good to hear someone is smiling!

  12. la petite coquine says:

    Oh boy-it's been quite a few weeks for me too, but thank goodness for the weekend-it's nearly here! Lovin' the sound of those grilled peaches-yum!

  13. Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! says:

    I love your don't punch someone mantra :) I've been repeating that to myself all week. Haha. Oh, and a trip to St. Lucia?!? Wow. That's gonna be amazing!!

  14. kristina@beancakes ❤ says:

    that's great that you're trying to be positive because it's not always easy ~ those peaches sound amazing!!
    xo ~ kristina

  15. Pink Ronnie says:

    What a sweet post – thanks for brightening up my day as well. Peaches look amazing, as do those hidden away tops!
    Ronnie xo

  16. classiq says:

    What a lovely post! It's always the little things of every day that make you smile. And having someone who can always make you laugh by your side is so important. :)

  17. Meghan @ Wishful Thinking says:

    These are all such good reasons to smile – they even got me smiling! Sorry things have been hectic for you but St. Lucia and Doug will make it all better soon! Have a good (relaxing) weekend Jillian!

  18. jillian m. says:

    Thank you all for your kind words! I actually felt a million times better after writing this list. And thankfully, no one got punched.

  19. sherri lynn says:

    ah so jealous that you have a trip to St. Lucia to look forward to!! Dolphin and whale watching sounds amazing!

  20. Aquí says:

    such a beautiful post! You and the boy are such an adorable couple! I love the rainbow sidewalk chalk!

  21. chestnutmocha says:

    mmmm the peaches sound so gooooood

  22. Erin Lian says:

    I smiled reading this post 😀 I hope you get less stressed soon :) bestest news about rugrats 😛

  23. hellotampon says:

    YES to natural light! I get so depressed without it!

  24. Eleanor at Mirror Of My World says:

    yey to happy things, the rugrats, sunshine and wonder :) xx and st lucia- wow!

  25. says:

    Aw Jillian, you and the boy are so cute. My bf makes me laugh endlessly and it is my favorite.

    I mentally do this too when I'm going thru a rough patch. Hugs to you Jillian, vacay on the horizon is a BIG reason to smile.

  26. Rebecca - A Daily Something says:

    Those peaches look incredible! You take lovely photos!!

  27. linnea paulina says:

    I love your smiling list! Your photos made me happy, just looking at them… especially the peaches… I'm hungry! I wanted to make my own smiling list : my one plant & its pink flowerpot, lots of big windows, a call from Zachary when he heads home from work, & essie nailpolish. All smile worthy!

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