Friday, July 11, 2008

things that make me smile

french pedicures
yummy yoga classes
sweet surprises
belated birthday gifts
thank you notes
quiet time
connection with friends
reading a good book
rain on a sunday afternoon
unexpectedly found free time
setting goals
crossing things off my to-do list
getting organized
finding a cute pink leopard print notebook at tarjay
eating fruit and cheese
playing with my pug
having date nights with my beau
seeing a good foreign film with subtitles
bookstore browsing
creating new designs
hosting small dinner parties
rearranging books, trinkets, and frames
taking my pug to the doggie bakery
finding anything in damask
taking naps in a cool, dark room
picking up my big, black cat
bamboo stalks
bamboo fabric
creating ambiance with lamps
learning something new
the smell of nag champa
soy chai lattes
writing snail mail letters
straw hat on a warm summer day
sipping wine mid-afternoon at a winery
anything that sparkles
e-mails or notes of appreciation
pink hair
big black sunglasses
black leggings
ballet flats
chic silver flip-flops
discovering a new eco-designer
teaching yoga
mentoring a new client
black nail polish
my pug's cute face
beau's compliments
the company of like-minded people
art museums filled with impressionist paintings
sweet text messages
stargazer lilies
brocade home products
idea books
journal writing
leading tranquil teens programs through tranquil space foundation
participating in mid-year planning sessions for our non-profit
eating cupcakes
sending care packages
creating gemstone necklaces
flowers in my hair
jasmine green tea
berry scones
lavender-infused anything
fresh mint
lemons in my h2o
fashion shows
tori amos concerts
that my father likes kitten and butterfly calendars (just like tweens)
my mother's obsessions with all things crafty
my rockstar 95-year-old e-mailing gramma

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for your lists, your inspiration, your knowledge, your creative spark, your willingness to share - thanks for being you!

Just downloaded the most recent podcast - cannot wait to listen.
One selfish request, would it be possible for you to do a podcast on the Naropa Leadership course that you participated in? Could you share some insights?
Thanks so much - have a great weekend!!!!

Alyssa said...

Instead of soy chai lattes, you should try soy green tea lates at starbucks. They are the BEST and my fav!!

Some of the things on your list made me smile as well!!!

Lynne from NY said...

You are so much fun and always make me smile!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great list and brought a huge smile to my face. I'm wondering if there was a topic on the chat board for folks to list things that made them happy, we could see all kind of list...would be fun and inspirational! Sort of a public Gratitude Journal, which I love!

Haley-O said...

mmmm.... Soy chai lattes.... I'm horribly addicted to them. But, they totally make my day!

I've tried the green tea latte and hated it....

Natalie said...

thank you! that list made my day and made me think about all the things that bring joy to my life. always good to remember that!

Anonymous said...

Maybe your next list could have a more yogic-focus. Too many things to do with shoes, and little self indulgences. Nothing wrong with any of this but i don't find it inspiring or yoga-like. Only a couple things on the list are about doing something to make the world better or to make a difference - rather than just consumer oriented stuff. Isn't the yoga lifestyle about more balance between the external and the internal and non-materialistic, and our personal actions being in harmony with the planet, etc. Who doesn't love cupcakes? But disappointed that a yoga blog is promoting consumption - and Starbucks, target mega stores/chains especially. Discussion?

Lisa B said...

I counted 58 things listed that could in no way shape or form be considered materialistic or self indulgent. All respect to anyone's opinion of course, but when we extend ourselves into the world so generously as Kimberly and other teachers and bloggers, we are making ourselves vulnerable. Shouldn't we encourage each other rather than fault finding? This blog and the HTC attitude towards spirit and yoga certainly isn't for everyone, and thank goodness we are all different and live in a place and time where we can have so much choice. Anyways, I think that whatever makes another person smile is a good thing, and it inspires me to think about what I am grateful for in my own world. Who was it that said if the only prayer you ever say is "thank you" that would be enough?
Love and peace to us all!