1) Fort Bragg
Nothing injects peace and stillness, like the fresh ocean air and the rhythmic pounding of the waves.
Really, what's not to like?!
Sunsets on the coast
Most any beach will do. Though, I do have a preference for the coastline from Northern California up through Southern British Colmbia.
2) Kidlets playing together sweetly...especially when there's a hug involved.
This is definitely an older pic from their li'ler years, but it's one of my favorites and most definitely makes me smile.
I love color.
I love color from nature,
from moments spent with a creative craft in hand,
or from the vast amount of inspiration across the interwebs, much of which ends up on my Pinterest boards and those always make me smile!
Whether from memories of playing the piano, violin, and flute while growing up, or from my daughter sweetly pressing the ivories, or from a cd played in the car while the kidlets and I take one of our country drives, or an iTunes playlist singing in my ear while I write, or my kidlets dancing to music played on YouTube, it just about always makes me smile.
I love that music can transport me or firmly plant me in the moment, etching a memory into my heart.
Growing up, I was always writing...in many journals, from Judy Blume journals to ones with a lock on them to nicely bound ones, on random pieces of paper, writing about my day or a short fictional passage or some poetry.
And for awhile, after getting married and having my kidlets, I strayed away from it. I had strayed away from what makes me tick.
Writing again, whether for a blog post or a piece of fiction, it brings me home and makes me smile.
Linking up with just.be.enough the first time today and couldn't think of a prompt that I mesh with more than things that make me smile! :>