A few years ago, I used the Belief-O-Matic to determine which religion I was most closely aligned with. Much to my surprise, I was not Catholic, but Quaker. It was suggested that my general pro-peace beliefs were a big factor, and I’m sure it was. I think there was more the Belief-O-Matic picked up though. I like pretty simple things, as it turns out.
As my sister and I set sail on the Vesper Cruise last week, I told her that this was the kind of thing that makes me feel like I am living the good life. Since then, I have been thinking this week about creating a master list of my “Livin’ the Good Life” experiences. It ended up being about one per month, which is very handy, and also gives me something to look forward to. It’s always only 4 more weeks to something fun!
So here it is, my secret to happiness. Simplicity, gratitude, tradition, anticipation, and wine. That last one might disqualify me from the whole Quaker thing though.
January– MLK Day. I wish Grand Rapids did a better job celebrating this man’s life, but my beloved town’s lacking in this area has created an opportunity for me to do it myself.
February– I am stumped. Other than Free Pancake Day at IHOP, what happens in February? This is my least favorite month, and now I know why. I have nothing to look forward to! Note to self: plan a party next year. Not like anyone else has anything good to do in February either.
March – Women’s Expo.
April – Our Easter party. Sometimes, Easter is in March and I am bummed because it’s still too cold to have an egg hunt. Note to self: get with the Pope on making Easter always fall in April if he is still speaking to me after quoting a Quaker Song on my blog.
May – Mother Daughter Tea at our church.
June – Vesper Cruise.
July – the National Baby Food Festival. I’ve gone three years in a row now and I’m not going to stop until my kids beg me not to make them go anymore.
August – My kids’ birthdays are three days apart, and they get their Free Birthday Burgers from Red Robin the same week. This is the cheapest meal out, ever.
September – Vineyard Tour at Fenn Valley.
October – Food, Wine, and All that Jazz. The most expensive thing on my list; I realized I need to save my pennies and make this happen because I absolutely love this event.
November – A few tasty bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau.
December – The night before Christmas, at my Dad’s house. It’s just fun.
What does the Good Life mean to you? Anyone want to create a year long list too? Extra bonus point question – what does the Belief-O-Matic say about you?