Sunday, October 12, 2014

1000 Awesome Things (31 Days, Day 12)

Click here for Table of Contents for 31 Days of Awesome

Wow oh man.

I just ran across the most awesome thing.  There is a BOOK called "The Book of Awesome" by Neil Pasricha.  Even better, he has a blog with a daily awesome thing.  This is where I slap my forehead and think, "Why didn't *I* think of that?" while at the same time applauding his genius. He has other books that I would love to own (and I don't own this one yet).  It's the perfect pick me up -- a single, often simple thing, that is, in a word, awesome.


His blog can be found by clicking here.

Some things are beautiful, like the sound of leaves blowing across an empty parking lot.  

Some are funny, like perfectly stapling through a thick stack of papers.

I decided to make a quick list -- certainly not of 1000 things, but 10 simple things that are awesome and often taken for granted.  Keep in mind, I have not read his book or seen more than the first page of his blog, so if I happen to mention something HE has written about, it's simply by accident, and just proves its awesomeness.

1.  The smell of Zack's hair after a bath.

Zack around 3 years old.  I have no idea why he is wearing a bowl on his head.

2.  Snow on Christmas.

Taken by me out the front door.

3.  Getting a package in the mail when I wasn't expecting one.

4.  The smell of a box of fresh Crayola crayons.  Or a new set of markers.

5.  The cool feeling I got when my 1st and 2nd grade teacher friended me on Facebook.
(She believed in me when no one else did.  I'll never forget her.)

I wonder which teachers Zack will remember forever.

6.  Cuddling kitties at night.  No one but me, a book, and cats, everyone else asleep.

7.  The wonderful feeling of waking up refreshed without an alarm clock blaring.

I think this is the last time the bed was actually made, years ago, LOL!

8.  A hot bath after a busy day.

9.  Pie. (you knew I had to get that in there, didn't you?)

Pie beads I've been given or I've bought.

10.  The sound of my family belly-laughing over the holidays as we play board games.

Now it's your turn to make your own list of awesome things.

Keep it where you can see it when you need it most, as a pick-me-up.

Please leave a comment with one of of your favorites!

Make your day awesome.

**(all photos except first one were taken by me)**

Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.


  1. Games with my children at Christmas!

  2. I love this post and thank you for turning me on to the 1000 things blog. My awesome thing to leave in my comment is beautiful pictures of bright colors like yours of the markers. I love bright colors. They just make me smile!

  3. Top hats!

  4. Hi Lori, you sure picked the right topic to write your 31 days posts about. Isn't it great to find awesomeness in life. I can feel you growing with each one that you write. I find awesome in my beads. It may sound corny but they have helped me heal and they hold so much promise to me.

  5. Great list! Snuggling with my kitty is my favorite time of day. He's been sleeping right by my side for 17 years now. The sound of his purr in my ear is absolute heaven.

  6. Great list Lori! This is a wonderful exercise.
    I'll add the sound of the lids of freshly canned pickles or jam as they cool down and snap shut.

  7. A good night's sleep!

  8. The look of love in my dog's eyes.

  9. Fun things, I find the smell of almost any baby's hair awesome. Seeing bunnies when I'm walking in my very urban neighborhood. The muscles aching after I ride or play soccer. there really is a lot:)

  10. Clearly, he was wearing a bowl on his head because he is awesome.

  11. Ooh... So many awesome things! An unexpected card/letter from a friend, Coke Slurpee's (especially on a 'Bad Day'), Thunderstorms, Feel of sand, sound of surf, a fresh crossword puzzle, flowers from my husband' just because', music, Family inside jokes, that 1 person that truly 'gets' you, laughter from my girls & husband, my rescue dog & all his issues, making jewelry with Mom, I could go on and on!


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