Day 60: Developing new processes makes me happy. I worked with a few coworkers to improve a process for getting trainer review for updates to our software and I think it’s going to make everybody’s job a lot easier. No complaints there!
Day 61: Seeing where my company is going next makes me happy. I had the opportunity to preview some development coming in the next version of my company’s software, and it was so cool! I never imagined I’d work in IT–especially healthcare IT–but I truly enjoy what I do.
Day 62-63: Spending time with my parents makes me happy. My parents were in Wisconsin for a motorcycle club event and I got to hang out with them! I know I post a lot about my parents, but they really are the most wonderful people on the planet and any opportunity I have to see them is really special to me. We went to a fun ’70s themed dinner and dance and then hung out in the RV talking until almost midnight.
Day 64: Small classes make me happy. I taught a class of 10 students today. Most of our customer classes are somewhere between 20-30 students, so having this smaller class was a welcome reprieve. Also, I feel like I’m able to really connect with each student when the class size is small–I like being able to answer out of scope questions and spend extra time with them one-on-one.
Day 65: International travel makes me happy. My sabbatical is in October, so my mom and I will be heading to…Costa Rica! I had a call with my travel agent today to go over our itinerary and I am PUMPED! My last jaunt to a foreign land wasn’t the best experience (Long story short: I was racially profiled by a hotel employee and accused of being a prostitute.) but I’m really looking forward to this trip. Most of all, I’m looking forward to traveling with my mom! This chance to take her around the world is the least I can do to thank her for being the best mother ever.
Day 54: Curriculum design makes me happy. I spent most of the day working on new stuff for work, and it was…kind of awesome. Most people wouldn’t be geeked to spend a whole day in front of Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, but putting together this new program to help people learn our software better makes this geeky gal pretty happy.
Day 55: Movies make me happy. Especially when you can watch them in the comfort of your own home–DVDs from the library for the win!
Day 56: Flea markets make me happy. Yes, you read that right: flea markets. My daddy and I used to go to the flea market all the time when I was little; I loved seeing all the cool stuff for sale. So, when I found out a flea market was going on near my house I definitely wanted to check it out. I didn’t buy anything, but I did see some interesting stuff–I’d love to go to more flea markets now that the weather is nice.
Day 57: Parental advice makes me happy. At least once a week, I call my parents to catch up…and also ask for advice (usually about basic adult stuff that I should probably know already, but don’t). Lucky for me, they are always willing to give it andddd it’s always great advice! Win-win!
Day 58: Being in a supportive relationship makes me happy. My boyfriend is there for me whenever I need him, and I am so lucky (and happy) because of it.
Day 47-51: Long weekends make me happy. I originally planned to go back home to Kentucky for Memorial Day, but ended up doing a staycation instead. I got so much stuff done around the house–I wish I had a four-day workweek all the time. My house would be spotless! For Memorial Day, my boyfriend and I relaxed and grilled veggie kebabs. This long weekend was the perfect blend of work and play.
Day 52: Office days make me happy. This was my first day back after the long weekend and I’m so glad I didn’t have to jump into teaching right away. Having the time to get through my backlog of email and work on projects (with quickly approaching deadlines) was a great way to come back from vacation.
Day 53: Lifelong friends make me happy. I’ve known my best friend (Gabby) since fourth grade. We went through middle and high school together, but ended up at different colleges and now live in different states. Our bond is still just as strong though; she is the sister I never had. We chatted on the phone and it was like no time had passed, even though the last time I saw her was at Christmas. I’m so happy that she’s still in my life after all these years!
Seeing New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys–we dreamed of this day since we were kids!
Days 40-41: New cars make me happy! It’s my great pleasure to introduce…Stella. She’s a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek and she’s ALL MINE. She’s stylish and, most importantly, good for these Wisconsin winters. Last winter I got stuck in a (pretty shallow) ditch and had to be towed out–I’m hoping Stella will get me out of those sticky situations if they arise in the future.
Day 42: Anniversaries make me happy. One year ago, my boyfriend and I went on our first date. We’ve been together ever since, and I am so grateful for him. He lets me be me, which is something I’ve never had in a relationship. We make a great team and I’m looking forward to spending many more years with him!
Day 43: Doing new workouts makes me happy. Each month, my trainer comes up with a new set of exercises for our sessions. I really like learning new stuff, so this is always a fun time for me. I’m sure my trainer gets tired of my constant questions about what muscles will be worked and if my technique is good though.
Day 44: Coworkers who are also friends make me happy. Imagine my surprise when I go to leave for work and my garage door wouldn’t open! I couldn’t get it open manually and had to be at work at 8am, so I called my officemate. She came to pick me up and I truly appreciated it! She is an awesome person to work with and also a good friend, which is a tough combination to find sometimes.
Day 45: Teaching camp makes me happy. I’ve been teaching classes to internal staff this week–we call them “camps”–and I have really enjoyed this group of campers. They ask great questions and even laugh at my corny jokes. 🙂
Day 37: Wheel of Fortune makes me happy. Yes, I’m serious. My boyfriend and I try to have dinner together at least once during the week, and every single time we do we end up watching The Wheel. If anyone knows how to get on the show, let me know–based on the number of correct answers I shout at the TV, I’m pretty sure I’d do well on the actual show. 🙂
Day 38: Pictures from kids make me happy. On occasion I’ll babysit my officemate’s kids, and the oldest colored these awesome pictures for me! The last time I babysat them was in February, so I brought some Valentine’s Day and Black History Month pictures for us to color together. Apparently they are still fun to color even in May (and she even told her mommy the story of Rosa Parks as she was coloring it)!
Look at these cute pictures! She did a great job staying in the lines.
Day 39: Finishing a class makes me happy. Today was the last day of a three-day course I was teaching. Wrapping up a class is always bittersweet; I love getting to know new trainees and so it is kind of sad to see them head home. However, I know they are ready to see their families and sleep in their own beds, so I’m happy they get to go back to everyday life. Luckily, all of them will be coming back for another class in early June so we’ll get to have a “class reunion.”
Day 32: Solving people’s problems makes me happy. This was my last day of customer class this week, and I love seeing how our software will solve the problems people have at their organizations. I spoke with a woman who was very excited about the provider suspension workflow she saw in class–apparently it would make her job much easier–and her excitement made me excited. I know I didn’t develop the software, but being able to share it with customers and see their delight makes me happy.
Day 33: Finalizing decisions makes me happy. This day was a rough one. I had a headache that just wouldn’t go away, a rough morning class, and a million things on my mind. However, something did make me happy–I signed papers to purchase a new car! I love my current car–I’ve had her since I graduated college–but she is not the best car for Wisconsin winters. I’d been stressed about my car situation all winter, so finally making a decision on which car to get and getting everything signed was my happy point of the day.
Day 34: #HomeownerProblems make me happy. I know it’s odd to be happy because of a problem, but that’s the case for this day. 🙂 This summer I finally decided to do my lawn maintenance myself, only to find that my lawn mower wouldn’t start. I was initially very frustrated by this–once I made up my mind to mow the lawn myself I just wanted to get it done–but the situation taught me a lot. I learned how to change a spark plug and that a clogged carburetor can cause small engines to refuse to start (#TheMoreYouKnow). I got an exercise in patience and realized that I have a great support network. And now I’m extra motivated to mow the lawn myself sometime soon.
Day 35: Boyfriends and moms make me happy. This day was twice as special as most days–it was my boyfriend’s 31st birthday *and* Mother’s Day! My mom is the most spectacular human being–she is my role model in life and I love her more than anything. My boyfriend is such a great man; he’s kind and patient and funny and actually lets me be myself. Honoring both of them on the same day was so powerful and I’m so blessed to have both of them in my life.
Day 36: Travel agents make me happy. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to plan my sabbatical, but thanks to the advice of my officemate I now have a travel agent to help me! Originally I thought that a travel agent would be too expensive, but her rate is very affordable and she’s got decades of experience too. Planning this trip has been stressing me OUT and the thought of someone doing the heavy lifting for me makes me so very happy!
Day 24: Being alive makes me happy.
Yesterday was a tough day for me. I was feeling very overwhelmed by some legal issues I’m going through with my ex-fiance. But even with all the stress and struggle, I was happy to have woken up and drawn breath. As the great philosopher Pitbull once surmised, “Every day above ground is a great day.”
Day 25: Black medical professionals make me happy.
This week is the second week of my company’s customer conference, and I’ve been helping out by participating in a simulation lab. Last week I was a “radio show host”, and this week I am a “sick patient” and medical professionals come in and conduct an “office visit” with me (so we can analyze how people use our software). Today, I had a Black nurse practitioner participate and I was so happy to see her! She was so kind and really worked to take care of me and make me feel better, even though it was just a simulation. I have never in my entire life had a Black doctor–much less a Black woman doctor. I would love to receive care from a medical professional who understands my unique issues as a Black woman. We need more Black medical professionals!