#351 Drinking with your Grandma Dec16

#351 Drinking with your Grandma

It’s time for some intergenerational egg nogging. Get ready to light the yule log, sail the gravy boat, and get your eighty-five pound grandmother a sloshy glass of rummy nog. Now, whatever your age, whatever your tastes, whatever your pleasures, whatever your fates, let’s all...

#352 Successfully regifting a present to someone who actually wants it Dec13

#352 Successfully regifting a present to someone who actually wants it

What do cellophane-wrapped mugs of mini candy canes, Season 3 of Mr. Belvedere on DVD, and framed photos of someone else’s dog have in common? They’re just what we never wanted. But that’s okay, that’s okay — because someone else might! Yes, now it’s time...

#353 Seeing Christmas trees through front windows Dec12

#353 Seeing Christmas trees through front windows

AWESOME! Photos from: here, here, here, here, here, and here — Check out my podcast 3 Books — The post #353 Seeing Christmas trees through front windows appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#354 When the neighbor shovels your tiny little patch of the sidewalk Dec11

#354 When the neighbor shovels your tiny little patch of the sidewalk

Sidewalks bring us together. Fences split yards, lawns divide homes, and invisible property lines are scribbled on dusty blueprints in city archives. But somehow those little strips of concrete tie us all together and connect the dots between our lives. It’s a beautiful moment when a...

#355 Construction cranes with Christmas lights on them Dec10

#355 Construction cranes with Christmas lights on them

They’re not selling anything. Nope, Christmas lights on construction cranes just smile down on the city and cover us all in a warm and festive light. Flickering in the sky, flashing way up high, they hug us all together in a friendly yellow glow. On top of that, it’s sort of fun...

#356 Wearing your boyfriend’s sweatshirt and it smells like them Dec09

#356 Wearing your boyfriend’s sweatshirt and it smells like them

Ripped sleeves, tattered collars, and faded prints tossed in crumpled piles on the bedroom floor hold meaningful memories of tender touches. Twisting on the couch for a movie, stirring over the stove at dinner, or napping together in the park … all come together to fan the flames of your...

#357 When that baby screaming on your flight finally stops Dec06

#357 When that baby screaming on your flight finally stops

Look, I love babies. Sure, we laugh, high five, sing songs, and play cars. We talk, read books, dream dreams, and stare at stars. But one thing we agree to disagree on is proper behavior on overnight transatlantic flights. Me, I like sleeping. Them, they like screaming for hours on the lap...

#358 When you sneeze and fart at the same time so nobody notices the fart Dec05

#358 When you sneeze and fart at the same time so nobody notices the fart

It’s like getting away with something illegal. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my new book You Are Awesome — The post #358 When you sneeze and fart at the same time so nobody notices the fart appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#359 The wind Dec04

#359 The wind

I’m listening to the wind, to the wind at my soul. Where it comes from, where it goes, well … who really knows. All I know is that the wind is a great part of life for a few big reasons: 1. Helps plants make love. Roots twist and tie bushes and trees into forest floors preventing them from...

#360 Finally cleaning off your disgustingly filthy windshield Dec03

#360 Finally cleaning off your disgustingly filthy windshield

After momentarily blinding yourself under a thick layer of muddy smears you suddenly gaze out with sparkly eyes and a dropped jaw through a crystal-clear half-circle of sunshine. It’s like getting a new set of eyes. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Check out my new podcast 3...

#361 The first snowfall of the winter Dec02

#361 The first snowfall of the winter

Crystal flakes form in space before floating down from cloudy skies. Soon blankets of white coat sidewalks like icing and frosty corners freeze in shady yards by the shed. Scarves twist tightly around necks, noses sniffle and turn red, and everyone walks the streets with wide eyes and snowy...

#362 Not making plans Nov29

#362 Not making plans

Life’s too short to make plans all the time. Just do what you want and enjoy it. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Twitter — The post #362 Not making plans appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#363 When you correctly guess the secret ingredient Nov28

#363 When you correctly guess the secret ingredient

Sniffing bean dips, chewing brownies, inspecting casseroles for clues, you’re swishing and swallowing while channeling all your body’s powers towards your mouth. Make sure to close your eyes, sniff bunny sniffs, and slowly move that chewed-up paste around your tongue so it touches...

#364 When you get caught in a big rainstorm but just don’t care at all Nov27

#364 When you get caught in a big rainstorm but just don’t care at all

Water, water, everywhere. Most of our brains and our blood and our bodies are water. Most of our babies and our beagles and our baths are water. Water rinses apples and washes cars. Water steams carrots and cures SARS. (Study pending.) Yes, water cures thirst, shaves legs, and grows plants....

#365 Getting dressed straight out of the dryer or laundry basket Nov26

#365 Getting dressed straight out of the dryer or laundry basket

Hands up if you’ve ever been a bachelor. People, if you’ve been there you know the lazy-boned joy of sleeping in a bed half-covered in clothes, eating breakfast over the sink to avoid using one of your three plates, and getting dressed straight outta the dryer or laundry...

#366 When little kids show your their muscles Nov25

#366 When little kids show your their muscles

Flex those spaghetti arms, grit those teeth, and look absolutely adorable. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Sign up for my newsletter on intentional living — The post #366 When little kids show your their muscles appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#367 The joy of recess Nov22

#367 The joy of recess

Ring the bell. We’re supposed to run around. We’re not supposed to be still. We’re not supposed to be quiet. Pull out to our spinning planet swirling on its axis in the middle of our solar system. Pull out to us spinning around the sun flying through the ever-expanding...

#368 Seeing your hometown skyline suddenly appear over the horizon Nov21

#368 Seeing your hometown skyline suddenly appear over the horizon

Big buildings full of flickering lights, faded paint on rusty water towers, and mirrory windows of familiar stores welcome you all the way back home… Smile and hit the gas as familiar feelings soak back into your brain. Smooth streets and bumpy sideroads, flashing orange lights and...

#369 Finally scoring something for free off that loyalty card you’ve been carrying around forever Nov20

#369 Finally scoring something for free off that loyalty card you’ve been carrying around forever

I have a fat wallet. Stuffed to the gills with plastic cards and old receipts it sort of looks like a messy paper sandwich. I barely squeeze it into my jeans and when I sit down it sharply jabs my leg, cutting off all blood supply from my femoral artery. Every couple of months I get frustrated...

#370 Backing your car into the driveway Nov19

#370 Backing your car into the driveway

And driving it right out. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Instagram — The post #370 Backing your car into the driveway appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#371 Old people holding hands Nov18

#371 Old people holding hands

It’s what life’s all about. Seeing old people holding hands is a symbol of a lifelong companionship full of knowing glances, inside smiles, and warm feelings in waiting hearts. As you watch them mosey down the boardwalk during the sunset you can’t help see the connection of...

#372 Umbrella Karma Nov15

#372 Umbrella Karma

Umbrella karma is when you lose your umbrella somewhere but then randomly find another one somewhere else. Whoops, left your rainshade in the restaurant? No worries, there’s an extra one in your front closet from last week’s party. Shoot, did you leave yours at the back of the bus?...

#373 When you think you’re all out of candy but find one more left in the pack Nov14

#373 When you think you’re all out of candy but find one more left in the pack

Also known as the M&M Encore. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Subscribe to my newsletter to receive articles on intentional living — The post #373 When you think you’re all out of candy but find one more left in the pack appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#374 Laughter at a funeral Nov13

#374 Laughter at a funeral

We’re all going down. People, it’s sad but it’s true: nothing’s gonna stop your big final drop. So live it up now, live it up large, because at the end of the day you aren’t really in charge. Look, we’re not spinning, gninnips, spinning on this wet rock for...

#375 Realizing someone has the exact same birthday as you Nov12

#375 Realizing someone has the exact same birthday as you

Finding out someone shares a birthday with you feels like stars aligning, hearts criss-crossing, and lives twisting and tangling together. If they share your actual year it’s even more special because you grew up sharing moments and memories and histories and horoscopes, too. Libra to...

#376 Realizing you still remember all the words to that song you haven’t heard in years Nov11

#376 Realizing you still remember all the words to that song you haven’t heard in years

Your brain is a machine. Yes, that soft and squishy lump is bursting with colors and pictures and people and places and smells and sights and sounds. Your brain knows things it hasn’t even told you yet. Sometimes it surprises you with forgotten flickers, crystal-clear connections, or...

#377 Taking off your pants Nov08

#377 Taking off your pants

Cavemen didn’t wear jeans. Nope, hiding from mammoths, bashing saber-tooth skulls, and setting up the cave was tough enough without furry leg-warmers chafing their hairy thighs. And, it wasn’t just them either: Free-legs living was The Thing To Do for the past hundred thousand years until...

#378 Finally making it past whatever it was that caused traffic to slow down Nov07

#378 Finally making it past whatever it was that caused traffic to slow down

Hit the gas, baby. You’re free. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Facebook — The post #378 Finally making it past whatever it was that caused traffic to slow down appeared first on 1000 Awesome...

#379 Horrible school photo trends Nov06

#379 Horrible school photo trends

Everybody’s got a classic. Buried in the basement, brass-framed in the family room, you’ve got a dusty 8×10 gem of a bad school photo featuring a bad school photo trend: • That laser background. Remember when the studio hired an acid junkie to paint that pink and blue laser...

#380 Lying on someone’s chest and hearing their heartbeat Nov05

#380 Lying on someone’s chest and hearing their heartbeat

While lying on the grass, lazing on the couch, or relaxing in some crumpled sheets, you sometimes just fall into the moment with someone you love. After the conversation dies down and the background noise fades away you smile silently and melt into an arms-and-legs embrace. Gaze into their...