35 Things That Matter to Me Today


Like major holidays or the first day each autumn that the coffee shop offers eggnog lattes, each year on my birthday I feel compelled to reflect on years past and what the day has meant to me over time.

This year as I reflect, I find many of the things that mattered in the past—my height, the theme of my invitations, the content of my gifts—don’t matter to me anymore.

Other things—my width, the theme of my current essay, and the contents of my coffee cup—matter more.

Here are 35 things that matter to me today:

  1. My husband
  2. My children
  3. The crazy joy that those particular people bring into my life
  4. The certainty I feel that I bring a bit of crazy joy to their lives too
  5. Childhood friends
  6. The perspective that comes from spending time with those who knew you when
  7. New friends
  8. The freedom that comes from spending time with those who didn’t know you then
  9. A ceramic cup that feels just right in my hand
  10. Coffee in that cup
  11. Gilmore Girls
  12. Pride and Prejudice
  13. Perfectly-salted popcorn
  14. Hoppy IPAs
  15. Comfortable shoes
  16. Spanx
  17. A cute purse
  18. Holding hands
  19. Sharing the covers
  20. Getting more than my share of the pillows
  21. Using the proper name for body parts
  22. Gilbert Blythe
  23. Mr. Darcy
  24. Hand-written thank you notes
  25. Alphabetized file drawers
  26. On time arrivals
  27. Having my name spelled correctly
  28. The color of the ink in my pen
  29. Paper that tears cleanly from the notebook
  30. A thought perfectly captured
  31. Writing the truth as I know it
  32. The flavor of my toothpaste
  33. Summer road trips
  34. Good chocolate
  35. Shaved armpits

8 thoughts on “35 Things That Matter to Me Today

  1. Love, Love, Love this!!!! With the crazy hustle and bustle of today’s world, it’s not often that many people will take the time to reflect on what is most important in our lives; what matters most to us. Thanks for sharing this!!!

  2. You’re funny, and I needed it this morning! Thank you for your list, now I don’t feel so silly with my list! Yay!

  3. Thanks for both the clever-ness, sentimentality and the chuckles! That’s what I love most about your writing!

  4. What a wonderful list! I’m also a fan of perfectly seasoned popcorn (though I add parmesan cheese and nutritional yeast along with the salt—mmmm). I may have to steal your idea for my next birthday, or just any old time!

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