These are a few of my favorite things…

Last semester, I read the book “14,000 thing to be Happy About” by Barbara Ann Kipfer. She lists both big and small details of her life which make her gratuitous. Inspired by her dedication to optimism, I decided to create my own list. Although it is 50 things and not 14,000, creating this post reminded me that happiness emerges from the compilation of small joys.

Falling asleep under my star light projector

Sitting in the living room doing homework with my roommates 

Weekly coffee dates on campus with my dad

Grocery store trips with my mom 

Candy-flavored coffee creamer 

Beading my shoelaces 

Homemade fondue 

Wednesday coffee dates with Hannah 

Reviewing your notes after reading a book 

The color purple 

Putting on my five rings, two necklaces, and four earrings in the morning 

My brother’s college admission success 

Rekindling old friendships 

Daily tarot card readings 

Sean’s Bacon Cheddar Burgers from Al’s Burger Shack 

Sweatpants with pockets 

Bachelor Monday’s with my apartment 

Facetiming my grandparents 

Saying yes to last minute plans and having a great time 

Meeting influential people in your life through unexpected circumstances 

Pairing matching socks after doing laundry 

Having a vending machine in my apartment  

Doing work in a room with natural light 

Establishing new traditions 

Learning skills in class that apply to your jobs 

Tik Tok 

Creating a crystal collection 

Having friends who you feel 100% yourself around 

Taking the high road

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

My 1SE Video 

Burning through four candles since the beginning of spring semester 

 When others take your advice 

Finally creating a blog after envisioning it for years 

Creating community through TEDxUNC

Spending the day at the beach 

Nature Twist Sugar Free Lemonade 

Sticking my head and/or body out the window when I ride in the passenger seat 

Having so much fun you forget to take pictures 

Watching Youtubers you have grown up with

Accidentally matching your friends 

Hanging homemade art on my apartment’s walls 

Singing karaoke on my bluetooth microphone 

Colorful eye makeup 

Dance workout videos 

Purchasing clothing dupes and people believing they are real 

Watching concert movies 

Achieving long term goals 

Sleeping with my body pillow 

Living in the present


Published by oliviaccohen

My name is Olivia Cohen and I am an Advertising/PR major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels! My passion for storytelling consumes me, as I am dedicated to learning how to share impactful messages through a variety of mediums. Throughout my education and work experience, I have dabbled in journalism, creative writing, copywriting, and vocal narratives. My goal is to never stop learning. I aim to use my outgoing personality and competitive nature to help companies share their stories in a concise and impactful manner.

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