here's my top ten list of things i live for, or cannot live without:
God's word - i am not in it enough. but i need it to live.
books - i am an avid reader. i would love to find a way to get paid to read full time. especially on days like today where i'm completely hooked on a book (reconstructing amelia by kimberly mccreight). i love getting lost in a good story. i also love learning new things. so i don't discriminate. fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children's, chick-lit, historical fiction, doesn't matter to me. i'll give any book a chance!
beach - the beach makes me so happy. i don't even know if i can explain how or why. i just love the sound of the ocean. and the feel of the sand under my toes. i like the beach in the winter and in the summer. (spring and fall work for me, too!) i would love to live on the beach someday.
fresh air - there's nothing like a day spent outside. i love long walks in the park. driving with my sunroof open. eating outside during my lunch breaks. i wish i spent more time outside.
summer - even if i'm not at the beach, summer is the best. sunshine. high temps. no homework for the kiddos. a less intense extracurricular schedule. swimming. ice cream. i love it all!
diet coke - i know it's bad for me. I've given it up many times. but i just can't quit it completely. i'm not a coffee drinker, so diet cokes my thing.
lazy days with the family - before i met my husband i hated sitting around doing nothing. it was so boring. i had to be headed somewhere, making something, learning something. now i love the days where we accomplish hardly anything. for example, yesterday we spent most of the day outside on lawn chairs while the kids played in a wading pool. yes, they're too big for a wading pool and a trip to the local pool would've made more sense. but lazing around in the backyard for the day was just heavenly. and i hope the girls have fond memories of our backyard "pool" when they grow up!
music - life seems so much better with music. i like a little big of everything. and I've noticed i'm more productive with music on. i'm also happier with music on. i would hate to see a world without music.
sunshine - my mood always seems brighter on a sunny day. i love the feel of the sun on my skin. i love how alive the world seems when the sun is out. my brother lives in alaska and i have no idea how he handles the months of little sun. i could never be without my sunny days.
so there it is, the 10 ten things i either live for or can't live without (or maybe both!). what things are essential to you?