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Make My Day! Things That Make Me Smile

Last few days to win the incredible sampler of gluten free and absolutely delicious Yummy Health Snack Bars (the healthy candy bar!).

I am writing this on the way to a fun foodie event (that I am certain you will be hearing about in the near future), so please excuse its rudimentary style! Or shall I say that I’m taking it back to basics?

Yeah, we’ll go with that…

Today (Friday), I have the day off (because of the power outage at my office building that I mentioned yesterday), so I am taking my car to the dealership to finally get its ish dealt with so that I can also get the emissions done and not be illegal. Or in a care on the verge of breaking at all times. This appointment will likely cost an arm and a leg, though likely neither Alex nor I’s, as both of our bodies are defective, and thus unlikely to fetch a decent price. I feel like we are bleeding money of late, a feeling that I very much contributed to by signing up for… wait for it… NOT GOING TO TELL YOU. But we shall just say that it puts a big time smile on my face.

Kid eating ice cream and cake smile on face.

Kid eating ice cream and cake smile on face.

Speaking of, Friday 5 this week is all about what makes you smile! (Thus also making this a Friday Favorites post) But damn, if it isn’t hard to pick just 5! I would reach my limit just with my obvious choices (running, ice cream, etc). Consequently, I think I am going to do a two-fer, with 5 often underappreciated smile-inducing pleasures of life and 5 things that make my life whole (and make me smile). Let’s start with the more rarely acknowledged aspects of life, as it is time to give them their due!

Five Under-Appreciated Smile-Inducing Aspects of Life

1) A clean car. I am getting my car detailed while it gets fixed. Likely not going to help the whole $$$ aspect of the day, but it’s been bothering me (literally) for years (I wish I was kidding), so I say worth it. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I don’t even know what the true color of the floor mats are any more, so I’m looking forward to that reveal.

getting tally i love my car rav 4


2) Catching your underwear (or what have you) on the first try when you fling it upwards with your toe. Or having the exact right number of something without even trying. Both are part skill, part luck, all satisfaction.

3) Abnormally-sized things. Miniature umbrellas, giant hats (or small, I’m not picky), blow up bats, small spoons, small or giant pencils, mini food items (because then you can have SO MANY OF THEM), puppies…. I’m ok with being 5 years old. 

Mini fork, mini cheesecake. Perfection

Mini fork, mini cheesecake. Perfection

4) When “my jam” comes on. You know which one it is.

square dancing

5) Something that many people take for granted but which I totally don’t is the satisfaction of a meal that is delicious, satiating, and that is effortless for me. By “effortless,” I mean that I don’t have to think about it–do I have to modify the meal to a great extent? Are other people having to go out of their way for me? Am I coming across as high maintenance? Will my meal even be good? Or am I going to be leaving hungry again because of how I had to order? This is why I love places like Seasons 52 and Lyfe Kitchen–ordering is so easy for me there, and my meal is still delicious and satisfying.

Bonus: Any time someone mentions my beloved Georgia, Virginia, New York City, Paris, or Rome. #feelslikehometome

atlanta crest georgia spring

Ok, so now, on a more serious note, here are….

Five Things that Not Only Make Me Smile but Also Make My Life Whole:

1) Finding new people who just get me, and who I just get right back. (Like my family, my husband, and many of you! I can’t speak to everyone, but generally, I feel like we understand each other)

namascray meme

Soulcycle with my ladies!

Soulcycle with my ladies!

2) Physical movement and exercise (yes, that includes running). Correction–effortless, pain-free movement and exercise. I am always happy when I am moving with freedom.

Running Happy.

Running Happy.

3) The sun on my face, warmth on my skin, the smell of spring and summer in the air. Savoring the moment.

View from Museum Campus, Chicago during CES Marathon Coaching

4) Making someone else smile, or simply witnessing someone else’s unadulterated and pure joy.

funny cat vacuum cleaner

5) Sharing my passions and knowledge with others, particularly so as to make a positive impact on their life, however small that impact might be. It is part of the reason that I loved waitressing: a) I got to play with and talk food, but above all b) because I could seriously make someone’s day or night by engaging with them and maybe even helping them discover something about themselves. I love coaching for the same reasons–it is just with reverence to another passion of mine.

running inspiration marathon training suzlyfe

A relatively short, but sweet, post for you all to take you into the weekend. I hope that you find yourself smiling for all that you are worth!

From underappreciated pleasures to the very things that make @Suzlyfe whole #Friday5 #positivity #fitfam Click To Tweet

What is the first thing that made you smile today? What is the first thing that comes to your mind that makes you smile now? What are you smiling towards?

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  • Reply Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    HA! I want this sign to hang in my house it perfectly describes me! I’m crazy. There is nothing better than cheesecake and a clean car. I love hoping into a clean car it’s the best. I also love new socks it’s a strange awesome pleasure.
    Renee @ Bendiful Blog recently posted…Fashion Friday – June RocksboxMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 5:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get ready for BlogFest, we need a pic with namascray below it.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    Have fun at Fun Foodie! FYI, I have a hard time reading your blog because you have so many pop ups that come on. You have your mailing list on the top an then your social media buttons on the side that cover up a lot of your words. Didn’t know if there was anyway you could fix that. -M

    June 19, 2015 at 5:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey meranda, I think you meant this for another blog! I don’t have many popups and I’m not going to Fitfoodie (which I think is what you meant!)

      June 22, 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Ah yes. The clean car. I can’t remember the last time I was at the car wash since all it does is RAIN around here! Ok, got that off my chest. Moving on.

    Namascray to you!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Feet, don’t fail me now!My Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My car lives inside–sometimes I wish I could leave it out so that it could get drenched.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Have a great weekend!
    Sarah recently posted…Running Isn’t Always Love At First SightMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 6:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you did!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:54 am
  • Reply

    I’m not sure why that person above is having issues reading your blog. I can safely let you know from an IT point of view (cause I work in an IT department as their Project Manager) your page layout is fine and your social media icons do not cover up any of your words! Tested in Chrome, IE, Firefox and on 7 different monitors for you…… can’t speak for viewing via a mobile though! πŸ˜‰

    Ha ha! Have a fabby weekend I’m sooooo jealous. Take lots of photo’s of delish food please! πŸ˜€ recently posted…Ratatouille and Chickpea StewMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 6:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVE YOU

      June 22, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    What’s life without a little cray in it?! I am smiling because it’s the weekend, I had a kickass class this morning, and I’m off today to get some things done. Enjoy the car bill- NOT! Ugh I hate getting things done to my car. Especially when you don’t drive it, ha. Hoping you aren’t stuck in rain today! <3
    Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted…The decision to stop runningMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 6:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No rain to deal with this weekend (YAY) but amen to cars stressing you out. So glad that you are still able to have a great workout, even with the pelvic issues.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    People who get you- Amen! I get you and I hope I can keep you, too! What was the foodie event?! I was stuck at ORD in the Delta terminal. Womp Womp. Hoping to channel some of our running mojo tomorrow at Grandma’s and not to get struck by lightening. Have a great weekend!
    Erica @ erica finds recently posted…Friday Finds: 5 Things That Make Me HappyMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You certainly did! You know I would have pansied out with all the rain. So happy that I get to see you this weekend!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Your post made me smile today, such a great list! It also inspired me to clean my car πŸ˜‰
    Annmarie recently posted…Foodie Friday: 5 Creative Ideas for Wine Ice CubesMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      EXCELLENT. Go give your car some lovin.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    We went to see Darius Rucker last night! I am still smiling and in a peppy mood today because of it. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the weekend!
    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment recently posted…Basic Cooking HacksMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Concerts totally put me in a good mood, too, and for days! I would love to see him!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Cheesecake, clean car and my jam! Love it!
    I had an iced coffee this morning… then I smiled πŸ™‚
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Summer Clothes I’m Crushing OnMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 7:35 am
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      June 22, 2015 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Bri

    Yes to all of these! And having a clean car is SO satisfying. I don’t know what it is, but getting in my car when it’s dirty stresses me out a bit. I should probably clean it more than twice a year, but with dogs and once-a-week hiking adventures it’s like there’s no point in keeping it clean…
    Bri recently posted…{Friday Favourites} The best reads about health, fitness and life from around the web this weekMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Plus, it just smells different. I used to get my mom’s car detailed as her birthday present. Always fun to get 2 Lab’s worth of hair + horse hair vacuumed out!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:52 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    OMGerd, right there with you on the Namas’cray. I feel like I should mention ATL+GA everytime I post just to make you smile. Things that make me happy: finding change in my purse for the vending machine, estimating things right (food, packing, etc), a really good meal, and a magical world where the dog stops shedding (I can dream).
    EB @ Running on E recently posted…Snakebite Training Week #4+5My Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love reading your posts because a) you are awesome and b) you do mention or show pics of my city and it makes me so happy every time!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Jamie

    First thing that made me smile today was the fact that it’s Friday! Wohoo! So excited for the weekend : ) As much as I like my job, I really love having the time to do things I enjoy – running, grocery shopping (this is 27), and spending time with friends and family. I’m a structured person in some aspects, but also really enjoy the free time that the weekend allows. Now if I could only figure out a way not to have a job… : )
    Jamie recently posted…Friday = Fri-YayMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely hear you with the the balance of structure but then release. And finally getting to spend time with people!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    Clean car. What is this unicorn of which you speak? πŸ™‚
    Run Colby Run recently posted…The Joy of Almonds. Five Fun Facts!My Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 8:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tis a mystical being that exists for about 2 seconds until your life intervenes again.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Sam @ Pancakewarriors

    Love coming by and here and getting a dose of your crazy. It’s makes my day and usually starts my day with a laugh or smile. I loved working at a coffee house for this same reason. I was usually part of their favorite morning ritual. Made me feel so privileged and excited to work everyday
    Sam @ Pancakewarriors recently posted…What do you love about yourself?My Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY I’m so happy I get to help you put a smile on your face. That makes me smile even more. I would love being part of a smaller coffee house where you really get to know people, have their orders ready–not so much deal with the people who are rude.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Okay, I really loved this post. The cat picture reminded me that I had a dream about cats last night. I love cats. I also really wish that I had done some waitressing. I think I would have really liked it! K, my comment is really boring today. Penis.
    Suzy recently posted…Blended Family Friday: TypicalMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 9:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Waitressing can be awesome, but it can also suck the life out of you if you aren’t part of a good situation. I’ve largely been lucky, but still, that last job did me in!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I am the exact same way anytime someone mentions Georgia, Louisville (KY), St. Petersburg/Tampa (FL) or NYC. It’s like instantly in that moment I know I’m meant to be friends with them.
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…A Father’s LoveMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know what you mean. Unending things to talk about it!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    This post has so many happy feels and warm fuzzies, I can barely handle it!! I laughed out loud at the underwear-flinging one. HAPPY FRIDAY!!
    Jess @hellotofit recently posted…Gluten free double chocolate zucchini muffinsMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I underwear flung this morning #proudofit

      June 22, 2015 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Chaitali

    the importance of east, delicious and satisfying meals cannot be overstated! I’m a huge fan of Seasons 52 as well.
    Chaitali recently posted…Friday Five – things making me happy right nowMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 10:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Seasons 52 is a godsend–delicious every time!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Marcia

    Happiness is when service people arrive at the BEGINNING of the time window they give you. Ok that never happens. Can you tell I’m waiting for driveway sealing guys who aren’t here yet?
    Marcia recently posted…Five Fitness FavoritesMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 10:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG #preach. Tell that to the cable company as well.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions iofa mother runner

    i love your happy things! A clean car is a must! And yes to spreading your passion
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    June 19, 2015 at 11:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I try to spread it wantonly.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Shawna

    i’m happy because i have been sticking to my just one-two drinks thing and feeling great every day this week and know i can stick with this all summer! loving it. also just ate a whole mess of Brussels sprouts so that makes me happy, AND your shout out to your ‘beloved’ NYC in this post always makes me smile to remember how much you love it here. COME VISIT ME!
    Shawna recently posted…Fig & Olive [Birthday Dinner]My Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 11:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I should hopefully still be coming up in the fall! I really really really really hope so!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Did you sign up for the same thing I signed up for?!?
    Rome is such an awesome city. I actually considered skipping out on my last week of classes abroad to explore that city more. The art and the architecture make my Baroque-loving self so happy.
    What made me smile today: Charlie’s happiness out on our five mile run together.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Roasted Chickpea, Eggplant, Red Potato, and Arugula SaladMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I loooove the Roman Baroque. Borromini was a genius.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Jill

    Hahaha this post was all over the place today! You cray cray Susie. I think days off make you loopy! I can’t say that I’ve ever tried to catch my underwear on my toe (?!) but now I will. I shall report back πŸ™‚
    Jill recently posted…Summer Bucket ListMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It will change your life.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Omg the workout pants I bought last night. It’s the first thing I’ve ever bought at Lulu and I used my gift card and discount to make it manageable. These pants tho.

    June 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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      June 22, 2015 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    Loving all of the positive vibes here!! I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with really tiny things. I went to a bridal shower a few weeks ago and there were these teeny tiny baby forks for the appetizers and I just about died. I couldn’t stop talking about them.
    Maddie @ Dixie Runs recently posted…Unreal Heat and Wedding Planning FestivitiesMy Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHAT I love tiny utensils!!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:43 am
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    Well shit, now I want to go get my car cleaned! lol
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Pixar’s Inside Out Delivers… Pizza!My Profile

    June 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So fresh and so cllllean

      June 22, 2015 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Ooh, so jealous you got your car detailed. I’ve had my Saturn for 10 years now and I’ve never gotten her detailed. I think it’s about time. Hope it doesn’t take too much money to fix the go kart! My dogs always make me smile. They’re always doing stupid, silly things and I can’t help but laugh at them.
    Beth @ Running with the Sunrise recently posted…What I Learned From My Ragnar RelayMy Profile

    June 20, 2015 at 6:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You just made me so happy by calling my car a go kart. Seriously smiling so hard right now that you remembered.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    This was a great post and a fun read!! I totally do that with my underwear all the time, and I’ve got such finger toes I use them all the time πŸ˜› Also – a clean car is like a clean room, calm inducing!! Making someone else smile is the key to happiness- especially when you are having a bad day πŸ™‚
    Jill @ Champagne for Everyday recently posted…Healthy Dinner Hacks: Low Calorie Seaweed (Nori) WrapsMy Profile

    June 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so glad that I have another underwear flinger in you. It is such a fun game.

      June 22, 2015 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!

    What’s making me smile? Your post. Love it.
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! recently posted…Five Reasons to be HappyMy Profile

    June 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm
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      June 22, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Haha – yes to abnormally sizes things, I am all about novelty sizes items and i am a fan of a big hat.
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Thai Chicken Meatballs by DanniiMy Profile

    June 22, 2015 at 5:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Novelty sizing–that is the appropriate word!

      June 22, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    when my jam comes on. LOVE.IT. hope you had a great weekend, gal!
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Wineglass Marathon Training Recap Week 2My Profile

    June 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I’m breaking it down πŸ˜€

      June 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Yes to all of these, especially #5! That little guy with the cake on his face looks exactly like my son did at that age. I literally have a picture of him with cake all over his face and a giant smile. Love it!

    June 23, 2015 at 7:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My mom loves to tell the story about my brother with cake all over his face, but I was the one who would follow cookies with my eyes at the tender age of BEFORE I LEFT THE HOSPITAL

      June 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm
      • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

        That’s too weird! Alex followed things with her eyes the day after she was born too! Her pediatrician said that she was “highly intelligent” because newborns don’t do that. You two really need to meet. πŸ™‚

        June 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Rae

    This post made me smile πŸ™‚ Also, coffee. I’m jet lagged and overtired and coffee is my best friend right now.
    Rae recently posted…Post-Prague Check-InMy Profile

    June 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You poor thing I bet you are EXHAUSTED right now! I can’t wait to hear about the trip!

      June 29, 2015 at 1:03 pm

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