Motivation Monday: 50 Little Things that Make You Feel Alive

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.


Did you see the Lunar Eclipse last night?


A little something out of the norm.


The simplicity of the earth’s shadow covering the moon only happens from 0-3 times per year, pretty rare.


Our last eclipse, prior to last night’s, was this past April 4th, and our next one is not expected to occur until March 23, 2016.


Things like lunar eclipses are great reminders of the ‘little things’ in life that we can so easily miss if we don’t look up.


Last night’s eclipse inspired me for this Motivation Monday post to make a list of the top 50 things that make me feel alive!


After all, it’s all about the little things people.


On your Monday, even though you may be dragging your feet to the office (somebody’s got a case of the Monday’s!), take a step back and don’t forget to look up.



You never know what you may come across (and while you’re at it, you can make your list too):



  1. Bright yellow sunflowers
  2. Painted sky sunsets and rainbows
  3. Singing Hanson’s “MMMBop” at the top of my lungs (along with other Boy Band hits)
  4. Sand between my toes and the sound of the Ocean
  5. “Getting in the flow” while writing
  6. Winning a drawing, a raffle, a contest
  7. A conversation with a senior about their life “back in the day”
  8. A baby’s smile and giggle
  9. The smell of rain
  10. Smiling at a complete stranger
  11. A refreshing shower that washes the day away
  12. Dancing in the moonlight
  13. Coffee chats and heart-to-hearts with your BFF
  14. People-watching at Whole Foods on a Saturday or Sunday morning
  15. Broken in sneakers
  16. A clean car
  17. Unstructured time on my hands to do whatever my heart desires
  18. Townlake trail walks
  19. Waking up before my alarm goes off, eager for the day
  20. Sweet dreams
  21. Phone catch-ups with my mom or dad
  22. Unexpected snail mail
  23. Big cozy sweatshirts
  24. Looking trough old pictures you forgot existed (like from middle school!)
  25. Hot pink anything
  26. Friday night lights
  27. Amazon Prime deliveries in your mailbox
  28. Beating rush hour traffic
  29. Answered prayers and realizing why other prayers were unanswered
  30. Tazo Cinnamon Spiced herbal tea
  31. New haircuts, pedicures and green face masks
  32. Kids that say the darndest things
  33. Someone remembering your birthday
  34. Remembering someone else’s birthday
  35. Mentoring a middle school girl
  36. Long eyelashes with a perfect mascara that doesn’t clump
  37. Homemade crispy sweet potato fries cooked jusssst right
  38. Clean sheets
  39. Standing on top of a mountain
  40. Country music on the radio with the windows rolled down on sunny days
  41. Worship on Sunday mornings
  42. Jeans that fit like a glove
  43. A stroll down Memory Lane
  44. New York City at Thanksgiving
  45. Burpees!
  46. Asking for “the usual” and the waiter knowing what you mean
  47. Getting excited the night before Christmas as an adult
  48. Chick flicks
  49. Lucky pennies and wishing on stars
  50. Walking down the Barbie aisle to see what Barbie is up to nowadays
  51. OH YES…And…Monday mornings!!!


Ok now it’s your turn–can you come up with 50 things that make YOU feel alive? Chances are, once you get going, you won’t be able to stop…


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