Discovering Joy and Wonder
in Everyday Moments

What is The Joy List?

A few years ago, I put together a list of some of my favorite things.  I call it The Joy List.  It reminds me to focus on the simple things that bring me joy, and helps me to be intentional about including them in my life on a daily basis.

When I’m feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, it’s, more often than not, because I haven’t indulged in enough of my favorite things, and I’m running on an empty tank.  I’m an introvert, so I restore myself by being alone.  If I don’t make space to regroup, relax, inhale and exhale, I’m not much fun to be around.

But even when I don’t have the opportunity to get away or spend much time alone, there’s something powerful about stopping to acknowledge the joy in an everyday moment.  Breathing in deeply, recognizing the beauty of what’s before me, and savoring the happiness it brings is invigorating for my soul.

About Sara

Welcome to my site!

Hi everyone, my name is Sara Christenson.  I’m a wife, mother, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

I've self published two books: FootNotes: Discovering God in the Fine Print, which is the story of my spiritual journey, and  Malibu Nanny: Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny, which I co-authored with my childhood best friend.

My passion in life is to inspire people to live a life full of joy by finding happiness in everyday moments, and to embrace an attitude of gratitude.

You can learn more about me on my website,

Sara's Joy List

I wrote my first Joy List about 5 years ago, and it's changed over the years, but it's a great reminder to indulge in all of the things I love!

  1. Quiet time with God
  2. Watching my two young boys play
  3. Date nights with my husband
  4. Bonding time with my girlfriends
  5. Walks or hikes in nature
  6. Listening to birds sing
  7. Chai Tea
  8. A steaming hot bath
  9. Chocolate
  10. Red Wine
  11. Thai Food
  12. Pedicures
  13. Spa retreats
  14. The smell of rain
  15. Road trips with my family
  16. Visiting new cities and trying new restaurants
  17. Cuddling in bed with my boys at night and reading to them
  18. Anything eucalyptus-peppermint scented
  19. Walks on the beach on a misty early morning
  20. Purple Tulips

Write a joy list

What makes you happy?

Create your own joy list by writing down some things that make you happy.  It can just be a few, or it can be a long list like mine.  Post it up somewhere you can see it every day, and indulge in more joyful moments.  

When you've completed your list, I'd love to read it!  Please share it on "The Joy List" Facebook Group.

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