I realised today that i am 38 days closer to day zero and that progress on my list hasn’t been going so well. It hasn’t stalled completely either which is good but things aren’t moving along as nicely as I would like. I suspect it’s because I kind of feel like my whole life is on hold at the moment until the move. Anyway I decided this morning to take a bit of a look at the list and see if there was anything I could do today and I found two things that I could at least get started on. #47 (make a list of 101 things that make me happy) and #41 (Write a list of 101 places you want to see before you die). I started both lists and have managed to complete one. The other will stay safely in my drafts until it’s ready to be unveiled but for now here is:

#47. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy

1. Brunch with my husband in the sunshine
2. Starting a new book by a favourite author
3. Waking up without the alarm/sleeping in
4. Hot chocolate by the fire
5. Being able to see the stars
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6. The sound of waves crashing on the beach
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7. Photo of the day with my Mum
8. Holidays
9. Laughing until I cry
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10. Friends visiting from interstate/overseas
11. Long emails from friends/family
12. Catching up with friends for coffee
13. Sitting on the grass in the sunshine having a sandwich and reading a book
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14. Freddie (my lovesac beanbag)
15. Planning my next holiday
16. Putting “pins” in my Places I’ve Been Trip Advisor map
17. Having a clean house
18. Reading through my travel journals
19. Visiting a new country
20. Seeing something in person that I’ve read about
21. When my husband’s wedding ring catching in the sun
22. Home made dumplings
23. Taking photographs of beautiful things
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24. Talking to friends on the phone
25. Making lists
26. Having savings in the bank
27. Buying plane tickets
28. Being a vegetarian
29. When my dreadlocks are neat and tidy
30. Writing
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31. A new episode of a favourite TV show
32. Hearing my husband laugh
33. Roadtrips
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34. Using my imagination
35. Hugging people hello who I haven’t seen in a while
36. Going out for meals with friends
37. Walking around and listening to my ipod
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38. Waking up in the middle of the night and realising I still have hours to sleep
39. Dancing around my house when there is noone else around
40. People watching
41. That feeling when I’ve just had a really incredible dream
42. Doing nice things for the people I love
43. Buying books
44. Massages
45. Making it home just before it starts to rain
46. Listening to the sound of rain on the roof as I’m falling asleep
47. Re-watching a favourite movie
48. Planning future adventures
49. Christmas at Mum’s place
50. Having my four besties in the same place at the same time (rare!)
51. Seeing old people holding hands
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52. Finding the perfect present for someone I love
53. Making mixed cds for people
54. The smell of fresh babies and puppies
55. Getting money back when I do my tax return
56. Reminiscing about happy times
57. Walking with a friend
58. Watching people who are in love
59. Finding a really great song
60. Freshly cleaned sheets on my bed
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61. Finding a restaurant with great vegetarian food
62. Getting mail
63. The smell of really great coffee
64. Crossing things off to do lists
65. When people ask me for travel advice
66. Naps
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67. Getting a new high score in Bejewelled Blitz
68. Having a seat free seat next to me when I travel
69. When my husband picks me up from work and opens the door for me from inside the car
70. The smell of wood fires
71. Being snuggled in bed when it’s cold outside
72. Putting clothes on straight out of the dryer
73. Visiting art galleries
74. Feeling inspired
75. Feeling the vibe when everyone is happy and having a good time
76. Having the solution to someones problem/question/need
77. Getting lost in a daydream
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78. Making a difference
79. The feeling of anticipation before a good night out or a holiday or a visit from a friend
80. The smell of jasmine at dusk
81. Summertime, when the sun sets really late
82. The smell of vegetables stir fried in sesame oil
83. Feeling connected to the people in my life
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84. Being able to inspire people
85. Finding little ways to show friends and family that I love them
86. When people trust me enough to confide in me
87. Saying I love you at the end of a phone call
88. Having a really great word in Scrabble
89. The smell of my knotty boy dreadlock wax
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90. Tasting the food on someone elses plate when we go out for dinner
91. Dessert
92. Lying on the floor in the dark and listening to music
93. Making other people laugh
94. When my backpack is right there on the baggage carousel when I get off a plane
95. Getting new stamps in my passport
96. Remembering past adventures
97. Seeing my friends happy
98. Feeling passionate about world issues (although the picture is of tears it really does make me happy)
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99. Learning new things
100. Unexpectedly hearing a song I love
101. The fact that I have so many things that make me happy!

The end!
I really enjoyed making this list, in fact I challenge you to do the same if you can. It’s heartwarming and kind of exhilarating to realise that our happiness (well mine, anyway) depends on so little. Not lots of money or extravangant things.. just simple every day stuff.

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We we are 2.5 days into our New Zealand holiday and so far we are having a great time. We arrived into Christchurch on Saturday afternoon, but by the time we got to our hotel we were totally wiped and spent the afternoon napping and ordering room service and watching bad movies and napping some more. Sunday morning we were up bright and early – since we slept so much the night before – so we spent the morning exploring the city before heading out of town and driving through to Greymouth. The scenery from Christchurch – Greymouth is just spectacular, especially this time of year with so much snow… incredible! Last night we stayed in Greymouth, in a lodge with a great view of the Tasman and ate dinner at a beautiful warm lodge filled with lovely country folk and serving delicious winter meals.

This morning we got up bright and early and made our way to Franz Josef. We grabbed some lunch in town before doing a 2 hour hike to the glacier. The first part of the walk is through rainforest, then you find yourself walking through this dry river bed, filled with glacial dust and massive rocks and tiny pebbles and little creeks meandering along (and some not so little, which require some jumping or scrambling to get across/through). There are giant lush misty mountains towering over you on either side of the river bed, dense with trees and cascading waterfalls.. the whole thing is so surreal and achingly beautiful. All the way along you can see the Glacier as you approach. From a distance it doesn’t look all that impressive, but there is just no way to describe it as you get in close and realise just how big this thing is.. it does more than tower over you, it is immense and incredible. So fragile and so impenetrable at the same time. You can’t get too close because the glacier moves up to a metre each day with huge chunks of rock and ice falling throughout the day.. we saw one piece, so tiny in comparison to the glacier, but the size of ten people, crack off the top and tumble into the depths.. it was awe inspiring.

A great day, made more so because seeing the glacier means that I am able to cross another thing off my 101/1001 list (yay).

Before I go ahead and do that though, here are some photos, not just of the glacier but of our whole trip so far:

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