Friday Five: Things That Made Me Smile This Week

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the new Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is “Mother Runners.” I started working on this one and have so many awesome running moms in my life and pros that I am in awe of. I couldn’t pick just five, so I’m going off topic!

When I was new to Instagram, I did the 100 happy days challenge and I loved it. I recently looked back at it and realized that it is good for my spirits to look for happy things each and every day. I highly recommend it! So here goes:

5 Things That Made Me Smile This Week

1. Having Lisa and Kathy visit me in Chicago. Kathy and I amused ourselves at Millennium Park. Kathy is a whiz with photo shop so “cardboard” Kathy and Erica are likely to have adventures in the weeks ahead. In addition to this, we had a great “girl’s” weekend of eating, drinking, spa-ing and catching up. Just what the doctor ordered!

2. Showing my colleague a bit of Brooklyn. I had a work trip to northern NJ with my colleague Jessica. I asked if she wanted to go to NYC. She has only been a few times, so I asked if she wanted to do my favorite thing – walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. She said “YES!” We had a blast tourist-ing and snapping photos. Then we went to DUMBO for chocolate at Jacques Torres, checked out the new Shinola and FEED stores and had cocktails and dinner at Superfine. Awesome evening!

Good angle! Dan said these made me look tall!

3. Trying my hand at run selfies. Maggie inspired me to up the running photo game. Check out her awesome Instagram feed! I decided to try self timed pics from the fence at Larry and Dan’s farm (a/k/a my happy place). I had selfie success AND an awesome hilly 7.75 mile run. A win-win!

These faces!!

4. Being greeted by Bella and Louie. There’s something about llamas (in general and these two in particular) that always makes me smile.

We checked out a new restaurant that’s in an old bank building. The vault door as prison!

5. Clowning around with Larry and Dan. It’s always awesome mixing work and fun. I enjoyed an evening with Larry and Dan. We checked out a new restaurant near them. It’s in an old bank building so we checked out the vault and “locked” them in. We also had a lot of laughs and enjoyed the food. All good!

What made you smile this week? We’re meeting up with a ton of old friends so we are bound to have many more smiles and laughs. Have a terrific weekend!

PS. Don’t forget my great giveaways!



  1. Aww this is a great post! I always like finding joy in the little things!

  2. I’ve been tempted to do those 100 days of happy challenges–I think it would be a good thing for me! I’m still glowing from my half marathon last weekend-it was fun and it was a victory over RA!

  3. Kimberly G says:

    Those llamas just made me smile lol. I love seeing animals when I’m out on a run. One time I saw a deer, but usually I just see geese, dogs and squirrels 🙂

    One thing that made me smile this week were the gifts I got for my mom for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to see her face when she opens the gifts!

  4. Diane says:

    Great post. Lots of happy! 🙂

  5. Amy Scott says:

    I love the pic with the bank door, haha! I’ve never done a challenge about happiness but I bet that would be fun, to find something positive in every single day- it would change my outlook some days (Especially during the dark days of the past few months as I dealt with the foot injury). Glad you guys had fun in NYC too!

  6. I should look into a 100 day happiness challenge…there’s always so much to be grateful for and it’s too easy to forget it! Glad you’ve had some fun times with friends!

  7. Erin R. says:

    I love this post. I was sitting at my desk yesterday when my boss noticed a rubber band wrapped around one of the pegs on our wooden coat rack. It was because the peg had split up the middle and wouldn’t stay on its screw. So she rubber banded it back together and screwed it on. That was probably two years ago, and we never fixed it with glue! I made a comment about what a high tech fix we’d made, and for some reason it struck both our funny bones and we were practically on the floor. Not really funny at all, but I loved belly laughing with my boss right out in the hall.

  8. Rachel says:

    Llamas are hilarious. I love that collage of them! Haha. 🙂 Great post, thanks for linking up. Have an awesome weekend!

  9. Those llamas are cute! Great job with the self timed picture. I need to try it out too since I also love all of her pictures.

  10. One day, I want to meet those llamas. I have a feeling that we would be fast friends…

  11. Brenda Haines says:

    How fun! I like trying to look at all the positives in life. Most of the time they outweigh the bad things going on.

  12. ellen beck says:

    I think getting outside is good for the soul. Running, or walking, with a dog or without it is just a good thing. The cares fade away or you can work them out so much easier. The llamas made me smile, those silly animals always do!

  13. Calvin F. says:

    Really great for you to share positive things.

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