So often my brain gets stuck on the negative. For those of you who know the Enneagram (My Enneagram Coach), I’m a Type 6, the Loyalist. There is a lot that I love and appreciate about how the Lord made me, but if I’m not careful, my brain circles around the “What Ifs” and worst-case scenerios.

The future is my current mental rut. Am I being wise about preparing for the future? How much can I afford to put toward retirement? Should I buy a home? Can I handle owning a home? And the thoughts keep coming…

I was musing this morning about what to write for this blog post. It’s easy to write for about what’s rolling around in my brain, but I don’t want to focus on the unknowns of my life. Especially since I don’t have a solutions or answers.

So instead, what has God been teaching me? It’s February, and Valentine’s Day is this month. What’s made my heart happy and brought a smile to my face lately?

Valentine’s Day is traditionally about celebrating romantic love. I’m going to take it to a different level and say that it’s about celebrating what makes you smile. 🙂 So, here’s a list of things that have made me smile recently.

1. Getting to celebrate my sister’s 29th birthday on Valentine’s Day.

2. Finding an AIP Salsa that is yummy!

3. Going a day without a headache

4. Napping on my couch with a blanket

5. Getting snail-mail

6. Having a heart-to-heart conversation with my friend Bekah

7. Problem solving at work with sweet friends

The Lord always helps me come out of my thought ruts by thinking of the blessings He’s given me.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

What has made you smile lately?