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I always have fun hanging out with my besty,Mandy! No one makes me laugh like you! xoxo Have you ever jumped on a trampoline? That is so fun too! I was jumping on the one at my sis & bro-in-laws when they were on vacation. The girls in Jetta's shop saw me & thought I was a little kid who broke into their yard!! I must have looked moronic, but I was 30 yrs old at the time! Another thing that I really find fun is singing karaoke - I want my own machine!! Then we could finally make our album, "The Beauty Queen & The Blonde Madonna". I know I am happiest when I am with my friends and family, doing nothing special necessarily, just hanging out, talking & laughing. Eating is good too! xoxo


I love swinging on a swing,the trampoline is good too; I love to dance,and I love to sing. I never sing because I have a terrible voice but I think I will find the karaoke and belt one out.


Still trying to figure it out myself. Nieces and nephews top the list. Beach walks, body surfing, reading, genealogy, talking to old friends, listening to fiddle and banjo music, big band music, spanish guitar, steel drum bands, Christmas carols, reggae...how can that not be fun?


I knew we were twins! I read that book a few months ago. I loved it! For me.. fun things are traveling, going to the beach/swimming.. But I really need to find a more localized idea of fun bc I cant swim year-round, I don't live near a beach, and I'm in grad school so I def can't afford to travel constantly!


I am elated that you and J Majesty were there to enjoy the amazing weather and company with me. The simple pleasures are always most treasured. Friendship, sunshine, laughter, the ocean, a pit fire, a cool breeze and Grey Goose. A perfect day if you ask me.

Gretchen Rubin

Hey Amanda! I loved your post and the image of you swinging and laughing your head off. I'm thrilled to hear that THE HAPPINESS PROJECT resonates with you -- I look forward to reading more about your adventures here!

Gretchen Rubin


That was an awesome post- I love the description of swinging- that is being alive.

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Life List: 1.Be a Mother 2.Go to Paris with someone I love 3.Go to South Africa 4.See the Grand Canyon 5.See U2 live and be in the first 3 rows 6.Meet Bono (preferably have a drink with him) 7.Take a hot air balloon ride 8.Learn to garden 9.Own a home 10.Make said home warm and welcoming 11.Parasail 12.Camp out (glamping) at least one night 13.Write a book 14.Become active in a charity 15.Visit Hawaii 16.Throw a masquerade ball 17.Have a good amount of money in savings 18.See the pyramids (in Egypt) 19.Stay at the Ice Hotel 20.Swim with Dolphins (that ones for you Michelle!) 21.Horseback ride in Montana 22.Hike through Zion Narrows in Utah 23.Fall in Love 24.Visit Canada 25.Act again 26.Skinny dip in the Ocean 27.Own a house on the Cape (or Branford) 28.Be the type of person who exercises 5 days a week 29.Eat green and healthy ALL the time 30.Play tennis (well) again 31.Meet Al Roker (Bonus if he interviews me) 32.Go to an opulent, black tie New Years Eve ball and wear a gown worthy of the Oscars red carpet. At Midnight kiss a dashing gentleman. 33.Vacation and gamble recklessly in Monte Carlo 34.Achieve acceptance of my body 35.Go to the Opera 36.Stay for a week on a yacht in the Caribbean and start each day with a swim. 37.Learn to ski 38.Fly first class to Hong Kong
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