It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  While you’re there, be sure to check out other bloggers who are participating in the linkup, too.  This week the DC Trifecta chose Five Things That Make Me Happy as the theme. 


“If you want to be happy, be.”

~ Leo Tolstoy



I’m a genuinely happy person, and I hope that comes across with everyone I meet.  Everyone has a gift and I’d like to think that mine is to bring a smile to people’s faces , and on a good day, to make them laugh.

If I’m using my gift and making someone’s day a little better, it makes me happy.  Of course there are lots of other things that make me happy.  Here are five…..


1. Spending time with my family…..

Whether it’s sitting around the table with Bill, Joseph, Julie, and Daniel, or visiting my mom, brother, in-laws, and extended family, I’m happy. 


2.  Spending time with friends…..

Whether it’s a night out with the girls, or a quiet couples evening on our deck enjoying a bottle of wine, I’m happy.


3.  Running…..

Whether I’m running alone and lost in thought, pushing hard on a difficult hill workout with my training partners, or chatting during a long run with a good friend, I’m happy.


4.  Watching my Hokies play football…..

Whether I’m screaming with 66,232 friends in Lane Stadium or watching at home with Bill, and as long as we’re winning, I’m happy.


5.  Planning events…..

Whether I’m cleaning off the deck and setting up tables for a party, or preparing for a fitness workshop for my clients and running friends, I’m happy.


So if you’ll excuse me, I need to go make someone laugh because that makes me happy!


  • Questions:
  • What makes you happy?
  • What do you feel is your gift?
  • Are you racing this weekend?