Good Things

Let Me tell you a story.

in The fall of my junior year of collegE I took a long-form journalism class called “The human condition”. on the first day, my professor, melissa chadburn, read us a story about a boy who made a list of good things for his suicidal mother to remind her of the simple joys in life. instead of taking roll like any other professor, professor chadburn told us that instead of saying “here” when we took roll, she wanted us to say a good thing. Then, at the end of the semester, we would have a long list of good things that we would have created as a group over the course of the semester. it was really special. during class she even let us illustrate pictures of our good things in a drawing pad she had bought specifically for our class.

Professor Chadburn & that class as a whole really inspired me. I loved taking attendance in that way so much that I wanted to IMPLEMENT “good things” in other areas of my life. so I did. I started making my own lists, posting them on my blog, adding “all good things” as my email signature, & even started all of our ignacio companions Cambodia meetings with saying “good things”.

slowly, but surely, “all good things” became part of my daily vocabulary. the idea of sharing gratitude & goodness with people is something I deeply believe in, so I decided that this concept deserved its own tab.

my good things:

  1. Animal fries

  2. Whispering something under your breath & getting affirmed by someone who heard you

  3. Making the perfect latte

  4. Waking up fully rested

  5. When the parents you babysit for come home early, but still pay you the full amount

  6. Jean jackets

  7. Having genuine faith in something

  8. Photowalls & how individualized they can be

  9. Jessica Glassberg’s humor on Tuesday mornings in University Hall

  10. When you find out that someone kept a letter you wrote them a long time ago

  11. Inside jokes

  12. Tom Delonge’s part in Blink-182’s “I Miss You” when he says “where are you”

  13. Scrunchies

  14. 80’s Parties

  15. Finding out that someone said something really nice about you when you weren’t around

  16. How you feel when a particular person looks at you

  17. When the reading for your class is short

  18. When someone tells you they love you & they’re proud of you in the same sentence

  19. Texting someone & getting a text back that says “I was just thinking about you!”

  20. When cities hire farmers to bring hundreds of goats to eat the grassy hills to avoid fires

  21. When your best friend comes back from a year off

  22. Having good reception when you’re FaceTiming with people in other countries

  23. Oatly Oat Milk in Brooklyn Bagels Infusion coffee before work on Fridays

  24. When you tell someone about something that means a lot to you & they’re genuinely happy for you

  25. The concept of “living with randos”

  26. When someone passes you a handwritten note in class like you’re in 5th grade again

  27. John the Baptist’s book in the New Testament

  28. Sharing the love of Trader Joe’s hummus with someone

  29. Trader Joe’s in general honestly

  30. Remembering that the universe is constantly expanding&we are terribly small

  31. When a boring class goes by quickly

  32. Crying of happiness

  33. Hearing a song for the first time&thinking “this is the one”

  34. When a friend you haven’t seen in a long time comes to visit

  35. A brand new Moleskine Journal

  36. Hearing your favorite song live

  37. Making eye contact with a cute boy in traffic

  38. Friendships rooted in faith

  39. That part in High School Musical 2 when Troy cries “what about us? what about everything we’ve been through?”, but Gabriella hits him back with “what about trust?”

  40. Mr. Brightside - The Killers

  41. Good gluten-free & dairy-free pizza from Fresh Brothers or Blaze

  42. After you hold hands with someone in mass & they squeeze your hand a little bit

  43. The Jonas Brothers

  44. When you’re eating a burrito & the tortilla doesn’t break

  45. THANKSGIVING

  46. Positive news about bees

  47. Fat orange cats

  48. When you actually feel like you’re learning something valuable in class

  49. The way I cut my apples

  50. The way people react to the way I cut my apples

  51. Compassionate people

  52. Dim Sum on Easter morning

  53. Eggs Benedict & Monkey Bread on Christmas morning

  54. When something happens & you have a deep “that was God” feeling

  55. Getting confidential information & sharing that information with someone else who also got confidential information

  56. Pantone 17-0215

  57. Dry shampoo

  58. When the scripture in bible study is spot on

  59. How everyone’s handwriting is different even though we write the same words

  60. Confetti at concerts

  61. When you lend a pen to someone & they remember to give it back

  62. When you have the exact words to describe how you’re feeling

  63. When someone says “I read your blog post!”

  64. Wearing shoes that show my tattoo

  65. Nicknames

  66. The feeling you get when you walk out of an interview & know you nailed it

  67. Every moment you bike around Westchester until you almost get hit by a car

  68. Talking on the phone with your best friend (moms included) while walking down Loyola Blvd

  69. Passion projects

  70. Driving down the 10 on a Friday night, listening to music, & singing your heart out alone

  71. When someone you admire admires you, too.

  72. Being alone, but not feeling alone

  73. Really good fried rice

  74. Walking on the beach in the morning when it’s still a little chilly

  75. A really warm blanket

  76. Chocolate covered strawberries

  77. When someone sends you a song that they think you’d like & you actually like it

  78. Pink clouds

  79. That feeling you get when you’re order #1 at In-N-Out & your cashier is named Jesus

  80. Sitting on your apartment balcony when it’s raining

  81. The scene in The Office when Pam says “I don’t think you should go to Philly tonight, I think you should stay, & I think we should fight”.

  82. When someone shows up to something you weren’t expecting them to be at & suddenly you feel more at home

  83. Lego Indiana Jones for the Xbox 360

  84. Breaking the rules at Community Table with Lexi

  85. Clean sheets & shaven legs

  86. The part in The Maine’s “Am I Pretty?” when they say “LIKE WHAT?”

  87. My Wonder Years shirt

  88. When you make eye-contact with an actor or actress while they’re on stage

  89. Every moment leading up to the moment you find out how dirty hotel rooms might actually be. Ignorance can be bliss!

  90. Sitting down with someone in Malone to finish a 2 minute story but staying for an hour & suddenly having a new friend that actually sticks

  91. Fast friends in general

  92. The sky

  93. Sitting in the back of a truck on a long drive & getting super, super dirty

  94. Critical Karaoke in a class full of interesting & beautiful people

  95. Friends who bring you deodorant when you forgot to put some on

  96. Every time my dad talks about how we should domesticate raccoons because they’re so freaking cute & would make great pets

  97. When your glasses are perfectly clean

  98. Getting froyo with someone you haven’t caught up with a long time

  99. All the moments that reminds you why you joined your sisterhood

  100. The walk from Regent’s Terrace to the Chapel

  101. Balloon animals

  102. Driving on the freeways late at night, staring at the stars, & listening to worship music

  103. Art museums

  104. When your little brother picks you up from a show & doesn’t complain when you blast Hilary Duff & dance in the back seat

  105. Sitting in a car eating fried rice with your best friend over a lookout

  106. When your grades are much higher than expected

  107. Sweet wines

  108. How family friends feel like real family

  109. Sitting on your apartment island drinking coffee with honey & soy milk

  110. How it feels to sit in comfortable silence with someone you love

  111. When you can’t explain how you’re feeling, but a song can

  112. Bun warmers in cars

  113. Pine trees

  114. That part in “What A Beautiful Name” when they say “nothing compares to this”

  115. The fact that at pretty much any college you go to they’ll say something about the squirrels there being “special”

  116. Rainbows

  117. When restaurants serve breakfast all day

  118. Having your elementary school teachers as friends on Facebook

  119. When you have a wholesome conversation with your Uber driver about life, etc.

  120. Group texts that exist solely to tell your friends to have kickass days

  121. The brown bread at The Cheesecake Factory

  122. Seeing my mom watch America’s Funniest Home Videos

  123. Looking through photo albums from one of your parents’ childhood

  124. Using up an entire journal

  125. When long flights go by quickly

  126. When bartenders card really old people just to be funny. That never gets old

  127. When you find a ton of really amazing music all at once

  128. When a random boy you don’t know sends you a song that you know someone else would like & it’s almost like the world aligned perfectly for that to happen

  129. Silent Retreats

  130. When you know that someone loves you just as much as you love them

  131. Having an innocent crush that doesn’t crush your soul

  132. Ohio, a very underrated state

  133. The feeling of growing up & realizing that your parents were right about a lot of things

  134. Seeing baby pictures of the person you are ~romantically interested in~

  135. Eating an entire basket of fries by yourself

  136. When you go on vacation & expect snow but don’t get it until the last day & you realize that it wouldn’t have been as fun if it was snowing the whole time so you’re actually super content.

  137. When boys wear denim on denim

  138. The feeling on any December 31st when you take a step back & think “this was the best year of my life.”

  139. Old friends, because you can’t make old friends.

  140. When your friend (against your will) tells a boy you’ve been secretly admiring that he has a secret admirer & he asks her if its you who secretly admires him & is EXCITED that you secretly admire him.

  141. Looking at a fresh journal & thinking “I hope I don’t write about boys as much as I did in my last journal” & then your first entry is all about a boy & you remember that it’s okay to admire people & want to share your love for them with others

  142. Being drunk in a bathroom with your best friends when suddenly someone makes everyone be quiet & starts giving a speech about how much she loves everyone in the bathroom & someone starts crying

  143. When Aisea watches a random movie (like La La Land) & cries for 3 hours

  144. When you’re watching the local broadcast & it’s a story about goats

  145. Seeing one of your best friends on TV

  146. Meeting your college friends’ parents

  147. Mixing Colourpop’s Zuma & Mama lipsticks together to get the perfect color

  148. When you post a picture on Instagram & you only check to see who’s liked it until a particular person does & then you stop checking because who cares

  149. When you think you’re flying out of LAX but you’re really flying out of Burbank

  150. The pre-chorus in Waterparks’ “Gloom Boys”

  151. When your dad comes back from New York with a bunch of Muji pens for you

  152. When your skin is clear

  153. When you make a playlist that describes the progression of your relationship with someone & in the end it’s even better than you could have ever expected

  154. Starting a new tube of toothpaste

  155. Laughing with God

  156. When Vanessa asks you if you want to see John Mayer with her after she graduates. The answer is yes.

  157. Dressing up as Michael & Dwight for a Dynamic Duo outfit

  158. John 13:7

  159. Tomato soup

  160. When you have absolutely no reason to not trust someone. That’s a beautiful thing. Pure trust.

  161. The sky & the air after it stops raining

  162. Loft dates

  163. Big t-shirts

  164. When your Uber driver is a Catholic man from La Cañada who has a daughter named Elizabeth (who they call Lizzie), refers to her as a “princess & angel”, lives 4 minutes away from your house at home, & used to do the same job in the navy as your uncle

  165. Vitamin Water (specifically the dragonfruit flavor)

  166. When people complete your Venmo request right away

  167. Shows at small venues with good friends

  168. Soy carmel lattes

  169. Raising $44,500 for families with children battling cancer

  170. Friendships that don’t ever make you feel insecure

  171. When you know you have to do homework or study, but the conversations you’re participating in are too good to leave

  172. When you’re walking around Spain with your friends & someone says “hey…we’re in Spain”

  173. Sleepovers with your girl friends

  174. When you meet your favorite author & he writes “God loves you!” In your journal

  175. When someone says it’s really important to them that they’re at your confirmation

  176. Journaling in the sun

  177. When you go see Arms Akimbo & you catch the pick

  178. Having a deep feeling that everything is going to be alright

  179. Friends that make you think “wow, I am so lucky to be their friend”

  180. When mass is so powerful that you cry

  181. When Adam calls Eve “heaven’s best gift” in Paradise Lost

  182. When you have Caesar Chavez day off, so you spend all day at your friend’s house & ending your day in the library, but having a lot of really long, good conversations along the way.

  183. When you finally get the tragus piercing you’ve wanted since you were 13

  184. Running into friends at the grocery store

  185. Praying to God for signs & getting them & being so sure that they were actually signs & not just coincidences

  186. When someone takes a picture of you and your friends & you think “I know I’m going to hate those”, but you don’t & they’re actually really cute

  187. The fact that suddenly everyone at LMU is fostering dogs so there are always puppies on campus

  188. When you are not covered in lint

  189. The way Aaron loves Kanye’s Ghost Town

  190. When you eat normal pizza & don’t feel sick afterwards

  191. Feeling insecure about showing up to a Date Night dressed as a Teletubby, but people tell you how much they love it which makes you feel less awkward

  192. Putting fake mustaches on your eyebrows & taking selfies with your friends like there are not giant black mustaches on your eyebrows

  193. Being in love with someone & being so sure that you are definitely in love with them

  194. Knowing all the songs at mass by heart

  195. Getting your prints back from your disposable cameras, looking through them on the floor of your room, & remembering all the happy memories & times that you’ve had that you’re glad you captured

  196. These party themes in this order: Save the Bees, Lizards & Wizards, & “Red”

  197. Calling your mom

  198. Taking a step back & realizing that your life right now is exactly what you wished for a year ago

  199. When you wake up from a nap & it doesn’t feel like you were hit by a bus

  200. Sitting out in Sunken Gardens with your shoes off, typing a list of good things with your best friend on a warm Tuesday morning

  201. When someone tells you that you have beautiful brain

  202. When you find the perfect card for someone for any occasion

  203. How certain places & certain things remind you of special people & special moments

  204. When someone affirms you when you’re feeling down

  205. When your friends come back from a semester abroad

  206. The way a particular person’s voice sounds like music

  207. Perfectly ripe avocados

  208. Remembering that you deserve better

  209. Moscow Mules

  210. Rocket Pop yogurt with fruity pebbles from Yogurtland

  211. Feeling so loved

  212. Spontaneous long drives with good friends

  213. When waking up at 7am is worth it

  214. When squirrels walk

  215. Prayer pals

  216. People who have been your friend for a few months, but slowly you start spending more & more time with them, & then, before you know it, they’re one of the most important people in your life

  217. New Hope for Cambodian Children

  218. The Red Hot Chili Peppers

  219. The way going home feels like after a long week

  220. When you love your job

  221. When people genuinely believe in you

  222. Chick-fil-a Spicy Sandwich with Chick-fil-a sauce & extra pickles

  223. The moment after someone takes a sip of the coffee you made them when their face softens, they start to smile, & they say “this is so good”.

  224. Getting over someone you’ve been trying to get over for far too long.

  225. Thank you cards

  226. Kombucha

  227. String cheese

  228. When it starts to rain on a really, really hot & humid day

  229. When State Farm affirms you that your car accident was not your fault

  230. When you look good in business casual

  231. Mentors

  232. Getting prints back after hoarding your fuji film cameras for 10 months

  233. Not having anything to complain about

  234. Mango mint mojitos

  235. The foothill mountains

  236. Metal straws

  237. Pistachio toddy lattes from Home Brewed Bar

  238. Sales at stores

  239. Dresses that make you feel like a freakin’ princess

  240. Shoes that make you feel like you’re really just on top of your shit suddenly

  241. Country music (sometimes)

  242. Day one of an all-inclusive open bar/restaurant (but not day two & definitely not day three) (oof)

  243. When a barista remembers your name

  244. Tyler Cameron’s Twitter

  245. Watching Hannah Brown absolutely wreck Luke Parker on TV

  246. Seeing friends at Mass

  247. Typing thoughts on your laptop

  248. Being best friends with your roommate

  249. Knowing that you’re growing at work

  250. Dotted journals

  251. The Paper Source logo

  252. Yoga (it’s extra good when it’s free)

  253. Bite Toothpaste

  254. When random customers come sit with you at work

  255. WeWork meetings

  256. Strawberry Passion Tea Lemonade from Chick-fil-A

  257. Discount Day at the movies

  258. Making dinner for your friends

  259. When you run into someone you really miss

  260. When the cry you feel coming happens and you feel incredibly better after it’s over

  261. The Lion King & Toy Story 4

  262. Refried beans

  263. Knowing that school will start again soon


all good things,

Elizabeth/lizzie/LB

 

1. Animal fries

1. Animal fries

3. Making the perfect latte

3. Making the perfect latte

6. Jean jackets

6. Jean jackets

8. Photowalls & how individualized they can be

8. Photowalls & how individualized they can be

14. 80’s Parties

14. 80’s Parties

20. When cities hire farmers to bring hundreds of goats to eat the grassy hills to avoid fires

20. When cities hire farmers to bring hundreds of goats to eat the grassy hills to avoid fires

23. Oatly Oat Milk in Brooklyn Bagels Infusion coffee before work on Fridays

23. Oatly Oat Milk in Brooklyn Bagels Infusion coffee before work on Fridays

24. When you tell someone about something that means a lot to you & they’re genuinely happy for you

24. When you tell someone about something that means a lot to you & they’re genuinely happy for you

35. A brand new Moleskine Journal

35. A brand new Moleskine Journal

36. Hearing your favorite song live

36. Hearing your favorite song live

38. Friendships rooted in faith

38. Friendships rooted in faith

41. Good gluten-free & dairy-free pizza

41. Good gluten-free & dairy-free pizza

45. THANKSGIVING

45. THANKSGIVING

46. Positive news about bees

46. Positive news about bees

56. Pantone 17-0215

56. Pantone 17-0215

59. How everyone’s handwriting is different even though we write the same words

59. How everyone’s handwriting is different even though we write the same words

60. Confetti at concerts

60. Confetti at concerts

64. Wearing shoes that show my tattoo

64. Wearing shoes that show my tattoo

67. Every moment you bike around Westchester until you almost get hit by a car

67. Every moment you bike around Westchester until you almost get hit by a car

70. Driving down the 10 on a Friday night, listening to music, & singing your heart out alone

70. Driving down the 10 on a Friday night, listening to music, & singing your heart out alone

78. Pink clouds

78. Pink clouds

92. The sky

92. The sky

93. Sitting in the back of a truck on a long drive & getting super, super dirty

93. Sitting in the back of a truck on a long drive & getting super, super dirty

97. When your glasses are perfectly clean

97. When your glasses are perfectly clean

99. All the moments that reminds you why you joined your sisterhood

99. All the moments that reminds you why you joined your sisterhood

100. The walk from Regent’s Terrace to the Chapel

100. The walk from Regent’s Terrace to the Chapel

103. Art museums

103. Art museums

107. Sweet wines

107. Sweet wines

115. The fact that at pretty much any college you go to they’ll say something about the squirrels there being “special”

115. The fact that at pretty much any college you go to they’ll say something about the squirrels there being “special”

116. Rainbows

116. Rainbows

123. Looking through photo albums from one of your parents’ childhood

123. Looking through photo albums from one of your parents’ childhood

136. When you go on vacation & expect snow but don’t get it until the last day & you realize that it wouldn’t have been as fun if it was snowing the whole time so you’re actually super content.

136. When you go on vacation & expect snow but don’t get it until the last day & you realize that it wouldn’t have been as fun if it was snowing the whole time so you’re actually super content.

139. Old friends, because you can’t make old friends.

139. Old friends, because you can’t make old friends.

147. Mixing Colourpop’s Zuma & Mama lipsticks together to get the perfect color

147. Mixing Colourpop’s Zuma & Mama lipsticks together to get the perfect color

149. When you think you’re flying out of LAX but you’re really flying out of Burbank

149. When you think you’re flying out of LAX but you’re really flying out of Burbank

157. Dressing up as Michael & Dwight for a Dynamic Duo outfit

157. Dressing up as Michael & Dwight for a Dynamic Duo outfit

167. Shows at small venues with good friends

167. Shows at small venues with good friends

169. Raising $44,500 for families with children battling cancer

169. Raising $44,500 for families with children battling cancer

172. When you’re walking around Spain with your friends & someone says “hey…we’re in Spain”

172. When you’re walking around Spain with your friends & someone says “hey…we’re in Spain”

174. When you meet your favorite author & he writes “God loves you!” in your journal

174. When you meet your favorite author & he writes “God loves you!” in your journal

175. When someone says it’s really important to them that they’re at your confirmation

175. When someone says it’s really important to them that they’re at your confirmation

177. When you go see Arms Akimbo & you catch the pick

177. When you go see Arms Akimbo & you catch the pick

182. When you have Caesar Chavez day off, so you spend all day at your friend’s house & ending your day in the library, but having a lot of really long, good conversations along the way.

182. When you have Caesar Chavez day off, so you spend all day at your friend’s house & ending your day in the library, but having a lot of really long, good conversations along the way.

183. When you finally get the tragus piercing you’ve wanted since you were 13

183. When you finally get the tragus piercing you’ve wanted since you were 13

186. When someone takes a picture of you and your friends & you think “I know I’m going to hate those”, but you don’t & they’re actually really cute

186. When someone takes a picture of you and your friends & you think “I know I’m going to hate those”, but you don’t & they’re actually really cute

191. Feeling insecure about showing up to a Date Night dressed as a Teletubby, but people tell you how much they love it which makes you feel less awkward

191. Feeling insecure about showing up to a Date Night dressed as a Teletubby, but people tell you how much they love it which makes you feel less awkward

192. Putting fake mustaches on your eyebrows & taking selfies with your friends like there are not giant black mustaches on your eyebrows

192. Putting fake mustaches on your eyebrows & taking selfies with your friends like there are not giant black mustaches on your eyebrows

195. Getting your prints back from your disposable cameras, looking through them on the floor of your room, & remembering all the happy memories & times that you’ve had that you’re glad you captured

195. Getting your prints back from your disposable cameras, looking through them on the floor of your room, & remembering all the happy memories & times that you’ve had that you’re glad you captured

196. These party themes in this order: Save the Bees, Lizards & Wizards, & “Red”

196. These party themes in this order: Save the Bees, Lizards & Wizards, & “Red”

210. Rocket Pop yogurt with fruity pebbles from Yogurtland

210. Rocket Pop yogurt with fruity pebbles from Yogurtland

216. People who have been your friend for a few months, but slowly you start spending more & more time with them, & then, before you know it, they’re one of the most important people in your life

216. People who have been your friend for a few months, but slowly you start spending more & more time with them, & then, before you know it, they’re one of the most important people in your life

217. New Hope for Cambodian Children

217. New Hope for Cambodian Children

220. When you love your job

220. When you love your job

226. Kombucha + 236. Metal straws

226. Kombucha + 236. Metal straws

228. When it starts to rain on a really, really hot & humid day

228. When it starts to rain on a really, really hot & humid day

229. When State Farm affirms you that your car accident was not your fault

229. When State Farm affirms you that your car accident was not your fault

235. The foothill mountains

235. The foothill mountains