Things That Make Me Happy in 2021

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Here are some things that keep me smiling in 2021, despite this never ending pandemic. : )

Moving back to Portland

It has been great to come back to Portland after winter break. I am so grateful to be back in my house that I live in with my friends off-campus. I love being independent and cooking for myself.


I have a growing addiction to buying plants. I love taking care of them and have recently been learning how to propagate plants. This means taking clippings of plants and growing them in water so they can develop their own roots. I was also grateful to discover when I came home from winter break that all my plants were still alive.


TikTok has actually been a fun way to keep in touch with a lot of my friends and family that I haven’t been able to see during this pandemic. I can never remember to text people, but my friends and I always send each other funny videos. I also love sending TikToks to my sister to keep in touch and have a laugh. Here are some good ones from the past month.


RNA vs DNA. Probably the most fun video I’ve made in a while. πŸ˜‚ #learnontiktok #sciencefacts #DNA #science #biology #genetics

♬ Hadal Ahbek – 𝙹 𝙾 𝚁 𝚈


I have been listening to a lot of good music lately as well. Here are a few of my favorite albums, songs, and artists that I have been listening to lately.

Album: Three. Two. One. by Lennon Stella

Artist: Men I Trust

Artist: Still Woozy


One of my housemates brought her cats to live with us this semester. They are so cute and sweet and we love having them in the house!

4 Replies to “Things That Make Me Happy in 2021”

  1. Hi, Chantal!
    Oh my goodness, just from your post I feel like I really want to be your friend. I’m a fellow plant-lover, too, but I’ve never propagated plants and most of mine are back in Portland with friends (I’m home in Vegas right now). The TikToks you shared also made me laugh out loud, especially since I used to be a Bio major. I love Still Woozy but didn’t know about “Three. Two. One.” or “Men I Trust”. I just listened to a few songs from each and I love your chill music taste, too! If your housemate’s cats ever make an appearance during class, I’ll definitely have a big smile on my face. I loved this-thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Chantal!

    I enjoyed looking at your list and seeing some of the things you listed that made you happy. I can relate to a few of them such Tik Tok, cats and music! After a year like 2020 its always great to look at the positive. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hey Chantal! Thank you for sharing what brings you happiness! I love being able to see others love certain things, especially during these hard times. I also love plants! During quarantine, I spent a little too much time talking to mine. Thank you for sharing your music recommendations, I love them!

  4. Hi Chantal! I loved this list!! It is such a great reminder to take a step back and appreciate the little things, especially in times like these. I am honestly the worst plant mom you will ever meet, but I love plants too and one day I hope to give them the loving home they deserve. Give your housemate’s cat pets for me! πŸ™‚

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