Posts with the title “Expectation vs. Reality” have become popular recently. People love to compare what they thought would happen with what actually happened, whether it’s a DIY job or a bad online shopping experience. Many of these posts show that reality is much worse than expectations, but there are also times when reality is better than hope.

Today, we have a list of 20 times when things turned out much better than expected. This is to remind us that sometimes life can pleasantly surprise us. Check out the list of good posts below.

H/T demilked

#1 My Second Embroidery Project! I Think I Was Fairly Close

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#2 Got The Rare Dark Chocolate With Granola Bar Flavor

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#3 Gamestop Sent Me 4 Controllers Instead Of Just The 1 I Ordered

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#4 Birthday Pupcakes

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#5 I tried to make a cake like this one, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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#6 Homemade Strawberry Chocolate Tart: Expectation Value Reality

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#7 The Recipe And The Result

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#8 Tried out a coffee bean cookie recipe and was pleasantly surprised by the results.

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#9 My Attempt At Pigs In A Mud Bath

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#10 This Is My First Time Buying A 2-Piece In 35 Years And I Did Not Expect To Look Better Than Adobe Photoshop

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#11 Good Job, Momma. We Weren’t Expecting 3

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#12 I’ve never been unhappy with a picture on a Thai menu. I think the truth is even better, if anything.

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#13 The Cake I Found On Pintrest vs. The One My Friend Was Able To Make

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#14 My Sketch Of A Cake I Wanted To Make vs. The Reality. Pretty Damn Proud. My Best Cake To Date (Everything Is Handmade By Myself)

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#15 I’m Impressed

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woman who sells cookies from her home on Facebook. I sent her a picture of what I

wanted, and she gave it to me. They also tasted great!

#16 A Cake I Did Today. My Work Is On The Right

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#17 Followed Chelsweets (Left) And Mine (Right)

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#18 For our son’s first birthday, my husband made his first cake. I’m Impressed

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#19 I Stabbed Something A Million Times

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#20 Cake For My Wife’s Birthday From A Local Pastry Shop (It’s A Simpsons Joke)

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