The little things

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year it’s that a good life is mostly made up of the little joys and celebrations sprinkled throughout every 24 hours. From a good night of sleep to a sunset over the ocean, small moments of little, lovely things truly do elevate the every day. I thought I’d start sharing a few of my favorites – as they seem to come in cycles based on the seasons, our home routines, adventures, travel and work opportunities. Here are a few things that really lighting me up these days.

Sunshine and tea

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I’m working at home full time these days and I’ve been challenged to create new and productive routines for myself. One of my favorite rituals is taking a 10 minute break for afternoon tea on my side stoop. I sit with a cup of my favorite green tea, check on the herb garden and breathe deeply, while noticing the activities in my neighborhood. I get up feeling refreshed and ready to knock out marketing copy. Roar!

Face oil and daily moisturizing

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I got on board with using delicate oils on my face and neck this year. So far I’ve tried Juice Beauty and Acure and would recommend them both. Every time I slather this stuff on I feel like I’m nourishing my skin and getting a mini facial/massage. I love how soft my skin feels after this mornign ritual.

Claude Debussy’s Clair de lune (on the harp)

I have a version on my phone that I just can’t stop playing. And lately, every time I jump in the car it seems to be playing on my favorite classical music station. Isn’t it funny when something pops up in your life on a regular basis? It’s if the universe is providing me a musical soundtrack so it must be my job to tune in, right?

Neighbors

We have some really great neighbors, but I had not idea until these last few months. Since I started to venture out of my home/cave I’ve gotten to know some of the kindest and most generous people who live on our street. In the past two weeks alone I’ve been gifted a batch of homemade miso soup (forever ruining miso soup for me in the future because there’s just no eating store bought again) and the biggest, most fragrant bouquet of home grown roses ever. Turns out my neighbor is running a commercial rose hybridizing business in his backyard. It’s pretty awesome.  Our entire downstairs smells like an English garden. Heaven.

Any small moments blissing you out lately? Happy weekend, loves.

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  • Mary

    I find I like these posts the best…the ones that remind us to take notice of the little beauties in life.

  • Elizabeth

    lovely post! Isn’t it great to find those little moments/ things that inspire and bring happiness? thanks for sharing!!

  • melissa

    beautiful music e ~ thank you for the introduction.

    and so VERY proud of you for getting out and meeting your neighbors!

  • Mel

    My boys like to enjoy the classic Sunday football ritual. On a lovely fall day, I can get into it too. A toss of the football in the backyard during commercial breaks is fun and I find that a champagne toast or tasty treat makes the game viewing more delightful :). I generally get a ton done around the house and garden and just keep an eye on the game. Lately, at half-time, our neighbors across the street throw up the garage door, let their dog out on the lawn and start a game of ping pong. My kids go running over there and we sometimes follow. It might just be a 30-min “catch up” but it often means a friendly game, sharing a glass of wine, talking about what everyone’s cooking for dinner later or discussing the coming week. It’s unplanned, but delightful, and makes me feel happy and connected to our little community. The big group gatherings are always fun, but the little easy unplanned moments are something special to me.

  • http://torriesessions.blogspot.com/ Torrie @ a place to share…

    love this. trying to get out of my cave more too :). & ryan, out of his/our cave.