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Enjoying the “Little Things” in Life

Hello friends,

Yes, I suppose I was feeling a bit reflective or philosophical today. With the Anniversary of my Dad’s passing, in  January and the month that can bring me down, I feel like I have time to think about these things.  February  doesn’t bother me as much, as we are closer to Spring! Now that we are in March, I do look forward to the sunshine and being outside.


I do think it is important to “stop and smell the roses” in life, and not get caught up in things that you might later consider trivial. I have a saying in my mind when I get bothered or feel worried about something and it’s ” Is this important in the over all scheme of things?” Most of the time, whatever I am worrying/stressing about is not that important and it helps me to put things into perspective.

Yesterday I went to the gym,.after not being about to use machines to lift weights in some years due to my illness. I went from machine to machine, making sure I didn’t overdo it, and lifted the meager 20 pounds weight 12 times. Typically, my inner voice would be saying, Oh my, Did you just see the 11 year old boy lift more than that! However, I am trying to enjoy some of the small things, things that will just make me smile. I felt good about being able to even Be there.

On an even smaller-day to day scale, I am talking about those things that often go unnoticed. I know by now, you all know I Love dogs. My 2 puppies, Gibson and Truffles are my loves. Initially bought as a comfort to me, with the early stages of EDS, they truly are a joy every day. I laugh when I see my boy Gibson twirl around 3 times before we go downstairs for food. When he and my girl get into their “spots” to watch Daddy eat in bed while watching tv. They never get anything, but sit and stare, it truly is their version of food-porn. ( ok, an occasional piece of chicken)

My boy just makes me laugh with his bit of OCD behavior. He is very regimented and scheduled, and at night he goes through this little routine of chewing on his paw, licking, scratching… repeat.( nothing wrong, no fleas etc)  Then its time to lay near mommy and give her endless amounts of kisses..After that he curls up, tuck his leg under and gets into a ball very close to mommy. Beddie-by time. It seems like some of the little things I find funny these days.

Just thinking about some of the things that have changed from 10 yrs ago when I was diagnosed, makes me appreciate some “little things”. I used to have to wear only gym sneakers, and even had to cut the back of my socks out because of the pain in my heel and ankles. Now, I can wear a 2 inch block heel, something I thought would never happen. Being able to sit outside on the patio for a length of time and enjoy the sunshine, without a “cushion” is a joy! I used to have to carry around a cushion due to my inability to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time from muscle pain. No more incovenience!

I also enjoy an afternoon glass of vino, a bath with epsom salts while listening to music, while smelling lavendar in the air and other ways of relaxation. Lots of these little examples continue to make me mindful each day.

What “little things” do you appreciate or enjoy more these days? Do you take time to “smell the roses”?

Have a great weekend!

Jess xo

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  • Rena
    Posted at 02:28h, 17 March Reply

    It’s always good to sit back and reflect once in a while. Running at full steam will eventually catch up with you. Thank you for your thoughtful reminder.


  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 12:59h, 11 March Reply

    Such a good feeling to just savor all the simplicities and sweet things in life my friend! I love this sweet post and I must say Gibson and Truffles are absolutely precious as can be and they had the best fur mama in all the world! Lavender in the air is so nice, I have a lavender pillow spray and I think I’ll go take a bubble bath this afternoon with a lavender candle and a nice glass of wine. Even this post made me more relaxed, LOL! Happy we can beautiful!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:19h, 12 March Reply

      Thanks Andrea for popping by. Yes, I do think I appreciate things more with having EDS, as I am able to know do things I wasn’t able to before, and do not take things for granted. My pups make me laugh! Glad you enjoyed the post! I have my daily bath and do enjoy a glass of wine too. Happy Sunday! xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 16:52h, 10 March Reply

    Jess, I could have written this very post! Very well said, and relatable. i am so glad you have Gibson and Truffles, pets are so good for a soul. I also use epsom slats , with lavender, in baths, and enjoy all the beauty around me. We have to pace ourselves and make sure we focus on restoring!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:46h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you Elle. Pets are so good for people. I hope to have them certified at some point to go to hospitals, as I know they bring me such joy. I appreciate you stopping as always Elle, and hope to see you in person some time. Yes, we both have to take care of ourselves and health. xx Happy Sunday!

  • jodie filogomo
    Posted at 09:28h, 10 March Reply

    Oh, Jess! What a great lease on life for you to look at the positive instead of concentrating on the negative!! I’m sure this makes your progress even better because our minds play such an important role in our health and well being!!
    Thanks for this lovely thought before heading out for the weekend!!
    You are an amazing woman!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:50h, 10 March Reply

      Thank you Jodie! I know! When I have anxiety or stress my pain levels can increase, so I have tried to think of other things in life. I appreciate your comment Jodie, thanks a bunch! Have a great weekend!xx

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 02:56h, 10 March Reply

    Oh your dogs are so adorable! It sounds stupid, but being seriously ill (and not working) has made me more relaxed and I appreciate little things much more.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:47h, 10 March Reply

      Not stupid at all Nancy! I feel the same way. Thank you! The puppies we first got because of me and my illness to be my “emotional support”. They are that and much more!
      Have a great weekend. xx

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