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Small Things in Life

Happy Friday ladies!

I don’t know if it is just me getting older, and more introspective, but I like to look at and appreciate the “small things” in life, even more these days. It is a little things in life that really makes me appreciate it more and more. I also find that I don’t let myself get stressed about a lot of things as I try and ask myself, “Is this important in the overall scheme of life?” If I can answer no, then it isn’t worth dwelling on.

Getting my Master’s Degree in Music/Music Ed was something that was very important to me, and I relished the thought of being creative and sharing my love of music with kids., er, children! ( I used to work at a Parochial school, where the Principal nun told me to call them Children, instead of kids! ) But it is the day to day small things that make me appreciate life more.

I really find that laughing about certain things in life, helps to keep my santiy! If you don’t laugh, life becomes too serious and stringent.

What are some of the “small things” that I have learned to appreciate in life:

  1. My puppies and their personailities. They are both so funny! Gibby sneezes and spins in circles each morning before breakfast as he gets so excited about eating! ( I read it is about clearing their nostrils before a meal..don’t know if that’s true!?)  Truffles is such a good girl and has such empathy! When I am upset or crying.. she will wake up from sleep to come over to comfort me!  We laugh and call Gibson a “Divo” ( boy Diva) as I have to get him fresh water each time, even if there is water in the bowl!
  2. I love hearing the sound of birds chirping outside my bedroom window! It means Spring is coming…
  3. Hearing my hubby laugh… or cackle… as it may be! It in turn makes me laugh.
  4. Sleeping in… ok. Maybe this isn’t so small, but not having to be somewhere immediately in the morning is something I appreciate.
  5. Fresh bean coffee in the morning.. I am a tea girl, but I have to have my coffee in the morning, as to wake up!
  6. Taking a walk outside! I love the greenways we have here in NC, and I find walking so peaceful and I love the fresh air!
  7. Cuddling with my pups in bed. The joys of a small dog!  You know how much I love dogs! and I am that lady that has to stop and ask to pet yours!
  8. A bowl of french vanilla ice cream. Hubby tends to love ice cream with a lot of “stuff” in it ( peanut butter cups, cookie pieces, choc)
  9. Smelling the rose bush in our yard  and the flowers in the Spring, while sitting outside on our deck.
  10. A delicious  glass of vino… and a bath. A bath.. while drinking a delicious glass of vino!
  11. Music- Being a lover of different styles I love to hear a great rock tune from my younger days and sing in the car!
  12. Slipping into a comfortable robe after being out.

I could certainly name more! Shopping on-line, being in nature… It is the small things that keep life interesting!

I will be posting Monday, a post I prepared before my trip to NYC. I will be on my way to NYC and the Viceroy Hotel with Jambu and about 4 other bloggers! I will tell you all about the event when I return in a blog post. In the meantime, FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND INSTASTORIES where i will be sharing my time in NYC! Excited!

What are some of the “small things” in life that you cherish?

Have a great weekend!

I HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN ME ON MY JAMBU/GOODHOUSEKEEPING ADVENTURE IN NYC! FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND INSTATSTORIES TO SEE WHERE I WILL BE STAYING, AND ALL OF THE EVENTS SURROUNDING MY TRIP! NY HERE I COME!

Jess xo

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    March 25, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    I love thinking about the smaller things in life! Thinking about and going through the small things and how we can appreciate them in life and concentrate on that!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      I know Laura, it is really what makes life special! thanks for commenting! xx

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    Elle
    March 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I so agree with the premise of this post Jess !
    The cumulative affect of small things is large. I love to take time to enjoy beautiful scenery, and like you, I also enjoy roses and my morning coffee. I am not allowed to drink wine or champagne as it increases the toxic affects of my chemotherapeutic drug. So that is a bummer- but I do find myself enjoying simple pleasures. I love a good soak in the tub and listening to music, a good audiobook , and time with my friends and family!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    awayfromtheblue
    March 17, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Cooper does the same as Gibson, he sneezes when he gets excited! It’s the cutest thing! 🙂 I don’t know why though.

    My dog makes me smile often too – it’s good to appreciate the little things in life! 🙂

    Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂 We are having a quiet one to recover from our busy week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 18, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Ha! So funny, i think it may be a shih tzu thing about the sneezing! So true Mica, a quiet weekend is sometimes nice after being so busy. Enjoy your day! xx

  • Reply
    Sheela Goh
    March 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    So timely, Jess, this post on introspection and savouring life. Thank you, I needed that reminder 🙂 xoxo

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 18, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Hi Shelia, thank you! Yes, I tend of look inward more these days and sure do appreciate these things! Hope you are well! xx

  • Reply
    Amy Christensen
    March 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    It is the small things that can really change our lives and our attitudes. I loved your list! Being thankful for the little things makes such a difference. Hope you enjoy your NYC trip! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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      Jess Jannenga
      March 18, 2018 at 9:27 am

      So true Amy! I know my puppies help me with my day, happy they are there and are great comforts. Glad you like my list, thanks so much! I am looking forward to the trip and sharing when I come back! xx

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    Brooke of Passport Couture
    March 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    As I’m finishing up graduate school this semester and on the job search, I’ve been doing the same things: finding joy in the little things. I’m currently posting on my Facebook things I am grateful for. It may sound trivial to some people, but I have gained a positive perspective and outlook that I hope resonates with others. I’m glad to see you’re doing the same thing!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 17, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Hi Brooke! Best wishes on Grad school! I know we can concern ourselves with some of the larger things in life, but things that are day to day need to be appreciated, I beleive. it certainly helps to think positive. thanks for stopping by!

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    Wendy
    March 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    I appreciate:
    The wisdom and faith that my 96 year old Father shares

    That I have found a loving, inclusive church that is fostering my faith

    Time with loving family and friends

    My fur babies

    Good wine

    Practing random acts of kindness

    Belly laughs

    Freedom

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 17, 2018 at 10:24 am

      hi Wendy
      this is a wonderful list1 I can certainly relate to these things! x

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    thestylesplash
    March 16, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I totally agree Jess, it is the little things that bring contentment…music, animals, sleeping in and good coffee (like you, I mostly drink tea but need coffee in the morning!) are things I really appreciate. Hope you have a wonderful time in NY! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      March 17, 2018 at 10:22 am

      thanks Emma, i think when i was younger i didn’t look into myself as much as now, so i may have overlooked some of those small things. See, we both need our coffee! thanks for the well wishes, I look forward to sharing my trip 😉 xx

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    Victoria
    March 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    It is the little things in life that mean the most. We plan for the big things in life but little things can take us by surprise and mean so much more.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 17, 2018 at 10:14 am

      So true Victoria, i do think it is the little things that make life special. thank you for stopping by! xx

  • Reply
    Amy Arnold
    March 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I love this! Appreciating the little things is huge. I could not be more with you about the coffee one.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 17, 2018 at 10:12 am

      thanks Amy! there are many more to list, but it is important to cherish these moments and things in life! xx

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    Jodie
    March 16, 2018 at 9:23 am

    This is so important!!! Because there are so many things in life we can’t control, so these little things make it all worthwhile!!
    I’m with you on sleeping in. It seems so inconsequential, but it makes going to bed so stress free!! Besides, I’m sure I’m in a better mood without an alarm!!
    Enjoy your weekend, Jess!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 16, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Jodie! Yes, I remember getting up at 5 am as a teacher, and boy, that was tough. It may be a luxury, but i enjoy it. So true, the little things in life, make it more fun and interesting. You too Jodie! xx

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    thisblondesshoppingbag
    March 16, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Oh Jess, I love your list of small things because they really are what brings us joy! Vino in the tub sounds great to me and I love not having to rush to work in the morning, it’s such a blessing even though I’m up early to head to the gym.
    I am excited about your NYC trip and can’t wait to read all about it – have the very best time!!!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      March 16, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Hi Kellyann! So true, the little things in life add up! I do enjoy a glass of wine in a bubble bath! I understand, I get up not to early, but around 9 to feed the puppies and take them out. Thank you! I look forward to sharing! xx

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