This week I am feeling so grateful for the process. In my life, I’ve had a tendency to be future-oriented— always looking toward the completion of one thing + the beginning of another. But I’m realizing more + more that life is in the in between. Small moments make up 95% of our lives. And the process is what I want to enjoy, not just “the next thing.” That’s really what Little Moments Lately is all about— finding joy in the process. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but I’m learning how to cultivate a life that feels aligned + joyful even during the messy, the hard, the mundane, and the in between. I’m learning to truly, deeply appreciate the process.
Little moments lately where I’m finding appreciation in the midst of the process:
- Refreshing my office space— new plants, swapping out old photos, + decluttering
- Making my work day more cozy + enjoyable— lighting a candle, sitting by a sunny window, turning on a salt rock lamp, listening to new playlists depending on my mood, taking frequent breaks
- Viewing challenging relationships as a chance to let go of something I’ve been gripping onto too tightly
- Realizing that our home will never be “perfect” because of remodeling projects we’re in the middle of, but that it’s the process itself + breathing new energy into our space where the fun + enjoyment is
- Growing my design business + doing something I genuinely love every day is where all the fun + reward is, not after I get to a certain point or reach some arbitrary level
- Learning about new things—whether it’s gardening, health, spirituality, etc.—is the exciting part. It’s not about reaching a certain level of knowledge or skill. It’s the process of learning that’s so interesting.
Those are just a few examples of where I’ve been leaning into the process recently. Enjoying the ride instead of wishing for what’s next.
Below are some photos of other little moments that have brought me joy lately—
David built a raised garden bed for me! I’m so excited to get some veggies planted!
And here are some new recipes I had fun creating! Chicken Tikka Masala Flatbread, Sweet Potato Dunkers with Spicy Garlic Aioli, and Spicy Italian Baked Mac + Cheese.
And some fun memories from this past week included celebrating my beautiful friend who recently got married!
Random things I’m into lately—
David and I had a little date night last night where we rented this movie (SO good, highly recommend!) and watched it upstairs where we never watch TV. Our basement is kind of a construction zone currently, so it was fun to light some candles + eat takeout on a Sunday night in a spot that’s different from our usual. It’s a small change, but sometimes it’s just fun to shake things up + appreciate a new part of our home!
Book: I recently finished Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. Now I’m reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
Podcast: On Purpose by Jay Shetty
Setting my phone on do not disturb more often + using social media less often
This massive oversized comforter for our king bed
Letting go of control. Accepting the things I can’t change.
Becoming more comfortable with the idea of disappointing people. Here are a few quotes + passages that have really resonated with me in this area:
You don’t have to defend your worth. We are not responsible for what others think of us. We are only responsible for living in alignment with our own values.
We disappoint people because we’re limited. We have to accept the idea of our own limitations in order to accept the idea that we’ll disappoint people.
There is so much freedom in saying, this is what I can do and this is what I can’t.
You need a sense of God’s deep, unconditional love, and a strong sense of your own purpose. Without those two things, you’ll need from people what is only God’s to give, and you’ll give up on your larger purpose in order to fulfill small purposes or other people’s purposes.
That’s all for this week. I hope to carry with me a sense of deep appreciation for the process, but I know it will be something to return to again + again. Thanks for being here— until next time. xo
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