Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Grateful Heart

Sometimes, we get so caught up in our life that we let the novelty, the magic of mundane moments, wear off.

I have eyes that see so far ahead, and a mind that is constantly racing, desperately trying to place my next steps. I have been actively working on what it feels like to be still. To really take in the goodness of a single second. The smile of a stranger. The warmth of my first sip of coffee in the morning. The beauty of my everyday surroundings.

This week, I am grateful for the things that make up my week, nearly every week. I am grateful that the rhythm of my life is filled with so many kind-hearted people.

Here's a list of six things I am loving from this past week.

1. That even though my mom doesn't live next door, she takes a day trip just to see me. It's the biggest blessing to just have the day to vent to her, laugh about silly jokes, and get asked if she's my sister. Seriously, the woman does not age.

2. Coffee dates with friends. Anyone that truly knows me, knows my love for coffee. Conversing with inspiring friends and drinking my favorite cup of goodness?! Endlessly grateful for that.

3. Little babes and their sweet hearts. I've been babysitting to help pay for a big adventure that's underway (will be sharing soon!), and I am reminded that staying innocent, curious, asking too many questions, and laughing too hard is not something that has to be for "kids only". Also, the cuddles. You can't feel sad when a baby is hugging you.

4. Car washes. There's something really relaxing about getting your car washed and having the giant red sponge-y things smack against your windshield. (Is that weird?)

5. Sunset runs. Not only am I grateful for the changing colors of the skies and the cooler temperatures, but also for legs that work as hard as I want them too.

6. Time to read and write. And drinking Mama Chia.

I challenge you to create your own list this week. Everyday you think to yourself, "Man, this is a sweet moment." Write it down. Whether it's as little as having clean sheets fresh from the dryer, gas being .05$ cheaper, or spending time outside.

Really soak in what a beautiful life you have, despite the messy parts.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week! xo


  1. Beautiful list, Katie! ... and holy smokes, your mom doesn't age... please share her secrets! I feel like I look older than her! haha!

    1. Thank you, Tawnya! You are gorgeous! My mom says she wears sunscreen every day, and really believes in acid peels for her face. She also takes a probiotic everyday. I have never seen her tan in all my years, I think it's all that no sun-baking kindness! haha

  2. Good book choice on the last pic there (even though I'm yet to read it!) I love me some Joyce Carol Oates.

    1. Thank you, Patricia! Oates is incredible, wows me every time. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! xo

  3. I definitely need to start doing this. I just graduated and got my full-time + 1.5 hour commute (I love my job, though!) only gives me enough energy to watch one show before going to bed. There are some things that gets me pumped for the day when I head to work, but for the life of me I can't remember them...On Monday I'll make my list!

    By the way, I found your blog via Twitter and now you got a new follower! :D


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