Cherish The Little Things

Can you find magic in everyday life? Easier said than done, but if we redefine what deserves our attention, it’s possible. It takes opening our eyes and turning back to the basics. It can be easy to get caught up in the “big” things in life. What we want to do as our career, finances, and perhaps even what kind of legacy we want to leave. It is no wonder that so many, myself included, find themselves overwhelmed. The pressure to reach our “end goal” can be daunting. Most can admit that we have a picture in our mind of what it will look like once we have “arrived”. One of being financially stable, securing a good job, or maybe we will get married and have kids. We will magically leave our worries behind and get out of the “survival mode” we have become so uncomfortably comfortable living in.

Until that day comes, which who knows if it ever will, what are we doing in the meantime?

2016 brought all of these fears and worries to the forefront of my mind. I left behind my previous dream career, and I decided that it wasn’t what I wanted for my life. This left me with absolutely no idea what I aspired for anymore. A few months prior I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, that seemed to turn my world upside down. I went from working 40 hours a week to being bedridden. Simple tasks such as walking through the grocery store became full blown ordeals. The pain became so strong that even the fabric of my clothes brought me immense pain.  I was newly married and I was supposed to be in the happiest season of my life. Instead, I felt like a failure; a failure as a person and as a wife. In the darkness of this season, I had to learn to let go of what I thought it meant to succeed in life. I clung to the little things to get me through each day.

We have all gone through dark seasons, you may even be in one now; whether it be from divorce, illness, losing your job, or doubting everything you’ve once held dear. My advice to you is this: focus on the little things that bring you joy, because I assure you they are bigger than you think.

I started to read again. I reawakened my love for writing. I held my family and friends close to my heart, and I shedded some much needed tears. I got out of the house, if only for 10 minutes, to appreciate the trees outside my apartment. I went to pet stores to play with puppies, and made a point to drink good coffee at my favorite places. I learned to give myself grace and compassion to handle the unexpected circumstances that had come my way.

It wasn’t easy to build a life again after feeling like so much had been taken away from me, but I learned to love the messy process. The process of defining what is most important to me. I let go of what I thought it meant to be a successful person and focused on the kind of person I wanted to be.

I wanted to be a person who is friendly to all.  Become patient and loving. Someone who sees the good when surrounded by the bad. A person who finds peace within herself and doesn’t need all of the puzzle pieces to fit together quite yet, or ever. I may not have “arrived” at this yet, but I am loving every second of becoming the person that I want to be.

This blog is dear to my heart, and I can’t wait to share more with all of you. It is meant to be raw, real, fun, uplifting, and a place to have an honest conversation about what it means to be a human in this crazy world.

“And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

54 Comments

  1. Absolutely right! Everyone faces ups and downs in their life. But life does not end here. We should really cherish the little things in our life. Only then we can get true happiness.

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  2. Love this so much! We always want the things we don’t have. The bigger better things. The summer, or the next vacation. But We have to cherish the little things! I love how you can take bad circumstances and change them to be good. Very inspirational! I am looking forward to the next blog posts!

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  3. Thank you for that beautiful reminder that life is so much more than our limitations. And that joy can be found in unexpected and seemingly insignificant places. Like my grandchildren, may we never lose our wonder.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your experience and triumphs! I’ve been thinking about how much animals cheer me up and how I wish there was a place I could go and play with dogs. Pet stores are a good idea!

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  5. Jubilee….. I’m so blessed to have read your blog…… your words gave me courage to fight the good fight….. I’m Shelby’s Nana and she has told me what an awesome friend you are! I look forward to reading more!

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  6. This post really has resonated with me. I think it’s really well written and what you have to say in this post really has meant a lot to me at this particular point in my life as I recently left a job because of my vision which as left me wandering what the hell I’m gonna do with my life but as you say focusing on all the little things is such an important part of life. So, all I can say is thank you for such a lovely post.

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  7. How serendipitous that we wrote such similar posts so near in time! I didn’t mention in mine that I also left a career due to chronic illness, and returned to writing as a result. So I can relate to your struggles, except that you are so young and should not have to be so constrained! I wish you many days of delicious coffee and cute pet cuddling.

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  8. Hi! You write beautifully and have shared so much in the post. I think trust in yourself which you need self awareness to do is such a vital ingredient so much that it helps taking joy in the little things 🙏🏽👍🏽❤️

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  9. Beautifully written 🙂 Very inspiring too. So glad you’ve come out stronger. I like to believe that God assigns His hardest tasks to His strongest soldiers and makes them even stronger. You are no exception beautiful 🙂 God Bless you

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  10. Your story sounds so similar to mine! I was so fixated on being successful and independent. I pushed myself so hard to get the college degrees and to be successful in the world. I wanted to prove to myself and to the world that I was smart enough and good enough. And then I developed endometriosis and everything fell apart. I experienced debilitating depression and felt that everything I had worked so hard for was gone. But then as I began to slowly emerge from that darkness into the light, I started to realize what really matters to me. I started to find myself. And now what matters to me is kindness, compassion, healing, inner peace, and walking a spiritual path. Your story is very touching. It is always moving to know that there are others walking the same life path I am walking. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  11. Beautiful story. Please read my blog post about a young woman that was healed of Fibro by Almighty God entitled God Is Still in the Healing Business (4/16/2018). A Evans. Committed To Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ author. Hope it is a blessing to you.

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