BLOGTOBER, Soul Food, Uncategorized

Blogtober Day 19: The Little Things

Happy Blogtober Day 19! We’re definitely getting up there; I can’t believe October is almost OVER! I’m a little sad, but I also love the holidays, so I’m not reaaaally super mad.

Anyway, this is going to be kind of a short little baby post, but I really was just FEELING it, you know? I’ve been really appreciating fall lately and I really just wanted to sit and make a list of all the little things I’ve seen lately that have just made me really grateful for being alive.

When I started thinking about that, I started thinking about how cliche it sounds, but how important it is. Whenever I get too stressed, Bobby tells me to just BREATHE. Stay in the moment, recognize where you are and what you’re doing, and be mindful. It’s great advice, and we should all take it more often. When I take the time to appreciate the little things around me, it makes me an all around more mindful, happy person.

We have such a tendency to get caught up in whatever is going on- work stressors, relationshps, filling our already cluttered schedules with emails and phone calls and coffee dates where we anxiously check the clock the whole time to makes sure we’re not late for our next appointment…we never actually get to ENJOY anything.

So, this week I’ve been making a special effort to really notice and appreciate all of the teeny little things the universe has to offer. Sort of like the world is saying, “Hey, look. It’ll be okay.” Here’s a few examples of things I’ve stopped to notice and appreciate over the past week:

  • a perfectly shaded,  bright red, yellow, and green leaf just laying in the grocery store parking lot. Literally looked like someone had pulled it off the shelf at Michael’s. It was PERFECT.
  • the shade of blue the sky turns right around 9 am when I leave the gym
  • the Glade “Cozy Autumn Cuddle” candle. I buy one (two) every single year and burn through them.
  •  that really nice in-between weather where the air is crisp and chilly, but the sun is shining down, so the entire outdoor climate is just in perfect equilibrium
  • the moment when you first wake up in the morning before you open your eyes where there’s just total peace as you float between asleep and awake
  • a really good, long, belly laugh with your best friends. The kind where you laugh until you can’t breathe and you’re crying and your stomach hurts.
  • the colors of the trees driving down the Merritt Parkway (Connecticut is BEAUTIFUL in the fall. New England does not play.)

I guarantee there will be more, but these are just a few things that make me really happy when I see them and just kind of give me a really good feeling about being alive.

Share with me some of the fun little things that bring you joy in your life! I’d love to hear them!

On My Bookshelf, Soul Food, Uncategorized

On My Bookshelf: “The Four Agreements”

Hey everyone!

So, something really huge about me is that I’m an avid reader. I’ve been reading since I was four years old, and although I have much less time to do it now, my love of it has not changed. I’ve been trying to read more books lately in varying genres, and one of my favorite genres is that whole “self-help/empowerment” genre (Judge me, do it). I’d heard nothing but great things about the book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and a few weeks ago, I decided to purchase and read it. It took me ages (got distracted, shocker), but I finally finished it, and wanted to do a quick review.

“The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz – on my kindle!

This book draws upon ancient wisdom from the Toltecs, and essentially seeks to provide you with four “agreements,” or truths to live by, in order to rid your life of needless suffering. It essentially states that we are living in a reality created by society in which there is suffering, oppression, etc., and that basically we are not free to make our own choices or live by personal freedoms. We have “agreements” with the “dream” in which we live, and the current agreements we have are things that society has taught us. By rejecting those and taking on these four agreements that Ruiz provides, we can be truly happy and live in a so-called version of heaven on earth.

Sidenote: Ruiz does a MUCH better job of explaining all of this.

I’m not going to tell you what the agreements are; that takes the fun out of the book. But I will say it is one of the most interesting, philosophically intricate books I’ve ever read. It wasn’t difficult, per say; there were moments when I had to go back to read things again, but that’s mainly because I was trying to really digest it and live it.

I will say, too, it is pretty helpful. I’ll catch myself doing things at various points during the day and just go, “Nope. Truth #2. _____.” And while it doesn’t instantly fix everything, it helps to refer back to.

I’d give this book a 9/10, and would absolutely recommend you read it. You can purchase it on Amazon  or Barnes and Noble. I bought mine for my Kindle, and it was great to have while riding the train or the ferry!

I hope you enjoyed this “On My Bookshelf!” I’d like to do some more in the future!

Talk to you soon!