It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

Perhaps you’ve seen the gratitude post challenge that has been circulating on Facebook.  The one where folks are challenged/encouraged to embark on series of days where each day they post something they are grateful for; it was popular in November around Thanksgiving.  The list I’m generating, while entirely personal, stems from that gratefulness idea with a bit of a twist which perhaps others will find useful or encouraging (or maybe only slightly interesting).  The twist stems from our previous year’s polar vortex.  Maybe it’s just me, but I have felt a particular sense of dread for this winter especially after experiencing the last nasty one.  Then I read a short article (also circulated on FB—no, I’m not a total junkie!) about Hygge—Danish culture’s way of staying satisfied and happy during their even shorter winter days.  (See article here.)  And even though I daydreamed about moving to AZ on those 10 degree days in November, somehow staying in MN went up a notch after I read this brief article.  So if you catch my drift, I’m trying to awaken my inner Hygge, maintain an attitude of gratitude by identifying some of the small pleasures that keep me going.  I’d love to hear some of yours—please (I’m practically pleading for you to add to this list) so together we can cast off the dread and make it through (and perhaps enjoy?) this year’s MN winter.

Some of the places and people and products bolstering my spirits:


  • Playing indoor tennis at Bloomington South’s LifeTime Fitness
  • Urban Halos—they help when I’m playing tennis or having a rushed day
  • Smartwool socks
  • B-vitamins in the morning
  • Lighting a smelly pine scented candle when the sun begins to fade
  • Yogi Brand Egyptian licorice tea around 4pm when I crave something sweet
  • Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Tea in the morning
  • I love my seat warmer in the van!
  • Good lipstick
  • Any of my friend Anna’s recipes, but Especially her Autumn Minestrone with Squash and Tomatoes and Kale-Parlsey Pesto from Nourish Fall, and her Wild Rice, Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole from Nourish Winter
  • Snuggling my hubby and kiddos while watching the Hobbit movies (movie suggestions anyone?)
  • Popcorn made with coconut oil
  • A healthy pour of a nice red wine (popcorn and wine go very well together…)
  • Veriditas Botanical’s Ravensara Essential oil for when I’m feeling stuffy
  • Lunch with some good friends including Rachel Greenhouse at Wise Acre Eatery
  • A long soak in the tub with some lavender salts by candlelight
  • Catching up with an old friend by phone.  A landline even.

It really is the little things.  And when we enjoy them together, even separately, they are still better.  What little things are you enjoying these days?

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