Finding Value in the Little Things

January 15, 2018 in About Me

I’m not starting my semester like most of my friends are right now. In 23 days, I’ll be on a plane to New Zealand. I just quit a job I had for almost two years last week. The only work I’m doing right now is watching my 97 year old nana a few days a week and taking care of her. I’m trying to marinate in this season of my life where I am not super busy. I am trying to enjoy the more fast-paced times and breathe in the slower, restful moments.

In the past, this time would have driven my fragile mind crazy. I have only been able to truly enjoy the slower moments within the past few years, and for that, I am grateful. I do not feel the need to constantly be running around and creating a hectic schedule for myself. My mind is (for the most part) able to be at peace.

My life right now is everything that it’s supposed to be. Some work here in there, writing for this blog, working on a few of my own projects, doing yoga, spending time with loved ones, taking myself on solo dates, moving my body, reading, preparing for my trip, and expanding my knowledge on topics that hold an important place in my heart. All that I need is within me, all that the universe wants me to have and be doing is at my fingertips.

I’m choosing to find value in the little things…

*The peace I feel after doing my own yoga practice. Meditating to the smell of burning candles and quiet music playing in the background

*Solo dates to Starbucks or coffee shops. The warmth of a hot vanilla latte. The first sip of a chai tea latte. The rush of coldness in my veins after a cold brew coffee.

*Reading a book and soaking up every single word. The feeling of finishing a book. Going to Barnes and Noble and looking at all the amazing reads on the shelves.

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*Spending time with my nana who may not mentally be completely with it, but has the biggest, purest heart.

*Working (and trying to improve) my drawing, but also just having fun with it.

*Baking and trying new recipes. I made chocolate oat muffins and they turned out delicious!

*Spending time with loved ones. Having heartfelt conversations, laughing, and doing things that make our souls feel good.

* Listening to podcasts.

*Moving my body in a way that feels good. Feeling thankful for being able to move this body and have the ability to do certain exercises.

*Creating new playlists. Finding music that makes me smile and feel at ease.

*Writing new content for this blog.

*Making YouTube videos.

*Writing new poems and editing old ones.

*Planning things for the future. Like internships I may want to do senior year. Volunteer opportunities I want to do post graduation. Writing down my career dreams and where I see myself heading.

I am finding so much value and happiness in every single one of these things. They are making my soul feel so lovely. I am reminded during my anxious, messy moments of all these things I have that add such value and happiness to my life.

What are you finding value in lately? 

Have a blessed day.

xoxo <3

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14 Comments

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar January 16, 2018 at 2:15 am

    It’s awesome you’ve been able to have some de-stress time rather than having to rush back to school! Having a bit of down time is always a mixed bag for me; I need a certain about of busyness to stay sane. It’s a blessing that you’re getting to spend some time with your nana, too. 97 is very very impressive!
    Today I’m finding value in the beautiful, thick snow we got outside! And going back to school, actually. The first week is always kinda fun.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      97 is so impressive! i hope school is going well for you!

  • Reply Emily January 17, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I LOVE finding the beauty in the little things. I still occasionally struggle with the little quiet moments, but I find that God has been quieting my heart so much lately with His love and promises especially in the quiet, and I’m not struggling with it as much. I love how you’re getting to take care of your nana and listening to podcasts, smelling amazing candles, and so much more. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa January 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      so happy you’ve been able to find some quiet lately!

  • Reply Nutrition on a Mission January 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    You have a big heart, Lyss. So happy you’re finding joy in so many different things. I think finding value and appreciating the often unappreciated and undervalued joys in life is incredibly fulfilling. I hope your upcoming trip goes well.

    • Reply Alyssa January 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      thank you so much friend!!

  • Reply Kaylee January 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Wow. That’s so incredibly brave of you. It’s so hard to go against what you think you ‘should’ be doing based on what your peers are doing. To me, this sounds like you’re being true to who you are. And I commend you for that.

    Looooove this list of happy things. I can relate to appreciate podcast-listening, reading, and coffee shop dates. Also grateful for the warmth of my blankets and apartment at this time of the year.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      thank you Kaylee <3 I appreciate that! so grateful for warmth too during this time of year 🙂

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot January 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Ah, some slow time sounds amazing. Enjoy your time with your grandmother; they are times to be treasured. Can’t wait to hear about your time in New Zealand!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      thank you so m much heather 🙂

  • Reply Cora January 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Good for you. And I mean that in the deepest, sincere manner. You are doing what you are meant to do, and that is not easy.

    I think I’m trying to enjoy quiet moments, without anything playing in the background. Maybe just sitting at a cafe looking out a window, or sitting in my kitchen reading and writing.
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    • Reply Alyssa January 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      thank you cora <3 so sweet of you. love being in a cafe reading and writing.. also sitting in the kitchen is relaxing 🙂

  • Reply Nancy January 26, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    WOW 97!! And I’ve been finding value in crawling into my bed with the big, white fluffy comforter and lighting a lavender candle at the end of a long day, finishing a book quicker than I thought it was, & how good it feels to clean and organize my apt/things. Happy Friday!
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    • Reply Alyssa January 30, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      love that you’re finding value in that, because that sounds so so peaceful!!

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