The holiday season is in full swing and winter has arrived in the Northwest. It can be a hectic and stressful time of year which is all the more reason to take a minute, slow down, and savor life’s little things. December has been about trying new things for me – a new yoga studio, Argentinian Tango lessons with my husband, hanging mistletoe, a holiday party, and my new favorite winter pick-me-up – a juice called, “Here Comes the Sun.” It’s made with oranges, carrots, ginger, and chia seeds. It really does feel like sunshine on a chilly, wet, Portland day. I’m also writing my first eBook! I plan to share it with you in early January. It’s about designing your dream life and it’s a step-by-step guide for you to design, plan, and create the life you’ve always imagined.
We also just completed Marley’s first puppy training program, you can see him pictured above with his little graduation hat. As I become more present, I really come to appreciate those moments. It’s the little things that make life so grand. Take time to notice the little things in your life. What are your “little things?”
Here are a few more things that make life grand – thoughtful blog posts and articles from around the web and of course, great books. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Happy Holidays from Me to You!
It’s the Little Things – Favorite Links
10 Life Lessons from the Movie Elf: So fun, festive, and clever. This will get you into the holiday spirit.
Why Giving to Others is Also Giving to Ourselves: A nice reminder this holiday season, giving blesses both the receiver and the giver.
34 Animals and Their Adorable Mini-Me Counterparts: I’m a sucker for animals, especially when they have mini-me counterparts.
The 20 Best Life Passion Blog Posts of 2013: A great collection from Barrie Davenport.
25 Best Self-Improvement Blog Posts of 2013: Another great collection from Barrie Davenport.
25 Random Acts of Kindness: Random Acts of Kindness are a great way to bring joy to others. Here are some great suggestions.
61 Quotes that Will Make You Feel Beautiful: You are beautiful – read through these anytime you need a little reminder.
31 Reasons You Are Better Than You Think: Stop being so hard on yourself and use these simple affirmations as a reminder that you ARE better than you think.
Books I’m Reading / Listening To:
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: Brené became famous for her Ted Talk on being vulnerable. This is her second book I’ve read and it shows how allowing yourself to be vulnerable can transform your life.
Affirmations by Louise Hay: Affirmations are a powerful way to maintain a positive mindset, increase confidence, and stay focused. I have the audio-book version.
The Innovator’s Prescription – A Disruptive Solution for Healthcare: The concept of disruptive technology as applied to healthcare, by the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma. A very interesting perspective.
What are the little things making your life grand right now? I’d love to hear from you!