Hello, lovely readers!
As the leaves turn golden and the air grows crisp, October brings that cozy, sweater-weather feeling. You know, the kind that makes you want to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee? As the days grow shorter and the leaves put on their annual color show, I find myself reflecting on the little things that bring joy to my everyday life.
Life’s a whirlwind, isn’t it? Some days, it feels like we’re caught in a never-ending loop of to-dos and challenges. But then there are those moments, those tiny, unexpected sparks of joy that light up our day. And honestly? Those are the moments that keep me going.
Did you know there’s actual science behind the power of positive thinking? Yep, focusing on the good stuff — those small moments of happiness — can boost our mood and even give our immune system a little pick-me-up. It reminds me of a verse that’s always resonated with me: “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22).
So, what’s been making me smile lately?
- That first sip of morning coffee. Pure bliss.
- The way the autumn air feels, all crisp and fresh.
- Puppy snuggles. Need I say more?
- Those spontaneous, laughter-filled moments with the family.
- Getting lost in a story, like the world outside just fades away.
- Simple moments with my husband, like our quiet walks.
- And, of course, the comfort of my favorite sweatshirt. It’s like a hug!
Speaking of stories, I’ve got a little treat for you. My recent tale, “One Sweet Christmas,” is a part of the “Once Upon a Starry Night” collection. While it’s set against a holiday backdrop, its heart beats with themes that are timeless: rediscovering life’s magic, cherishing loved ones, and those delightful twists of unexpected romance. If you’re in the mood for a story that warms the heart, I’d love for you to dive into it.
Inspired by all these moments of joy, I’ve started a new ritual. Every day, I jot down something that made me smile or feel grateful. It’s my little way of pausing, appreciating, and soaking in the good vibes.
How about you? What’s been bringing a smile to your face lately? I challenge you to join me in this little gratitude journey. Let’s celebrate the everyday joys, the big and the small.