05 September 2012

The Little Things

I watched Machine Gun Preacher the other night, which is a movie based off the life of Sam Childers, a former outlaw biker and drug dealer/addict who found religion, built a church, then went on to founding the largest orphanage in Southern Sudan.

Aside from the movie being pretty good (and the real life tale of Sam being larger than life - just Google him), it certainly made me reflective of how truly fortunate my life is as a whole and all the good things I need to remember to be appreciative of every day.

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Like being healthy. Having a family I love. A BF soon-to-be husband. The cutest pup of pups. An education. A full-time job that pays me enough that I can indulge myself in a lot of things, including buying pretty things to wear and having a blog where I can show it off. Living in a place where I can lock the doors at night and sleep soundly in my own bed with my loved ones. Or simply even ...

Sunrise.

Whole Fruit valencia orange sorbet.

Between 10-11am on a weekday, which is the exact everyone-else-is-where-they're-supposed-to-be time so the roads are clear and stores are empty - and it is the perfect time to breeze through some errands.

Finding $5 in the pocket of a pair of my jeans.

Ice water with a squeeze of lime.

The stuffed giraffe I picked up as a freebie from a booth at a trade show that is now pup's favorite toy.

Panera french bread.

Hitting the "snooze" button about half a dozen times each morning.

The entire first season of Gossip Girl that aired over Labor Day. Ah, sweet distraction.

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Gel polish that keeps my nails from being their usual destroyed selves.

Being the first one up each morning - even before pup. How still the house is then.

The ratty quilt I keep on the couch that keeps me warm every evening.

That picture all over the Internet of sea otters holding hands that say they do that while they sleep so they don't float away from each other. Awwww ...

Being able to go out and get a $1 soft serve ice cream cone and large french fries piping hot from the oil at 6pm - or 9pm - or 2am.

Having a good hair day.

The tinge of crispness in the air in the mornings. Fall is afoot?

Mailing greeting cards to my grandma, just because.

Hot showers, cool air conditioning.

Being able to have First World appreciations, no matter how big or small.

What are the little things that you're thankful for today?

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Dress: ON striped jersey (sim, sim, more formal)
Sweater: J.Crew jackie (worn here - factory version, sim, sim)
Belt: J.Crew piped glitter (worn here - sim, blue trim, sim)
Necklace: Personal Jewelry via Etsy (sim, sim)
Bracelets: Asos & J.Crew factory (sim, sim)
Shoes: Sam Edelman trina (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: Pour La Victoire snake embossed roma (worn here - larger version, sim, sim, luxe)

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62 comments:

  1. Hi!

    Love your blog. Could you tell me what size your monogram necklace is? I love it and want to order! Thanks.

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    1. Hi there - I got the 1.5". I think they also come in a 2" or smaller 1.25", as well as dif chain configs. Hope this helps!

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  2. I am thankful that when my pen exploded on me today it was on my leg and not my white top!

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  3. Love the green on green! Your list of things to be thankful for is great!

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  4. I love your little things, Lisa. Love how ya just put it out there so honestly...and looking so beautiful while you do it. =)
    Kristina J.

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  5. I could not have said it better, it is nice to be reminded to be thankful for the little things in life. We do forget in a frenzy of a day. I must check the movie out, it sounds wonderful.

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    1. The movie certainly isn't necessarily a feel-good one, but it is dramatic, tugs at your heart and Sam Childers def is a prime exampe of how one person can really make a difference if they try.

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  6. love the green and your bag is stunning!

    amy
    Leopard and Lillies

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  7. Such a cute striped dress, Lisa! This is a wonderful list to remind us to appreciate the little things in life. Every day I'm thankful that I can smell the salt air and hear waves crashing from my apartment :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Win a Mint Green Statement Necklace!

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    1. I would love to live near a large body of water, you're so lucky!

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  8. So true! Sometimes it's easy to forget just how lucky we all are. I'm thankful to live in a beautiful place with an amazing man and to have a job that makes me happy. I'm also thankful for 7 eleven slurpies. :) Beautiful dress!

    Stephanie

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  9. you look absolutely stunning, first of all. second of all i totally know what you mean - i have a habit of reading incredibly depressing memoirs that always make me count my blessings after i finish them.

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  10. I remember Oprah's "grateful diary" or whatever it was and I remember rolling my eyes...it was so "touchy-feely" that I wanted to throw up. But despite snarking at Oprah, there is something to it...I know I get caught up in the big stuff and worrying about what I don't have or might not have that I forget to really sit and be grateful for what I have. Little things that are trivial and important at the same time. :)

    I love the green stripes! :)

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    1. I am with you, I usually veer away from stuff that is "squishy" like that, but this movie def was not squishy yet still was really impactful.

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  11. Thanks for the reminder, Lisa. I've been pretty mopey these days for a number of (seemingly stupid) reasons, and this was a nice reality check. I'm thankful for love and health. Everything else ranks secondary.

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    1. I get mopey too for sometimes silly reasons - I have to remind myself more than I should be thankful that all I've got to mope about are these silly problems. ;o) But THAT'S easier said than done sometimes too.

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  12. I'm happy to be your shoe twin, lol. I'm wearing those sandals today. Also on the sartorial front, i'm wearing a new top that makes me happy and I pulled out a J. Crew skirt that I haven't worn in awhile and this color (bright dahlia) just makes me feel so much better.

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    1. I adore these sandals, I would wear them everyday if I could. If SE only made a version of these with a slightly higher heel, I'd totally be set.

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  13. Great reminder about gratitude. I'm most grateful for the health of my husband, myself, our children and families. Nothing compares to that. I'm eternally grateful that I was born in a country where anything is possible and freedom is never taken for granted. Lots of little things make me happy too...the perfect glass of wine, a hot cup of coffee and hitting all of the green lights on the drive to school drop off today. Of course, good friends, who are in good health, who love my family and would do anything for my children. Life is good today! Thanks, Lisa-it is so important to focus on these things.

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    1. There's something relaxing and indulgent about being able to enjoy a nice glass of wine or cold beer after a loooooong day. Even if it's for like 10 minutes. Europeans definitely know how to take little breaks out of the day and enjoy it for a bit, better than we do.

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  14. I love that green cardigan, the color is so rich and beautiful and your bag is gorgeous! It is indeed the little things in life that make us happy, and we should be grateful to the Almighty for every little things and big things too that we've been blessed with!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  15. Love all your green! Great color on you. I'm thankful I found this wonderful community of fashion lovers. :)

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  16. i'm thankful for my husband, our cat and chinchillas. that i have a job. football season approaching which means lazy sundays. planning our honeymoon to europe (in 25 days!). j crew. sushi.

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    1. I'm the bigger football fan in my household, so I'm not sure my Sundays can be described as lazy, with me screaming at the TV, haha.

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  17. This is such a great post Lisa! it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and not appreciate what we have!
    you look lovely dear and today I am thankful for being free to follow my heart :)

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    1. That is an awesome one, Maca - "I am thankful for being free to follow my heart." Many people even in the US don't have that opp.

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  18. Loving these shades of green - you look like an enviable sorority sister! And I am so tempted by these monogram necklaces...beautiful!

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    1. I fell to the lure of the monogram necklace, I have three (so far). I MAY have to consider a gold one next ...

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  19. Oh, and right this minute I am thankful for Green's ice cream in Raspberry Blast and Pocono Paws and Pringles. And the fact that I have not ballooned to a billion pounds after stuffing my face with both all summer.

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  20. I have a quilt (not ratty, yet) that I use year round. The hubs thinks I'm crazy during the summer.

    I'm thankful for:
    toasted coconut coffee and Almond Joy creamer
    not shaving all year - wax appt next week
    my latest pair of cowboy boots
    and that Savannah was as great as I remembered.

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    1. I am totally blanket girl in the summer too - my BF likes to keep the AC cranked so I am typically freezing in the living room (thoug honestly it could be like 75 degrees and I may be cold ...)

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  21. I'm thankful for my puppy, my BF, my supportive family, the great opportunities I've gained through blogging, etc. etc. - awesome post Lisa!

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    sarahsavvystyle.com

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  22. Great post :) It's always good to be reflective on what you are thankful for :)
    I'm thankful for springtime :) longer spans of daylight and sunshine :) future holiday in the making :)

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    1. Ugh, I had forgotten about the whole shorter days thing during the colder months. When am I going to be able to take my outfit pics now?! ;o)

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  23. Great post! You had me at "first season of Gossip Girl"! I know it's SO not my demographic, but I admit that I love the show. I actually hadn't seen the first season, but thanks to the Style channel (which I hope is going to show more style-related programming any day now), I have them all on my DVR.

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    1. I think the only things I've ever watched on Style has been Gossip Girl and bits of Jerseylicious. I guess they are considered stylish TV shows, who knows? ;o)
      I actually had never watched full episodes of Gossip Girl before it hit Style, so I certainly had my fill of season 1 on Monday! I may be a bit hooked now!

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  24. I adore this post and your green stripes are too cute!

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  25. Just found your blog, and knew you were going to be a keeper as soon as you mentioned "Machine Gun Preacher"! I haven't heard many people who have even heard of this film, much less someone who has seen it! I was interested in it from the first moment I heard it in part because Childers is my maiden name and my father was a preacher (not a former drug dealer/outlaw though!). I also look forward to reading back through your past posts because I can tell I'm going to like your style after seeing those in this post!

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    1. Thanks, Sara!

      Honestly I had not heard of Sam Childers before this movie, and picked this movie because I liked Gerard Butler as an actor. But the movie was seriously good, and we were Googling all sorts of info about real life Sam during the film - he is a fantastic (albeit bit controversial) example of how one person can truly make a difference.

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  26. Love your list! This is so true!

    I really like your necklace.

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  27. I love this, you're so right, it's often the little things that make us so happy! I love being able to play with my new puppy and see how excited she gets over silly little things!

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  28. thank you for this kind-spirited post! The past few weeks have really reinforced my sense of gratitude... for everything.

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  29. Never heard of this movie/person so thanks for that primarily. There are truly lots of things to be grateful for, big or small. Learned that even more doing the kind of work I do right now. Family, friends, Ben and Jerry's red velvet cheesecake ice cream, Seawall (Vancouver's answer to NY's Central Park, only with beaches to boot:p), & much more... Kinda' reminds of the book, The Book of Awesome... love your purse btw and the stripes, of course:)

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    1. I honestly picked this movie out of my Netflix originally because I liked Gerard Butler as an actor - but I ended up really enjoying the movie.

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  30. I love your sandals! I've had my eye on them all summer.

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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    1. My rec is to snag them if you can now - they are on sale at a ton of places. Really soft leather, padded insole, I can see myself wearing these for a few seasons.

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  31. oh, good thoughts! I love soft fuzzy cat foreheads (and soft, droopy dog ears!) and I love the feeling of putting socks on for the first time after a summer of bare feet!

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    1. I should have written that sometimes I am also thankful for that feeling when I first get home and I can kick those heels I've been clomping around in all day off! Toe freedom!

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  32. Cute dress. This color looks good on you.

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  33. LOVED this post!! Seriously, loved reading all of these things...it's crazy how we often take all of these small things for granted when someone else would never get to experience any of them.
    :)
    Allison
    A's Fashion Files
    Shop Kawaii Kitsch by A on Etsy!

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    1. I had twinges of "well look at me sitting here with my first world appreciations" when I was writing this because I am sure the orphans of Sudan would be thankful just for their families, shelter, food, safety. But though I can't relate to their extreme experiences, it does make me thankful to live in a place where I am safe enough to indulge myself and be able to write things like "Panera french bread" as something to be grateful about.

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  34. Well said Lisa. These are great things to be thankful for and I have been feeling the same lately. I love the green on you! It suits you very well!

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    1. Tick, tock, Frannie, isn't it about time for you to be off for soon-to-be wedded bliss? ;o)

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  35. It's always nice to take a step back and appreciate the little things in life! Great post!! Love the outfit too, especially those shoes!! PS. I'd love it if you could visit my blog and follow me if you like it!! :)

    -Stephanie
    @LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

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  36. This is hands down one of my fave outfits!! You look fantastic! I love the greens!
    Thankful for so much, but today really thankful for healthy & sweet children who brighten my days!! :)
    -amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  37. I always love finding money in my pockets... especially in times of need!

    Maggie

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    1. Is it wrong that my time of need may be at the McDonald's drive-thru when I have to scrounge together like $1.08 to pay for an ice cream cone and not wanting to use my bank card? ;oD

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  38. How about Lisa's lovely and thoughtful blog posts?

    Tuna fish sandwiches.

    E-books.

    Teenagers growing into lovely young women.

    Fun-loving four-leggeds.

    Hubbies that cook.

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