Small Joys: XIII

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There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
— G.K.Chesterton

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At the end of April I turned in my computer and keys and left my graphic design job. It was my first full time, adult job and I would have celebrated four years with the company this summer. It was an amazing first job. I learned more than any college class could ever teach. The guy who started the company still walked by my desk every day and genuinely cared for us as people. My coworkers had become friends. But once we moved and I started working remotely, it just wasn't the same anymore. So after four months, it was time to move on. 

Since then, I've kept busy. I'm not actively searching for a new job yet. Dave and I decided that I should take the summer to help my sister get married, work on finishing our house projects and decorating, visit my grandparents, and generally enjoy summertime. 

To say that the past few week have been fun would be an understatement. I feel like a kid on summer vacation, except I've learned what it's like to go to work every day during the summer, so I appreciate these blissful days all the more. I walk around filled with so much gratitude for life and all the little joys that fill my days.

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Gathering up things that brought joy this week and taking a moment to be grateful.

I got to go strawberry picking this week. It was so fun to fill the box and bring them home. We've been popping them in our mouths at every opportunity. There's nothing quite like fruit when it's in season.

My mom taught me her sourdough recipe and we've been enjoying real bread almost every week. I love the rhythm of feeding the starter, letting the bread rise and then forming the loaves. It feels therapeutic in a way. There is so much beauty in simple things. 

We finally bought a couch. It took us years of secondhand, craigslist finds with sheets to cover nasty upholstery to bite the bullet and go to a store and bring home a couch we love. It's been so much fun to have a comfy living room. I also have to admit, our house all of a sudden feels like a place two adults live.

When we moved to the new house, I found a flower bed that had 3 lavender plants in it. This week the blooms were finally perfect for harvesting, so I have the cutest bundle of lavender hanging to dry now. The best part is that the plants have way more still waiting to be picked.

And finally, I've always dreamed of having enough flowers in my garden that I can pick some and bring them inside whenever I want. This year we're still planting and investing in the flower beds, but we've had enough that I can keep this little bud vase full. It's the best.

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Wishing each one of you the sweetest weekend and a moment or two to soak in all the pretty things that this wonderful season has to offer. Happy Summer!

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