One thing I will admit, I'm a workaholic! Even when I'm not "working" I still have so many things that I want to accomplish so I rarely slow down. I've never been the "sit on the couch for hours, vegging" person. If I'm sitting on the couch, I'm working on Something. But with the changes that phone call made, I've been trying to slow down a little.
A few weeks ago, I was working around the house.. It was quite cool in the house, but since I had been busy I didn't really mind.
The dogs were all lying on the couch under the blankets and I decided to sit down for a few minutes and have some hot chocolate. I sat down next to the boys and I snuggled up under the blankets. I put my hands on either side of the mug and had the thought of how nice it is to have a hot mug to warm my cool hands on..
It was another one of those moments when things begin to change. It was like I had just discovered something. I realized that it was one of the little things in life that I had neglected to enjoy.
It was at that moment that I started to think about slowing down enough to start enjoying the little things in life that make life enjoyable. I had spent too many years not paying attention to those little things.
It was at that moment that the idea to start this blog came to me.. I'm sure I'm not the only person out there that was just too busy to slow down and start enjoying the moments that make up a happy life.
It was at that moment that this new journey began.
After I left my job, I gave myself a week off before really focusing on my new job. I hadn't taken a week off in over three years and I really needed that time to get my mind cleaned out from the drama I had just gone through at work and to prepare myself for a whole new chapter in my life.
One day I was getting some much needed tasks done around the house when I caught my reflection in a mirror as I was passing by and I saw something I hadn't seen in a very long time. I saw a TRUE smile.
I smile a lot, when I was in school one of the names the kids used to call me was smile-y. Not that I was always super happy or friendly, in fact I've always been an introvert and never wanted attention on me. But, it's always nice to be kind and if you don't have anything else to give, you can always give someone a smile.
But there are different kinds of smiles, and most of the time I do have a smile on my face. although I had caught myself not smiling a few times as the job issues were happening and for me to not be smiling really is unusual, but I was so unhappy that it started showing on my face.
But on THAT day, as I was just going about my business, I saw a real, true, peaceful, content smile. I surprised me! It really did. It made me start to wonder about when the last time that I had seen THAT smile on my face. Sadly, I couldn't even remember the last time, but it was nice to see it again.
Since that day, I've seen that smile a lot more often as The Lord is teaching me to focus on the little things in life that matter the most.
Life is about Lovin' those little things in each day that make up the journey that we call life.
Before I quit my job, when I was still thinking about starting a side business I was thinking of making gourmet popcorn. I mean, who doesn't like popcorn...right!?! I had created some really good flavors, taken them to work and almost everyone really liked them.
So, after that life-changing call, I decided to go ahead and start the business. Why wait around, we're not guaranteed tomorrow, right?
I was making popcorn on one of my days off when my mind was racing. I was wondering why I've wasted so many years not appreciating life and why I was staying at a job that made me so unhappy. Of course I liked the steady paycheck but is THAT what life is all about? Is it worth the money to be so unhappy?
I spent so many hours that day praying about what to do and weighing out the value of life and that was when I decided that living life happy is way more important than having extra spending money.
I had a bit of money in my savings account and knew I could get through the end of the year if I left my job. After that it would be up to hard work and miracles to cover the bills but I serve a God of miracles so the decision was made.
The next day I put in my two week's notice.
That was about three months ago and I have not regretted that decision at all.
About a month ago, a very dear friend of mine died suddenly and unexpectedly. She had lived the same type life I had been living, working jobs she didn't love, just to pay the bills, waiting for life to get enjoyable. The news of her death hit me really hard but it reassured me that I had made the right decision.
Shortly after that I started recognizing things in life that make life enjoyable and THAT is what this blog will be all about, discovering the things in life that make life worth living: Lovin' the Little Things!
Hi, my name is Jennifer, welcome to my blog. The focus of this blog will be appreciating the little things in life.
Let me tell you how this began:
All my life I've been a dreamer, always expecting something amazing to happen any day now. I feel like for my whole life I've been waiting for that "special something" to happen.
I am a firm believer in Jesus, I don't like the term "Christian" because most people who call themselves a Christian don't act anything like Christ but I really, really love Jesus and I want to please Him in everything I do. I don't always succeed but it is my goal.
Having faith in Jesus has added to my expectancy of greater things.
But, after working for many years I found myself in yet another job that didn't allow me to use my full potential. It was one of the best paying jobs I've ever had but due to some issues at the job I found myself very unhappy and questioning everything.
The year was 2020, amidst the chaos of covid and political upheaval, the enjoyable things in life had to be put on hold. That made it a very stressful year for many people and perhaps that's what caused some of the extra tension at the job but I was getting more and more discouraged every day.
I live alone, with my three dogs and five bunnies, and most of the time I enjoy being alone with my pack. But my family is the most important thing to me, aside from Jesus, and I hadn't been able to see my family in months.
I had considered starting a side business to help give me something positive to focus on. I was tossing the idea around for a few days when I got a call from my elderly mother.
In one phone call she told me that her doctor told her that she may need to have her leg amputated if they didn't get an issue under control. She also told me that my dad, who had been my best friend for years, had just been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's.
That phone call changed my life - forever!
It started a chain of thoughts that prompted actions to change my life.
My dad had worked 2-3 jobs to provide for us while we were growing up, he and my mom had looked forward to retirement so they could travel and begin enjoying their lives. Now here they are, retired and facing what they are facing. I didn't want that to happen to me.
I began asking myself why I was staying at a job that made me feel so sad, especially when there was no room for advancement and as well as I was being paid, I still couldn't afford "my dream". So, after much prayer, thoughts and tears I decided to quit my job and start my own business.
Okay, this post is getting too long...I'll finish more later.