Thoughts on Gratitude, Watercolors & More

Gooooood morning sunshine and happy Friday!! How as your week?? I don’t know about you, but it sure did zoom by super quick over here. I was a busy little bee working on several fun projects, which I cannot wait to share soon, so I feel like the days just flew by. Plus my little guy was home sick from school with the crud for several days, which wasn’t so fun. Poor guy just can’t catch a break this year–I think he’s been sick once or twice a month since school started back in August. But thank goodness the weekend is here and it’s time to relax a bit. I have some fun things to share today for Friday Favorites! It’s a bit more chatty than usual because I’m sharing some thoughts on gratitude that have been on my heart this week, along with a couple other random things including some gorgeous watercolor paintings!

Hand painted water color paintings

This week I received the most gorgeous watercolor paintings from Bloom to Brush, which is ghe cutest little shop on Esty. I was admiring them yesterday and of course I had to snap a photo for you guys because they’re just so darn pretty. I love how soft and delicate they are–watercolor is such a beautiful art.

Hand painted watercolor paintings

Aren’t these so darn cute?! I love them all and I can’t wait to get them styled around the house. And if you’re looking for a sweet Mother’s Day gift, I think these would be awesome. They’re super affordable and there are lots of custom options to choose from.

Here’s a few others I love:

 

Thoughts on Gratitude

So this week I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and how it’s so connected to our happiness. The more grateful we are, the happier we tend to be. I know that’s pretty obvious, but I really believe that we have to actively search for things to be grateful for throughout our day. And I don’t just mean big, important things like our families or our homes for example. I’m talking about the small things too, like simple moments that we often take for granted or don’t fully appreciate. For me, it’s things like the taste of a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The way the sunshine pours in the windows every afternoon at two o’clock. The way my three year old loves to hold my hand. A bouquet of fresh flowers. The comforting sound of my husband’s voice when he walks through the door after a long day at work. Simple things. But the more I acknowledge those small things and their impact on my day, the happier and more grateful I feel. And I’ve realized that it’s these moments, many of which I take for granted, that truly bring me the most joy on a day to day basis.

Unfortunately, if we aren’t actively searching for these small, happy moments throughout the day, we can easily start to focus more on the negative. At least that’s true for me. My mind can start to drift towards complaining about this or that and it just brings my mood down real quick. You know how it goes–negativity breeds more negativity. But every time we do this, we’re sacrificing our own happiness by putting our attention on the bad instead of the good. If we aren’t intentionally looking for the little moments, soaking them in and really appreciating them, they just pass us by. It’s really just a small switch of perspective, but it makes all the difference in how much we enjoy the day to day. God put that lesson on my heart this week, so I’ve been trying to really focus it more and I hope it resonates with you too!

Other tidbits from the week:

  • I shared this brush a while back and I just ordered another one this week because it’s seriously the best. It makes brushing out wet hair so much easier and it’s all I use on my little girl. Worth every penny!
  • This dress I ordered finally came in and I LOVE it. I actually like it better than I thought I would and I can’t wait to wear it once the weather gets warmer.
  • I’d like to get some new patio furniture for our backyard, so I was browsing the options at World Market this week. All of their outdoor furniture is on sale right now–20% off and free shipping with the code SUNNY!
  • A few days ago I stumbled on this Etsy shop that specializes in dainty jewelry, which I love because I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. I thought this honey bee necklace was super cute. And great for Mother’s Day!
  • I picked up this bag in the color blush a few weeks ago and I’ve been loving it lately. It’s the perfect happy color for spring!
  • I saw this quote on success a few days ago and took a screenshot of it. It’s such a good reminder that success is done little by little. Day by day. Small win after small win. It definitely doesn’t happen overnight, so every day we have to keep working towards our goals and celebrating those small wins because they really do matter.

That’s all I’ve got for ya today! I hope you enjoyed this more chatty Friday Favorites post. Now go have the best weekend ever, enjoy the small things, and I’ll see you back here soon. I have fun post coming up on Monday!

Here’s a few other post you might want to check out: 

Friday Favorites: A Vintage Scale, Hanging Baskets + More

Friday Favorites: Farmhouse Kitchen Goodies & More

Friday Favorites: A Flour Sack Tea Towel & Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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23 Comments

  1. Yessss yes yes yes to all of those lovely words about gratitude! Totally needed after this week! Have a happy Friday! <3

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I needed it too Brandi! xo

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  2. I’ve been doing water color for over half a century (if you count preschool😉) but it’s never to late to start. I encourage everyone to try it. I can be so freeing! Like meditation. I’ve taught people who never tried it before and were amazed what the could accomplish! So pick up a brush and watch some YouTube videos.

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh that is awesome Lorin!! I really want to learn, it’s such a beautiful art and I think I would really enjoy it too. I just wish I was more artistic!

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  3. Kim wrote:

    I LOVE this very inspiring post! I always try to do this and it does make a huge difference in your day! Looking for the small but sweet things to be grateful for today! And I love the pretty watercolor prints!

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It really does make a huge difference in the day Kim! It’s not always easy to remember, but it’s so important to appreciate the little things. xoxo

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  4. Deedra wrote:

    Loved this post, especially regarding gratitude! If you haven’t read the book entitled ” One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voscamp, I would highly recommend it. It really changed my outlook regarding the small blessings of life. Really ties in with what you talked about in your post. Have a great weekend!

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I need to read the Deedra, thank you for the recommendation!!

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  5. Lisa wrote:

    Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing so much with us!

    I took your advice and ordered my first FabFitFun box! I’m hooked! Have you tried BoxClub yet?

    Yesterday I scored some peachy silk flowers and a silvery green bush (silk of course) and new milk pitcher for farm style kitchen. It’s so fresh looking and was super cheap at Joanne Fabrics!

    Have a lovely weekend

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh yay!! So glad you ordered FabFitFun and you’ve been enjoy it Lisa! I haven’t tried the BoxClub yet, what’s in that?

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  6. Absolutely!! Great read and reminder! Love those watercolor prints, too!

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
  7. Patty wrote:

    Sarah like you I too find so many things throughout my day that simply ‘bless my heart” and make me feel so grateful. For instance, when the sun shines through our great room window at just the right time of day and shines on a cut glass candle holder it beautifully shines prisms of light all over the room…from the ceiling down the walls and on the floor. It makes me STOP in awe to take in the simple beauty. It’s the small things in my life that add up and become the really big things that I treasure. Great post today Sarah….THANKS! Have a blessed weekend with your family ❤️

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh I love that Patty! I can just imagine how beautiful that light must look in your great room. Good for you soaking in those small moments, it’s really what makes up our day anyway!!

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  8. So funny because as I was watering my plants this morning, I was admiring how well some of them have been doing, even with this nasty weather we are STILL having in New York… I have found myself complaining more and more about Spring not really being a Spring, and I said to myself, STOP, enjoy that you are still having blooms inside the house, we are healthy and the kids are all good. We have food in our belly and a warm home. Yes, I would like to see the sun a little more, but geezzz, I am one lucky gal! It really is the little wins that add up 🙂 Enjoy your weekend, and I hope you little guy feels better!

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes, yes, yes! It’s easy to get down, but when you stop and think about all our blessings it’s a total game changer! It’s not always easy, but it sure is worth it to have that mindset shift.

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  9. Debbie wrote:

    Thanks for those inspiring words! Too often it is easy to lose track of what is really important and special in our lives! I learned a long time ago(mostly because of my daughter Gabrielle) that everyday life is a gift..whether it’s a good day or sometimes bad, that tomorrow is not always promised and that your life can change in a instinct, so you should always be grateful for the little and big things in your life and to always find the beauty in your life no matter how small it may be!

    Posted 4.20.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I couldn’t agree more Debbie. Life is truly a gift and tomorrow is never promised. And it’s up to us to soak in those sweet moments every day!

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  10. Tara Dickson wrote:

    Turning 60 this week has been a turning point for me! Your words of inspiration are so true and indeed words to live by!!! We all need to focus on the good things in our lives!!!

    Posted 4.21.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw happy birthday Tara, I wish you nothing but the best in the coming year!! xoxo

      Posted 4.22.18 Reply
  11. Pam wrote:

    I LOVE how God talks to us in the quiet of our hearts. When we stop and listen for Him as He is always waiting for us to join Him. I agree by starting the day with a grateful heart we show Him how much we love Him and the unconditional love He shows for us….

    Posted 4.23.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Amen to that!!

      Posted 4.24.18 Reply

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