#SweetSpots

Small moments can make a big impact. A moment from five years ago has been etched in my memory, and my heart won’t settle until I do something with it.

It happened while I was having breakfast with my grandma. The waitress filled our coffee cups and Grandma smiled at me as she poured cream into her coffee. “I don’t stir my coffee,” she said. “I like to watch the swirls that the creamer makes.” I grinned and we continued our conversation, but I keep coming back to that little statement.

Moments like that aren’t unusual for my grandma; she always has a great way of finding something special in the mundane. But the older I get, the more I’ve come to appreciate her childlike excitement over the small things that I fail to pay attention to.

What would happen if we all slowed down enough to push pause and treasure those simple moments? What if we became more intentional in searching for the special in each day? I’m certain that we would have more joy and contentment, and I know that it would cultivate a thankful heart in each and every one of us.

 @laurenelizhook: Homemade banana bread, cinnamon orange tea (thank you @jennykayc!) and some quiet time. Bring on the snow! #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook: Homemade banana bread, cinnamon orange tea (thank you @jennykayc!) and some quiet time. Bring on the snow! #sweetspots

 @laurenelizhook: We braved the cold today and discovered some walking trails around town. I must say - it's so fun exploring a new place! #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook: We braved the cold today and discovered some walking trails around town. I must say - it's so fun exploring a new place! #sweetspots

I want to encourage you to join me as I attempt to put this into practice.

Let’s take note of one special moment each day and post it to Instagram. We can keep up with each other by using the hashtag #sweetspots, because aren’t moments of thankfulness sweet? Once a week I’ll post my favorites on the blog and who knows? One of your #sweetspots might make an appearance and lend encouragement to someone else.

Whether it’s creamer swirls in our coffee or a surprise in the mail from a friend, there are always sweet spots in each day that we can be thankful for – we just have to slow down enough to pay attention.

Are you up for the challenge?

 @laurenelizhook: Our newest residence. We're calling it "the suite". 

@laurenelizhook: Our newest residence. We're calling it "the suite". 

 @laurenelizhook: Meet Molly. She belongs to our hosts, but I would claim her in a heartbeat! She sneaks into our apartment a couple times each day :) #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook: Meet Molly. She belongs to our hosts, but I would claim her in a heartbeat! She sneaks into our apartment a couple times each day :) #sweetspots