Cats, Dogs, and Selfies too

It's easy for the small moments to get overlooked amidst the hustle and bustle of our week, isn't it? I realized a couple months ago that I was paying less attention to the little sweet spots in my day because my mind was constantly cluttered with a million to-dos, tasks, and problems.


@laurenelizhook @ashleyherrinton, you are the sweetest. After a couple days of boy activities, I'm even more excited about nail polish and pretty necklaces! Thank you for brightening my day and making me feel so loved. #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook @ashleyherrinton, you are the sweetest. After a couple days of boy activities, I'm even more excited about nail polish and pretty necklaces! Thank you for brightening my day and making me feel so loved. #sweetspots

@jennykayc My welcome home crew on the first day of spring! #marythecat #sweetspots

@jennykayc My welcome home crew on the first day of spring! #marythecat #sweetspots


So I came up with this little hashtag, #sweetspots, and I challenged myself to intentionally slow down and pay attention to the little beauties in my day. I try to capture these moments and post them to Instagram as a way to document them, and I've challenged my Elle & Company friends to do the same. 


@whisperoftheweb My goodness, Zoey was a cute puppy. Looking through these old pictures absolutely made my day #sweetspots

@whisperoftheweb My goodness, Zoey was a cute puppy. Looking through these old pictures absolutely made my day #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook Chillin out maxin, relaxin all cool while the guys play bball outside of the school. #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook Chillin out maxin, relaxin all cool while the guys play bball outside of the school. #sweetspots


@ashleyherrinton I never get to ride with this cutie when he's not driving but today we're headed somewhere with the fam and we're all piled in here together. Now he might understand why I fall asleep every time we go anywhere. Perfect time to catch up on your sleep. #hesgonnabemad #sweetspots

@ashleyherrinton I never get to ride with this cutie when he's not driving but today we're headed somewhere with the fam and we're all piled in here together. Now he might understand why I fall asleep every time we go anywhere. Perfect time to catch up on your sleep. #hesgonnabemad #sweetspots

@kaitblanken Not sure what a candy candy tree is or who Mrs. Blackenship is but some sweet student left this on my desk today. Thankful for a job that brings me so much joy. #sweetspots

@kaitblanken Not sure what a candy candy tree is or who Mrs. Blackenship is but some sweet student left this on my desk today. Thankful for a job that brings me so much joy. #sweetspots


Not surprisingly, this little venture has resulted in a thankful heart. I have to purposefully seek out the parts of each day that are special, even in the mundane. It's a search for how I've been blessed, which is not only mood-boosting; it's heart-changing.


@allyduncan13 Amazing what a little scrubbing will do! #sweetspots

@allyduncan13 Amazing what a little scrubbing will do! #sweetspots

@lepascoe Sunshine and strolling down the streets of this quaint little town... it doesn't get much better. #sweetspots

@lepascoe Sunshine and strolling down the streets of this quaint little town... it doesn't get much better. #sweetspots


My prayer is that others take me up on this challenge, but not just to make smile when I see #sweetspots pop up on my Instagram feed (because come on, that's a given). I would love for this encouragement to become contagious and engrained in our everyday lives. 


@laurenelizhook Caribou Coffee, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Cheesecake Factory. Mom needs to visit more often ;) #sweetspots

@laurenelizhook Caribou Coffee, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, Cheesecake Factory. Mom needs to visit more often ;) #sweetspots

@mcatvt14 Class cancelled = enjoying coffee at Bollo's #sweetspots

@mcatvt14 Class cancelled = enjoying coffee at Bollo's #sweetspots


So tell your friends about these little moments of thankfulness this week and challenge them to join in! More positivity, more smiles, more joy. Amen?

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