Happy Blogiversary!

Shiny Happy Peebles debuted three years ago today!

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I have learned a lot since I began:  how to be kinder to myself; that comparison is the thief of joy (as Teddy Roosevelt said); but most importantly, the act of writing is its own reward.

My life has changed significantly in these three years, mostly for the better, but the beautiful seasons have also held some of my hardest days.

Throughout it all, I believe my optimism and personal mantra have helped carry me through. The little things can make all the difference in how you weather the storm because sometimes you just have to make your own sunshine. ☀️

So I plan to keep chugging along and enjoying what I learn and create along the way. And I hope you’ll enjoy the ride, too!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses …

Winter Camellia

And whiskers on kittens …

Oliver's New Spot

These are a few of my favorite things!

Saddlebrooke Sunrise

When I saw the beautiful sunrise this morning, it put me in such a great mood. Sunrises and sunsets are definitely some of my favorite things! Sadly, I don’t always take the time to enjoy them.

I referenced that song from The Sound of Music, partially because I adore that movie and as an excuse to post happy pictures of my yard and my cat, but mostly because of the message. Even when things are scary, you can control how you feel and turn the situation around:

I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad!

Sometimes, I forget how attitude and perception affect the way we experience life. Seeing the sunrise didn’t change what had already happened this morning, and it didn’t change the events that followed, but that moment of appreciation did alter my mood and how I went about my day.

For example, instead of worrying if I would be on time, I sang really loudly in my car to happy music during my drive to work. And don’t you know that commute seemed to go by faster?

It all goes back to the little things; when you take the time to enjoy the little things, you start to see that your life is full of goodness and beauty and bounty.