1. Sweet Notes
During the week, my husband often leaves early for a variety of things—meetings, conference calls, bible study, etc.—but as a heavy sleeper, I often don’t even hear him leave. Though I always prefer to spend quality time with him on mornings when he can hang around longer before work, one of my favorite things is the sweet notes he leaves me whenever he leaves before I’m awake. The notes are always simple and jotted on whatever is handy—a cheesy notepad from a local realtor, a receipt or even a Chipotle napkin—and they always brighten up my morning, reminding me of how blessed I am to be married to my sweet husband.
2. Non-Fiction Books
I love to read, but lately I really appreciate non-fiction books. As a writer, I’d love to say that I’ve read all the classics, but I just don’t think I’ll ever be that kind of person. Instead, I truly enjoy reading real stories that provide insight into this life from all kinds of perspectives. I just finished Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, which opened my eyes to so many truths about women, the workplace, and even relationships and motherhood—and next month will be reading Shauna Niequist’s Bread & Wine.
3. Close Girlfriends
With each passing year, I’m learning more and more about the value of close girlfriends—the kind that are like sisters. While I have several friends that live far away who fit the bill, I’m also glad to say that I have a couple local gal pals who have touched my life deeply with love, joy and the sisterhood I never experienced as an only child. Other than my marriage, there is nothing I cherish as much as those friends, both near and far.
4. Fresh Flowers
Lately I’ve started a new habit: every week when I’m at Trader Joe’s doing grocery shopping, I swing by the flower section and pick out some fresh blooms. It’s such an inexpensive way to freshen up our home with some natural beauty—plus it makes our house smell so beautiful!
5. The Coast
Growing up spending summers near Cape Cod, I’ve always had an appreciation for all-things coastal. But after a short stint in Austin, Texas last summer, I’ve never loved the coast more than I do now. The softness of sand, the crash of the waves, and the salt that lingers in the air all put my soul at ease. Living in Encinitas, California makes it easy to get to the beach, and for that I am so grateful. In addition to cherishing precious moments by the coast, I’ve also started decorating our home to feel like a coastal oasis— light and bright spaces, cool blues and greys, natural textures, fresh florals and pops of mixed metallics for a modern twist.
Natalie is a magazine editor, writer and blogger who loves the written word, avocados, beach picnics and champagne. She believes that beauty comes from who we are—not what we look like—and lives life accordingly. You can find her sharing honest talk about beauty, style, wellness at life at www.thoughtsbynatalie.com.
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