Newness in Life: The Little Things

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I’ve recently experienced quite a bit of newness in life. It hasn’t been anything huge, per se. But, there has been some new.

For instance, I recently started watching a “new” show on Netflix. It’s a show I’ve wanted to watch for quite some time, but I never got around to it. But, now that I’ve started it and find myself in the second season, I am hooked. Yet again, in true Netflix fashion, it is way too easy to unhealthily binge.

Plus, it is a show just for me.  It is very much a show a group of gals watches together. As much as I enjoy being married, it is fun to have a little something just for me to enjoy. No worries, my husband also has his fair share of manly, gory television to watch by his lonesome.

The fact that I will be back in school by the end of this month does not concern me. In fact, it helps me. For, when I took summer courses four years ago, I treated myself to watching an episode of a show on Netflix each time I completed an assignment.

Therefore, Netflix binging became my reward for difficult, time-consuming work. Looking back now, I’d say it paid off. So, I guarantee you, I will use the same method with this new show.

Another “new” part of life is I asked for a vegetarian cookbook for my birthday. Much like the master’s degree I’ve considered getting, I did not think I would ever ask for, let alone, decently enjoy vegetarian food. I was convinced the only way I would become a vegetarian is by doctor’s orders, which is still somewhat true.

I don’t think I could ever fully give up meat. I love bacon and burgers way too much. However, I am more than willing to venture in that direction, thus the cookbook.

Truthfully, I don’t know if I will get the cookbook for my birthday, but I do have my reasons asking for it. In fact, my reasons asking for it are strong enough that I may end up getting it myself if I don’t get it for my birthday.

For, I asked for the cookbook because we are trying a sort of half-vegetarian diet, due to my husband’s ongoing health issues. Although no one has point-blank told him, “You ought to try a vegetarian diet,” in our small efforts in that direction, we’ve noticed a difference in his overall well-being and comfort.

So, unofficially and loosely, I am a half-vegetarian. Between my recent gallbladder issues, which are not entirely resolved, yet manageable, and my husband’s gastritis, we’ve been more mindful of what we put in our bodies. Plus, it helps that we know people who are in a similar place of life. We have people we can reach out to for advice and whatnot.

The last bit of “new” in my life is a little something to show a different side of my personality. I am rather quirky and weird. It is a girly realization I came to. I’ve discovered my love for midi-dresses!

I am a short person, so I didn’t think I would ever be able to pull off a maxi dress. Although, in my heart of hearts, I desperately wanted to. In all seriousness, I’ve told numerous people that, if I was taller, I would wear a maxi dress every single day. I am not kidding!

As I experience more adulthood, the more I realize I love wearing dresses. So, it is always exciting when I realize another style of dress can fit into my wardrobe. I guess, in a way, it helps me live my maxi dress dream—yet in a quirky way. The midi dress may be my maxi dream in full bloom! Who knows, friends. Who knows.

Again, I know that was rather girly and not for everyone. Honestly, I am sure most of you don’t care to hear that. But, I thought it was worth sharing.

For, as I grow older, the more I realize the little things in life are often the ones that make all of the not so fun parts of adulthood bearable—whether it be a new show on Netflix, a vegetarian cookbook, or a dress style.

My call to you is this: Make a list of quirky parts of life that make adulthood worth it, that make life fun. It could be something like a new laundry hamper or a special recipe you swear by! List those things. Get in the habit of appreciating the little bits of life that may go unnoticed.

Those little things are gifts from God, no matter how small. And they are a constant reminder that God is always shaping us into His perfect image. He created us to be individuals who are constantly changing. Take it from me. I just told you I am on a somewhat vegetarian diet.

Blessings,

Renata

Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.

I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at coffee.soothes.the.soul@gmail.com.

I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).

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