My Favorite Lovely Things

Photo by Lesly B. Juarez

This collection of my favorite lovely things was inspired, like many of my reflections, by Bella Grace magazine. Bella Grace is the first of my favorite lovely things. It is a collection of women’s creativity on creativity, life, and the magic that can be found in every day.

I first mentally noted my love of sunsets my senior year of high school on the way home from soccer practice. It was in that same moment I wrote a sunset poem and decided to write a series of sunset poems as a final project for my creative writing class.

Five years later, I am still captivated by the entirety of each golden hour – always surprising me as the clearest, most vibrant hue of pure gold, palette of orange, and pink blossoms overtake the western skies. Equally as beautiful in my eyes is the eastern sky as it is illuminated by the sunset into the most beautiful pale lavender and periwinkle blue. My heart sings each night when even the air turns golden, the sky turns azure, eastern beaches mirror sunsets with dark waves, golden-dusted bean fields loll in a breeze. Each and every night.

Combat Boots
These shoes are the boot-form of pure gold because these boots just fit. In them, I stand up straighter, walk more confidently, and feel better with each wear.

My long, crazy-curly hair
About a year ago I cut and dyed my hair on a whim. Well, instead of being curlier, it became a weird random blob of frizz. Now it’s back to its crazy-unpredictable-curly self and I couldn’t ask for a more fitting daily accessory. I’ve even learned to enjoy humid North Carolina mornings because they dry and fluff my golden curls faster and I feel more myself than ever, even if my hair looked exactly like this just a year ago.

Coffee Mugs

There is something so special about the perfect coffee mug for a moment, for a memory, for a personality. My favorite coffee mug is one that I painted in college that looks like time or a universe swirling by. It has designs that were popular at the time, but my favorite part is a message to myself on the inside that reads “Keep on Dreaming.” A message from my college self that I cherish and need often.

Nurturing Houseplants
After spending a year in the city, my heart ached for the country greenery of Ohio. Instead of being homesick I decided to bring the plants to my sunroom.

I already had a pretty purple and yellow Orchid and my husband owned a little Bonsai tree. In addition to this lovely bunch, I now have three little Succulents in glass jars occupying my windowsill. I rescued a healthy baby Orchid that finished blooming in hopes of blooms next spring. My original Orchid has even sprouted new chutes for a second bloom! And of course, my husband’s Bonsai tree and our dreamy Arabian Jasmine are our complete collection of plant babies. Our next project will be starting an herb garden, hopefully soon.

I have grown to love my plants as a part of my family and they make this temporary home more inviting in the moment.

My Escape, aka Ellie.
Ellie the Escape is a Gray SUV and she absolutely lives up to her name. After driving a car that I felt uncomfortable, unsafe, and trapped in, Ellie is a dream come true. I didn’t used to enjoy driving, but I’ve learned to enjoy driving longer distances over the past couple of years thanks to Ellie, who may have had a bit of help from Pandora Radio, and audiobooks.

One particular day about three months after I moved to the coast, my husband was away in training and I was feeling stagnant. I decided to just drive and explore this new city. Would you know, without an inkling of an idea where it was located, I drove directly to the nearest library, exactly what I needed. I left with a shiny new library card, a stack of books, and plans to return for an event. What Big Magic took place that lovely fall afternoon, all thanks to Ellie the Escape and a little fate.


Lists keep my life together. They prompt inspiration, allow brain dumping of tasks and ideas, and allow me to organize my goals. They are my natural defense against my buzzing mind, and keep me together. I even tend to list when I journal, a way of getting to the point and moving along quickly.

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