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April 16, 2012

Everyday | Living Well Everyday | Mr. Darcy

If you are a regular follower or you've read the "About" section of this blog, then you know that I write about Occasions- more specifically, Everyday Occasions. 

What does exactly does this mean?

It means not waiting for 'special occasions' to celebrate life.   Everyday we have the opportunity to live well.

It means not waiting for the next period in your life to live thoughtfully and purposefully.  It means enjoying and recognizing little moments on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. 

It means that instead of sleeping in, getting up early for a sunrise walk.  Or instead of getting up early, sleeping in and stopping for an extra large latte and scone and not feeling guilty about it. 

It means opening a bottle of wine on a weeknight and staying up past your (self-instated) bedtime to chat like you used to when you were dating.  It means using real vanilla beans in your morning coffee or in the whipped cream on the apple crostada you whipped up on a Wednesday night. 

It means whipping up an apple crostada on a Wednesday night.  It means folding your towels just right so they fit in the linen closet neatly. 

Sometimes living well takes extra effort. 

 Sometimes it takes less effort.

It means making the bed not because it will make your room look tidy, but because it will feel good to get into that night.

It means having seasonal flowers planted in pots on your front steps and a wreath on your front door that makes the house look cheery when you come home from the grocery store everyday. 

It means putting a single flower on your bedside table (or beside the rocking chair in the nursery) so you can smell it when you wake up.

I believe the art of living well is found in between the big moments- those little opportunities we have to make life special.


  1. Beautiful pictures! Mr. Darcy is too cute!

  2. Anonymous3:24 PM

    Love it!! True. Your dog is adorable!! A dog is a must for living well. ;)

  3. Indeed! I share your philosophy.

  4. Nicely said. Recipe for said Wednesday night apple crostada would be nice, too!

  5. What a truly beautiful post. :) It made my day.
    ps. your dog is adorable!!! I think having a dog makes life all the more special.

  6. Love your blog and this post...I have always tried to live this way even when others make fun and roll their eyes! My children are high school and college age and have come to learn (and appreciate) the special touches that go into making everyday an occasion! It took me a long time to realize not everyone lives like this...they don't know what they are missing!

  7. i was beginning to get a little worried about mr. darcy! i was happy to see him and his muddy paw-paws! you have a very charmed and beautiful life and i so enjoy getting a glimpse of it on your blog!! concord looks positively picture perfect! tessa

  8. What a wonderful life philosophy! It truly is the little things that make life lovely!

  9. Awww, I love that your dogs name is Mr. Darcy! So cute!

  10. Hi Jenny,
    Just rediscovered you through my friend Kate at Party Resources. When I started reading, I realized you were the same person my friend Katie Moreland had told me all about when you lived in Kansas. Welcome to the East Coast and I love not only all you're doing....but you're outlook on life.

    Sounds like you've settled in well to this side of the country!!
    xo Elizabeth

  11. Jenny, I'm a very new follower and I just have to tell you how much this post spoke to me! My husband and I recently moved to a new area that we don't particularly like, and I find myself thinking of the nice things I'll do in the future when we're not living here anymore. I needed this reminder that I can choose to live well right now!

    Just love your blog :)

  12. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Hi, I totally just stumbled upon your website/blog. I love it! I found that I couldn't stop reading and looking at everything! I wish I had your life...

  13. A lovely read this morning during my break from pottering about on my patio, trimming plants, raking fallen leaves. I'm supposed to be involved in my "self-inflicted" work schedule, but couldn't resist the lovely day. And now I'm especially refreshed reading this and enjoying your lovely photos.

  14. Anonymous6:15 PM

    Really enjoyed your blog and it got me thinking about living well. Your dog and town are adorable.

  15. I recently discovered your blog from Pinterest--and love it! I can't wait to explore the site (I'm absolutely in love with your kitchen organization). I really love this post and need to remind myself of this more often!! Living in the moment is so important.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


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