Are you appreciating the little things?

This year I have made a definite move to really appreciate everything around me. From spending more time in my garden and yard with a keen eye for making it better. To taking it to the next level by planning time to sit on the deck working, reading or just enjoying the rare warm days to making time for my walks to the river, I have been very aware of how much I lose when I don’t make time to do those things.

Above is my second vase of flowers taken from my yard. The irises have literally exploded this year. My main display at the bottom of my rock bed is incredible and seems to release new blooms daily.

Inspired by my mom

I haven’t always had a passion for flower arranging. This new passion comes from my mom who did seem to have an incredible talent for creative ways to do much with what was available near by. Before I was  born, her gladiolas were winning prizes at the fair.

I grew up knowing a different side of Mom than the person she was when she was younger. I do suppose having children of your own does that to you.

My cousins who experienced this different side of mom tell me that she was a ton of fun. They traveled with her, roller skated, and sang. Every once in awhile, I got to see that side of her come out. Like the time she brought a “dirt cake” to the family reunion – complete with a trowel to dish it up and gummy worms for enhancements. Now you see “dirt cakes” in magazines but back then it was a new concept. I loved seeing that side of my mom. So though I don’t have some of her talents, I celebrate when I can do something that she would have done in the past.

This year, my goal is to remember to bring in fresh flowers and appreciate the ones outside by making sure I look for them each day.

I think that I am in a point in life when I don’t want to miss things. I don’t want to miss the flowers or the nice weather. Or the walk to the river.

How about you? No matter if you are currently employed in a job you don’t like, just recently seeking a new position, or struggling for awhile to find a new role, sometimes it is hard to find anything good around you. I find that taking the time to appreciate what is around you can make a huge difference in your perspective.

Join me for a few minutes on my walk to the river.


  1. Ed Han on June 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Julie, great advice! There’s a lot that can distract people from the little things–and really, aren’t the big things made up of little things?

    • Julie Walraven on June 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

      Exactly, Ed! They are… I just think we brush past much of life on our way to who knows where…

  2. Jane C Woods on June 13, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Hey Julie, such beautiful flowers! I think (speaking as an English person-or half Scots)that your ‘yard’ is much more suited to the title of Garden. Much prettier, although what’s in a name?
    Thanks Julie,

    • Julie Walraven on June 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

      I have both yard and Garden, Jane. But I agree that garden sounds much prettier. The yard contains the basketball court and lawn and the gardens surround the house. The rock bed in front, the veggie garden in the back and each side of the house and yard has other features. The irises come primarily from the front rock bed but I did pick up several from three other beds in the yard. Mostly, I grabbed the ones that were falling down, their heads too heavy.

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