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Bits of Happy Revisited

Hey, all, so I had a bit of an epiphany. Perhaps it’s because it’s getting closer to the holidays (and I’m actually really stoked to be home this year – last year I was traipsing about Italy and Germany as a full-time nanny), perhaps it’s because some conversations with Joe have made me try to get my priorities straight, perhaps it’s the phase of the moon (as a certain best friend of mine would be likely to blame). Who knows? All I know is that I’m having a slight change of heart.

So, initially, my Bits of Happy post featured some things I cared about in my day-to-day living (with a Modcloth dress thrown in, for good measure). Lately, Bits of Happy seems to represent things out there on the internet. And, as I was sitting on my computer the other night, I kind of realized: my bits of happy are near me, and around me, all the time. I shouldn’t be staring at a computer to find these things; they are right here, within my reach. So.

With Christmas fast approaching (I know, my lovely American counterparts, Thanksgiving hasn’t come yet! My apologies!), I wanted this year to be about the heart. Having lost Mia in the summer, and still grieving through this, I wanted to appreciate and take the time for people near me. Spending money isn’t important; spending time is. Things like taking the time to check out that gorgeous display at the farmer’s market, giving coupons for homemade meals during a particularly busy week, or remembering something a person said in passing – these are the things that matter. These are the things that I want to represent my bits of happy – in the beauty of others around me.

Is it cheesy? You’re damn right it is. Is it right? Yes.

In that spirit, I will still continue to troll the internet for fun and lovely things, however – Bits of Happy will now be represented by things around me – tangible, wonderful people, events, and things – and, although it may be a little bit hokey, it feels a lot better in my mind.

So, welcome to a (slightly) less consumerist Jess, and a more interesting and varied explosion of Bits of Happy. I hope you enjoy.

Gorgeous heirloom carrots at one of the last outdoor markets of the season.

Gorgeous heirloom carrots at one of the last outdoor markets of the season.

Apples galore at the market! So many apples...so much apple inspiration....

Apples galore at the market! So many apples…so much apple inspiration….

To celebrate my grandfather's 80th birthday (although he swears he's not a day over 30). My grandparents have been married for over 50 years! {inspiration}

To celebrate my grandfather’s 80th birthday (although he swears he’s not a day over 30). My grandparents have been married for over 50 years! {inspiration}

Mom got out her wedding dress, and made me try it on for kicks. Lace much? It was actually really fun. And scratchy.

Mom got out her wedding dress, and made me try it on for kicks. Lace much? It was actually really fun. And scratchy. Apologies for the horrific quality on this photo!

These flaky buttermilk biscuits I made last weekend were to die for. Check back on Thursday for a link to So Fawned when the recipe goes up!

These flaky buttermilk biscuits I made last weekend were to die for. Check back on Thursday for a link to So Fawned when the recipe goes up!

Ahh, now that is the stuff that makes me happy.

 

 

 

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