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Posted by on February 8, 2016

finding beauty smallerThe days can be dark and dirty and messy and long. So I’m on a mission to find beauty in the ordinary.

In my quest to live a life balanced between reality and dreams, I’m discovering how much I’m out of balance. Ha! Maybe it’s the bulldog mentality of my determination to share all these awesome stories bouncing around in my head or withdrawing from life to maintain sanity while I’m holding down the fort with young kiddos, I don’t know. But I’ve been too distracted with my mess to appreciate my kids. My hubby. Family. Friends. Life.

I’m racing toward dreams, hopping from one high to the next, and crashing. Forgetting life is in the mundane and the little moments. The kids! My precious babies are growing up way too fast! Life is going way too fast.  Actors, actresses, singers, writers who I grew up watching, listening, reading are not here anymore. I have several friends battling cancer right now. One losing it. Watching others losing it. Some have. Life is looking a little crazy, you know? A little dark. A little short.

It’s so easy to get caught up with the mess in our heads, the mess in our lives, and all the demands on us that we forget to live. But not anymore. I’m taking time to smell the roses, taking time to play tickle monster with the kiddos despite the looming deadlines or the mess in my head. I’m searching out the beauty in the ordinary.

I started a week ago, determined to post to Instagram once a day.


That didn’t happen. Ha! I think I’ve posted two pictures so far. You see, I’m horrible at staying committed to things like that. Nadine Brandes #walk30days on Instagram. Loved it. Maybe joined in a few times. Life is crazy. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

So instead of naming and claiming thirty days of beauty, because there is no way I’d be able to post a picture on Instagram. Every. Single. Day. Life is kind of monotonous as an introverted work at home mom. Not that I mind the monotony, so much, but makes for a boring collage of photos for you. I am determined to seek out beauty in the ordinary. To slow down and enjoy every moment. Because I don’t know when it will be my last. And maybe post it to Instagram when I find a gem.

So will you join me?

Tag me if you do, I’d love to see the beauty you find. Or use the #findingbeauty and join others who are already on the same mission. Or if you’re not on Instagram, will you take a moment to find the beauty in the ordinary this week?

Thank you for journeying with me! Have a great week!

I love hearing from you!

J.L Mbewe - Author