The little things are really the big things


Small things are really the “stuff” of life. Simple moments bring the greatest joy. 

My family visited in March. Upon arrival my nephew greeted me with a stone keychain with my name on it. He was beaming with joy and pride as he handed his thoughtful gift to me. He even mentioned it would have been nicer if my mom had given him a bigger budget (HA!). I let him know that it was my favorite keychain and I don’t think it could be any better even if it was more expensive. This small gesture melted my heart.

Thoughtfulness is typically free or cheap and goes a long way. 

When I came home from work that Friday my mom had chopped ALL of my vegetables. Not just one or two pieces, but an entire bin full of veggies. This made me SO HAPPY when I got home from a long day at the office. I hate chopping veggies so this act of kindness meant so much to me.

My family really knows my love languages.

Taking time to make my life easier and showing thoughtfulness are the small things that bring me the most joy. 

This week I’m taking a moment to pause and be thankful for the people in my life who go out of their way to show they love and care for me. It means the world.

What simple things made you smile this week?  What is something simple you can do to help someone else?

Welcome to For Surviving and Thriving!

Maya Angelou quote

Life up until undergrad is pretty planned for you. Make good grades, go to a good school, and land a good job. But what happens after that?! I did everything right – made good grades, went to school, and got a good job. The thing is something crazy happened shortly after checking all the right boxes.


A few months into my first job I started thinking to myself, “Is this really it? Is this what the rest of my life will look like?” My job was fine, but I couldn’t imagine doing it for the rest of my life. For some reason, it felt like something was missing. Living for the weekend was not enough – I wanted to wake up and enjoy every day of the week.


I’m not much of a check the box girl in the first place, so I should have known trying to fit into a box would never work for me. That’s when I decided I would not just survive, but I wanted to thrive in life. I made it my mission to make every single day great and live for more than going to my 9 to 5. Here I’ll share my journey to thriving. I hope you enjoy the ride!