Joy in ordinary days

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by Debra Dane on August 30, 2013

in Gratitude

Right now I am feeling a bit…crap.

I have not been well for the last 2-3 weeks and have been doing the bare minimum for this time.

When you do less your days tend to become a tad…ordinary.

I am napping and reading and resting and relaxing – it all sounds one step above a coma really.

In between I am walking the dog, exercising a day or two each week, and hanging with my kids (when I am not dozing).

Thankfully in between the moments of melancholy (I am a bit of a drama queen even in my own mind) I am still finding joy.

I am lighting more scented candles than ever before. the simple act of striking the match makes me smile. I have also always loved that post blow out smokey smell.

With Spring on the horizon there has been a return of butterflies in our garden and on the walk to school. I cannot express enough how much they lift me with their delicate spirit.

Books, books and more books. I fall asleep mid-read at times, but with a bookcase filled to the top, a library nearby and a massive stash on my ipad I could be holed up in bed for months and never be alone. (not that I intend to explore that idea)

Strawberries. It seems early this year for prices to already be so low, but we are stocking up on fresh berries and eating them daily.

A new water bottle – bright orange. One of my odd symptoms is unquenchable thirst. If I am going to be downing 3+ liters of water a day it is so nice to keep looking at a cheery colour. I think it actually matches the orange in my blog header!

Friends – always grateful for friends. Enough said.

Watching my children create all week long – garden fairy houses, an Asian garden for a school project, songs written and dances choreographed.

So even in less than great times there is joy in the ordinary.


What are you grateful for this week?


Find your simple,


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Shelley August 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

Good morning Deb! I love your grateful list. It’s all the little things. I get your orange water bottle. This week I painted my nails yellow for the first time in my life and am loving the colour pop! I’ve been up since the crack of dawn reading your ebook this morning. 160 pages in. It is brilliantly written. I will write you an email in the next few days to explain just how much I have gotten out of it. I hope you are feeling more rested and ready for a lovely Spring weekend ahead. Shelley. xx
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Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Love that you painted your nails yellow – i am going to push myself to finally paint my nails this week – a cheery colour too – thanks lovely. gload you are enjoying the ebook and i look froward to any email from you – been reading your new blog on my phone so not commenting as much but excited to follow your journey xxx
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Kate L August 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

I love your blog, thankyou.

cheers Kate


Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Thank you so much Kate xxx
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Tanya August 30, 2013 at 8:52 am

I am so grateful to have a whole day looming where I am the only person at home. My aim is to not get in the car at all and just enjoy the sunshine and pottering around…might read a bit of an unreal ebook I bought recently ;)


Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I hope you had a fabulous day hon – did you enjoy yourself? i hope so – and enjoy the ebook – let me know what you think when you get a chance xxx
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Kate August 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi Deb – I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, and am loving it. Its helping me examine my life more closely. As an aside, the student nurse in me wants to ask you if you’ve mentioned your symptoms of excess thirst and tiredness to your doc or nurse practitioner. Its probably nothing, but it raised a little red flag of concern to me, from far-away Canada. I just thought I’d mention it.

Thank you again for your honest, inspirational writing. :-)

Kind regards,


Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

HI Kate – thanks so much xx I went to a new doctor on Friday and had tons of blood work done this weekend – i am being checked for a bunch of things and hoping we figure it out by mid-week as I have barely left my bed last few days. thankfully hubby was home for the weekend and took over 100% so i rested and drank loads! Thank you for thinking of me- i received a few emails as well and want to send you all so much love xx
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Emily September 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Lovely post. And doing the bare minimum is enough. More than enough. Sometimes it’s hard to do that! xx
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Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Thanks Em – no real choice this time and glad that i am able to get away with it xx
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Kelly September 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Good on you for giving in and having a rest, I always find that the hardest when I’m not feeling the best ! hope you feel better soon. x


Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Thanks Kel – am resting a ton!!! xxx
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Lisa@RandomActsOfZen September 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I hope all these little things help to make your days a bit brighter Deb. Butterflies always make me smile, because since my dear step-dad passed away, my mum says she always has a butterfly fluttering past when she misses him most.
First day of glorious Spring today, and I’m sending you lots of virtual hugs xx
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Debra Dane September 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

What a sweet/bittersweet connection to butterflies xx

Thanks for the virtual hugs – i will gratefully take them as I need them a bit right now xx
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Clint Bauer September 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hi! I’m new to your blog and really enjoyed this read. I’m just getting back into writing down my gratefuls and goals each day. It’s such a good habit to get into and when I do it, I see amazing results in all areas of my life.

This week I’m grateful for:

Spring – love exercising and playing outside in nature so the warmer weather makes it way more enjoyable!

Spending Father’s Day with my family yesterday and playing with the niece and nephew

My work – or ‘play’ really. I love what I do!

All of my belongings and the nice things I own

Healthy food – buying and growing organic food is wonderful

Thanks :)


Debra Dane September 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Clint that is all wonderful – awesome gratitude list – and welcome !
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Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky September 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

You have reminded me that I miss scented candles. I have a few but rarely use them these days. They used to be most used on nights when we’d run a bath together, pour some wine, put on some music…. romantic nights :) Those haven’t happened for a while! LOL
So excited to be meeting you next week xxxxx
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Debra Dane September 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Ooh light them just for you even – i love to have them with me somedays! and I can’t wait to meet you too! will be so nice having people there that I am excited to meet – find me if i don’t find you xx
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