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Posted on Nov 17, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 17 comments

The Little Things

On days like yesterday, when the weather is dreary…

Dreary Day

And you’re sick at home, yet again


And you’re still a passenger on quite the emotional ride


And you’re feeling like you might be stretching yourself just a little too thin…


You have to focus on the little things.

Nutcracked Coffee

Like the barista spelling your name correctly.

Snuggle Buddy

And puppies snuggled in blankets.

Puppy Paws

And puppy paws, more specifically.

5 More Minutes

Sometimes you have to focus on the little details so you don’t get overwhelmed with the big picture. You have to take a step back, take a breath, and reboot. Or at least, you need to try.

What’s one little (or big!) thing you’re trying to focus on right now?


  1. First off, I’m loving the dreary weather photos! Just not looking forward to the actual arrival of snow out here in little Reno. I have kind of an addictive personality so I get really caught up with one thing for about a 2-3 week period and then tend to find something else to get sucked into my gravitational pull, ie: weight, health, working out, cooking, figuring out what the hell I am going to do with my life, yada yada.. haha! So at least you aren’t alone and there are ALWAYS the little things to be happy
    /thankful for! As long as we’re paying enough attention to notice them anyway! I always get stressed at the holidays so this year I’m going to attempt to just have fun and not get so wrapped up in the drama of it all! And thank the universe for Starbucks, I’m a barista and I don’t know where I would be without our fancy specialty drinks (if only maybe a few pounds lighter) 😉 Have a great day! Give your puppies lots of kisses!

  2. Working full-time, going to graduate school, trying to spend time with friends and the bf, taking care of a very needy (albeit adorable) pup, makes me feel like I never have my feet on the ground. I’m trying SO HARD to focus on the fact that when I’m done with school I will be so much happier in my new career and everything won’t seem like such a burden. It’s hard, really hard.

  3. Truly outstanding pics! And you are doing such an amazing job navigating this less-than-awesome time. I am so impressed with you! You are SOOO much more mature than I was at your age!

    Hang in there 🙂

  4. Lately I am struggling to just focus on daily life. I feel as if I am always “wishing for the weekend”, and waiting for time to just pass on by. Which isn’t good, needless to say.
    I’m *extremely* busy, between my 30-40 minute commute each way and work, I’m away from home for 11.5 hours a day. That is a LOT. Then factor in wanting to cook dinner, boyfriend time, puppy time, house upkeep, etc… gah! We are moving in January, so in addition to the upcoming holidays (which I LOVE), I also have to pack up our house, and plan a kitchen layout for the new house (help!), and choose paint colors – and oh yeah, paint every room in the new house. (Did I mention, HELP?!?!?!)

    Like Lauren (above), I too am feeling so ADD these days…


  5. Right now, I’m going to say MiniWheats. I haven’t had them since I was a child. I bought a box of the cereal this weekend and have been enjoying it as my breakfast every morning since. It’s a good way to start the day.

  6. Puppy paws!!!! No, not focusing on that because my pup is still in FL while I am in CO. So I’m trying to focus on not missing my dog and wait until Xmas time when my mom will be flying out with him. Besides that, I’m focusing on finding a place to live. I’m stressed out b/c I begin work on 12.5 and need to find somewhere soon.

  7. I am feeling like I am going in 800 directions at once right now. I think it always happens like that this time of year. I am trying to focus on taking it slow and enjoying every minute. My sister and nieces arrive this weekend for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait!

  8. What am I NOT focusing on, haha. Puppy paws are a good choice! Little things make me smile 🙂

  9. Awww…Yes, the little things help… by the way, you look like you have lost inches in that photograph of you… 🙂 I’m stuck in my journey…dunno why 🙁 Somehow this next phase is feeling tougher..work deadlines not helping either…tend to eat more when stressed…yuck… 🙁 got to pull up mah socks and get moovin again! And thanks, I too am gonna focus on the little things for a bit… 🙂

  10. Hope you feel better soon!! I think cuddles with the puppies can fix a great many things.

    I’m trying not to focus on how my husband is 9000 miles away right now.

  11. A-freakin’ greed my friend. It’s those little things that get you through the hardest points in your life. For me, it’s always knowing that when I melt chocolate and butter, then stir into flour and sugar, it makes fudgey brownies. The little things 🙂

    And sometimes, those little things end up bring us back to life, figuratively, which then turn them into pretty big things, don’t you think?

  12. I agree that focusing on the little things is an important practice when trying to stay afloat. I get grumpy and sad once the weather turns cold, so having comfy slippers and warm fuzzy blankets around is very important. So is drinking my favorite flavors of tea, painting my nails a great color, and taking the time to put on makeup and/or dress nice. The little things really do add up! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  13. HI Gretchen! LOVE the photos! (and really love your pups…omg, so cute!) Sorry to read that you are sick, and being on an emotional ride is COMPLETELY understandable, but just seeing a few good things around you is sometimes all you can ask of yourself. Yay you for taking care of yourself!! Brighter days ahead! (literally and figuratively!) Take care.

  14. Im focusing on acknowledging that we are worth taking care of ourselves. Ive been in a bit of a slump lately too (but for different reasons). Hang in there and I will too!

  15. I know you know that puppy paws are the cutest things on the planet, so I won’t reiterate.

    But I know how it feels to have trouble focusing when your insides are in turmoil. Sometimes you just need to take a step back from everything else, curl your hands around a warm cuppa-something (It’s apple cider seasoooon!), snuggle a puppy, and think. Or not think. I find that I have the hardest time being around myself sometimes, so I run around not focusing on everything, when all I’m really needing is to focus on myself and everything comes into focus on it’s own. (How many times can I say focus in a sentence? Let’s see..)

    I’m having trouble focusing on graduate school applications while my day job goes crazy with the holiday season, and finding the discipline to simply log my calories and stick to my goals every day. When you haven’t done it in a long time, it’s hard to really stick. My meals are boring, but they’re what I know works and fills my daily goals, stays under calories, etc. And not having to focus on that gives me more focus to try to shift towards other things.

    I’m all philosophical and long commenting today, apparentlyyy.

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