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Savor Even the Hard Seconds

3 Things by Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner

3 Things by Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner


“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.” — Brian Andreas

This quote from Brian Andreas speaks to my heart and I recite it in my head at least once each week.

Here’s the thing. Life is hard. Some days go beautifully, others take the wind out of you.

I’m finding in this phase of my life, with young children at home, I am in constant amazement at their growth, their learning, their innocence, their forgiveness, their love.

I also find that they are the people that I am the least patient with in this world, the people who can bring me the most pain — and the people who have made me the most vulnerable. My heart is filled with love for them all the time, but some days I find myself struggling to be the kind, gentle mother that I have always dreamed of being.

When I come to these hard moments, I try to remember Brian Andreas’ quote. Life truly is too short and it is beyond beautiful. The trick is to savor every second, even the hard seconds, because we just don’t know how many of those seconds we’re going to get.

If we can savor the moments, big and small, then our tears will not be ones of sadness but ones of gratitude and love.



Don’t bite off more than you can chew — and keep that daily to-do list short!

When I had my first baby, I decided to only make 1 to-do for myself each day, even if that to-do was just a shower! I had to majorly lower my expectations of what I could get done in a day.

Now that my kids are older, I do have a few more items on my daily to-do list, but those first few months of motherhood taught me that it’s okay to let go of some things, to say no to people, to truly prioritize my to-do list. I’m much better now about keeping it short and only doing what is essential.


I couldn’t live without my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick.

My friend Sarah told me about it years ago. She’s the kind of person who has a glowing countenance. She is always smiling and radiating light. One day I noticed her makeup looked pretty, and she told me about the Shimmer Brick. We decided the glowing light had been Bobbi Brown all along! 😉

Anyway, I’ve recommended the Shimmer Brick to many people — and they all fall as deeply in love as I do. It works for blush, it works for eye shadow — you can even dab some on your lips! It lasts forever and is a great tool for the makeup bag to make yourself feel spruced up even when you’re pressed for time. I use the Bronze Brick, but all the colors are wonderful!


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