The Little Things + Giveaway Winner Announced!

Good morning, readers!

I don’t know about you, but I have always been all about the little things in life.

The sound of rain hitting pool water, creating splashes and ripples.

The smell of coffee that travels through the house in the morning.

Bright green grass contrasting a grey sky.Β 

The small, simple pleasures that brighten up our every day lives can serve not just as something to make us smile, but also as a huge inspiration.

As a writer I am inspired by many things – movies, TV shows, quotes, etc. But sometimes what inspires me the most are the little things in life. Things that I would never expect to serve as such a huge inspiration to me.

For example, the title for my sequel to True Colors came entirely from my mom. I was watching her make something in Adobe Photoshop and she said, “I’m painting away the darkness.”

I remember immediately writing that down because it sounded so neat to me and sure enough – I ended up naming the sequel Painting Away The Darkness.

I will always be so happy that I sat beside her as she worked that morning, because if I hadn’t, I don’t know what I would have named my book. Sure, I could have come up with something, but this title is absolutely perfect and probably something I wouldn’t have been able to come up with on my own.Β 

If I hadn’t been sitting beside my mom that morning, my mom wouldn’t have even said those words. She wouldn’t have been talking to herself like that. Isn’t that crazy? It’s almost like it was fate. I was meant to sit there at that time. My mom was meant to say those words so that I could name my book that when the time was right.

That little moment was meant to happen so that a spark of inspiration would light up inside of me and become the title for my book.

Guys, you’ve heard it all before, but it’s true – inspiration can come from anywhere.

Maybe your next big story idea will come to you in a dream.

Maybe your next character will be inspired by the cashier at the grocery store that you see every week.

Maybe the school you go to every day will suddenly inspire you and become a setting in your book.

Whatever it is – use it. Write it down instantly. Because inspiration can melt as quickly as it sparks.

This week I want to challenge you to pay more attention to the little things in life; not just for inspiration for your next big story, but for yourself. Because sometimes we take the little things in life for granted. What little thing we once enjoyed or was a part of our life for years – it can suddenly fade away without your even realizing it.

So look for the little things in your life and celebrate them each and every day. <3

Now, who is ready to find out who the winner of the $15 Barnes & Noble Giftcard is? I AM! πŸ˜€

The winner selected at random is none other than…. *insert drumroll here*

ANIKA WALKES!Β 

Congratulations, Anika! I am so excited for you! πŸ˜€

I will be emailing you soon about your prize, so be on the lookout for it!Β 

Thank you all so much for your love and support that you have shown me. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me each time I get a new comment or a new follower. You all are the best. <3Β 

Talk to me!

Where do you get your inspiration? What was one way something small greatly inspired you? What are some little things you enjoy in life?

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Comments

  1. Diamond

    This is a great post with a great message. I love how you got that title. I don’t think I’ve had anything like that that sticks out, but I do like to try to appreciate the little things.
    (I’m going to bug the Last Jedi today!*squeals*)

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      JaclynnMarie

      Thank you so much, Diamond! So do I. πŸ™‚
      (AHH YAY!! I’m gonna watch it tomorrow night and I can not wait! πŸ˜€ )
      ~Jaclynn~

  2. AG Homeschooler

    Inspiration can come from anywhere. So true. Once, my dad said, “It’s not magic.” (Or something similar) and I muttered to myself, “I wish it was magic.” So boom! “I wish it was magic” became a lyric in a song I’m writing for my mom.
    Oh, that’s an awesome title! But I don’t believe it was fate, I believe it was God’s doing. πŸ˜ƒ
    Congratulations Anika!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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      Oh, that is so cool!! That is pretty inspiring, actually! πŸ˜‰
      Thank you! And, yes, I agree! πŸ™‚
      ~Jaclynn~

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  3. Megan

    Great post, I think many of us get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to take time to enjoy the little things.

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  4. Madi

    YESSS, it’s so important to write down inspiration instantly! I actually have a point in an upcoming my blog post about that! XDD I LOVE your quote graphics, too!! They’re so beautiful!

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      JaclynnMarie

      Ooh, I can’t wait to read your post!! πŸ˜€ Yes, it’s true! There have been many times where I haven’t written down my inspiration/idea, thinking I’ll remember it and then I completely forget what it was. *sobs*
      Awww, thank you! πŸ™‚
      ~Jaclynn~

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      JaclynnMarie

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! They really are. πŸ™‚

      Heehee, congratulations!! I’ll send you an email soon! πŸ˜€

      ~Jaclynn~

  5. Andrea Gonzales

    You have grown up to be a very lovely intuitive young woman! I like to believe it is our Christian upbringing and love for our Creator that allows us to see more in the β€œlittle” things that others might not appreciate! Just gazing into the night sky, or watching the sun set over the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean is mind blowing to me and something I never take for granted…

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      JaclynnMarie

      Aww, thank you, Andrea! <3 That's an excellent point! Yes, little things like that are so amazing and when you take the time to appreciate them they can really become the "big things" πŸ™‚
      ~Jaclynn~

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