13 Things That Brought Me Joy This Week

There is no doubt that some days and weeks are harder than others. I really love the saying, “Count it all joy.” It reminds me to put everything I have in perspective. The good days, the bad days, the days in-between. Even when I’m distracted and can’t think of much to write––remembering why I find joy in it, is so important. And oftentimes, it means writing it all down. Here are 13 things that brought me joy this week:

  1. The sound of fizzle bursting out of a cold can of seltzer on the stoop.
  2. River combing her hair in the mirror early one morning to my surprise.
  3. Bright eyes and a head tilt through a clear connection an ocean apart.
  4. Cupcakes delivered in celebration of Mother’s Day from a dear friend. Devoured late one evening. Craving ever since.
  5. Oak’s response when I asked why was he so cute…
  6. Washed fruit creating a color story
  7. Clean floors at nearly midnight
  8. Reading a second favorite book on LIVE with the kids. Feeling their focus and eagerness to read a book for a cause I care about.
  9. Newly painted toes at home, of course.
  10. A 90s R&B playlist keeping me company at night.
  11. New luxe sheets and a warm body sliding between them after a bath.
  12. Blackberry scones and hot coffee woofed in one breath.
  13. Flowers floating in vintage vases in each room.

Okay, your turn! What’s brought you joy this week?

P.S past 13 things here and here

16 thoughts on “13 Things That Brought Me Joy This Week

  • Reply Elizabeth Wasuna May 12, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Hi LaTonya!
    I’ve found joy in fresh flowers on my dining room table. Reading a book to my boys before bed. Taking a walk with my 3 year old alone and listening to his stories with no distractions. And a freshly made bed. Thank you for the reminder to look for joy daily, in all the things!

    • Reply latonya May 13, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Love that so much, Elizabeth! The conversations without distractions have been eye opening. What you haear all of the sudden, and what you connect with when they are talking. That’s been my favorite…even though I’m exhausted because some can talk more than others. 😉 haha It’s been wonderful.

  • Reply Veronica May 13, 2020 at 12:51 am

    last week was really rough for me. I’m trying to be easier on myself and my family. Yesterday I made my grandmas bread recipe , my mom wanted it and we were going to do a drive by visit today. I’ve made that bread a hundred times, yesterday it turned out beyond perfect. Today we had the best egg salad on that bread using beautiful eggs from a local farm that normally sells to restaurants but is selling to the public. It felt very pioneer woman even though it was nothing of the sort. Today was beautiful and sunny. We saw my mom and then came home to my grandmas bread. Win. Win. Win. xoxo

    • Reply latonya May 13, 2020 at 11:41 am

      I’m sorry last week was hard for you, Veronica. I’m hearing that from many friends right now. I love how your description is so micro and grand. Making the bread, but coming home to the bread. It was sunny. A farm selling to the public. They’re so small, but so big right now. I hope that this week is slightly better and you’re holding those small but big moments.


  • Reply gm May 13, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Finally really working on a knitting project I’ve been putting off for months that my little one is absolutely delighted with and can’t wait to wear. 🙂 See’s Candy reopening for curbside pickup (it’s originally a California thing, but they’re now in other states too and are delicious). Listening to my teenager laughing long distance with her cousin. Being in healthcare and not having gotten sick yet(!). Feeling more confident in my “making it up without a recipe” cooking skills. Watching my little guy’s delight at Michelle Obama’s read-aloud sessions. Kind neighbors. Finding a ridiculously big roll of elastic for masks and sharing it. 🙂 And I think that’s it for now— take care of yourself and your sweet family. 🙂

  • Reply katherine May 13, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    I love everything about this post. It’s so amazing how when one thinks of what brings joy, it’s always the smallest or most ordinary things.

    I found so much joy this week in cracking up in bed with my kids, even though it was way too late and I was exhausted. It felt so good to just let go and be in the moment.

    • Reply latonya May 16, 2020 at 11:08 am

      love this, katherine! and thought about your comment when I was in bed with the kids last night and they had me cracking up! Thank you!

  • Reply Meredith May 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    The guy I recently started dating sent flowers because he noticed I didn’t have any fresh ones on my table the other night. 🙂

    • Reply latonya May 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      hahaha that’s amazing!!! finding it necessary for time at home.

  • Reply Rachel May 14, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Wonderful list! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply latonya May 16, 2020 at 11:03 am

      you’re welcome!

  • Reply Lily Swistel May 15, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Remembering it’s ok to go back to old feel-good habits. Biking around my brooklyn neighborhood and realizing it extended larger than I thought, came upon abandoned train tracks.

    • Reply latonya May 16, 2020 at 11:04 am

      love that. So important to feel good, which I attribute to another form of survival. Happy you found some gems.


  • Reply Emma May 18, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Love the sentiment behind this and having been trying to take note of the micro joys in my daily life too. A quick question for you, wondering if you’re able the share the brand/shade of blue paint in your dining room? I tried to search if you’d mentioned and apologies if its called out elsewhere!
    Em x

    • Reply latonya May 18, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Emma! Okay, I checked the archives of a home tour I did. And while I did not know the exact color a reader said they painted their apartment Borrowed Light from Farrow and Ball and it is identical sort of to the Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper. I think my color was sort of a knock off of FB (because of the price). Hope this is helpful!

      • Reply Emma Gonzalez May 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm

        Awesome! Thanks so much xx

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