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Embrace Each Day – Even The Mundane Ones


Often times I catch myself wishing for… more. More of something. More of anything. More of EVERYTHING. I’m not manic, but I can’t just… be. I’m always on the go looking to fill my day with excitement and progress. For the last month I’ve been trying to convince my husband to travel to Egypt with me for 9 days on a tour because I am so desperate to be amazed and to experience.

And then today happened – and while I won’t say exactly what happened –  I will say that it revolves around severe loss. Today silenced me. Made me very still. A loved one went through something that will forever change her and I ache for her and will always ache for her. There are a few people that are more important in my life (most of which I have given birth to) and today has broken me for her.

So, today instead of wanting I just… was. There was no need to build – to create- to enhance – to experience. There was just silence and solace and prayer. I did nothing special. I spent the day with my family. I watched the sunset and I just… was.

Those are the days we should all wish for. It’s not about the extraordinary. It’s about being with loved ones and living in the present – no matter what it is we are doing. Even if what we are doing is nothing at all. We are lucky to be able to do nothing. We are lucky to live a day without pain and loss and sorrow. We are lucky. We are lucky. We are lucky.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. So sorry that you have to experience this pain. It is always a good reminder to find joy in your journey.

  2. capturinglife : July 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I’m so sorry for whatever it is that happened to your loved one. 🙁

    I agree with every word you typed.

  3. capturinglife : July 7, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    P.S. I completely understand your restlessness – that’s how i feel All.The.Time. I want to be out there doing and living and exploring the big world out there. I read Kyle’s blog and am so envious of all the places she’s been and things she has experienced and I feel like I haven’t LIVED at all yet.

    But I do understand what you are talking about with regard to just being happy with where you are and that you are alive and healthy.

  4. Beautifully written V.

  5. I’m so sorry for what your friend is going through.

    At a recent conference, I saw Brene Brown (an incredible social worker, researcher, and storyteller) speak about the beauty in the ordinary. She said, “If I died today and had to pick my favorite moment ever, I would pick cooking dinner with the screen door open, hearing my kids on the trampoline and my husband puttering around the house.”

    And I started bawling like a baby at the truth in it. As a fellow seeker of…something, the next minute, something to cross off my list- I get the problem with just “being”. But when I remember, it’s so powerful. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. Wow, great post! Def. gives me something to think about. Thank you!!!

  7. I’m sorry for your loved ones’ loss. I have a close friend that lost someone who is from Long Island yesterday, and while I know that many things can happen in the day, I wonder if it’s the same person. I have been aching for my friend as you have been for yours. My prayers are with your loved one, also. Thank you for your post.

  8. Thanks for all your replies guys. Your kind thoughts are appreciated.

  9. marianne sciberras : July 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I love it!!

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