Word Nerd: Minutiae

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyminutiae definition via Word Nerd by LaWhimsyMinutiae (which is the plural of minutia, which means”smallness.”) are those tiny, seemingly insignificant details of something. Really, minutiae are the very things that make the whole of something that much more pleasing, yet so many will overlook them or not notice how significant the minutia is until it’s missing. Saying “the minutiae of everyday life” may seem like a throwaway statement until you stop and look a little closer at just what that minutiae is. When you see that it refers to waking, washing, cooking, cleaning, breathing, you know, living, the minutiae suddenly becomes much more important.

portrait-of-a-lady-with-a-dog-minutiae-detail-by-lavinia-fontana-via-lawhimsyThe minutiae in this piece is amazing, I mean look at that adorable puppy, captured so wonderfully right down to it’s little claws!

Minutiae is a word I use a lot and it’s one I rather enjoying using since it reminds me to look at the details and the little things that make up the bigger pictures all around me.

Namaste ~ Ella

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Monday Mantra 138 – Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways

Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways. Glennon Doyle Melton quote Monday Mantra 138 via LaWhimsy“Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways”~ Glennon Doyle Melton

Life is messy and complicated and full of fear and worrisome things. Life is also glorious and simple and full of wonder and amazing things. You are the same way and by showing up despite the difficult, imperfect, terrifying parts you get to witness all of the good. You get to experience the whole of life, rather then just living in the shadows of “what if” and “not enough”. As I’ve shared before, “Embrace the glorious mess that you are.” (Elizabeth Gilbert Monday Mantra 104). This delightful quote by Glennon Doyle Melton shares a freeing way of being. Just be messy, be complicated, be afraid, but show up anyway. Don’t let those seeming imperfections stop you from embracing who and what you are and showing up for your life. You’ve got this. I’ve got this. Embrace it all and show up. It’s your life and it’s worth it. You’re worth it!

Namaste ~ Ella

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Word Nerd: Peiskos

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyPeiskos definition via Word Nerd by LaWhimsyPeiskos is a Norwegian word that describes the feelings one gets as they sit in front of a fire enjoying it’s warmth. Peiskos is a beautiful feeling and it’s exciting to find a word that actually describes that cozy in the bones sensation that comes from curling up in front of a crackling fire and simply enjoying the warmth, the stillness, the soothing snaps and cracks of the fire, and the mesmerizing flickering of the flames. Peiskos also seems to fit the holiday season to a tee, since what better way to enjoy the true heart of this season then with the joy found in the simple elegance of a fire (even if it’s one on a screen)?! Yes, even in this digital age, peiskos can be achieved with a bit of technical magic since the sounds and sights can be re-created (even the warmth, depending on what sort of device you’re using, lol). Peiskos is all about a feeling, an ambient mood and certain sort of peaceful, contented calm.

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Peiskos is just the sort of way I want to be feeling right now – warm, cozy, contented, calm, soothed, and sated as I sit peacefully in front of a fire.

Namaste ~ Ella

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