Friday, September 30, 2011

microscope heart : sarah

for this week's microscope heart series, i am so happy to introduce you to sarah, from desirous of everything. pretty sarah is living every english major's dream as a librarian in manhattan. she's quirky and cute and just the sweetest thing. her blog is a beautiful collection of musings, writings, and snippets of life with her love, alex. please do stop by and show her some love.


I try and recognize tiny things that make me happy on a daily basis if only for the reason that it makes life more fun!  Which is why I was so excited to try Courtney's Microscope Heart challenge.  When I sat down and thought about it, I found myself experiencing this weird paradox of not being able to think of anything, and then not being able to think of only one small thing to focus on!  Finally, I realized that for me, scent is one of those tiny little things that always make me happy.  Just this weekend, while spending time down the shore with my family, my dad made some amazing steamed muscles in a garlicky white wine sauce and the smell of it sent me over the moon with joy, even more than the taste I think.  I kept bending over and inhaling that big beautiful bowl of food.

I think when I stopped and smelled that delicious scent, it was really a moment of reflection.  Like my mind was able to stop for a minute and really appreciate what a great weekend I was having, how lucky I am to have family and friends that love me and yummy food to share with them over frozen margaritas, Ray Charles singing in the background and lots and lots of laughs.  My microscope heart moment came from a smell, but really, brought on so much more than that.

You know that old saying, "stop and smell the roses?"  I guess whomever came up with that really was on to something!  It's the smelling part that brings me an instant joy, but the stopping part is probably the most important.  A wonderful and delicious smell causes me to pause, breath in real deep, smile, and remember the things that are most important to me.
thank you so much, sarah!
what's the smallest thing that makes you happy? i want to feature you! find out more here.


a girl with a smile said...

mmm yumm yumm! Cooking is an area I'm lacking expertise! I have yet to make something that tastes awful, but I would just like to improve overall performance! Thanks for sharing

Thisisme. said...

Lovely post today from Sarah, with some gorgeous photos! This series of yours was such a good idea my friend. Have a super-duper weekend!

Blondie's Journal said...

Sarah is right about the stopping part...the pausing. We are always so in a rush...even during happy times. What I yearn for most is to live in the moment and I think that Sarah has the key.


Sarah O'Holla said...

Thank you everyone! I'm so happy to be a part of this series!

chambanachik said...

Very nice!

Justina F. Lee said...

Great post! The smell of food is so amazing! +followed

Amber Blue Bird said...

The smell of food always brings a smile to my face especially when its not me cooking it :)

Siddy said...

Lol, I cant decide whether I want to eat them or look at them more :)) yum!

Emmett Katherine said...

Such a truthful sentiment, taking time to stop and smelling roses. Sometime we get so caught up with the busyness that's life we get distracted and forget what's really important. This is a great reminder to remember it's all the little things that make life great :)

Emily said...

Ive never seen anyone else eat crab like that! But my family does it all the time. so glad to see im not the only crab lover out there:)

Sarah O'Holla said...

Thanks everyone! And it's even more satisfying when you caught the crab that very morning!

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