Ordinary Days, Joyful Days

Good morning. 

I like that turn of phrase, it gives the day a chance doesn’t it? 

I’ve been pondering finding moments of joy in the midst of ordinary, even boring days. The kind of days can see you in the car, ferrying kids to 10 different activities, or at your desk at work willing knock-off time to hurry the heck up, or days at home, when there are dishes to do and floors that really need a good vacuuming. 

Doesn’t seem like there’s much joy to be found there does it? 

That’s where the fun starts! 

I’m a fan of turning up my “noticing” dial and making my eyes, brain and my sometimes manky attitude, seek out something that brings a smile to my face. This morning I was reading something about curiousity, and I think it is a wonderful practice in life – to wonder, to daydream, to seek out more than the day might seem to hold at first glance. 

Here’s one of those moments from last week, given the meme treatment.


Some incredibly unfashionable coloured and textured glass, an old pasta sauce jar filled with water, stray label stickiness and all, and some morning light. 

This was my view as I mooched in bed recently and it could have been something I looked right through, or didn’t even notice. But, because I have my noticing dial up, I saw something special in the colours and the light and decided it was worth noticing, appreciating and capturing. 

When I was away recently, the combination of the super sinky bed and unfamiliar surroundings meant I didn’t sleep very well. I snapped this photo at about 4am, while I was listening to a podcast. This lamp has such great lines and the textures and shadows really appeal to me. 

Small things, even things that are an annoyance, like not being able to sleep, can become joyful moments if we tune in to them. 

Can’t sleep? Snap a selfie!! (This was taken in the sinky bed.)

I often take a quick snap my paint palette and it reminds me of the day I bought it, trawling the children’s craft section of Spotlight, not wanting to spend too much money because “I’m not creative like this, I can’t paint”. 

Ha! Guess who was wrong about that? 

My curiousity takes my turned-up noticing dial and does a victory lap around the garden. 

Nyeh, nyeh, we win, they singsong. 

I’m so happy they’re winning – my life is much richer for their presence. I think, at least for most of us, they are by invitation only qualities. Even if you’ve got a positive disposition like I do, you can crank up your noticing dial to the joy setting, if you want to. 

Little things – a jar of water in pretty light, a well-used light pink paint well, can make me feel such big things. 

And big things can too.

I feel wonder, power, promise, and endless possibility when I look at the sky. 

It makes me feel small, yet tall as well. Grounded. 

I mean, just think about it, wherever you are right now, there’s sky above you. Can you see it? 

And there’s sky above me too. 

It’s the same sky. 

Some days the sky it is clear, some days it is moody and filled with clouds, but every day, if we take the time to look up, to notice, there it is again.

It’s the same when we level our gaze at what’s around us. 

Right now I can see a drawing my niece did for me (of the Frozen snowman), I can see a photograph of a tropical flower, which I bought on a holiday many years ago, I can see a cane bound chest of drawers that belonged to my grandmother. I see my sketchbook and my new slippers. I see scarves and a poster from Frankie magazine, and just by noticing, and listing those simple, everyday things, I’m smiling. These things, and the memories and people attached to them, bring me joy.  

Would you try something today? 

Turn up your noticing dial, and see what happens. 

What’s right in front of you, that can bring you joy? What’s above you, or beside you? 

If it sparks something, please let me know! I love it when the comments section gets busy, that always brings a smile to my face.  

Dialled up,

Annette x 



9 thoughts on “Ordinary Days, Joyful Days

  1. I’m going to have a snooze Annette because night shift tonight so I’m not noticing much! But actually there is a nice light to my room because it’s that cold rainy weather light. Wintery ❄️ 😴


  2. What a lovely attitude to have.
    I think I needed this today, because I have found myself wishing the day away after I had a bit of a fail this morning.
    I need to find some joy in this day because good things did happen. I am imagining my Little Mister’s face when I pull out the surprise toys I bought him today for our little getaway to Melbourne. I am looking at my green polished nails today – not a colour I thought I’d pick, but the Little Mister said he wanted me to get green for our holiday and now looking at them makes me smile. Aww I feel better already xx


    • Oh that’s great. It’s a pretty cool habit to form, looking for joy in the mundane. Love the sounds of a green mani. Hopefully Melbourne won’t be too freezing for you, it’s been shocking here for the last week or so.


  3. Great reminder! I was not overly optimistic about our wander along some of the tracks of Gembrook Forest today, but the rain held off (mostly), the scenery was beautiful and it was lovely to be out with my four most favourite people (because Rosie the dog is most certainly a person, really, underneath it all). And then a two day week and another few days off. So, despite the cold and the greyness, there is a lot of good out there.


  4. good morning to you Annette!:))
    I am obsessed with noticing things!!! … nuances, light, shade, shapes. shadows and especially clouds!
    I say it is my job! I am the observer and I love it! … I took a test/enneagram!
    try to get your hands on THE POWER OF NOW … ECKHART TOLLE … game changer too!
    I hope you have a lovely day hun!
    keep noticing and smelling the roses!
    much love m:)X


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