Sustaining Self: It’s The Little Things

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Last week we wrote about the importance of sustaining your goals. Whether they are long-term or short-term, goals involve a certain amount of planning. But do you ever think about the little things that sustain you weekly, or even daily? The choices that you consciously or even subconsciously make in order to refocus, reinspire and nourish your inner goddess or god?

When speaking about sustaining the environment, a community, or yourself, the simple definition below applies to all three:


transitive verb  sus·tain  \sə-ˈstān\

to provide what is needed for (something or someone) to exist, continue, etc.

Whether it’s the perfect cup of tea to revive you, or time spent outdoors that is needed, it’s these little things that make up the sustenance of our lives and rejuvenate us. 

So today, we aren’t taking you on an adventure to the top of a mountain, or introducing you to a muse-worthy person, place or thing. Today we are taking a moment to share how we sustained ourselves this week without even realizing it. Ahhh…..the little sustainable luxuries…



Taking time out from the hustle bustle of travel to pause and reflect


Family time enjoying the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest

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Breaking pita with friends at Mamnoon; a favorite Syrian restaurant in Seattle


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A matcha tea latte and a deep breath


Appreciating flowers received as a thank you and inhaling their sweetness


Soaking up the unconditional love of a pet calms even the most frayed nerves after a busy day

How did you sustain yourself this week?