Stay a Lover of Little Things: Pearls for the Suitcase and the Train to the City.


The train ticket is booked. Suitcases that claim they are big enough to fit my life in their tummies have come tumbling down from the attic. I am moving to New York City in 25 days. A little less than a month.

The original Pearls of Wisdom came right before my college graduation, three months ago: a compilation of wisdom that I found strewn throughout my four years at Assumption. This second strand of pearls is in dedication to the woman who made me both a seamstress of stories and a searcher of the soul. Every single day I gather these pearls and more from an individual whose heart, in comparing sizes, makes New York City just a speck on the map.

 love you mom

Stay a lover of little things.

No matter what big cities you go off to and big opportunities you are graced with, always take time to acknowledge the little things.

Never give up on the things that make you smile because smiling is one of the most important things we can do in this world.

Find time to just wander. With No Direction. No Plan. No Time Restrictions.

Look for beauty every where that you go. In the ladybugs on the window sill. The sunflowers in the backyard. The sky scrapers in a new city. The faces of strangers and family alike.

Form family in every place. Form family by reaching out a hand to people who need to hold one, calling someone to brighten their day, giving up your time for others with no exasperation of ever needing to have those minutes repaid.

Leap. Leap High. Leap Far. Leap when you see the landing point. Leap when you see nothing but darkness.

Find God in the nooks of this world. Find God Everywhere Around You. Help Others Find Him Too. Because others are looking, and some don’t even know it.

It’s worth repetition: Stay a lover of little things. Spider Webs. Children Laughing. Band Aids. Light Weight Sneakers. Coins. Cheetos.

Refuse to keep your feelings bottled up: cry, scream, yell, stomp your feet, spit. Do whatever it takes to feel outside of your own mind.

Go to concerts. Dance on stage. Be the best damn tambourine player you  can be. Have a crush on the lead singer.

Be unafraid of your heart: Whatever & Whoever makes it beat. You could keep it sheltered forever if you please but hearts become more versatile the more we use them. Better that we risk them breaking through good use rather than breaking them from never using them at all.

Wake up every day with the intention of painting something beautiful. Some days you won’t feel like you have all the right colors. These days, borrow colors from others.

Carry a kazoo wherever you go. You will continually stumble across people who are having a birthday and are in need of a good song.

Aspire to be something wonderful. Something Remarkable. Every single day.

Don’t pay too much attention to all the hubbub about ultra violet rays. The sun is far too glorious to not let it kiss your face and plant freckles on your shoulders sometimes.

Drop everything. Absolutely everything. For a good friend in need.

Nothing in this world stops you from being an artist, a dancer, the best writer this world has ever seen. If anyone stops you… it is only yourself.

Counting Blessings. Don’t count calories too crazily. Count Kisses (especially the forehead ones). Never ever worry about counting friends. Don’t count money before you have it.

Ask outlandish questions.

You can tell a lot about a person by asking the question, “If you had one night to be any performer on stage, who would it be?”

Be good to people but don’t give them everything or every part of you. Especially if there is evidence that they may tamper with your heart.

Take long walks on the beach.

Walk sometimes instead of drive.

One last thing on walking, take time every day to walk outside of yourself. You will quickly find that the world does not revolve around you and sorry to say, it never did.

And remember: Stay a lover of little things no matter how big your dreams may be. Stamps. Sonnets. Hot Chocolate. Desert. Songs that read your soul. Tears of Joy. Tears, in general.

Home is not so much a noun as it is a cross-breed between an adjective and a verb. Be home to someone. Hold close to those who feel like home.

Add something sequined,silver or red to any outfit you wear out for a night. A silver bangle never fails and patent red pumps are unstoppable at any age.

Write poems. Without Rhyming or Worry about Iambic Pentameter. Without judging them. Just write poems because they are groovy and we are all poets.

Make pet names with every letter of the alphabet. Leave no B, G, or E unused.

Start the morning quietly. When you step outside or get stuck in your dose of morning traffic you will have wished you had that solitude.

Make your efforts big but remain little. No one likes a big head.

When you feel a pulling in your heart or a weight on your chest don’t push off the feeling. Let it flood you, push you around, challenge you. Under pressure diamonds are made. Welcome Darkness and Welcome Change.

Never stop asking yourself, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

Not everyone in life is going to care about you, your favorite breakfast foods or your pet peeves. Don’t even try to make them. Just appreciate those who come into your life and do care.

Have coffee or tea in the morning. Or just something warm. Feel the warmth on your hands. Let it spread to your soul.

Be mindful of bikinis that are too small and tops that are too low cut. No one buys cows when they get the milk for free. And its better to be classy.  Always better to be classy.

Don’t expect the world to understand all that you attempt to do. Your dreams will only fly if you first give them wings. And another thing, let the world think you are crazy. Crazy is Good.

And never forget: Stay a lover of little things, above all else. Prayers. Pearls. Compliments. Movie Nights. Letters from Home…. Home.

And those who believed in you first.

62 thoughts on “Stay a Lover of Little Things: Pearls for the Suitcase and the Train to the City.

  1. Hey Hannah,

    Can’t believe I’m an early commenter! Lovely post in every way. Each one of these pearls has its own deep wisdom. “Seamstress of stories.” Yes, you are!

    You made me remember some advice a woman gave me a long time ago: always take the classy route. Walk out the door with your head held high.

    I’m going to answer this one since I’m a karaoke princess. (Karaoke changed my life. I can’t say enough good things about it.)

    “You can tell a lot about a person by asking the question, “If you had one night to be any performer on stage, who would it be?”

    I’d be Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow. That song tugs at my heart every time. I had to practice it for months before I could sing it at a karaoke night without crying. No one can sing it quite like Judy …

    “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
    And the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.:

    The problem? Most folks have forgotten how to dare, something that came so naturally to us as children.

    Enjoy life! Giulietta

    1. Could you just be my mentor? That would be great. I always adore the advice you pack into your comments. And Judy is a stunning choice, she is one of my favorites as well. I am a hardcore Oz fan.. And I like that advice, always be classy.. It is so important.

  2. And I’m an early bird, too! Usually I’m down at the bottom. “Never forget those who believed in you first.” I loved that, and the photo of you and your mom. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in NYC. 🙂

  3. Hands down, my favorite blog post of yours so far. You have a way of turning words into such pure inspiration. Everyone should print this out as a reminder of the best way to live.

    Best of luck to you in NYC … I know you’ll take it by storm!

      1. Well, your post did the same for me when I read it, so glad I could return the favor 🙂

        And yes, I DO know! It’s not to the same extent, of course, but I spent almost a week in NYC earlier in the summer, and it was so nice not to go home after just a day or two. That city has a vibe like no other!

  4. This is such a fantastic post! I think I want to print it out and stick it on my wall!
    I’ve just come to your blog for the first time from 20SB and I couldnt’ have come on a better day…love it! Good luck with your move!

  5. I hope that you love nyc. It’s an amazing city with such intense energy and passion. It’s been nice to go back for a visit while I’m home on holiday from Cambodia.

    1. Thank you so much. More than likely I will some kind of question soon! I am so excited to experience city life.. How is Egypt?! Hope all is well.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  6. Beautifully written! It’s always kind of scary having to fit your ENTIRE life into suitcases. I did it when my family moved from the Philippines to the US… We were limited to 2 luggages to check in per person and a carry on. My life in THREE bags was a scary thing to see. I still miss a bunch of the stuff I had to leave behind but because I’ve learned to become adaptable and take notice and learn to love little things wherever I go, life is just so much better 🙂 For instance, I don’t have my prized Barbie from when I was a kid anymore but sometimes I go to the park here in Seattle and watch little girls playing with their dolls (in the least creepy manner possible. Haha) with the cutest looks of concentration on their faces and that little moment reminds me of my childhood and makes me smile as if I’m holding on to my Barbie again.

    Good luck on your move!

    1. Ah I just adored your little story… Brought a huge smile to my face.. It is crazy to think about packing so light, for good. But I think it will be a learning experience of what to take and what to leave behind.. I have time to sort through it all.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

    1. So scary that it is this month!! Ahhhh Parts of me tug to stay but I know I have to get onto the next chapter. Ten times less scary with all of you to journey with me through this blog.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  7. Oh, Hannah. Thank you for bringing tears to my eyes and feelings to my soul and gratitude to my heart and inspiration to my day. Seriously. This was soul-touching. In fact, I may like to feature this post on my blog for this week’s “Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom.” I think a lot of people are going to immediately fall in love with you once they read this post.

    1. Lucy, you are too much. Thank you so much for one of the sweetest compliments to ever grace this blog. You never fail to make me water up with your kindness.. And I cannot wait to feature you on here so so so soon.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  8. One more thing — I, too, love to feel the sun on my bare skin. A little bit of ultra violet light is more than likely OK. Just don’t fry yourself for hours. And don’t forget about vitamin D and the toxicity of sunscreen. Did you see my post about the dangers of sunscreen? It’s scary.

    I could comment about why I love every pearl of wisdom and why every one is just so true, but then I would be here all night…

    1. I must go read it! I have been so behind, spent the weekend on the Cape doing just what you prescribed. Feeling the sun on my skin and loving life. I am hopping over there later for sure.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  9. This is the kind of post that I would tuck away for a rainy day. I got a book a few months ago called “100 simple secrets of happy people”. This reminds me of that book.

  10. not to be a random creeper or anything…I found your blog on 20sb and have spent at least the last hour sitting at my desk reading. you write beautifully. I’m excited to continue reading and hear of all your wisdom and adventures in NY.

    1. Maybe I will see ya around the big Apple? I will be the one who cannot walk in heels to save her life, should not be too hard to pick me from the crowd ha.

      Best,

      Hannah Katy

  11. Hey, I really love this post. I got linked to it a while ago by a friend on twitter. I used it to make a video for a worship segment at a youth meeting. I intend to upload it on youtube (you are fully credited) I hope you don’t mind this. If you’re not happy with it I will take it down.
    Becca.
    Xx

      1. That’s it. There are a few bits lopped out and the sound quality’s not the best but I did it in about an hour and a half so. :/

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