5 Things that Spark Joy for Me in this Season of Life

10 Things that Spark Joy | Louella Reese
shop my look: gingham top // floral maxi skirt

First off, thank you so much for the love and support with yesterday’s brand launch! I could not be more thankful for y’all or more excited about this new chapter. If you missed yesterday’s post, I shared a little about the new brand design and the future of Louella Reese. In it I mentioned my focus has really shifted to share what I truly love & sparks joy. If 2020 taught me anything it was to focus on the good and do things everyday that spark joy!

The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.

Russell M. Nelson

Joy isn’t something we see all the time but rather when we look for it, joy can be found all around us – in some of the simplest things. Shifting our focus allows us to see the things that bring us joy more often and fill our lives with it! Putting together my mood board for the new Louella Reese brand really helped me pinpoint and focus on things that bring me joy – so I wanted to expand on that there! Hoping to inspire you to create your own list of items, things, people, and experiences that bring you joy – let’s shift our focus and find more joy!

5 Things that Spark Joy for Me

These five simple things bring me the most joy in this season of life!

Fresh Flowers

All of the pretty flowers blossoming everywhere are bringing me so much joy! I’ve been making a point to stop and truly soak in their beauty. Especially the spring flowering trees, like cherry, saucer magnolia, dogwood, and crabapple trees. While my allergies may not love them I can’t help but want to spend all of my time outdoors looking at them.

Sun-Filled Days

Continuing on with nature, sun-filled days bring me the most joy! With a moody winter and a very rainy last few weeks, sun-filled days feel so awakening, inspiring, and refreshing! A very natural mood-booster. To soak in and enjoy them as much as possible during the week, I have been working from the kitchen or on the back deck. Also taking mid-day walks around the neighborhood and post-work walks with Joshua when he’s working from home.

Facial Steams & Extended Skincare Routines

A little, sometimes a lot, of self-care brings me loads of joy! Weekly facial steams are now something I very much look forward to – this is the facial steamer I use. Since Sundays are my favorite days I typically save my facial steams for Sunday evening, a great way to end the weekend. If I am in need of a little stress relief/break throughout the week I’ll spend 15 minutes post-dinner treating myself to a little facial steam. Whenever I partake in one I also indulge in an extended skincare routine. Two types of cleansers, a serum, a beta-retinol, moisturizer, eye serum, and occasionally an overnight mask for extra hydration.

Slow weekend mornings followed by a hike or walk with Joshua

One of my favorite indulgences that fills me with joy while also filling my love tank, is a slow weekend morning with Joshua! I love following one with an early afternoon hike at usnwc or a walk at a local park. Truly my ideal way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.

Putting together themed menus & hosting

Once we were able to have small get togethers again I realized how much joy it brought me to put together a themed menu and host our friends. Recently we have hosted a group of 4-5 friends for brunch and plan to do so again this coming weekend! Creating a menu, setting the table, cooking the food, and hosting all bring me so much joy! I find myself searching Pinterest quite often and saving all of the pins for entertaining inspiration – all while filling with excitement for an upcoming get together!

what are a few things that spark joy for you?

photos by Jennifer Austin Photography


  1. Sydney wrote:

    What a lovely idea this is! I think it is such a good idea to make a positivity list like this. It’s so important for us to find the things that bring us joy so that we can focus on them when times are tough.

    I love fresh flowers, as well. They do such a great job of brightening up any room!



    Posted 3.24.21
    • aw thank you Sydney! I had a great time putting together this post – was definitely nice to reflect and sparked even more joy.

      I couldn’t agree with you more – it is so helpful and important!

      completely agree with you on the flower statement!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.25.21
  2. Lizzie wrote:

    Oh my gosh, all o these make me happy too! I actually just made a list of things that make me happy as part of my gratitude journaling. Love that quote about joy <3


    Posted 3.25.21
  3. Lee wrote:

    Girl we are SO in sync on all of these. Simple things like sunshine and flowers bring me so much peace and calm. And I love planning menus and hosting! Haven’t been able to yet (we’re still under no seeing anyone outside your household rules. ugh) But hopefully soon I’ll be able to host a brunch filled with mimosas and baked goods lol!
    lee | LegalLee Blonde

    Posted 3.25.21
    • aren’t we always in sync haha. I so hope you’re able to have small get togethers soon!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 3.25.21
  4. This winter has been harder than years past so sun-filled days have really been essential to boosting my mood and spirits! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 3.26.21
  5. Love so many of these things too. Slow weekend mornings are my favorite!

    Posted 3.26.21

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