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What’s Everyday Nostalgia All About?

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If you’re just joining us here at the Nostalgia Diaries blog (hi!) or even if you’ve been a loyal reader from the beginning (thank you!) — you’ve probably read a post or two of my Everyday Nostalgia series. 

If I had 30 seconds to describe what Everyday Nostalgia is, I would say it’s a blog series that chronicles my efforts to utilize everyday nostalgic living to help build a simpler, happier, and more fulfilling life for me and my daughter, Zoey.

The other day, I found myself talking about the series with someone who hadn’t read any of the posts yet. After I gave my spiel, they said, “Okay, that’s great and all, but what does ‘everyday nostalgic living’ mean? What’s it really all about?”

I smiled and said, “I bet you’d figure it out if you read a few of the posts.” (Hey, I am a marketing director by day, so I know how to hook people!) My response elicited some laughs from both of us, and they agreed to check it out. But the conversation did get me thinking about what it is I’m really doing and hoping to accomplish by living nostalgically.

Since I’ve now completed 17 out of 52 posts (time sure does fly when you’re having fun!), I have had quite a bit of time to think it. I’ve decided it really comes down to this simple equation:

EVERYDAY NOSTALGIA =
CELEBRATING THE PAST + CHERISHING THE PRESENT + CREATING THE FUTURE 

That is what Everyday Nostalgia really is all about: It’s about the past, the present, and the future, and it’s about these three things all converging into one perfect, little package called life. It’s about celebrating, cherishing, and creating. It’s about life’s moments and stories and all the amazing lessons you learn along the way. Everyday Nostalgia is changing my life, and if that’s not a reason to check it out, I don’t know what is.

But don’t just take my word for it. More and more these days, we’re getting comments like these:

“Thank you for your profound and raw truth.”

“Thank you for writing this. My life has definitely taken a very different route than I anticipated- but the funny thing is, the core of what I wanted is there, just as it sounds you have realized.”

“This was the most beautiful thing I’ve read in a LONG time – so sweet, pure, and heart warming.”

“My heart was full of joy reading this… Little moments like this are all that matter….”

“Thank you for your uplifting blog!!”

“If I could, I would like this a million times.”

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So what are you waiting for? We’re throwing back to the very beginning of the series so you can catch up on the ones you’ve missed — and we’re even including some of our favorite quotes from each of them! Check them all out down below and then let us know: Which post is your favorite? And what can you do to start living your own nostalgic life?

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nostalgia-diaries-sunriseWeek 1: New Beginnings | We have to stay hopeful. We have to remember that things get easier. They get better. They turn into to new things. And new things? Well, they’re filled with so much wonderful hope and promise. Read More…


restore-key-nostalgia-diariesWeek 2: In With the Old | It’s in with the new and in with the old. It’s in with the laughter and love and, well, life. It’s about finding the keys that unlock doors and forgotten places in your heart, and it’s about finding your way home, one amazing newand oldexperience at a time. Read More…


handmade-book-nostalgiaWeek 3: Find Your Must | It’s about connecting—to ourselves and others—in ways that remind us of the way life should be, the way it can feel in spite of how fast everything else may be moving around us. It’s about remembering, but it’s also about renewing, and it’s also about becoming. Read More…


childhood-everyday-nostalgiaWeek 4: Choose Joy | I remembered what it was like as a child to find wonder in things disguised as something else and in the moments that might seem ordinary. I remembered that if we want to be able to choose joy, we have to be open to its existence in the first place. Read More…


warm-happy-home-nostalgiaWeek 5: Create a Warm, Happy Home | We can easily engage all our senses and utilize our nostalgia for childhood comforts to surround ourselves with happiness, simplicity, and of course, warmth. Read More…


spread-warmth-nostalgiaWeek 6: Spread Warmth | Establishing rituals and traditions can help give our lives meaning, allow us to deepen our relationships with one another, connect us to our past, and provide our days with stability and order. Read More…


cook-up-comfort-food-nostalgiaWeek 7: Cook Up Some Comfort Food | We are mostly nostalgic about food because of the scent of food and how our olfactory sense goes into overdrive when we eat. Think about how the scent of a food you loved as a child can instantly transport you back in time. Read More…


firelight-nostalgia-diariesWeek 8: Hygge Around the Hearth | Take some time today to slow down, gather your loved ones around the warmth of a candle or a fire or both, and share those special moments together—that hygge time—that are sure to do wonders for your soul. Read More…


How to Bring Hope Back Into Your LifeWeek 9: How to Bring Hope Back Into Your Life | We accept the reality of our days and hunker down into the lives we think we need to live, perhaps forgetting along the way about that little thing called ‘hope.’ Because when our hopes—big and small—don’t happen the way we want them to, we have a tendency to give up on them. Read More…


hope-is-hereWeek 10: Hope is Here | It’s time to start paying attention to the moments and memories, and to the people and passion, that create hope in our lives. Read More…


comfort-hands-nostalgia-diariesWeek 11: Hope for Our Future | If we want to have a fighting chance at changing everything for the better, it’s important we always remember to take care of one another. It’s important that we keep showing up, offering solutions, and simply keep trying. Read More…


finding-home-nostalgia-diariesWeek 12: Finding Home | Home isn’t so much about the places that once held or currently hold us, it’s about the people that we get to call our own. Read More…


you-are-enough-nostalgia-diariesWeek 13: You Are Enough | What it really comes down to is that we need a shift in our perspective. We need to look for and see the beauty in all of the perfect, little “flaws” that make us who we are. Read More…


Make-Peace-with-Where-You-Are---Nostalgia-DiariesWeek 14: Make Peace With Where You Are | Sometimes it takes a quiet, fragile moment like this to help you really make sense of everything. For us, that everything means that we are here—in this life, in these beautiful moments that we call our own—making peace with where we are. Read More…


resurrecting-life-nostalgia-diariesWeek 15: The Gift of a New Life | It is my ultimate hope for all of us: that we remember and acknowledge the gifts, both good and bad, that brought us here to our blessed todays. That we wake up each day, experiencing a lifetime of wonderful, magnificent resurrections, and when we do, that we open our eyes to the world and stay awake for all of the lasting, beautiful moments that weave together into this amazing thing we call life. Read More...


gifts-of-time-nostalgia-diariesWeek 16: In Search of Spare Moments | Let’s start taking our time back. Let’s take the time to experience the gifts in our lives. Let’s take the time to show up, to slow down, to stay, to listen, and to share. Let’s take the time to experience the wonder of it all. Read More…


empty-seat-nostalgia-diariesWeek 17: The Empty Seat | So today — and every day — be brave and be kind. Don’t let anyone feel like they aren’t worthy of an empty seat. Accept them, love them, take their hand, and invite them to sit next to you and say, “You are safe here next to me.” Read More…

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P.S. I’m pretty sure the Everyday Nostalgia posts for this month will leave you full of wonder… (Curious yet? Come back on Sunday morning to check out Week 18!)

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At the The Nostalgia Diaries, our goal is to help you simplify, enhance, and engage your lives by focusing on the most important things: remembering, appreciating, believing, and becoming. It’s all about celebrating the past to create better days today.

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P.S. Don’t forget to follow our colorful, creative spaces on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. We’re fun and happy and whimsical and nostalgic over there, too. Pinky swear.

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21 thoughts on “What’s Everyday Nostalgia All About?

  1. I never really thought about what the word nostalgia meant before reading this post. I love that it can mean celebrating what’s already happening, enjoying now, and planning for what’s ahead!

  2. I love looking back to what happened to me in the past and realizing what its purpose is; I also love to cherish the moments happening to me at present; and absolutely couldn’t wait to see what future has in store for me and my family! So I absolutely love what Everyday Nostalgia is all about!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  3. I so enjoyed reading “Find Your Must” For me it is writing too, as well as learning more about the business side of blogging. I’m loving learning and creating! Thank you for helping with that list of questions to consider, I remember asking myself this one before I launched the blog: “If money wasn’t an object, what would you do?” Excellent insights in this series.

  4. The thing I enjoy most about your blog is the intentionality of it. The act of going through each day with the action of blending the beauty of the past with the joy of the present along with the excitement of the future, and doing it in such a heart felt and humble way. It’s really inspiring, and I thank you for letting us all go along with you on your journey.

  5. So, randomly, I was thinking about the name of your blog today. And I totally knew what you meant by it! Hahahahah!

  6. I’ve loved reading your posts. They remind me to be thankful for every moment. They aren’t all great, but they are all mine. ❤️☺️

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