beauty in the everyday

Here’s what I believe: that beauty, peace, calm, and contentment can be found in the most everyday situations and places.

Maybe you’re on the couch, with a cat on your lap and a book in your hands. Or perhaps you’re sitting on your front porch or in your back yard, admiring the way the sunlight filters through the trees. Quiet spaces and alone time — or, better yet, “alone” time with pets.

You and I? We actively seek out peace and calm in the midst of every single crazy-busy day. Because taking the time — even briefly — to acknowledge and celebrate these peaceful moments helps keep us centered, balanced, and grounded.


You probably know that the mere act of going for a walk in nature offers chattery minds a soothing break. But did you know that even looking at images of these peaceful scenes offers your mind the same sort of rest?

We know this is true for images of nature, but I would propose that it’s also true for images of that other place where we often feel the most peaceful and contented.





Whether you find inspiration in our stories of home and of our favorite home-away-from-home spots; choose to buy a fine-art print to hang on the wall of your favorite reading nook; decide to commission custom in-home portraits of your own cat; or simply gather ideas for your to-read shelf: welcome to The Novel Cat … please make yourself at home!

Jennifer Singleton, blog author

Welcome to our bookish corner of the Internet. Grab a mug of tea or coffee and join me as we sit with our kitties, discuss books & reading, and celebrate the story of home.

mug of tea

“True happiness is based on peace.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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