My dear friend sent me this quote the other day and it really struck a chord with me. I don’t know about you, but I am certainly going to try and do more of this. Out with the negative, in with the positive, and never stop dreaming.
There is no better cure for negativity, exhaustion, and bad energy than being in the great outdoors, soaking up rays for a weekend. We hopped on a ferry and camped on Orcas Island this weekend, and I have returned refreshed and re-energized. We spent time with friends, turned off our cell phones, and frolicked on the beach, without a care in the world. Being away in that atmosphere does something for me, at my core, that is so important to me, and I don’t ever want to lose the ability to let go like I do when I’m camping. On Friday evening, while sitting on a rock, listening to my husband and his friend play “baseball” with a log and my pup’s tennis ball, I took in a huge breath of beach air and realized that I had not thought about work all day long. There are days when I struggle to put work out of my mind, good thoughts and bad, and in my quest for balance, I know how unhealthy that is. Being out in nature, my mind is clear with no effort at all.
Today’s BGD, coming back to the grind with a refreshed outlook and feeling refocused.
What does the trick for you?
I love writing this blog. I love pushing myself to be better each day and striving to find the best in each day. Unfortunately, as you may have noticed, I have not been writing as much lately. Call it being lazy, distracted, or having lack of inspiration. It doesn’t matter though, we can call it whatever we want, but really they are just excuses. Last night I laid awake thinking about ideas to share and in my fit of inspiration, drafted this post. I also thought about how great it is to decide that I’m going to make a change, and then make it happen. We have that opportunity each day. It could be some thing small like, I’m going to eat more vegetables today, or it could be something huge like, I’m going to be positive today. I woke up with the thought that today, I’m going to make more of an effort to make time for my passions. I’m sure that I will be here again, saying the same thing down the road, but isn’t this moment great? The moment you decide to make a positive change in your life is a powerful thing.
Today’s BGD, making time for what you love. One has to make an effort for the things that matter most.
My morning routine is something that has improved over the years. I used to get up one hour before I needed to leave, and between showering, putting myself together, letting the dogs out and grabbing breakfast/lunch for the day, I was always rushed and running late. These days, I really enjoy mornings. I wake up about two hours before I need to leave. I have found that waking up earlier allows me a slow morning, full of snuggling my pups and finding time to read for fifteen minutes while sipping my coffee. It’s all about making time for things you care about. My current morning reading is The Happiness Project. I love that in fifteen minutes I can put myself into a positive mindset, learn something, and get inspired to be better.
You don’t know what the day will bring, so why not start it off right? Some days are difficult and seem to get worse by the hour, and in those days, I can always reflect on my morning. Today’s BGD, find the beauty first thing so you have it to hold on to throughout the day.
This chicken scratch you’re looking at is my schedule for tomorrow, well, my schedule up until 1:45 pm. This list goes well on to the back of this page. I already deemed it a day from hell yesterday when I learned how hectic the day would be. I vented to my husband, my sister and a girlfriend about my frustration with this day. “Why all of this in one day?!”, I whined. However, after giving a bit more thought with a clear head and fresh eyes today, I realize that tomorrow is nothing more than another challenging day. Some of the most challenging days come out of nowhere, but I see tomorrow coming from a mile away and have the opportunity to make the day mine. So, I have a plan, and I will be able to prepare tonight by packing a lunch and choosing my outfit, two things that always trip me up. I even added a little coffee and donuts stop to add some fun to our morning. And, one fantastic thing I realized is that I will have so many interactions with people that I enjoy, which is a total bonus. Many days I never leave my office, but tomorrow I will be out and about and it’s going to be 75 in Seattle…in May…that’s crazy talk! When tomorrow is over, I will feel accomplished and relieved, and I will be able to unwind with my wonderful husband. Tomorrow is going to be great.
To quote Tony Hseih, “Without conscious and deliberate effort, inertia always wins”
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Today’s BGD, realizing that you have what it takes to rise to the occasion, and turning a challenging day into a great one.
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I read this great article this morning, called Living With Less, and it is such a fantastic reminder to live simply. We often measure success in material possessions, and that is wrong, plain and simple. To have more is not to live better. Don’t get me wrong, having money to provide a comfortable life is important, but do we really need to take it to the level of excess that we have become so accustomed to? I am guilty of exercising retail therapy to make myself feel better after a rough week. We have a 1600 sq ft home for the two of us and our pets, and I know we would be just fine in a smaller home. I’m not going to do anything dramatic like sell our home, or donate all of our possessions, but I’m going to challenge myself to think more about need vs want.
Lately, I have been complaining about my lack of spring clothes, so perhaps the answer is to shop my closet and re-invent a little. Of course, I will buy a few things, but keeping this article in mind will help put my insatiable appetite to buy, buy, buy in check. Let’s be honest here, it’s not the material things that make us happy, it’s the feeling we get when we buy something new. I do have a few possessions that make me happy, but about 90% of my possessions made me happy the moment I bought them, but that feeling does not return when I look at them now. If you think long and hard about what makes you happy, I’m sure there’s a long list, and that this list has very little to do with “things”. Snuggling my pups after a long day makes me happy. Kissing my nephew on the forehead makes me happy. Being outside makes me happy. Holding hands with my husband makes me happy. Today’s BGD is about living simply. Step one for me is to return the new top I just bought. Baby steps, right?
In the busy lives that we all lead nowadays, sometimes I wonder if we do enough to make ourselves happy, and to really take time for ourselves. With #100happydays, I have been trying really hard to be honest with what I post. What makes me happy from day to day changes, and how often I feel happy in a day definitely varies, so to look at each day and choose something can be tough.
Yesterday it was easy…seeing my pups running free, and knowing that my husband had the day off and the time to take them out on a special little trip to the park, made my heart sing.
Thursday was easy too. I don’t wear a lot jewelry, so when I chose to wear the earrings that my dad bought for me, it made me happy to wear them and think of my dad.
Some days aren’t easy at all though. Some days you’re running from one thing to the next, your mind constantly trying to keep up. And when you finally get to stop, all you want to do is sit on the couch and zone out to give your mind a break. At least, that’s how it is for me. Today’s BGD is about being grateful for the opportunity to make yourself happy. Instead of zoning out, you have the choice to do something that will enrich your day. Monday night, I sent myself to bed early and read with a cup of tea, and it was a ridiculously happy moment for me at the end of a long day. On a fantastic Saturday like today, it may take a little more than that, but that’s okay, because I have the opportunity and the choice to make the most of this day.