Friday, September 16, 2011

Making the most of each day.

I’m a firm believer in living life to the fullest, having no regrets, and making the most of each day. We all have a myriad of things we’d like to so each day, but realistically, it’s not always possible. I realize that what makes me happy, may not make everyone happy. But here are a few things that anyone can do, each day, to make the most of it.

1.       Be sure to hug each person in your house at least once, and tell them you love them. You’ll never regret doing it, but you will regret it if you don’t do it often enough.
2.       Do something to feel good about yourself – whether  it’s a quick lip gloss application, or a cute pair of shoes you love, or a quick bubble bath…do something for you. You deserve it.
3.       Clean something. As a busy mom of 3, I know it’s not easy to keep a clean house on top of everything else. But, when my house looks good, I feel good. I especially like to make sure my bedroom is kept clean and free of clutter. I can’t get a good nights sleep if I’m surrounded by a mess, or have to much to look at.
You don’t have to clean an entire room, but if you spend ten minutes tidying up, or shining your mirrors, you’ll feel good about it.
4.       Eat something healthy. Healthy meals take time, energy, and money. Sometimes, it’s not always possible to serve a meal that includes all the food groups, is low in fat, and high in nutrients. But if you make an effort to consume at least one healthy food per day, not only will you feel better about yourself, you’ll also have more energy.  Grabbing a banana on your way out the door, or topping your cereal with some fresh berries is as easy as pie (wait, who said pie was easy?! I can barely whip up a pot of Kraft Dinner some nights, nevermind a pie!!)!
5.       Spend at least 10 minutes outside.  Sit on the porch with a good book, go for a walk, jump in the puddles with your kids, or do some gardening. There are hundreds of things to do outdoors, and the fresh air will lift your spirits! (Be sure to get your kids outside, too! The fresh air will help keep grumpy moods away, and also help them sleep better at night!)
6.       Take a photograph.  Too often, we let silly things hold us back from taking a photo – the house is messy, we’re not doing anything “fun” or “memorable”, the kids have messy faces and dirty hair. But none of that matters. 20, 40, 50 years from now you’ll want to look back and remember things just the way they were…. your daughters smile, complete with the chocolate beard from that cookie she really enjoyed…your son playing with his favorite dinosaur, in the war zone that was previously known as the playroom…your dog sleeping in the mountain of clean(or dirty) laundry that has been sitting on your couch for 4 days…this is your life. And,  this is how you should remember it.  So try to snap at least one picture per day. When you’re old, and suffering from the inevitable “empty nest syndrome”, you’ll be so glad you did.
7.       Write in a journal. This is something I personally struggle with. I always feel like my writing is inadequate, or like I have nothing interesting to write about. But really, who cares? Write down what’s important to you, what you want to remember. Try to record something in your journal, blog, whatever you use, each night before bed. Write down something funny the kids did, something that made you happy or sad, or a recipe you want to save for future generations. You’ll love taking the walk down memory lane one day, and your children and grandchildren will cherish it.
8.       Do something nice for someone. Making someone else happy, will make you happy. Happiness is the key to good health, and a good life. Open a door for someone, help an elderly person carry their grocery bags, or donate your change to a charity that’s important to you.
9.       Smile. Self explanatory – smiling makes you feel good. Do it as often as possible. (Even if you’re having a rotten day, go look in the mirror, and force yourself to smile really big. You’ll feel better, I promise, even if it’s just for a second.)
10.   Learn something new. Learning is nutrition for the brain, and the soul. Read a book, browse your favorite blogs, watch the news…you’re sure to learn something you didn’t know before.

“Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.”
-Dale Carnegie

Friends, don't be afraid to leave me some comment love! What do you think of today's post? I am trying to think of something different to feature each day of the week - Thursday will be the Pinboard, Friday will be some sort of list, if you guys like it? Monday or Tuesday will be my tutorial day, and hopefully I'll have a specific day for recipes :)
What would you like to see more of?
Happy Friday! Wishing you all  a wonderful weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amanda! Thank you for the comments you left on my blog, Mommas Like Me. You are so sweet! Just wanted to let you know that I am following your blog now and I'm also following you on Pinterest :) Looking forward to reading your posts and seeing all you cool "pins!" Take care hun!


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