I actually thought about my “New Years Resolutions” a lot before the year’s end. I came up with an idea - write them out, but also write out how I’m going to make them happen. So far (and yes we’re only 5 days in!), its been working. Try it out!
Celebrate what you want to see more of.
— Tom Peters
Have you ever had a magical moment? Sorry if this is over the top cheesy. For me it wasn’t some over the top romantic gesture, or grand trip to a far away place.
My husband and I were driving back from a road trip and were on a country road. It was snowing and we spontaneously pulled over so I could take photographs of this barn. Our dog was running around in delight, and we were laughing. It was one of those perfect moments I’ll never forget.
I think I’m going to have to add “More Magical Moments” to my New Years Resolutions list. 😀
I hope you have a bright day, with a little sparkle — whether it be in your eye, from a present, or from the glow of the lights in your home. Merry Christmas! ✨
Allow yourself to rest. Your soul speaks to you in the quiet moments, in between your thoughts.
— Author Unknown
Do you every feel like there is too much noise everywhere? I do. The more I’ve cut back on constant background noise (TV always running, radio always on in the car), the more I crave quiet time. At least for me it was hard at first to cut back. It actually felt awkward by myself in the car with the radio off. But now it is a peacefulness I crave. Try it out, it’s worth it! And it also may help to enjoy the holidays a little more 😀
If you listen carefully, the silence is beautiful.
— Author Unknown
Look around you to see the beauty in the simplest of things.
Hopefully you don’t have much wrapping left to do, but I thought I would share this idea because it was lots of fun. All you need is Kraft wrapping paper, some metallic colored markers, and a gold leaf marker.
Are you using your free time the best you can? I thought I was, until about a month ago. I don’t know what caused me to re-evaluate things. For some reason, I realized the way I was using my “free” time wasn’t working for me, and I wasn’t benefiting from it. In a way, I completely reversed how I used my free time. I ended up having more time for the things I want to spend time on.
Is there a way you can shake up your routine to allow yourself to use your free time to your advantage? To do all those things (or at least a couple!) you wish you had time for? Maybe it means giving up a TV show and time on Facebook. Perhaps it is switching up a routine such as going to the gym or running errands to a different time, or on a different day.
This could be a great New Years Resolution!
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
— Annie Dillard
Does anyone else feel sad after all the Christmas decorations come down? I don’t know if that can completely ever be done away with. However, I think last year I discovered the secret.
Pretty much literally all I did was buy some greenery at Costco, and hung it. I already have twinkle lights up all year round (which helps negate some of the let down!). So literally, all I had to do come January, was take the crispy greens out to the landscape bin!
Another advantage? I didn’t have to dust and repackage a bunch of stuff, taking up space in my closet (which lets be honest, is really draining).
My husband gets up at 4:00 am every morning. He loves to get up before the rest of the world does. Most people might think this is crazy. But I think he’s just crazy enough. My goal is to get up at 5:30 am every morning. I’ve been slowly inching back my alarm clock. I do have to say, there is something to peaceful about getting up before the sun rises. Also, if you get up that early, its less chaotic trying to get ready for work, school, or whatever duties you have to accomplish.
I’ve also found that the earlier I get to bed, the less likely I am to waste time on social media, online shopping, etc. I can then in turn use that time early in the morning to have some quiet time to read, be creative, or get some things done before I head off to work.
Here’s to setting the tone for our days with some moments of peace and solitude, before the sun rises and illuminates the earth with its pink and yellow beams of light.
I saw this quote on a knick-knack in a gift shop while my husband and I were on vacation this Fall. So inspirational! Even if you aren’t sure what you’re supposed to do - do something! Otherwise you won’t get anywhere.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Fall decor is not too far away, perhaps in our own backyard! Benefits of using nature for decorating:
Doesn’t cost anything
Can put in landscaping bin when your done
Doesn’t take up closet space!
With so much chaos and unsettling headlines in the news, I wanted to post some peaceful images. I hope you can find some time for rest in your life, which may mean disconnecting from social media and news sources. It is good to be informed, but information overload can also bring us down.
I’ve really tried to cut back on my social media usage lately. I love seeing the photos my friends and family post. But really, a 5-10 minutes a day is enough. It so easy to pick up our “screens”, but sometimes it is more fulfilling to pick up a book or magazine. In fact, I think I’ll go do that right now :)
Even just a few minutes makes such a difference! Or even simply opening a window (weather permitting) and letting the outside world in can be so refreshing — literally and figuratively!
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry Thoreau
Even if it’s just a little bit each day :)
Recently, my husband and I were hiking on a trail and came to a part where the path split. We immediately tried to recite as much as we could of that poem from high school which talks about two paths. You know the one!
Needless to say, we couldn’t remember the whole thing. When we got back from our trip, I looked it up. I found there is a thought shift regarding the poem. Perhaps this poem is not in fact about taking the high road or making your own way. But rather it could be nodding to the fact that sometimes we can’t know what is exactly the “right” path. Or maybe there isn’t one “right” path.
The line “…And I shall be telling this with a sigh…” might in fact be a sigh of regret over choosing the “wrong” path. Whereas many (myself included) have interpreted the sigh as a sign of satisfaction or contentment.
I found the new (at least to me) take on this poem great and so relatable. I first read of these thoughts when I looked up the poem on Wikipedia. But, if you have time look the topic up, there are many interesting articles out there!
The below quote made me laugh out loud. It’s so matter of fact, but true! If you don’t feel like you can be yourself around people, why waste the precious days of your life saying what you think you’re supposed to, or being who they think you should be?
Of course it’s good to be open minded to new ideas or other peoples’ point of view - but I think the point is more in regards to people who are being controlling.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
― Bernard M. Baruch
I love macrophotography. I have a whole folder full of close up, “textural” type shots. I was running through them and found a few of what would look to most like ugly dead weeds. But these seemingly dead plants are full of life.
A while ago, I read an interview of a successful entrepreneur. She stated that her biggest regret is that she didn’t start sooner. She thought everything had to be perfect before she launched her business. Her advice was to just get going and put yourself out there, even if you don’t feel quite ready. You’ll see what you need to touch up and tweak as you go on.
So whatever it is, go for it! I know in the past I’ve felt like I can’t start something before it is perfect (classic type-A personality here!). However, I found what she said very inspirational.