10 things you should do now!

Really life is simple. At the end of the day, if you’re happy, you’ve got it made. With that in mind I just wanted to post a small list of ten things you should do for yourself, so at the end of the day (or week), you can feel happier. The happier you are, the better off you’ll be. When people are happy, they accomplish more… and this list is a good one to get you well on your way!

1) Tell yourself how awesome you are. Everyone is awesome at something and it’s time you appreciated what you’re awesome at. Admitting you’re super at certain things is an amazing confidence booster, and confidence (not cockiness) is sure to bring you a long way in this world.
2) Make a list of goals. Make sure that some are long-term, like going back to school or getting that raise/promotion at work. Or maybe for you it’ll be saving up for that kitchen renovation. Whatever it is, make sure you write it down. Then take the time to break it down into smaller, more achievable steps. Include some short-term goals as well, maybe try drinking more water each day, or get in a few minutes a day to work out. This will make sure you have something to work towards, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you’ve completed it.
3) Organize a corner of your room. Spend no more than 30 minutes at a time trying to clean and organize whatever section of your home you’re working on. Then once it’s done, make sure you keep it that way. Every time you see or use the area, you’ll feel better about yourself and it’ll help give you the motivation to work harder and get something else done too.
4) Find the time to exercise. Everyone should be able to take 15 minutes a day to work out. http://www.youtube.com/blogilates has a good number of quick workout videos that you can do in the comfort of your own home without any additional equipement. No more excuses! You’ll feel better, and over time you’ll learn to live the burn and enjoy the extra energy you’ll have in your day to day life.
5) Organize your finances. Whether you’re in good financial standing, or maybe you just have a few bills to take care of, figure out the easiest way to get it done, and pay your bills on time. If you’re going through a tough time, break it down and work it out slowly. You’ll feel better and sleep easier knowing that you’re working on getting yourself to a better financial standing.
6) Take a moment for yourself. Maybe this means getting up a few minutes earlier to enjoy your cup of coffee before your kids wake up to get ready for school, or maybe just before bed just sit down and spend a moment by yourself to collect your thoughts. If you think of anything you need to do, or any ideas you have, jot them down in a notebook so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them later on.
7) Teach your children how to do some chores. Usually the homes of parents are sorely in need of some extra helping hands, your children are usually the biggest mess-makers, and they should be learning how to take care of their living area. This will give you an extra set of hands to help out, while giving your children more self-confidence and teaching them important lessons.
8) Treat yourself. Every once in a while, make time to do something special for yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it could be as simple as staying home and painting your nails or trying out a new hairstyle. Take this time to rejuvinate yourself whenever you can, if you give yourself more time to relax you’ll feel much less stressed and able to focus on the task at hand more often.
9) Stay connected. No, I’m not talking about Facebook. Clicking “like” on someone’s status simply does not equate to spending time with another person. Make sure you have actual conversations with your friends and family to keep yourself connected. Make a lunch date, or take a coffee break with friends once in a while. Also, make sure you have time for your other half. Spend time together bonding and solidifying your relationship. Make sure you’re both on the same track and have an open line of communication. The best way to do this is to set time aside to just be together and talk. Sitting next to one another watching t.v. every night isn’t truly keeping yourselves connected.
10) Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Do something you don’t do often, or have never done before. Sign yourself up for some classes, belly dancing, rock climbing, canoeing. It doesn’t have to be high risk either, go check out that new restaurant you’ve been dying to see. Whatever it is, doing new things, going to new places and meeting new people are always good things to do for yourself.

So seriously, get on this! These are things that will really help you feel better, and start living your life as a 10!

Barb

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Getting ready for the big clean

Well today marks two weeks until Aldric will have his first vacation this year. Why is this so important? We’re going to spend the entire week cleaning the house like CRAZY! Ending with a two-day yardsale, whatever doesn’t sell during those two days will be off to our local salvation army. We’ve already managed to fill the lower part of our hallway with things to sell, be it baby items, clothing, knickknacks or whatever, I want it out if here.

My daughters make the fifth generation of us to live in this house on the property, which means lots of items to inherit, and all of the usual storage space has been taken up by this collection of items. I’m not looking to get rid of everything, but I am looking to end up with a house that is easier to clean, because everything will have it’s own spot. No more having to deal with the clutter and junk before getting time to clean!

So far we’ve managed to make it through our bedroom, the kitchen and the living room, there are a few things I’m still unsure of, like the cupboard full of old vhs disney movies and whatnot, so as of yet they haven’t gone anywhere. But mostly those rooms are done. This still leaves my daughters’ rooms, the hallway, my father’s room (which has become a catch-all), the rec room, the attic, the basement, and the extra room. Even I can admit I would be a little over-ambitious if I expected to fully tackle each of those areas, but I do need to make a serious dent in them so that we can start living a relatively more normal life.

I’m going to make a plan of attack, one area per day, and I use the keep/sell/toss/donate sorting idea, generally limiting myself to how many containers I’m allowed to keep (say 1 or 2 per room). This really helps me to retain the important items. If I haven’t used it in over 6 months (because that covers winter/summer items) it’s an automatic sell. This has opened up so many more storage options already, I’m reclaiming space that I should’ve had in the first place, and it’s a really accomplishing feeling.

So, what do I have to do within the next two weeks to get ready for this? Number 1: make a plan. Starting around 8 every morning, ending around 5 every day (or taking a break in the middle and working into the evening).
Number 2: Plan some organization. Every room will go back together organized, places like the attic or cubby will have inventories so that I can remember where exactly I put all of thia stuff.
Number 3: Change our sleep schedules. We usually go to bed around midnight and get up as late as possible. This needs to change (preferably permanently).
Number 4: Make a meal plan for the week that consists of self-cooking or little-work healthy meals so that we don’t need to detract from our main objective, and we won’t have to be ordering crap from our pizza store.
Number 5: Get some busy bags/playtime ideas ready for our daughters. Hiring a babysitter for the week just isn’t an option for us, so we’re going to need a way to keep them entertained while we work.

PINTEREST HERE I COME!

Let me know which aspect you guys are most interested in hearing about!

Barb