Favorite Little Things in Life

Life is rough. It doesn’t matter what age or stage you’re at, some weeks just suck. This week was one such week.

Instead of ranting or complaining, I though I’d share my favorite little things in life. These are things that make a day better or I wouldn’t survive without:

Note: I’m omitting foods, drinks, and people because this list would simply be too long 🙂

1. My couch – My couch is my spot for relaxation. At the end of the day when everything is done, you’ll find me on my couch. I work from it, nap on it, watch movies or TV, knit from it, and have even considered moving my easel into the living room.

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My view: Taken last week after a storm

2. Nature – Flowers may be my favorite thing ever. I also love trees, grass, clouds, rain, animals, etc. I’m not one to go camping or hiking, but I love watching birds outside my window and seeing deer peek their head through the treeline. Nature can be calm or destructive, but it’s beauty you can’t buy and something that always brings me peace.

My little pup
My little pup

3. My dog – My little dog is a pain sometimes, but he is one of the sweetest and smartest dogs I’ve ever owned. Every day when I come home, he gives me belly and has to be picked up. It’s the only time of day I have to hold him like a baby up on my shoulder.

4. Quiet time – I need quiet time. There are some days I won’t turn on the TV or stereo. There are nights I shut everything down and just enjoy silence. I even turn off my phone occasionally to get away from it all. Quiet time is essentially to my sanity, especially after a stressful week.

5. Watching whatever I want – I don’t hide my guilty TV/movie pleasures. I love to watch romcoms, teen movies, River Monsters, tattoo shows, Shark Tank, and several more people “don’t expect” me to enjoy. I grew up with three other people in the house, so it’s nice not to have to share lol.

6. Music – Medicine to my soul. Music has been a huge part of me since I was a toddler. It helps through tough times, cheers me up, and releases stress and nervous energy. This week it was all Rage Against the Machine, but I’m ending the weekend with U2’s Rattle and Hum.

7. Control of the thermostat – I realize a lot of people fight over this. Most people I’ve lived with like it at 72 or below. Well, I’m cold natured, so I like it warmer. I freeze at 72 or 73. Having the power to set it at 76 and be comfortable is awesome, and something I never take for granted.

Feel free to share your favorite little things, and here’s to a good week!

Take Action or Stop Complaining

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Satisfaction. Fulfillment. Happiness. All things we strive for every day. But what makes able to achieve those things?

I proofread an article this week about how we as humans are never satisfied with what we have. We’re too hot, too cold, too fat, too skinny, and the list goes on. We take simple things for granted. We never stop to think things could always be worse. However, there is a flip-side to this: we can do things to make ourselves more satisfied and happier.

People complain about many things, but I have noticed most complain about their weight and job – two things most of us have total control over. If you’re unhappy with your weight, then eat healthy and exercise. If you’re unhappy at work, then it’s time to look for something else. Simple, right?

I’m not saying it’s easy to lose weight or get another job, but it is easy to take the steps to get there. For example, you can’t write a book without writing the first chapter. You can’t get your driver’s license without learning to drive. Same concept – you have to start somewhere.

Listening to people complain wears on others around them and affects others’ moods. I’m not the happy police, but I will say when I have been unhappy at work, I found another job or applied for one. If I felt out of shape and my clothes were too tight, I cut back sugar and started exercising. If I find myself complaining too much, I stop. I don’t want to hear myself drone on about something, so I know no one else does either. At the end of the day, I know I did my best to resolve the issue instead of complaining about it.

I don’t rant often, but recently change has been all around me. I told a good friend 2014 so far has been the year of change and new beginnings, and we have all been just fine. For the most part, we’ve all been happier, too.

So, why don’t more people take action? Because it’s easier to whine and complain. Change takes balls, and it’s often inconvenient and scary. But it’s often worth it as well.

What actions have you taken to make your life better?

 

Take a Risk: Change Is Good

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
― Helen Keller, The Open Door

Life. We go through the same routine, day after day, thinking everything is “normal” and maybe everything will always be this way. Then something changes and opportunity presents itself.

For the last couple months, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of changes that have happened around me. There’s been love, loss, new jobs, life-changing decisions, and lots of emotions. And for the most part, positivity and excitement overflowed us. It has been one of the longest roller coasters I’ve been on in my short life.

How did we all get here? We took a risk. We said yes or no. We challenged ourselves. We changed. We chose to live and not just exist.

It was all necessary to get where we are today – even though some of us are terrified – and we are well on our way to becoming better, stronger people. This week, I want to offer some tips on dealing with change, and this post is dedicated to all those amazing people who inspire me!

1. Admit how you feel. Don’t try to push it down or ignore it. It’s okay to be scared, excited, nervous, whatever. You’re human, so you’re probably going to feel all of those at the same time, and it’s okay. Owning your emotions will help you process them.

2. Don’t apologize. You can’t make everyone happy all the time. You’ll be lucky to make a quarter of the people you know happy all the time, so don’t feel bad or apologize for your decisions. I’m not suggesting being insensitive, but if you decide to change jobs for example, don’t feel bad about it. Embrace the new opportunity!

3. Decide what you need and stick to it. This is the hardest part for me. Women especially tend to put themselves last because we are caretakers. We also need care. If you want to cry or scream, do it. If you want a drink, have a couple. If you want bread, dig in! Treat yourself how you treat those you love.

4. Dive in. Change can be scary and it’s very easy to get stuck. Refuse to settle and just jump in. It may or may not work out, but at least you tried and know instead of always asking yourself “what if”.

5. Don’t doubt yourself. This one may be the hardest to do. Keep in mind you are strong and can do anything you set your mind to. Seek advice and help from people who love you, and lean on them whenever you need. Don’t worry, you’ll have to return the favor one day.

Try to take a risk today! Even if you buy a lottery ticket for fun, dance while you clean, or call that person you’ve been admiring from afar. Maybe it’s time you check out jobs or take a hike instead of cleaning your house. Whatever it may be, remember you’re the only one holding yourself back!