Making The Most Of Each Day

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. –John Wooden

We have one chance to make the most of each day.

We’ll never get the opportunity to live this day again.

I know. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

But friend, sometimes we forget. We get caught up in life, the ups and the downs. We get stuck at the bottom or on the top of the roller coaster. Other times we get sidetracked and get off course.

Schedules get busy. Bills come in. Some months there’s more month than money. We meet ourselves coming and going.

But making the most of each day doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple things can make all the difference.

Making the most of each day

Ways we can be about making the most of each day:

Smile.
Smiling lifts our moods and spirits. Even if we have to force it at first. Keep smiling. It’s contagious, as you’ll find others smiling back at you.

Look for the good.
No matter what happens in our day, try to find the good. It might not be easy to do, but it makes all the difference. What good is coming from this? Doing so helps our attitudes and lifts our perspective.

Help someone else.
Who around you could use a hand? Or an encouraging word? Or who might need someone to just listen? When we reach out to others, we start a positive change reaction which can make a difference in many lives, including our own.

Do one thing for yourself.
Choose to eat healthy. Take a walk. Sit outside for a few minutes to breathe in the fresh air. Make your favorite meal. Curl up with a good book. Take a nap. When we take some time to do something for ourselves, we fill ourselves back up.

Be thankful.
Look around and be thankful for what we see/hear/experience. We each have so much to be thankful for. When our hearts are filled with gratitude, the day is brighter, our steps are lighter, our attitudes are filled with joy.

What are some other ways we can be about making the most of each day?

Today’s a good day to begin!

Julie

An “I Get To” Kind Of Day

My eyes didn’t want to open at 6am this morning.

It was a restless night. Not sure why, but I didn’t sleep well. It seemed I drifted in and out of sleep… more out than in, mind you.

Plus it’s Monday.

Who likes Mondays, right??

But, aren’t Mondays filled with just as many opportunities as Fridays? Probably so, but in our minds, Mondays stink.

Years ago I started looking at Mondays differently. I began to treat Mondays as if they were Fridays. With hope, anticipation, and joy of the day ahead. I celebrated the beginning of the week, instead of typically dreading it. I began to embrace having a positive start to the next seven days, and looking for the good in it.

Living for the weekend lll

And I stopped living for the weekend. I was missing out on five other wonderful days each week, 260 blessing-filled days a year!

And let me tell you, what a difference it made.

Mondays are now an “I get to” kind of day, and no longer an “I have to” one.

We have a choice in how we approach the day, the task, the circumstance that’s ahead of us. We either get to do something, or we have to do something. We can say we get to go to work, or have to go to work.

There’s a big difference in the emotion that follows each statement, don’t you agree??

I get to get out of bed. I don’t have to.
Some people aren’t able to do so. Getting out of bed in the morning is a gift.

I get to read my devotionals and have some quiet time. I don’t have to
Some aren’t able to do so. It’s a gift to read and start my day this way.

I get to go to work. I don’t have to.
Right now my work is here at home. Some people aren’t able to work. It’s a privilege to have a job. There is another option. May we never take our jobs for granted or complain about them.

I get to make dinner for my family. I don’t have to.
Some don’t have families to cook for. I consider it a blessing, even though cooking isn’t one of my favorite things to do.

I get to exercise. I don’t have to.
Exercising is another blessing I’ve learned to quit complaining about. There are days I don’t “feel” like exercising (like today), but I know how much better I feel when I consistently do it. And I know it’s good for my body. Again, some aren’t able to exercise. We aren’t going to receive another body on this earth. We might as well take good care of the one we have.

I get to

How about you? What do you get to do today?

It’s amazing how our perspective changes when we change our words and how we look at what we “get to” do.

Especially on a Monday!

Cheering you on in the many things you “get to” do today!

Julie
 

 

Count Your Blessings

Our home LP gas tank ran out. That’s not a big deal unless you need to use your clothes dryer or have hot water for a shower or to do dishes. (Believe me, I needed a shower!)

The just-washed, still-wet clothes needed to be dried, so without a heated clothes dryer, line drying was my only option. Except I only had nine clothes pins in the bag. (Where did they all go??)

I was looking forward to a great homemade salad for lunch, but found our Romaine lettuce had spoiled. Into the garbage it went.

I began to look around our home and all I could see were the items that needed fixed, replaced, or updated. As the list became longer, the weight on my heart grew heavier.

Right then and there, I had two choices.

I could continue down that path of discouragement, and be disheartened the rest of the day, or I could begin to look at my situation differently. I could choose to count my blessings, not my problems.

Count your blessings

I decided to wait on the shower. I could get by until the LP gas truck arrived and refilled our tank, even if it was going to arrive the next day. I became ever-so-thankful for a warm shower.

I hung the wet clothes on the clothesline (I can’t remember the last time I did that!) with the nine clothespins in shifts, It was a beautiful day, so thankfully the clothes dried fast. I became thankful for our rarely-used-these-days clothesline.

I opted for something else for lunch, and something my family and I could eat together. I became thankful for having food on our table, and family to eat it with.

I began to look at our home differently, and all the many positives of it. Running water. My wonderful coffee maker. Electricity. A comfy bed. Our oven. Microwave. Air conditioning. Where we live. I became increasingly thankful for our home.

And all that led to a whole lot more “thankfuls,” as we call them in our home…

Thankful for my family, our health, our jobs, our faith, our extended family and friends, simple pleasures of life, and many more of God’s blessings.

The inconveniences and problems faded as my heart centered on the blessings.

Why don’t I do this every day? Why don’t I wake up and recall the blessings in my life? Why don’t I take a look at them again before falling asleep at night? 

Count your blessings, not your problems.

Doing so makes all the difference.

What blessings in  your life can you be thankful for today?

 

Julie

10 Simple Ways to Brighten Your Home (Without Spending A Fortune)

It’s a great time of year to brighten up your home.

Maybe you’d like to make a few indoor changes, but money is tight. Or maybe you’re trying to stick to a budget, and you desire to live more frugally, yet you’re tired of the same decor you’ve had in your home for the last five years.

Here is your answer!

10 Simple Ways To Brighten Your Home

10 Simple Ways to Brighten Your Home (Without Spending A Fortune)

1.   Mix it up.
Rearrange your furniture. Try different scenarios. You’ll find one that’s perfect, and maybe unexpected.

2.  Go fresh.
Display a bouquet of fresh flowers where you will see it often. Nothing brightens a room faster than beautiful posies.

3.  Add joy. Add in something to your home that brings you joy. A piece of art, or a new coffee mug, or different candle. Each time you see it, it’ll brighten you, your mood, and your home.

4.  Be bold. Paint one wall in the main living area or kitchen a bright color. I’m thinking red will be my next pick.

5.  Appeal to the other senses. Add music or a scent that brightens the atmosphere. These make your home even more inviting.

6.  Keep it clean. Wash you windows. What a difference that makes in the brightness of your home.

7.  Find  a new accent. A rug or decorative pillow can be inexpensive, but add so much to your decor.

8.  Add some green. A new houseplant not only adds warmth and color, it also is good for your environment. Find an easy-to-care-for variety if you aren’t blessed with a green thumb.

9.  Decorate with photos. Personal photos bring joy and smiles, and can be great conversation pieces throughout your home.

10.  Love and laughter. A loving and peaceful environment is always brighter. Be the one in your home to love unconditionally, and laugh a little more.

 

Pick one, or a few, or all. And the best thing… you didn’t have to break the bank to do it.

Go ahead and share your brighter space with others. Invite someone over for coffee or dinner. Enjoy your brighter home!

Julie