Enjoy the Seasons

Enjoy the Seasons

Fall is my favorite season! I have always loved the warm sunshine, colored leaves, and pumpkin spice anything! But what I love most is that for the fall season, I have specific things I like to do, bake, and enjoy! I like hiking and collecting leaves. I drink warm pumpkin lattes. I bake apple pie. I carve a pumpkin and eat the seeds. Each year I look forward to doing all these things.

Every season has its own traditions and special events. Take advantage of what you can do in your area. Bake special meals or try new recipes. Invite friends over to join you.

Just because my kids are grown, doesn’t mean I don’t get to do these fun activities … (still waiting for grandkids, but until then), I do these things for me. I refuse to let the seasons pass by without getting the most out of them!

There is still time for you to enjoy the fall!

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Organizing Tip #19: Prime Locations

Organizing Tip #19: Prime Locations

When we bring a new plant into our homes, we have to consider where is the best place for it to thrive. Does it need a lot of sunshine or just a little? The things we care about and use often should be in places where they serve us well and are convenient. These items get a prime location.

Unpacking, downsizing, and getting organized were recent areas of focus for me since we moved into a new place. I have come to use this new term while I am deciding where to put things. When you have a lot of space, it doesn’t really matter as much where the blender is stored; however, if you have a limited amount of cabinet space, you have to make decisions that affect your day-to-day lifestyle. By the way, I use my blender frequently so for me, it matters!

My kitchen is smaller than it was before so I used the idea of prime locations to help me decide what goes where. Everything I use daily, gets the prime spots. What I rarely use, was placed in the hard-to-reach places. The rest went somewhere in the middle. Sounds confusing? Actually, it was really easy and helped me unpack my kitchen in a few hours, which was faster than ever before.

If you have been living in your home for awhile and find yourself digging out that slow cooker all the time, maybe it needs a more convenient spot in your cabinet. Take notice of when you feel frustrated that you have to jump over fiery hoops to get something you want.

This principle works for all rooms in your home. My workspace was rearranged as well as my bathroom. It is just a little thing to keep in mind when you are organizing, but very helpful!

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How to Nurture Yourself

How to Nurture Yourself

I recently came across an article (can’t remember where or I would post it), that pointed out how lucky humans are right now in this century because we can look beyond only our physical needs. We wake up in the morning and actually think about how we are feeling or what we want to do to be happy. While years ago and not that long ago, people could only concern themselves with the basics like food, clothing, and shelter.

We are living in a time that we actually know that those basic needs can be met rather easily. We have the time and resources to participate in hobbies, going out with friends, and taking vacations. We are lucky for sure!

Physical needs are simple to diagnose. If you are sick, take medicine. If you cut your finger, put on a bandaid. Emotional needs are a little different and some of us, neglect those needs altogether.

Nurture means the care and attention given to someone or something that is growing or developing, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. It may be easy to care for a friend when they need extra attention, but what about ourselves?

When our emotions are a little gloomy, we need to be sure to give ourselves the same kind of care that we would if we had a physical injury. No one teaches us how to do this, but emotional well-being is just as important as physical well-being.

I love lists, so of course, make a list of things that you can do for yourself that make you feel better. Keep this list in your nightstand or someplace private. My list includes things like, watch a movie, take a bubble bath, (watch a movie while taking a bubble bath), have a special dinner, invite a friend over, go for a walk, etc. Make sure the things you put on your list are good for you. Eating a chocolate cake might feel good while it is going down, but not so much later on.

The next time you are just feeling down, pick something on your list and do it. Forget the dishes or whatever else, and take care of you!!

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Letting Go

Letting Go

Every once in a while, I find myself feeling like I am in a whirlwind. My day is filled with busyness and even though I might seem productive, it just feels like I am getting no where. The days get checked off the calendar, one-by-one. The number of days become months, and then years.

Take a moment to sit still and quiet and think about how you are spending your days. I had to do this recently because as the last few years have passed by, I realized I was busy doing a lot of things that were not leading me to my dreams. I had to decide to let some things go.

I am a paper crafting artist. I like to draw, paint, cut, punch, and glue. When I moved recently, I realized my many interests were actually holding me back from accomplishing what I wanted to do with my business. It was tough, but I let go. I packed up everything that did not help me with my business and put it away. It may not be forever, but for now I needed to let go of some things so that I could do better things. If all our space is filled up then there is no room for other, more important things.

The results? I have been so productive these last two months! I am excited to wake up and get busy and I have the space to do my work. Letting go was hard at first, but the freedom has been great! My life seems to be moving forward in the direction of my dreams. That feels amazing!

What things are you holding on to that are actually holding you back? I would love to hear all about it!

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