Thursday, March 7, 2013

4 Things You Should Make Time For Everyday

 Blouse- c/o Chicwish, Necklace- c/o Styled by Tori Spelling , Pants- Franchesca's, Shoes- Jessica Simpson, Hat- Target
**bracelets- THREADS Check out the new stacks and spring bracelets now in the shop!

Yesterday Mike and I both took the entire day off of work to celebrate our anniversary. I'll admit that I got a couple of work related things done in the morning and in the evening, but a good 10 hours was spent doing absolutely anything that we wanted to. I kept saying to him, "Is this what it feels like to be retired? We just do whatever we want all day long?" It was fun, and I felt free. But I also recognized that if I ever stopped working I would miss it so, so badly. We're all at different stages in our lives. Some of us are in school, stay at home moms, full-time employees, entrepreneurs, and maybe even all of the above!

Despite what phase of our lives we are in, here are 4 things that we need to make time for every day.

1- Taking care of your body: This includes getting ready and physical exercise. Even if you only have time to quickly brush your hair and put on a coat of mascara, it is incredibly important that you put a little bit of time into how you look. When you get ready, you feel better. It's not about being vain, but about showing up presentable. It allows you to have more confidence. It is also very important that you stimulate your body by working out every day. It clears your mind, keeps you in shape and healthy and makes you feel better about yourself. Find time for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. This is something that I am really working on! (Maybe because it's swim suit season soon... idk ;) )

2- Real conversations with the people you live with: Sometimes Mike and I's schedules are so different that it would be really easy to go a day or two without even having a face to face conversation with each other. We make an effort to make sure that never happens. It is important to engage with the people around you for multiple reasons. Stay interested in their lives and create memories together, no matter how tired you might feel at the end of the day. Creating relationships is what this life is all about and time needs to be put into spending time with those closest to you.

3- Service: When you take 5 minutes of your day to do something for somebody else, your whole attitude and outlook on life will change. Bold statement, I know. But it is true. The service can be as small as leaving an encouraging note or talking to a stranger. Other projects could include taking dinner to someone you know needs help, volunteering somewhere, mowing the old mans grass up the street, etc. The fact of it is when you focus more on others, you focus less on yourself. This means your stress goes down, and your problems seem a lot less crazy. Change your life by serving at least one person every single day.

4- Prayer or meditation- It is very important that you communicate with God, or whoever you believe in, on a daily basis. This gives more purpose to the day and makes you more aware of what you need to be doing. Take those quiet moments to reflect on your day and pray for guidance and strength. If you do not believe in God, meditate. Meditation will clear your mind and make you feel renewed. Quiet moments are essential to figuring out what the next step is that needs to be taken in your life. It allows reflection of blessings and can also make things seem a lot less overwhelming.

Is there something that you can not go without doing everyday? Let us know in the comments below!


Romantic Savy said...

You look beautiful! Love the post and Happy Anniversary!

Bethany @ The OC Fit Girl said...

Such great advice! For me, spending time with God and eating healthfully are the most important things :) if either of those go, my life slowly becomes more and more stressful and I lose sight of everything!

Caley Ashpole said...

You couldn't have said it any better... Thanks :)

Arielle said...

You're absolutely right with these! Each one is something I have been unconsciously striving for. I seriously need to work on conversations with my husband more. Our current work schedules have made it so difficult and I'm feeling it!

Lindsay @ Bella Cene said...

I so agree with you 100%! This is a great reminder.

CP and KW said...

loving this look and the message!
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Carly said...

Yes yes yes! I love this entire post, and it comes at a perfect time for me! I need to make more time for all of the above!


dawn frankhouser said...

Tank you for your inspiring post! I love reading this! Prayer is everything! Xoxo

Georgina Castellucci said...

Each of these things are so essential, thank you for the gentle reminder!

Katie said...

I just discovered your blog, and this post is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you!

girlwithspecks said...

I love your style, you look so beautiful :). I totally agree with you, everyone always need some time for themselves however busy our lifestyles may be. xoxo

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Erica said...

Great thoughts!
My addition? Catching up on what's going on in your community/locality/world once a day. If being an informed citizen is just "ehhh" to you, at least it makes for interesting conversation starters! Or helps you feel a bit less clueless if someone ELSE is overheard chatting about something going on today.


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Shannon Leparski said...

I just adore your outfit! What a perfect reminder too to keep all these in mind everyday. Each one is so important. Happy anniversary!