Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how busy I deem my life to be. It’s really just not. I tend to “need” to make time for unnecessary activities, such as watching TV, exercising, catching up on reading blogs, and you’re going to laugh at this one, but doing my hair. I spend a lot of time doing things that don’t need to be done, when I could use that time wisely towards activities that actually matter. I also tend to rush through what I really do have to do in order to move on to the next time. In this process, I end up missing out on all the little things that are so beautiful in life. For example, the 4 year old I nanny for made all these pictures at school today and was so excited to show them to me. They’re obviously the work of a child and nothing super special, but to her, they’re just absolutely amazing. She is so proud of her work and obviously took a long time on them. It’s amazing to see her face light up when she talks about the simple snowman that she made on her paper. Also, the other day I was with the 2 year old at an outdoor mall. There were little seashells engraved into the sidewalk that she was absolutely fascinated with. I would never have noticed these if I was on my own, since I’m usually power-walking through the mall to get my shopping done as quickly as possible. In the words of some quote I heard forever ago that I’m sure you did too, “Take time to stop and smell the flowers.”
I actually took that picture when I was in Italy!
Here are some of the unusual places that I have found beauty or love lately:
I think it’s really important to step back and think about all the beautiful things in your life, rather than what brings you down. What you focus on multiplies, so why not think about the good stuff? Seems like a good idea to me.
Here’s some food pictures for you today! I don’t take and/or post these as often as I would like, so I’ll try to get back into it more.
Breakfast: mango Naked juice, whole wheat sandwich thin toasted with butter, and a pear
Snack: fruit salad
Lunch: grilled cheese (yes, with ketchup) and an un-pictures salad with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, orange peppers, celery, and broccoli
Snack: vanilla bean frozen yogurt with dark chocolate m&m’s
Don’t know what dinner is going to be yet. I’m heading to the gym after work to train a client and get in a workout of my own in the form of a jazzercise class. I have lots of client training plans to work on tonight, since I have 5 sessions with new people coming up in the next week! Whew. I’m making good progress on the Spice Up Your Life challenge. Last night I went through my books and found the ones I want to donate to our local library, and the night before that I worked on getting my recipes and workouts in order which feels GREAT. Tonight the goal is to throw out stuff from my bathroom cabinets that I don’t use anymore. That will be quite a task.
What is something beautiful from your day today?