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Improvement, Day 2: Time

There’s 60 seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours in a day. 365 days in a year. 10 years in a decade. How many decades in a lifetime? The years each one of us lives, is largely dependent on how each one of us, independently, lives our lives. From food, exercise, matters of the mind, etc… they either take away from the seconds we have left or add to the the life we are living.

Time is all we have, so why shouldn’t we just make the most out of every second that we are alive? Here are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your day(s):

  1. Pieces of happiness: Identify the thing that makes you really happy. Once you know what that is, do you think that you are able to incorporate that happy piece into your first minutes of waking up? If so, try and see how it feels. Doing something you find joy in right in your waking moments can set the tone of your day. For example, I get up and kiss my kiddos & husband right away and then set off on a run or gym visit. My family makes me really happy and exericse makes me even more happy.
  2. Problems/Hardships: Are there “things” in your life? Things that chip away at your soul? Is it a short list or a long list? Are they approachable? Solveable? Can you think of some options that may help soften or dissolve the problems? Maybe it’s the strain of caring for a relative. Maybe it’s not being able to spend more time with your kids or husband. Maybe it’s struggling with paying the bills. Believe it or not, there are people out there that want to know what you are struggling with and want to help – whether it’s passing along an idea, tip, a hand, an hour, a doctor’s visit, healing time, a job. If you can open yourself up to facing the issues that are holding you down and open to yourself coming up with some sort of resolution or compromise then you will open yourself to the those in the world who want to help and the things that can help.
  3. It only takes one moment… to last a lifetime: Instead of your day being bogged down with stresses and upside down attitudes, try to MAKE one moment a day, a moment that will last a lifetime. Maybe it’s dancing and giggling with your kids, a soulful bike ride, hike, run, swim etc… Maybe it’s an embrace with your lived one that lasts that one extra second, the one that makes you both understand and feel the love without saying a word.

Share your time below and watch your second, minutes, hours, and days grow with happiness.

image Making the most out of “my” time and getting some early morning workout and work done before my kids get up and my husband heads to work. 🙂

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Worthy Words

I took the weekend off from writing any posts. I spent time with my family and friends. We ate, laughed, exercised, told stories and worked on various projects. My husband and I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k on Sunday, which we followed it up by brunching with our friends and kiddos. The day was beautiful for running and spending time together. My husband and five year-old worked on building a robot Sunday afternoon, which my little guy won’t let out of his sight. Pretty cute stuff.

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I’ve been sitting at my desk writing and rewriting ideas for today’s post. Trying to find words worthy of your eyes. Last week, I decided that I would dedicate this week to mental illness. Why mental illness? Well, some of the awful tragedies of last year and years past have shown mental illness to blame, while others are very uncertain as to why it even happened. I’ve been thinking about how to proceed with the idea ever since. After rummaging through endless articles regarding the senseless acts of violence over the years, I started to not want to write anything. It’s scary, disturbing and really sad to read about all the “stuff.” So, I’m going to write about positive outcomes and helpful tips regarding mental illness in the week ahead.

Mental illness has such a broad definition. It ranges from depression to schizophrenia to eating disorders. To quote Mayo Clinic, “A mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at work or in relationships.” If this is you, please seek help.

I do have a story I am working on, but I need to tweak it first. In the meantime, love, help and support one another. 🙂

 

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