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Saturday, January 3, 2015

GO AHEAD...ENJOY Y0URSELF AT HOME THIS YEAR

An article from Apartment Therapy popped up in my email this morning and so I had to take a look. It is titled 5 Habits to Adopt In The New Year For More Happiness At Home. You can see the entire article here.


It really resonated with me (I have been so guilty of number 3 in the past)

This is my summary:

1) Have one daily ritual that is just for you. I think this gets easier as we get older and have more time for ourselves, but it is really important at all ages. For me it is my cup of tea in the afternoon. Every day about three o'clock I sit with my tea and relax. It is something I look forward to.

2) Set aside time in the week to listen to music. When I was at my daughter's house I noticed that they had soft music playing in the background. The lights were low and it was very soothing. I love to listen to music, so this is something I am going to do on a regular basis. Right now I am listening to some old folk music while I write this post. I am loving it.  

3) Use what you have. Oh boy, I have been so guilty in the past of not using what I have. Who in the world am I saving my wonderful candles, best soap, and pretty table linens for. I really don't want my daughters going through my drawers when I leave this world and finding all of the things I have squirreled away. I promise to not become one of those old ladies who covers her furniture in plastic so it will be clean for company.

4) Cook or prepare, something for pleasure, for yourself once a week. This is already something I had planned to do more of. I am going to do it more than once a week. I want to focus on foods that I love. Salmon is one of my favorites so I will definitely be preparing more of that for myself.

5) Choose one weekend day when you don't do any housework. This is an easy one for me, except I have to make my bed. I can definitely forgo scrubbing the bathroom or mopping the floors for a day (or even a week).

These all kind of seem like no brainers, but I know that sometimes it is good to remind ourselves to be kinder to ourselves on a daily basis. I'm all for anything that reminds me to live a simpler and more serene life.

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25 comments:

  1. When I have taken my son to college, fed all the animals. I sit down with a hot chocolate in the morning around
    9.30 a.m. and it is heaven. I played some music for the first time in ages over Xmas. Must listen to more.
    Rosezeeta.

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    1. Sounds like a perfect morning ritual, Rosezeeta. :)

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  2. One day with no housework...hey girl that's for me !!! LOL. I like the idea of listening to music too. I used to all the time. Now I rarely do. Blessings to you Laura, I am hoping you have a wonderfully enjoyable new year. xoxo,Susie

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    1. I wonder why we quit listening to music. I had some playing softly in the background yesterday and it was really soothing. That day of no housework sounds great :)

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  3. I read this article and I think its advice we all need, I know I certainly need to take heed of this,

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    1. Sometimes I think we are so busy looking at the big picture that we forget the small things that make us happy, Laurie.

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  4. I prepared a nice dinner and had a glass of Chianti for myself on New Years Eve for the first time since losing my husband. I even sat at the dining table with a linen napkin. I think that was the best meal I have had in ages. I thought then , "I need to do this more often." I also have a morning ritual of having two cups of coffee and reading devotions. I tried to give up coffee last year but missed my morning ritual so much I went back to it. And I never do housework everyday, other than make the bed, I guess I have this self care down pretty good.
    Debbie

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    1. Hooray for you, Debbie. You do seem to have the self care down pretty good. I hope you have lots more nice dinners for yourself.

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  5. These are all wonderful ideas Laura. I also enjoy my tea late morning and after lunch usually while I'm reading blogs. I also have to make our bed every morning. I was taught that as a child and have always done so. I even taught my kids the same thing but they have not followed in Mum's footsteps on that one!! lol. Hugs. Pam

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    1. If my bed is made, even if other things are a bit messy, then I feel comfortable. I just can't stand for it to be unmade. I will think of you when I am having my tea. :)

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  6. Great ideas, Laura... I hope you have a very happy, healthy new year!!

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    1. I hope you have a happy, healthy new year too, Katie.

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  7. We are on the same page.....I too take some time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. Listening to music is so relaxing. Salmon is a personal favorite of mine as well, so even though my husband does not care for it, I cook it for myself once a week. All are good reminders and ways to take extra special care of ourselves!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog

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    1. I love salmon. I wasn't eating it because it is so pricey, but I found it frozen at Trader Joe's and so now I buy a package and divide it up. It is really nice to pull it out once a week. I'm glad that you are doing that for yourself even though your hubby doesn't care for it. What a nice treat.

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  8. Hi! new to your blog, and me likey. :)

    Great post. Have a fantastic new year!

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    1. Hi Gwen. I am so happy to have you here. I hope you have a fantastic new year, too.

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  9. Oh yes. This is a good post. We MUST be good to ourselves. If we are not, who is going to be good to us? Susan

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    1. As women, we so often are busy taking care of everyone else that we forget about ourselves. So yes, we MUST be good to ourselves. :)

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  10. Dear Laura, This is a very good post to think about. I too am guilty of not using everything. I am going to change that for sure. Including not saving "good" clothes for "special" occasions.
    Have a very Happy New Year. xo Catherine

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    1. Happy new year, Catherine. Get those good clothes out and enjoy them :)

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  11. I think these are great ideas..they make us feel that we have to come "first". My little thing I do everyday is just lie down on my bed and read for a half hour. It used to be an evening ritual for a few hours. But my back starts to get stiff and then with sleeping, I'm in bed 10 hours? Ha!

    And yes...use those pretty things you have. You will appreciate them the most.

    Jane x

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    1. We really do need to come first. If we don't take care of ourselves we won't be able to take care of others. I love your reading ritual.

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  12. Very sinsible points, and very doable. Except perhaps the housework one, with four children in the house l don't think l could get a day entirely free. I can have a quieter day though, and just do the bare necessities. Thanks for sharing, we all need to focus and not tare through the days. Points like the above help us do just that. Pam xx

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    1. Definitely hard to not do housework with four kids, but I hope they are helping you. Enjoy your day, sweet Pam.

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  13. All good things, Laura. If this same list is broken down into one hour every day you pretty much have a glimpse of what works for me. A good friend introduced me to the one hour a day gardening concept several years ago and the rest just tumbled into place. Bliss!

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