100 Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life

It begins…
You see, when we’re born we see the world in an uncomplicated way. We know what we need, and we ask for it. We like nice people, and we don’t like mean people. We sleep when we’re tired, we eat when we’re hungry, and we stop eating when we’re full.
As we grow older, we eat and drink to console ourselves, rather than addressing what’s bothering us. We overwork to avoid close relationships, rather than finding people we can trust to form strong bonds with. We hold grudges, play games, spend more than we make, want things we don’t need, and we get too far away from our basic human needs. In other words, we complicate things. Here are 100 ways to uncomplicate it…

Enjoy! Happy Tuesday! xo

1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds
2. Get up 30 minutes earlier so that you don’t rush/get a ticket while driving too fast/have to explain why you’re late/get fired
3. Get 8 hours of sleep per night so that you think more clearly
4. Stick to your budget
5. Start saving and investing every week, no matter how little you can spare
6. Balance your checkbook
7. Don’t try to be friends with everyone. Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.
8. Don’t try to do business with everyone. Identify your target client and take very good care of them.
9. Before getting angry, ask yourself if it will really matter in 20 years
10. Focus on being a good person, not on pleasing others
11. Stay home this Saturday, and finish off that nagging chore that you need to finish
12. Kiss and make up
13. Make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the market
14. Ask your grandparents the best way to uncomplicate life, and try it for a month
15. Fill up your gas tank when it’s half full
16. Don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad
17. Pay your bills on time
18. Get an annual physical examination
19. Say “I love you” to your significant other and to your children. Studies show that more marriages last, and fewer kids use drugs, when these words are spoken every day.
20. For just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are
21. Give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years
22. Throw out clothes that are in disrepair, and can’t be mended
23. When you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is.
24. Know what your priorities are in life, and act as if they are your priorities
25. Tell the truth
26. Don’t cheat
27. Don’t steal
28. If you’re holding on to a ridiculous grudge, let it go
29. Clean your house weekly, so that it doesn’t become too large a chore
30. Do your best at work, or at school
31. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry
32. Eat when you are hungry
33. Be yourself
34. Say no unapologetically
35. Cook simple meals
36. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses
37. Pay off your car before buying a new one
38. Organise your desk at the office
39. Change your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks spring forward, and again when they fall back
40. Organise your important paperwork
41. Take only half the clothes that you planned to take with you on holiday
42. Help your children with their homework every night, and have an open dialogue with their teachers
43. Have white sheets and white towels in children’s rooms/bathrooms, because they’re easily bleached
44. Spend your time with nice people
45. Avoid drama
46. Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving
47. Turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers
48. Don’t engage in office politics
49. Refuse to gossip, or talk behind other people’s backs
50. Do the dishes right after dinner
51. Never go to sleep angry
52. Ask nicely for what you need and want
53. Walk 10,000 steps per day to help your heart
54. Do 20 push-ups before speaking in anger
55. Leave work at work
56. Don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy
57. Don’t envy others
58. Have your oil changed
59. Take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold
60. Don’t work more than 8 hours per day
61. Weed your garden weekly
62. Wash your car weekly
63. Have a spring cleaning month every year, and do one room at a time
64. You don’t need to be best friends with work colleagues, but build respectful partnerships
65. Don’t drink and drive
66. Don’t look for reasons to be angry or sad, look for reasons to be happy. You’ll always be able to find plenty of each.
67. Be friendly with your neighbours
68. Return emails and phone messages promptly
69. Schedule in free time
70. Don’t procrastinate
71. Do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it
72. Be more flexible when you’re able to be
73. Forgive and forget. End of story.
74. Break the consumerism habit…put a three month moratorium in place on buying anything not deemed a necessity
75. Start your diet on September 1, rather than January 1, so that you won’t also have holiday pounds to lose
76. Take care of any health issues or concerns
77. Have your tires rotated
78. Have your brakes checked
79. Have your eyes checked
80. Don’t let your imagination run away with you
81. Let go of perfection in others
82. Let go of perfection in yourself
83. Don’t try to help those that refuse to help themselves
84. Find a way to reduce your commute to work
85. Have an alloted amount of worry time per day/week, that you strictly abide by
86. Drink more water
87. Eat more salmon
88. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill
89. Wear your hair in a classic, easy to care for style
90. Finish what you start
91. Wear classic clothes and shoes that never go out of style
92. Create a daily routine
93. Have a 1, 5, 10 and 20 year plan for your financial and life goals
94. Slow down
95. Eat out less often
96. When you ask your husband which outfit looks best, thank him for his answer and wear the one he liked rather than focusing on why he didn’t like the other one
97. Allow your children to grow up
98. Clean out your garage, and donate anything that hasn’t been used in the past year
99. Stretch every day
100. If a relationship is over, let it go
{Source: Live The Charmed Life, Images: Pinterest}

the best things in life aren’t things

The best things in life are not things. The best things in life are relationships, laughter, love, silliness, acceptance, comfort, friends, peace, memories, family, joy + so much more. I’m reminded this morning how absolutely lovely life is – and I mean outside of new clothes, job titles, new clothes and good food. Spending the past two days with my best friends this week reminded me just how important it is to value relationships over material possessions; to value kindness over “success.” I hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy a few words of encouragement!- Happy Wednesday!

8 Reasons to Enjoy your Life TODAY

Good morning friends! I’m sharing a post I originally wrote for 8 Women Dream on March 10, 2011 that I wanted to repost on my own blog today. I wrote this post during my final week of college in March and at the time, was very overwhelmed. Not just overwhelmed with a lot of nerves, new changes and transitions in the future, but overwhelmed with goodness and joy. Life is truly a whirlwind.

The reason I wanted to share again was because I have a feeling a lot of people are feeling the exact same way now. Many of my friends have their last two weeks left in our little heaven called Athens – and it IS beyond weird to think about the future. Rereading my own post and looking back on the past two months has bee such a refreshing reminder to live life to the fullest in every single moment. Enjoy the people around you – focus on right now. Hope you like the post! xo

I wouldn’t be where am today if it weren’t for yesterday. I won’t be where I will be tomorrow without today.

I’m adopting a new mantra: “Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” This is why I’ve compiled:

8 Reasons to Enjoy Your Life Today -

1. You are doing great things.

Regardless of where you are sitting right now, you are doing something important with your life. You are impacting someone and you have already done so much. Stay cheerful and optimistic about who you are, what you’ve done and where you are going.

2. There are people who love and support you.

People care about you. Anytime you feel upset, remember how many people love you and are cheering for you! Anytime you feel anxious or freaking out about pursuing your future and your dreams, remember how many people love you right where you are at right now.

3. You have opportunities to grow.

Today is the day to embrace that you can constantly be refining who you are. You can always be growing personally and professionally. This doesn’t mean achieving you dream overnight — it just means taking life one day at a time and constantly trying to get better with each one.

4. The longer you wait to enjoy life, the more you lose in the long run.

Sometimes when you are stressing about your dreams or future, it’s essential to just sit back and breathe. Take a chew on this: the longer you wait to actually enjoy and soak up life, the less time you have to enjoy it.

5. Extra stress keeps you from moving forward.

I live by a sweet saying that runs through my mind almost daily: too blessed to be stressed. We have so much to be grateful for let stress overwhelm us. We have too many beautiful things to be grateful for to worry about the bad things.

6. Life is an adventure.

Life doesn’t have to be one big struggle. What if we viewed life as an exciting adventure rather than a battle uphill. Rather than view life as a battle uphill, why not instead run down the hill sprinting?

7. You have control of your own life.

No one is telling you what to do. No one is forcing you to do something or go somewhere. You have the power to decide how you view your life, you have the control to do what you want to do. Now all you have to do is go for it.

8. Unexpected moments and disasters can be the just what you need.

Sometimes, we just have bad days. It’s inevitable, but just when you think you can’t crack a smile or laugh-something absolutely ridiculous comes along to keep you rolling on the floor.

Case in point: My friend and I were bummed after a rough group project and being bombarded with tasks to do and were walking down the escalator to grab a quick dinner. My friend was wearing a fabulous floor-length maxi skirt and as we stepped off the escalator, she was stuck.

Her skirt was caught in the escalator steps for a full minute until a random stranger came up to rip her skirt out of the escalator. You can’t script moments like this. And I wouldn’t pass up these moments for the world. Today, and the very moment we are in, is an gift.

And a beautiful one at that!

Make today beautiful, positive and enjoyable. I only shared a few reasons to soak up today, live it up in the moment you are in and appreciate how far you’ve come, where you’re heading and the precise moment you’re in. Thanks for reading – I’m always here to cheer for you! xo

Thursday Thankful List

  • Choosing to rise above small things – forgiving big, believing big, laughing big, acting big, dreaming big, living big.
  • Radical self-love
  • Manicures
  • Surprises
  • Finding old pictures…this one is from my summer in DC!
  • Figuring out exactly what motivates me and other people
  • Happy hour….and/or glasses of white wine
  • Little lambs jumping….(actual saw this yesterday..SO cute!)
  • The smell of fresh cut grass
  • Eggs….usually omelets but love these below:

>>>I am thrilled that it’s Thursday. It has been QUITE a week and I have to admit, I’ve been a little out of my element. I’ve been beating myself up, feeling extra emotional, freaking out on the inside about dumb, insignificant things. I had a brilliant snap back to reality before finishing this post – (partially thanks to a long talk with my mom!) ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I literally stopped myself and had to put an end to the negative thinking. I have all that I need – mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. I have all that I need and more, and I’m so glad I have this weekly post because it reminded me of little things TO be happy about. To be thankful for. To feel blessed by. 

>>>The rest of this week and this weekend will not have the same approach the past few days had. Today and the rest of the week will be full of peace, rather than full of anxiety. It will be full of positive words, rather than mean voices in my head. It will be full of strength. I’m reminded of this simple verse: Joy is love’s strength, peace is love’s security, goodness is love’s character, faith is love’s confidence. THAT is what this week(end) will be all about: joy, peace, goodness, faith and love. The other stuff, the mental garbage and chaos, will be put to rest. Enjoy your Thursday, stay positive! And thanks for reminding me to do the same – xo!