Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pretty Things: 4 Simple Pleasures I'm Loving Right Now


Today, I want you to remember to make time for the little things that boost your spirit, put a smile on your face, make you feel creative, intelligent, attractive - basically however you want to feel.  Have you been doing that lately?

Sometimes I am my own worst enemy.  I put so much pressure on myself.  I was talking to the mister recently about household duties and how stressed I get about taking care of home and work and everything else while still trying to look somewhat presentable.  He's such a low maintenance guy and if he saw my to-do list, he'd probably cross half of it off, deeming those things to be unnecessary.  Everyone has different priorities, I guess, and I'm learning that keeping the sink clear of dirty dishes at all times is not a priority for him.  And just maybe, it shouldn't be such a big deal for me either.

This is why today I'm sharing with you four of my favorite things.  I need to remember the importance of simple pleasures and that a life of ceaseless productivity is not going to bring the best out of me.  Maybe you need this reminder too.

Dressing Up
Or maybe I should say dressing down!  I love my casual style and I'm really enjoying the ease of summer clothes.  No coats, no gloves, no bulky clothes.  Let's enjoy it while it lasts.

Since I'm studying for a big exam for work (I've already failed it once!), I haven't indulged too much in reading for pleasure.  I got this awhile back and haven't finished it, but it's hilarious and relatable.  I love Mindy Kaling. 

Working Out
I've finally started working out again on a regular basis.  Well, it's been 3 weeks of consistent exercise, and I seriously feel like a different person.  In all honesty, I look the same and my pants are still fitting too tight, but I know I'm back on the right track.   If you're like me and you've been making excuses, stop doubting yourself and get moving!   You will feel different inside and out and you will be so proud of yourself.


So maybe planning sounds more like business than pleasure but it all depends on what you are planning.  In order to escape the challenges of day to day, it helps to make sure you set aside resources to plan for something fun.  Maybe that's a vacation, or a shopping date with friends.  It could be as simple as a trip to the spa or the salon.  The only requirement is that it's something that makes you happy and seeing it on your calendar puts a smile on your face.  :)


MerelyMarie said...

Oh, those dishes in the sink really get my goat too! Ha!!!

I have been enjoying the little things...making coffee, going for a walk with my DH, reading, writing...and planning, is a complete pleasure. :D

Great tips!!!

NinaG said...

I just requested that Mindy Kaling book from the library. Can't wait to read it.

Peace Love and Pretty Things said...

Thanks for the comments ladies! We have to work hard AND play hard, right?

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