• Examine your habits. Routine is great, but too often we start living out of habit rather than intention. Think about what you are doing, and ask yourself if it’s the best way to do it. Whenever possible, simplify your schedule so you can have more time to do something you love!
• Record your days. Whether you journal each detail, or scribble down the highlights of each day, having some record of how you’ve spent your time gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Elisabeth suggests using your calendar as a journal instead of as a planner.
• Make smiling your favorite. I love this little quote/poem by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
• Make someone else smile. Even if they’re a complete stranger, you can still make someone’s day. It might just take a smile, or an unexpected act of kindness. One time at the grocery store, I noticed an elderly lady in a motorized cart who couldn’t reach the cantaloupe display. She was so happy and appreciative when I chose one for her, and put it in her cart. Usually it doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, and it will make your’s, too.
• Have an evening routine that you love. Drink hot cocoa, listen to some quiet music, and read a few pieces from your favorite poet. Focus on relaxing. You will quickly start to love this routine!
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~ Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle