Just do it. All of it. As I keep getting older, I started to realize a few things. Here I wrote them down.
- Don't save the good china for holidays! We all know those who keep all their gorgeous expensive plates and dinnerware locked away in a secret cabinet, then no one can touch it, and they only use it for Christmas, Thanksgiving and special occasions. Don't just celebrate the holidays. Celebrate everyday. You may have one Christmas coming up where you had your china all ready, but that special person didn't make it to Christmas ever again. Life is short. Enjoy everyday. Use the dam china.
- Travel more! I'm a big fan of keeping my kids on a routine and adhering to their schedules. Actually I think I did a blog post about it somewhere on here haha. But needless to say, traveling and exploring is something my husband and I feel very strongly about. We truly want out children to experience new places, new things, try new foods, see new cultures, and meet new people. I think this is so important and really is life learning. If I could sell every possession we own, homeschool our kids, backpack the world and see all the things, I totally would. But I think my husband would have me committed and put in a straight jacket.
- M&Ms won't rot your kids teeth in a day! Something strange happens when we have a baby. What happens? Our parents become grandparents. What does that mean? They instantly become the red character in the board game Candy Lane and it's like all the parenting rules went out the window. They give our children m&ms for dinner, keep them up past bedtime, don't give naps, force feed them more food because we are starving them, give too much advice, spoil our kids rotten, etc. C'mon you know what I'm talking about. I've had a few arguments with the grandparents about rules and snacks and yes m&ms. That's a true story. But seriously is it worth a fight? Not just grandparents. We struggle as parents to feed our children healthy options and we all sit around the table and talk about our day. Sounds so nice doesn't it? Most times it doesn't usually happen that way. At least not for me it doesn't. Nights can be chaotic, soccer practice runs late, which makes dinner late and bed times are often later they we intended. Some nights baked chicken and vegetables works. Other times, it's a race to just feed the kids anything they'll eat because they're moody and over tired. In the grand scheme of things. It's not a big deal. Some night are m&ms, some are broccoli. It'll be ok so chill.
- Don't sweat the small stuff! Which rolls off from number 3, but everyone in my opinion is too serious. No one can take a joke. Life is too serious. Laugh more, listen more, smile more, accept more, be grateful more, be positive more, love more, argue less, opinions less, be negative less, be selfishness less, hate less. Seems simple enough right? It is. It's us that make it more complicated.
- Choose to be happy! I don't make up a happy bee everyday. But I try to. We're all human. Some days, I'm tired and cranky. A lot of times, I wake up with migraines which I suffered off and on for years, but I choose to wake up and be happy. I don't mean materialistic things make you happy. Waking up being grateful for another day makes me happy. Seeing each one of my boys faces in the morning who are so happy to see me make me happy. A strong cup of coffee makes me happy. Looking up and seeing my husband smiling at me makes me happy. Laughter makes me happy. I choose to see the positive in each day and not constantly complain about what's going wrong, but instead think of everything that is going right. Being happy will make you more productive, eat healthier foods, make better decisions, and sleep better. Choose to become a Positive Pat and not a Debbie Downer.
- Get outside! Sometimes it's just getting outside in the fresh air is all someone needs. I personally think sunshine can make anyone happy. Being active is a healthy and fun way to live. We moved to a beautiful area where everyone is outside, either surfing, running, bike riding, it's a very healthy living lifestyle. It can be fun too. What do you like to do for fun? I bet most of it can be done outside too. Exercise is key to a happy and healthy life.
- Say I love you more often! When was the last time you actually said it? And let someone know you love them and really mean it? No one is guaranteed tomorrow so let others know you love them. Simple as that.
These are 7 lessons I personally feel strongly about. You don't have to agree with me and that's ok too. Why? See rule #3 and #4. All in all, life is short. Carpe diem aka seize the moment. I'm carpe-ing this diem and sharing it. Are you?