I love reading. I love reading all different topics and genres of books. Recently, I have been really into motivational books that have just made me feel awesome. These “self help” books are becoming more and more popular especially as … Continue reading
I know- it’s been awhile since I blogged. Honestly, I have been trying to stay so busy that I don’t even have moments to myself. I am trying to keep busy so I don’t start missing my husband.
My husband joined the United States Army. It feels so strange typing that. I never thought I would be in this position. I remember- throughout my entire life- I would see as men and women left their spouses for deployment and I would think ‘Oh my gosh. I could never ever do that. I couldn’t be away from my husband for that long.’ And now, I am going to be one of those women. It’s weird.
It seems like my personal mantra the past few weeks has been “It’s all okay.” That’s what my friends keep telling me, what my family keeps reminding me, and what I am constantly telling myself. It’s all okay. Everything will be fine.
Do you have those days (or weeks or months) where it just seems like your entire world is unraveling? That everything you have worked so hard to build is being torn down? Maybe I am being a little dramatic. It’s just- recently I was given news that is changing my entire life. Before you get too excited- or nervous- I’m not pregnant. So, don’t worry about that.
Anyway, here I am, having freak outs every single day because my life is changing majorly. Then, I thought of something:
I CAN DO IT
I know that it doesn’t seem like that hard of a concept to realize. But, when you are right in the middle of a hard time, it can be hard to remember that you can come out of it.
Whenever you are having one of those days (or weeks or months) when it feels like it’s too hard and it will never end- just remember: You CAN do it! You can climb that mountain, you can walk that tightrope over the precipice, and you can get through anything! Even better- you WILL get through it.
I have been asking myself this a lot. “Am I making a difference?” “Does what I do matter?”.
Awhile ago, I noticed that I only used 1 paper towel to dry my hands after washing them. I do not know when I started doing this but I became conscience of the fact that I was doing it a few years ago. However, I did not really start wondering if I was actually making a difference until several months ago. Does it really matter if I am only using 1 paper towel? Am I really helping anything? I am just one person- I don’t think I can make a difference.
Then I went to school one day and my educator showed me this video…
So, I decided to crunch the numbers for my personally. Let’s say I wash my hands and use paper towels at work/school 5 times a day/5 days per week. If I were using 5 paper towels every time,in one week I would use 125 paper towels. That is 6,500 paper towels per year! (are you following this math?) Compare that to using 1 paper towel 5 times per day- 5 days per week. 25 per week and 1,300 per year! I am saving 5,200 paper towels every year! That is not even including going out to restaurants, or concerts, or anywhere else- just work.
I challenge you to do this for other things you do: do you pick up one soda can a week and drop it in a recycle bin? Well, you are recycling 52 cans a year! That is awesome! Do you go to the coffee shop every day before work and use a reusable cup? You are saving 260 cups a year! Seriously, anything you do can help- sometimes we just do not realize that every little thing can make a big difference.
Last week was a really long, frustrating week. So, on Saturday night, I decided to take a hot bubble bath and read a book (yes- I am one of those people and it was sooo relaxing). Currently, I am reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen so I grabbed that book and got into my luxurious tub. I was so happy! And then for some reason I decided to bring that book right up to my face and just take in how perfect this moment was. While I was doing this- and being the weirdest person in the world- I was thinking how much I love the smell of books. It’s just one of those small things that puts a smile on your face, you know?
This made me think how many other little things there are in the world that seem like such big things to us:
When you get you winged eyeliner just perfect
Squishing your toes into wet sand on the beach
Really soft blankets
A cup of hot chocolate
Laughing with your best friend
When the cookies you bake turn out delicious
When the cookies you bake suck and you can just laugh it off
Crossing things off your to-do list
Seriously, I could go on forever. Life is so full of these little moments that help us get through the harder times- the little things that make the big difference. After thinking about all this, I decided to add something else to my list of 2016 Goals:
Remember all the good moments, happy accidents, small victories, and the little things that get messed up but it works out anyway. Remember how wonderful books smell and how great it feels when you do your eyeliner perfectly.