Cast your vote

Yesterday was election day. Whether you submitted a ballot or not, you still have a chance to vote. How? Every day is voting day. Every day we cast our votes for what we deem important. How we spend our money, where we go, what we watch and who we spend time with are all votes.

How will you vote today?

What to make today…

There are a lot of things I can make today. There are a lot of things I can do. There are a lot of ways I can spend my time. But most important of them all is to make today meaningful.

Here are a few ways I can make today meaningful: hug, laugh, encourage, kiss, smile, give, rest, play, work, nurture, love and listen.

How do you make your days meaningful?

make today meaningful

Be Spontaneous

Being spontaneous does not come naturally to me, especially since I have two young kids. I like having a plan. I like being prepared. I like following a schedule. So, when I said, “Yes!” to a spontaneous trip to the beach, everyone was surprised (especially me).

Live in the moment. Let go. Get dirty. Get knocked over by waves. It’ll be okay. You know how I know? Because that day I laughed harder than I had in months.

Planning and preparation are good, but so is spontaneity.  The reality is that I need a little bit of both in my life. I can’t plan everything and I can’t be prepared for everything. Even if I could, I don’t know if I’d want to because some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments are unplanned.

Be Spontaneous. It's good for the soul.

Right now there are dishes that need washing, clothes that need folding, counters that need wiping, carpets that need vacuuming, garbage that needs dumping and food that needs cooking. There are a lot of things that need to be done, but sometimes the best thing I can do for me and my family is to just go to sleep.

No sleep makes mama a grumpy lady and if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Date Night with Mr. Fish

Sometimes I’m so focused on being “Mom” that I forget to be “Mrs.” 

Sometimes I don’t hold my husband’s hand because I’m busy holding my daughter’s.

Sometimes I’m too tired to care for my husband because I’ve spent all my energy on my daughter.

Sometimes I have no patience, grace, or encouragement for my husband because it all went to my daughter.

I must remember that before my daughter, there was my husband. It’s easy to forget who came first and who should get priority.

Recently, PapaFish and I took a break from being “Mom & Dad” so that we could be “Husband & Wife.” We held hands, ate pie, talked, laughed and smiled. It was an intentional moment in time where Mr. Fish got the best of me. Life should be filled with more moments like this one.

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I’m a big fan of tips that make everyday tasks easier, faster and more efficient (a.k.a. life hacks).

Here are three of my favorites. Enjoy!

A better way to tie your shoes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA

How to dry your hands

A simple, clean way slice a bell pepper