Today I was able to live out the kind of person I intend to be. I will list some of the traits I would like to think I have, and how I exuded them today.
1) Spend quality, low-tech time with the people I love.
My husband and I constantly reflect on the fact that we simply enjoy being around each other, and try to be productive while spending time together as often as possible. We rarely watch movies or tv, because instead we enjoy making meals together, playing cards, taking a walk. We appreciate activities that a) get us up and moving; and b) allow us to talk about anything and everything. So, today, we worked for a few hours stenciling and painting our latest DIY project: our bedroom dresser.
2) Cook homemade meals.
Today I made lasagna from (almost) scratch. (The almost is because I did, in fact, use a jar of spaghetti sauce. I do not carry the trait of sticking to strictly homemade everything, though, so this was just fine, as far as my day was concerned!)
3) Plan ahead.
I actually made one 8x8 pan of lasagna for us to eat this evening, and one 8x8 pan that is in the freezer for some other evening this week or next week. Although planning ahead is something I do in many of the compartments of my life, food is not one of them. Consistently it is 6pm on a weeknight and Brandon and I look at each other, stomachs a'rumbling, and have no idea what to make. Many times we haven't even gone grocery shopping within the last two weeks, and so have no options except macaroni and cheese or a quesadilla...not quite the healthiest alternatives. Today, though, I have helped solve that problem in the near future.
4) Keep my home clean.
Lately my lack of time at home means my lack of a neat place to live. Today, though, I swept the entire main level, vacuumed the stairs, and vacuumed upstairs, as well as washed a rug. Now, as if that wasn't enough, I also, for the very first time *drum roll, please* cleaned the kitchen as I cooked lasagna. Including the dishes. You must know that washing dishes by hand is my absolute least favorite chore at home. I told my mom it's because of how dry my hands get. She suggests wearing gloves....genius, I know! Until that time when I have gloves in my kitchen, washing dishes by hand remains my unwanted chore--yet I overcame it today! Yay for a clean kitchen!
5) Keep in touch with loved ones.
While floundering around my kitchen in preparation for lasagna, I called my momma and we got to talk for about 40 minutes. Chatting with her, about everything and nothing, is so refreshing to me and can instantly bring me back to reality when I'm feeling out of touch. I so appreciate how often she listens to me babble on and on, and also how wise her advice is.
It's important to look for days like today. Days when you know you're exactly where you're supposed to be, appreciating the journey towards joy.