Thursday, November 14, 2013

The List

I have seen this post floating around Facebook and finally took the time to read it this morning.

18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time for Again

I encourage you to follow the above link and read her actual article in full but here are the bullet points for my blogging and discussion purposes.

And then we can all go to Barnes and Noble and buy her book The Truth About Everything, Brianna Wiest.  It looks like one of those great little books that you could read each morning to start the day on a positive thought.

Okay, back to the list and my thoughts….

1. Writing things by hand


I still love to write things by hand.  I have always loved pens and paper.  Any time I see a cute pen or stationary pack or notebook, I buy it. When I get bored I doodle.  I make grocery lists, to do lists, daily notes for our clients.  I also take notes when I read really good books. Like self help books, not 50 Shades.

2. Savoring time to do nothing

Hmmm this is a hard one.  I FEEL like I can do this, but I’m not sure.  I like to be up at least an hour before I have to do anything to have alone time and drink coffee.  Some how, it is also during this time, that I hop on Facebook or blog or clean the kitchen or… get the idea.

3. Thinking before responding

I feel like Brianna is correct in why people don’t think before responding.  We have trained ourselves to expect INSTANT gratification. So, in a way, when someone asks me a question or even just shares a statement and I blurt out my opinion, it has less to do with them and more to do with the instant feeling of gratification it gives ME. Yikes. I need to work on that.

4. Cooking a nice meal

Well, competing has totally ruined this for me! ha!  I cook a lot but it’s never for the sake of just cooking.  It’s more of a factory operation.

5. Getting really dressed up

I do this from time to time.  I feel like it happens during the change of seasons when I haven’t worn a super cute dress all winter so, the first nice day, I can’t wait to slip into it and Justin’s like, “We are going to the grocery store. What are you wearing?”.

6. Books

I used to feel this way until I bought a Nook.  I do miss the part about making notes in the book.  The Nook is just so easy and when we go on vacation, instead of lugging 4 books around, I just have one little Nook. (I’m sorry Tenecia)

7. Making phone calls to relatives

Super horrible about this.  I need to write a to-do list in one of my notebooks and make this #1!

8. Disconnecting from technology

I am ashamed of how deeply I am addicted to technology.  How did it happen? Five years ago, I didn’t even know about Facebook and now it’s like I can’t go an hour without checking it and Instagram, oh, I LOVE Instagram!

9. Celebrating things with long, multiple course dinners

Justin and I actually love doing this.  When we go out with people, and it’s appropriate, we let the waiter know that we want to take our time and order things slowly. 

10. Cleaning

I’m all about the fresh flowers part.  But, the cleaning? Just for the sake of cleaning?  I’m not going to lie, our house gets the best cleaning in the 30 minutes before guests are to arrive.

11. Spending time with kids

I should do this more.  I have three nephews that I need to make more time for.

12. Answering things in a timely fashion

I feel like technology makes this a lot easier. I’m still a procrastinator but I feel like I take care of things a lot quicker if they can be handled by email, text, paypal, etc.

13. Making sure relationships are actually based on time spent with one another

Yeah, I miss out on some really great friends because I feel like I’m connected with them due to Facebook when I actually have seen their face in 5 years.  That just happened around Halloween and I don’t like that one bit.

14. Just sitting and listening to music

This one kind of surprised me.  I listened to music often but I don’t just sit and listen to music for the sake of listening to music.  It’s on while I’m getting everyone ready for the day, or in the car so I can sing at the top of my lungs, or in my ears while I lift weights.  I’m always doing something or going somewhere. It is always serving a purpose or being used to create a feeling.

15. Traveling by train or exploring places you normally pass right by

This, interestingly enough, has come up very recently.  A friend is planning a visit with an out of town friend.  She wants to show this friend what Kansas City is all about.  It’s been so fun to hear her itinerary and all the places and things they are going to do.  It’s really sparked some excitement about taking time to be a tourist in Kansas City.  There is a lot I take for granted.

16. Putting personal health and well being first

I have NO problem with this one! ha!  I love a good nap and I’m not embarrassed to take one any chance I get!

17. Planning something

I feel like I’m pretty good with this one too.  I am always planning something.  It could be a workout with the KC Divas or Justin and I’s next vacation. There is always something in the works.

18. Stopping to talk to people throughout the day

I could definitely do this more.  I have days when I am super friendly and want to smile at strangers and wish them a good day, but for the most part I am pretty task oriented when I am out and about.  I should probably slow down and little and talk to people. I’m not really sure what all my rushing around is even about.  It’s not like I’m super busy.  I’m probably in a hurry to get home and take that nap!

There are just a couple more things that I enjoy and I don’t ever want to lose sight in their importance.

  1. Taking Walks
  2. Spending time with animals.
  3. Taking pictures and actually printing them.
  4. Learning a new skill or taking a class in something you have always wanted to do.

I would love to know everyone’s thoughts about this list or things you currently do that we all should be doing.

Blog about it or leave a comment.  After reading over this post, I have a lot to work on!


  1. Another thing that everyone should do is play GOLF!!!

    1. I agree! (or anything else outside that brings you joy!) ;)

  2. I love pen and paper. There is just some glamorous about beautiful stationary and graceful handwriting. Joshua is so good about taking the time to speak with strangers. He always says you never know who will meet and how a small conversation can impact someone's day :-) Great post!

    1. I should be more like Joshua. He is absolutely correct. Hope you both are doing well!

  3. Love the new pictures on your header!

    1. Thank you, Mary! I felt it was time for an update. ;)

  4. Probably one of my favorite posts! You might enjoy reading energy bus by Jon Gordon. It's a lot of nice reminders too.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll look it up! Love books like that.

  5. I love taking the time to cook a nice meal and my husband really appreciates it! For me, Sunday is the day I have time to do this. The hard thing is not worrying about my macros.

    I am also addicted to technology, email, fb, Instagram and Pintrest!!! It's hard to disconnect.