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11 Things to Improve Life Right Now

by Jenny Price

self

August 10, 2014

11 Things to Improve Life Right Now

 

Moms care for everyone, and sometimes (read: more often than not) it’s hard to find time (or even remember) to take care of herself. Here’s a little list of ideas to help rejuvenate. Pick one. Or two. Or, actually, just do them all. We dare you.

  1. Sleep in once a week and let your hubby get the kids up. Or if it’s Saturday – stay in bed and let the kids watch cartoons. Cuddle longer. Enjoy the quiet.
  2. Be spontaneous – in one way or another. Plan less and live more. If your child asks to throw the ball, stop dinner and go outside. Be present now.
  3. Make a friend and be a friend. You need support and so does she. Your kids have one model of a mom. And they need to know that you aren’t doing life alone.
  4. Invest in vacation for just you – if it’s you and a spouse that’s great – but take time to be away from your kids. So each week, put money aside for just mom time. And if you want to feel guilty about it, that’s just silly. Rested moms make for better moms.
  5. Write an encouraging note to someone every week. It might be someone that lives under your roof. One note per week is 52 or more people in your life that now know you are grateful for them.
  6. Read a blog. Peruse a magazine. Watch a home and garden show. WASTE 30 minutes a week – or more. Do something you love and stop feeling bad about it.
  7. Ignore a chore. Once a week, don’t do a certain “must-do” task. And watch the world still spin. Even if you leave your laundry in a pile for one month, the world still remains on axis. Wild, huh?
  8. Show a neighbor you care every week. Something active, tangible, relational that says, “Our family cares about you.” Do this with your kids. Demonstrate what loving those around you looks like.
  9. Make one phone call a week that is just for you. Not one where you are serving and giving but one where you are mutually caring for each other.
  10. Find a mentor. And meet weekly with this person. Encourage one another towards love and good deeds. Do not give up meeting together. Even if it has to be over the phone, 30 minutes – meet, and meet again, and love faithfully and fervently and watch your spirit soar!
  11. Have 30 or more minutes of silence per week. Yes, total, absolute, certain, deafening SILENCE! Yes, you can tell me the 30 reasons why this is impossible – or you can make the sacrifice – turn off the TV, take your early morning cup of coffee outdoors, away from honey and children, wake up at 3am and go to the bathroom by yourself – even that counts – just choose the silence. He speaks to you in whispers there.

Every week. 11 steps to you becoming a healthier woman! Enjoy.


 

Jenny Price loves date night with her husband Matt and hanging out with her five kids. She also enjoys her Starbucks iced coffee. Jenny is a passionate writer, mentor and speaker. Check out more of Jenny’s writing.

 

Which one of these are you going to try to do this week? 

Related topics: Advice, Busyness, Home, Real life, Self

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definitely gonna try these <3

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Great ideas, Jenny! We all need to find a way to refresh. First with The Lord, and then the world around us. If we aren't refreshed, we can't be of service to others.

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Great perspective... The more weighed down I am, the less good I am able to do for my family. My husband told me last night he'd like to arrange for a REAL day off from both work and kids for me soon. Maybe I'll get myself a facial or go to a movie all alone... It's been awhile!

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Thank you for these reminders/suggestions, Jenny. Truly put life in perspective for me, what's important. Some I already do,..need to practice #5 to my husband especially, and to be stilland let go. Thanks for the nudge Jenny,..needed it!!!

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I love #5 as well! I think I'll write my husband an encouraging note to send in his lunch box tomorrow RIGHT NOW.

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Sometimes all it takes is a gentle reminder, a friendly nudge, to pull my focus from the "next" thing I need to do, and place me again in the present. This is clearly a lifelong endeavor and I appreciate the loving tug you give me to be fully engaged when I am actually on a date with my hubby or outside with my children, grandsons or just alone with my coffee, to listen, really listen and make memories in my heart of THAT MOMENT. Love the suggestions, some I already do...LOVE silence, read what I want when I can and my girlfriend nights are nearly sacred, other suggestions, not so much...yet! 5 & 8...here we go!

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You are so right, Ruth, about the importance of being present. My encouraging note to YOU this week is this: You are clearly a wonderful presence in the lives of your husband, children and grandsons. Keep up the good works you are doing. And thank you for the reminder to plug in to the now instead of going over my endless to do list in my mind everywhere I go.

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Thank you Jenny! Great reminder to take some time for me. I'm starting with number one and will work my way down. Can't wait to see what a difference it makes foe me and my family!

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My hubby and I used to trade off sleep in days and we each got to sleep a little longer on one weekend day. Now he works on the weekend leaves the house early. I hope you get your much deserved sleep-in day, Monica!

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Jenny is one of our all-time favorite speakers at our MOPS group in Orlando, Florida! Not only has she spoke on daring and fun things like sex and marriage the past two years, but she makes herself available to us via our MOPS Facebook page everyday, and has even mentored some of our moms one-on-one, even though she lives nearly 2 hours away. Jenny has been my mentor since the age of 14, and I am so proud of her accomplishments and honored to call her my friend. Thanks Jenny for the awesome "sanity savers"!

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A good mentor is priceless! I love that, Brittney.

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I love these "sanity savers"! Thank you Jenny Price!

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Love this Practical piece! I wish I would have read this as a Young Mom! Never too Late to Grow, Learn , and make Meaningful, Practical , Changes! I am going to practice Soaking in Silence !

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so grateful we get to learn at all stages of womanhood.

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I have had the great joy of raising my daughter and I am soon to be a grandma! I love the advice shared here and will be sending it to my expecting daughter...starting off with this excellent list would be a blessing to the whole family!

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you will be such a fun grandma as YOU rest and be the best you can be and teach your daughter/soon to be mama all you have practiced too.

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5 and 8. I love writing encouraging notes but often don't take the time to write them. One a week...I can do that. I pray for my neighbors but often do not reach out them. Going to ask God to show me one way I can show them love each week.

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#52NotesAYear Encouragement GIVES life and breath and courage to another. Have fun doing so.

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I'm going to work on #2! As I'm finishing my cup of coffee and beginning to read this article my 4 year old walked up to me and asked me to color. I told her I would finish my coffee, clean up the kitchen and then we could color. Now I'm writing this post and picking up a crayon! I will be looking for more NOW moments this week.

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#NOWMoments Love this wording!

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This week I am going to start a vacation fund. Even if it is only a few dollars a week, the intention will create abundance. Due to circumstances outside of our control, my husband and I recently went nearly six years without a getaway. We vowed to never let that happen again. Even if it is just staying overnight at a local hotel, it is too important, invigorating, and rejuvenating to let it go!

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simple rest still counts as solid rest. excited for you in taking this step towards funding a trip

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Do something you love and stop feeling bad about it…I'll remember that this week when neck-deep in my to do list!

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Me too - it literally is something I practice - over and over in my day - My To Do list is NOT my value. My value is in God's making of me, and He has made me to accomplish many things for His Kingdom. And rest is advisable along the journey.

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Love these! I didn't do enough of these things when my kids were little and I found myself overcome with anxiety from trying to do it all! Resting and caring for yourself is not selfish, it's necessary. I've learned that I am not supposed to run full speed through life. Don't feel guilty investing in yourself! Thanks, Jenny, for your words of wisdom!

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Thank you for being a teacher to me in how deeply valuable it is TO LET GO.

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I'm digging #8 - Show a neighbor you care every week. We didn't do a good enough job getting to know the neighbors in our previous home of six years, and I want to be a neighbor worth knowing in our new neighborhood - although it's a temporary situation for us. This year I want to embrace authentic hospitality - no matter what my housekeeping looks like, and reaching out in kindness to a different neighbor every week will be a great start.

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let go of CHAOS … it is a disorder we all battle - "Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome - all people want is belonging - they don't care if your counters are cluttered. Have fun with this practice.

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So many great suggestions; silence sounds especially refreshing to me right now! Thanks for this great post!!

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enjoy the SILENCE - it's a valuable and powerful tool that He will use.

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I love that Jenny says "find silence in the bathroom at 3am if you have to." I rarely let myself exist in silence. I turn the tv on in the background or have the radio on or find SOME WAY to be surrounded by noise. This really is a great post - gonna find me some quiet time!

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We are often cursed by all the fun noise around us - but much of it is not productive unless we have settled in to hearing Him first. enjoy the silence.

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I will practice 30 minutes of silence. Tha ks for all the great suggestions!

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Sometimes I wish I could put my littles in a sound proof bubble. It would have to be permeable by air and they'd have to be able to eat/drink/use the toilet as needed while in it, but if I could just quiet their endless questions and verbal sparring for a bit... They are 4 and 5 and there is a lot of "he's copying me," "she hit me," "he's looking out MY window!" Especially in the car. It's 11:59 in my world and what's that I hear??? Nothing but the fan blowing cool air around? Yup. This is my silent time. And I am LOVING IT!

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yahooo!!! Yeah, that sound proof bubble is legit wanting for sure. proud of you for making it happen. I hide in my car sometimes, or my bathroom - that really does count.

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