We have too many cutting boards already, but I really like this one.
This printable day planner. Yes.
A scarf that says, cold weather please hurry up!
These earring crawlers. How do you feel about this jewelry trend? I’m digging it.
Make your cookies more unique with this!
Wooden earrings, anyone?
A great shirt to wear around Disneyland.
If you like to grow herbs, you’d like this planter.
Such fun coasters!
If I ever need bookends, these would be the ones.
Etsy is my jam. Do you have a favorite Etsy shop? I’d love to explore.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a movie-watcher. I am a Netflix-watcher. In college, if I got home from a long day, I wanted to pop in a movie and veg. It’s a stress reliever for me most days, and that’s fine. But I’ve realized having the tv on has become a crutch for me to be productive. If I’m cleaning, Gilmore Girls is usually on. If I’m home along, drawing or folding clothes, I usually put something on. Not saying I’ll never do it again after this moment, because I certainly will.
Even with social media, I will sit on the couch and scroll a feed for a good 20 minutes, before getting up to do something. Not saying it’s a bad thing, sometimes it’s relaxing, but… how many other things that would do my tomorrow a favor could I be doing in that 20 minutes?
I’ve also realized how much more productive and clear-headed I am when I don’t have the television on, or my phone right beside me. It got me thinking about all the small things I could do with time that I’m tempted to procrastinate. When I get home from work, or on a lazy Saturday afternoon…
- Paint your nails
- Walk around the house thoughtfully: rearrange, throw out, donate
- Plan recipes for the next week
- Sketch out a garden plan
- Take 30 minutes and practice your hobby (for me, photography)
- Organize your recipe files
- Catch up with a friend via phone call, email, or text
- Talk a walk around the neighborhood
- Put on worship music and sing your heart out
- Clean out the ‘catch-all’ drawers (everyone has them)
- Take a few minutes and make a list of your blessings
- Brainstorming Christmas gift ideas
- Write a couple letters to distant friends or family
- Create a recycling system for your home
- Clean out your pantry
- Write a family manifesto for the year
- Memorize a Bible verse
- Spend some time in dedicated prayer for someone, or a people group
- Do something creative (for me it would be probably doodling for a little while)
- Create a budget for the upcoming month
- Organize your closet, getting rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year
- Play with your hair and figure out a new way to wear it, just for fun
- Find an adventurous dessert recipe and make it
- Make a list of goals for the month
- Deep clean the bathroom (not anyone’s favorite, but marvelously helpful in the end)
- Plan a spontaneous evening out for your husband, or your friends
Most of these things range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, not a huge deal when considered within 24 hours, right? But, it can truly make a great deal of difference in the overall month or year. I find the quote below interesting:
“Most people don’t think in terms of minutes. They waste all the minutes. Nor do they think in terms of their whole life. They operate in the mid-range of hours or days. So they start over again every week, and spend another chunk unrelated to their life-time goals. They are doing a random walk through life, moving without getting anywhere.” Alan Lakein
Small choices today that can help or hurt bigger goals later.
What do you think?
I love the idea of buying from businesses/organization that support local or global causes and people groups. For example, the A21 Campaign. I am extremely passionate about their work against human trafficking, so I purchase tees from there as opposed to the average department store. (It’s also great for birthday and Christmas gifts.)
I’ve recently stumbled across Raven + Lily.
Raven + Lily was created to alleviate poverty among women. Raven + Lily currently helps employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Raven + Lily is committed to providing products that are made by hand, follow fair trade standards, and honor our eco-friendly commitment.
I bought my own bracelet, and every time I wear it I’m reminded of these strong women, their beauty, their lives.