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Reflecting

It’s funny how summer, when I have way more time, is more difficult to keep up with my weekly blog!  I have two weeks to catch up on- so I’ll do my best to get these done asap!

I was so blessed to have been able to go away to a cottage last week with some of my favourite people.  I had forgotten how amazing being outside, away from civilization, hanging out, and playing in the water is.  Honestly, if I can swing it, I need to get myself a cottage- imagine how relaxed and ready for school you could be if you were enjoying cottage life for all of July and August?  So, here are my seven favourite things about the cottage and I’ve put in a few pics from my trip as well!

 1. Reading- Life is full of distractions and because of that reading seems to be a lost art.  Gone are the days when people will sit and read for fun- it’s much more important you read facebook updates, and try your hand at the latest level of Candy Crush.   Netflix and PVR allow you to watch your favourite shows whenever you want, and the options available to watch are greater than ever!  Why would you read a book? But at the cottage, distractions are gone- and you can pull out those unfamiliar things called books!

 

Relaxing

2. Sleeping- Ultimately the best thing about cottage life.  As an almost narcoleptic, I can appreciate anywhere where you can fall asleep and people don’t judge you.

3. Bonding- There is something about being at a cottage that brings people together.  Maybe it’s the fact that there’s nothing really to do, no one else you can text, or that you are in such close proximity of each other, but you can’t help but bond with those around you.  Good conversation seems to flow and the level of comfort you feel is unlike anything in the city.  You get the person’s undivided attention.  No texting or checking twitter feeds here!  I think my most meaningful and real conversations have happened either at a cottage or at camp.

Yogaing

4. a) Relaxing- Within seconds of arriving at the cottage, stress seems to melt away.  It probably has something to do with the sound of birds in the distance, the water lapping, and the air so fresh you can’t help but breathe deeply. The peace and calm you feel with no set schedule and no pressure is amazing.  Why go back to reality?

b) Reflecting- In the stillness and quietness of it all, you can’t help but think and reflect on your life, your relationships, and your purpose.  You have the time to think about things without pressure of time and people around you.  Something about being in nature makes you feel closer to God and brings about clarity and peace in a way that is impossible in the busy city.  Things and priorities just become clear at the cottage.

5. Eating- Cottage food rocks.  Hamburgers, candy, freezies- what more can you ask for?  And, you’re on vacation and doing lots of active things- it’s okay to have a few more calories, right?

6. Laughing- Your guard is down, you’re relaxing, and you are with some of your favourite people.  You can’t help but laugh and smile. Ya, that’s my favourite thing about the cottage.

Playing

 

7. Playing- kayaking, hiking, doing yoga on the dock, splashing in the lake, skiing on the lake, exploring, and playing in the trees are all awesome things to do at the cottage.  People don’t play enough anymore.  I’m a fan.

Forget reality.  I want to go back.

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So, I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be insanely busy!  Life gets crazy and it seems like I put myself on hold, struggling to get through the tasks of the day.  This is no way to live!  Just surviving is something they do on LOST (although how the girls never grow leg hair I’ll never know… ).

I have vowed to make 7 quick “enhancements” to my life.  They take very time or money or even effort, and although simple and cheesy, I’m hopeful they’ll make a positive impact.

7.  Drink More Water- H2O has been praised for its abilities to cleanse and to hydrate, to flush away toxins and keep your skin glowing and your breath from stinking.  (See http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water) I vow to drink more of this substance.  I bring a water bottle to school and I’m going to add Crystal Light or a tiny bit of juice to the container after lunch to ensure I finish the second bottle by the end of the work day.

www.digitalphotos.net 6.  Up Your Oral Hygiene- I made fun of this, my sister’s new year’s resolution, but when I thought about it, it makes sense.  We all could probably do better with our teeth!  Up the anty!

Brush for two minutes?  Now add floss and alcohol free mouthwash to your routine.  It takes mere seconds, but the results are sparkly, smooth chompers!

5. Moisturize.  Does anyone else feel like winter has sucked all the good stuff out of their skin?  I want my skin to glow and feel like “ah…” This fix takes less than a minute when you step out of the shower!  I always forget this step and I have the most amazing Clinique body butter…

4.  Stretch While Catching up on TV.  I love watching mindless TV after a long day- the thought of moving off the couch and doing anything but stare at a screen seems overwhelming some days!  But, it has taken a toll on my body- I’m not nearly as flexible as I used to be, and my body gets tight so easily.  So- since I have no extra time, I vow to do yoga and stretches while watching TV!

3.  Memorize Something Inspirational.  Words have the ability to build a you up or to tear you down, so I’m going to try to memorize passages that encourage and build me up.  This not only will challenge my mind and keep it busy on those long drives, but will life me up and help me remain in Him.  I think I’ll start with James…

2. Do One Fun Thing Everyday.  One of my favourite people and I have this thing where we challenge each other to do just this.  Often as humans we get caught up in planning an adventure, and it becomes a reward for when busy-ness stops.  But it never stops, people!  Start having little adventures and laugh each and every day!  Whether it’s messaging a friend in Pig Latin, going skydiver, or wearing fun underwear- there is probably something you could do to make your more than ho-hum.

1. Smile More. There are a million (well maybe about 10) reasons why smiling is good for you!    This is what I need to do way more of.  It’s funny (well actually sad…)  if you have known me for a long time, you would know how positive and encouraging I was.  I smiled all the time and oozed fun and positivity.  Lol, but life has made me cynical over the years… and I wonder if the negativity and complaining has take over…

Hmm… I’m wondering if all these things will bring back the fun, happy, and energetic Emily…  I hope so!

So there you have it- a few practical things to do to enhance your day and make it way more fun!

HOW do you ENHANCE YOUR DAY?  CLICK on the SPEECH BUBBLE at the top of this post to share your answer!