“Some will crumple your words
Throw them into a bin
Others will sit with them
Until they really sink in”
~Kate (A Thousand Bits of Paper)
Written by Kate, from her blog; A Thousand Bits of Paper (please check out her blog, she’s amazing!) And here’s Kate’s poem, which inspired this post!
I recently came up with an idea for a way that my family and I could improve our lives and also help others in the process. I call it “Five a Day.” I feel like so often, we try to do so much at once to make positive changes in our lives, and then we get burnt out quickly. So I wanted to figure out a way that could benefit all of us here at home, without making drastic changes that are nearly impossible to maintain. I knew I wanted me and my family to start giving more, to be more productive, to spread kindness, to be healthier, and to make time for things that we all enjoy. So here’s what our Five a Day consists of:
1.) Get rid of one thing every day.
2.) Do one productive thing every day.
3.) Spread kindness at least one way every day.
4.) Do one thing you enjoy every day.
5.) Do one healthy thing every day.
We started this about a week ago, and it’s been going really good. The kids seem to be enjoying it, and we talk about all the things we’ve done over dinner every night. I think all of us are having fun finding things around the house that we know we no longer need. It’s been sort of like a scavenger hunt every day. And we plan to donate everything to a local charity once we accumulate enough stuff. Our pile is definitely growing, as you can see in the picture, and this is just one weeks’ worth of items we’ve collected. Anyway, I just wanted to share this idea with all of you because I know how overwhelming making healthy changes in our lives can often be, and I’ve found this to be a simple way to instill some positive changes in my own life and help my family develop some positive changes too. If you decide to implement the Five a Day routine into your own life, I’d love to hear how it works out for you. And if you have any other ideas for self-improvement, I’d love to hear about those as well.
Have a great week, everyone! ~M xo
“When you let go of things that aren’t good for you, you make room for things that are.”
* This quote is from a recent radio broadcast, and it really spoke to me, so I wanted to share it with all of you. 😉
Photo credit: Pixabay.com
I was in the mood for some story starter prompts this month, so that’s why these are a bit longer. Enjoy! ~M
- The fizzled enchantment and other stories of ruin
- Along the weathered, winding trail
- A swirling sea of mushrooms
- The place where silence had a voice
- Marching through the elements of time
- Another fictitious character and me
- At the pinnacle of sadness
- A road too narrow and a bridge too far
- The mystery of the pungent pudding
- Shades of powdered blue and you
- They scattered like marbles among the leaves
- Transfixed on the doorway to nothingness
- The carnation curse and the crime of the century
- Isabella and the lost sea urchins
- Too shabby to be chic
- The moon of planet #265
- The allurement of her resistance
- Futile fabrications of a fashion queen
- And just like that he was six feet under
- Sparing the spoiled and relishing the outcome
- The pages of his life were too tenuous to handle
- Her rare affliction became his only cure
- Desperation became her saving grace
- Peter the great and the tempting tart
- The weirdness of Wyatt Wintergreen
- A sniveler met a star-gazer and nothing has been the same since
- Tootsie pop tales and other tantalizing tidbits
- The purpose of a gnat named Norris
- A sunset setting topped with six-inch stilettos
- With soulmate in hand, she fought until the bitter end
- The magical menagerie of mediocre marmots
If you’re new to prompt writing, and don’t really understand how to use the prompts, please consider the following writing exercise.
Settle into your favorite place in the house with a hot drink to warm your waking bones. Once you’ve warmed up a bit; grab your journal, a trusty pen, and a timer. Then, set your timer for ten minutes and begin writing about one of the prompts. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, neatness, or anything like that; just write! Write about anything and everything that comes to your mind, and don’t stop until the ten minutes are up.
I often find myself writing short stories or poems during those ten minutes, but you can write about anything you like. And don’t be alarmed if what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense. The whole idea behind doing this exercise is to get your mind ready and working so that you can begin your day. Just think of it as exercise for your brain, and once you’ve done your ten minutes of writing, you’ll feel more prepared to tackle the rest of your day.
As always, I will be writing and posting over on my other blog, which can be found here. So please come visit me if you get a chance, and hopefully I can keep up with all of you!
And one last thing before I forget! I made a quick tutorial for those of you who have been having trouble trying to figure out how to Pingback your posts. Please go here, if you’d like to view the tutorial. 😉