Sunday, February 23, 2014

9 ways to REFRESH YOUR DAY-TO-DAY

A NEW WEEK AND A NEW TAKE ON YOUR EVERYDAY ROUTINE...
here's how you can refresh your daily duties:

1. Grocery shopping – Set one time a week to go shopping {having planned your meals for the week}, do your best to shop at local markets and get to know the venders, making the experience a social encounter, not a robotic chore. Smell the fruit, thump the bread, taste the wine {if they offer this option}
and enjoy the local store or market’s ambiance. 

2. Breakfast – Wake up earlier and enjoy a simple, yet flavourful brekkie that will help you last until lunch. Read your favourite blogs {on your iPad} or peruse your local morning newspaper as you sip your first cup of caffeine. 

3. Paying bills – Knowing you have adhered to your budget will make this process even more enjoyable, but each time you sit down, turn on your favorite music, pour a cup of tea, sit in a comfortable chair and gradually, yet proficiently pay your monthly bills and balance your cheque book.  

4. Downtime – Love music? Love the nostalgic crackle of a turntable? Why not buy one and play your favourite crooners found on vinyl? 

5. Daily exercise – Choose a route that is inspiring – whether it is out in nature or on the sidewalk through a beautiful neighbourhood, choose a regular path that revs up your creative mind. 

6. Laundry – Whenever you make a bed with clean sheets, take the time to spritz some lavender linen spray on the pillows to enhance a restful night’s sleep. {Make your own: mix 1 tsp lavender essential oil with 1/4 tsp unflavoured vodka, then add 3 1/2 cups of water, and
pour into a spray bottle.}

7. Kitchen clean-up – Again, include the power of music or talk radio to make the task move along quicker and allow you to either sing along or dance, or learn something. 

8. Cleaning House – Each time you clean your home, when complete, treat yourself and your abode
to a fresh bouquet of flowers. 

 9. Beautify your work space – If you have a regular job and a desk area or office, decorate or create a space that is welcoming and well-stocked. Bring in flowers or nature, have a radio or music handy if that is allowable, stash an afternoon snack in your top drawer and include a photo of someone you love on your desk top.
In other words, make it inviting.



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