It’s the Little Things…Having a To-Do Later List (or, Making Sure You Remember Fun Projects You Want to Do When You’re Insanely Busy)

These days, I thankfully have more time than I usually know what to do with. However, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when my to-do list was taller than my husband (and he’s pretty tall!). With all that I had going on, I had to figure out how to get it all done. Even though the saying is, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person”, there’s a threshold for busy people: Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…Keeping Track of Life (or, Using Reminders and Repeating Tasks to Make Sure Stuff Gets Done)

Life comes with a lot of responsibilities and it can be hard to keep track of everything, like remembering to change the air filters in your house. No, you don’t have to water your plants or change out your air filters on a rigid schedule, but the plants might not live very long and the air you breathe won’t be as nice. I happen to love plants and clean air (especially with a very hairy, shedding dog, living on a gravel road, and a tendency to burn things), so I value keeping up with tasks like this. Tasks like this though, don’t quite fit on a daily to-do list very easily because they don’t happen every day and, sometimes, don’t happen for months. Yet, we still want/need to remember them. I don’t know about you all, but my brain forgets stuff I need to do, even if it’s every single week or every other week. So, to make life a little bit easier on myself, I automate as much as I can. My repeating calendar reminders are such a little thing, but they have such a big difference in my life. Continue reading

Adventures in…Donating Blood and Saving a Life (Or, How I Got Over Almost Passing Out Every Time I Donated)

Most of us really and truly want to make the world a better place. A few weeks ago, I posted about little ways to make the world a better place and one of the ways listed is to donate blood. This is definitely my favorite way to help make the world a better place because it’s something I can do on a repeat basis and it’s so very needed. Don’t think though that I enjoy giving blood because there were many years when I actively avoided donating because I would nearly pass out every time I donated. These days though, I donate every 8 to 10 weeks like clockwork and have found ways to make the whole process go more smoothly. And most importantly, donating blood literally saves lives. Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…I Don’t Like Fireworks (or, Accepting Yourself If You Have Unpopular Preferences)

I have a dirty little secret that I usually don’t share, particularly around the 4th of July and New Year’s: I don’t like fireworks. Sure they can be pretty! And the quiet, sparkly ones are my favorites. Overall though, fireworks are way too loud and sometimes too bright. On a nonpersonal level, I despise how much fireworks terrify animals. Why am I sharing this? Because 1) this is the day after the 4th of July and there were SO MANY fireworks yesterday, 2) I’m working on accepting my personal (unpopular) preferences, and 3) I hope that my voice will help give you the courage to accept your personal (unpopular) preferences (and 4) this is a somewhat anonymous blog so you and I will probably never attend a fireworks show together). Continue reading