A little Friday morning inspiration…
Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes the big ones don’t really mean anything.
~ Norman Lear
I adore this quote and really try and stop to think about the small tiny successes. Of course, the big monuments are wonderful (getting a dream job, moving to a new city, getting married, having a baby, etc.) however, it is so much more fun to not have to wait for anything big to happen. Instead to put your focus on all of the small successes that occur every day…and they do occur daily! To notice the small successes and then~ celebrate them! On this topic one of my fabulous readers e-mailed and asked if I could possibly elaborate on “the list” that I mentioned in Wednesday’s post. The list of celebratory acts I incorporate into my daily life. Really they are more like daily relaxing rituals. Now, I do not do ALL of them every single day but most are a frequent reoccurrence. I thought this was a fun idea 🙂 Here ya go folks
Top 10 Rituals
~ Lavender Drops on my pillow each night
~Wearing perfume when I leave the house in the morning and before I go to bed in the evening
~Tea Time (I love this- Sipping hot tea or expresso around 4-5 pm as the day unwinds and paired with a small treat …think dried cherry scone or butter cookie or the very french macaron
~Brisk walk daily (no matter where I am I do this for both health and mental energy)
~Bubble Baths in the evening
~Making French Press Coffee (I really do make this every morning. I even buy whole aromatic coffee beans and grind them in my spice grinder each morning. I then make coffee the old fashioned way…french press. Seriously the quality of my coffee from taking these extra steps has never been better)
~Lighting candles nightly (my favorites at the moment are pumpkin or apple cinnamon scented)
~Silk and lace every night to bed instead of an oversized t-shirt (what I used to do)
~Fresh flowers in my home
~Having Champagne just because (frequently occurs that I will pop a bottle on a Tuesday evening!)
If you want to know the truth my list really emulates a typical french woman. The french woman (from my constant studies of this culture) is really big on self care and taking time for herself. She is not putting others first until she has taken a brisk walk and had a relaxing tea time with a friend. It really is about balance. What I have come to realize, is that I am so much better for other people when I have cared for myself first and these are some of the ways I do it!
Okay and lastly…one of my mentors sent me this article yesterday on why the french are better at life! Enjoy!