Its been a very long day. There has been lots of work, planning, people, things said, things done. Your entire day has been chalk full of do, do, do; and go, go, go. Your day hasn’t been bad, it’s just been very full of activity, and nonstop work which can be a good thing. Or maybe your day wasn’t full of different activities and work, it could be that you had a single task to focus on that took a lot of time and energy.
But you know what soothes those frayed nerves and over-thinking brain? Coming home, changing into your pajamas and getting to end your day asleep on your nice, comfy bed. Now doesn’t that sound so relaxing? Although you may not have been completely satisfied with your work, getting a good night’s rest also can help you out with that too. So tomorrow when you get back to working and doing what you need to do, you can do so feeling rejuvenated and reenergized! Getting a good amount of sleep really does improve the work you do.
I love knowing that at the end of a stressful or busy, work-filled day, I get to come home and just sleep. No real brain power, no tons of thinking needed just to close my eyes, lay in bed and falling asleep. Sleep is awesome, so just thinking of those z’s should put a smile on your face.
Here’s a smile to going to bed after a really long and busy day. Smile, because being the busy, hardworking bee that you are, you get to close your eyes knowing you got everything you needed to get done, dealt with and now you can get some well earned shut-eye.
Sometimes it’s really annoying to carry a bunch of change with you because coins are heavy and bulky and don’t fit anywhere. Especially when you have a ton of pennies.
Usually what happens is people will keep a coin jar and drop their change into the jar and watch the amount accumulate over time. Before long, they’re taking those jars to exchange the coins for another form of money. People would rather slowly have the coins pile up over time in a place that they won’t have to carry them around all the time. However, coins can save your life sometimes.
The total of your purchase rings up to $12.66 and you begin to search your bag for the money. You pull out a ten, and see that you have two ones, but you don’t have enough to pay $13. You then remember that you have a few coins left from a previous purchase that you haven’t disposed into the coin jar yet so you pull those out, hoping to reach the right amount. One quarter, two dimes, four nickels, and a penny! The perfect amount of change! You’re ecstatic that you don’t have to break your $20. It actually came in handy that you had a few coins on you that time!
So smile today. Coins aren’t useless and you probably have a few in your purse or in your pocket that could help you out with your next purchase. Maybe make use of your coins and treat yourself to candy or ice cream and pay only in coins (even though cashiers might not like it that much). It could become a reward system! Or you could do a good deed and donate your coins to a homeless person who needs help! Spare change has a lot more use than we care to remember!
Say you’re out with your friends, and you’re hungry. And not just any hungry, slight craving, I’m talking you could seriously eat a cow and then some. Now your friends want to go out to some restaurant but the thing is you are extremely hungry and could definitely go for more than one entree. Then, an amazing solution pops into your head. Time to hit up a buffet!
Buffets are a great place to go. Especially if you’re with a big group of people and you all are in the mood for different cuisines. Buffets allow you to have a little bit of everything. There’s is an array of foods there to eat. Maybe you can try something new! Food is awesome, food should make you happy.
Buffets are always fun too. They’re always full of people and energy and have I mentioned food? Because food is awesome, great. I’d like to dedicate You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne. Buffets are great, you get to eat your weight in food (I wouldn’t recommend it but hey- more power to ya.), have good conversations your company and leave feeling very satisfied.
I love food. So much.
Here’s a smile to buffets! Maybe that’ll be your next family and friend outing!
As my older sister Brianda, who is also the oldest child in my family, aged 21 at the moment tells me somewhat frequently, “Be grateful I’m around because I get to break the ice for you when it comes to mom and dad.” Truer words have never been spoken. (They probably have.)
Older siblings, they can be irritating, funny, overly protective, crazy and always there when you need them. I have two older siblings, the aforementioned sister and the not aforementioned older brother Carlos who is 18 a recent high school graduate. One thing parents and older siblings have in common? The ability to boss you around. Just kidding. (Kinda.) Actually, what they have in common is the ability and experience to give you advice when you need it.
Your older siblings experience most things before you do. For example high school, they get to tell you which teachers were their favorite, which ones to stay on their good side, what classes they liked and overall they get to give you a heads up on what high school is like.
What’s great about your older siblings is that they’re not your parents. Weird to say yes, but here’s what I mean. Say you did something you shouldn’t have done, you feel a little guilty. You talk to your older sister and the only thing she can give you is advice on how to fix it, or where to go from there. Older siblings can be a big part of your support system.
You can even just learn from their mistakes or take a page out of their book on how they did something well. I know it’s always to comforting to at least have an older sister or brother there to ask for advice whether it be about school or the weird, little things in life. (Thank God I don’t have to be the first to bring a boy home- Brianda broke the ice with Dad on that one.) See? Older siblings are nice to have.
Brianda and Carlos. :)
Here’s a smile to having older siblings, and if you don’t maybe you can borrow your friend’s older sibling. :) Appreciate having someone who won’t scold you, and is only there to give advice, support and sometimes provide much needed comedic relief. (I get a kick out of my older siblings odd quirks.)
One thing I’ve realized is, as you get older that cheesy line you hear, “Honesty is the best policy,” really is true. Get a blank piece of paper, grab a pen or pencil. Now draw a ton of scribbles, you can label that one. “Life.” Life gets really messy sometimes. And the only way to keep it as clear and simple as you can is through honesty.
Another thing I’ve learned is as you grow older, you appreciate the truth more and more. The thing I most appreciate about someone is their honesty. Honesty when a peer is editing my paper, honesty when my teacher tells me I could do better, honesty when my friends or family are giving me advice or a reality check. Honesty is a simple thing but sometimes hard to come by.
Here I’m not only talking about the honesty you receive, but also about the honesty you give. Be kind with the truth. Meaning, even when the truth is heavy be kind by giving people the honesty they deserve. Receiving a hard truth is always a greater kindness than being told a pretty lie.
Here’s a smile to people’s honesty. Smile, because there are honest people in your life. Smile because you have the daily opportunity to exercise the honesty in your character.
Family vacations are a good time. I think to some degree everyone’s family is crazy. But it’s a given- you love them despite their crazy.
Sometimes you get so caught up in your school work, job work or community work that your family easily become your roommates. It may even be that you rarely have a good conversation with your family because you are all so busy. Maybe it’s difficult to make time for family given everything you all have on your plates. Or maybe there has gradually been more and more disconnect between all of you.
This is where family vacations come amazingly into play. Family vacations are all planned time where everyone can come together and just be. Family vacations are a time to reconnect and be present. Enjoy yourself with your siblings. Make some memories with your dad. Bond over new places you’ve visited. During these times it’s also a good opportunity to play catch-up. Ask questions, answer questions, be open. This is your family. Be grateful for them.
Here’s a smile to all those family vacations to be embarked. Smile, because family vacations can really be a lot of fun.
Remember when you were a kid and the thing that you would wish for the most was a slumber party? (Maybe boys didn’t call them slumber parties, but we all know you had sleepovers when you were younger too.)
You would plead your parents to let your friends come over to spend the night or plead them to let you stay at your friend’s house. Every parent was always hesitant at first, but if you gave them that puppy dog face, your mom or dad could usually never resist so they would let you have it your way.
Every sleepover called for a ton of snacks and junk food, staying up super late, lots of talking and laughing, and lots of bonding. There was always something that you did every time at your sleepover, some kind of ritual. That’s what made those sleepovers so great. Usually at the wee hours of the morning when the sun might rise soon, you always found yourself talking to your best friends and sharing to each other parts of your life. That’s how these friendships grow stronger.
Even though you might feel too old for a “slumber party,” you’re never too old for one. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to get back together with all of your favorite people and do the things you love. After spending so many hours with those people, you realize how much you love those people that you surround yourself with.
So smile today. There’s nothing like feeling like a kid again and having a slumber party. You are never too old for anything.