This Rock it Wednesday comes courtesy of a dear friend. She shared an idea she uses to inspire her to exercise ... and it involves ROCKS!! On brand, baby!
From the lovely Lynne:
"I have a wooden bowl that I put a rock in every time I exercise (bicycling, fishing or walking). When I get 10 rocks, I get a treat! It's fun to see the rocks piling up!"
She sent me the picture above of her beautiful bowl of inspiration. It was handmade by her son in middle school. How sweet is that?
Please don't say that anymore
Before Lynne headed to the hills to be a bonafide mountain woman, she was my walking buddy. Over the years, we put in a lot of miles and covered many topics of great importance, from our deepest emotional scars to how we could really use a cold beer.
One of my least favorite quotes comes from Lynne. When I would complain about getting older, she was fond of saying, "Just think about it. We'll never look better than we do right now." Thanks for that, Lynne. Really helpful. I refuse to believe that, by the way. Keeping hope, delusion and low-lighting alive. And you'll always be beautiful to me, friend. xo
“Little things make big things happen.” —John Wooden
For years, OK, make that decades, I let my clothes fall where they may in the bedroom.
If you thought that sounded sexy, you’d be terribly wrong. So not sexy. More like the dressing rooms at Old Navy on the Saturday before school starts … lots of poor choices, empty hangers and inside-out jeans. We’re talking clothes clutter.
When I’d finally get around to tackling this fabric of my life, it was a serious time suck. That changed when I started playing a morning edition of “The 10-Pick-Up Game.”
How it works
Each morning before I leave the house, I pick up 10 items in the bedroom—clothes or otherwise—and put them where they should be. I don’t overthink it. Every flip-flop, dirty sock and coffee cup counts. It takes just a minute or two, and then I get on with my day. I am also not a morning person, so believe me, I am not always chipper about it. I just do it.
I’ve been playing this a.m. game for a few months, and it’s like I am a real grown-up. I don’t have to ground myself every weekend until I clean my room. Not to be overly dramatic, but how does life-changing sound?!?
And a funny thing has happened. Now that the room tends to stay clean, I am more likely to hang my clothes up at the end of the day. Who is this person? She’s someone who’s happier. Sometimes it truly is the little things.
Finding little ways to make chores more fun. This post is the first in the RYC’s Pebbles category—small steps that can pave the way to success.
Today's Rock it Wednesday is about slowing your roll.
Once my mom retired, I could count on one answer when I called and asked what she’d been up to. “Oh, just puttering around the house,” she’d say.
Neither of us knew then that her puttering days would soon be limited—by two disgruntled knees that were just plain puttered out.
I know Sally missed puttering. Getting stuff done, at her own pace, on her own terms.
You've heard me say, “Rock your chores!” But I also see the beauty in just letting the day unfold. No agenda. No expectations. No rocks.
Here’s how I think of it ...
Word nerd alert. Synonyms for puttering are a pretty delightful list: moseying, fiddling, dawdling, idling, fiddling and dilly-dallying. Sounds like a good day to me. I know Sally would agree.
Welcome to Rock it Wednesday!
There’s something about tying on an apron that says, “Things are about to get done around here.”
You're dressed for chores success. Hey, there's hard evidence on this. How we dress affects how powerful we feel and how we perform.
This is how it works for me ... one minute, I am dragging in from work, and the next I am aproned-upped and ready to go. Bring on those veggies that need chopping. Let’s do this!
It’s hard to feel lazy in an apron.
I shared this tip with a friend, and she suggested her own twist, "Wear just an apron!" I told her this wasn't that kind of blog. But, hey, that could get productive too.
So, embrace the apron. Feel its power.
P.S. Who thinks Rock Your Chores aprons would be a good idea?? Anyone? Let me know in the comments.
I am Margie Reece. I am here to help you rock your chores and have some fun doing it.