June 8, 2011

Life is But a Day Dream

My favorite PJs: Xhilaration for Target; Vase: Mackenzie Childs; IKat Pillows: Nordstroms; Dream Pillow: Pottery Barn

So often I feel as though I start my day in a rush. It's like, wake up. Get dressed. Squeeze in a bowl of cereal. Go to work. Come home. Rush to the gym. Eat dinner. Shower. Go to bed. Then hit the repeat button for the next four days. This constant routine can put me in a fog, so it is important to focus on how to inject happiness into daily routines. As simple as they are, these are things I do to help my heart and my mind feel at peace:

1. Wake up early. This extra time in the morning helps clear my head and prepare me for the day. It offers a few extra moments to snuggle with Husband, to notice the sun's rays cracking through the bedroom windows; to prepare a healthy breakfast; to walk my dog and say my prayers. When we are early to rise, we are early to shine.

2. Be friendly. Make small talk with people you come into contact with. The fastest way to happiness is by showing your kindness to others. My mood instantly increases just by starting a conversation with a random person and to see them smile.

3. Buy your favorite bouquet of flowers. Who needs a secret admirer to score a bouquet? Buy a bouquet simply because you admire yourself. Besides, there is something about fresh flowers, that bring a sense of beauty into your home. Place them in a room where they can be enjoyed.

4. Burn a candle. I love this fragrance permeating throughout my room.  Instant mood enhancer.

5. Don't feel guilty about taking an evening for yourself. You need the morning to wind yourself up, and you need the evening to wind yourself down. Think of yourself as a dancing ballerina in a child's jewelry box. We dance to the music all day. When the music stops and your day stops spinning, enjoy your silence. Enjoy being still.

7. Be mindful of the sunset and the beauty that surrounds you. If you don't see any, search for it. 

And last,

8. Be appreciative. Share it with others.

I hope you all have a happy and peaceful day.  XO 


melissa said...

Loving your new layout miss and I LOVE this post! Such a beautiful and important reminder to all of us of what's important! You look beautiful in those photos! xo

allie said...

wow this post is as beautiful as you are my dear!! absolutely lovey- and i'm also loving the new layout it look so great!! keep it up, i love love love reading your blog =)

xo, allie

Sara B said...

Great tips Katie! Love those and totally agree!

Ashley said...

I buy fresh flowers every week, just because :) It really brightens up the home and makes it feel homie! Have a great day!

Bronzed Humanity said...

Sounds like my day! Great post...great way of remembering to breathe and keep it together.

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Ash said...

I like this post.. Lately, hubby and I have been waking up just a wee bit earlier. We LOVE it- we now eat breakfast together, take care of some gardening, and still have time to make lunches :) Isn't it nice to enjoy a sunset? It almost feels like we only do that on vacation, but he sunsets here are too gorgeous to pass up!

Ash said...

I like this post.. Lately, hubby and I have been waking up just a wee bit earlier. We LOVE it- we now eat breakfast together, take care of some gardening, and still have time to make lunches :) Isn't it nice to enjoy a sunset? It almost feels like we only do that on vacation, but he sunsets here are too gorgeous to pass up!

Ivana said...

Awww, what a sweet and lovely post, I simply LOVE it, and I agree with each and every word you´ve written!
You have such and amazing blog!

I´m following you from now!

xx Ivana

Natalie | Make Today Great said...

I love this! I think I shall pick up a bouquet tonight to have in my house while my husband is out of town. It will brighten my day when I come home to an empty house.

Michelle (michabella) said...

This is so wonderful!!! GREAT advice!!! LOVE that shirt, and your puppy! AND you have killer legs! <3

christine donee said...

fresh flowers in the house and my favorite candle burning automatically put me in a great mood... every. single. time.

Unknown said...

GREAT post, I love your PJ's, your doggie, and what you wrote! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

Sabrina Says Blog said...

Dang girl! Look at those legs!! Legs for days!

I love that you write about happiness and little things you do throughout your day. Of course, I love looking at your gorgeous outfits, but I also love reading your commentary and getting into your writing personality. You are a fantastic writer!

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Vintage Paper Designs said...

If I follow statement no 1 then statement no 2 will not happen :)
As long as I get all my beauty sleep, mankind is safe ;)

Good post, Positive as always.

LuLu said...

I really liked this post today. Thanks for reminding us all that we need to take time for ourselves!

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Lauren Caldwell said...

ADORE this post. all are so so true! great reminders for us all! :)
xo::Lauren @ tickled.

Inna xoxo said...

I am in loveee with your pjs & pillows! CUTE!
& how in the world do you AND your hubby fit on that bed? Me and the bf FIGHT for his queen size bed! It kills..haha.
xoxo Inna :)

Unknown said...

when did you get puppy!?! love her!

Rachel said...

last but definitely not least, snuggle the heck outta the cutie puppy of yours!

Lacey D said...

Great post! You should also give us some workout advice because I would kill to look like that! haha


C Mae said...

Love those PJS! Those have got to be old from Tar jay bec I have never seen anything that cute in our PJ department lol and I was just there 2 days ago!!!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

is that the new puppy?!!? SO cute! congratulations on the newest member of your family! xo jillian

Alisha said...

I absolutely loved this post!! Katie dear, you couldn't be more right about taking an evening for yourself. Love that tip!!


Neris said...

Great post! I'm glad you decided to publish it! I love your PJs :)

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Lindsay @ la vita dolce said...

love those PJs!!! Super cute...think I need to head on over to Target :)
Love this post!!! Definitely made me think about not taking things for granted and chillin' a little...not being so rushed all the time.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I needed this today. :-)

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Amanda* said...

This was a great post! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

love this post and youre the cutest person in pjs ever!

<3 steffy
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Anonymous said...

I have the same pajamas.. well just the top. Great post~ love #2, sometimes a simple hello is all it takes to make someone smile :)

Unknown said...

This is adorable! I love following your blog..its one of my favorites! :) These are very important things to do it does really helps reduce stress in the day.

Xo, Kristin

Dana @TheSundaySweet said...

This is by far my favorite post of yours since I have been following! Great post cutie! High five ;)

Katie said...

I couldn't agree more with having your space smell good. Whenever the house smells good, it's an instant lift.

Unknown said...

I couldnt agree more with your post! Thanks for shining a little light on some overlooked happiness... I rush around and am in the work week grind all too often... I think your list is a great way to focus on those little things that make a big difference :)

xo Teresa
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emma miller said...

fantastic post! I've been feeling lost / overwhelmed by the routine of day to day life. I think I need to make some more time and start my day with my prayers again. Have a wonderful day!

April said...

inspiring post!


Ginger Tea said...

I need to wake up earlier!!!

.Candy. said...

I'm really digging the positive vibes you share! I feel guilty whenever I charge on and just let the day pass without any significant meaning injected to it....Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Maria said...

This is one of the best posts I've ever read and I will definitely be following from now on.

And those boxer shorts are so cute!


Anastasia said...

That is a lovely post :-)
You are right, we shouldnt rush that much everyday...

Marie, SWIILPTblog said...

These are all such great bits of advice. And I also love the Anthropologie Volcano candle, I actually have one burning as we speak :)

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Marie, SWIILPTblog said...

Also, those PJs are TOO precious!!!

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Bailey Schneider said...

This so lovely!
I actually wrote something similar today ... check it out:
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Wanderlusting Fool said...

How funny I have that candle too. It's amazing. What a great compilation of little happiness reminders :)

Wanderlusting Fool

Megs said...

I am so glad you decided to include more of your thoughts/writing in your blog. You are pretty on the inside and out.

Elisa @ Crazy, Amazing Life said...

This is my first visit to yourt blog, but OMG do I love this post!

Your dog is the cutest!

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

Ummm, what? Victoria's Secret model, right here. Like, legit.

Great advice too, lovely lady!

meisha moo said...

Well said! I love the post. You look lovely as always...

Virginie's Cinema said...

What a great a truly inspiring post !

Unknown said...

thanks for this! truly beautiful.

Yvonna Groom said...

I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog, we have a lot in common as fair as our views on happiness and balance. I love the burn a candle point ha ha, I recently have been wanting to buy candles!


Anonymous said...

You give such welcome affirmation of the very imprtant tiny moments of our lives. Thank you, Katie.

Samantha said...

I needed to read this today. Thank you :)

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