Monday, October 14, 2013

Top Ten Ways to Spend 25 Minutes - Creating a More Centered and Joyful Life.

Over the past year I've been making a conscious effort to take more time to myself. I decided to only do things that truly bring me joy and to only spend time with people that lift me up. I can say, without a doubt that my effort paid off. After eliminating toxic people from my life, and becoming a more centered person, I feel 100 times happier and more peaceful than I did a year ago.  Some changes are easy to make, while others are more difficult and take time. Here are a few things that you can do today that will help you live a more joyful and centered life.

10. Drink tea and catch up with a friend. Either on the phone or in person, it’s always nice to sit down with a cup of tea and a good friend.

9. Go for a walk and admire the fall colors.

8. Take a cat nap. A short nap will energize you. Some experts recommend having a cup of coffee before your nap so the caffeine kicks in just as you are waking up.

7. Stretch or practice yoga. Master a few poses that focus on areas that need attention.

6. Blog hop. Visit a few of your favorite blogs and also discover some new favorites. If you prefer to step away from the computer, find a great book.

5. Write a letter to a family member or friend. Letter writing is a lost art!

4. Have a glass of wine and a piece of dark chocolate. Bonus points if you do this while watching the sunset!

3. Take a warm bubble bath.

2. Create a beautiful flower arrangement. Pick up flowers from the farmers market or your front yard. Add some fall foliage and create something that reflects the season.

1. Light a candle and do nothing. Just be. 

As we approach the holiday season, it is particularly important to remember YOURSELF. It's easy to get caught up in the season and forget about taking time to decompress and center yourself. As a gift to yourself this holiday season, please put aside time to focus on YOU. 


  1. Great ideas! I want to do every last one of these!

  2. Great ideas! I want to do every last one of these!

  3. I've never heard about drinking coffee right before a nap. That's really interesting!

    It's really important to take care of yourself mentally and physically year round. I couldn't agree more with that. Blog hopping is fun! :)

  4. I've made a conscious effort to not allow toxic people in my life, too. It's one of the best things I've done for myself as I've gotten older. I love all ten of these!!! I'm going to try to do at least one every day this week! The coffee before a nap is interesting! Who knew?! --Lisa

    1. Isn't it amazing how much difference it makes in your life when you eliminate the negative energy that comes from toxic people? It's such a huge change!

  5. These are some really great tips! It is so important to just take out for ourselves so we don't feel so overwhelmed!

    1. True! Especially during the holiday season when things can get SO busy!

  6. So agree with your list - #4 is one of my favorites. I have so much more patience and clarity when I take time for myself during the day. Great suggestions!

    1. Glad you agree. Now go treat yourself to a glass of wine and some chocolate!

  7. Coffee before a nap, hmmm, I am going to have to try that.

  8. AWW what a lovely post:) Its very important to take time and reflect on life sometimes.

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  9. Oh yes, #5 and #1 are HIGH on my list!! I say that and then never do it. Thanks for the reminder. I need to make them a priority!

  10. Hey Jen! I actually do many of those things because with three kids and my own business, I have to use my "spare" time wisely! I try to stay in touch with my BFF, I'm on a quest to read my daughter's books (The Fault In Our Stars, The Hunger Games, Divergent...) and I've really tried to seek out new blogs as well!

  11. I really just want to cuddle with that cat... :) He looks so soft!!!

  12. There's nothing a hot bath can't fix. Especially if you lock the bathroom door so you're kids can't wander through wanting stuff.

  13. These are all good ideas. I am always trying to find a way to be more centered and more present. Sometimes the solution is so simple. I think I need light candles more. Especially now that it is the holiday season, there are so many yummy fragrances. Candles always make me feel little more relaxed.

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