Live Life to the fullest? What does this mean? How do you live your life to the fullest with the best intentions. Recently I binge watched the show “The Good Place”. You know the one where you receive a numerical number for every action you do in this world. When you die either you are in the negative or the positive. So either you go to the “The Good Place” OR “The Bad Place”. Super fun and interesting to watch. FORK YES! What if in our lives we lived like the show…would their be more positivity in the world today? What if we could change our mindset to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive.
For Amber and I, the way we go about our daily lives are quite different, yet still practical for each of us. Amber lives her life without a clock…Seriously she has a time called “Amber Time”. I know to tell her to be somewhere an hour before she is supposed to be and that I will still be waiting another 10 minutes. 😉 For me- I love structure!! When I say love… I mean, the crazy wicked side would come out when I get thrown off for a day. I used to be that person that would judge and get frustrated when a time frame didn’t go exactly how I had it planned. I have eased up my own daily expectations and have learned to go with the flow. Somethings are just not worth stressing over. For example, if i get to the grocery store at 11:05 instead of 11:00, does that mean I won’t be able to get groceries? Nope! Don’t set yourself up for failure, give yourself some grace! Adjust your day accordingly…the dishes can wait, the laundry can sit in the dryer for an extra hour, groceries are not going to run out if you get out the door a few minutes late, that campsite is still going to be available when you go since you reserved it anyways. Enjoy each and every moment of your day.
Laugh like nobody is watching
We were camping, our children were crabby and we were about to lose our ever lasting Sh*t! Amber looks over to me and says, “We’re making memories”. Instantly, that changed my mindset. She was right, we were making memories not only for ourselves but for our children as well. So what if we had one complaining he was bored….we are in the woods dude…buck up! Two that were fighting over a bottle cap (treasure)…it is freaking hot outside…there are about 20 other bottle caps on the ground. What did we do? We laughed! In that moment, all we could do is laugh. Why allow your body to build up more cortisol (stress hormone) and ruin your day? Laugh it off..make memories! Recently I was trying to chop wood for a warm fire, after a long day of being on the water and waiting for the impending doom of storms on the horizon. The mini log was by no means cooperating so I hit it against a tree…This tree happened to be on the tree the clothesline was hooked to. Instant replay, I hit the stick against the tree…Next thing I know the entire clothes line was laying on the ground and this stick was still intact. What originally would get me to yelling like a sailor, instead had me laughing to the point of tears! Live life and laugh on!
Adventures can only go as far as your mind will allow!
Amber arrives to my house, in a complete funk! After talking to her, throwing oils at her, offering a drink, nothing was working. I looked at her and said, “Get in the van we are going for drive!” Two dogs, three children and the two of us, we drove and looked at potential campsites for future camping. 10 minutes into our drive she said, “This is exactly what I needed! Not have a plan and go on an adventure!” That day we were racing the clock via Amber time. We ended up finding a campground that we will be going to every year, our dogs got some extra exercise and a glorious car ride, the children got out of the house and didn’t have to wear a mask while doing so! For us, we got to go on an adventure, we pointed the mama mobile in a direction and set out and hoped for the best. Allow yourself to be adventurous. Give yourself a chance to reboot and take in our beautiful world around.
Music..hands touching hands
Music has always been a large part of our lives. We are constantly dancing, singing, and listening to music. When was the last time you branched out and listened to something new? Do you ever break out in song during a stressful situation? Give it a try, I bet you will be smiling! When my son was little, I lived with Amber and her family for a short while. While laying in bed I hear her sing…Hands touching Hands, touching you,touching me (she grabbed my hand in the dark)! WTF Amber?! I am trying to sleep. Ever since that night we always turn our lives into song. Makes life way easier. My life be like Oooo,Aaahhh,Oooo,Aaahhh.
Some of our favorite songs right now are posted below. Be the music in your life, what song would be your theme song?
Always be jamming, trying new things! https://www.instagram.com/p/CECr2tDDnaa/?igshid=td7p7brfd2s4