Just Five More Minutes

I was about to go to bed when I looked at the basket of clean clothes that was sitting on the living room floor. I looked at the clock, then looked back at the basket of clothes and immediately felt like they could wait until tomorrow. But something told me to dismiss that thought and to fold the clothes. And so I did. It only took me five minutes to fold them. Just five more minutes will save me time and frustration that comes from having to search through baskets of clothes that I tell myself I’ll fold tomorrow. Five more minutes invested tonight will reap much more dividends in the days to come.

It’s important to recognize and act upon these moments. So many times it feels like it’s easier to give up, give in and wait for the next opportunity. I use moments like the one I had tonight as practice for the more challenging moments to come. I have big dreams that I want to come to pass and I know I’ll need to draw upon my experience of having push past what may have appeared to be a mundane task that turned out to be a test to see how much I really want to live the life I’m after. Folding the laundry is not only a lesson of practicing gratitude and abundance (a lot of folks don’t have laundry to think about), but it’s a lesson on doing what it takes to make your future better. Nothing we do is irrelevant and plays a part in who we are and who we will become. If you really think about it, I know you’ll agree.

So, how can you spend the next five minutes to make your days to come better? 

 

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Drop Everything and Say This Right Now

I heard this affirmation this evening and I had to share it with you.

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My goodness. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Tara Brach, a western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening, said this quote while I was listening to a show and I immediately wrote it down. Learning to love every moment, good or bad, is essential for living in each moment you have. I hope this affirmation becomes one of your favorites, as it has mine.

You can learn more about Tara on her website, www.tarabrach.com.

 

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How To Remove Permanent Marker From A White Board

Today, my two year old wanted to be like his big brother and use the big white board that we use for homeschool. Unfortunately, he grabbed a permanent instead of a dry erase marker. I didn’t realize any of this was going on until he pulled me over to look at his work. While I loved his little drawing, seeing the white board that we use each homeschool day covered in permanent marker made me freak out a little. And, when I say a little I mean I screeched and said, “Noooooooooooooo!”

Once I regained my composure, I did what any modern day mama would do – I went directly to Pinterest to find a solution. I reviewed several different sites and the consensus was to first mark over the permanent marker with dry erase marker, then wipe with a dry towel. I did that, but there were still, though faint, visible permanent marker lines. I went back to the sites and looked through the comments and found that people suggested using isopropyl alcohol to get the board completely clean.

Voila! I restored our white board and it actually looks better than before. Plus, I found a way to clean it in the future. I also found a new home for our markers far, far away from the little guy.

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