Live in the Moment

I am a to-do-list kind of person. At any given time, I have an assortment of personal and professional TDLs waiting to be conquered. I love finishing a project and crossing it off my list. In a lot of ways, I appreciate the feeling of accomplishment and organization imbedded in this way of life. Yet recently I have realized the flaw of this habit, that being, I often live in the future rather than in the moment. I am so focused on what needs to be done, or what is next, that I miss simply appreciating the present moment and the beauty it brings.

ImageRather than waiting for a day, or week, or month, or new year to commit to living in the moment, I realize that there truly is no better time than today. This weekend, I decided to forgo the to go list and to do what I wanted instead.

I enjoyed the beautiful weather and relaxed with my friends at a baseball game.

ImageI spontaneously opted to grab appetizers and a drink over pajamas and a movie.

ImageAnd I enjoyed a night out with some of our best friends.

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Reader Question: What do you find best helps you to live in the moment!?

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5 Things to Look Forward to This Spring

One of my all-time favorite posts to write was ‘5 Things to Look Forward to This Fall.’ And while I may not have pumpkin spice lattes and football to anticipate this spring, there are still some pretty amazing things on the horizon. I may even need to pause during this entry to make a margarita in the vita-mix, because something about warm weather seems to call for this cool concoction.

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5 Things to Look Forward to This Spring

Weekend Getaways. Aside from my trip out to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Blend Retreat, Dan and I are planning to stay relatively local this spring with mini-getaways to Galveston and Lost Pines. One of our Christmas presents was a trip to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, but we are holding off on heading out until we can take full advantage of the lazy river.

Hiking. Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of hiking trails. I find that my winter workouts are pretty basic, rotating between the elliptical and running. To get out of the city and to appreciate the beautiful scenery is a spring essential in my mind.

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Baseball Season. While football is my #1 sports love, I do love baseball season. There is something so laid back about throwing on a t-shirt and going to a game. I usually walk away with a pretty great farmer tan as well.

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Outdoor Dining. Although I am still working on my resolution to become a better cook in our kitchen, I love to go out to eat when the weather is ideal. So many restaurants around us offer outdoor seating. I love sitting on the patio and sipping a cocktail. Not to mention that going out to eat means no dishes!

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 Pool Parties. Living in Texas, proximity to some form of water is a must. One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon is by lounging poolside and barbecuing with friends. Phil Vassar’s ‘6-Pack Summer’ seems to sum it all up perfectly.

Reader Question: What are looking forward to this spring?