This is what's on my mind... in case you were wondering....
1. Don't underestimate the importance (and power) of a good night's sleep. Pam Beasley (from The Office, in case you aren't up on your stupid humor comedy sitcoms) knows the difference a solid REM cycle can provide to the waking hours. When she gets 8 hours of sleep compared to 4 - big difference. So, take a lesson from a show full of utter ridiculous, yet amusing, antics: get your shut eye. The beauty sleep does more than just help the appearance. It clears the mind and puts a cheery light on the whole day. Who knew what happens when we aren't even aware could influence the rest of life in such a profound way? Pam knew.
2. A red front door, designed and executed with style and an eye for design, can be as powerful as the perfect shade of red lipstick. It takes a home from boring, dull and lifeless and makes it a showstopper. A few coats of paint can be the difference between drive by and stop and stare. Like I said: lipstick for the house. Just ask any women with a go-to shade of fiery red. She isn't born with it, it might be Maybelline. But it makes all the difference when getting all dolled up for date night.
3. When you read Jane Austen you will find that your day to day thoughts take on a new accent. Call me crazy, but don't judge until you've read over 300 pages of one of her classics. You begin to think with an English accent. I'm not complaining. Who doesn't love a true Brit speaking with that irresistible accent so captivating that it stops women young and old in their tracks?
4. Do you want to change your daily interactions with strangers, friends, family and even your pet dog? Smile and make eye contact. These simple acts will transform your communication. A smile goes a long way. It conveys openness and invites further interaction. Eye contact shows that you are engaged. Try these tricks of the communication trade and watch the world around you take on a whole new light. You won't be disappointed, I promise.
5. Cars are a blessing and a curse. Life was simpler before they existed. I wasn't around then, obviously, but since moving to Chagrin Falls I am beginning to get a picture of what that world was like. Needed groceries? You walked. You didn't buy 2 carts full of potato chips and Oreos. You bought what you could carry, aka what you needed. Had to send a letter? You walked to the local post office and bought stamps, probably running into a few of the locals on the way. Communities were close knit. People knew each other. There is something nostalgic and picturesque about that way of life. It was a life grounded on the fundamentals and a simplicity that is missing from society. From now on, I'm going to try to let my car stay parked more often.
Whats on your mind? What have you noticed today?