LOTS OF LITTLE THINGS

 First of all, I have no idea how I survived long car trips or even coffee lines before the advent of Twitter. Lately I’ve been doing a better job remembering to tweet little tidbits of my day or random thoughts that pop into my head. I posted this a couple weeks ago and have been thinking about it a fair amount since. There are plenty of things on our calendars we all dread — deadlines, dentist appointments, etc. — but giving yourself lots of little things to look forward to can totally offset the nagging obligations. 

Around the same time, I stumbled upon this quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Gretchen Rubin’s book (which I highly recommend!) repeats over and over, “The days are long, but the years are short.” Both of these are such obvious sentiments that totally escape me in the day-to-day grind. Letting even one day pass by without fun or inspiration or progress is such a waste! Going a couple months without seeing friends turns way too quickly into “oh, I haven’t seen her in years.” Putting off goals on our bucket lists just makes it less likely that we’ll ever cross everything off (hence my 101 in 1001 list!).

I’m trying to be more conscious about filling my days and weeks with lots of happy little moments: coffee with an old friend, dinner dates at new restaurants, happy hours with bloggers from out of town, meetings I’m actually excited about, and of course bigger goals and projects like those on my list. I miss so much when I decide I’m too busy or too tired to go out. It’s way, way, way more rewarding to approach each day with energy and enthusiasm and collapse into bed each night exhausted but totally content. Now that I’m more aware of it, it’s definitely something I’m going to make a concerted effort to improve about myself.

A few of the things I’m looking forward to right now? A Red Sox game with my dad, New York Fashion Week, a fall jaunt to Nantucket, a weekend trip to New Orleans, and — at the end of September — the start of my next list (wooohooo!).

Does any of this ring true for you? What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this week or this month? P.S. You can follow me on Twitter here if you’re interested in more daily musings! 


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  1. This post is perfect. Captures the way everyone should live each day – especially for us new yorkers, always something to do! Love it.

    x Kelsey
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  2. Absolutely love this, Mackenzie, and I couldn’t agree more! My weeks are so much happier and I feel so much more fulfilled when I have little things here and there. It’s what makes the big thing (LIFE!) so great!

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  4. I’m a huge fan of having things to look forward too. Whenever I’m feeling a little blue, I try to build things into my schedule. It’s amazing how much little things can change the quality of our lives!

  5. I totally know what you mean! This morning I started my new resolution to get fitter (having put it off for a while) by joining a women’s exercise class I’d read about in a local park…it was a bit nerve-wracking going (and super exhausting!) but I’m really glad I did.

    Similarly, my husband and I make sure we keep booking ‘date nights’ into the diary to make sure we don’t just end up at home! It’s all about determining to do something, and booking it in, as you wrote!

    PS Thanks for replying to my comment on Glitter Guide yesterday!

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  6. This is so true! Sometimes if I don’t specifically set out time to stop and smell the roses (or do other small but meaningful things) days go can go by before I take a moment to pause and really appreciate all the great things in my life. It’s great to be busy and productive, but a fair balance of work and play make for a more fulfilled life. As I get older, I realize how important that balance is!