Happy Monday! That probably looks a lot more chipper than it feels. Mondays aren’t necessarily my favorite days, but I do tend to feel a bit refreshed from the weekend. I like to use that extra energy to tackle chores for the week. Today I’m planning on grocery shopping, preparing some food for the week, and paying bills. That last one is probably my least favorite because I tend to stress about money even if we’re doing fine financially, which thanks to me working more, we are. It’s still not fun, but I thought I’d share a trick that I use to make it more enjoyable. Yes, it’s probably really corny, but it works for me.
Two tips actually. The first one it to use Pixar stamps. Paying the gas bill is much more fun with a Wall-e stamp.
The second, more important tip is to pay bills with gratitude.
I vaguely recall something like this in The Secret, so that’s probably where I got the idea, but while I’m writing out checks or paying bills online, I think about what I’m really paying for and the value I received. Here’s a quick breakdown of how I think about my bills:
- Rent-Thank you for giving me a place to live, for giving my studio and a kitchen to cook yummy food and a big window with a tree outside to look at while I sit on the couch and journal in the morning.
- Gas and electric bills-Thank you for hot baths, a cozy home, for light to read and paint by, for powering my computer so I can write and connect with others.
- Student loan payments-Thank you for helping me study in China and graduate on time. Thanks for helping me start my dream of travel.
- Phone bill-Thank you for allowing me to call my mom, text my friends, get a hold of Sam when my computer does something stupid and send him cute little messages during the day, and for helping me feel safe because I always have a way to get help in an emergency.
- Car insurance and fuel-Thank you for allowing me to visit my family and friends, for getting me to the library, grocery store, and art galleries. Thanks for allowing me to get to work in five minutes instead of tramping through the snow for a 25 minutes both ways.
It may seem silly, but I think gratitude is the key to a happy life. When we have gratitude, we see the good in the unpleasant things. We notice out blessings, and we just tend to be a lot more optimistic. This is a big deal for those of us that tend to be vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
I’ll let you know how this works on taxes. 😉
Have a wonderful week!
Happy Father’s Day! Last month, I thanked my mom for all her awesomeness, but now it’s time to thank my equally incredible Dad.
1-Thank you Dad for working so hard to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly, while still finding time to take me fishing.
2-Thank you for always making the best spaghetti, burgers, salsa, and steaks I’ve ever had.
3-Thank you for growing the most amazing vegetables and letting me raid your garden and chicken coop every time I visit.
4- Thank you for endowing me with your blue eyes, artistic talent and off-kilter sense of humor.
5-Thank you for teaching to love Jim Henson, The Three Stooges, Benny Hill, and The Beatles.
6-Thank you for teaching me to work hard, be respectful and pick my battles, and that a sense of humor is one the greatest coping tools a person can have.
7-Thank you for faithfully reading every blog post I’ve ever written, liking nearly every Facebook update, and believing in me even when I don’t.
8-Thank you for saying I’m still your little girl even though I’m well into my 20’s.
9-Thank you for making me laugh all the time and for getting my weird brand up humor. ‘Cause it’s just like yours.
10-Thank you for trying to teach me to drive a stick shift. Sorry it didn’t work 🙂
11-Thank you for striking the perfect balance between protecting me and letting me grow.
12-Thank you for going with us to Disney World and stuff like that, even though you’d rather be fishing.
13-Thank you for being my best friend. I know I’ve said that Mom and Sam are my best friends, but you’re my best friend too, because you’re my dad.
I love you Daddy!
Happy Mother’s Day! Sadly, I won’t be able to see my Mommy today, but I just wanted to publicly thank my Mom for being so amazing and always taking such good care of me. I love to make lists, I thought I’d list some things I’d love to thank her for, then I’ll call her to wish her a happy Mother’s Day and remind her to check the blog 🙂
Ready, set, go!
1-Thank you Mom, first of all for bringing 10 pound, 2 ounce me into the world. I know that wasn’t easy, but thanks a lot of doing it. Being born means a lot to me.
2-On a less ridiculous note, thank you for meticulously documenting every inch of my life in the form of scrapbooks and journals. I love reading them.
3-Thank you for always telling me I’m beautiful and amazing no matter what.
4-Thank you for teaching me to make the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. I’m sure all my friends and neighbors thank you too.
5-Thanks for always listening to me and guiding me through life’s twists and turns. I couldn’t have made it this far without you!
6-Thank you for driving me all over kingdom come to music lessons, art classes and play practices.
7-Thanks for teaching me to eat healthy and exercise, but to also enjoy ice cream.
8-Thanks for sacrificing so much so you could be a stay-at-home mom for me. A lot of kids these days don’t have that, but I’m glad I did.
9-Thanks for trying to teach me to balance my checkbook and do my own tax returns. It’s not your fault that I hate doing them, but thanks for teaching me how.
10-Thank you for nineteen years of meals, laundry, a roof, and a whole teenage career of stealing your clothes and raiding your jewelry box. And thanks for still letting me.
11-For always telling me I can be whatever I want and for encouraging my creative dreams, “unrealistic” as they may be.
12-For always “getting me” when no one else seems to.
13-Most of all, thanks for always being my best friend. I love you so much Mom!