For those of you reading for the first time, this is a fabulous list of ideas we, as bloggers, have pulled together to inspire a beautiful and happy life. Anyone can contribute, so if you're reading and you do something that you think others could use as a tip, add it to the comments section below and I'll add it, add images to accompany it and repost it soon. We are calling it the FDO List, so please add some more ideas, we can all use them.
Get outisde...on any kind of day..feel the weather, sun, snow, rain, wind...at least for a bit. Read, read, and read somemore...exciting places, sentimental stories, beautiful magazines, heroes big and small..news and fantasy...it's all good.
I find it is incredibly inspiring to just sit down and watch my children, enjoy their personalities, the way they interact and see their capabilities.
I take a walk every morning with my husband and dogs and watch the sunrise. It's an inspiring way to start the day.
I remind myself how truly fortunate I am for what I have and there are many more who have so much less or so much harder.
I try to encourage a graceful and artful life through my work, life and my blog too.
I remind myself to breathe and breathe deeply, especially when things get stressful and challenging. It really does calm you down.
I take one day a month and have a "gown day", a day I stay in my gown and relax, read, watch movies or better yet sleep.
I give generously to others who may need it with both my time and talent. And I also give to myself to just be or do nothing. It inspires.
I do dessert. Even if it's white chocolate chips, marshmallows or a bowl of blueberries. It's amazing how creative you can get serving small treats to your family and how a sweet little gesture results in happy faces and delightful conversation.
I surround myself with beautiful things and happy optimistic people.
I try to rise earlier than my alarm clock in order to appreciate the day and be reminded that as Anne of Green Gables reminds us, "Today is a new day without any mistakes in it".
I have animals in my life. My dogs are a constant reminder of simplistic joy and all it takes to love.
I take a moment to breathe at the end of every week, and adding a cooked meal with love and a glass of wine - perfection.
Embrace your creativity and you will be living life to its fullest. Show the world how great you
Have a lot of humor and many laughs daily. It cures all ills. I can't imagine my life without funny friends, family and even pets. I can laugh so hard I cry!
Celebrate the big and little things in life. We celebrated fabulous marks on a 3rd grade report card this week!
I use the power of positive thinking and the old adage "like attracts like".
I design, create and inspire an artful life with my blog too. (May I add, now this is a lady who has amazing talent & if only I could draw and paint like she does.
What I would give?)
I love to travel. Whether it's to the hills of Scotland or a small town down the road, travel inspires me.
The simple pleasures in life are most meaningful to me like dipping my toes in the water in the Hamptons. I find beauty, happiness & inspiration because I look for it in life.
I count my blessings daily either while in the shower in the morning or driving to work. And, if I don't, I regret it all day long.
Travel brings me endless beauty and inspiration. (She's headed to Sarasota, Florida next week).
I find images daily that really speak to me and inspire me.
I try and have fresh flowers in my house for my family to enjoy.
I celebrate holidays in a visual way like decorating for Valentine's Day. It's just around the corner.
Remember to add your ideas in the comments section of this post. I'll add images and repost the list next week. Have a great weekend. We'll talk soon.