Music Mondays: “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk and Nate Ruess

I was introduced to this song this weekend, and have been playing it nonstop ever since. Their voices meld so beautifully, and they each have such amazing voices to begin with! Magnificent.

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Simple Pleasures: The To-Do List

to-do listIt’s the first Sunday in May, which means it’s the perfect time for a little spring cleaning, which means it’s the perfect time for one of my all-time favorite things: the to-do list!

I can already hear the skeptical snorts from here, but bear with me, chickadees, and hear me out.

Approaching a task such as spring cleaning, oh, everything, is a rather wide, all-encompassing, overwhelming task. However, if you break it down into small bites, everything suddenly becomes a lot more doable, and (dare I say?) fun!

Take, for example, your kitchen. It’s time to give it a full clean, but where do you start? Well, there are the counters to clean, the stovetop to de-grease, the floor to mop, the sink to scrub, the fridge to go through and then clean, the cabinets to sort through, the dishes to clean and then put away, and so on. Each of these things can be an item on your to-do list. By breaking everything down into manageable tasks, each step becomes an action item. And once it’s done, you get to cross it off. That’s where the fun comes in!

I find that having a physical to-do list, where you can actually cross things off and view your progress, is so much better than the ethereal virtual task list, whence finished items disappear without so much as a by-your-leave. On paper, you can see exactly what you have accomplished.

Here’s another secret: already done a few things today? Add them to the list, and then relish in immediately crossing them off! The fun is in seeing your progress.

I take great pleasure in keeping a long-running to-do list notebook, but there’s also something to be said for the random piece of paper that your can rip up and toss cathartically once the whole thing is finished.

What’s your favorite method to tackle big projects?

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Music Mondays: “Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat

Let’s start this week off right with a wonderful number by Ms. Colbie Caillat: “Brighter Than the Sun”! I simply love this song!

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