A friend once told me to find joy in everything you do. Of course, I thought she was crazy. How could I possibly find “joy” in cleaning my house? Doing the dishes? Paying bills? Instead of just tossing this thought aside, it sat in the forefront of my mind as I did my daily routines. I was actually amazed at what I found.
As a woman, I love pretty things. I love to treat myself to pretty things because they make me feel good. Am I a shop-o-holic? Maybe. I also love to dine out and eat wonderful meals. But in this up-and-down economy, I’ve had to scale down my wants to focus on my needs. Those pretty little things are no longer a priority and dining out at fine establishments come few and far in between. Honestly, I pouted for awhile, but had to suck it up and move forward.
Lesson #1: Start cooking at home – I’ve always liked to cook, but not seven days a week. How do I find the “joy” in that?
Lesson #2: Adjust attitude – Ok, what would make cooking at home seven days a week more joyful? A lovely glass of wine would be nice. Maybe put on my favorite music so I can dance in between chopping onions and stirring sauce. Add my husband to the mix to have some conversation and laughter. Ok, now were talking.
Lesson #3: Get cooking – Take the time to really plan out your meal. Have a full balanced meal with fresh ingredients. Don’t be in such a hurry. Do you rush through your meal when you are in a restaurant? No? Then don’t do it at home. Most importantly, save room for dessert (my joy).
Lesson #4: The clean up – This step was a little harder for me to find the joy in. But after giving it a little thought, here’s what I came up with.
Pride and Joy
Your home is your sanctuary. It’s a place where you feel safe and loved. Home is where your daily life begins and ends every day. There are things to do in the house that you like to do and things that you have to do that aren’t so much fun, like washing dishes or cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. So, my question to myself was: “What would make this task more joyful?”
Step #1: Light a scented candle to lift my spirits and make my home smell pretty.
Step #2: Fill the sink with warm water and a unique scented dish soap that I actually like. Cucina Olive & Coriander is my new favorite!
Step #3: Wash, Rinse, Repeat. The warmth of the water and repetitive motion of this task is actually relaxing.
Step #4: Clean up the counters with an aromatherapy scented cleaner, again to lift spirits.
Step #5: Wash your hands and apply a moisturizing hand lotion that will soak into your skin and soften your hands by locking in the moisture. Choose a scent that you love. This is the joy at the end of the task. It may sound small, but it’s your treat to yourself after a long hard day and signifies that you are done.
In the end, it’s the simple things that we tend to overlook that can bring a little joy into our daily routines. Take time to recognize what could make a task a little more joyful and do it!
Paying bills? Make yourself a nice cup of tea to enjoy while bill paying to incorporate a relaxing element to a stressful element to make it less stressful.
Cleaning the house? Use natural cleaning products that are scented with essential oils that make your home smell beautiful and relax your soul. It will give you a sense of pride.
Washing dishes? Yes, there is joy in doing the dishes. I have found what brings me joy in this daily task and so can you!
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Have a joyful day!