Taking time


Sun creeps through the gaps in the curtains and I can feel them dance across my face, and I’m awoken to the exciting thought that it’s another new day. Morning is one of those magical parts of a day. It sets the scene for many of the events and moments that form our day. Excited puppy paws dance across the floor, as Haiku and Lulu know it’s time for them to start their morning too.

As they, and I, breathe the first breaths of morning air, I take it all in. The glowing green leaves as the sun touches them, and the blooms of new flowers waiting to burst. It’s so easy to get carried away in the work and tasks of the day, and to get distracted by the beauty, excitement and opportunities around us. We get caught up in emails, text messages, meetings and phone calls, and forget all the little things that create the magic in our day and keep us close to ourselves.

Weekends have become synonymous with rest, relaxation and renewal. They give us that time to breath deep and take time away from the chaos the week can bring.

As the day pulls me in different ways, I always try to step back and find the joy and happiness around me. Don’t get me wrong, it can be a challenge to fight back against the hamster wheel of life, but it’s the little things that bring me out of the constant movement, like the smiling faces of my dogs.

As the days of the week pass, these are a few of the little things I try to squeeze in to create a little me-time in another busy week:

  • While you’re rushing through the grocery store picking up lunch snacks, dinner ingredients and dog food, pick up those beautiful, bright tulips. Take the time to create that spot in the kitchen or dining room that brings light and makes you smile.
  • The smell of your house can change everything, like the comfort of bread baking, or fresh lavender. Lighting a beautifully scented candle not only creates beautiful soft lighting which helps calm and relax after a long day of meetings, but the smell can transport you away to a beautiful chair on a deck, with a glass of wine in your hand, over looking a lavender field slowly bowing in the wind.


  • A day at the spa is on pretty much everyone’s list of ‘best ways to relax,’ but it’s not always easy to fit in to the schedule. But after the sun has set, and a quiet has come over the house, apply spa rules to your house, and close the laptop and turn off the iPhone. While you’re turning off your electronics try lighting some candles and turn off those lights. Find some of your favourite music (I’m a sucker for Motown classics or even some smooth miles Miles Davis,) and run a hot bath. I’ve gotten into the habit of having a few of those special bath products on hand for those relaxation evenings. Having those scents or products make that hour (or two) even more special.

When it comes down to it, just don’t forget you when you’re busy doing things for everything else. All it takes is doing the little things that make you happy, dancing in the kitchen, that special latte in the afternoon, or painting your nails.

And most importantly Monday is almost over, which means tomorrow is a new day full of new adventures.
April 14, 2014 by Tobias Lawrence
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