The "Things to Change" List

After reading the new novel, Here, Home, Hope from Kaira Rouda, many of you have said you were inspired to start your own “Things to Change” (or T2C) list as Kelly, the main character in the book, had done.

My list is still in my head, for the most part, but the more I think about it the more inspired I am to write it down. Since we’re in the throes of “summer vacation” around here and I am a work-at-home mom, there are three “things to change” that I’ve been trying to implement in order to maintain my sanity for the next several weeks.

  1. Don’t be a hermit – leave the house at least once a day, everyday.
  2. Do something nice for yourself, everyday. (For example: take time to read for pleasure, enjoy a sweet treat, spend some time behind the camera.)
  3. Stick to a regular work schedule. Since nobody has to been anywhere at a certain time in the mornings, it’s easy to just sleep in and idle the morning away. But that tends to derail my day, so the challenge is to get up and get the day started right, even if the rest of the family is not.

One and two have been fairly easy to do, though it’s surprising how often I get to the end of the day and realize I’ve not stepped foot outside my house. Number three is the bigger challenge. Thankfully, I get to try again each day!

Your turn! Tell us, have you started a list? Is it a traditional, numbered list? Or are you using the post-it note trick? What’s on your T2C list? Have you been able to make any tangible changes yet? We want to hear from you!

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  1. I had to steal Kelly’s #4 as my #1: Don’t compare yourself to others. That really hit me, because I do it so many times each day.

    • You know, I guess it’s just are human nature to do so but unfortunately it can be so destructive if we let it get out of hand.

  2. Echoing Valerie – That’s soooo huge, Kelly’s #4. I do it a ton, so on the same level I’d add:

    Stop concentrating on what you don’t have, and be thankful for all the blessings that you do have.

    Stop thinking about what you aren’t doing right, or what’s not working for you, and work with the assets you’ve got.

    Be happy with who you are, truly accepting yourself for the amazing person that you are.

    Don’t sweat the small stuff, not everything goes according to plan, and amazing things can happen from the spontaneous screwups.

    Not everything has to happen according to some neurotic mental checklist you’ve created for yourself. Live your life for the moments, not to cross things off.

    Those are some main Things to Change for me at the moment, as you can see, I definitely feel a connection to Kelly. I’m “stuck” myself, and I’m only nearing the end of my 20’s. 🙂

    • Great list, Jenn! “Stop thinking about what you aren’t doing right, or what’s not working for you, and work with the assets you’ve got.” – Love that one! “Stealing” it!

  3. I am stealing #1 for my post for tomorrow

    • I’ve found that working at home can be very isolating, so #1 is really important to me. Even just smiling at the barista at Starbucks or the cashier at Target can make my day feel so much brighter and remind me that there is more to life than that four walls that surround me on daily basis. I’ve loved your post, Pamela! Best wishes to you for being able to scratch them off as you go!

  4. I haven’t read the book, but I like the idea of a “Things to Change” list. Your list hit home for me because those are pretty much the same things I’ve been telling myself for the last two weeks since my kids have been home for the summer. Two more for me include going to bed earlier, and waking up earlier to do my work. If I don’t the day completely gets away from me. I may have to do a blog post myself on a list like this. Thanks!

    • My third T2C would definitely be helped if I would go to bed earlier and rise earlier to get work done. My concentration is so much better in the mornings when everyone is still asleep and I’m well rested! Link your post when you’ve finished it, we’d love to see it!

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