How to Appreciate Every Day: Motivation Monday

How to appreciate the everyday.

Be a seeker of everyday magic.

This quote was an important reminder for both me and my husband this week. While we ate lunch the other day, we chatted about our plans for the coming week, and Ryan told me he felt frustrated because he kept looking at his summer vacation from a “glass half empty” viewpoint.

Rather than thinking to himself, “I still have six weeks of vacation before I start teaching again!” he instead looks at each day thinking, “well, that’s one more day of vacation gone.”

Can you relate to this sentiment?Β  I know I can.

It is so easy to focus on the negative: the list of things you didn’t get accomplished, or the looming work awaiting you in the not-too-distant future.

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How to Appreciate Every Day: Motivation Monday

To combat this negative thinking, we decided to try a couple of different approaches.

First of all, we’re going to seek out the magic in every day.

To do this, we’ve taken some time every night during dinner to talk about something good that happened that day, something for which we are thankful, and something that made us smile or laugh. It is so easy to let the negative dominate the positive, but when we stop, pause, and reflect, it helps us highlight those magical moments and bring them to the foreground.

The other thing we are trying to do is embrace the summer.

I realize this might sound like a tall order, but it really isn’t. What I mean is simply doing one thing, big or small, that you might not have time for during the busy school year.

For us, this might be grilling dinner and eating out on the deck, going for an evening stroll together, or catching a matinee movie during the week, simply because we can. (If you’re looking for a list of fun and FREE activities, check out Friday’s post for suggestions.) By having something small to look forward to each day, it helps us slow things down a little bit and appreciate each day individually.

So this is my challenge to you my busy-awesome friends. Seek out and celebrate the magical moments of your day, and focus on the good as much as possible.

Question:

Are you a seeker of everyday magic? How do you celebrate each day? What is something that made you smile today? Let me know in the comments below!

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24 thoughts on “How to Appreciate Every Day: Motivation Monday”

  1. I totally see the magic in every day! I see myself as the ”pollyanna” type personality that sees glass half full – everywhere!

    1. That is fantastic, Rebekah. What a wonderful trait πŸ™‚ I’m sure that positivity rubs off on those around you, too!

  2. Love this! It’s so true, we have to change our mindset to find the magic in each day. Those moments that too often we overlook until we can’t get them back

  3. After weekend When I wake my daughter to go to school on Monday morning. I tell her open your eyes and motivate your self. Trust me your post is beautiful and motivational indeed No more Monday Blues

    1. Thanks so much, Jiya. I really appreciate that. I love your motivation for your daughter, too. That’s wonderful!

  4. Totally hear you on this one. It’s so easy to get caught up on looking to the next thing instead of enjoying the moment.

    1. Exactly! It’s so important to focus on the good things happening around us at that moment

  5. I know exactly what your husband is feeling because I too am a teacher. I just appreciate each and every day because most people work all summer. I feel very lucky to have the time with my son. It is, however, very much needed as the educational system is getting more and more demanding on teachers and students.

    1. That is a fantastic perspective, Kim. Thank you for sharing that. You’re right though, teachers are overworked, and more and more so each year. Summer is certainly well deserved.

  6. Love this idea! I hate referencing the Kardashian’s lol but… at family dinners they go around the table and talk about the “peak and the pit of their day” and I’ve always loved that idea! Great post!

    1. Ha! I had no idea I had anything in common with the Kardashians πŸ˜‰ It’s a nice way to pause and reflect.

    1. Thanks so much for this comment, Lacey. It means a lot! I’m glad it was what you needed to read πŸ™‚

  7. I like the title of your blog. It’s hard when you have finite amount of time off not to do the countdown. I do it everytime I’m on vacation

    1. Thanks! And yes, I do it too. Maybe by celebrating the little things of each day it will make that countdown easier.

  8. You know I live in Dubai, our week begins with Sunday, we have Friday and Saturday weekend. So my motivation is needed for Sunday πŸ™‚ thanks for writting for us and sharing, cheers Dieter

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