A Great Weekend... and Inspiration for the Week Ahead

Hey everyone! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend! My mom and dad were down to visit and we had a great time. Mom and I even fit in a couple of videos- I posted one of them today on her favorite beauty products! :) We also went out to eat at one of the best BBQ restaurants ever (17th St. Bar & Grill- featured on Food Network!) and Tyler and dad did lots of golfing. Oh yeah, mom and I also constructed this wreath for my front door... I shot some video of the process-- hopefully it was enough bits & pieces to show how it was done! I'll probably post that on the vlog channel soon.

Mom also passed along this clipping from the local newspaper in my hometown, titled "A Great Recipe for Life" and I thought a lot of the tips were really great.... some good things to reflect on before another busy week and I wanted to share them with you! I wish I knew who to give credit to... but the article has no author posted, so I'll say this post is courtesy of the Hancock County Quill :)

  1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. 
  2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to!
  3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: "My purpose is to......... today. I am thankful for.........."
  4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 
  5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds, and walnuts. 
  6. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 
  7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 
  8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card. 
  9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 
  10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 
  11. Don't take yourself too seriously. 
  12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 
  13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. 
  14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. No one can take it away; don't let them!
  16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
  17. Forgive everyone for everything. 
  18. What other people think of you is none of your business. 
  19. God heals everything- but you have to ask Him. 
  20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 
  21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!
  22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 
  23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for......... today I accomplished............"
  24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed. 
  25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You'll be smiling before you know it."

Whew! That's a lot of things to think about! I think I'll be looking back on this often. What are your favorite points on this list? I love the "fill in the blank" statements to think about at the start and end of the day, and "don't take yourself too seriously".... words to live by! Thanks for stopping by my blog & I hope you have a great week! :) 


  1. This is so inspiring! I love your posts and this has to be my FAVORITE. Thanks so much for posting this..I needed it.

  2. Wow. That was just what i needed after today. Thank you so much. I always look forward to your videos and posts for a daily bit of cheer. much love, Nikki


  3. I love this list! I will print this out an put it somewhere where I will see it everyday x

  4. I loved the makeup video with your mom and look forward to the wreath making video. I adore your mom's top; do you know where she got it?

  5. Your mom is adorable! i just watched your today's video. She looks great and is full of life!
    Thank you for a list of tips! I think I'm going to save it on my computer:)

  6. I am crying as I read this!!!! I have been through a very, very emotionally painful month, and reading these tips inspired me to pick up and go through my life day by day without thinking about who thinks what of my life. I cannot thank you enough to care so much that you would share something this life changing. Sometimes we forget what our blessings are and reading this is truly a pick me up, dust my self off, and go be happy. I love that wreath by the way :) Its very pretty and inviting!

  7. Thank you for posting the "Recipe to Life"; I need to jot that down for myself as a daily reminder.

    Coral @ keepinupwithcoral.blogspot.com

  8. Whoa that were some deep each day resolution. Practical enough. Thanks a bundle for sharing
    Lovely blog.


  10. Wow! These are fantastic & SO true! Thanks for posting! Oh & your mom is just so classy & elegant. Her hair, makeup, & complexion are simply stunning.

  11. Your mom is so Beautiful. Your parents really look like nice people. I can't wait to watch the new video because I hope to look radiant like your mom when I grow up!!

  12. This is such a good thing. They should have it on a little card you stick in your purse or wallet or a fridge magnet. Thanks for sharing x

  13. I love this, it's so inspirational that I've decided to lose weight for my holiday :) check out my blog if you have any tips and to see my progress!


  14. such a perfect blog honey =)

  15. That was a nice post and good tips. The wreath looks great to . I smile alot so I feel that is great advice for walks and to take time to speak with God. Keep up the writeing best_mineral_makeup

  16. Love that list :) thank you!

  17. I really love this post! Today i went in the elevator after a hard day of work singing and my neighbor said: how can you be so happy after a monday of work? I then said: my family has to get my best mood, because family is the most important thing! He was a little weird at first but then smiled ;) Of course im not happy everyday, but im truly blessed for being able to smile and sing after a though day of work! And for watching your videos and reading your blogs Emily!!!

  18. This just made my day (night), thank you for sharing so much love and wisdom in everything you do!

  19. I think that i'm gonna keep this list and put in places that I can see.


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