One of the things I told myself I was going to work on this birthday month was cleaning up my mouth. This is easier said than done for someone who drops these "bombs" quite a bit throughout each day. These words have become part of my everyday vocabulary, so using my filter and really thinking about it is difficult. Case in point, yesterday the dog peed on the floor just as I was about to let him out and I know I said something, but after I was done cleaning it up, could not FOR THE LIFE OF ME remember if I actually swore or not. I suppose even if I hadn't I was at least regretful, so that counts towards self-improvement, right?
Another thing I decided to clean up was my house (which, ironically, is the cause of many of the swear words that come out of my mouth). We have wood floors and two dogs. They track a lot in and out, and I seem to be the only one who knows how to use a vacuum or mop, so it's left to me to clean up after them (yes, that was a little dig on my husband) (: I figured it was time to treat myself to this handy-dandy Hoover Floormate that my sister-in-law swears (no pun intended) by. I have to say, I'm impressed. It took a long time, as I had to vacuum, then wash, then dry each little section of floor but in the end could definitely tell a difference. I still think I need professional help, which I'll save for another post.
It's not like I've never gotten a mani/pedi before, but I've never gotten one at an airport. I desparately needed a manicure as my current one was peeling off and was starting to borderline trashy (I depsise chipped nails). So, I gave in and paid extra to save myself some time and sanity while waiting for my flight. I have to say, it wasn't bad. I'd do it again if I was in a pinch.
Finally, my favorite part of my birthday celebratory month so far was when I was invited (since I made a recent donation) to take a tour of our local Ronald McDonald House. As I mentioned, I'd been there before as a volunteer making dinner for families, but had never really seen much of the facility. I was amazed at how many people were there volunteering, making quilts, sorting through donations, etc. I was taken to the "Magic Room", a room where all of the donated toys are housed. Each child that stays there gets a token they use to enter the room. They are allowed to pick one toy for their visit, which they are able to take home with them. I entered into a room that was designed like a circus tent, with brightly colored fabric and white twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling. There were floor to ceiling shelves filled with toys galore. It was magical, even for a grown woman. I couldn't imagine being a little kid in there! That was definitely my warm fuzzy for the week.
Whether it's your house, mouth or attitude....there's got to be some habits or items in your life that could use a little clean up. I would encourage you this week to think about what areas you can work on, and then tackle them! Whatever you do, I hope you find some inspiration this week.
Check back later this week as I will begin to try and get over my fear of drowning, as well as taking some other new steps to connect/network with new people who may be able to shed some insight into how I can work to find new inspirations in my everday life!
Have a beautiful day!