What Makes a Good Day for You?

It’s easy to fall into a daily routine that we don’t particularly like.  We end up doing the same thing over and over, day after day.  We get up after not getting enough sleep, hurry ourselves and our kids while getting ready for work and school, run out the door to a job which we may or may not enjoy all that much, get through a mundane work day, sit in traffic on the way back home, walk in the door exhausted from our crazy day, make and eat a dinner that probably could be more healthful, turn on the t.v. and watch a show we hope will take our minds off of real life for an hour, go back to bed a bit later than we should only to get up and do it all over again the next day.  Weekends seem like mini vacations compared to our hectic weeks.  We live for Saturdays and dread Mondays.  Are you familiar with this?

We THINK that this is the way it HAS to be.  It was the way we grew up.  It’s the way all of our friends do it.  It’s the way everyone with whom we work does it.  But, that’s not true.  If you’re not happy with your routine, it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can change it.  It can be different.  It can be better.  But, it takes effort.  It takes effort to analyze your day to discover what you can cut out to make more quality time with your family.  It takes effort to look at how you can use your time at work more effectively so that you’re able to actually get your work done and leave the office on time.  It takes effort to get to bed a little earlier so that you get more sleep and feel better the next day.  It takes effort to talk to your kids about what’s going on in their lives.   It takes effort to find quiet time to renew your mind, listen to your thoughts and pray.  It takes effort to tune out the noise and find true voices of value that add to your life experience.   After you expend a little effort to begin doing these things, you gain momentum and change comes more naturally.  It gets easier.  The hardest part about starting something new is just starting.  Once you’ve spent a few days trying new things, finding a routine that you like better, examining your life to find what brings you true joy, it becomes something you’ll want to do.  It’s a great feeling to experience change for the better.  It’s great realizing that life can be different from the same old routine.  People are changing every day.  They’re finding a new path that takes them where they want to go.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve done it.  It’s fun.  And a great way to start your life change is to simply ask this question:  What makes a good day for me?  Once you answer that, your goal should be to do what you can each day to make that happen.  A little effort, a change here and there, some thought, some planning, some action and before you know it, you’ve created a life in which your good days happen more and more.  You CAN do it.  Just give it a try… 

 

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Websites for Weather Junkies…

I talk a lot about following your passions in the Life Barometer life balance program.  With that in mind, if one of your passions is weather, this post if for you…

As a meteorologist, I’m often asked about websites for weather junkies…  Here are four if you’re into severe weather…

http://blogs.discovery.com/storm_chasers/

If you love STORM CHASERS on the Discovery channel, this blog is for you.  The chase season is in full swing right now and this blog follows the chasers while they’re out shooting the series to air this fall.  It’s a great blog with some interesting behind the scenes pictures….

http://www.tornadovideos.net

The folks who do this website are chasing along with the TIV, DOW and the entire STORM CHASERS crew this year.  Lots of great video and frequent updates during the severe weather season.  You can also follow along with their live webcams during chases (You might see something if you log on Thursday of this week as a tornado outbreak is possible in the Plains and I’m sure they’ll be out).

http://www.severestudios.com

This is another website where you can watch live streaming video from chasers out in the field.  During big outbreaks, you can also watch live coverage with radar of breaking storm events…

Here’s another one that you need to know about if you enjoy chasing…

http://www.stormtrack.org

This is perhaps THE website for all who are interested in chasing and severe weather.   The forum section is frequented by experienced chasers and meteorologist who love to chat about storms.  All storm junkies must visit from time-to-time…

Have fun!