3 Simple Things That Make Life More Amazing

My kids, my job, my cozy little home with no storage space –blessings, albeit curses. Depending on the day and my current state of mind, I can call these things amazing or annoying. That’s true for all of us (regardless of what we have or don’t have), because life is about perspective. And although I don’t always succeed, I try to stay positive. So in true cup-half-full fashion, I’ve created a list of 3 things that are currently making my life more amazing. These are simple things, because sometimes simplicity is just what we need…

3 Simple Things That Make Life More Amazing

1. This

And by this I mean this blog, this open forum for ideas, this space that serves as a sounding board for my soul. I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon. As I’ve said before, I bleed words, and I often don’t know how I feel until I read what I’ve said. Funny how that works. But I can write anywhere: on lined paper, in leather-bound journals and on Word documents too. But then I’d be missing this interaction, the exchange we are having right now, though we may have never even met. That’s what makes this blog so incredible, a privilege indeed. Here, I connect with people who’ve either come because they like what I write (wild as that may be), or because they made some wrong turn in the World Wide Web. Perhaps they googled “How to be inappropriate in your thirties.” At any rate, you found me — they found me, and I’m so glad we’re having this virtual party where PJs are optional. This is amazing!

2. Sweat

Okay, you’re probably wondering if you read that right. Sweat? It’s wet, stinky, and doesn’t go well with my outfit. But let’s talk about how it makes me feel. I’m not talking about the trickle that forms on my face when I’m sitting in a hot car waiting for the AC to activate. I’m talking about the sweat that comes with a hardcore session on my mat, at the gym, or after a night run under the stars. It can be hell getting my ass in gear sometimes, but I have never regretted a workout. I wear sweat like a badge, and you should too (but not for too long, cuz gross). It’s tough to trade my immediate comfort for a long-term benefit, to get up when I’d rather hit snooze. But when I choose my mat over my mattress, I win.

3. Technology

Here’s a shout out to Netflix, Apple, and all the amazing technological advances we 80’s kids couldn’t imagine while we were rewinding our cassette tapes and dialing for days on our rotary phones. Seriously. Get yourself a smartphone and you’re pretty much set for life. You’ll never get lost. You’ll always have music, videos, and an abundance of answers. You’ll learn how to cook, change the oil in your car, and turn an old dresser into a dining room table in 10 easy steps. You can even make ice cubes without water (not really, but you get the point). Remember when we had to crack books, use pay phones, and wait weeks for our film to develop? It’s all so archaic.

What’s good in your world today? What’s simple but oh so special to you? Leave a comment and I’ll send you some throwback goodies: a box of unraveled cassette tapes, and a twisted cord for your rotary phone (no, not really). 

40 Comments
  • Molly Stevens
    June 10, 2016

    I love your perspective, Rica. I live in Maine and when I got my first car that had heated seats, I thought life couldn’t get any better. I’ve luxuriated on these warm seats for 12 years now, and I don’t think I’ve ever turned them on without being thankful. I’m getting a new car this weekend and one of the criteria for purchase was of course heated seats!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      That’s so Funny that you said that, Molly. Heated seats rock my world, too! I’m from Wisconsin originally, so I know all about those bone-chilling winters!

  • Faye
    June 10, 2016

    SWEAT- yes! I always feel so much better and clearer headed after a good long run. Love this.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      So true, Faye. I think running and yoga help clear my head, too. It’s like hitting the reset button on my brain!

  • Chelsea
    June 10, 2016

    Oh, I am SO THANKFUL for Netflix!!! It’s addicting but provides me the ultimate escape when I need it. Currently obsessing over Grey’s Anatomy!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      Hi Chelsea! Oh yeahhh, Grey’s Anatomy is one of my faves. I also like to zone out to “House,” and I think I’ve watched every episode of the Gilmore Girls at least 5 times.

  • Bren Pace
    June 10, 2016

    Hey Rica!

    It’s just the little things, right? My furkids are OH so special to me. I put them before myself because they enjoy it. From the two of them fighting, playing, sleeping, farting, burping, and eating each other’s poop, they are my fav’s! LOL It’s the little things, right? Yeah, oh so special to me is my new rant blog where I can’t be as hormonal as I’d like and women can totally relate! And I can’t forget about all the special friendships I’ve made along the way via blogging. One of my last oh so special things would be my ability to control some of my bladder leaks. Did you see that? I said SOME! Those special moments when I’m chasing the furkids around my home and end up peeing myself? Yeah, that’s my hubs special moments. 🙂

    Happy Friday girl! Rock on!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      HA HA! You’re a rock star, Bren! I love your no-nonsense approach. And I’m thinking this conversation is oh so special, too 🙂

  • Susannah
    June 10, 2016

    Yes, absolutely! I’m right there with you on these three things. And my blog DEFINITELY makes my life more amazing! <3

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      It’s a blast, isn’t it, Susannah? Thanks for stopping in!

  • Beth Giusti
    June 10, 2016

    I definitely agree with this, however I hate sweating (which I do more than the average person) even if it is from feeling the burn.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      ha ha! We would not do well in the same house, then Beth. I like to keep it hot. My thermostat is set at 80. My kid wants to kill me. 🙂

  • Lee Gaitan
    June 10, 2016

    Rica, I would be thrilled to be inappropriate with you any time! I love your blog, your humanity, your humor and I REALLY love this post!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 10, 2016

      You’re so inspiring, Lee. And I swear I feel the same way about you and your blog! 💓

  • Silly Mummy
    June 10, 2016

    I get the sweat thing. I hate sweat & I sometimes hate working out, but I like the feeling of having done it & the sweat is evidence of the work and the benefit. Recently started running again, so back to this feeling.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 11, 2016

      Good for you for starting running again. I am hooked on the feeling of “having done it!” Good luck, Silly Mummy!

  • Carol Cassara
    June 11, 2016

    I agree about sweat. All the way. Technology is both a curse and a blessing, and even though I have worked and live now in Silicon Valley, I can see its down sides, too. Something is always lost when we gain something.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 11, 2016

      Excellent point, Carol. Technology can be a curse, because we have this tendency to depend on it too much, and to give it more of our time and attention than we ought to. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Kimmie
    June 12, 2016

    Sweat-sweaty-MELTING, thanks to fibro and menopause is now an incredibly unwelcome part of my life… God knows what’d happen if I still had the ability to run… I’d be sweating me a river I think o_O I know what you mean though, I do remember the satisfying blend of sweat that comes after a good days work. 🙂

    I’m with you on the blog thing… and the community of friends that come with it. It/they definitely make life more amazing 🙂

    Smashing post, Rica.

    • Rica Lewis
      June 12, 2016

      Awww! Thanks so much for reading, Kimmie. And may you have a less sweaty day today 😀

  • Rosemond
    June 12, 2016

    Love this post! yes, sweat always makes me feel better it’s just somehow remembering that even 15 minutes of working out soothes my nerves and anxiety and increases my mood. Yes the mat over the mattress is the best choice!

    • Rica Lewis
      June 12, 2016

      Sure it, Rosemond! Thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to chat with you!

  • Anna
    June 13, 2016

    Plus a glass of malbec in the evening. Plus giving my schnauzer a hug. Also simple yet so special things for me.

  • Stacey W
    June 13, 2016

    Love this!! Huge fan of Netflix. LOL

    • Rica Lewis
      June 13, 2016

      Ha ha, Stacey! Netflix is pretty awesome. Commercial free is how I roll. 🙂

  • Claudia LeBaron Islas
    June 15, 2016

    Even though I like technology, I still prefer a good printed book. Call me archaic but I tried the digital books and it did not work for me. I do a lot of research in books and digital just don’t work for me. Printed books are still my first love xoxo

    • Rica Lewis
      June 15, 2016

      I totally agree, Claudia! I love the feel of a good book in my hand. I do like the option to read while I drive with audiobooks, but that’s just because driving while reading a print book is frowned upon — at least that’s what the cop said. Ha ha! 🙂

  • Maia
    June 21, 2016

    I felt like a new person running my first 5K after being pregnant with twins. It’s amazing slowly feeling like yourself again! and enjoying the screaming and pooping miracles of life

    • Rica Lewis
      June 21, 2016

      I bet that was exhilarating, Maia! And I’m sure it was exhausting, too. But well worth the effort! Yay for you!

  • Linda Hobden
    June 30, 2016

    I so love my iPhone!! I use it to photograph, shop, text, chat, map read/directions & google info! I can even track my kids whereabouts on it! And it is sleek & fits in my pocket/handbag! 😜👍

    • Rica Lewis
      June 30, 2016

      I agree! iPhone, we love you 🙂 You’re so cool, Linda Hobden!

  • Lindi Mogale
    July 15, 2016

    Technology and books would go on my list those are the things that make my life amazing

  • Peggy
    August 4, 2016

    OMG! I love sweat, too! Not the all day stinky kind but the kind when you know your feet hit the pavement for 5 glorious miles or you spent 45 minutes punching and kicking your way out of the work day blues. I love sweat 🙂

    To add to your THIS, it would be my podcast. I LOVE having awesome people like you on my show. As often as I bleed words (daily basis), I reach more without shouting or shoving my way through the long line of great blogs.

    And Lunch. Lunch makes my life awesome sauce. Why? Because I’m eating it right now and all’s right in my little world 🙂

    • Rica Lewis
      August 4, 2016

      I have come to love your podcast, too, Peggy. Thanks so much for having me on your show and making me a fan of all your awesome interviews. It’s truly making my treadmill runs less monotonous. I listen to a 25-minute podcast, learn something new and forget that I’ve just blasted through 3 miles! Now that’s how you multitask!

  • Natasha Botkin
    August 4, 2016

    Thanks for sharing wonderful way to express things that you love. Xoxo

    • Rica Lewis
      August 5, 2016

      And thank you for reading and sharing a nice comment, Natasha!

  • Jill Celeste
    August 4, 2016

    Ahh, the good old days when you had to look phone numbers up in the white pages and insert a quarter to make a call from a phone booth. I love technology too, especially my smart phone. =) Thanks for the good laughs and memories!

    • Rica Lewis
      August 5, 2016

      Ha ha Jill! Those good ole days. Thanks for stopping in.

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