Tuesday, March 27, 2012

things you shouldn't stop doing...

...after you're 10 years old.

When you're younger, your life is a whole lot easier. You don't have deadlines to meet (except  maybe a diorama or two), you get to do various activities after school that you actually enjoy, and you don't have to pay your own bills.

Quite the life. 

Well, I've been reflecting on childhood, and I believe that there are 5 things that you CAN and SHOULD continue doing when you're an adult.

1. Naptime

(no this isn't Penny Lane, but she is pretty cute) via

I know, this might seem impossible for most of you out there. But, I'm a firm believer that when you can (on the weekends mostly) take a nap. Do it! It's important to recharge your batteries and clear your mind. Don't over do it though -- just 30-45 minutes should do the trick.

2. Recess


Get outside for at least 30 minutes each day! It helps energize the body, take in nature and clear your head. Take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner, or walk home from work instead of taking the train. It makes you feel instantly refreshed and ready to tackle anything.

3. S.S.R.


Sustained, Silent, Reading. Don't you love my 5th grade acronym? In our crazy lives I think it's important to take 30 minutes a day, or a at least 3 days a week to read in silence. Cozy up in your favorite chair and pour a cup of hot tea, or glass of wine (pick your poison).

4. Snack Time




So many meals are eaten on the go, that it can be hard to stay energized. I recommend carrying granola bars, or nuts with you so you can have an adult snack time. If you're feeling more indulgent, step out of the office and grab some fro-yo. Any excuse for fro-yo, right?

5. Sit down meals


This sounds like a given, right? Well, i'm not talking about zapping a lean cuisine and sitting on the couch. I mean cook a semi-homemade meal, like these from The Everygirl, set the table, and enjoy a meal away from distraction. It is important to connect with those around you and enjoy your meal free from the latest episode of Gossip Girl.

I hope that some of these ideas spark the 10-year old in you. Have I missed anything?

Happy Tuesday!

25 comments:

Carly | a simple affair said...

This is the BEST. Re-living life in the 3rd grade makes me agree with all of this wholeheartedly. I need to get back to the basics and leave my cell phone in another room while doing so.

Caitlin said...

I love these tips! S.S.R. totally made me smile. I had forgotten all about that. Definitely going to try to incorporate these things in my week.

Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

Aw I love this post. All so very true. Its so important to recharge. And SSR? Totally forgot about that until now!

Landi {The Lifestyle Guide} said...

Julia, these are GREAT things to remember. Life was so much simpler back then but hey, I wouldn't trade being in my 20's for much else ;) Thanks for giving me some inspiration to have a much better day with these simple ideas!

Sheri Ann {Sprinkles and Style} said...

Girl, you were spot on with these! I love SSR and you can never have too much fro-yo!

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

I really love this post, Julia! I need to take more time to read and nap. It's really energizing.

Chelle {Everyday Polish} said...

Omg I thought MY 5th grade teacher made up SSL!!!
I love this post- Recess for grown-ups is a MUST.

Jes said...

i don't think i've stopped doing any of these things? in fact, i am adamant about nap time in the middle of the day or else i get crabby! working from home helps though ;)
xx jes

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Lara {simply irresistible} said...

I could not agree more with all five points. I'm a firm believer in nap time and snack time :)

christin said...

i would love naptime but i take 2 hour naps...like an infant.

Jess said...

Such a great post! Maybe the only thing I'd add would be "jumping in puddles." :)

One Stylish Day at a Time said...

SSR time! Wow you just brought back some serious memories lady. Love this post!

Viviana said...

I LOVE this. These 5 things are a must do for everyone and I love that you captured them all.

Taylor said...

I love this post :) goes to show just how much we can stand to learn from kids! I could kick myself that I didn't take advantage of nap hour in kindergarten.... what I would do for that now!!! and yes about an actual dinner... it makes such a difference when kip + I eat at a table and not in front of the TV!

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Lisa @ Elembee, Etc said...

I LOVE this! I'm a huge fan of SSR but haven't made the time for it lately. Good reminder to slow down and enjoy life a little more.

Sarah Rall said...

love love love this list! Especially the reference to SSR, I try to do all of these things daily, it really does make such a difference on my mood!
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Nikki Rappaport said...

What a great reminder! And I haven't heard S.S.R. in SO long! What a memory. Thanks for this :)

Alexa said...

This is probably the best list ever. Yes on all of them. Love the reading one...have to do more of that.

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

I need some more SSR in my life! great tips

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

Love this - totally need to bring back nap time! Love it.

Melissa said...

Such a great reminder to slow down and appreciate life... I'm a nanny for a 10-month-old baby and when she cries at naptime, I think, just wait till you're older and you'll be dying for naps!

The Now said...

SUCH A GREAT POST!! I def. agree about nap time. I take naps almost too frequently... xox Elizabeth

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Sarah Roads said...

Super cute post! I could use a regular naptime!

daniela said...

Love this post. I agree with all of it!

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Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

This all just sounds glorious!
I love nap time!
I really need to get outside even more to enjoy this fantastic weather!

Thanks for these great reminders, Julia!