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20 Best Time Tips

“That’s the good stuff,” is something my mom often says when we’re talking. She uses it to acknowledge something meaningful to her like appreciating my dad’s sense of humor or taking pleasure in stories about their seven grandchildren. I think about this too. There’s so much “good stuff” to enjoy and meaningful ways to spend our time.

Of course, not all of our time is filled with positive activities or thoughts. That’s life. Knowing this makes including the “good stuff” especially important. We need that balance. While my list could easily include hundreds of thoughts, for brevity’s sake, I’m just sharing twenty.

Linda’s “Good Stuff” List

  1. Sipping my morning coffee
  2. Seeing luscious colors
  3. Biting a slice of juicy watermelon
  4. Singing with or without music
  5. Dipping toes into the river on a hot day
  6. Laughing until the tears come out
  7. Doing nothing
  8. Writing in my journal and blog
  9. Resting my feet on my purple velvet foot stool
  10. Smelling anything baking, especially if it’s chocolate
  11. Taking a walk with my husband and holding hands
  12. Sitting by the river
  13. Helping my clients with their organizing challenges
  14. Conversing with my mom and her sisters
  15. Receiving impromptu “I love you” text messages from our daughters
  16. Hanging out with my family and friends
  17. Seeing our daughters’ faces and hearing their voices
  18. Hugging my family after being apart from them
  19. Coming home
  20. Getting into bed at night

What’s on your “good stuff” list? I’d love to hear from you. Come join the conversation!





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Reader Comments (18)

A cool breeze in the late afternoon!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

I can feel that breeze as I read your words, Ellen. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing your "good stuff."

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Good Stuff: Finding a beautiful bird nest, with eggs, at eye-level in my own back yard! I've enjoyed watching the daily activities of this bird so much. It's relaxing and interesting. Simple pleasures.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGeralin Thomas

That's so beautiful, Geralin. What a gift you've been given. Simple pleasures are the best! Great having you stop by to share.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love, love #6! ...and rubbing my dog's belly. =)

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

Oh, yes, Deb...#6 is one of my all time favorites too. Love your addition. I miss rubbing our dog, Norton's belly. That was possibly #1 on his list of favorites. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Spending the afternoon with the grandkids in the pool. So many giggles, and "watch me do this Gigi!"

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

So precious, Ellen! What a beautiful addition to the "Good Stuff" list. Keep them coming!

June 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Of course, you would have a purple velvet footstool! And I bet it's a luscious hue! I would add lighting my vanilla candle at the end of the day. :)

June 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Soboleski

I wrote a similar post and now I'm trying to remember what I said:) At this moment, it is feeling a warm breeze on my toes, having a daughter ask, "Wanna Facetime?" and watching seeds sprout in the garden. It really is the little things that make life cozy and memorable. Focusing on whatever is going well is a wonderful way to stay positive in the face of adversity. Often, it is the unexpected blessings that plop down into the day that warm my heart the most!

June 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

That's a great "good stuff" list. Here are some of mine: Sitting in my sunroom or on my patio and watching nature around me; Cycling with my husband; Spending time with the kids. And, talking to my cousin.

June 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

Eating outside
Walking my dog
Getting immersed in a really good book
The aroma of Forever Nuts tea
Playing with a new gadget

June 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sarah- What can I say? Love purple. Love velvet. I can imagine how lovely your special end of day vanilla candle is. Nice.

June 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana- I'd love to read your post when you find it. In the meanwhile, what a great list of "good stuff" that you shared now. There's so much to be grateful for in the day-to-day moments of life.

June 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- Thanks so much. I LOVE your list too!

June 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- Wonderful list! What's "Forever Nuts" tea? I never heard of that. What is the aroma like?

June 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

The feeling I get after doing a great yoga session.
Working and/or relaxing in the garden.
Spending time with family and friends.

June 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Kim- What a beautiful list! Time well spent indeed.

June 19, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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