September 05, 2013

Pray a little and be proud of yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone.

Sometimes I email myself to-do lists of everything I need to remember and accomplish. One time, while I jogged future Lindsay's memory, I also gave her a little pep talk that wrapped up with this:

"Pray a little and be proud of yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone."

After I typed it up, I took my hands off the keyboard and stared at it.

I can plan and prepare for every possibility. I can write lists, finish tasks, scribble out what I've done.  But, in some things, I can't control the outcome regardless of how much I do.

At some point I have to peel it out of my white-knuckled grip and release it. Let it all take shape or shift into whatever it's supposed to be. Watch for doors to open or close. No matter what's supposed to happen, I wait. And while I wait, I celebrate accomplishing what I did. Especially if I tried something new and scary. Even if it doesn't turn out the way I hoped it would.

Because I stepped out of my comfort zone and, for that, I should be proud.

May 16, 2013

Married dates: Netflix

When our schedules align and we're both home for an evening, Hubs and I generally enjoy staying in. We throw on sweatpants, pull snacks out of the cupboard and gravitate to our couch to watch a couple episodes of our latest show. If we feel fancy (or bored) we may decide to spice things up by watching a movie. But we're terrible at finding something new to watch. 

Our evening ends up on the couch because we're tired. One of the two of us got home from work and doesn't feel like going out. If neither of us has a strong opinion about what to watch, we keep scrolling through Netflix, waiting for something to elicit any kind of reaction in the other person. Anything.

For all those Friday nights where you don't feel like getting fancy (or a Wednesday where you're both at home and have no idea what to do with yourselves), here are a few ideas for having a little fun on Netflix.