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Life Hacks for Mediocre Moms #8) The Power of a Good Thing

by Angie on October 10, 2013

Hi. I’m a mediocre Mommy. But I’m applying a series of life hacks this month as I participate in a 31 Days challenge with The Nester and over 1500 friends. Ready for our next “Life Hack for Mediocre Moms?”

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There is Power in Making Good Choices

Lately I’ve noticed something different about myself. I feel… empowered. I feel more confident and capable of making the right choices throughout my day.

I just lied. To be more exact, I’m feeling more capable of making the right time management and scheduling choices lately. Food choices? Not so much. I quite enjoy a good cookie. And I’m still (again?) addicted to my cute little (large, light ice?) Diet Coke.

My food issues shalt be addressed in an upcoming post. No worries. We’ll get there. Baby steps.

But I wanted to talk today about how a few good choices have snowballed into of a boulder of positive energy in my life. (Is that boulder rolling down a hill?… Towards the McDonald’s drive through window? Someone save the soda machine! Wait- don’t. Remove the temptation! I’m so conflicted.)

…We were talking about how positive choices lead to more positive choices.

For instance, when I force myself to sit down and plan my day and place tasks that are vital to “the greater good” first on the schedule, as a consequence I feel driven and empowered to get up early in the morning to accomplish those important items. I find clarity and purpose, which are powerful forces.


Knowing I’m committed to an early rise, I am inclined to lay my workout clothes out on the bathroom floor and set the alarm clock to an early hour without fear or cynicism as I get ready for bed. (ie, “Ha. I’m setting this alarm for 5:25, but we’ll just see how I feel when it goes off… None of that.)


When the alarm goes off, I look forward to the feeling I know I’ll have 45 minutes later, when I’ll be a sweaty, sexy beast. (imagination, people!)

If I am successful at squeezing in that early morning workout, the rest of my morning looks totally doable. Yes, I can shower in 4 minutes flat while the girls attempt go potty without falling back to sleep on the the toilets. Yes, I can pack four lunches in 6 minutes’ time while listening to an inspirational talk. Yes, I can get dressed in real people clothes before 9 a.m. Si se puede!

World, look at me! I’m doing stuff! I’m successful! I have clothes on!

It’s a good way to live, friends. Exercised and dressed and inspired before the neighbors spy me.

The momentum from positive choices creates a real power to keep on making them. When I conquer laziness and choose “better” and “best” over “good enough” I feel empowered.

Try it too? Start somewhere? Feel the juice coursing through your veins? You might like it.

And I like you.

The end.

p.s. As a side note: if you ever happen to snort at the exact same time as someone else, it will likely lead to an increase in snorting. Simultaneously, the “classiness” level in the room will decline and joy will increase. It’s another type of powerful chain reaction I would like to recommend at this time.

Catch these other Life Hacks in my 31 day series:

#1) Roles, Goals, and Dreams 

#2) Bite Size Your Biggies

#3) Do Different

#4) Read Something Weird

#5) Exercise Yourself

#6) Zero Dark Early

#7) Manage Your Moods

#8) The Power of a Good Thing

#9) Church it Up

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Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG October 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

I have been faithfully following your series and have made some of my own revelations this week – one being better food choices…to keep myself on track I found a free printable to put on my fridge as a reminder – you can check out my post http://thecreativemeandmymcg.blogspot.ca/2013/10/healthy-encouragement.html
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Angie October 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

AWESOME, cheryl! i’m so glad you’ve been following along! i’ve spent so much time writing, that i am waayy behind on responding to comments and hopping back to blogs! on my way now to see your printable!


Heidi October 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

“I’m successful! I have clothes on!” That is so me!! I’m inspired to go exercise and get dressed! At, like, 1 in the afternoon.


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