At the beginning of 2012 I made the decision to make everyday as special as it can be. For me, this conscious effort was an attempt to combat overwhelming anxiety and I'm glad to say it worked. But even more exciting to me was the impact that the make every day special outlook had on my two young daughters--Meg and Clare. They displayed a sense of joy and adventure that reinvigorated me constantly. People--even strangers--would comment on what happy children they were. And inevitably, each day, at least one of my girls would say, "This has been a great day." So now our slogan is a paraphrase from a Winnie the Pooh mug: Today is my favorite day.
Focusing on each day has been remarkably simple. We simply use the seasons and liturgical calendar. There are centuries of human experience to draw upon. We draw from traditional celebrations of Saint Days (such as St. Lucy's Day or St. George's Day). We make special dinners or bake a traditional dessert. I read books to my children and choose books for myself that are seasonally appropriate. And we take trips that embrace the season (for example, apple picking in the Fall or walking through a garden on the first day of Spring).
Our daily adventures are not complicated--the simpler the better. We live just outside of Washington DC and take full advantage of all the resources that are so close to us. We explore the numerous gardens and museums that are so abundant in the greater DC area. We take full advantage of the wonderful Arlington County Library discovering new books through story times or by just randomly picking books from the shelf. And we spend a great deal of time baking in our tiny row house-style kitchen.
So that's what this website is about. I'll just be highlighting some of our attempts at making each day our very favorite day.
About me... I am a one-time lawyer who is now a very happy stay-at-home mom.