5 free tips to help you treasure the moment

We go through time so quickly these days. I know that so many people tell me that they think that time just flies and they have so much to do. I totally relate. To me, time flies too. I am changing the way I look at things this year and I hope this post will help you perhaps look at things differently with me.

Ups and downs are part of life

Anyone who has read this blog regularly will know that I have had my ups and downs and this year has had more than usual. In just this summer alone, I shared:

  1. Roll with the punches — about challenges with our car, my back, and the start of my laptop problems.
  2. What do you do when the unexpected happens — about my mom’s fall down the stairs and subsequent hospitalization.
  3. When faced with challenges, have a backup plan — about how to plan for disasters or unforeseen trouble.
  4. And the end has come — about Mom’s death and our celebration of her life.
  5. How to cope with the unexpected — about how a sudden electrical storm created new problems to solve, broken equipment and interruptions.
  6. How to face starting over again — about how my laptop problems increased and how we solved them while at the same time, my blogs were hit with malware.
  7. How getting a new puppy relates to your job search — about the new puppy coming into our lives after the death of our Teddy in January.

If I chose to list them, I could come up with a long list of other posts that talk about my other life challenges. I do tend to share them here and hope that each post relates to some reader’s challenges. But today I would like to remind myself and you that you really need to treasure the moment and give you 5 easy and free tips to do so.

  1. Go outside every day just to be outside. Walk about, listen to the birds, look at the seasonal happenings such as  flowers blooming or leaves falling. Those moments will fly by, cherish them. The photo in this post was taken when I took Buddy, our new German Shepherd puppy, around the house early in the morning as the sun was rising.
  2. Get some exercise every day. I try to do some crushes, push-ups and other exercises daily. I also take longer walks to the river when I can. Buddy is just starting to walk with me now so it will be a new adventure. Exercise in any form makes you feel better and I treasure that time.
  3. Do some thinking so you can act and not always react. When I am walking or in my office, I try to keep working through my plan so that I can get things done. Treasure the moments you have to just ponder your next step.
  4. Read. I still find reading books to be both fun and educational. Whether you read a regular hard cover book or use a Kindle or Ipad to read, take time to read and treasure the knowledge and fun it provides.
  5. Treat yourself. I said free but this might mean just having your coffee on the deck or cooking a special meal at home. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner out or even a trip to Starbucks.

Life will have challenges, it is a guarantee. There will be disasters and you will experience some of them in your life. Health problems will plaque you or someone you love. You or someone you care about will lose a job. You will experience relationship problems. But if you practice treasuring the moment, you will be better as you face the challenges and you will bounce back quicker.



  1. Dorlee on August 26, 2011 at 11:36 am


    You really have gone through so much this year…I take my hat off to you for not only getting through it all but taking the time to share some of the very helpful strategies that you have employed to assist you in facing and coping with the losses and obstacles.

    Thanks for a wonderful post sharing so much wisdom and inspiration!

    • Julie Walraven on August 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

      You are so sweet. I know it has been a crazy year for me but so many others have had a tough time not just this year but in the past two or three. The economy and all of the weather challenges have been hard on everyone. Thanks for being you!

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