My Ideal Day

Posted: May 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

During nap time yesterday I found myself daydreaming up my ideal day. It would go something like this…

I would wake up on my own time – without any alarm or kids coming to get me. I would get the chance to linger in bed for a few extra minutes and slowly make my way out of the covers to face the day. And would you look at that? I woke up at the beach! How nice!

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After my leisurely rising, I would throw on my workout clothes and head out the door for a workout. Call me crazy that I would still have exercise in my ideal world. Besides, I know you want to jump on the crazy train with me. I would have an amazing run where I experience an awe-inspiring conversation with God and then accomplish a new goal in my strength training – like unassisted pull-ups. Woo!

What better way to follow up a great workout than with a solid pampering session? A manicure. A pedicure. A two-hour massage. That sounds about right.

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I would then head down to the beach and spend the afternoon playing with my family. Watching my children laugh. Snuggling up next to my wonderful husband.

Then, I would have a little more down time whilst the chillins took perfect naps. I could read, relax, take my own nap, and do whatever my little heart desired for those couple of hours. Pure bliss.

The fabulous day would continue into the night. After kissing my wee ones and tucking them into bed, I would slip into a stunning outfit – not coincidentally in my “happy place” size. I could then venture out for a night with the love of my life.

We could dine on fine food, that would not even dare think about migrating to my caboose, and chat about all of our dreams, which we know will happen. It would all end going to bed at peace, knowing a similar day awaits.

Sounds pretty flipping fantastic, huh? Although, after awhile, I wonder if that type of existence would feel boring. In reality, life does not even come close to perfect. I know that I can only focus on making the best of each day. Recently, Lindsay @ Cotter Crunch wrote a post that I could really relate to about goals.

Like Lindsay, I don’t have very specific goals written out for each month or year. I simply strive to do my best each day. It works well for me and actually helps me to stay more focused. So, each day, in no particular order, I try my hardest…

  • to show patience, compassion, and gentleness with my children so they can know my love for them and grow up feeling secure in that love
  • to trust God and reflect that in my life
  • to take time to pursue my passions so I can be the best version of myself
  • to put in effort for the fitness/body goals I hope to achieve, while still keeping perspective on what matters most (my health)
  • to show love to my husband
  • to take time for other important relationships such as family and friends

If I can achieve those things, i must say it creates a pretty ideal day. I truly think we have the chance each and every day – no…each and every MOMENT – to create an ideal version of our lives. It doesn’t come in pretty postcards and a lack of problems. It comes in making the most of life. Going after dreams. Relishing our blessings. Loving others. Yea, I’ll admit a two hour massage sure could help, but why not do what it takes to create an ideal version of your day today. And then let’s start one of these…

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  • What would be a part of your ideal day?
  • What is something you strive for each day?

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62 Comments to “My Ideal Day”
  1. lindsay says:

    ah yes, that is an ideal day. But then it would get boring after a while. Nothing to really challenge you as a woman, a mother, a friend.
    I love your daily goals. Trust in His divine plan, right Tina?!
    Hope your day is filled with love.

  2. Angela says:

    Massages and pedicures would be absolutely ideal in my opinion!! Each day, I try to find something to laugh about. There’s nothing like a good belly laugh to keep me relaxed and happy! 🙂

  3. Aaah the beach, I can soooo do that right now!

    After reading your perfect description of the perfect day (as I’m sitting here drinking my morning coffee with a whole day ahead of me) I was kinda wishing I could do the beach instead… BUT, then you totally turned it around for me and now I feel like I can have a perfect day after all 🙂

  4. I looooove this post! I was sitting here thinking about what to do with the day because i’m very open today! Going to write about this on my blog- thanks for the blogsperation!

  5. My ideal day would allow me to workout, get a massage, clean the apartment, blog and cook like crazy! Here’s to dreamin’!

  6. It would look VERY similiar to your day!

  7. An ideal part of my day would be spending time outside with both Mike and my dad- maybe going hiking or something. And eating a really delicious chocolate dessert. I think I need to make it a reality sometime 🙂

  8. Hi. Where do I sign up for the 2 hour massage every day? I feel like I could make that happen.

  9. Sounds like we have the same idea for a perfect day! Especially the 2 hour massage part. Wow.

    I love your outlook on goals — I used to set specific goals and I thought that helped me, but it really didn’t. Now I just have ideas in mind on what to focus on: health, exercise, being the best wife I can be, save money/pay debt, grow with God.

  10. A day of pampering and bliss like that would be a nice treat, but I don’t know if it could be my “ideal” day. I love the craziness of every day loife, but need to relax every once in a while!

  11. ashleigh says:

    Sounds like a perfect day! I would love to get a nice massage after a run 🙂

    My perfect day would involve sleeping in, making breakfast, getting some exercise in, hanging out at the beach, and having a nice dinner out!

  12. I try to spend a good amount of quality time with my husband each day. It doesn’t always work because I’m so busy. But I think that’s my whole “I need to get things done right away” attitude because he is always there waiting for me on the couch to hang out. I need to learn to relax more! So, maybe I need to learn to strive for that each day.

  13. Tina, I would totally wake up at the beach too! I loved Lindsay’s post. I think she is so smart and inspiring. My ideal time is when my family gets to sit down together and just laugh and relax. It doesn’t happen often and it’s been really crazy here lately, but when it does happen, I feel completely fulfilled!

  14. My ideal day would definitely include waking up at the beach as well, followed by a facial and a pedi. I’d have fabulous eats and plenty of coffee and vino. I’d get in a nice workout, but nothing too strenuous. Perhaps I’d shop a bit. I may also read. Also included would be a 3 hour dinner with the hubby 🙂

  15. Errign says:

    You are ridiculously inspiring, Tina. I look forward to your blog posts because of your honesty, your positivity, and the balance you strive for!

    My ideal day would include = exercise (a long run or a nice hike with McKinley), the farmer’s market, maybe some yoga, and would end in a nice dinner (mm sushi or vegetables!) or a trip to an amusement park with a fun manfriend 🙂

    In my day to day though, I strive to stay positive, happy and meet my day-to-day goals of being active, productive, and inspiring to someone.

  16. Jess says:

    Wow, you just described my ideal day…’cept for the kids part since I’m not yet a mom, hehe. 😉 I LOVE your take on goals…just as much as I loved Lindsay’s. All about growth and giving back vs. always focusing on yourself which goals can sometimes drive towards. I love the part about showing love for your husband…that is so important to me too, the strength of a marriage, no matter how many years together, resides on a never-ended showing of love and affection, I truly believe that.

  17. What a great post, as always 🙂

    I am the same way that I don’t set precise goals just general things that I strive for.

    My very perfect day would include spending time with my family which in real life doesn’t happen because we’re so spread out. Fortunately for skype we can do the next best thing.

    I can’t be with my dad and sister because they passed away but I can live my life to the fullest and think of all the wonderful memories of them.

    So many other things but those are the ones that hit me when I think of the perfect day )

  18. Like you, I usually don’t make explicit goals but try to incorporate my beliefs and values into my everyday life. I want to be the kind of person who strives every day to show love and compassion to those around me, and to accept and reflect God’s perfect love for all of us.

  19. Tina,
    this is such an awesome post. I think envisioning our ideal day tells us so much about ourselves. But you’re totally right, we wouldn’t appreciate a day like that if we didn’t have bad days to compare it to. Realistically, a good day (I won’t say perfect) for me is one in which I cope positively with whatever life throws at me. If I can do that, I feel pretty proud of myself at the end of the day.
    You have such a lovely little family. 🙂

    • Tina says:

      I love htat idea of coping positively. That’s really all we need to do to make things good.

  20. I don’t know if I could plot out an ideal day. There are too many good things in life to fit them all into one day. 🙂

    While I do like to make to-do lists and specific goals for some areas of my life, I also like your general goals. They are good ones.

  21. Lately it’s been extending grace to myself…and believing that if God can do it, I can do it! That alone is harder than it should be!

  22. My ideal day would be to wake up without an alarm head out for a nice run along the water with the sun shining. Then heading to get an iced coffee and head to the beach for a relaxing day in the sun reading a good book. I can’t wait for summer!

  23. I loved reading this post (I feel like I write that about all of your posts!!) Something that would be in my perfect day would be getting a pedicure. Getting pampered once in a while is just awesome!

  24. I love this post, Tina. Days like that are great every once in a while, only because they are different from our routine! I agree that it would get a little boring after a while!

  25. I love that your wrote that you are striving to trust God everyday….I am working on that one so hard and I am so much happier and less anxious because of it. Beautiful post. My ideal day would be to wake up at 7 go for a long run, hang out with my family ALL day and of course at least 4 bowls of ice cream!

  26. jobo says:

    Wow, that day sounds AWESOME! Pretty much like mine sans chillins 😉 What a great exercise of the mind to see where you’d end up in that ideal place. I do love that your kids were a huge part of that ideal day…really shows how much your family is a huge priority in your life, as it should be, and how much you love them. Beautiful.

  27. Wow! My day would be pretty similar to yours except it wouldn’t involve kiddos (since I don’t have any). I guess I would fill that time in with a good book and some wine or chocolate!

  28. my perfect day would look almost exactly like that! ahhh i need a vacation!!

  29. Becca says:

    an ideal day… family, friends, good food and the beachhhhhhh!

  30. I can TOTALLY relate to many of your requests for the ideal day. The one that really makes an impression with me, is the wake on your OWN (without an alarm clock or crying tot at the foot of your bed). 🙂

    I too would have a morning fitness routine – sans kiddos & without a time restraint (needing to rush home to nurse, sitter, errands, etc).

    Great list and great daily goals! 🙂

  31. I don’t think that perfection would EVER get boring. I keep threatening to move to St. Johns and open a tiki bar. 🙂

  32. Heather says:

    since march I have been makingmonthly “mini goals” (just psoted May’s today!) and it has really helped me to challenge myself without being overwhelmed.

    I love the idea of being at the beach. next to disneyworld, the beach is my favorite place!

  33. Love your ideal day!! That’s pretty close to mine, too. And on our last vacation, every day was pretty much an ideal day (minus the kids) and you know what? By the eighth day it was *almost* starting to get old!

  34. Kara says:

    Hell, just getting a pedicure would make my day noteworthy. My ideal day is when the baby gets all of her naps, I get my workout, and my husband gets home on time. Bonus if I don’t have to cook. 🙂

    • Tina says:

      All of those things make me SO happy too. And agreed – any sort of pampering would make my day amazing.

  35. Mandy says:

    Pretty much sounds like how I would describe my perfect day!!! 🙂

  36. your ideal day just REALLY relaxed me! just reading it!

  37. love this post 🙂 i need to remember to wake up and live every day like it’s my ideal day!

  38. Any day that involves a massage sneaks it’s way up to fabulous day status pretty quickly 🙂

  39. Julie says:

    That beach picture is a true piece of heaven!! I can imagine all kinds of lovely things to do all day in that setting!

  40. For Mother’s Day this year I told my husband I wanted a few hours (or afternoon or whatever it took) to MYSELF. I CAN’t WAIT!!!

    My ideal day definitely includes a good workout as well! I’m going to do a little shopping/erands by myself, go out to lunch by myself. I hope it turns out to be as amazing as it sounds in my head! 🙂

  41. Ela says:

    Sounds like a lovely day–I’d have been hungry after the workout though, was wondering what happened to your breakfast and lunch!

    I strive each day to let go, to be present, to love myself and others and, nowadays, to gain greater clarity about my bigger goals.
    love
    Ela

    • Tina says:

      Haha! Oh, you better believe eating happens in my perfect day. Things wouldn’t be good without food! 😉

  42. Lauren says:

    I would include exercise in my ideal day too! Mine would be at my family’s summer cabin on a lake – love it there.

  43. Lori Lynn says:

    Thank you for the comment today. It was nice to have the encouragement. 🙂

  44. Karen says:

    Each day I strive to be the best I can be. I know I’m not perfect, no one is, but as long as I try to do the best I can then I will go to bed happy each night.

    I loved hearing about your perfect day!

  45. Trisha says:

    That day sounds good to me! i love days that are full of a good workout, healthy yummy food, and my family. those things complete me.

  46. Yes – I often think of my ideal day as well. Definitely involves a beach and sleeping in. A massage does not hurt either 😉

    GREAT goals.

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  48. Jen says:

    My ideal day: no responsibilities, just me to do whatever I wanted 🙂

  49. Sounds blissful. 🙂

  50. Jennifer says:

    I think it sounds like a perfect day, and to be honest as long as i had mental stimulation of some sort or another I don’t think I would get sick of it! Nature is too beautiful to be bored!! I also don’t set out goals for myself every week/month/year because I know that if I don’t achieve them then I will feel disappointed in myself. Each day I listen to my mind, my body and my loved ones and that sets my course! You have created a lovely blog!

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