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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley


Home.  It’s a place of refuge, strength, and peace.  It’s where you come to recharge, make sense out of life, and find ways to express your creativity.


At least . . . it should be.


How has the state of your home been, lately?  Has it become harder to find things that you need?  Are the dishes sitting in the sink longer than normal?  Are you having to step over things on the floor than usual?  Or, have you lived in disarray for so long that you’re not sure anything else is possible?


If this is you, welcome to my life!  I am a native messy.  I grew up avoiding order and not thinking twice about it.  Even in young adulthood, learning how to stay organized was extremely difficult.  It’s only been within the past few years I have been able to make clearer steps toward a cleaner, more organized home. Read More »

Posted on 24 November, 2008 in Balance, Finance & Family, Motivation, Productivity
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Article by Christian Nanz and Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

One of the things I am still learning is how to make my days better by allowing myself to do things that bring pleasure to others and to me.  I am also learning how simple little things like making my bed can help me feel productive all day long!  They don’t need to be major undertakings.  It’s interesting that small things bring large doses of happiness or satisfaction.

For example, when I get up on the morning, I like to take my dog for a walk around the neighborhood. He loves going for a walk (and he expects it!), and yet I believe I appreciate the walk a much as he does!  It is my time to relax, be thankful for another day and enjoy.

Of course this is not an exhaustive list.  There are many things that are simple, inexpensive, and easy to do that can add to your day in an incredibly satisfying way.  Perhaps this will spark you to try some of the things on our list or to add to it with ideas of your own. Read More »

Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Tamara Belinc


Maude Womble of Tullahoma never realized retiring at the age of 82 would lead her to another career — one as an artist.


When the day care center where she worked closed, her children talked her into retiring.  “I had to have something to do,” she said. “I’ve worked nearly all of my life.”  She didn’t want to do “public work,” she said. Instead she found something enjoyable she could do at home.  “My daughter, Tammy, brought me a paint-by-number kit,” she said. “I thought if I could do that, I could draw and paint.”


Although she has never had art lessons, she soon found she didn’t need to paint by numbers. She developed her own colorful, primitive style of painting that has attracted many admirers. Read More »

Posted on 14 November, 2008 in Career, Happiness, Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Productivity
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