Feb 10, 2013

Adding a Squeeze of Lime to Life

By Jennifer Debenham

I have a philosophy that I've been working on for the past few years that probably goes along with the "You Only Live Once" mentality, or YOLO, as my teenagers tell me. Of course they've changed it to YOLF (You Only Live Forever), which puts a different spin on things, doesn't it?

Anyway, my philosophy is that I always look for little ways to give myself a "treat" throughout my day--especially if I ever have to do something that isn't super fun.

Case in point: recently I had to work my way through a LARGE pile of mail and contact every business from said pile to let them know of our address change. Tedious? Yes. But not so much so with "Castle" episodes keeping me company while I worked. And when I have to make the 25-minute drive into town, darned if I'm not listening to a book on CD to make the drive more pleasant! And the drive back home just wouldn't be the same without a little stop at the McDonalds drive-thru to get a large soda with extra ice and maybe some french fries too if I'm a bit peckish. Recently my sister-in-law informed me that Taco Bell and Arctic Circle will give you a slice of lime in your soda, if you ask for it. Now that's what I'm talking about!

I've been working on instilling this philosophy within my husband too. He's a hardworking, self-sacrificing sort of guy, who rarely takes the time to do anything for himself. I have been telling him he should look for ways to make his day a little happier. I think sometimes we get so used to denying ourselves certain things that we fail to realize there are many wholesome ways we can add a little joy. I'm starting to realize if we seek these little things out and allow ourselves little pleasures, we are happier. Maybe it's just the fact that we've spent time looking for something positive and then allowed ourselves a moment to enjoy it.

Of course the trick to everything is balance. One can not live on "treats" alone, but it sure is nice to allow ourselves little pieces of joy in every day.

So I wonder . . . How do you add a squeeze of lime to your life?

Happy Writing!


  1. I love limes! Great post, Jenny, and good question. I have a stash of almonds and 90% cacao Lindt chocolate bars on hand for a quick pick-me-up when I have to study or work on the computer all afternoon...which is pretty much every day. I also indulge in a cup of brewed cacao with a little raspberry syrup and a splash of half-n-half. My down time treat is reading whatever I feel like reading or going for a bike ride. hugs~

  2. Thanks Kari. Wow, I think I need to try that brewed cacao recipe. Sounds delish.

  3. All I can think of is ain't technology great?!


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