I would love to claim to be a low-maintenance kind of girl, but I think anyone that knows me well would dispute that claim pretty quickly. I feel like children have taken me down a few notches on the high-maintenance scale, but still – I need what I need. But if you were to strip it down to the basics, there are just a few things that I probably couldn’t live without – at least, not very happily.
Small disclaimer here – I’m not adding my husband and kids to the list, because they aren’t “things”. Just in case you were to read this list and be like “dang, that girl is so self-absorbed!” – I’m not, promise.
- My Phone
I mean, how cliche is this, right? I wanted to leave it off the list, but I would be lying to you. I can’t live without this thing. It’s my lifeline. Obviously it’s important to have in case of emergency, but it’s my lifeline in so many other ways. Texting is my #1 form of communication. I really hate talking on the phone. That is reserved for my parents, my husband when he’s traveling (barely), and friends that live far away – and even that rarely happens. Just text me.
And since I’m a “blogger” or “digital influencer” or whatever the cool term is these days as well as a small business owner, I use my phone a lot for social media and business related things. I’ve got Instagram/Facebook accounts for this blog as well as for Haven Gray Kids, I have all 72 of my email accounts on my phone (slight exaggeration), I can run our Shopify site from an app on my phone, check in on our booth sales, edit photos – seriously, this little iPhone is magical. I resisted the draw of the iPhone for as long as I could, but I caved several years ago and never looked back.
Y’all. I’ve always been a caffeine addict, literally for as long as I can remember. I used to drink several Cokes a day, and when I was in school and working in an office before having kids, I lived on those 5 Hour Energy drinks in addition to the Cokes. Now I’m more drinking more Spark (an Advocare drink), iced coffee, and maybe one Coke a day – although I promise I’m trying to cut back here. I honestly don’t think I would survive without caffeine. My children are not great sleepers, aside from the handful of nights I’ve stayed away from home, I haven’t had an uninterrupted night of sleep in basically four years. I NEED caffeine.
- Yoga Pants
I’m sitting here trying to think of a better feeling than getting home at the end of the day and taking off my jeans and slipping into a pair of yoga pants, and I literally cannot think of one. Stretchy pants just make me happy. If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right, because they are heavenly. I have maybe 20 pairs of “athletic” pants (not sure what technically classifies as yoga pants) and I 100% could not live without them. Nope.
So, I don’t get much downtime to sit around and watch TV, despite what you may have heard about stay at home moms and their screen time. If the TV is on during the day, it’s Disney Junior. The only time I actually sit down to watch something is at night after the boys have gone to bed, and this is only a couple times a week. So needless to say, my DVR is very important to me and it is FULL of goodness. And the benefit of not getting to watch TV often is that when you do, you get a good binge session in. The husband and I have probably five episodes each (at least) of Scandal, Blacklist, and New Girl waiting on us. And I personally have probably 10 episodes of Fixer Upper I need to get to. Just waiting on that downtime to show up….
Oh man, do I love to read. But similar to the whole “no time to watch TV” thing, I also don’t have much time to read. But I have started making a point to cram it in where I can. Some night instead of getting online to work I hop in bed with a book. And since it takes me like half an hour to blow dry my hair, I’ve started reading as I do that. Other than that, I don’t get much reading in at this stage in my life, but my goodness do I have a HUGE stack of books to get through when I do get the time. If you’re curious, I’m working on Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist right now, and it is speaking to my SOUL. This would be a sad, sad world without books in it, in my humble opinion.
OK, so I’m curious to hear from you – what items can you seriously not live without? Are they as shallow as mine? Share!