Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sometimes the smallest things can go a very long way

Today I had a great time at the USC (University of Southern California) football game. It was the first game I'd been to all season, and the crowd, weather, and experience was just perfect. On top of all of that, the Trojans won, which was the cherry on top of a pretty cool day.

There was one thing about today that was really special to me. Interestingly enough, it had nothing to do with football but had everything to do with my happiness.

This morning, I decided to do something a little different by taking public transportation (aka the metro train) to the game. This was truly one of the best ideas that I've had in a long time. The ride was cheap, quick, clean and convenient. I know that there's nothing special about taking public transportation, but for me it was a huge stress reliever. I'm not sure why, but lately I've been so frustrated by the traffic in L.A., that driving has just been draining and overly stressful to me. Riding the metro allowed me to relax and added a level of peace and enjoyment to my day that I wouldn't have experienced if I didn't step out of my comfort zone and do something small for myself.

Today I put my own health, needs and happiness first. I didn't let any preconceived opinions, fears, or hang-ups keep me from doing something that would make me feel better. This was a big step for me, and taught me a lot about the importance of self-care. Actually, the experience taught me that self care doesn't have to take a lot of time, effort or money. Sometimes doing the smallest things for ourselves can go a long way. Hopefully, this post will inspire you to do the same.


  1. Hi Jennifer! found you on NaBloPoMo. Interestingly enough, my first experience on public transportation was similar. Isn't it something how much stress is relieved by not driving? Even though I'm a Georgia girl and traffic does not compare. I was in Atlanta and so enjoyed taking the metro.

    I'm glad you posted this and I'm most grateful for this line: "self care doesn't have to take a lot of time, effort or money."

    Here's another quick way to take care of yourself. If you haven't already, try taking your breaks at work AWAY from your desk. Wow it makes such a difference! :-)

    Happy Blogging!

  2. Hey Trinka!
    Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment. Are you still in Atlanta by any chance?

    Yes, I'm working my way up to take my breaks at work. I want to take a short walk or two throughout the day. Haven't been able to do it just yet, but I'm working on it. Thanks for the info =)