To-do & Ta-da!

front porchI gave myself a gift today. I took the day off from work. I have a job that I love. I co-own a dog care business with a dear friend and am living the “do what you love, love what you do” credo to its fullest. But every now and then, even when you have a really great job, you need a day off.

This day had no specific purpose and that made it all the lovelier. You know how it goes, you take a day off because you have a doctor’s appointment. You take a day off because you have a repairman coming to the house. You take a day off because you have a reason and a plan.

But today was just a do-whatever day that I tied up in a pretty bow and gave to myself. Of course that doesn’t mean I sat around eating bonbons and reading romance novels all day. That’s just not my style. Today I decided I would tackle a few things on my to-do list, and a few things on my ta-da list. Ta-da list? Let me explain.

We all have to-do lists. Mine is not likely too different from yours. Clean the bathroom. Change the sheets. Vacuum the floors. Do the dishes. You know, the list of all the things you need to do as someone attempting to be a responsible adult.

And then there is my ta-da list. This is a list I created for all of the things I want to do–things that make me happy, inspire me and challenge my creativity. There are even a few things on my ta-da list that are outside my comfort zone (like joining in one of my friend Karen’s belly dancing classes!), but that makes checking them off the list all the sweeter. When I check something off this list, I salute myself with a loud “TA-DA,” and throw my arms in the air like Rocky after he ran up the stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts.

Today was all about to-dos and ta-das. I washed the covers for my dogs’ beds. Check.  I dusted. Check. I vacuumed (our herd of dogs make sure that to-do is on my list every single day). I put the clean dishes away and loaded the morning’s cereal bowls and coffee cups into the dishwasher. Check and check.

Then I went out and took some photos. TA-DA! I bought some new canvases and art supplies so I can breath new life into a neglected love for painting. TA-DA! I allowed myself to sit on my front porch and just be quiet for a bit. Shhhhh…ta-da!

Oh, and hey, I added a post to my blog and taught you about the beauty of the ta-da list. TAAAAA-DAAAAAA! Try it out, I think you’ll enjoy it. Who knows, maybe you’ll even go try belly dancing. If I eventually do, that may well be the ta-da heard ’round the world!

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