25 Things You Shouldn’t Sweat

Life is way too precious to waste worrying, and while there may be plenty of stressors vying for your attention, here are 25 things you definitely should forget.

  • Static on the radio. No need to wait it out…change the station. Or turn it off for some peaceful reflective time.

  • Clothes that don’t fit right. You don’t have to make it work just because it’s on sale.

  • One missing sock. It’s not coming back…just let it go.

  • Bad presents. Not everybody knows you like they thought they did. That’s okay. If you are really sentimental, take a picture with your present to keep the fond memory. Then toss it.

  • Elementary school and high school papers. Everything that was important stuck with you. You will not need these.

  • Bad pumpkin carving skills. Grab a sharpie,or your paints, and attack that squash in 2-D. No shame!

  • Facebook e-mails. So little to see, so much time. …strike that, reverse it.

  • Unread e-mail newsletters. Unsubscribe at the bottom.

  • Having perfect skin. Smile a lot and people will see beyond the rosy craters and white polka dots. Trust me!

  • Being germ-free. Save money on Germ-X and build up your immune system!

  • Sitcoms. Are they really teaching you to live a better life? No judging… but be honest.

  • Old mascara. An unneeded eyesore, literally.

  • Complaining friends. Venting here and there: understandable. Being a Debbie Downer? Not so chic.

  • Saggy bloomers. I don’t know quite when unmentionables skyrocketed in price, c’mon Hanes. Still, it’s definitely worth the investment to keep your bareables … bearable.

  • Plastic waterbottles. Sure, refilling a KleanKanteen takes up to 20 seconds of your day, but that’s 20 years off the landfill.

  • Paying too much for flowers. Trader Joe’s has great deals on flower bouquets. Any other grocery store? Those better be gold-tipped roses and jeweled dahlias.

  • Buying cheap shoes. I should eat my own foot here, no pun intended. I’m a diva of the $7 flats at Fallas, but they only last a few months. Your hardworking feet deserve supportive, stench-free, sole-intact shoes.

  • Having an iProduct for every family member. Apart from being expensive to maintain and upgrade, most families that are fully “plugged in” miss valuable lessons in patience, sharing, and self-discipline.

  • Going to tourist attractions on the weekends. You owe it to yourself — out of sheer dignity — to not wait 2 hours for a 3 minute ride. Make a day of playing hooky for an off-season, mid-week splurge.

  • Dilapidated furniture.  We’re talking frat-house junk…not your intentionally eclectic hipster-pinterest repurposed design.

  • Thin sheets. Your bed is a sanctuary, an oasis, a harmony of integrity and health. Thin sheets bring angst with the possibility of holes into your haven. Make a trip to IKEA, or better still, buy USA made!

  • Bad bread. Unless it’s a breach of hospitality, there should be no obligation to gulp down tasteless white fluff.

  • Not smiling. Everywhere you go, frowning or being apathetic could be a smile. Why not?

  • Being bullied. You are the leading lady in your life!

  • Scrimp on sleep. Well rested, your body will thank you, ten-fold.