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Guest Blog Post ~ Small stuff to sweat in 2017 by The Meat and Potatoes of Life

28 December 2016 by

As 2016 comes to a close it is often a time to reflect on your life over the past year.  The New Year brings forth new opportunities and new goals for many.  It is a time for resolutions and future plans.

I just love this blog post from our Guest Blogger Lisa Smith Molinari, owner of the Blog The Meat and Potatoes of Life.  She reminds us how important it is to not sweat the small stuff.  How life is full of ups and downs, many that are out of our control such as deployments, the economy, our health for example.  However, she reminds us that many of our everyday choices that affect our happiness ARE IN OUR CONTROL.  

Some you may not ever think about or realize how they can affect your everyday happiness in life.  She writes a hilarious yet to the point post on Small Stuff To Sweat In 2017.  This will give you a NEW PERSPECTIVE on what is in your control and what is not.  


By Lisa Smith Molinari, The Meat and Potatoes of Life

As we board life’s runaway train for another year of twists and turns and ups and downs, we can’t help but wonder, “How can we ensure our happiness, when we have no control over the economy, deployments, interest rates, orders, our health and the future?”

Fact is, we can’t control the “big-ticket” items in our lives, but what about the small stuff? Throughout the course of a normal day, we make hundreds of seemingly insignificant choices that can affect our overall happiness. Like the tiny Lilliputians in Gulliver’s Travels, we can wrestle giants by pulling a few small strings in our daily routines.

#1 Wear comfortable underwear. Ever had one of those days when your undies were in a bunch, literally? You dig your skivvies out of your crevasse, but they creep back in. The constant wedgie adds a subtle undertone of discomfort to your day, making you grumpy and more likely to snap at your boss, your kids, and your spouse. It doesn’t matter if you prefer the near-commando feel of a thong, or the maximum coverage of cotton briefs – wear comfy undies if you want to this to be a good year.


About Guest Blogger Lisa Smith Molinari, Owner of The Meat and Potatoes of Life

Lisa Smith Molinari is an award-winning syndicated columnist, author, blogger and speaker who came about this business in a weird sort of way….

Lisa grew up in a small town in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania, where life is more about high school football and hunting season than corporate takeovers and cultural events.  Being somewhat chunky and insecure, Lisa thrived in the manageable environment of her little hometown, attaining some social status in high school as evidenced by her election to the position of Class Clown in 1984.

Although Lisa intended to shake the dust of her small town off her shoes and go to college, she ended up at Miami University in Oxford, OH, an even smaller town.  Worse, she discovered that her hard-earned bachelor’s degree really only qualified her for entry-level sales positions (a plumbing supply company offered her a job selling urinal screens and tank bulbs.) So, she did the only reasonable thing: she went to law school.

After earning a coveted spot on the Law Review and graduating cum laude, Lisa was on top of the world, envisioning a future that included promotions and partnerships. What she didn’t know was that she would fall in love with a military man,  have a bunch of kids, move all over the world, and neglect her legal career to manage their hectic military life.

One winter, while her husband was deployed to Africa for a year, Lisa began jotting down her observations as a way of coping with the chaos of handling the three kids, the dog, and the household alone. Before she knew it, one of her essays got published in The Washington Post, and the rest is pretty much history.

Twenty-three years in, Lisa is still attempting to manage her family.  She does manage, however, to publish her weekly column, “The Meat & Potatoes of Life” in military and civilian newspapers, including Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for the US Armed Forces at home and abroad. Lisa and her family are currently stationed at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Learn more

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