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Enjoy the Party You’re At

3 Things by Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com

3 Things by Lisa Hendey, CatholicMom.com


“Never leave one good party in search of another,” was one of the bits of wisdom my parents passed along to me before I left home for college. “The party down the hall isn’t any more fun than the one you’re already enjoying.”

My Mom and Daddy were always the life of any party, the first onto the dance floor and the last to leave it, the first to RSVP and the last to hug the host goodbye at the end of the night. Their wholesome “partying” is an example of the rest of their commitment to living life fully.

It turns out that this bit of wisdom works well for many of life’s other circumstances too: for career, for investments, and for marriage and family life.

Why go out looking for something flashier, better — or even more “fun” — when what you’re already engaged in is blessing you so greatly?

In today’s society, when so many of us seem to be caught up in consumerism, news bytes and the latest trend, Mom and Daddy’s advice still holds true.

Find passions and people you love, make a firm and true commitment and “party on.”

with mom and dad


Here’s a tip I learned from my eighteen-year-old son: carry a small notebook in the glove compartment of your car.

Adam started doing this when he learned to drive and has every “guest” in his car leave a small note for him. They document where they are going together or simply leave a small “shout out” for my son. Two years (and a few notebooks) after starting this tradition, Adam now has a fun memory file of his many high school adventures.

I wish I had done this for our family vehicle when the boys were younger, documenting our road trips and excursions. But it’s never too late to start!


I hate laundry — not really the washing part, but definitely the putting away.

Laundry life has become greatly simplified since I assigned different colored hangers for each member of our family. For myself, I am transitioning all of my clothing to pink Slim Grips hangers. At the end of each season, I’ve committed to doing a closet clean out and “retiring” any clothing that is not on a pink hanger. These will be donated to our local women’s shelter.

After six months of this system, I can already tell a big difference in my closet! These hangers are slim, sturdy, and do a great job of helping my closet look and feel more organized.


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