Give up on lots of shit, and your life will be magical. I promise. Own 4 pairs of shoes. Live in sweats. You'll thank me.
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The Life Changing Magic of Giving Up

Give up on lots of shit, and your life will be magical. I promise. Own 4 pairs of shoes. Live in sweats. You'll thank me.

By Mandy Waysman of Oh, Mandelynn

It’s time to decelerate your ambition and learn to be chill AF.

First of all, I want to say that I am a mom, and this is not a post about how as a mom I give up because life is so hard. I’m so stressed because I have my miniature, opinionated womb fruit following me around and yadda, yadda. That is all true, but it’s not why I gave up and it’s not where the magic stems from. I gave up long before I ever even thought about procreating.

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The art of giving up came about little by little. First, it crept in as I made arbitrary rules for growing up. For example, anything that is worth cooking in the microwave should be done by 3 minutes and 30 seconds. If something cooks for that amount of time and it is not done, I will eat it with a cold middle. I don’t care. I’ve given up. What do I care if the beans in the middle of that burrito are like little crushed ice chunks? All the better. I get something crunchy and beany all in one sitting. If something cooks for that amount of time and it is overdone, well, you know what? A little charcoal never hurt anyone. Some places you pay extra for this sort of thing.

The next rule is that you don’t really need any more than 4 pairs of shoes. I heard you gasp. Don’t you quit on me. Stay with me a little longer. We’ve come too far. Don’t go toward that light. So, the shoes; you need a brown pair, a black pair, tennis shoes, and sandals. I don’t like shopping for shoes. Ohh, and also, lest you forgot—I don’t give AF.

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Loungewear happens promptly after arriving home from work. My body is a temple and it shall be treated as such. Listen to my thighs preaching to the temple choir with the swish, swish noise they make as I walk. See those crumbs spilled down my chest, left as a sacrifice to the temple gods, except for those few times that the food is so good I do need to pick the crumbs off my shirt and eat it. And really, in comparison to my raggedy loungewear, my body looks like a million damn dollars.

I make to-do lists, but most of the things that are on my lists would take less time for me to do than it took to write them on the list. They include things like, ‘”Text Torey ‘hi’ to check in,” “Ask husband about supper.” This one might seem confusing. You’re thinking, “But you said that you don’t care; isn’t making a list a sign that you aren’t giving up?” I think making lists that include “taking over the world” and/or “becoming ‘Boss Bitch’” would definitely mean that I care a lot. I think the contents of my list make it clear that I’m only doing the bare minimum to eek by while trying to show that I do accomplish some things some of the time. It’s all in how you look at it.

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How do you remain so happy if you have given up? Well, good question. I’m trying to enjoy the moment a little more. Enjoying those moments happens to involve some reflection on what things I cling to and thus, here we are in this magic. You can read this and try out my advice, or not. I don’t care a lot, but regardless, it’s a point of view, and that’s like magic.


About the Author

Mandy Waysman is a blogger, wife, and mom to two daughters. You can find her work on the Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, In The Powder Room, BonBon Break,, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and other parenting sites. She has more personality than this bio would lead you to believe. For proof please follow her as she becomes a regular contributor on and her current blog and follow Mandy on Facebook and Twitter

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