Can you believe it is August already? These past 5 months have really flown by! The pandemic has turned things upside down for all of us. We are all taking steps to move ahead but as the fall is looking grim with schools and remote hybrid learning, we are going to need the extra time to rock on. Here are my tips for the week to keep your body in synch and your life sane. These are all tried and true so please reach out if you have questions or just want to share your thoughts! I would love to hear from you.
1. Nourish Your Soul-Participate in CSA or visit a Farmers Market and check out some of the amazing fruit and veggies of the season. Bring home and cook a new recipe healthy for the whole family. Check out my Pinterest What’s For Dinner where I have pinned some awesome recipes for the fam. Hearty and (mostly) healthy and enjoyed by all!!!
2. Downsize-Say what? What on earth are you doing with all your SHI*? Do you even know what’s in the back of your packed closet or corner of your basement (still in boxes? Looking around my home was giving me anxiety just knowing how much stuff I had (to pack)! We were going to a smaller home and I kept asking myself how on earth I would fit all of our stuff into our new home.. My daughter still makes fun of me when I asked her if she wanted to keep her Calico Critters for her child one day! Ok, really? 1. That might be a long time from now and 2. It was just ME attached to the memories! You know what I did? I couldn’t donate in the pandemic (local donation centers weren’t taking goods), so I gave to her preschool along with some other fond toys (and memories)! It felt so good to see these item go to good use and I suddenly didn’t feel as bad getting rid of them. Find ways to give stuff away. It frees you of your burden and gives you peace of mind. Just try it and let me know what you think. I listened to this audiobook which really helped me downsize my entire home. Honestly you will thank me later! Let it Go by Peter Walsh is also on audiobook (I listened each day for a week while walking my dogs). I was truly inspired by the ideas and the reason it is so difficult to get rid of the THINGS you have! I know they are just things, but I was clinging onto my possessions and couldn’t figure out why I was having such a hard time separating myself. This is a great read!!
3. Fill yourself with Gratitude– This breathing exercise is great and remember, DO NOT look at your iPhone the second you wake up!!!! I follow his recommendation every morning (and sometimes before I go to bed) Check out Rob Dial, The Mindset Mentor 15min podcast episode: The Most Important Thing to Do EVERY Morning!
4. Climb a NEW Mountain-Find your passions and look forward to climbing a new mountain this month. I am working on a birthday photo shoot and for months now, ideas have been swirling around my head all day long! I love to have a project to look forward to…something that challenges me but inspires me to climb to the top! Just like a mountain there are a lot of unforeseen difficulties along the way, but set a timeline, a plan and a date to complete something new and you will have something to look forward to one day at a time. Don’t be hard on yourself but be accountable to complete something you have wanted to do for a while. Whether it is learning to scuba dive or trying a new exercise routine. Choose something you have wanted to do but have thrown the excuse pile in each time and haven’t found “the time” to do. Share with me thru email what your’e working on I would love to hear all about it! firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Design Your Own -This will always be a way to distress for me. This week I started creating some Posts in Canva. I love how easy it is to use for posting on my blog post and there are so many fabulous templates to use making you feel like a graphic designer (even if you aren’t-and I’m not!) Canva is an online design tool that makes It possible to design anything from instagram posts to posters to presentations-any visual content. It’s a game changer!