This Is Your Permission Slip To Stop Worrying About Your Time

Sometimes I get wrapped up in being too efficient with my time. I love to optimize, shift my schedule, rearrange my calendar, and execute on my to-do list like it’s going out of style.

I love to make the most of my days – even if that makes me rigid and boring. I just like to know I’m doing the best and most I can on any given day.

There are those moments that come up in life that shake you up and make you feel more alive that you ever have before. Those moments that jolt you back to reality and allow you to see all that you have to be grateful for is right in front of you.

Many times these come up when something life-altering happens to you, like when a new baby comes into your life, or a parent passes away.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can find and create those moments even among the most boring days and weeks of the year.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. – John Lennon

The moments to make you feel open and vulnerable to the world are all around you. You just have to stop looking at your schedule and allow them to just happen.

Even though I talk a lot about finding time for yourself or making the most of your time with strategies and tools – sometimes it’s just better to shove it all off and just live.

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So today, I’m here today to give you your permission slip to stop worrying so much about your time. [Read more...]

If You & I Were To Sit Down To Coffee… (3 Month Postpartum Update)

If you and I were to sit down to coffee…

I would… drink a decaf drip coffee with almond milk and a splash of maple syrup. I’ve been back on the coffee wagon a few times a week, more for the flavor and change in season than for the caffeine. But nonetheless, I’m enjoying every coffee morning I have. I even tried making my own pumpkin creamer at home, which turned out okay – but nothing to really write home about.

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I would tell you… how things feel like they’ve magically gotten easier being a new mom, but really – I think I’m just getting a little better at it. I’m getting better at realizing that my to-do list can wait and there is very little in the day that needs to get done other than taking care of myself and my baby.

I would tell you…that my time breastfeeding my son has become my favorite parts of the day. Even though a good majority of the time, I peruse my phone or read a book on my Kindle, I love the moments when I can look down and see pure satisfaction on my son’s face. Even better are the post-meal snuggles.

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I would tell you… that getting out of the house is getting easier. I worry less about him having total meltdowns in public, because I understand that I can actually comfort him in those situations – either by boob or by bouncing him around in my arms. It’s absolutely crazy to me that a little person can (almost always) be comforted so easily. [Read more...]

7 Things Healthy Mamas Do Every Day

Living life as a mama can often feel like you’re leading a circus.

There are a million things going on, so many balls in the air, and not enough time, energy, or attention to focus on catching them all.

As the ringleader of your own circus, it’s easier to just reach for convenience than to make healthy choices most of the time.

Trust me, this is a never-ending battle, even in my world. I want to feel amazing and look fantastic, but the frozen waffles I pass by while grocery shopping look like they could shave at least 15 minutes off the morning routine (a miracle!).

And the Starbucks that’s on the way home from our doctor’s outings are far too tempting when I haven’t had more than 3 hours of sleep the night before (I could REALLY use that boost of caffeine).

But the truth is that I’m a much better mom when I take care of myself.

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I feel even better in my skin, in my energy levels, and in my post-baby clothes when I make healthy choices.

Even though the healthy choice isn’t always the easiest, it certainly pays off in the short and long-term for having the body that you crave and the energy you need to be a wonderful parent.

So what does it take to be a mama who makes healthy choices? Here are the 7 things that healthy mamas do every day:

1. Make and take time for yourself

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Yep, the hardest one of all. Finding and making time just for you.The truth is it’s hard to find time for yourself as a mom, but it isn’t impossible.

Doing even simple things like getting a shower in, painting your toenails, or taking 5 minutes to meditate (even if it’s in the bathroom with the door locked) can be all you need to get back to your center – and be a healthy, vibrant, and energized mama. [Read more...]