Rumi | That's kind of deep for a first date, don't you think? (movie anyone?) We will both tell you we weren't able to make any consistent, sustainable changes until we were willing to dig a little deeper into who we were. Our minds and our bodies are undoubtedly connected. So undoubtedly, we must delve into both to conquer either one. Bon Voyage!
1 | Fresh flowers. Sometimes a bit of color, life and beauty in jar is all I need for a little boost.
2 | Morning walks. It's not always easy to get out the door in the morning, but when we do (even in our pjs), it's so worth it. Being outside, moving and breathing fresh air is a daily boost I don't like to miss.
3 | A green smoothie. I know I know, smoothies are all the rage right now but I don't think they're just a fad. They help me get that extra spinach or kale that I normally wouldn't eat, so for me, they're here to stay. Blending up all that goodness in one cup gives me the extra nutrition, fuel and motivation to stay healthy through out the day.
4 | Moving furniture or rearranging even small decor. I know, weird, right? Something about having things around me organized or changed helps my mind feel organized and energized. Oh and moving furniture builds muscles too!
5 | A big juicy kiss from my baby boy. Being a mom is hard and draining and sometimes I don't know how I'm going to handle one more tantrum or 5:30am wake up call. But then I ask Parker for a kiss and he comes straight at me with a "mmmm" and big wet one right on my lips. In that moment I'm overwhelmed with how amazing it is to be his mom, how sweet he is and how it is all worth it.
I wouldn't describe myself as fierce, per say. Being more thoughtful and reserved by nature, I am always working on ways to be a little bolder, even just for me. These are some things I've found that make me feel stronger, braver, more capable, and sometimes when the moment is right, even unstoppable.
1 | Trying a new yoga pose or yoga transition. When I'm on the mat with no one but myself to worry about, there is something so freeing and creative. It feeds my courage to try all sorts of new things in life.
2 | Saying no. Someone once said that trying to please everyone was the first step to unhappiness. And I have found this is really true for me. I like to help. I like to please. But trying to please everyone is exhausting and fruitless. Sometimes saying no (even to myself) is just necessary and doing it without guilt is just as necessary to assert my own priorities and limits.
3 | Getting up early. Man oh man, it's hard. But now that boyfriend sleeps in a little later, it's like I get this bonus window of time just for me. I can workout. I can fold laundry. It helps me feel like I got a head start on the day.
4 | Running. Being more inclined to breathe-and-bend, my idea of a run may not be everyone's idea of a run. Still, there is something about going a little farther than I thought I could, using a little more energy than I thought I had, and feeling my heart beat.
5 | Childbirth. I know what you're thinking. I was extremely apprehensive about Penn's delivery. But even just thinking about it now gives me a little boost. While it's not the case for everyone, I was so lucky to have a smooth delivery and walked away with really positive, joyful memories. It reminds me I can do things I'm afraid of. And it reminds me how beautiful things happen, hard things first.
I guess it wouldn't be worth all the fuss if it wasn't at least a little bit hard some days. Unfortunately, lounging in a steam room isn't quite going to do it, although we could go for that right about now (hello monday). It's that sweat that only comes from a little bit of hard work and grit. It is our best defense against mood swings and fatigue. It refreshes skin, reduces stress, and tones up that tushy. We know how good it makes us feel. And it's even better when it happens doing something we love, cue: living room dance party. Quoted: BKS Iyengar
It's easy to think we can't start something until we get all of our ducks in a row. When my baby starts sleeping through the night, When I stop nursing, When life settles down... There is always something. And we will never be quite where we want to be, that is until we start. As we all try to be a little healthier, happier, and more sane, the only place to start is right where we are. We can work with what we've got, start today, and do something good for ourselves everyday. Quoted: Aurthur Ashe