Mindfulness

The Reason Why I’m NOT Making a New Year’s Resolution

I am NOT Making a New Year's Resolution this year!
Mom Improvement Presents: The Reason Why I’m NOT Making a New Year’s Resolution

It’s January!

I took a bit of a break at the end of last year, to refresh and get over a terrible illness!  But now I’m back and ready for 2018!

Don't make a New Year's Resolution. Just start the New Year.
Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

This post is the beginning of a new experiment!

I’m going to try a few new things this year, a few new types of posts.  I’m still a very new blogger, trying to find my style and voice.  A lot of the posts I have written so far have been project or goal-based.  But I’m also looking to explore and write some more prosaic and theory-based posts.  I’d love to share some of the amazing parenting lessons I’ve learned from the ECFE classes I’ve been taking with my boys.  I’m also really interested in exploring some of the philosophies behind some of the anxieties and sadness that I feel- in a way that could help all of us moms out there relate to each other better.

Right now, though, I have a question for you.

Are you sick of New Year’s Resolutions?  I have been grappling with this question all week, actually.  I was trying to figure out what the best kind of post would be for this blog for the new year.  My goals of mindfulness, minimalism and living life at a slower pace are somewhat out of sync with the New Year’s Resolution.  I don’t want to adopt any new behaviors or radical changes.  I definitely don’t need to add any new stress into my life!  And I’m working so hard to appreciate a simpler, more modest approach to a day, to a to-do list, etc.  I want a daily routine that has more peace, less panic.

What is your New Year's Resolution?
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How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions?

It can feel like you’re not doing your “homework” if you don’t have a New Year’s Resolution.  It’s such a standard small-talk question at this time of year.  “Do you have any resolutions?”  And don’t get me wrong- I’m not saying they are a bad thing.  The optimistic approach of starting with a clean slate, making positive change or sticking to a behavior can be really refreshing.

For me, personally, I just don’t think it works.  I’m the type of person who views life through a pretty hard-and-fast filter.  If I start a new habit, and miss even one day, I feel the entire experiment is a failure and I give up.  So a resolution, at the outset, is an opportunity for me to challenge myself to do something at which I know I’ll fail.  And then I do, and I prove something silly and untrue TO myself ABOUT myself.

If this is true of you as well…

I still think you could make a New Year’s Resolution if you want to.  It would require a daily chat with yourself.  An affirmation that you’re on the right track, that you can make slow change, and even if you miss a day or two, it’s OK!  And you would probably have to set yourself smaller, “trial run”, time frames.  I talk about that idea in this post (look for the part about time).

I'm trying something very new and different this year! I'm not making a New Year's Resolution!
Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

However, I’m trying something different this year

And you’re welcome to try it with me.  It’s very, very simple.  We’re a few days into the New Year and we have more than three hundred days of opportunity ahead.  What if our “New Year’s Resolution” doesn’t involve making a big transformation?  What if we already have all the tools in front of us to be our best selves?  I realized the other day that, five years ago, if I’d told myself what I was doing with my life today, I would have thought I made it.  I am living the life I dreamed I would be living.

But in actuality?  This doesn’t feel anything like the dream!  There’s stress, bills, boredom, messes… Most days, it feels like hell, not heaven.  And certainly not the stuff of dreams.

I’m looking at my life through the filter of “what’s missing?”  

My New Year’s Resolution doesn’t have anything to do with making change.  I have everything I need already- just ask Five-Years-Ago-Me!

So what is missing?  Anything?

What if the answer is NO?

My goal for this year isn’t a goal at all.  I mean- I do have things I want to accomplish.  But I don’t have a New Year’s Resolution.  I have a deep desire to feel differently about my life.  A need to see the best in everything.  I want to greet each day with joy, cherish these precious moments with my children.  I do want to grow as a person… through very simple actions- reading some of the many books I have on my shelves!  Enjoying the possessions I already have instead of shopping for more STUFF.  Journaling.  Blogging.  Regular date nights with my husband!

Life is just waiting to be lived.

I realize I’m not saying anything groundbreaking.  I’m not intending to make waves.  The fact that these ideas are so obvious is exactly my point!  We have all the tools we need at our disposal to live our best lives, be our best selves.  We are already here, in this moment, bursting with promise!

Let's try this Non-New Year's Resolution Together!
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Don’t make a New Year’s Resolution.  Just start the New Year.

I can’t wait to share it with you.  Let’s go!

Road to Minimalism: Creating the Perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe

Practicing Mindfulness and Minimalism to create the perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe!
Mom Improvement Presents: Road to Minimalism: Creating the Perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe

The Road to Minimalism

Every once in a while, I’m going to write about de-cluttering.  I’m calling it “The Road to Minimalism”.  This is because I hope to achieve a minimal amount of belongings by the end of my journey.  I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who could count all my possessions on one hand or anything like that.  I would never try to convince you to live like that, either!  But my personal feelings about ownership have been shifting lately.  Maybe you share some of my feelings?

My new motto, inspired by my journey towards mindfulness and minimalism!
Have nothing in your home that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful!

Mindfulness and Messes

A great source of stress (for anyone) is clutter.  When stuff is everywhere, we tend to feel a little claustrophobic, no?  Plus, I realized that I would rather have a few nice things than a bunch of crappy, cheap things I don’t really like or use!

I decided to start with my wardrobe because it seemed like a practical, essential place to start.  If I had a small amount of nice clothes, that went together, that I also liked to wear… well, that would be perfect!

Creating the Perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe

I am not fashionable.  Not one bit.  My shopping habits can be described as “erratic”, “random”, and “quirky”.  I tend to just choose single pieces that I like, and assume they will incorporate in with the rest of my wardrobe.  SPOILER ALERT: More often than not, they do not!  And especially after a friend of mine started selling LuLaRoe, my wardrobe became full of things that couldn’t possibly be paired together, because they were unique or crazy prints.

So, time to purge… and wait quite some time before I start replacing.

My Main Methods and Philosophies

There are a lot of articles out there already about how to create a “capsule” wardrobe.  I think this method is a little different than the usual ones.  How?  It’ll be slower.  I’ll be honest, I don’t have the money to buy a bunch of new clothes, so if you’re in that boat, too, try my plan!  The goal is to figure out what we already have.  And figure out how to put those things together in as many different combinations as possible.  So here is the basic plan for creating our perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe:

  1. Go through your wardrobe once each season.
  2. Pick things you know you’re never going to wear again.
  3. Sell them on ebay if they are in good condition
  4. Or donate them*
  5. If you can fit it into your budget, GYPO (see below) can help us figure out as many combinations for outfits as possible
  6. Keep track of what you wear and how often.
  7. At the end of this season, purge yet again, removing the items that just didn’t get used.
  8. Depending on the balance in my paypal account after my ebay sales, I may be able to invest in some new pieces… but that remains to be seen!
Creating the perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe with minimalism and mindfulness!
A well-ordered closet!

Getting Started: Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe Style

To make outfit planning easier, create a “hanger system” in your closet.  I moved all the summer clothes, dresses, and everything else to the back of my closet (I have a walk-in).  If you don’t have enough room to do this, put everything you don’t need away somewhere.  Then put everything you want to incorporate into your seasonal wardrobe on hangers.  We want to see it all together.

Start Removing!

You know what you don’t need anymore.  Get it outta there and decide what to do with it!

*My neighborhood participates in this awesome local recycling program called “Simple Recycling”.  We can leave out bags of clothes and other household things and they get collected right along with our recycling every other week!  It’s a great way to get things out of the house.  If you need suggestions on where to give your stuff, this is a great article.

Creating the perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe... with a LOT of help from an expert!
Photo Credit: Get Your Pretty On

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Even with all my clothes laid out in front of me, I am not good at putting together outfits.  I need help.  So, I turned to “Get Your Pretty On”.

It’s a pretty awesome “Style Challenge”, created by this adorable woman named Allison.  I loved getting an email every night telling me what I was going to wear the next day- and I didn’t even buy anything, I adapted every outfit suggestion with stuff I already had in my closet, so it was a major savings.  Plus, I put a lot of my clothes together in a way that I never have before!

This is what you get when you sign up:

  • A capsule wardrobe shopping list (you’re free to shop where you want and spend as much or as little as you want; I spent nothing!).
  • Links to shop for recommended items online or in store.
  • A daily outfit idea- created from pieces on the shopping list- sent to your inbox, so you know exactly what to wear every day.
  • Plus, a beautiful, printable outfit guide so you can see all the outfits in one place!

If you are interested…

This is the GYPO website so you can check it out.

And here’s my affiliate link if you decide to buy: The Stay-at-Home-Mom Capsule Wardrobe is $29.  I know that’s a little steep, but it came with so many wonderful outfit suggestions based on just a few pieces, and I already had most of them (or things similar enough) in my closet.

If you don’t think this is the right idea for you, I know that next month, Allison is releasing something called “The Big Book of Outfit Formulas”, and I think it’s only going to be $29.  For a big book full of outfit ideas.  Yes, please!  I can’t wait to get it.  I think it will be the perfect way to look for inspiration in the pile of “blah” that I feel like I have going on right now.

Also, GYPO does a capsule wardrobe for each season of the year, as well as a yearly subscription that comes with access to all the seasons.  If you’re in the market for something like that, I definitely recommend it!  She sends awesome weekly emails with outfit inspirations, and she has a fantastic eye for how clothes go together.

Putting together outfits is just not one of my skill sets, so I am so glad I decided to get some help.  I genuinely feel like I am using my current wardrobe so much more effectively, and it’s way, way easier to get dressed in the morning.

Look for Other Resources

Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend for a program like that!  Pinterest is chock full of wardrobe boards and outfit pins (you can check out mine here).  Or, call a friend who dresses well!  People love to share their knowledge.  Maybe she can come over sometime after the kiddos are asleep and help you go through what you have.  Sometimes a fresh eye can help you see things differently!

Creating the Perfect Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe using Minimalism and Mindfulness, plus some well-organized hangers!
A hanger system helps me track what I’m wearing how often!

Use Your Hangers to Help You Keep Track

If I wear something multiple times, it is getting moved to the very front of my closet.  Things I’m not wearing are getting rotated to the back.  You could also take a selfie of your outfit to help you remember what you’re wearing.  Figure out a way to keep track of your most “popular” items- these are the things that are getting heavy rotation!  For sure you will want to keep these clothes and maybe find other ones like them in different colors/cuts.

It’s really up to you how you want to keep track of this.  Using a Pinterest Board, a Polyvore account, or just a list on paper.  Just try to track 2 things- what you’re wearing a lot of (like blouses, t-shirts or black pants), and what you would like to look for in the future to help you make more outifts.  For me right now, I am jonesing for a good pair of brown riding boots!

Start Price Shopping

I’m not going to do any buying until the end of the season, because I want to really get the most out of what I already have before I add more (remember the minimalism thing?).  I’m going to start making clothes-shopping decisions at least a week-long process.  This will just help me make sure that I really want that item.  If I’m still thinking about it a whole week later, then I’ll start looking for it.

I want to keep an eye out for things that will last me a long time, too.  If I find something at a higher price tag that’s going to give me a few years of good wear (like a good, high-quality pair of winter boots), then I’m definitely going to factor that into my clothes-buying budget.  I won’t know how much I’m going to be able to spend until I’ve sold all my ebay listings.  I’ll let you know when I figure it out!

Great New Year’s Project

If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, this could be a great one!  A cleaned-out closet, a carefully-planned Stay-at-Home-Mom Wardrobe… Happy New Year to YOU!

Best FREE Meditation App for iPad (4 of them!)

Taking time out of your day to practice mindfulness can seem daunting, but a FREE Meditation App can really help!
Mom Improvement Presents: Best FREE Meditation App for iPad (4 of them!)

Taking Time for Meditation

I started meditating, off-and-on, about two years ago.  My anxiety was getting difficult to control and I was having trouble falling asleep.  Using a Meditation App was a great way for me to get started without feeling silly or like I was doing it “wrong”.

Just to clarify, I’m not using meditation to fall asleep.  I’m using it to quiet my mind.  It’s a good way to practice mindfulness.  At night, my brain is often in overdrive.  Sometimes I struggle with controlling negative, unhappy and anxious thoughts.

These are the best meditation apps I have found (I use them on my iPad but I will indicate whether they are available only on iOS or also for Android).  If you want to try them, you can click on the title of the app and it will take you to the apple store so you can download!  (These are NOT affiliate links, I’m just recommending them because I use them and like them).

Best Meditation App to Use to Learn:

4 Great FREE Meditation apps for iPad!
Photo Credit: Headspace Available only for iOS

Headspace

This is the first meditation app I tried.  It is phenomenal.  The beginner’s series is the perfect place to start if you’ve never meditated before.  It consists of 10 guided meditations that are the perfect building blocks.  These meditations are free, and you can listen to them as many times as you want.

The only downside is, if you want to continue your meditation journey, this app gets very expensive, very quickly.  After the first 10 free meditations, you have to subscribe to either a monthly or yearly plan.

The upside to a subscription is that you gain access to an extraordinary library of meditations on lots of subjects.  I subscribed to this app briefly and continued the beginner’s meditation series.  But eventually, I decided I didn’t want to have to pay for the content, no matter how good it was.  It was a monthly expense that I couldn’t justify with our tight budget.

  • Upsides: great for beginners who don’t know where to start.  High quality content and easy-to-use interface.
  • Downsides: content is not as “customizable” as some of the other apps (no timers, varying lengths, etc.), expensive after free content is completed.

Best App for Specific Guided Meditations

4 Great FREE Meditation apps
photo credit: breethe
available for iOS and Android

breethe

breethe is another terrific Meditation App.  It also includes a 7-day “Getting Started” series, which is very good.

Another great thing about breethe is that many meditations come in a few different lengths- for example, 12, 14, or 20 minutes.  This is really convenient if you want to include it in a specific part of your day- naptime, right when you wake up, etc.

While you meditate, the app has absolutely gorgeous landscapes you can look at on your screen.  The recordings are super high-quality.  The amount of free content is slightly limited, and the subscriptions are wildly expensive, but every meditation I have tried has been stellar.  A great variety of lengths and content.

This is a terrific app for people who enjoy meditation and want to continue with some guidance, as well as try meditating on a few different subjects.

  • Upsides: Varying lengths of meditations, great sound quality, beautiful graphics, variety of topics.  Good for beginning-intermediate meditating.
  • Downsides: VERY expensive to access paid content.

Best “Quickie” Meditation App:

Great FREE Meditation App (4 of them!)
Photo Credit: Aura
Available for iOS and Android

Aura

Aura is a decent Meditation App, but it does not compare to Headspace or breethe.  I don’t know this for sure, but I suspect that people can upload their own recordings of meditations to the app.  I say this because the sound quality between the different meditations varies from good to not-so-good.

The free material consists of a daily 3-minute-long meditation (I am doing the “learn mindfulness” series right now).  However, if you want a break from your “scheduled” meditation, you can click the “I’m feeling” button, and the app will select a different meditation for you based on the feeling you choose.

Great FREE Meditation App (4 of them!)
“I’m Feeling…”

I tried this once when I was feeling particularly anxious, and the meditation I was given was perfect to help me feel better.  Another time, I tried the same thing and the meditation that played was totally useless, so it seems to be a bit of luck of the draw.

Great FREE Meditation App (4 of them!)
“How Are You Feeling?”

I love using Aura when I want to do a quick meditation.  The 3-minute length is do-able no matter how tired I am or how crappy my day has been.

Added Bonus: Gratitude Journal

I also love it because I am able to keep a “gratitude journal”; a section of the app on which I can record what I am grateful for that day.  It has been really valuable for me.

What I’m not as thrilled with is the opportunity to “respond” to a meditation after I’ve taken it.  It feels a little too much like homework.  There is a “Community” element to the Aura app that I have not explored at all.

  • Upsides: Great for busy people who want to take a quick breather in their day, easy to use, gratitude journal.
  • Downsides: “Busy work” meditation responses, sometimes very poor sound quality, random element of the “I’m Feeling” library.  
  • Unknown Upside or Downside: Ability to connect with the community of users.  Could be great, could be not-so-great.

Best App for Unguided Meditations

Great FREE Meditation App (4 of them!)
Photo Credit: Relax Meditation
Available for iOS and Android

Relax Meditation

This Meditation App has an awesome ambient sounds library.  There is also a library of guided meditations.  I will freely admit, I haven’t explored much of it.

This app was a little frustrating at first, because the first time I opened it, it immediately launched into the “Introduction to Meditation” program.  I had no idea how to change what I was listening to, or how to work any of the customizable options for sounds, etc.  I was instantly totally overwhelmed.

Luckily, after listening to the first guided meditation, I was able to access the rest of the app content and figure out how to work everything.

If you don’t like guided meditations but have trouble focusing on your thoughts, I think the many different ambient sounds could be really helpful for you.  You could listen to the sounds and make that part of your meditation.   Or try focusing on your own breath and use the sounds to “drown out” any distracting noises.  Honestly, you can just use the ambient sounds to help you fall asleep after you’ve meditated!

  • Upsides: Fantastic library of free ambient sounds, another good app for beginners who have never tried meditating.  Also good for more advanced users looking for a new experience.
  • Downsides: Could be initially overwhelming until the interface is mastered, meditations feel long and could be boring for more experienced users.

What is Your Biggest Obstacle?

What prevents you from practicing daily mindfulness, meditation, or gratitude?  My anxiety can spiral out of control quite easily, and meditating is something that has really helped me stay on top of a healthy mind and attitude.  Write to me and tell me what’s holding you back, or if you decide to try one of these apps, let me know which ones!

Pick Your Priorities: De-clutter Your Daily Routine!

I'm so excited to practice mindfulness and find some new ways to re-priorities and achieve my goals!
Mom Improvement Presents: Pick Your Priorities: De-Clutter Your Daily Routine!

When I really started to “melt down” as a mom, I lost sight of something important.  I forgot that the key to an organized day is a basic routine.  Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t running amok or something, but with the exception of meals (kids have to eat at regular intervals or they get hangry), we never did anything regularly.  We didn’t have any structure.  I didn’t have any priorities!  As a result, the days felt impossibly long and boring.  There was way too much TV watching.  I didn’t schedule any play dates, or outings, because I was trying to save money.  I felt like the world’s crappiest mother because I had no idea what to do with myself (or the kids!).

Mindfulness

Give yourself the chance to take some time for yourself! Mindfulness can help!
Mindfulness

I’ve been in therapy for almost 4 years now!  My therapist has always stressed to me the importance of mindfulness.  I’m not an expert on that subject, but the basic definition of mindfulness, to me, is trying to focus on one thing at a time.  If you have multiple kids you are probably rolling your eyes right now.  I feel you, I really do.  Having more than one kid means you literally can’t ever focus on one thing at a time, because you have at least two things that always need your attention.

However, there are still ways to practice mindfulness, even with a bunch of kids running around.  Let me give you the best example I have- making a meal.  When I am in the kitchen, if I don’t force myself to slow down, I will try to do all these things at the same time:

  1. Make food for my kids and myself
  2. Empty or load the dishwasher
  3. Clean a sink, countertop or other kitchen item
  4. Put my coffee in the microwave to warm up (guess how many times I remembered to take it out of the microwave when it was done?  I will give you a hint, the answer has a zero in it).
  5. Etc., etc., etc.

Multi-tasking on top of multi-tasking isn’t helpful to you.  It’s probably not even good for you!  My mental state, my ability to remember things, and my ability to focus on the task at hand have increased by so much since I stopped trying to do everything at once.  There will still be times when you have to do more than one thing at once.  But reducing the situations in which you are forcing yourself to multi-task will bring you so much peace and reduce your stress level.  I guarantee it.

There are easy ways to meet your top daily tasks without extending the already over-extended to do list!
Top Priorities List

What are your top priorities?

To put it simply, for right now, your day is going to contain three priorities for each “time phase”.  Three priorities in the morning, three priorities in the afternoon, and three priorities in the evening.  We are not building a full daily routine yet.  That would be too much stress and too big of an undertaking.  We’re simply dividing your day into three basic time periods, and picking three things you want to do within those time periods.

How is this different from a 28 day goal?

The three things you choose should not be big goals.  They should not be big projects.  Ask yourself, “what three things do you want to get done between the hours of 7-noon, noon-5, and 5-bedtime?”  I have made you a freebie to build your list!

What should I pick?

This is my filled out worksheet, to give you an idea of my three priorities for each time period.

As you can see, I am not doing anything strenuous or trying to shoehorn a big DIY project into my time periods.  I am picking three things that I would be doing anyway (well, OK, the yoga is the hardest one for me to fit into my schedule but I try to do it every day because it’s really good for mindfulness).  But here is why my days are so much more successful: I have basic priorities.  I have the things on my list that are going to keep my household running.  I also have a few simple “pick me ups” (I love coffee!) included to make me feel like I am taking time for myself each day.

Keep your day simple with a trimmed-down task list!
Simple is Beautiful!

Stick to the basics

When you are choosing your priorities, stick to the basics.  If you have trouble remembering to feed yourself because you’re busy feeding the kids, make it a priority.  It doesn’t need to be a gourmet meal.  If you’re not great about breakfast, make yourself have a small bowl of cheerios while the kids eat their breakfast.

If you are picking a household or cleaning task for one of your priorities, pick a quick one.  Unload the dishwasher, shake out the entryway rug, take out a garbage.  We will do a lot more work on creating a household cleaning routine.  For now, your priority should be something small that, if you get behind on it, really drags you down.  If I don’t bring a load of laundry all the way downstairs to the laundry room each day, it sits in a huge pile at the bottom of one of my staircases.  This looks awful!

Do Something for You

Make sure to pick at least one thing that makes you feel better about yourself.  It can be anything.  I picked washing my face because it’s something that I rarely used to do for myself, which made me feel terrible and lazy.  Also, I really love how I feel after I wash my face.  It makes me feel like I am taking care of myself.  That’s so important for us as moms.  We take care of other people all day.  We don’t have the time we need to take to really give ourselves the loving self-care we deserve.  The only remedy in the short term is to find those small daily “hacks” that give us back little pieces of ourselves.  It can be an enormous benefit.

Strategize some
Find your Time!

Find Your Time

Now, you have to commit to yourself.  You’ve chosen your priorities, now when are you going to do these things?  This will be the hardest part, and you may have to continually revise your strategy.  I find my best “sneak times” are at the very end of meal times, right away when I wake up in the morning (before I get my littlest out of his crib), and nap time (my oldest is in preschool for a few hours 4 days a week, this is when my younger son naps).  But if you already have a million and one things you try to fit into nap time, then don’t try to squeeze in anything more.  You will have to find another time.  You may have to get a little creative, but find your time.

Sometimes perfecting the to-do list requires some re-writing!
How many priorities did you check off your list?

After day ONE, re-evaluate

How did your first day go?  Which tasks did you do easily?  Were there any that you had trouble fitting in?  Any that you didn’t get to altogether?

Re-strategize for the next day.  Did you find an extra “sneak time” that you didn’t know you had?  Do you need to find a little extra time somewhere?  Wake up five minutes earlier?  Do a little bit of problem-solving and try again the next day.  If you are really, really having trouble getting three tasks into each time period, then you have a couple choices:

  1. You could pick a different small priority, if you had trouble choosing between a couple and think something else might fit more easily into your day.  OR-
  2. You could go down to only 2 small priorities each time period.  If you have a bunch of kids, they all nap at different times, or you are shuttling kids back and forth to a lot of classes, schools, activities, doctors appointments, etc., then by all means, trim your list.

If you decide to do this, then I highly recommend you do not choose any cleaning tasks for this particular priority list.  These things should be things you do for yourself, to give yourself a small bit of extra TLC.  Cleaning, while highly important in the daily routine, does not count for self-care.

Give yourself the gift of mindfulness- time and patience and a trimmed-down to-do list!
A small gift… to yourself!

Give these little gifts to yourself

You’re at a point in your mom journey in which you need to be replenishing your soul, little bit by little bit.  If you are having trouble coming up with small things that you can use to really help yourself feel better, I highly recommend searching Pinterest, YouTube or the iTunes store for short meditation routines, or breathing exercises.  These are things you can do anywhere, at any time, when you have a spare second.  In line at Target, in the car, right before you fall asleep.  Give yourself the gift of a little bit of love.  You deserve it!

Just the beginning…

This is the first step to a fully built and customized daily routine but you have to start small so you don’t overreach and get overwhelmed.  We are still not adding things to the to-do list, that’s why you need to edit and re-evaluate if you didn’t pick the right tasks.  You shouldn’t feel like you’ve given yourself more work.  You should just feel like you’re slowing your day down and taking a little extra time for yourself.  It probably won’t be an overnight transformation, and that’s totally OK.  The goal is for you to feel like you are working towards some much-needed inner peace.  Any small step that gets you towards that finish line is a step in the right direction!

Don’t forget to download my freebie and then leave a comment or send me a message!  Tell me what your priorities are!  I want to hear what you’re doing to take back your day!  Good luck!