This mama is tired. I’ve gotten tired of saying I’m tired. I feel like that’s an everyday thing. Anyone else?
I’m not sure if this is what motherhood and adulthood feel like, but I’m fairly sure I wasn’t helping myself out either. I’m edging closer to 40 everyday (I honestly can’t believe that’s a thing) and things weren’t going to magically change on their own. If I didn’t start making small changes, I wasn’t going to be as productive as I needed to be. For some unknown reason, it’s frowned on to have naps during work hours. 🙂
Get Rid Of Things – Just Do It
I started watching way to many minimalism YouTube videos over holiday break, and while I will never be what someone would call a minimalist, several things resonated with me.
Think of your items as inventory. Do you know what you have? Do you know where it is? Is it serving a purpose? Most of my answers were no.
“Maybe I have that thing I used to have. Maybe I don’t. I have no idea where it is. It’s easier to just go buy a new one. “
It should take as much energy to put something away as it does to leave it out. *Looking around at piles of clothes I didn’t have the energy to fight with other clothes to put away.
I started peeling away at the onion. Not getting rid of everything at once, but going through each room once. Removing things that are just there with absolutely no purpose. Then when I was ready, peeling back the second onion layer and so on.
It’s not something that has to be done at one time. It really is a process. I have discovered a few things during this process.
- I don’t miss anything I have gotten rid of.
- I can actually find things I am looking for.
- I don’t have to spend as much time and energy completing tasks around the house.
Take Care of You (and your skin)
Masks are here. I don’t know how long that will be but my face isn’t taking it well. I’ve noticed the older I get, the more sensitive my skin has become. Years of living in Florida haven’t been kind… but I haven’t done the best I can taking care of it either.
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Whatever area you are looking to improve, take those small baby steps. A year from now you will be happy you started when you did.
Set Small Goals
I’ve been wanting to learn something new for years. Hand lettering. It looks so relaxing and creative. I never made it a priority. I never took those steps to actually learn it. It was something I just always said I wanted to learn how to do someday. Why did I keep waiting? It wasn’t like it was going to magically happen.
What was the first thing I needed to do to get started? Get a practice book? That’s easy enough.
Ordered it. Once step closer. Then what was my next step? Open the first page and start.
I waited almost 5 years for this? WHY???
I made a small step toward something bigger, and it felt great. Now I make a date with myself to sit down and practice. To work on something for ME. Not for my kids, not for my husband, not for my friends. For ME. It’s hard to set that time aside, but since I’ve taken so many other small steps…I can take another small step and just sit down to put in the work.
Drink More Water
Annoying right? You hear everyone say it but it’s true.
I felt terrible yesterday. I was tired, I was cranky and all I wanted to do was letdown and watch a rom-com on Netflix. But something I’ve been paying attention to is why I’m feeling specific ways. As I went through the list of why I was feeling that way – I realized I had no water all day. I had plenty of coffee, but no water.
I made myself get up and get a big glass of ice water and within 20 minutes my mood had changed. I felt better. During the work wee it is easy for me to grab a water as I’m walking out the door for work but difficult for me to remember to drink it when I’m at home. Incorporating it into my routine has made such a difference during the day.
Plan ALL. THE. THINGS.
Something else I have learned about myself. If I don’t have a list to follow, or an end goal in mind I do absolutely nothing to move forward.
I will sit and look around like I have absolutely no idea where to start. Wasting time.
But if I know what I need to do, I can make a list of actionable steps and start working toward that. My kids and I sat down and made a vision board for the year. (Click here to read more about that) Once that was in place I could look at the things I wanted to get done and start incorporating those things into our week. Into my monthly planning. When I see what goals we are working toward and how we are getting closer to them, it gets me more energized to do more to make them happen.
They have become more of a priority instead of something I randomly think about while running errands. It’s funny that even some of the ones that I’m not currently planning seem to be coming together for us. I love the power of positive thinking and have seen a hugh difference in my pattern of thought when I focus on the positive.
No matter what season you are in in life… making these five small changes can dramatically increase your energy level and keep you motivated on those days that you might not feel as much energy as you would like. Small steps toward big goals.
We got this.
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