Be Present: July

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If I accomplish nothing else this summer, I’m already calling it a success for making it through a 3 hour plane ride with a 3 month old without mess or fuss. Hallelujah! But honestly, June was a big month of milestones, and as much as I was nervous about everything that happened, I am so proud to have accomplished them. And so thankful that they happened. I am stronger, better, and more wise because of them.

July is going to be about settling in, taking adventures, and yet also, sitting back, letting my brain wander and dream, and truly relaxing and being present. My baby is already growing up so fast, and as much as there are some phases that I wish would be over already, I want to truly enjoy each and every moment before it disappears.

June in Review:

1. Enjoy the Summer.

This summer has been all about transition, and I’m thankful for a background in working from all sorts of places, which has made it much easier to keep my business thriving while navigating this season. So far, this has been a challenging yet rewarding month. More of the same is coming up in July, so I’ve got even more time to keep enjoying this season as much as possible.

2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.

This worked great when we were home, but traveling makes things harder. Especially when the point of this goal was some baby-free time. The beach does wonders for the soul, even with a tiny human attached to you, though. When in doubt, go smell the ocean air and dig your toes into the sand.

3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.

This has been going really well, though is still a work in progress. Trello, PowerSheets, and my go-to Simplified Planner have helped a TON.

4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. 

Running took a break since stress/hormones was impacting my milk supply. But yoga is my daily afternoon nap reprieve to get me through our current whining/clingy phase.

July Goals:

  1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.
  2. Outline two new work projects.
  3. Get out and explore.

Wishing you a beautiful month of simple joys and lasting memories. Happy Summertime!

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Friday Favorites: June

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Goal setting doesn’t always have to start January 1. Why not start fresh this summer? Or stop, take a breath, and revisit those goals you set and forgot about? June is a great mid year time to recharge and reset. Sit back, rest, enjoy each moment. Here are five inspiring articles to get you started on a mid year refresh, and five deliciously simple recipes to enjoy outside with friends and family this coming month. Happy Summer!

Neat:

  1. 5 Signs You Need a Technology Detox // Even if you manage screen time well, summer is a great time for an extended technology detox.
  2. Why Sunday Is the Most Important Day // One day of meal planning for a whole week of healthy eating without all the effort.
  3. Simplified Hospitality // Tips on how to love others well in your home. This podcast is also a great discussion on this topic. Go have someone over for dinner tonight!
  4. The Purposeful Home // On the subject of podcasts, this is one is great for working mamas. Simplicity makes it possible to be wonder woman, and these ladies are a great inspiration on my morning runs with the stroller to come home and start my workday strong.
  5. Only Love Today // Short reminders to choose love over busyness each day. As a new mama with a business to run, this has been extremely timely.

Nutritious:

  1. Healthy Garden Pasta Salad // The best way to do pasta salad – load up on the summer veggies!
  2. Summery Chipotle Corn Chowder // Creamy, rich, light, and perfect.
  3. Ultimate Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh // Light and bright and fresh.
  4. Southwest Roasted Potato Salad // All the flavors of summer, simply prepared to let the veggies shine.
  5. Vegan PB Cookie Dough Milkshakes // Because, BALANCE!

 

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Be Present: June

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Hello friends! Happy summertime! The past three months have been so full of adventures into the world of motherhood, and it’s been a hard, wonderful, sleepless, joy-filled time.  As I had every intention of being back to this space in May, I’ve spent a bit of time considering how I want to make the most of this space while still enjoying what I do, without pressure of being pulled in a million directions. So for now, fewer recipes, some weekly menus, more running and minimalist living, a sprinkle of life and food with a baby. And most definitely still goals! Even though I have not shared April or May goals, I did set some. A little progress, a lot of grace. But most of all, plenty of motivation and direction setting in this new season. Let’s jump right in!

March in Review:

1. Allow help. Say YES to offers and ASK when needed. (This is hard for me!)

I’ve definitely gotten better at saying yes to offers of helping, but asking is still so hard. Even with the husband. I sometimes just do it all without even thinking I don’t have to. But we’ve slowly worked out a rhythm that makes life with a baby much easier. Patience and time and lots of communication is key!

2. Go one ONE date with the husband. Even if it’s just a walk outside.

Thanks to Nana being in town each month, we’ve managed to actually go on a real date every single month, not just in March. Thanks, Mom!

3. Practice positive self talk and self-care every day.

After finally being cleared to workout after 8 weeks, being able to run and do yoga/core work has really helped with the positive self talk. The scale may not budge for a while due to the combination of breastfeeding and running hunger (pretty much starving 24/7!), but I feel 10 times better being able to get out and move more than walking around the block.

June Goals:

  1. Enjoy the Summer.
  2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.
  3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.
  4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. (loving Jasyoga right now!)