A busy time is the time to slow down
This week I am going to slow down. My daughter and I were counting how many days straight she has had dance. 13 days in a row. This was during testing and exams at school as well. The past two days were her recitals, which made a momma (me) so proud. I help backstage for one of the shows. I witness the dancers excitement, dilemma's, quick-fixes, quick-changes and relief. Then I watch one of the shows the next day and sit back and know what hard work has gone into the recital over the last few months. There are so many people involved in making it happen; teachers, dancers, staff and volunteers. It's a beautiful program and the girls come out of it so proud and happy to have been involved, and excited for the next one near the holidays.
Schedule down time during busier weeks
Needless to say, we've been on the go constantly. I want nothing more than to slow down. And with the end of the school year nearing, there are still so many activities ahead. We looked back today and said, "we did it!" There's so many things that didn't get done, mainly household duties, but we can say we did all the things that needed to get done.
Even though busy times still lay ahead, we are going to slow down intentionally. We need the rest and rejuvenation. This week we are looking to slow down, all the way through Mother's Day.
If you want to focus your intent to slow down, include activities in your day that help you do that, whether it be walks, yoga, the gym or even knitting or drawing. Find a place and a time to make sure your day and your mind both slow down.
Here's to blessings of busy-ness, but also the blessing of knowing when to slow down.
Enjoy your week. xo
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i have a week coming up that's going to be busier than most. i've made sure i'm ready in the stocking-groceries and laundry departments. i'm also making sure i stay energized. i'm upping the vegetable intake with raw vegetables. as we speak, i have containers of vegetables ready for the next few days.
thank goodness i love raw vegetables. i'm actually looking forward to it. i'm also trying it without the slacking-off part.
monday intent: be a cow and eat a lot of raw vegetables. i got this. i'll still indulge in starbucks or chocolate. i'm just going to really offset them with healthy foods.
I'll tell you if it works. 🙂 I hope you are still with me. Work on some sort of intention each week for your own self-care. R for me was going to be to start running again (from forever ago). I even bought a new pair of running shoes. But my body says: "no. i'm good with you walking. let's just walk." And me being the good listener, i say, "no problem. it's getting hot outside anyways." Thank goodness i love walking. Good luck on your own intentions this week.
plan your intentions with my free daily planner as well: HERE
look at my r blog in 2016 for r is for reorganizing here
q is for quiet. if you read my post last week, you know that my daughter has dance six days a week right now (to prepare for her recital). that means we're in the car a lot after school is out. it means a quick dinner somewhere and homework squeezed in between school, dance and bed.
quiet the busy
quiet is time needed to rejuvenate, even if we do it together. nearby one another while she does her homework while i'm in the kitchen. sometimes we'll lay quietly next to each other watching TV. i'll take quiet walks that will most likely involve louder music. lol. but pressing for quiet moments among the busier, hectic days will help us get through them in sync, ready to take them on.
q is a hard one, but making sure that we experience thought-inducing moments together during those stressful days and weeks is important in reaching the other side of the week in tact. it means being more simplistic and calm. i can feel it already. 🙂
my previous abc blog letter q was for quiet your mind, and it is one of my most favorite blogs. it's perfect reading to go along with this current blog. enjoy it here.
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p is for poo-poo planning. no over planning this week. not in ALL areas. especially as a teacher, my planning is a must. but i took a day off recently and it felt so good to not plan much. it was a beach day and after that, anything went. it was super relaxing, fun and peaceful.
i plan my day out almost daily. structure and rigidness is needed, especially for me; the procrastinator. but it sure feels good not to plan anything sometimes. poo-poo planning might mean that nothing gets done. if nothing gets done, it might be a very relaxing day. so be it.
so this week, even though my daughter has dance six of the seven days, i'll be poo-poo planning at home. i will do what i feel like doing once i'm home. some days that might be cleaning. some days it might include a few episodes of chip and joanne, popcorn and a coke, even if it's not the weekend. so sue me. lol.
rebelling against routine is not the worst, and sometimes it can be the best idea ever. planning? no, thanks. panning the planning for the week. 🙂
my 2016 abc blog: p is for moms being pack leaders. if you're a mom, you are a pack leader. love and nurturing and keeping our babies safe is an instinctual thing and acting like a mother wolf is the most natural thing in the world. if you're doing it, you're doing it right. find it here.
AND if you like organization, here's my book to help you with organizing your home, heart and head. it was a fun summer for me when i wrote it.
o is for open-minded. for me that means trying not to answer or respond to my daughter without first taking some time to reflect on what i'm going to say. being open-minded to a new way of answering and her way of thinking. i get in this sing-song rhythm of answering or responding sometimes. especially when i'm tired or in a rush. open-minded means listening and then thinking, and THEN responding.
i have an ex that i talk to on the phone on occasion. we rarely become angry with one another (anymore...lol), but it's easy to fall into that quick reaction in a conversation with him. the old ways don't work anymore. mostly because we're not married anymore. now i try to remind myself that i'm talking to an acquaintance, and how would i respond to them? there's still so much personal stuff attached to an ex, especially when you have kids together, but there's no reason you can't be civil, and adult-like with each other. 🙂
open-minded means slowing down and listening, thinking and saying something else that's not always at hand. instead of saying the first thing that comes to mind (a.k.a., the easiest thing), there's gotta' be something better. finding it and using it leads to a new direction of thinking.
o can be many things, so be open-minded. you'll think of something. 🙂
my previous 2016 abc blog on o is for optimum. i like it. it's a good reminder. find it here. here is an excerpt: "How much do you do in your life that you can label as "optimum?" I've been thinking about it for awhile and my answer would be nothing. When I eat, it's not optimum to my health every single time. When I exercise, I could do much better. When I clean? lol." continue reading here!
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i've been doing something totally unlike me for the sake of nutrition. i've been bringing a snack to work lately. that's not unusual but what's unusual for me is that it's a container of fresh, raw vegetables. i eat them straight out of the container and when i do it i feel like a barn animal because who does that?! but i'm finding ways to sneak in healthier snacks (in between the not so healthy snacks). to not lose interest in nutrition, it has to be vegetables that i like. but now i'm finding i need to change it up on occasion to prevent boredom of the same ones.
vegetables over fruit
i like vegetables more than fruit so it's an easy choice. i think i'd eat more fruit if i didn't like chocolate so much. i think my sweet tooth is OVER satisfied so when someone says fruit, i might say, nah, too sweet.
vegetables are bland when you aren't seasoning and cooking them but it's not end of all awful. if i think of them as healthy for my insides, it's no big deal to eat a container full.
i've been eating radishes, carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower raw. there isn't much flavor but when you talk about health, flavor isn't as important, as long as it doesn't taste bad (you know, like brussel sprouts). unless of course, you like brussel sprouts.
intentions for the week: find ways to eat nutritious foods, and in the highest context. a.k.a. minus the seasonings and fats. THEN i can have my french fries. 🙂
My previous ABC blog was n for nurture. it was a longer blog but a reminder of how important nurturing is to our physical selves. find it here.
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music is such a part of my life. i think it began when i was very young. my dad would play his hifi stereo music loud late at night after my sisters and i went to bed.
i was in an upstairs bedroom and the music would travel through the house up through the floors and in through my bones as i slept. so many years later, i can remember the songs. music was such a part of my young life because of his love for it. it lulled me to sleep so many nights in that muffled, heavy bass kind of way.
sometimes i find myself sluggish when it comes to getting something done around the house. i stop what i'm doing to plug myself into my music, and off i go.
so "m" is music for me in a big way. it motivates me, inspires me and entertains me. the Ipod so many years ago to me was the best invention EVER. now i can carry thousands of songs with me in my phone everywhere i go, especially on my walks.
so for "m," i will remind myself to plug in when i feel like sitting down for the day. i can then push myself a little bit longer to get a further along on my tasks at hand.
i hope you have been making your weekly intention habitual and that it has moved you forward in the way you'd like it to. i keep many of these in the back of my mind daily. i can pick and choose what works best for the day. i'm not doing all of them at once, (A - M) but i definitely have choices of daily intentions to pick from. good luck with yours!
my 2016 post for m was making memories last. i enjoyed creating this blog since it is about journaling and i love to journal! find the blog here.
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L is for Love it
This week my intent is to make sure I'm doing something special each day, and that i love it. Some days that might be something as simple as having a Starbucks iced-chai-latte. Other days it could be a walk on the beach or dinner out.
When I'm planning my day in my head, usually while I'm in the shower, I think ahead to the days' events and projects. I will also decide what activity I will include in my day. One that I will love doing. I'll begin my day looking forward to something special later.
Always having something in my day to look forward to is like that Taco Tuesday idea. Looking forward and being excited about my day makes for a more festive and rewarding day.
To loving it, and enjoying it! L opens up all sorts of choices but I hope you love your day and week no matter your choice. xo
My daily planner literally allows you to plan only one day at a time. With one page at a time. It helps you live in the moment and the day. You enter tasks and activities you want to accomplish during the day. It also asks for your ideal meals to keep yourself accountable, and any exercise you will do. There are other things to list, but it's a planner that you fill out each night for five minutes before bed. You can go to sleep feeling in order and having things under control. I use it and feel accomplishment when my head hits the pillow each night. The days that I don't use it, either by forgetting to or by falling out of habit, I feel I've shorted myself. You can find it on Amazon here.
And my previous blog from 2016 on L for Look for the Lessons is here.
Keep it Karma
K is a hard letter and limited my choice of K words, but keep it karma is a feel-good choice. Karma to me isn't about paybacks, but about allowing karma to do its thing and remembering that we all have karma and that we continuously create it.
How I create karma is something I send out into the world, or universe, and eventually it does come back. It's not the only reason we should make sure we are doing good in our lives, but it is a good reason to make sure we are. The more good in the world creates more positive in the world. It's why watching news is something I do very rarely. The effect it has on me is negative, kind of like roller coasters. ha. Since I don't enjoy the feeling of roller coasters, I shouldn't do them. And that's the same with our actions.
Cook up some good karma today, or a really good k choice. 🙂
And yes, I know I'm late, but i feel like you have the hang of it now. See you next Monday! xo
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My K word for my 2016 blog was Kick the Crap to the Curb. You can read it here.
J is for Just Dance
My intent for this week is to Just Dance. I've been busier than normal and sometimes it stresses me out, but if I remind myself that if I just dance through it, I WILL get to the other side of it and be through it.
It's a good reminder to not take myself so seriously. There's problems others have that are much worse than my busy days, and I can instead be thankful that I am depended on and needed.
Put up your mirror reminder
I foresee the note on my mirror to say, just dance through it, which could also mean, don't worry so much. Carrying worries around is pretty useless because most of them don't come to life and therefor they soak up unnecessary energy I could be using for something else.
So my intent, my focus, is to not focus on the hard, but to focus on the good.
I also wrote the same idea in my 2016 ABC Blog, and I will share that below under J is for Just Dance. It is good advice worth repeating. I am also including below all my 2016 ABC Blogs if you have time for a good read today.
Another way to translate "just dance"
D = Don't argue
A = Accept the situation
N = Nurture yourself
C = Creative problem-solving
E = Enjoy the moment
"A" is for accepting your present existence
"B" is for be you
"C" is for create
"D" is for do
"E" is for eating and exercising
"F" is for free to choose
"G" is for grit
"H" is for higher
"I" is for intelligence preservation
"J" is for just dance
"K" is for kick crap to the curb
"L" is for look for the lesson
"M" is for Making Memories Last
"A" through "M" summary to Better Choices
"N" is for Nurture
"O" is for optimum
"P" is for moms are pack leader
"Q" is for quiet your mind
"R" is for reorganizing
"S" is for simplifying
"T" is for being your own teacher
"U" is for utilizing 5 tools we already own
"V" is for visualize your day
"W" is for walking
"X" is for eXpect good things
"Y" is for saying yes, sometimes
"Z" is for a zillion choices
Enjoy and good luck with your J word intent this week~ xo