Four New Habits I’m Going to Work on Starting NOW

Oh hi there.  It’s been a while.  I won’t bore you with the details of why I haven’t written in a long time or make any promises about the future of Cultivating Habits, but I will tell you why I’m writing today.

I was out for a walk on my lunch break today (first week back at work after mat leave what what) and I got to thinking about all the things  I’d like to start incorporating into my daily routine.  Habits, if you will, that I would like to start….cultivating, you could say 😉

And I thought about how awesome if felt when I started Cultivating Habits and how this blog really, honestly, did help me to make some really positive changes in my life.

So I have a plan.

A plan I’m pretty excited to share with you.

The Plan

So in regards to the things I want to do, I think I can neatly categorize them in four areas: fitness, nutrition, home/family, and self-care.

My plan is going to be this: each week I’m going to chose one thing to do in each of these categories, and I’m gonna dewit.  All week long.

And then the following week I’ll do something different.  That doesn’t mean I’ll give up on the past thing, I’ll just decide then if it’s a sustainable one, or if it’s one that I need to maybe tweak.

This Week

So today is Thursday and I’m really not a fan of starting things mid-week, so this one is going to go for a week and a bit and then new things will come into the mix every Monday.  Or maybe new ones will just start on Thursdays – WOULDN’T THAT BE CRAZY!?

So here we go…this week I’m going to…

  • Fitness: do something active every day at lunch.  I bought a gym class pass here at work, so I have some classes I plan to go to.  And when there isn’t a class I plan to either go to the gym (HA!) or go for a walk (wayyyy more realistic).
  • Nutrition: drink a green smoothie every morning.  Danny and I are gonna do this together – great way to get in the greens and the kids can have one too.  Today I picked up some Vega Vanilla green protein stuff, so I’ll give that a try.
  • Home: no yelling at the kids.  Does that make me sound like a horrible mom?  This morning I yelled at Nathan (he’s 3.5) because I didn’t manage my time well and he refused to put on his pants and we were running super late.  I felt guilty and awful and it just wasn’t a good way to start the day.  So I’m going to notice my emotions and frustrations and just take a moment when I feel myself getting close to being ‘yelly mom’ (who is not as much fun as the name would suggest)
  • Self-Care: meditate every day for 10 minutes.  This helps me soooooo much to regulate my emotions and just feel calm and centered and all things happy.  I think the best time for me to do this is after Nathan is in bed – well, after he’s stopped coming out of his room 17 times before I have to tell him very sternly ‘it’s bedtime’.

Oh boy that seems like I lot. I”m going to have to write all this down somewhere to remind me.

Oh and obviously I’ll be keeping myself accountable by writing about it here.

But WOOOHOOO.  Are you as excited as I am!!????

I’m also thinking of reviving my Facebook page or maybe starting an instagram account for this…..I don’t really go on FB that much anymore and I don’t know if I can be bothered to post there.  Hmmm…..I’ll let you know and then you can follow along.

And if wanna do this with me, then, well let’s do it.  So if you have any things that you want to start doing let me know and we’ll TOTALLY DO IT.

 

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Taking Time to Myself

I got up early this morning.  My sweet baby girl (who is six months old today!) did a six hour stretch last night, which is a vast improvement compared to recent nights, so I too got a little more sleep.  I tried to fall back asleep after the 5:30 am wakeup but I felt restless.  So instead of tossing and turing I decided to get up, do some yoga and enjoy some quiet time to myself.

I wish I could do this every morning.

I miss my yoga practice. And early morning sessions always remind me of the three weeks I spent in Costa Rica a lifetime ago doing my yoga teacher training.  We were up, on our mats at 6 am every day.  The air was cool but humid.  I would wake to the sound of howler monkeys and make my way silently to the yoga shala atop a little hill overlooking the lush rainforest.  At the end of the class we’d lay in savasana awaiting the sound of the conch which meant it was breakfast time.  Breakfast was often had in silence and we would all sit an enjoy our food and much awaited coffee.  I remember feeling so much gratitude and love.  I felt so alive those mornings.  I came back home wanting to continue an early morning practice, but it just wasn’t the same.

Once my sweet baby girl starts sleeping better (god, please be soon!!) I am going to make this my new ritual.  I need time to myself every day, and not at the end of the day when I’m exhausted and filled with all of the feelings of the day.  Taking care of a toddler and a baby is not easy.