Okay people. Let’s take a break from Whole30 for a minute, because I know you aren’t all here for that. Let’s talk about me. I’m allowed, because it’s my blog. Here goes.
I get asked a lot how I “Do it all.” I don’t. What I DO, is prioritize. Heavily. All the time. I’m constantly re-evaluating and deciding what things are the most important, and I focus my time and energy on those things. That will be different for everyone. For me, it consists of : my marriage, my children, God, myself, and blogging. Within those categories, other things come into play. For example: I bake bread and make healthy meals because I want to help my family be healthy and be a good example to others, and I want to share it through this blog. So I make it a priority to bake and write and take pictures of things I am doing.
I cut out the unnecessary as much as possible, and I say NO if I can’t do something. I am not a people pleaser – if I honestly know something will interfere with my top priorities listed above, I don’t do it. I have learned lately that life is only going to get more hectic and will require me to whittle things down even more.
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a post from someone I follow on instagram – the Money Saving Mom. She has a fabulous website full of ideas on budgeting, coupons, and life management. She came out with an online course called, “Makeover Your Mornings.” I was instantly intrigued. I have always known that if I could get my act together first thing in the morning, my entire day would run more smoothly. So I bought the course ($17 WELL spent) and started that night. It’s broken up into 14 days of lessons and short videos. It takes 10-15 minutes for me to get through each day.
Let me just tell you, reading and listening to this course has re-affirmed everything I have ever thought. It’s been incredible. The author, Crystal Paine, has put into an easy to use format the keys to making your life run more smoothly. Her tips are practical and DOABLE. I was already putting into place some of these things, but having someone lay it all out for me in baby steps has helped me so much.
I just had someone ask the other day how I wake up at 5 a.m. and it’s partly due to Whole30, waking up feeling great and ready to go – but there is a difference between waking up at 5 a.m., and actually accomplishing things at 5 a.m. The accomplishing part comes from this course- putting into action my goals and the things I want most out of my day.
Now I have each day prioritized so that I am not just waking up and wandering around for an hour – I am focused on those things that make my day go better – exercise and spiritual studies. When I get those things done first thing in the morning, EVERYTHING goes better.
There was a time in my mothering where I wondered if I was being selfish by prioritizing my workouts so much. I have come to learn that it’s not selfish – it’s something that makes me a better wife and mother. I am happier, healthier (obviously) and have the energy I need to spend more quality time with my family because I take that time each day to exercise. The same goes for spending time on my spiritual growth. Those things for me make all the difference. They enable me to do all the things that I do!
I don’t make crafts or take my kids on lots of fun outings. I don’t bake fancy cupcakes or sew my kids’ clothes or decorate my house . . . at all. But I have found some things I do well, and am focusing on doing them better all the time. No one is perfect, no one is supermom, no one will get it right all of the time. BUT, there are things that we can do to help us get where we want to be, or to improve a little bit right now.
I hope I don’t sound like an infomercial, but I truly loved this simple course and wanted to share with EVERYONE! If you are looking for a change, or want to feel less stressed and hectic, try it. It doesn’t take much time and is well worth the effort.
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