Originally, it was all about balance. Yin-yangs and such.
Where I am right now, is standing at the bottom of a see-saw. I can feel myself needing to restore health, clarity, and fitness. Some say it's harder after the second baby, to "bounce back". It should be, right? Giving more to more kids, and of course there's only so much time in a week...
Before motherhood, I was concerned with my mental health, wondering if I was bipolar. Let's just say I strongly identify with my Zodiac sign, Gemini, and sometimes my emotions run like a rollercoaster. Through reflection and conversation during that time, I vowed to watch my intake (nutrition), my exhales (exercise), and my self-talk. Monitoring those things was a recipe for a more even-keeled Emily, which as a teacher and wife was important to me.
So I started running & making more salads with protein. I sat at the piano and I sang more (I don't talk mean to myself when making music- my teachers taught positivity), I spent time with good friends. I told those friends, that I needed to temper my mental state with time in the outdoors and good food. I told them I believed another alternative could be a prescription, but because I'm me, I didn't want to go that route.
Right now, I can feel myself needing to step onto the right track, wellness-wise. I need to keep stretching for more positivity and patience for Miss Josey Bean.
If you call and ask me, I'm going to say that we're good, because we are. In the grand scheme of things, I consider us lucky. In the day-to-day, I know I'd like to be in a better, healthier place and a more even-keeled mama & lover. Using my intuition, I know that I'll find my groove again.
>> Wake up & drink a big glass of water! Everyday! (It's amazing what a difference this makes)
>> More yoga. This just builds patience into my day.
>> Stop starting & stopping my day with Instagram all day long. Save it for later!
>> Just. no. more. gluten. Sure, there are plenty of articles naysaying gluten sensitivity. No matter what people & science are saying, it's a trigger food for me. Lately, I've been tired and sluggish because I've let it creep all the way back into my daily diet.
>>Strive for more cycles in life- creating rituals & routines to love together, like running with one girl or the other, like going to Morning Melodies at Coffee Traders, and sharing healthy meals.
>> Work balance. I need to be carving out space for work blogging for Boat Co, and for finding another source of income. Ideally, at least one source will be musical, so pianoing everyday (even just a little bit) needs to be part of the routine, too.
>>Take it one piece at a time. I tend to look big-picture and get overwhelmed by all the can-dos, should-dos, and how I'm not doing them. Instead of getting overwhelmed, my intention is to utilize the time I have wisely.
I love writing goals, releasing them from spinning in my brain. Sharing with others gives a bit more credibility, too. Do you have any November goals? Do share!
***Also..... notice the NEW HEADER here?! What do you think? I decided to FINALLY share our commissioned piece the phenomenal Courtney Blazon! She drew the piece before Eliza was born, and we just love it so much. You'll be hearing more about Courtney here as our Grows Feature coming up.
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