Annnd surprise, it’s December. Did it sneak up on you too? We just had our first snow yesterday in Chicago, and it was a nice little reminder that winter is officially here. Time to revisit my “get through the winter” strategy, because I’m already struggling over here.
It’s been a hectic month for us – I’m relieved the move is all over & done with. If you follow me on Insta, I’m sure you’ve seen some of my recent furniture purchases! I’m not going to lie, it’s been a very stressful few weeks as we’ve been slammed with chores & errands on top of the usual holiday craziness. Both Leo and I are missing the days where we slept in and watched TV all day. I forgot what it’s like to have nothing to do! Hopefully, we’ll be able to enjoy one of the days soon. In the meantime, I’m trying to take things one day at a time and stay sane.
Here are some articles from around the web that have helped me get through the stressful days this month. I hope they help you too!
Lately, I feel like I’m just going through the motions. Between preparing the new house for the move (UGH, nope…still hasn’t happened yet), packing up final things, and ramping up the busiest time of year at work, I nearly forgot about my birthday.
I turned 29 on Saturday. For some reason, this is the first year it’s hit me that 30 is RIGHT around the corner. I find myself looking back on my early twenties and thinking about how much things have changed. It’s funny how we automatically associate change with negative. I’ve caught myself romanticizing the past, remembering only the highs & not the lows. After doing some reflecting this weekend, I realized how much I’ve grown the last few years. That’s a positive, isn’t it?! I need to embrace what comes with stage of life. It’s amazing in so many ways, particularly the self awareness & confidence element that was non-existent at age 22. I’ve also learned to appreciate that there is a time and a place for everything…the people I’ve crossed paths with, decisions I’ve made, things I prioritized at different points in my life. They all happened for a reason. I know that sounds SUPER cheesy, but I truly believe it. Bottom line is, I’ve never felt so comfortable in my own skin, and that is definitely a perk that comes with getting older & wiser :).
Here are a few nuggets from across the web that have recently inspired & motivated me to be more present in this beautiful thing we call life.
It’s been quite the month for both Leo and I. We’ve had to make serious decisions at the new house, which included the stain of our hardwood floors, the tile we’re putting in our bathrooms, paint colors, kitchen backsplash..the list goes on! You don’t know this until you experience it, but making remodeling decisions is an energy suck. It’s overwhelming and can be exhausting at times. I’ve found that my willpower is at an all time low, and I’ve been skipping out on workouts and eating unhealthy. Everything will come together once we move in to the new place, but up until then, I need to get it together. My focus this month is to get back to my healthy habits, and re-energize. I need to take a step back and soak my surroundings…and just enjoy fall. Below are a few great reads that helped keep me grounded the last few weeks. Happy October 🙂
It has been a stressful month for me. Life always has it’s stresses, but this past month has topped most. We hosted visitors, closed on a house, had a significant amount of work travel, and now I’m packing for a move, preparing for my Greece trip, making major decisions at the new house – i.e. floor stain, paint colors, light fixtures…ahhh!
I’ve had more difficulty keeping my anxiety in check, but what’s helped me stay grounded is taking things one step at at time and trying to focus on the little things that I look forward to everyday…like my morning blueberries & yogurt (I know it sounds silly, but it’s the truth). It’s important to take time-outs, especially when the world around you is moving at lightening speed. I’ll be squeezing more yoga into my workout routine the next couple of weeks, while counting down the days to long hours on the beach #countdowntoGreece. Here are some good reads that have kept me going the past few weeks:
These past few months have been eventful (to say the least) both in my life and those of my friends. I don’t know if it’s the age we’re at, but it seems like we’re all going through pivotal moments in our lives. Most of my friends are on different wavelengths – some married with children (or expecting), others single and ready to meet new people. As I fall somewhere in-between, I’m starting to appreciate the variety of challenges & experiences we’re all going through. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how our lives have evolved the last 5-7 years, and what the future holds.
All of the sorrow & heartbreak in the news lately further escalates these emotions. Life can be overwhelming and scary, and sometimes the only thing you can do to get through change and hardship is take things day by day. Appreciate the present, be grateful for what you have and the loved ones around you. Nothing is permanent, and you have to accept that that applies to both the positive and negative. Live in the moment, and as they say…enjoy the little things in life, for some day you will look back and realize they were the big things.
I’ve been doing Bikram yoga more regularly the last couple of weeks, and I truly feel it has made an impact on my state of mind (in addition to the obvious benefits of stretching – which, truth be told, I need desperate help with). My mind is more relaxed, and it’s made it much easier to think through the things that have been stressing me out lately. It’s fascinating how much more you can accomplish when you have a clear, focused mind. My goal is to do one yoga class a week – let’s see how this goes…
I’ve been craving an outdoors-y trip as of late – this photo was taken on my trip to Zion National Park a few years back (pretty amazing, right?). There’s something to being out in the wild…you feel this peace and serenity you don’t get anywhere else. For those of us who can’t make a trip out to the wilderness anytime soon, there are ways to practice mindfulness amidst our busy lives. Here’s this month’s installment of Monday Mindfulness.
With the start of a new season, I think now is a great opportunity to take a step back and soak things in. Think about what you want to achieve in the next few months, reflect on the challenges you’re currently facing and the goals you’ve accomplished recently. Take some time to work on you – it’s the best investment you can make.
Hope you all had a great Super Bowl weekend. We celebrated ours with friends and tacos. Lots of food was consumed, per usual. Having people over yesterday made me realize that it’s nice to make something of a Sunday night, as opposed to just stressing over the start of a new week. Sunday counts as the weekend too…I need to start treating it that way. Anyway, after all the boozing and eating this weekend, let’s start off the week on the right track. Here’s this month’s installment of Monday Mindfulness.