Friends, it’s taken me a bit to get to this important post this month, but here it is.
All year long we’ve been focusing on living with intention, making our time on this earth really count.
We’ve covered organization, friendship, clarity, and growth, and now, mid-year, we’re looking at ourselves.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Live Focused–May is the Month for YOU:
(Here I am, enjoying my very first butterbeer. . . a dream.)
We’re all busy, this I know for sure.
But when was the last time you really took time for you? When have you recently carved out time in your schedule for doing something that you truly love to do?
If you’re not sure or you can’t remember, then it’s time to make a change.
And if you’re rolling your eyes and feeling defeated before you even begin, then you really, really need to make a change. Because you know what? It’s okay to take care of ourselves. In fact, it’s a necessity.
It’s just that often it seems like we’re moving at such superhuman speeds that we can’t find the time.
Here’s this month’s printable to add to the others. Use it.
Here’s the May printable to add to your other #livefocused printables: live focused printable may 2015
(If you choose to share this printable–and we hope you do!–please link to this post instead of the attachment page. Thank you!).
Identify your anchors.
What’s holding you back from doing what you really love? These are the ‘anchors’ that are keeping you stuck in place–and anchors come in all shapes and sizes.
Is your anchor time? You can’t find enough of it to do what you want?
Is your anchor money? You feel like there’s no extra money in the budget for you to ‘splurge’ on things for you.
Is your anchor fear? Exhaustion? Confusion? Frustration? Embarrassment?
Really, there are a million anchors–a million reasons–for you to not do what you’d like.
But there are double that many reasons for you to do more of what you like.
The number one reason to do more of what you like is that you will feel better and do better when you take time out for you. Okay, so that’s two reasons. But whatever. You get what I’m saying.
My good friend Jessica Turner’s Fringe Hours is an incredibly helpful resource for women who are trying desperately to reclaim time. To find something for themselves in that time. To carve out even minutes during the day to do what they love, even when there’s a pile of laundry to be folded and bathrooms to clean.
Jessica created a Fringe Hours Manifesto that you should consider printing and keeping close:
You can print the Fringe Hours Manifesto here: Manifesto-Printable
(If you choose to share this information–and we hope you do!–please link to this post instead of the attachment page. Or go ahead and visit the Fringe Hours page directly. Thank you!).
If you haven’t found a copy of The Fringe Hours, you can grab one from Amazon or from DaySpring. And definitely check out Jessica’s Fringe Hours site for the awesome Time Tracker, wallpapers for your phone, and more.
Good news– DaySpring is having a rockstar Memorial Day sale– 25% off entire purchase with code 25MEMORIAL. (Treat yourself to the book and some of the other awesome products like notepads and journals!)
Remember what you love to do.
It’s hard, especially when you’re in the throes of life, to sometimes even know what you love to do. I get it.
I remember, when Maddy, Owen, and Cora were young, feeling like the only thing I ever wanted to do with my free time was sleep. Like close my eyes and rest. I was that tired.
But once I started running, doing yoga, writing this blog (really!), things turned around. I had more energy. I felt a renewed zest for life. I rediscovered the spring in my step. I was a better mom, a better wife, a better friend and daughter.
This month, take time to figure out–or remember–what you love to do. We’ll give you some good ideas as a starting point.
- Taking an at-home cooking class– one of the courses offered by Craftsy
- Trying a new walking path in your neighborhood. I love Map My Run, but they also have Map My Walk!
- Building a raised bed garden.
- Joining a gym. Most gyms offer free classes. Find one that’s close to you! Anytime Fitness, Gold’s Gym, or Planet Fitness
- Joining a book club.
- Learning how to take natural-light portraits.
- Trying Toastmasters.
- Teaching your friends (or your spouse) some skill you have that they don’t.
- Learning how to make Rose’s Heavenly Cookies.
- Challenging yourself with a Tough Mudder.
- Doing somecreative quilting with your walking foot.
- Joining the Junior League.
- Starting a blog.
- Rock some handmade cards with vibrant stamping.
- Getting into health & fitness coaching.
- Selling essential oils?
Do something for you. Really. It’s okay.
I’m no expert–believe me, I didn’t write the book on this–but I can tell you what I’ve done for me that’s made me really happy in the recent past:
1. I’ve just recently tried Stitch Fix. And I love it.
My second ‘fix‘ came today, and Maddy turned to me and said, Mom, I love how happy you are when your Stitch Fix.
She’s right. I am happy.
What is it? Stitch Fix is like having a personal shopper–really–where five items are sent to you, and you can keep or send the items back. It’s AWE-some. You pay $20 a month, and you fill out a detailed description of your style. Then your items land on your doorstep.
Jewelry, handbags, tops, skirts, dresses, tanks–it’s awesome.
2. I started doing Beachbody–the 21 Day Fix and PiYo. And I love it.
I tried the PiYo DVDs last year because I’ve been a longtime fan of pilates and yoga. And I even tried Beachbody Shakeology and after a bit of trial and error, I really came to like it.
More importantly, though, I feel so much stronger for it.
And the cool thing is that several of my friends are working hard as Beachbody coaches–guiding people to better health and fitness and getting paid for it. Awesome.
Smart women working hard–changing lives and earning some extra money.
3. I started using essential oils. For real. (Don’t laugh.) And I love it.
I’m sure you have friends or family members who are into the essential oil thing. And if you don’t, well then, we should talk. . . (cough).
I’m kidding. Kind of.
But essential oils are simply ‘natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.’
Take a minute to check out my little ole essential oil page; know that the videos are super helpful. Though I’m not a full-fledged oil expert, I have been using them with my family for about six months. We’ve seen some really great changes.
I’ll write more about them later, but I really just like having options when someone in our family isn’t feeling 100%. I like the excitement of looking up the ailment in our essential oil guide, trying the oil, and experiencing results.
I like that there is an oil for just about everything–anxiety, stress, indigestion, pain, and insomnia. I like that the oils can be ingested, infused, or used topically. I like that there are boatloads of supports out there for newbies to this world, and I like that so many women are making a killing selling them.
I like that you can buy them at really reasonable prices, so even if you aren’t sure about them, you can give a few a try and not break the bank.
Oh friends. Let’s get this started.
Here’s to hoping that you do end up carving some time for YOU this month. Please tell me where, when and how you’re doing it and remember that each person who shares his or her successes is an inspiration for everyone else!!
Are you in? Let me know, friends. I need to know I’m not walking alone on this journey!
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- tweet this: I am ready for some ME TIME this month! Join @teachmama and me: #livefocused
- tweet this: I am psyched to join @teachmama in her #livefocused 2015 adventure! Join me: http://ctt.ec/warK2+
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- tweet this: Make this year COUNT. Get focused. Live intentionally. http://ctt.ec/aq9Vy+ #livefocused @teachmama
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