Monday Mantra | Less Hustle, More Rest

Monday Mantra | Less Hustle, More Rest

I am a very driven, goal-oriented person. Being productive and crossing things off of a to-do list fuels me and at the start of the new year, I look forward to setting some big, sometimes scary, goals and intentions for myself.

Having a baby at the start of the new year however, is requiring me to change my focus. My primary priority is my baby boy, my relationship with my partner, and our transition to a family of 3. I’m realizing that I need to invite more rest and less hustle into my life- a mindset that I’ve struggled with throughout most of my life.

But this season with our boy is fleeting and I don’t want to be so depleted that I can’t show up for him or our family any less than my best. Being his mama is the most important thing to me. So, that means I have to set aside my to-do list, my big lofty goals will take me longer to reach, and rest must be embraced as I let go of the hustle. It won't be easy and it will be a practice I come back to again and again along my journey in motherhood, but it's a necessity in this season of life that I have dreamt about for years.

Tell me, how are you incorporating more rest and a little less hustle into your new year?

6 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

6 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

I truly LOVE all of the holiday gift guides many of my favorite bloggers share this time of year. But in thinking about creating my own, I quickly realized that my gift guide would simply be a list of yoga pants, kombucha, and maybe a puppy- because let’s be honest, everyone wants a puppy for Christmas! So instead, I’m providing ideas to help you give back this holiday season by sharing 6 of my favorite organizations or causes and ways to give back to them.

Monday Mantra | Give Yourself Grace

Monday Mantra | Give Yourself Grace

I will be the first to admit that I expect a lot from myself and I have struggled with varying degrees of perfectionism throughout most of my life. And while these characteristics have served me in some ways they have also been very debilitating at times.

This pregnancy has taught me and continues to teach me with each passing day that I need to give myself grace. Not everything is going to get done and while I wish I could do ALL the things on my to-do list each day, there are some days that it’s just not going to happen. The laundry will pile up, ideas that excite me might continue to just be ideas, and pushing my wellness business forward while working my full-time job doesn’t always happen. And that is okay. I’m choosing to lean into grace and compassion for myself and letting the rest go.

So as you move into this season of not-enoughness while you scroll through your Pinterest and social feeds with perfectly decorated homes, the cutest little families in matching Christmas jammies, and 5-course holiday meals, know that you are not alone. And I hope you choose to give yourself grace as well because YOU are doing a great job, my love, even in those times you don’t always see it.


Monday Mantra | Say Yes to Connection

Monday Mantra | Say Yes to Connection

There has never been a time in my life that I’ve regretted making a connection with another person. Whether as small as sharing a smile with a complete stranger passing by or as big as the loving, compassionate relationships I share with my soul sisters and favorite guy, these connections are the reason for everything.

Deep within us we all want to be heard and ultimately loved, but that can only happen when you are willing to be vulnerable, opening your heart to the world around you, and are willing to say YES to connection. I’m not going to tell you that it will always be easy, and believe me I’ve only just begun stepping into my own truth and leaning into vulnerability, but the connections you will make with others when you do will be one of your greatest rewards in life.

Monday Mantra | Don't Let the World Tell You How To Live

Monday Mantra | Don't Let the World Tell You How To Live

Meeting the expectations of others, hustling to gain worthiness that is already inherent, and making decisions based on likes and followers is no way to live your life, my love. While it's easy to forget, you have the permission to let go of all that the world tells you to be and how to live your life, and instead, choose to shine brightly, letting go of the judgement and taking a path that is all your own. 

YOU are the only one that can share the gifts that are so uniquely yours, but you can only do so when you muffle all the outside noise. It won't be easy and believe me I struggle with it too, but your heart already knows the way and will guide you to a life filled with happiness if you let it.