self-care

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?

The One New Year's Resolution I Won't Be Setting and Why You Shouldn't Either

The One New Year's Resolution I Won't Be Setting and Why You Shouldn't Either

While the holidays bring lots of joy and cheer as you spend time with family and friends, they also provide an abundance of indulgent sweet treats, all of your favorite delicious eats that only your mom can make taste so good, and maybe a few too many adult drinks. With the new year less than a day away, you’ve likely been hearing and seeing all sorts of messaging telling you about all the “’bad” decisions you’ve made during the holidays and how the new year is right around the corner for you to turn it all around, leaving you feeling nothing other than guilty for indulging while enjoying your festive fun.

So what are you to do but buy-in to the messaging of the food and wellness industry that plays on your guilt, and begin planning out your diet in the new year and the extra time you’ll be spending at the gym and on the treadmill as a means to burn off those extra calories?

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Holidays

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During the Holidays

With Christmas just a few days away, the hustle and bustle of the holiday is in full swing, leaving little, maybe even no time, for rest and relaxation. Between the list making while checking it twice, gift buying, wrapping, decorating, card sending, feast prepping, and let’s not forget, a partridge in a pear tree, on top of your day to day responsibilities, you may be finding you’ve become the last thing on your list. This disconnection from yourself and your needs will only leave you feeling frazzled and depleted long before the ball drops as you ring in the New Year. So why not take some steps to care for yourself this holiday?

Wonderful Weekend

Wonderful Weekend

Happiest of happy Fridays, friends! This first week of school with kiddos has got me feeling a little bit like a crazy person, so I am beyond grateful the weekend is in sight! I’m sharing a few ways I plan to relax and take care of myself this weekend, while also fitting in a few fun things I plan to do over the next couple of days.

This weekend, I am looking forward to…

Redefining my Relationship with Rest

Redefining my Relationship with Rest

We live in a culture that glamorizes stress and the state of being busy, and by no means am I an exception to falling victim to this glamorization. I’ve spent years being busy and when others ask how things are going, I can’t remember a time in which, “Busy,” wasn’t my automatic response. This state of busyness and rushed pace of living has become my normal state of being. And while it looks impressive from the outside, I’m always the first to lose, as it requires me to compromise- whether in self-care, relationships, or the energy I’m able to put forth to any one endeavor.