Easter and spring are a time of renewal and growth. There is something about this time of the year that feels so exciting and full of possibilities. It is a great time to reflect on our habits, specifically cultivating habits that support our goals and enable us to live a richer and fuller life. It’s likely that most of us have some habits that serve us and some that don’t. I always say that it is much less daunting to add some healthy habits in rather than focusing on taking things away. Here is a list of what I am hoping to bring into my life this season:
Historically, I have been really bad at chilling out. I judge myself a lot for time that is not spent doing things that I label as productive. You can probably guess what can happen as a result of this. Without giving ourselves time to rest and recover (sans guilt!), we end up burning out and sabotaging our efforts. The older I get, the more I realize that our life operates on a continuum. It’s not a sprint to the finish. It goes up and down and here and there and that’s ok! Some days we hustle, some days we drink wine and take a 4 o’clock nap. The beauty is in the balance.
I have been loving spending time outdoors lately. My hikes have been really fun! I’m leaping over streams, jogging down the mountain, literally stopping and smelling the roses and feeling like a kid. I’m looking forward to some ocean swimming this summer and trying a new activity….stand up paddleboarding maybe? Have you guys tried it?! This is the summer I plan to tackle SUP yoga. Stay tuned and be ready to laugh out loud.
3. New (Fresh) Foods
I don’t generally eat a lot of processed food if I can help it, but I feel like I need to branch out and try some new fruits and veggies. I tend to stick to the same stuff which is fine, but booooring. Steve and I subscribe to the Blue Apron meal delivery service and the thing I like most about it is that we can try different things. I never knew how good roasted fennel was until it was sent in one of our baskets. Now I order fennel whenever I can at restaurants. I’m also learning new and different ways to prepare foods that add flavor and make it easier (and more importantly, enjoyable) to eat healthy.
I’m trying to read as much as I can these days! I go back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. Latest reads were Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Both were great and very different. In a few weeks, I’ll do a book post and we can share what we are reading! I always appreciate great book recommendations, especially in preparation for the summer season of travel and leisure. Right now, I’m reading Embody written by Connie Sobczak. Connie started The Body Positive (bodypositive.org) with Elizabeth Scott and I am attending their training in Berkeley, CA in May. I’m so excited and promise to share what I learn with all of you! Embody is an amazing read that highlights the values behind the work that Connie and Elizabeth do, and that I hope to do in the future.
I know I’m not alone here. My inner critic can be really obnoxious sometimes and just won’t leave me alone. I often hear that voice saying “you’re not enough” that makes me second guess myself and the path that I am on. We are works in progress and deserve to treat ourselves with the same tender love and care that we offer our friends and loved ones. I’m trying to break free from from back and white thinking and find peace with the fact that I am not perfect, but I am enough.
What are you all going to add into your life this spring? What have you been wanting more of?
Cheers to growth, renewal and a richer and fuller you!