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I woke up late this Monday morning. I don’t go into work until 10, so I slept in until almost 7!
First part of the morning is a hot cup of pumpkin spiced coffee! I have reusable keurig cups from Amazon that I love. I add a dash of McCormick’s pumpkin pie seasoning for added fall flavor, then splash in some of my organic chai tea latte mix for even more added spice! Then top it all off with Nature’s Bliss coffee creamer. I get Nature’s Bliss oat milk creamer or Silk’s almond milk creamer from Lowe’s food store.
While I sip on my wonderful fall concoction, I watch some motivational videos on YouTube. I enjoy watching influencers’ day in the life videos, and pick up tips on how they get it all done and still find time for self care.
Next up, I write. I write in a gratitude journal, I write on the blog, and I write out a plan for the week… This girl’s life is down on paper in some form or fashion.
I spend extra time planning for the week ahead. I have found that this one small step is what sustains me for the next 7 days. I have a busy work week and not a lot of time to play with before or after a shift. Planning my week on Sunday or Monday has really helped to keep me on track and get me closer to my goals. It also reduces a lot of the stress I get when things build up and I know I don’t have time to catch back up.
Tidy up. I include housekeeping tasks on my to do list, and household projects in my planner. A clean space is important to me, and so I make it a priority to clean. I can’t relax if I come home and there’s more mess and things for me to catch up on. I try to split tasks up between my morning and evening routines. Staying on top is key to success. I’ll do a full cleaning over the weekend, and the rest of the week is simply maintaining.
A healthy diet is important. I can operate so much more efficiently if I’m fueling my body properly. Get rid of sugary, processed foods and restock your pantry with nutritious whole foods! Pack your lunch every day, and get into the habit of meal prepping dinner. Get familiar with your crockpot if you don’t have time to come home and cook. I have a blog post on crockpot recipes for you to check out. I batch dinners for the week to make dinners easier. There’s always a huge salad bowl in the fridge, ready to go. I also bake enough chicken, rice and sweet potatoes to get me through until next Monday. These store well in my glass containers from Amazon. Additional vegetables are in the freezer for steaming. I have my meals and recipes planned out. I find that it helps to incorporate new and tasty dinners into my week to keep me excited about eating healthy.
Another thing I plan ahead for is working out. Before our last vacation I was working out regularly. Running twice a week, crossfit twice a week, and yoga the rest of the time. I wasn’t necessarily slimmer or more toned, but I felt stronger and more confident in my body, and I want to get back to that.
Over the years I have learned to incorporate intentional self care. I learned the importance of this during a difficult phase of my life in the past year. I can’t stress enough how important it is the intentionally care for your mind, body and soul. Start your day off in scriptures and in prayer. Fuel your body with good foods and water. Read and learn constantly. And at the end of the day, rest. Appreciate your hot shower. Take a few minutes to use an exfoliating scrub. Paint your nails before bed. Stretch your tired body. Buy yourself a candle to enjoy in the evenings.
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