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Good morning friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I’m back from a quick girls’ trip to San Antonio and cannot wait to share the trip recap with you. We ate, drank, shopped and most importantly laughed til we cried! James mentioned to me yesterday that kids laugh 400 times a day and adults just 15! Isn’t that wild?! Bring on the FUN!
It’s so crazy to look back and remember how s l o w January felt and now we’re looking up and are already halfway through the year!
In July, I can’t help but start looking forward to August and back to school because our school festivities start early with meet the teacher and then school starts August 14. Jordan will be starting Pre-K3 and I can hardly believe it! After school starts, it always feels a hop, skip and a jump to Christmas. Did the word Christmas already spark a bit of panic?
If we want to be intentional about the way we live, it’s critical to stop now and then to think about how we want our lives to go.
We can easily get lost in the daily grind, but when we take the time to plan and prepare, we starting running our lives, instead of being run over by life!
So let’s look at the rest of the year and make a plan! But, before we plan, we need to clean out the cobwebs- both physically (in our home and bodies) and mentally (in our brain).
MID YEAR LIFE RESET
Start with a Clean Space
Doesn’t it feel amazing to wake up in the morning to a clean house? Last Sunday night, my house was a wreck, and even though I was dog tired, I put on a cleaning video and made myself do my nightly cleaning routine. I also finished the laundry and quickly tidied up the pantry.
When I woke up in the morning, I had forgotten about getting all the cleaning done and immediately felt dread about starting Monday with everything a mess. But, when I went downstairs and saw everything all sparkly clean, my mood immediately improved!
Even though I didn’t feel like doing it in the moment, I was so happy I did later.
I call that LISTENING TO YOUR SMART SELF. Your smart self says, “I should clean up tonight so I can hit the ground running tomorrow. Then, I’ll be productive and motivated and #winatlife!”
Your saboteur says, do it later. He always wants you to fail. Don’t let the saboteur win!
For the mid-year reset, it’s a good time to deep clean and organize those hot spots around your house – your fridge and freezer, the pantry, mudroom, linen closet, and bathroom drawers.
Maybe take part of a weekend to do it – there’s usually a bit more downtime in the summer while sports are taking a break and kids are home. Speaking of kids, get them involved too. You shouldn’t have to do it all alone. I give my kids age-appropriate tasks, and even if it’s not done “my way” I’m happy to have the help! I also invest in a housekeeper twice a month, and I often clean and organize right alongside Anna while she’s here.
Make Fitness a Priority
We all KNOW how important it is to take care of our bodies, but we don’t always make the choices that will support our health.
Daily exercise is critical for our insides and outsides and it doesn’t have to be for an hour.
I’m a huge advocate of moving 20-minutes a day and doing it first thing in the morning. If you don’t know what to do or where to start, my Get Fit Done Guide has 4-weeks of workouts with detailed photos and instructions for what to do. With the Guide, you won’t get bored or run out of exercises you can do at home. I also have lots of free fitness posts here.
After I workout in the morning, I’m so motivated to tackle the day with energy and focus. It also keeps my eating on track because I don’t want to “blow my workout” on food that’s bad for me.
After I shower, I’m feeling energized and alive and ready to take on the day.
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Have a Life Admin Day
A life admin day is where you make a big master list of all the things that you need to do, but never get to – specifically regarding your online and office space. Take a couple hours to ‘clean up’ your email, pay bills and make a budget, file away receipts, clean out your purse and wallet. Just like the feeling you get from house tidying, cleaning up those business aspects will have the same cleansing effect on your mind and energy!
Instead of a daily planner, I use a notebook from Walgreens as a daily To Do list. On the right side, I list work things and on the left side, I list home/parenting/life admin tasks. Each day I cross off the things I’ve accomplished and move to the next day what didn’t get done. The list is continually growing and as the day goes on, if something pops into my mind, I write it on the list.
On my life admin day, I set aside time to do the things on the home side that have been getting rewritten over and over. The funny thing is, once you set out do do them, they usually don’t end up taking that long to do.
TAKE TIME TO REFLECT, PLAN & TAKE ACTION
This is my favorite topic! Now it’s time to dream and create the life you LOVE. Every January, when the year ahead is all shiny and new, we say, “this year I’m gonna be a better parent, lose 10 pounds, be more organized, dive deeper into my spirituality, save money.” I hope you are carrying out those intentions! If not, that’s why the mid-year reset is so important.
Dream baby dream, and then plan and take action!
What often holds us back is that we don’t know where we’re going, so we can never take the steps to get there!
Assess your goals – what you’ve accomplished so far, what you still want to achieve. You can take some time to consider these key areas and what you want them to look like.
If travel is something you’re passionate, clear some time to think about where you want to go, who will come, how you’ll pay for it, when you can schedule it, and what you’ll do while you’re there. The more specific you can be, the more likely the dream is to become reality.
Are you ready to reset your life? The hardest part is sitting down and making the time for it, but it’s so worth it!
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Have a great week friends!