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“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” - Steve Maraboli
The theme this week is energizing the way you live everyday. When you think about it, it’s usually the little day-to-day things that can start to feel…well, really hard. My hope is that by the end of the week, you have some ideas and strategies for how to make small shifts to reenergize and bring some positive energy into your day.
As a reminder:
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Reset!! When things start to get a little hectic, stressful or you’re just in a need of a pick-me-up, hit your reset button and get back to the basics.
Good food. Good sleep. Exercise. Time for yourself. Simplifying.
These are your basic foundations…the building blocks that everything is built on. When they’re shaky, everything else is too.
Here’s the thing – we spin when we’re overwhelmed. When we’re tired. Because you have no time anymore for YOU. And because it all just seems like too much. I deeply believe that this isn’t an all or nothing thing. You can get back to feeling like the person you were – energetic, motivated, balanced, connected – and blend her right into your life as a mom.
It just takes prioritizing yourself and getting those foundations nice and steady. It’s like plugging yourself back in for a little recharge to reset and reframe your mindset.
I deeply believe that when you’re feeling overwhelmed, frazzled or out of sorts, your first order of business is getting back to your basics. Your foundation.
I believe in it so much that I created a whole program around it. Click on the link to find PDF versions of 7 challenges you can take to help you get back on track, whenever you need it.
Energizing how you live means surrounding yourself with people, things, and activities that you love. Cleaning up the dirty dishes and sweeping the floor 10 time a day? Not so much.
People will tell you all the time to simplify your life and simply say no to the things that are weighing you down. Let’s be real though. You may dread making dinner but you’re not likely going to stop making it just because you don’t want to.
You also don’t want to be consumed by the stress and negative feelings that come up when you’re doing something you don’t want to be doing.
The answer lies in prioritizing yourself and understanding at a deep level that ‘paying yourself in advance’ will allow you the space, energy and patience to deal with whatever is thrown your way.
What do I mean?
Sit down and make a list of 5 things you can do for yourself every single day that will make a big difference in the way you feel. They should make you feel sane, organized, energized and happy. When you do them, you’re more likely to feel like superwoman.
These are your non-negotiables. They go one-step beyond your basic foundations.
Put them at the very top of your priority list. Yes, before making breakfast, paying the bills, getting your kids to school, lunches for work or anything else.
Everything else can get filled in around those things. Setting non-negotiables for yourself is like paying yourself an advance. You’re filing up your tank, creating energy and preparing yourself to take on the rest of your day, whatever it may bring.
For me it’s:
- Rising before everyone else to make my list and get in the shower
- Taking the time to blow dry my hair in the morning and putting on an outfit I feel great in.
- Making the bed everyday
- Some form of physical activity
- Being organized and prepared for dinner and taking the time to clean up the kitchen after each meal.
Do I do every one of these things everyday? Nope. Life gets in the way, but this is what I always come back to when I need to recenter, ground myself and get back to feeling great again.
Real moms answer: As a busy mom, what are your tricks for keeping yourself organized and sane throughout the week?
I prioritize! Since having a little one, the house is a zillion times less organized but i like to spend every minute i can with her. They grow to fast not to just take it all it. The dishes can wait, they aren’t going anywhere
I just keep a running list and try to prioritize what’s on it for that day. whatever didn’t get done then will eventually be gotten to!
I step over the chaos. That toy truck on the floor? I step over it. Sometimes it’s so messy I have to tip toe so I don’t hurt my foot. But when it gets to be too much, I pull out the timer and the kiddos and I pick up as much as we can (in one room) for 15 minutes. Then we’re done for the day. You’d be surprised how much ‘chaos’ can be picked up in 15 minutes.
Loaded Lemon Parmesan Salad
- Red leaf lettuce
- 1 Head of broccoli or any seasonal vegetable
- Fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 Lemon
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/4 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic
- Salt & pepper
Directions: Chop the broccoli, mix with olive oil, salt and pepper and lay on a baking tray. Roast the broccoli in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the broccoli appears crispy and browned. Combine lemon, olive oil, mustard, garlic, salt & pepper for the dressing and toss with lettuce, broccoli and top with fresh parmesan cheese.
It may not seem like much but we have a version of this salad once a week. It’s a huge hit and a no-brainer to make. The best thing about this salad is the roasted broccoli. Well, that and the fact that you can change it up so easily! Try these other combos and for the weeks following and you have a completely new salad.
- Swap asparagus or brussel sprouts for broccoli.
- Add in roasted tomato and avocado.
- Add grilled chicken or another protein
- Add in raisins for a touch of sweetness
Rice Bowl Variety
- 1 cup of brown rice (or quinoa) cooked
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- Jar of salsa
Directions: The safest way to cook rice and drastically reduce the amount of arsenic is to fill your largest pot with water and boil the rice and drain as if you were making pasta. (The bonus to cooking it like this is you never have to worry about burning it!). In a medium pan, saute onion, red pepper and zucchini. Toss with rice and top with salsa.
To add variety to this meal:
- swap out rice for quinoa
- Add in chicken or steak
- Use any vegetables you have in the house
- Swap out the salsa for fresh lemon and roasted red pepper
- Swap out the salsa for tomato sauce for an Italian flare
Greened up Pasta
- Quinoa pasta
- Swiss Chard, cut
- 1 Onion, sliced
- 1 clove Garlic
- Sun dried tomatos
- Pine nuts or walnuts
- Parmesan cheese
Directions: Cook pasta according to directions. In large pan, saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes. Add in swiss chard and sundried tomatos and cook until wilted. Toss with pasta and top with nuts, parmesan cheese and lemon.
To add variety to this meal:
- Try it with any whole wheat pasta or a vegetable ravioli
- Swap out swiss chard for kale, spinach, arugula or any other fresh green
- Add in any seasonal vegetable you have on hand
- Add fresh dill for a different flavor
- Toss with homemade spinach pesto (spinach, pine nuts, olive oil & garlic)
- Add in tomatoes or any other vegetable you have on hand
- Toss with proscuitto