Well everyone if you read my Cosmo Post you know that I prefer magazines more attuned to my needs. What I like to think are the average woman's needs ( God let me be normal). Magazines that help make your day a little brighter, uplift you, make you laugh and teach you something actually useful. I received my Oprah magazine and started reading through it while Hubbs was giving me some " Mommy Time ".
There I was with my coffee by my bedside table at 9:00 at night ( I can't be the only one who does this) and my laptop near me with my O mag in my lap. I never thought I would like it because honestly I wasn't that much of a fan when it came to her show, but as a person she is AWESOME and her magazine delivers people. Seriously. While reading I came across a little thing she is doing with Daily Feats called the " Live Your Best Life Challenge".
It is where you log onto Oprah.com/LYBL sign up, and take the challenge. Basically you look through badges and find ones that you want to start doing more of. Things that you want to start incorporating into your life. They range from money management to simply breathing in deeply or talking to your neighbor. You add these goals to your list and you create a plan on how your going to incorporate them into your day to day routine. When you "check in" and click that you did it for that day you receive points which can be earned for discounts, B1G1 coupons, and gift cards.These are mine :
1. Daily Reading
I read a lot, but I have been a little dissapointed in myself with how little I read my bible. I don't really know why, it usually makes me feel encouraged and hopeful but for some reason I just always seem to forget to take the time to read it. So my routine will be to read a page or two every time I lay munchkin down for the night so I know I can totally focus.
2. Deep Breath
This one is something that sounds so simple, but think about it: how many times a day do you just take a moment to close your eyes and breathe in and then out? Just taking a small moment to breathe I think makes your mind instantly clearer and calmer. My routine will be that every time I put munchkin down for a nap I will take two long deep breaths in and out.
This one is so basic and so tricky. I usually don't realize I'm under stress until I'm beyond stressed. A few little things will happen and I'll think no biggie, but then before I know it Hubbs will find me with a margarita in one hand and scrubbing the dishes in my sink like they owe me money with the other. Then of course answer with " nothing. I'm fine" yea...ok. My routine is to try and stop it before it gets to that point. When something stressful happens no matter how big or small I will write it down physically on paper and look at it. Then I will doodle on that page and answer these questions: Can I control it? Can I help it? How does it affect me? Will it matter in ten years? I think that will put things into perspective and help me cope with stress a little better...it wont hurt to try.
I think most people can relate to this. I have moments, but I do not consider myself confident and I want that to change because I have a daughter and I want her to be confident and the only way she will learn to love herself and exude confidence is through me. My routine is that everytime I glance at a mirror I will pay myself a genuine compliment and actually truly believe it.
5. Workout At Home
Ok let's be real...I'm not going to a gym, I'm not going to workout to an exercise video in the few moments I get to myself when the baby is asleep. What I will do however is a small walk once a day and my new challenge routine: I will do 20 sets of whatever exercise move I choose whenever I get done feeding munchkin. I might do 20 pushups, lunges, sit-ups, etc...whatever strikes my fancy in that moment.
Lately I have felt myself becoming more and more serious as the weeks go on. Sure I laugh and smile but I think sometimes I get so caught up in taking care of the baby and worrying over things that need to get done that I don't appreciate how wonderful and full of happiness my life already is. So my routine will be that I will shake my booty like Luke Bryan himself asked me to do it and let myself be goofy and silly for at least one song halfway through my day. Maybe right before lunch so I don't feel guilt about eating two bowls of Lucky Charms....
The only type of Yoga I have ever done was the P90X version and it wasn't really geared towards relaxing, but I know that yoga can be. There is something beautiful in waking up before the house is crazy and taking time to relax and get myself centered. My routine will be doing 20 minutes of Yoga when I get up in the morning. I really like this website with TONS of free videos you can cater to your level and time that you have to work out.
There it is. My January list of things to better my life. I don't really consider these resolutions because I think resolutions are more negative and you feel horrible when you break them or slip. This is more uplifting and encouraging plus you get rewards for helping yourself! Anyway, I thought I would share my goals and spread the word on this awesome challenge. Let me know what your goals are if you choose to do this!!!!