Life is busy. I have two toddlers, a business, a home to maintain, a marriage to nurture, friends & family that I love to spend time with ... this doesn't even include all the other things that I enjoy like shopping, manis & pedis, happy hour, etc. Those last few don't make an appearance on my schedule very often but I daydream about them regularly.
If you've followed me on Instagram and Facebook for awhile, I'm sure you've seen me mention barre3. I am a die hard, totally committed, can't live without it, member and I've been one for five and a half years - yep, because it's THAT GOOD!! But it's not just the physical results that I love, it's the mental clarity and all the feel good emotions that come from my hour spent in the studio (and they have a full library of online workouts if you don't have studio access!).
Anyway, here's a mantra of theirs that has really been resonating with me ... "It's not about prioritizing your schedule. It's about scheduling your priorities." There's truth in that, right? Well, I think so. I've started scheduling my priorities to ensure that I'm really making it happen because when I do this, I consistently feel my absolute best and find that I'm much better for my family because of it - and yes, I schedule caffeine.
NEVER MISS A . . . W O R K O U T. I schedule my workouts in advance and do anything and everything I can to stick to my schedule. Like anything. I go to barre3 4-5 times a week. It's a must for me, a total priority. We live in the pacific NW and it's grey and rainy a LOT. The weather makes me feel totally blah and I need a regular pick-me-up! I schedule my classes out 2-3 weeks in advance because, well I'm a planner. And not only that, but I have ZERO excuse to not go if I already have it all planned out. Sick kids? I call a grandma. Snowed in? Bust out the snowshoes. Okay, not really ... but I would if I lived closer!
NEVER MISS A . . . S T O P F O R C O F F E E. Everyday after barre, the girls and I make a stop for my caffeine fix. If I'm not working out that day, I'll make a special trip out for it! It's my guilty pleasure and I can't (and won't!) give it up. My workout and those venti iced lattes and caramel macchiatos literally power me through my (sometimes very long) day so that I can wrangle kiddos, do my work-at-home mama thing, and maintain my sanity at the same time. I fake being well rested with caffeine and I'm 100% ok with that.
NEVER MISS A . . . B R E A K F O R M I N D L E S S A C T I V I T Y. Every night after the girls are tucked in, I get ready for bed (yes, at 7pm) and curl up for some time with a book, a magazine, my favorite show, Pinterest, Instagram ... you get the picture. Something that I enjoy that doesn't take any effort or cause me to think too much. I prefer an hour but even when I can't swing that big of a chunk of time, I take SOMETHING for myself. This is my time to unwind after going nonstop all day. I will ignore whatever I didn't get to during the day ... the dishes, the laundry, the toys scattered all over the house. It will all be there the next day.
If there's one thing I've learned in the almost two years since having kids, it's that it can't be all about everyone else ALL the time. I tried that for waaay too long and it left me feeling depleted and unfulfilled. Not to mention, I want my girls to grow up seeing me do things that make me a better mom, wife, and woman in general not just running myself ragged everyday and not giving ME the time and attention that I deserve. My family is my number one priority and at the forefront ALWAYS, but what I've figured out is that this doesn't take away from them at all! Quite the opposite actually. So, it's a win-win for everyone.
What is at least one "Never Miss Moment" in your day? Or if you don't have one, what would you love to have time for?