It’s been 6 months since I’ve posted on here. I’ve actually been on here writing things that never get posted. Sometimes I just need to get things out but I never want anyone to see them. Writing is just a good release sometimes.
Anyway, Back in May My great grandmother became very ill and ultimately passed away. I started feeling a sadness, a depression coming over me just thinking about it being the end of her time here with us. Because of the extremely hard time I had when my grandpa passed away in 2015, I knew I needed to be proactive. I was not going to go back to that place.
The first thing I did was start a new cleaning routine. Cleaning is something that I really enjoy doing, especially when organization is involved.I started washing the dishes right after dinner and I would also wash anything in the sink before I left for work. This is so nice because when I walk in from the garage the first thing I see is the sink. I also started wiping down my counters and stove after EVERY meal. The last thing I started doing is making sure everything was back in it’s place before I went to bed. That means toys go back to their original location(which I took the time to reorganize), blankets that my dogs have unfolded get folded. clothing gets hung up or thrown into the dirty clothes basket.
I told myself that if I could do this for 7 days, that I could make it part of my daily routine. It worked! It feels so freaking good to be able wake up every morning to a clean house. Also.. as a mom, it is wonderful to not have to worry about stepping down on some sort of hard plastic pointy toy while walking in the dark!
The next thing I started was reading my bible everyday. This was something I had been feeling convicted about and I knew I needed to do something about it. So far I have read all of Proverbs and I am about 90% through Job. I read a chapter a day. I sit down in the morning while my house is quiet and read. It has made such a difference in my day.
I also started having Prayer time. Again, while my house is quiet in the morning I just take the time to talk to God and tell him my problems. Prayer was SO hard for me. I wouldn’t think about it or I would think about it at bedtime and fall asleep mid-prayer. I’ve found that I end up praying multiple times a day now. When I’m frustrated, thankful, thinking about someone. I’ve noticed such a change in my attitude its insane.
The last thing I have done is to start getting some exercise in. I was feeling really sluggish and I thought that maybe some working out could be good for me. I decided to try Pilates because I love yoga, but had never tried Pilates. I searched YouTube for Pilates and the first video that popped up was a 21 day challenge. I watched it, tried it, and liked it. I LOVED that the instructor listed everything needed for the challenge in the description. It made things SO easy for me! If anyone would like to check it out and give it a try you can find her (Boho Beautiful) challenge HERE. I actually just started another one of her challenges and its so much more intense but I LOVE it.
My husband has already started to notice changes in my legs and I’ve noticed changes in my stomach, so I can tell you that it’s the real deal! 🙂 I’ve also noticed my confidence getting better which is something I’ve struggled with since my son was born.
Those are the things I’ve started doing over the last 2 1/2 months. I wake up everyday looking forward to my quiet/bible/prayer time. I also look forward to my workout everyday even though I know it is going to be hard. I think as mom’s we tend to put everyone before ourselves and sometimes we HAVE to take time for us. I’ve learned that it doesn’t mean you are selfish to take care of yourself, it only makes everything else better!
What are some ways you take time to work on yourself? I have only had positive results from my journey and so I hope that this can be motivation to someone who needs it.