Y’all. I am a major grump face lately.
Let me just put this into perspective for you. Yesterday, I didn’t wear make-up to work. I showered but that was about all I could muster. I don’t really work out, I wear jeans most days, and haven’t been taking an interest in really making myself the best I can be.
I have been spending my time working really hard at work, planning the wedding, eating and sleeping. Now don’t get me wrong, these are all really important things, but let’s be honest… it hasn’t left me with a lot of self pride or much of anything to write about on this blog.
So where does that leave me? Well, shit happens. It’s easy to get bogged down by responsibilities and overwhelmed by obligations. However, that does not give me an excuse to just neglect myself. I walk a fine line on this—I don’t believe that people need to look like supermodels every day. I love days where I don’t have to wear make-up or where I can just put my hair in a wet ponytail. But those days shouldn’t be every day. There is so much value in taking pride in myself and how I look and it helps me to feel good about myself and my work.
Let’s be honest, even when I do my make-up nicely, I’m not going to look like an overdone model. But I am going to feel just a tiny bit better about myself. That is invaluable.
This post is mostly for myself, so if you’re bored, I promise to start putting up more pictures and yummy recipes. However, if you happen to feel this ways sometimes, you are not alone. It’s easy to get bogged down and easy to be lazy and even easier to do these things when it’s 16 degrees outside. Am I right?!
My goal for 2014 is to be present so I am getting back on the train of being fully committed to where I am right now.
How can I (and you if you so choose) achieve this subtle mind shift and get more motivated in the present?
Great question. :)
Here’s what I plan to do. (And please feel free to share your comments and suggestions below.)
I am going to create guaranteed “me time.” It’s not going to be easy, because I don’t have a lot of time that I can guarantee won’t be used in another way. But I do have the mornings. For the next 30 work days, I am going to get up at 6:45am. This will give me 1 hour and 30 minutes to shower and get ready and do whatever I want in the mornings before I leave for work at 8:15am each day.
For those of you who are morning people—I am so jealous you have no idea. This is not going to be easy for me. And I will likely complain a lot about it (sorry Josh) because I’m a baby and need a lot of sleep. But something has to be done. With an hour and a half each morning I can work out, eat breakfast, actually dry my hair and put on make-up, and choose an outfit that makes me feel good about myself. Maybe I can even have a cup of coffee and leisurely read a magazine. The thought is just so exciting.
There are many things I can’t change about my life like where my office is located or how it can be difficult to coordinate with a big family. But I can make room for more time for just me. And I’m sure going to try.