April 2, 2017

The rhythm of you [ DAY 21 ]

Each time I do this I gain some new perspective, it’s like it’s own mini experiment happening in my house. This round of 21 days felt exceptionally long because I started a week before the official start date to try a few of the nightly routines I was going to share. By day 14 I wasn’t sure if I had another week in me – mostly of cooking but also of turning in early and having such a generously slow bed time ritual. I felt like I was ready to get out, to have a glass of wine and feed the extrovert side of myself.

Here’s what I noticed ( if you care to read). On Friday I was feeling run down and had a headache for way longer than I have in a long time. The childcare I normally have cancelled on me all week so I was really craving some time alone. Jeff had a late meeting so we didn’t eat until much later than we normally do. We stayed up chatting and having a beer much later than I had been staying up previously. I skipped my nightly routine for the most part and just had a hot cup of tea in bed. I didn’t breathe, I didn’t put my legs up a wall – I had such a crummy sleep – tossing and turning, and just in general feeling like I was awake for most of it. Yesterday evening we took Agatha down to the beach with a picnic. We ate when we normally would, had a few beers and just enjoyed the sun that finally was shining down on us. We came home, put her to bed and watched a movie. I was able to drink tea and water through the movie ( and eat a lot of dark chocolate ) and then created space for myself to wind down. I lit candles, put my legs up the wall and practiced alternate nostril breathing. I wrote in my journal, I took a pause and then I fell asleep.

Sometimes I hate writing a play by play ( like above ) because (a) it puts a lot of me out there and (b) it leaves a lot of room for judgement – both by myself and by you. And that’s scary. But the reason why I do it as annoying as I feel like I sound sometimes, is to come back to the basic thought of finding balance suited to you. What works for me might not work for you but I would encourage you if you’re curious to find what those things are that do in fact work for you. Just because you want to drink beer, wine, have a Gin cocktail, eat pizza, go have a burger, dive into a doughnut doesn’t mean you’ve become this insanely unhealthy monster of a person. You’re fucking human. So rock on.

All I’m saying is that when you do find what works for you, make space for it in your life. When I sleep better, I wake up feeling more whole, more energized and more myself. I wake up feeling confident and like I can make better choices for me and my family. I feel rejuvenated after doing this but I also feel so ready to welcome some new things into my days. So the question is, what’s your rhythm? What is your version of slow? Of balance? What’s your jam?


MORE LISTENING TO MY INTUITION

CREATING MORE SPACE

FINDING MORE PLANTS TO BRING INTO OUR HOME

COOK SIMPLE NOURISHING THINGS – UNCOMPLICATE THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

MORE LOUD AWESOME MUSIC

WINDOWS OPEN WHILE I SLEEP

WRITE LISTS TO MAKE WORK TIME MORE EFFICIENT

ASK FOR TIME WHEN I NEED IT

MORE REACHING OUT WHEN I FEEL HOMESICK

MORE TENDERNESS

ALLOW NEW IDEAS TO TAKE SHAPE BOTH IN MY HEAD AND MY HEART

PRACTICE MORE PATIENCE (WITH MYSELF + SITUATIONS)

COMING BACK TO MY BREATH AND KNOWING IT’S ALWAYS THERE IF I NEED IT

MORE MAPLE SYRUP, PECANS AND APRICOTS

MORE PICNICS, BIKE RIDES AND FOREST ADVENTURES

MORE OUTSIDE THAN INSIDE

MORE WORKING THROUGH + TALKING THROUGH WHAT’S STAGNANT THAN LETTING IT SIT

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