SIX WAYS TO MAKE IT A BETTER DAY

1. START YOUR MORNING OFF RIGHT

If I don’t start my day with a routine that sets me up for a good day, I am less likely to have a productive and positive day. Everyones idea of a good morning routine is different, but mine includes…

  1. Before getting out of bed, I drink a liter of water. Drinking water in the morning is incredibly beneficial for your body. 75% of the population is cortically dehydrated. Not only is hydration key for a healthy body, but it helps with your overall skin tone and keeps you full throughout the day!
  2. I drink a green smoothie to fit in as many good thinks into my body as I start my day! I like to put spinach, PB2, a banana and coconut milk in my smoothies.
  3. Set time aside in the morning to either journal, read or listen to music that you like. It is so important to spend time on yourself – especially in the morning. Starting off your day reflecting on what you need to accomplish is a great way to set yourself up for success!

2. TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

Taking a daily multivitamin can do wonders for not only your physical health, but also help with energy support and boosting your mood. I like to take Vitafusion Women’s Gummies

– Energy Metabolism Bone Health. This vitamin has both vitamin D and B12 which both aid in energy support and mood boosting.

3. TREAT YOURSELF

This is pretty self explanatory. Every now and then, we all deserve a special treat. To me, this might be a drink at Starbucks or some fun treats from my favorite health foods store. If I’m feeling really crazy, I like to get my nails done. My point here is that it is important to treat yourself like someone you love! And sometime for me, love comes in the form of a latte.

4. GET MOVING

It is simple. Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy! My favorite way to move is to get outside and go for a walk/run and just enjoy the world around me. I make sure to not be too hard on myself when it comes to exercising because it is so incredibly important to make exercising something that you enjoy! Find what you love. If you like to ride bikes, do that! If you like to do yoga, then do that. Find what makes you happy and what makes you feel your best and go for it.

5. DRESS UP

As hard as it is some days, it is so important to put on what I like to call “real people clothes”. Some days it is so hard to want to change out of my favorite yoga pants and hoodie, but it is worth the effort! Dressing for your day makes you feel put together and more confident in yourself. It can be as simple as your favorite skinny jeans, a cute top and a cardigan. Fixing my hair in your favorite style and putting my favorite lip gloss on are all little things that I do to help myself feel pretty and ready to tackle my day!

6. SLEEP

Everyones ideal sleep time varies, but I know that I function best on 8 hours of sleep. I like to make bed time something really special and there are a couple of simple things that I do to make it that way.

  • I like to drink a cup of Sleepy Time Tea as I get ready for bed.
  • When possible, I like to take bubble baths.
  • Light a candle in your room and turn on some soft lighting while starting your right routine.
  • I spray my bedding with lavender spray to help me relax as I go to bed.
  • Wear cute pajamas!
  • Fill up your favorite water bottle and set it next to your bed so you can be prepared for the next morning.

BALANCE

We are 6 weeks into 2015 and I have not met any of my New Years resolutions. Dang. But honestly, why do we think that when the clock strikes midnight and it is January 1st that everything in out lives are going to change? Change takes time. It takes so much time. So, 6 weeks into 2015, I am going to change the way that I look at change.

I get so discouraged when I tell myself that I have to do _____ in _____ amount of time and I fail. I felt like a failure when I didn’t loose the weight that I was “supposed to” loose in January. I felt like a failure when I wasn’t able to run a 5k within the first 4 weeks of working out. I did fail. No, I didn’t fail because I didn’t reach these unrealistic goals that I told myself I absolutely had to do. I failed because I wasn’t kind to myself. I was spending so much time and energy trying to change the physical part of who I am. I totally neglected my spiritual and social/emotional health. No wonder I “failed.”

So, I am making a choice. Instead of dictating every part of my life, I am going to fix my life on one goal. This means that my physical, spiritual and social/emotional well being are all in tuned to the same thing – Christ.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Heb. 12:1-3)

As I began reading this passage more and more, the Lord put a very specific word in my heart. Balance. I have been so out of balance. I have been spending so much of my time obsessing over my physical well-being and completely neglecting my spiritual and social/emotional well-being. There was no balance in my life and I have decided that in 2015, I will be seeking balance in all that I do.

Let’s find balance in this life. Let’s strengthen our physical, social/emotional and spiritual lives. Let’s strengthen these areas of life without being consumed by perfection. Let’s not focus on one area while leaving the other areas of life empty. Let’s be honest throughout this journey of balance. Give yourself grace throughout this journey. Have patience and do not put a timeline on change. Be proactive and driven to be your best self. Most of all – do all of these things because you love yourself enough to take care of yourself

For me, the most productive way to reach goals is to make lists. So, here is my list of ways that I am striving for balance.

Physical:

  • Feed myself things that are beneficial for my body.
  • Sweat 4 days a week.
  • Remind myself daily that I have a body worth loving and tending to.
  • I am not a body that has a soul. I am a soul that has a body.
  • Do things that I enjoy when exercising.
  • Exercising is a reward for taking care of my body and not a punishment for neglecting my body.

Social/Emotional:

  • Meet with my mentor once every week.
  • Talk to (Call, FaceTime, text) 1 friend from home each week.
  • Spend 1 day off each month with one of my roommates.
  • Meet with the girls I am mentoring once a week.
  • Write 1 letter per week.

Spiritual:

  • Read and complete a chapter of “30 days” per week.
  • Read over my goals each morning.
  • Do not get out of  bed until I have prayed.
  • Do not fall asleep before praying.
  • Each day, ask 1 roommate for how I can be praying for them.
  • Create a “pray for” list.

I have found so much joy in the word ‘balance’. I am motivated to become my best self and am saying goodbye to New Years resolutions. We are going to fail daily and that is okay! There is grace. I am waking up every morning and take care of all aspects of myself. Without this, we have no ability to take care and love others. So, heres to 2015 and a year full of balance!

Sincerely, Emily