We are tired.
We are tired of living day to day.
Tired of making plans just to cancel them.
So we are deciding to take control (of what we can) and this is what we are doing.
Soak up the morning sun
Walk for at least 20 minutes in the sunshine (or outside) with no sunglasses or sunscreen. Yup, boost those serotonin levels to help stay cool and calm.
Bundle up and soak it in.
Open the mail everyday
We are just going to deal with it.
When you check your email take 10 extra minutes to unsubscribe from all of those emails that clog up your inbox.
Create a Vision Board
Get out your glue sticks. We love this annual activity. Loosely thumb through magazines and tear out anything that looks inspiring. A pretty paint color. Two words put together. A summer scene. Just see what comes to you and let it create itself.
Read before bed
Fiction is our escape. Reading at night helps us clear our minds. Even if it is only for 10 minutes.
What we are reading: Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
& The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Say YES more! Toss aside the to do list. Go sledding. Fondue night!
Show those kids that you are (or can be) fun.
Putting the phone down and away
Do you keep your phone by your bedside?
Swap your phone for an alarm clock. We are loving this alarm clock from Schoolhouse Electric.
Turn up the music
Is this sink of dirty dishes a one song or two song task?
Have you tried Audible?
Books on tape are another wonderful way to escape the task at hand…
Try The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (read by the wonderful Tom Hanks) or The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede
Accept the imperfections
Wabi-sabi anyone? The Japanese term refers to the idea of accepting the imperfections of daily life. Learn to love your old worn out couch and scratched floors - celebrate the passage of time. What about the arts and crafts mess all over the table and piles of dirty laundry? These are good problems in a house full of life.
Keep a journal in your nightstand and write down five things that you are grateful for each day.
snow, siblings, cold walks, hot tea, new friends
Call a good friend
This is hard. You don’t have to do it alone. We all are doing it and we all feel alone.