Hello! I missed last week’s 5 thoughts post because I was completely wiped out and needed to take a break. This week I’m writing from the frozen tundra of Minnesota! I’m visiting my 2-week old niece, brother, and sister-in-law, and helping them out. I have been soaking up all the baby snuggles!! Newborns are just the cutest, and my little Tiana is extra precious (in my humble opinion). This month is actually a pretty busy one, with two trips! This trip to visit my niece, and then, at the end of March I’m going to Phoenix for a Beautycounter leadership conference, which I’m pumped about!
I’m keeping this weeks 5 thoughts post short and simple. I’ve been doing lots of deep thinking recently, and am appreciating simplicity right now. Make sure to share what you’ve been thinking about in the comments below!
THE SLIGHT EDGE
Just finished this book, and while it’s not the best book I’ve ever read (a little long-winded at times), the concepts are great! Essentially, the author argues that the success come from doing small actions every single days – actions that are easy to do and easy not to do as well. I’ve been thinking of it even in the little things I do, like flossing my teeth every day. Most days I don’t want to, but it literally takes 2 minutes and will benefit me in the long run. The book is great for both business building as well as personal development.
THESE CHOCOLATE PB DATES
I saw Restoring Radiance post this recipe on Instagram a while back and just got around to making them this week. Oh my goodness, they are so good! I forgot to sprinkle sea salt on top, but they were still amazing! Enjoy them for a snack, dessert, or just something to satisfy a sweet craving. I’m going to be making a lot more of these in the future.
PLAN TIME FOR QUIET
I found myself yesterday feeling emotional and heavy-hearted and realized I needed some quiet. I am not immune to grabbing my phone when I have a second or when I’m bored, always listening to a podcast, or working through meals. It’s fine sometimes, but as I mentioned before, I’ve been craving simplicity and more space to think and be creative. So, yesterday, I turned everything off and enjoyed my lunch in quiet. I was still feeling off, so I walked a quick loop around the block without my phone or music. These are all things I want to be doing more because they create so much space in my head and do lower my anxiety. How have you made space for quiet?
HOW DO YOU FEEL HUNGER?
A large part of intuitive eating is tuning into your hunger and fullness. For perfectionists like myself, I used to feel anxious about whether I was really hungry or something else was going on. After a couple years of practice, I’ve learned when I’m hungry and when I’ve had enough, and I wanted to share with you if this is something you struggle with too. Two ways I can tell I’m hungry: 1) tummy hunger. That empty and rumbling feeling. 2) I can’t focus or think. This is the one I feel most often, actually. Maybe my stomach is tight because of emotions and stress, but my brain is telling me I need food. I will say, as you figure out how your body manifests hunger and fullness, give yourself grace. Sometimes you’ll get overly full or other times you may not have eaten enough. It’s not about perfection at all. Your body will give you an incredible amount of grace, and so you can give yourself grace too.
Since I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors holding baby, I have felt antsy to get some fresh air and move. Yesterday and today I started my day with a walk, and while it was chilly it was invigorating. I think back to the days when I would not have counted a walk as exercise, but now this is sometimes all my body craves. I want to remind you that you do not need to do intense HIIT workouts every day. Find movement that makes you feel good, adds more to your life, and you enjoy. For me, sometimes that’s a walk or other times it’s a barre video. Be curious about what your body is asking of you.
What have you been loving/thinking about this week?