It’s Friday, I’m home, I’m back from Minnesota, and getting back into the mental and physical rhythm of life. I had an incredible time visiting family and spending hours holding my baby niece, plus time away from my normal routine which always gives me so much perspective! I have so many thoughts and plans for Choosing Balance that I’m excited to work on over the next couple months. Anywho, let’s dive into this weeks thoughts and favorites!
This is definitely a favorite thing from the last week! To give my sister-in-law a chance to sleep, I would hold Tiana for hours while she slept on my. Is it just me, or is babies sleeping on you one of the most comforting things? I loved feeling her little breathes and hearing her little noises. Being an aunt is by far one of the greatest things!
THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTIONS
I have heard only heard amazing things about Brené Brown books and have finally gotten around to reading one. Wow! Now I know what people are talking about. I’m starting with The Gifts of Imperfection, that has the subheading “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.” I resonate with so much of what she writes and find myself underlining an starring everything. For many years of my life, I struggled with not feeling enough, and trying to hide who I was, and Brené addresses just that in the book. This quote from the book especially struck me:
Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.
I cannot recommend this book enough! I am very excited to read some more of her books. Have you read Brené Brown? What is your favorite of her books?
MAKING TIME FOR CREATIVITY
Up until recently, I didn’t realize how important being creative is. I can easily work all the time, which for me only leads to burnout and stress. One way to reduce stress, open brain space, and have fun is by being creative. It took some time to identify my creative outlets, but finally came to two – baking and music. My personal goal is to incorporate two sessions of creativity a week, and I have to plan the time or else I will make excuses. Yesterday, I pulled out our guitar (that hasn’t been played in months) and got lost learning new chords and singing. I left that time feeling more connected with myself, alive, and joyful. I cannot encourage making time for creativity enough! You don’t have to be artistic to be creative, it can be music, dance, baking, building, photography, etc. What’s your creative outlet?
THE DIVA CUP
It’s that time of the month, and I am so thankful for my Diva Cup! I will write up a whole post about period health, but in the meantime, I have to give a shoutout to my favorite menstrual cup. I started using the Diva Cup over a two years ago, and I cannot imagine life without it. I know it can be a scary concept, but trust me on this one. Here’s what I love about it:
Less waste (every year, billions of disposable tampons and pads are thrown into our landfills and waterways)
You don’t have to change it as often as a tampon/pad
It’s a B Corp!
You save money in the long run
INSTAGRAM’S SICK DAY
Anyone else experience the Instagram shut down this week? While it was super frustrating, it honestly was a blessing in disguise and a reminder for me to take intentional time away from Instagram on a regular basis. I found myself more present with life and able to focus on work tasks. I love Instagram for the connections I’ve made and the platform to encourage women, but it can be nice to get a little break every once in a while!
What have you been thinkin about this week?