My blog has been asleep for a while. What feels like far too long. It’s been a long winter for us and though technically we’re in spring – Mother Nature seems to have had plans of her own in store. This winter has had too many days when I’ve gone to bed feeling like I’m not accomplishing as much as I’d like to or should be. To do lists without much of a dent at the end of the day, laundry that always seems to pile up, random picture frames and “stuff” that still haven’t found their place in our new home (oh yeah, we moved!), and a life that seems much more sedentary than I’m accustomed to. Sounds exciting, huh? This is real life. It’s amazing how these mundane tasks, when gone undone, can suck the inspiration out of daily life and the things I enjoy the most. The twist in all of this is that life really has been great. Blessed. Full of things to look forward and opportunities I’ve dreamt of for a long time.
Being of service to others and myself is the cornerstone of my happiness. As I lay in bed last night, wondering what I could do differently, I realized that a large part of my dissatisfaction with my day to day has come down to what I perceive as being inactive, unorganized, and unproductive. I am my own worst critic. I suppose I’m used to operating at a different speed. In life, the small victories propel you much further in the direction you want that the big ones. So even if it that means spending an hour clearing out my inbox or putting together an awesome list of drills for our littles during their first spring soccer practice next week, that’s a step in the right direction.
April will be here in a matter of days and here are some things I plan to incorporate in the following month to finally shake off the winter dust and get my mind right!
1. Finally finish reading “The Power of Habit”. I really get sucked into this book when I make myself sit down and read it. Do you have any books that do the same for you? If so, please share!
2. Spend time outside at least 15 minutes a day. The con to working from home is that you really can go DAYS without stepping foot outside your house. We seriously need to get a dog to force me to do this multiple times a day. Being cooped up in your home is not good for your body, mind, or soul.
3. Exercise Date Nights. Listen up husband; we’re starting next week! Though it can be hard to push yourself to get to the gym after a long day of work, driving, etc – we’re revisiting old habits of sweating together. Hello boxing gym! It’s been a while. I hope this equates to more restful nights.
4. Answer more phone calls. Am I the only woman who detests talking on the phone? Well turns out the thing I hate more than talking on the phone is listening to voicemails. Needless to say, I’m just going to answer before I have time to let it go to voicemail.
5. Weekly Dates with my mom and sister (and brother when he’s around). When you leave home to start your own life you really come to appreciate the things that made growing up “home” from time to time. I really have no excuse; my mom and sister live all of 5-minutes away from me, but you’d be surprised how often weeks go by when we don’t see each other. Here’s to more coffee dates and peer-pressuring my mom into making us home cooked meals. Nothing like momma’s cooking!
6. Being more present. There is definitely a time and place for mindless evening activities. We have absolutely abused this pastime in these frigid winter months. I’m surprised our couch doesn’t have our body imprinted into the cushions at this point. It’s so easy to come home, veg out in front of the TV and forget to have a meaningful conversation from time to time. Cooking together, telling each other about your day, working on a project together – whatever suits your fancy. Doing the bare in communication during the week when it comes to your family and significant other is no way to live life. Thank God for wives and husbands who hold each other accountable and want to live intentionally. Intimacy starts there.
and last but not least…
7. 100 Happy Days Challenge. I came across this social media movement on a friends Facebook thread. There have also been lulls in my Instagram game and I truly love the comments and followers I’ve gained through IG because of whatever parallels we share in life. Here’s to not only being cognizant of the every day greatness of life but also to inspire all of you like you do for me! You can follow me on Instagram @kaydixon.
Gosh, that was long and it felt so good to write again. Thanks for sticking around!