Happy Monday friends! I hope you’re weekend was super relaxing and you’re feeling renewed and refreshed today. If not, do something nice for yourself tonight to take a load off. Really, do it.
This weekend was pretty low key and for the first time in a very, very long time I wasn’t trying to cram in all the things in order to feel like I was caught up by Monday. Finally, fihhhanlly I feel like things are simmering down and my stress levels have plummeted. Like I have this huge sense of peace and relief. But the thing is, not being busy is hard because I feel like I’m not productive and that’s silly. So I’m going to learn and embrace rest because it will be very short lived with school starting in May!
So this weekend I relaxed with friends, slept in, went to a couple Barre classes, got drinks on Saturday with Clare and then we walked the Monticello trail after church on Sunday right before it started raining.
And then the rest of the afternoon was drizzly so I nestled in, watched some Grey’s and baked…a whole lot.
I told you I was making Amanda’s flourless chocolate chip muffins. I die.
And Ashley’s triple chocolate chip donuts. Swwwoooooon. Ya’ll need these in ya life. Now go get yourself a donut pan. Mine’s a mini and these donuts are adorbs. Agreed?
And I made a new batch of chocolately freezer fudge made with all coconut oil instead of a coconut oil + nut butter combo and it’s good. Real good. I’ll be sharing the recipe later this week!
On Sunday as I was leisurely making ratatouille I started thinking about what I wanted these next couple months to look like and how I wanted to really slow down and relax and decrease stress. Because we all know stress is no good. Not for weight, not for mood, and not for hormonal balance.
And what I thought about was how I wanted to worry less, be less anxious and just be more present.
And then I thought about all the things we as woman should really stop worrying about.
Our to do lists.
I want to be intentional about down time. I want to read without feeling guilty..like I need to be doing something different or I need to be moving or I need to be “productive.” I want to have more mornings where I lay in bed for a couple hours drinking coffee and perusing recipes and blogs and reading and not feeling bad about it.
What we look like.
Summer is right around the corner, and I’ve found that being a lady human, my mind goes straight to….welp, it’s about to be bathing suit season and shorts season and a lot-more-skin-season. Wahhhhh. But I don’t want to focus on that. I want to appreciate the body I have right now and let any insecurities go. Because let’s face it, 99.9% of women have got some insecurities. But really, nobody cares what you look like. Relax, aim to feel good, and embrace the warmth and sunshine of summer.
There is always somebody doing something you think you should be doing. Or there’s that girl who has it all together. And social media can make us think somebody’s “life is perfect.” An instagram or facebook feed is somebody’s highlight reel. It ain’t 100% authentic. I want to really focus on embracing every single one of my flaws and quirks and weirdness. Because if we were all the same that would be boring. Embrace you and all your uniqueness.
Who knows what life will look like in five months from now. Or when I’ll meet my husband. Or if/when I’ll pay off those student loans. Or if I’ll have babies. Blah blah blah. Who knows if I’ll be breathing this earth’s air tomorrow? I want to live now. This very moment and soak that up. Because it will be over and if I’m thinking about what’s going to happen tomorrow or the next day then I totally missed the beauty of today.
And that’s what I want to do. Relax more, worry less and just enjoy these [hopefully] warmer days.
What about you?