“Spring into balance” is an initiative guided by the friends at Good Not Perfect, Simplify, Live, Love, and some other guests who will be making thoughtful contributions over the upcoming weeks. This 10 week initiative is aimed at simplifying, finding time for yourself, and being happier. You can read about the 10 week project here and here.
Week 1 Recap
In case you’re just joining us, no worries. You can easily jump right in. We are trying to keep each week super manageable – we are really busy, remember? We’re trying to dedicate one glorious, measly hour a week to ourselves. Last week’s homework was just an introduction. We started to crack the journal open and increase our mindfulness. (Week 1 Homework)
How was my week? Well here’s what I accomplished:
- I set my unplugging time for 9 pm. I accomplished this twice so far. It’s not easy!
- I aimed to go to bed by 10 pm. Some nights I actually accomplished this.
- I managed to do some chicken scratches in a journal one night with my highs/lows.
- I informed my husband of the “paper to-do list” rule. Specifically: “No Telling Me Things I Need To Remember While I’m [showering-eating-changing diapers-driving-trying to zone out.” It has to go on paper. My head hurts with all the things I need to remember.
- I took out my calendar and started to write things on it that are coming up for the next month. Again, this helps me feel more in control (like Mary mentioned in her Week 1 Journal Entry).
- Midweek my youngest got sick and so we had a nice little croup emergency, lots of middle of the night steam rooms and (not really) sleeping with him on our chests. This was definitely the low of the week. I will add that to my journal entry.
- I did not accomplish 2 evenings of doing something I really enjoy.
Whatever you did and didn’t do, it is ok. It’s in the past now, and you have a fresh start tomorrow. One day at a time, one week at a time.
Journal Entry: If I could just have 30 minutes extra each day (or 3 hours in a week), what would I choose to do with it?
This is not what you should do with it. Repeat after me. NOT ANY SHOULDS. What do you really want to do? What would be luxurious? What would make you feel good, physically and mentally…
When I asked people this question a few months back, 90% of the answers were the same. Any guesses?
While you’re mulling over it, here’s week 2’s homework
- Track your time. Every day, do your own “time sheet”.
- Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier.
- Drink a glass of water when you get up and one before each meal.
Continue from Week 1:
- Take a warm bath, do some yoga poses, or drink a hot tea or glass of wine (something you enjoy) in the evening, 2 nights.
- Seven Ways to Detox Naturally from Mindful Meals Blog.
- Optional: Living Life Fully: Daily Meditations (Year 1) , 2 evenings ($2.99 Kindle eBook at the time of this post)
Other Recommended Items:
- One reader, Kate, recommended this “One Line a Day Memory Book” She said, “I HIGHLY recommend it for your followers. It’s just enough space for a line or two a day and it’s great to look back and see what you were doing on the same day a year or more ago. Journaling is a great way to reflect and capture points in time but it has to be easy and quick to do so you keep it up!”
- A good water bottle – I got mine at Costco and I love it – It is like this one: Contigo Stainless Steel Water Bottle.
Send us your journal entries if you want a proverbial “Gold Star” or pat on the back and don’t forget to post pictures of any of these homework assignments, with the hashtag “#Springintobalance” and this week #unplug, #drinkmorewater, #earlytobed. You can follow us on Instagram here and here.
We are going to take turns letting you peek into our weekly journals so we can hold each other accountable and share in the journey together. If you would like to publish any of your journal entries, we will gladly link up your posts, so please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com).
Catching up? No problem … Proceed to Week 3 here.