I’ve been struggling with my blog writing over the last few weeks and feel like my creativity has taken a bit of a dip. Like most moms, one of my biggest challenges is juggling all the balls and then keeping those balls in the air. I often feel like my mind runs at a million miles an hour with just as many thoughts running through it and more often than I like to admit, I find myself wondering what on earth I was just thinking about – sound familiar?! With being a full-time mom, running a blog and opening up my online store (hop on over to Lulubean’s Boutique to do a little shopping 🙂 ), there are just not enough hours in the day. And as a result of all the busyness at the moment, I find myself staring at that ridiculously annoying blinking cursor before simply closing my laptop and finding something else to do. Not only is writing my creative outlet and a way for me to clear some of the clutter in my head, but I also actually have content that needs to come to life!
When Pure Beginnings and Stella from Stellarize Your Life, invited me to their Celebrate Your Organic event, I was definitely intrigued. I drew a lot of inspiration from the event and it ties in nicely with a post I had been thinking of putting together. The goal behind the event is to encourage a movement towards being more attentive to how we live. Celebrating organic looks different for everyone and it isn’t just about going vegetarian and eating a plant based diet.
As moms we lead very full and busy lives and this event was an opportunity to stop, catch our breath and reflect on what our organic might look like. We started the evening with some gentle breathing and reflection (led by the amazing Chloe from Chloe-Yoga) and it reminded me just how powerful the simple act of breathing can be. Being completely present, conscious of your body and emptying your mind – for me, I always feel like I’ve hit the reset button. While I am generally quite a chilled person, I can spend a lot of time in my head and have a tendency to overthink things so remembering to pause and let go of the chaos in my head, is hugely beneficial. Leaving the event I really felt inspired to make a few small changes to my every day living and so I thought I’d share with you what my version of organic looks like.
Taking the pressure off: This is a big one for me as I tend to put a huge amount of pressure on myself in the things that I do – I’m a one on the Enneagram so I lean towards being a perfectionist… If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a while or followed me on Instagram, then you’ll know that I love exercising and being fit. One of the things I really struggle with is simply not finding the time to make fitness a priority and often wonder how I can’t manage to find 30 minutes in my day to do a workout. My husband travels a lot for work which means I don’t often get the evenings to go to gym or do a workout. And if I’m honest, by the time 6pm rolls around, I am exhausted from a full day of being a mom! Yes, I could wake up an hour earlier every morning to get my workout in before the rest of the house wakes up but if I’m completely honest, I love my sleep more than I love my workouts and choosing to start my day 5.30am does not excite me in the least.
But setting goals and having a plan that I don’t manage to stick to gives me a huge amount of anxiety. I’m also not the type of person who can settle for doing something halfheartedly (hello perfectionist!) so if I decide to start the #sweat12weekchallenge, then I need to stick to the workouts on the said days of the week. While I was at the top of my fitness game before falling pregnant, it’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be to get back to anything close to that. And as much as I love Instagram as sharing platform, I do find it often sets us up to feel like we are failing in some way and that I don’t have my s@#t together as much as the next person. So, what am I doing? I’m taking the pressure off. I need to exercise, it’s a way for me to de-stress and recharge but it just looks a little different for now and isn’t at the same intensity. A few evenings a week I take Oliver for a brisk 30 – 45 minute walk in his pram, which he loves. It’s amazing what getting your blood pumping and some fresh air can do – especially at that point of the day when we could both do with a change of scenery – and then when I can, hitting the gym. By just adjusting my goals a little, I can still stay active and healthy but taking the pressure off has been a big relief. I firmly believe that everything has a season and this is not my season to be at the top of my fitness game – and that’s not to say I won’t get back there. I also know that this season of busy toddler life and Oliver’s fierce need for me will be all too short, so I’m soaking it all up while I can. I’m also being a little kinder to myself and appreciating my body for the beautiful little human it created – thank you, Chloe, for this much needed reminder. It’s something I definitely needed to hear.
Just breathe: Feeling so refreshed after a few simple breathing and stretching exercises inspired my next goal – to set aside a few minutes at the end of every day to focus on just breathing. I often find that my mind is at it’s most active when I get into bed at night and this is an incredibly effective tool to wind down and let go of the clutter. I am also making a concerted effort to not pick up my phone when I get into bed as I find scrolling through Instagram doesn’t help in creating a quiet mind! In my last Life Lately post I spoke about the importance being present when I’m with Oliver. Putting my phone away and not constantly checking Instagram or replying to emails has been incredibly refreshing. I know being active on social media is a big part of what I do but that does’t mean I need to be engaged all the time. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s happening on social media rather than in the pure magic right in front of you.
Pack away the Plastic: This one is a more traditional point on celebrating organic but it’s something that I have a huge amount of room for improvement. We are big into recycling in our house and have been for years but my goal is to work on reducing the amount of plastic we are bringing into our house in the first place. One of the easiest ones is taking my own bags to the shops but the one I often only remember when I’m standing at the till waiting to pay (I keep a fold up one in my handbag but that only gets me so far). So the change – my bags now have a new home in my car so that I can’t leave them behind! The second change I’m making is to limited the number of plastic water bottles I buy. I always reuse them but I don’t actually need to buy them in the first place. We were gifted the most beautiful go-eco glass water bottles from Kuro-Bo and it’s going to be my permanent on-the-go water bottle.
I’m celebrating my organic with a slower, more intentional way of living. How does celebrating organic look for you? What one thing do you feel you want to change?