A Self Check-In

We are finally (mostly) settled in at our new place and I feel like I just want to let out the biggest exhale. I don't remember moving being this stressful! I think the combination of moving while sick, moving out of the first home Parker was ever in, and running a business while doing it all was a LOT. I felt like I hit pause on life (and summer) and I'm finally pressing play again.

Somewhere in between all of this, I started to take a good look at my whole life. I just started to go through everything: Am I exercising enough? Have I been taking the time to simply breathe? Have I been unplugging after 5pm most nights? I did this big evaluation, not to be hard on myself, but to just check-in. Do you ever do this? I really feel like checking in with yourself is one of the simplest, most effective things we can do. Almost as if an alarm needs to go off every few months to say "hey, let's take a good look at things."

Anyway, my internal alarm went off and I tried to think about all of the things I'd love to work on. I'm obviously not going to be able to do all of this, but it was a simple reminder of the things that are important to me and to try my best to do as many as I can. See the list I made to myself below:

  • Cook more often. You love it.
  • Cut back on animal products.
  • Try and be asleep by 9:30pm (I used to always do this and lately it's been more like 11pm).
  • Change up exercises and strive for yoga 2x a week.
  • Get ready most days! You are running out of lounge clothes to wear around the house. Plus, it just makes you feel better. ; )
  • Date night with Tyson 1x a week. Try new things, rather than just a dinner out.
  • Unplug as often as possible after 5pm to spend quality time with family.
  • Take more photos with my camera, less on my phone.
  • Do more things solo- (see below).
  • Give thanks every day for what I have and put less focus on what I want.
  • Eat as clean as possible.
  • Volunteer.
  • Mind over matter: Worry less. More positive thinking.
  • Floss at least every other day (LOL).
  • Blog more often. It's more for you than anyone else.
  • Be in nature more often.
  • Drink less. Although I still don't drink that often, I feel best when it's only 2 or 3x a week max.
  • Meditate. You know you need to do this...
  • Try and not get distracted. Working from home can come with its own challenges. Stay focused.

We obviously know better than anyone, what is best for us. Taking time to check-in can be so powerful. 

One of the things that really stuck out to me when I was thinking about all of this, was my attachment to my family. Not a terrible problem, right? But really, especially now that I am working from home, we are always together. When we aren't together, it feels so strange and a little uncomfortable. As sweet as this may sound (and natural for parents), I also don't want to lose sight of who I am as my own person. Sometimes I need to remind myself to get out of my perpetual mom-mode and be, Lindsay. 

Do a little check in with me? If you really do, I hope you find some helpful reminders for yourself. Not ones that come with a bunch of pressure, but just things to remind you of what you want in life and what's good for you. 

Happy Sunday, everyone! xx

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