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My goal for the new year? Find more joy in the journey. Since that’s easier said than done, I’m sharing the list of 5 Ways to Find More Joy in the Journey I came up with for anyone else feeling overwhelmed with the chaos of life in general!
Sometimes the sheer busyness of life gets more than a little bit overwhelming. Between the to-do lists, the school pick-ups and drop-offs, the laundry, the meal planning, the shopping, the kid’s messes and fighting (and on and on), it can get easy fall into a routine where everything in life feels like a chore. And then on top of that I feel the dreaded mom-guilt. Why can’t I keep the house cleaner? Am I spending too much time working? Not enough snuggling and playing?
One of my main goals for this year is to find more Joy in the Journey. I feel like that has to start with taking care of myself so I can be a better wife, a better momma, a better blogger, and a better human being.
Here are five ways I’m planning to find more Joy in the Journey this year (even when the Journey involves drowning in piles of laundry and listening to my 2 year old scream about how she won’t drink her milk because it’s not in the blue cup).
1. MAKE time to relax.
WHY is this so much easier said than done?! And my goal is not just to find a few minutes of “me time” every day, it’s also to ENJOY it. To relax and not worry about what’s next on the to-do list or try to recall when the last time I mopped the floors was (honest answer: I have NO idea).
And notice how I said MAKE time not FIND time. There’s never enough hours in a day. There just aren’t.
One of my favorite, easy ways to unwind is to simply sit with a hot coffee and a new magazine or two. Not only do I get to read for pure entertainment, I usually see a few things that inspire me on the blogging or organizational front too.
After I dropped my kids at their respective schools the other day, instead of running errands or going home and getting right to work as usual, I stopped by Walmart and picked up a People® and Real Simple® magazine. Then I went home, brewed hot coffee and sat in my pretty office and read them. And I drank my coffee WHILE IT WAS STILL HOT. And it was amazing.
It’s freeing to put down the iPad/phone/laptop and grab a magazine to read! 🙂
Since we’ve established there simply aren’t enough hours in a day, we have to do the next best thing. Prioritize. I’ve started making a daily to-do list that breaks my day up into more manageable chunks of time. The most important things go at the top of the list (ideally including a workout most days!). If I don’t get to the stuff at the bottom, it simply gets moved to the next day. I’m getting so much more accomplished this way.
3. Ask For Help.
This one could alternatively be titled “Letting Go of the Control”. I’ll admit, I like to have things done a certain way around the house…but it’s exhausting trying to do it all. The truth is no one can do it all. At least not well. As moms, I think we tend to put a lot of the responsibility for everything on ourselves. It’s not until my husband reminds me he’s here to help too that I realize I put way too much pressure on myself to do it all. I forget that we’re a team. So I’ve started trying to be better about asking for his help when I need it or asking him to pop in the grocery store on his way home from work. I’m learning that he WANTS to help so much more than I realize! And having a chore-chart to make the kid’s more responsible for pitching in to keep up the house is helpful too.
4. Find a Hobby.
Doing something you love, especially creative things, are shown to be great stress relievers! As we become adults, it’s so easy to put what we love aside to focus on the things we “have” to do. I grew up being an extremely creative person but the time between collage and getting married, I’m not sure I spent any time at all being creative. I’m so glad that after so many years, I’m back to spending time doing what I love.
5. Hang Reminders.
If you’re like me, mommy-brain didn’t go away after pregnancy. In fact, I’ve found it’s only getting worse. It’s easy to forget to make “me time” a priority. So, I LOVE hanging up motivational reminders. In fact, I created an 8×10 hand-lettered print for myself and all of you too! Download the white one here and/or the navy one here.
I also have a coupon for you to to save $1.00 on ONE (1) PEOPLE®, InStyle®, PEOPLE StyleWatch®, All You®, or Real Simple® magazine. The Walmart digital coupon is available 1/14/15-2/16/15 (while supplies last). To access the coupon you must be a member/subscriber to Walmart.com. Get the coupon here!
Now, head to Walmart, grab a new magazine, and get started on that “me time”! You deserve it!