I recently bought a small moleskin art plus sketchbook and I've been really enjoying it. Spending time out in the porch doing little watercolor paintings while the baby naps.
...as though paradise had never been lost and earliest dreams were true, the charm of speech and reason. Nothing could be more disgusting than the one impression; nothing more delightful than the other, It all depended on the point of view. - C.S. Lewis Out of the Silent Planet
We are over half way through this reset! I don't know about others but so many good and hard things have been happening for us because of it!
I wanted to take some time and just share some quick encouragement, tips, ideas etc in the area of food for anyone that might need them. What we eat takes up so much of our time and energy so it deserves to be treated as a priority.
Perhaps you started January off with the plan to "diet" in some way. Or maybe you were going to eliminate certain foods. Now about twenty days later you may have found yourself giving in to the siren call of cookies, or the scone at the coffee shop, maybe second or third helpings at dinner, maybe late night cereal binges. Whatever it may be don't give up. Start fresh with everything that you eat and each day that you wake up. That's the awesome thing about life we get to 'reset' over and over. Don't give up your intent because of one (or ten) slip ups just keep going. Learn to be gentle with yourself.
Maybe you started out with a super strict plan and now are realizing it was not realistic. That's ok, readjust and keep going.
Also a sidenote in regards to eating plans and diets. They are helpful in a lot of ways especially if they are well balanced and real food. I would just caution anyone against restriction thinking with food - you know the whole "i'm on a diet so i can't have ____" thought line. Or "this is a cheat meal." I would suggest that whatever plan or diet you follow think of it as parameters for what you eat. And then only think about what you can/get to eat. Example: "I can't have this cookie because of my diet" vs "I am gonna eat this little bit of dark chocolate to satisfy my sugar craving because i love it and it's good for me". Sounds silly I know but if you make a habit out of switching those thoughts it will make a huge difference in how you approach food.
What if you already quit the eating plan you set out to follow? Start again. But start tiny. LIke drink more water, or add one veggie a day into your meals. Maybe cut out one food group that you know is bad for you (ahem SUGAR). Pick yourself up dust yourself off and take baby steps to eating better.
If anyone has changed the way they are eating because they want to lose weight - let's just stop right now! Whoever you are remember that you are perfect the way you are with or without extra pounds. Eat to feel good. Eat intentionally. Eat to taste flavors. Eat to nourish the body that you go through life with. Eating is not about gorging or starving ourselves it's about enjoying one of the most basic things in life.
So if before you were mindlessly binge eating anything and everything in sight now is the time to stop and think before you eat and think about why you are eating it.
If you are obsessively counting calories, grams, points, etc. Stop and think before you eat about why you are eating it.
Reset your mental approach to food. Create new habits in the way you think about food. Take small steps towards nourishing yourself better.
Think. taste. savor.
You can do it!
Sometimes life gets the better of us. We get so busy and caught up in things that we lose track of everything it seems. We get so busy, perhaps overwhelmed or jaded that we just mindlessly consume and do forgetting to enjoy life. We get stuck in not so great ruts. A new year is a wake up call. A time to start fresh.A time to disconnect from some things to reconnect to others, to connect with ourselves. A time to work at putting better patterns in place that will enrich life - even when it's crazy and busy.
My bestie and I have been talking at great length about doing a cleanse, purge, reset, daily habit, etc thing for a few weeks and the time has come to start. It won’t just be about eliminating loads of screen time but about adding in things that are so much better for us. WE ARE TAKING A BREAK AND GOING TO RESET! Who wants to join us?!
I will share with you what the issues are and how we are "resetting" ourselves. Anyone who wants to join us should examine their own life and what needs changing up and then plan accordingly. Also be real with yourself: if you have to go all or nothing to make changes than by all means do it. If you find tiny changes are more realistic for you than do that.
Here is where things currently stand with me - aka the issues (and I know Susie is in a pretty similar place):
I'm on my phone all the time. Calls, texts, emails, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, and on it goes. If I’m watching a movie with my husband I might also be browsing the web or scrolling through Instagram. If we're eating dinner, we are both on our phones or computers. First thing in the morning - gotta check in with what everyone else is doing. I need a break. I feel bogged down by it. I feel pressured by the standards of Pinterest and Instagram. I feel discontent with my body, my house, my mothering, my art, my photography skills, etc. etc. etc. I know I’m not alone at all, because I have had many conversations about the love/hate relationship we all have with the internet and social media.
My normally reasonably healthy diet has become three food groups coffee, sugar and butter. I feel gross and my digestion is suffering.
I put off things I want to do - like making art or working out - so often in the day that before I know it I’m in bed and feel like I've wasted my day.
Without further ado here are the four areas we are resetting and what we will be doing in each:
One - Disconnect from screen time: No social media, no mindless web browsing, no iPhone games, no Pinterest, etc. Only work and other necessary uses of screens.
Two - Reset Mental/Emotional health: By eliminating all the time we waste on screens we will free up all this space in our brains. Here is where we begin to add things. For us it will be things like a few lines of gratitude journaling every night, five minutes of meditation and or prayer every day. The reading of some good books.
Three - Reset Physical Activity habits: Making exercise and movement a daily habit. Exercise looks different for every body and what fits into a schedule is different for everyone. Our main goal with the reset isn’t to get super fit or go to the gym every day, although those are good goals. We are more interested in creating a doable daily habit that can be kept up maybe for always. For me that means about a 15 minute daily minimum of yoga or a HIIT workout. If I have time or the desire to do more I will but I will have to get those 15 minutes in.
Four - Reset what we eat: I like pretty clearly defined rules for myself when it comes to what I will and won’t eat. Everyone is different so pick your style. For Susie it will be a strict Whole 30. For me it will be Whole 30 plus oats, rice, honey and a smidge of dark chocolate or coffee here and there. I’m breast feeding and have a hard time eating enough some times so the addition of those things will make it easier for me (also - I've done Whole 30 before and couldn’t handle no sugar at all so I’m making those little exceptions for my own mental health...and I know it will still make a huge difference in my diet). I also want to aim for a handful of greens everyday even if it means in a smoothie because I don’t think I ever eat enough.
The last factor is the addition of some bigger goals or challenges for at least 31 days maybe even longer.
Mine is to sketch every day and finish one painting a week.
Susie’s is to keep a life and home project/goal list, check at least one thing off the list each day, and intentionally learn/do one new thing every week.
Join us if you dare, we can keep each other up to date via email or text. I will make a few more posts with more detailed ideas for fitness and food as we go. Let's do this!
This is the jewelry box that I dreamed up (literally), my husband built, i painted, we hung, and Courtney photographed. I love it because it hides all my jewels, saves space and looks great (even though the painting is hardly finished yet).
I know I am not the only one who has a lack of dresser space, a surplus of jewels, and a desire to keep my space looking stylish and neat all at the same time. I know a lot of people are interested in how to make a box themselves so here are some simple but hopefully helpful instructions on what we did.
Disclaimer – The box based on these instructions measures about 4’x2′. We are not carpenters by any means and I’m sure it could be made better but it will at least give you an idea of how to do it. Also this is based on what our local Home Depot sells so it may be different for everyone – again it is just an idea of how to build one.
Thanks for looking!
One 11/32” 2×4 Sanded Plywood Project Panel – $9.45
One 1/8” 2×4 Tempered Hardboard Project Panel – $5.42
Two 1” x 4” 6’ Select Pine Boards @ $6.68/each = $13.36
One 1-1/2” x 30” Continuous Hinge – $8.97
One 64mm Double Magnetic Catch w/Strike – $1.79
Two bags #10 x 2” Wood Screws (4pc) @ $1.18/bag = $2.36
Two bags #6 x 1-1/4” Wood Screws (12pc) @ $1.18/bag = $2.36
One bag #4-40 x 1/2” Machine Screws (8pc) – $1.18
One pack 2” Common Nails (25pc) – $1.30
One pack 3/4” Brass Hooks (threaded) (4pc) – $1.18
Optional: One pack 2” Inside Corner Braces (4pc) – $4.68
Optional: Gorilla Glue (8oz) – $3.83
$47.37 or $55.88 (optional)
Step 1: Put your 1×4’s together and make a frame.
Step 2: Attach the sanded plywood panel to one side. Now you should have what essentially looks like a shadow box or deep frame. If you want to attach cross braces on the inside of the frame you totally can.
Step 3: center and attach the hinges from one long side of your frame to the long edge of the tempered hardboard panel.
Step 4: attach the magnetic components to the top inside of the frame and the top of the ‘door’
Step 5: Mark where you want jewelry to hang and then put in nails, screws, hooks, knobs wires etc as desired – just be careful you don’t go all the way through the back.
Step 6: Paint the outside or decorate as desired then screw through the back to attach to the wall (that is what the x’s represent in the drawing) put your jewelry away and enjoy.
Thanks for checking this out and for appreciating creativity!