My only resolution for 2013 has been to Take Care Of Me. To me, Take Care Of Me is a life philosophy: when I’m happy, I’m my best self. It’s that simple. January was great, I hit some road blocks in February, had both an injury and progress in March, kept it status quo in April, and had an adventurous May. Let’s see how June went!
Summer is officially here! There is still a part of me that gets really excited for summer like I did when I was a kid. Obviously it’s different as an adult because I don’t have a summer vacation or a pool but I’m trying to figure out ways to capture that excitement as part of Taking Care of Me. So far being outside as much as possible helps. I also bought a few new summer wardrobe items that are bright and fun (as opposed to my normal black). Heck, even eating a bunch of fresh watermelon and having the juice drip down my chin made me a little giddy.
One big change for June was my routine. I mentioned my love/hate relationship with my routine at the beginning of the month and really struggled with it in June post-vacation. I was sleeping horribly, having trouble waking up and was dogging it at the gym and feeling lethargic all day because of it. I resisted for a while, trying to keep going, but as we all know the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting different results. So mid-month I stopped resisting and started making changes.
The first change was with juice. I know, it’s so small and insignificant but it put it motion huge changes. While I love juicing, and all of the health benefits of juice, it is super time consuming. It takes me 25 minutes in the morning to make two different juices for John and I every day. So I stopped making morning juice and instead started making us protein smoothies at night for breakfast the next day. Removing the time I spent making juice allowed me to get back on track with when I left the house, subsequently catching the early bus and getting to the gym with enough time for a least 45 minutes of cardio before work (instead of getting there, doing 10 minutes of stretching, then getting in the shower like I was doing at the beginning of the month – I told you I was dogging it!).
Getting in a mega cardio workout in the morning actually helps my energy level for the rest of the day so this change has really helped too. My 2PM slump has lessened and I’m ready for bed by 9PM. This has also really evened out my sleep schedule which allows me to get up at 5AM and start all over again.
Another routine buster that I forced myself to do this month was to start doing yoga again. I did yoga consistently for about 4 years but stopped when I moved away from my old studio in 2009. My friend Nicole introduced me to this amazing studio in our our town that does all hot yoga and so I’ve been a few times. Man, am I out of yoga-shape but it’s feeling really good to practice again.
I jump started a few other things this month that were starting to feel stale. I got a new hair cut and color which always makes me feel good. I also spent an entire Sunday cleaning our house from top to bottom, every surface scrubbed. It’s good to have a fresh start!
Last but not least June was an awesome month for my financial health. I paid down all of my credit card debt. It wasn’t a lot but it was lingering from month to month which is bad, bad, bad. We also made a hefty principal-only payment to our mortgage which felt awesome in a grown up kind of way.
I want to close this month’s post with a quote I found. Joss Whedon was the commencement speaker at Wesleyan University this year and said something about growth that really resonated with me as part of my Taking Care of Me mission:
“You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key – not only to consciousness, but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in…It is now more than ever about understanding yourself so you can become yourself.”