Archives for January 2017
Its safe to say, my favorite part of the day is unwinding after a busy day. After all the house work is done, the dinner is made and cleaned up, and emails responded to, is the time I value most. I never considered myself a busy person and most of the time I feel like I have a pretty relaxed life. But when looking back over schedules, I realize how time seems to escape me each week. Routine for me, is a foreign concept… I am not a routine kind of girl, but one thing is routine for me and that is my night time routine. And while it is not scientifically proven to elongate life or lower blood pressure, here are some tips from my routine that will hopefully help you refocus for the day ahead.
- Hydrate: It seems silly to say, “hydrate” like your about to run a marathon, but sleeping might as well be. When you sleep is your body resets it self in a way and drinking water helps in that process. If your like me, you drink less water throughout the work day so when I get home I drink herbal tea and have a glass of ice water (with ice cubes) sitting next to me. Another tip: don’t have alcohol with dinner, drink water instead. Staying hydrated will help your skin stay bright and help you sleep better (which is overall more relaxing).
- Wash your face: I typically take my make up off right when I get home. The first step to healthy skin is always washing your face and removing your make up after a long day helps you relax. For my skin routine, I use Mary Kay TimeWise 3 in 1 facial cleanser. I love it because it gets the job done without drying your face out.
- Moisturize: Clean, hydrated skin is the best way to kickstart relaxation. For my daily moisturizer I use, Clinique Moisture Surge , but for the evening, their overnight mask is literally my favorite product. Its odorless, creamy, and gets my skin perfect for the morning. For added goodness, I also use their All About Eyes moisturizer for drying lids and baggy eyes.
- Hair: Taking care of your hair is an important step to feeling relaxed. Before you throw it up in a messy bun to end your evening (what i do). Take some time to brush it 50-100 times and get all the knots out. It seems like a waste of time, but brushing your hair helps clean you scalp and increases blood flow. Not to mention, it helps condition and strengthen your hair and ultimately prevent hair loss.
- My final tip is Reading: Find a good book. My mom has always said that reading keeps her sane. There is nothing more relaxing then escaping your world for a time to enter the world of another and experience their life. Currently, my go to reading is the January issue of Architectural Digest and James Herriot’s, All Creatures Great and Small (a must read for animal lovers). Whatever your favorite genre might be, cut out sometime to read. It will enrich your life.
Hello again! Long time, no post… Let’s be honest, 2016 was a tough year. But, for many of us, the tough times are often the most informative. I’ve spent this last week reflecting over this past year-the ups, the downs, and the in between times and each year I try to summarize it by one word. Sometimes its a good word and sometimes a bad word, but either way it helps me formulate some goals for the coming year.
This year my word is: limitation
1.a limiting rule or circumstance; a restriction.“severe limitations on water use”
2.LAWa legally specified period beyond which an action may be defeated or a property right is not to continue.
A weird word to pick I know, but bare with me…
2016, more than any other year, has taught me about limits. You see, most of the time our limitations are viewed as something keeping us from accomplishing a goal or stopping us from going further in a certain areas. A good example is running. Fun fact: I am SUPER slow… In Middle school my track coach made me run a 400 meter dash…and I failed….miserably…. every. single. time. No matter how hard a train I will never be a Usain Bolt and thats just something I have to live with. My running is a limitation, especially if I ever have to out run that scary person in the scenario every girl has nightmares about.
For me, limitations have always been a sore point. I’m a prideful person and admitting a limitation isn’t something I’m good at. I’ve often let the fear of failing because of my limitations keep me from trying things. Im afraid of what people will think of me if I end up not being able to perform. What if they stop liking me? What if they can do it, but I can’t? I’ve always been worried about those pesky limitations.
This year, something changed in me, almost like turning the light switch on in a dark room. What if our limitations are actually our allies. When my husband and I got married, he gave me a camera for a wedding present along with a 55 mm lens. I love it and continue to use it now. Its a great lens too, but it presents problems when I want to take wide angle shots or photograph in my tiny house. At first, this frustrated me… I can’t take photos of what I want! Why does it have to be so hard to photograph what I want?! But over time, I began to see the lens as a challenge. How good could I get at taking stills, close up shots, and details? It began to excite me, challenge me and push me to see the limitation of no zoom as an asset to my learning. And over time I learned more and more. I’ll never be a Henri Cartier-Bresson or a Dorothea Lange with the camera but with each shot I continue to learn more and continue to grow.
If I had always viewed my lens as a set back rather than a challenge I never would have kept trying. An easy lesson, but a hard one for someone as stubborn as me. Maybe you’ve already learned this or are born with an innate sense of challenging ones self, but for me limitations is a scary word. But I think for 2017, I want to challenge all of us to nail down some limitations we have and try to see how those limitations might help make us better. Maybe its a stinky job, a lack of experience or connections. Whatever it is, try to make 2017 the year you rethink your limitations and begin to use them to propel you into the next great idea or project. Don’t let another year go by where your letting your limitations be a bad word.
Ultimately, my limitations have made me put greater faith in a limitless God; trusting that He knows best in all things and has made me perfect for what He wants me to accomplish. It is for His glory we have been given everything! So, I guess that means even our limitations too… Maybe in our limitations He is challenging us to look to Him in all things and trust that He who began a good work in us will continue it to completion.
Happy 2017 and God bless!