Yesterday’s OOTD and brain dump

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  1. Some nights…dinners include veggies like bok choy and mushrooms other days it’s the 4th bowl of cheerios that day 😶 #ToddlersRule
  2. I can’t be the only one who feels unkempt when my nails are bare of lacquer.
  3. For the remainder of the month of July my goals are to 1) finish #The100dayproject and 2) create my Return to Work strategy which will be executed in a few months.  These are both huge goals and complete opposite spectrums of my life (creativity and career – really wish they were more aligned).  I am planning on deciding on 3 main tasks for each goal and then breaking up those tasks into small action items for the coming weeks.
  4. Started using MyFitnessPal to track my food intake because I realized portion control  was not happening and volume eating potentially does not work for me.
  5. I need a new photobook creating site (Shutterfly isn’t my jam at the moment) – send me your suggestions or leave a comment below!

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Everything I am wearing is vintage aka already in my closet and has been for a few years (minus the shoes).  Although I want to buy so many cute summer things I am not (I am not perfect but I am doing my best).   You can read more about that here.

5 daily pick me ups

Mat leave is wonderful and hard.  The second time around it’s definitely more work. The first time around, I don’t remember ever making/preparing dinner before 5pm or doing dishes for that matter.  These days I am constantly multitasking and with that I fight for my personal time.  I need it for myself and for my family.

On the hard days, I want to remind myself on ways to pick myself up.  So here goes:

1. Consume something positive or uplifting: My go-tos are an inspiring Ted Talk, Pod Cast or listening to my summer play list.  I know I’ve been discussing and trying to understand #CreateMoreThanYouConsume but when the thing you are consuming is positive and uplifting I really believe it pushes you to create something.  You’ll have a smile on your face, you’ll be filled with inspiration or you’ll actually create something to deliver what you’ve learned.  Here, here and here are somethings I’ve consumed worth sharing.

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3.  Exercise: Whether it’s a stroller walk in the mall or run on the treadmill while the baby sleeps, stop procrastinating and do it.  The endorphins will kick in and you’ll have an automatic smile on your face.

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4. Journal: Right now, I have two journals of choice.  One for gratitude/intention/affirmations/positive thinking and another for day planning/bullet journaling. I use them to both start and end my day as well as keep me focused on things I want to accomplish.

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5.  Get Outside:  Fresh air does wonders.  Even if it’s only 5 minutes of sitting in the warmth of the sun.  The babe will be mesmerized by something in nature which will give you a few minutes to yourself :)

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Summer 2017 Playlist

When I think of summer music I think summer anthem.  And I’m definitely not as civilized in the ways of music – I mean if I know the lyrics to the songs that are playing on the radio I’m usually pretty content.  With that said – here is our Summer 17 mix CD.  To be placed in all the cars and replay in our living room :)

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edit: I grew up listening to whatever station my parents listened to.  Which was a station from Buffalo, NY that played contemporary hits.  I knew all the words and can even sing the lyrics to songs from the 80s and early 90s :) I was also well known for singing songs from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Hence why I have no problem with a few princess songs on our family mix cd :P

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You can view / listen to our play list here.

What works for me: Goals, Productivity & #Motherhood

I was lucky enough to see my mentor on my trip to the city last week.  I am glad that I was able to make it happened. (I love seeing how the things I write down come to fruition #ThoughtsBecomeThings).

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She mentioned to me to enjoy my time off (Maternity Leave) because she could see the gears turning as I was talking to her about my thoughts for when I return.  She suggested to me to make a plan and set a date and then not to think about any of that until that time.  She told me to enjoy my time off (not really time off but you know) and enjoy my family.

I am – totally and completely.

Yesterday I walked back from the baby’s library program in the beautiful 24 degree weather with the sun shinning down and I couldn’t have been more content and present.

And I realized that part of me enjoying my time is having something to look forward to and something to achieve for myself.  I need this to feel like myself.  And if I don’t feel like myself, I won’t be happy.  And if a mom isn’t happy than it’s not a good thing for anybody.

So this is just a reminder to myself, to keep having goals (small daily wins and big audacious dreams) keep doing me so I can take care of myself and my family.

Weekend Activities + Weekly Goals (Part 9)

Here’s hoping you had a fab weekend.  Ours consisted of family, parks, brunch, errands and chores around the house, more about that here.

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Add this picture of this slug because that is how I feel about my goals progress :)

  1. Read a chapter (no, but updated my library app to be able to listen to the audio book)
  2. Take some everyday/creative photography ✔️
  3. Get my 10K steps in 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days ✔️
  4. Tuesday Self Care: Mediate, Bath and Yoga
  5. Put away clean laundry ✔️
  6. Born to Read program ✔️
  7. Wear something other than leggings everyday ✔️ (been wearing more jeans lol)
  8. Send pictures to friends
  9. Grocery Run ✔️
  10. Try my hardest to get in touch with my Mentor ✔️ (that happened today)

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Goals for this week:

  1. Visit my office with Baby El
  2. Have a lunch date with the Mister  
  3. Finish July’s Ed Cal
  4. Finish this weeks blogging challenge
  5. Book an RMT
  6. Get my 10k Steps 5/7 days and workout 4/7 days
  7. Pick up family pictures
  8. Book a hair cut
  9. Complete May, June & July in 2015 photo book
  10. Review ch 1-2 of #TLCMoCU

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