Happppppy Memorial Day!! And cheers to the unofficial start of summer. Gosh, I love this holiday SO much. First because it honors the brave men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, which is something I’m grateful for every single day. And second, because it means summer is finally, finally here. HALLELUJAH. This is hands down my favorite time of year and I could not be more excited to enjoy these next few months with my little crew. Today I thought it would be fun to do more of a laid back, chatty kinda post. I’ve actually been thinking about my goals for the summer, so I figured why not share those with you lovely people today?! Grab a snack and let’s chat!
1. Eat clean.
Over the past year we have had a LOT of sickness in our home. My son in particular has been sick more times than I can even count and it’s been really, really hard to watch. He almost couldn’t attend his kindergarten graduation last week because he was sick with a fever several days leading up to it. So this summer I’ve decided I want to take control of our health and I want our family to eat as clean and healthy as possible. I’m eliminating processed food and increasing healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado, along with tons of veggies and fresh food. I’m actually really excited for this change and I think the summer is the perfect time to do it. I can’t wait to see how it impacts our family. PS: if you’re interested, I HIGHLY encourage you to watch the documentary “The Magic Pill”. It’s all about how food impacts our mind and overall health. It’s very eye opening.
2. Essential oils.
I’ve chatted with you guys a few times about my love of essential oils, but to be honest I don’t use them as often as I should. This summer my goal is to re-introduce essential oils back into our home. I want to start using them again to improve our family’s overall health and I’d even like to switch out our cleaning products for things that are completely toxic free and safe for the kids. This summer is all about improving our health I’m excited to get back into oils.
3. Better work/life balance
One of my personal goals over the next couple of months is to find a better work/life balance because it’s something I’ve struggled with lately. You guy know how much I LOVE blogging, but it’s definitely gotten a lot harder for me to keep up with things after Ava came along. Adding a third kiddo into the mix means my time is even more limited and I have to be super organized so I can get the most out of each day. And since I work from home and we don’t have any outside childcare, I don’t have much time to work anymore unless it’s late at night or on the weekends, which isn’t always ideal. I’m definitely not complaining because it’s what I LOVE to do and I’m blessed to be home with my babies at the same time, but I just want to find a better balance this summer. I’m not sure exactly what that will look like yet, but things may slow down around here a bit with how often I’m posting. I hope you’ll stick with me even if that happens!
I mean, REALLY. How in the world am I supposed to get any work done with this little cutie crawling around?! She definitely keeps me on my toes.
4. Take more risks + IG change
Ok, I know this probably sounds a bit silly to some of you, but this summer I want to take more risks. I want to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, both in my personal life and even here on the blog too. I want to experiment with a few ideas I’ve been kicking around and just take a leap of faith in a couple areas of my life. I’ve also felt particularly bored with Instagram lately, so I want to start mixing up what I share over there and bring a lot more “real life” to my feed and more of our family too, even though I’ve been hesitant to do that because I’m extremely protective of my kids. They do show up occasionally, but not very often. (And my husband has asked that I don’t share him due to the nature of his job in law enforcement). I’ve also hesitated because I’m not sure people even want to see that kind of stuff, plus it’s scary putting yourself out there. But I want like to start sharing more snapshots of daily life with my sweet kiddos because they really are my entire world. So this summer I’m challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone and do that more often on Instagram and even here on the blog too.
5. Slow down & have FUN
Lastly, I want to slow down this summer. I want to enjoy each day with my kiddos as much as possible, without stressing about to-do lists or tasks I’ve left undone. I want less TV time for the kids, more adventures, and more nights spent laughing around the fire pit. I want to have epic water balloon fights, camp-outs in the backyard, and picnics as often as possible. Last summer was so busy with having a brand new baby, so this summer is all about slowing down and just having the most fun possible with my favorite little people.
Well I could ramble off several more goals I have for summer, but you’d probably be bored to death by then so I think I’ll stop here with these five! Thanks so much for stopping in today and spending part of your day here with me on the blog. Let me know what goals you have cookin’ the summer, I’d seriously love to hear it! xo