My Hopes for 2020 | July Check-In

My Hopes for 2020 | July Check-In

While I didn’t think that this year could get any wilder, June proved me wrong. For me, each month has brought more fear, uncertainty, confusion and thought-provoking moments. With the resurgence of the corona virus and (long overdue) civil unrest, I have had no choice but to take this month one day at a time. Trying to do the best I can to keep others safe, while educating myself on topics I have neglected in the past. As I write this post, it is interesting to look back on the past month and recognize how much different it feels that previous months this year.

 

Live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Go for a 30 minute walk each day. Nailed it. I have been walking for 60 minutes every day, with very few exceptions. It has become one of my favorite parts of the day. Enjoying the fresh air, listening to audio books and processing my thoughts.
  • Drink 96 oz. of water each day. Another nailed it. I have been religiously hauling around my tumbler and refilling it multiple times each day. I think all of the walking helps with this. I have started craving water rather than coffee or soda.
  • Limit as much as I can (or cut completely) dairy from my diet. Also going really well. I have decided it may not be sure realistic to completely cut this from my diet, but I have made every effort to cut down on my consumption.
  • Eliminate (again) soda from my diet. Doing good here. I did have one diet coke this month, because it sounded really good. Other than that, no soda.

Find small ways to better myself.

  • No screen time 30 minutes prior to bed. This one has not been going as well this month. I was on a roll in May, but completely fell off the bandwagon in June. Here’s to July!
  • Read a book a week. Going good! Between reading and listening to books, I am on track with this!
  • Create & stick to a morning routine. Another win. While my routine may change a bit from day to day, the basics are there. When I start my days with this routine, I feel so much more productive by the end of the day.
  • Be more open with my feelings. This is also going well. I can remember a few times that I spoke up when I probably wouldn’t have in the past. I remember thinking after that I was proud of myself and that it felt good.

Become a better global citizen.

  • Use only reusable water bottles and tumblers. This is going super well! At home, it is all reusable items all the time. Because coffee shops aren’t allowing reusable cups right now, I think I ended up with single use cups 2-3 times when I stopped by a favorite local coffee shop.
  • Limit consumption of meat. This is going pretty well also. I have been trying to eat more fish and beans as an alternative. There are very few times when I am really wanting meat.
  • Listen to the news every morning. This has totally worked its way into my routine. I listen to it every morning while I am tidying. I love starting my day feeling like I am informed.
  • ADDContinuous Education: Ever since the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests, I have been trying to find ways to educate myself on these topics. I want to add a goal that is to consume at least one piece of educational material a week.

While June was a crazy month in many ways, it did force me to really embrace a lot of these goals. I think they helped me feel sane when there was so much crazy all around. Until next time, friends… CML

Educate Yourself | Listen

Educate Yourself | Listen

Welcome to another week of the “Educate Yourself” series. Up this week is podcasts. Personally, I love podcasts. I love the art of storytelling and being able to hear how people explain things. When doing research, I was excited to see how many podcasts there are out there. I know that this is not a comprehensive list and will definitely add to it over time. If you have a recommendation, please leave it in the comments!

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Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

It is hard to believe that Independence Day is only a week away. While the holiday will certainly look different this year, there are still some traditions that may be able to remain. I love hunting for the perfect Fourth of July outfit each year. Figuring out what best portrays my style, shows some patriotism, but isn’t too cheesy. I inevitably google and search Pinterest for inspiration, but will ultimately go with what feels right. I thought I would put together some ideas for outfits I think would be just perfect for the holiday!

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Friday Five | Porch Picks

Friday Five | Porch Picks

As we are finally starting to gear up for summer here in the Pacific Northwest, I have been thinking about how I can give our patio a little refresh. I love that we have a covered porch, so really despite the weather we can be outside, but once it gets sunny and warm, that is the only place I want to be! We are starting to prepare for a remodel to our house and our deck getting moved, so I have been challenged to find things that can easily be moved to the new set up! Such exciting stuff!

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How to Plan a Honeymoon

How to Plan a Honeymoon

I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the planning process was actually planning our honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, I loved planning the wedding but it was just different. There were times when it feels like you are planning the wedding for other people. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. all have expectations of what your wedding will be. And realistically, they are all coming to this event for you, so it is kind to keep  them in mind when planning. But, the honeymoon. The honeymoon is different. The honeymoon is truly just for you and your special someone. I love traveling in general, so this was even more fun.

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Setbacks

Setbacks

I knew when I started my journey toward wellness I would experience setbacks along the way. I would have great days that I was completely proud of and that made me feel fantastic. I would have other days that did not make me feel good and like I could have made better choices. I knew things wouldn’t be perfect and I knew I would stumble. My goal from the beginning was not give up when I did experience those setbacks. To let those times be just that, setbacks, not the end of my journey. Having come out the other side of my first setback, I am proud that I have not given up and that it isn’t the end of this journey for me.

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Capsule Wardrobe | Summer Additions

Capsule Wardrobe | Summer Additions

I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I loved putting one together and posting about it a couple of weeks ago. The one thing I have I have always struggled with in relation to the capsule wardrobe, is that I love seasonal clothes that really exemplify that season. The fun earrings in summer or sturdy boots in winter. But there are items that I wouldn’t necessarily put in a true capsule wardrobe because they can’t be used year round. So I decide to create my basic capsule wardrobe, then create mini capsules each season to add in fun seasonal pieces that may not work other times of the year.

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The Wedding Series: Our Wedding Day

The Wedding Series: Our Wedding Day

It is hard to believe that we are getting so close to our first anniversary. This past year has just flown by. Our wedding day was one of the happiest of my my life. While it may not have been perfect (I’m looking at you 90 degree heat) on paper, it was perfect to me in every way. I found that it wasn’t all of the little details that made it perfect, but rather getting to marry my favorite person surrounded by our friends and family.

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Friday Five | Educate Yourself

Friday Five | Educate Yourself

Over the past few weeks I have been doing what I can to educate myself more on systemic racism and how that plays a role in essentially ever aspect our society. I truly believe in the power of education and feel there are so many people that could benefit from educating themselves on these topics. I have been working on compiling all of the resources, books, articles, videos, etc. that I have been finding to put into posts in the coming weeks. I wanted to share a preview of a few of the people and items that have had the biggest impact on me so far.

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