I was recently inspired to get my s*** together from one of my favorite memory keepers, Ali Edwards. She wrote a post about her wellness journey and it made me think about my own life and everything I have going on right now. As focused as I am on my kids and getting them through this, I know I need to take care of myself too. Up until now, I’ve done a pretty poor job of that.
I eat too much junk and drink too much hipster coffee (even though I’m not a hipster). I binge-watch way too much Parks & Rec and read Harry Potter too many times. I don’t drink near enough water and don’t really like being outside (deer flies are the devil).
I’m negative and pessimistic. Every situation is the end of the world, and anxiety pretty much runs my life. I don’t have any really close friends and it’s social anxiety’s fault. Depression keeps me from feeling okay about my body and my life.
But that’s not how I want my kids to grow up. That’s not what I want for us – for me. We deserve better.
To me, being brave means stepping up – Rising Strong – and taking care of myself and my kids. Taking back control of all the things in my life and letting go of the ones that don’t matter anymore.
I am working on a solid plan right now to improve all the important areas of my life. I want to be honest and open about my struggles and triumphs, because I was silent for so long. I hope you’ll join me!
I have been lazy this summer (so far, I mean, it’s only mid-June!) But my kids have things to do and places to go (parks and lakes and fishing and camping and and and) so I need to be a little more intentional with my time, making sure that I get all of the grown-up things done, so I can have fun with my kids.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading about block scheduling right now – Ali Edwards has a post about this, and it’s how she gets all of her awesome projects done. I know that it’s not a new concept, but it’s new to me. I even have a board on Pinterest just for this. The next step is sitting down and actually figuring out a schedule! I’ll be using Google Calendar (color-coding!) and my inkWELL Press planner.
Stay tuned for my next post – how I put together my schedule – including fun and family time!
Day In The Life is Ali Edwards’ project. You can learn more about it on her blog.
I am documenting two days this year, since I don’t have the kids every day. I want to focus on routine, but also how things have changed since becoming a one-parent household.
I haven’t had success with documenting an entire day before. I always forget by about noon, and by the time I remember, it’s bedtime and too dark for photos.
This time, I am setting an hourly reminder in my phone, which will tell me to take a photo (either with my phone or my DSLR – really want to use the DSLR as much as possible) and to make a note with what the photo was about and some feelings about the moment.
I’ll be using VSCOcam for editing photos (legacy 04 preset) and the Filmborn app with the PANF black and white preset. For putting together a layout, I will be using the Project Life app, with the Project 52 Fresh Edition. I haven’t decided which template to use (6×8 or 12×12) but it will most likely be 12×12, since I usually take too many photos and can’t leave any out.
Are you joining in on June 20?
I will be joining Ali Edwards on October 27 to document a day in my life. I’m not sure if she has a graphic to share, but I made my own for my blog.
My plan is to take photos with both my big camera and my phone, but let’s be honest, most of them will be phone photos. It’s what I always have with me and it’s so easy to edit and share them directly from my phone, vs. uploading, editing, resizing, saving to Dropbox, exporting and uploading to Instagram.
I will be using Photoshop to put an album together though, with Project Life templates, Ali’s DITL templates and her DITL No. 3 kit. *Not affiliate links, I just like these products!
I’ll be posting it all to my instagram on October 27.