What’s been going on?
Things have been a whirlwind around here lately. R and V were both on breaks from occupational therapy for a while (that was fun, but I’m glad it’s over), V is now enrolled in two different autism studies, I just finished an intense business class, R’s ballet recital is right around the corner, V is starting ballet at the end of the month, I am about to officially launch my business tomorrow, Mr. A switched majors and started a new job that allows him to be home more often, the girls’ school has mostly been on break, I am prepping to go to Convention, we have family currently visiting, relatives planning to visit over the summer, I took on a new leadership role in my spiritual community, and I’ve really been focusing on mindfulness.
That last one, mindfulness, has truly been the overarching theme for me so far this year. I’ve been applying the concept to every aspect of my life.
The thing that started it all was going through the KonMari process. As I have been going through my things, one-by-one, I’m learning about what truly makes me happy. Not only that, but now I know exactly what I have, what I need, and what items would actually fit in my home. This has led to much more intentional shopping. I won’t just buy something because it’s “so cute” if I already have something similar. The exception being that I pledge to donate/sell the old version first. I also won’t buy something if I don’t have the space, no matter how great of a deal it is. The lack of clutter is massively helping with all of our collective sensory issues. Don’t worry. I haven’t gone full minimalist on you guys. I’m still working my way through the komono category (my kitchen is next), but there will be a full post on my KonMari journey coming up.
Now that we have less clutter and more space, spending device-free time with my kids is something that I literally schedule into my day, multiple times per day. I’m striving to make sure that each of them is getting quality one-on-one time with me, as well as cooperatively playing together with me. I’ve noticed that this has the bonus side-effect of keeping them more regulated. They’ve also been better about letting me know, in their own unique ways, that they’re getting disregulated before it turns into a full meltdown. I’m not saying that it’s working perfectly, or that we don’t have bad days, but the overall trend has been awesome!
Getting the girls stabilized has allowed me to make my own health a priority. Every morning, I get the kids settled, put the coffee on, get my diffuser going, and then I take an hour for myself in the kitchen. I sip my coffee, catch up on social media, check into the various pages that I moderate, and read while the girls independently go through their own morning routine in the living room. They still come in and ask me questions, but they understand that they need to give me that time, and take that time for themselves. I’m also taking supplements, utilizing fitness apps, paying attention to what I’m eating/drinking and how it makes my body feel, doing devotions, consciously grounding myself throughout the day, and getting more quality sleep. I’ve intentionally worked these things into my routine and my schedule. I’m definitely more emotionally balanced and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.
With all of these other things settled, I wanted to take a closer look at the products we buy. I’ve always been mindful of the products that we use on ourselves and our home, but I wanted to take it up a notch. We’re on a budget (who isn’t these days?), so I have to research to make sure that what I buy works, actually is safe, and will be cost-effective. Using my rewards program through Young Living to purchase ready-made products, or the essential oils that I need for the products I make on my own, has been my solution. Doing it this way helps my team, my family, my wallet (rewards points!), and the environment. Plus, it’s an easy time-saver. If you’re curious about what’s in your own household products, look them up on the EWG database.
In general, I’m paying more attention to: where I donate household goods, what charities I support, how my local community is affected by my actions (shopping, donating, voting, etc.), what bills I call my local representative to oppose/support, the local politicians who received my vote, where I shop, the things I buy, ingredients of everything, the literature/articles/posts I read, the people I follow, … Mindfulness and intentionality have both literally seeped into everything, and it’s been a wonderful experience.
Time management is the next “big thing” I plan to tackle. I might even end up dedicating a whole post once I’ve semi figured it out.
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