The idea that a new season is on the horizon is a bit exciting and unsettling for me – mostly because my little fam and I are trying to figure out our new normal in Arizona. This year has already brought so many changes; the biggest of course, welcoming Vivienne into our lives. Little shifts have also occurred that have made me feel more “uncomfortable” than ever and very little in this new role as a mom or new life in a new state has felt routine. I remember reading somewhere that feeling comfortable for too long is a sign that no growth is happening so I’ve tried to welcome this discomfort with the idea that some good stuff is taking place. The middle is always messy but that’s where the true magic happens right?
In the same boat, my husband and I tend to remember times of change as “the good ol’ days.” In our relationship the times we felt like life was having us “go through it” were often the days our relationship became stronger and we were happiest because we found comfort in each other. For that reason, I decided to hit pause on fall for a bit and make an effort to enjoy the last of these summer days – afterall, it’s been Vivienne’s first summer! These moments where everything is so new to her are fleeting and I’ve been trying to stop living for the future and just experience her discoveries along with her.
I also decided to wear as many pretty floral dresses as I can before the end of summer because why not?! This white and blue midi is a current favorite. I’m a firm believer in dressing for the day you want and right now my days are sunny and I’m pretty much going with the flow – like the skirt of this dress 😉
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With hitting pause on fall come some other things I’m slowing down on this week and I thought I’d share them with you today. They’re small but I’m hoping they bring a little consistancy and much needed re-focus during this transitional time.
3 things to hit pause on this week.. and maybe the following week too 😉
Life has been super busy for us lately that we’ve been on-the-go and eating out a lot. While we love exploring new restaurants (especially since we’re getting to know Arizona all over again) we’re vowing to make more meals at home. My husband has started meal prepping on Sundays and I’ve also stopped my urges to stop at all the places I’ve missed to grab a quick bite. Not only will this save money but it’ll help me stay focused on a healthier lifestyle.
I have a post on this topic you can find here but basically I’m talking about over extending yourself. Hitting the “pause button” on saying “yes” to everything that comes your way is a quick way to starting recovering from burn out. I think what helped me stop feeling bad about saying “no” was realizing that those who care about me will understand. My time is so limited these days that my energy has to be given to the things and people that make me happy (and no, that’s not selfish). I don’t really have the time to waste and that’s okay! Say it with me, “It’s okay to say no and put yourself first!” 😉
Endless hours on social media
We can all get lost in the rabbit hole that is Instagram – I’m certainly guilty. And while I think the app gets a bad rap sometimes, it’s healthy to step away and limit the amount of time spent mindlessly scrolling. This week I’ve started my mini “digital detox” by not going on Instagram right as I wake up and before I go to bed. It’s been helping me fall asleep a lot better and I’ve been starting my mornings with more intention.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the new season and if there’s anything you’d like to hit the pause button on this week/weekend? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Happy Wednesday and until my next post.