Explore 2019: Summer Planning

Where are you at with summer planning? One of the tricky things about being self-employed is that technically I'm "flexible" (quotes warranted)...which means I struggle with committing to camps or whatever because we end up making our plans late. Part of me likes operating more last minute because I have learned from Jon that it's really powerful to make decisions closer in so you actually know how you are feeling in that moment.

But last summer was really awful for me. You might remember that I suffered from what Jon and I called a "stress seizure" and it was really, really scary. I was carrying too many things and operating day to day assuming I could just juggle all the things. I did not build in enough help in advance and I crashed and burned hard.

School is out in a few weeks and I have started mapping out -- on paper! -- a framework so I can see the big picture. I am working on alternating time off and camp time for Violet so that I can actually be present whether in work or play mode.

This photo is a throwback to 4 weeks ago when I was with dear friends, about to roadtrip to Mom 2.0 summit. I am posting it as a reminder to myself that this is the level of happy and relaxed I want to shoot for this summer.

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Explore 2019: To Run or Not to Run

Running has been on my mind a lot lately so -- given Monday's Boston Marathon -- I'm throwing it back to a photo from my first half marathon: the BAA half in 2013.

My peak in running was in 2015, when I ran Boston’s Run to Remember -- I was happy, comfortable, and ran the whole thing without stopping. At that time, running was seriously meditative for me.

But since then I have struggled. I'm not sure what happened. I have made a few attempts to get back into it but it has just not felt comfortable. I have had some disastrous races. And sometimes it's just felt totally painful.

So I'm pondering. Do I keep trying, perhaps with more of a steady plan in place? Am I starting up then giving up too soon? Do I just let go of running given the joy I have found in other physical activities like tennis? Would love to hear thoughts from those of you have gotten into running ruts!

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Explore 2019: Natural Eczema Remedies

Who are my eczema sufferers out there? Vi periodically flares up on the inside of her elbows but this past week has been AWFUL. Super itchy and also at the wrists and on her legs too. The past two nights the itchiness has woken Vi up and she's come into bed with me and man, the sound of her scratching vigorously is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I have basically been up every couple of hours applying cream. (Note to self: if I ever get any ideas about having another baby remember the current zombie state I am in after 2 bad nights of sleep.)

We've been using our typical OTC creams (e.g., Aquaphor, hydrolatum) as well as the prescription stuff (triamcinoclone) and have also cut out dairy the last few days (Vi is not happy about losing access to cheese).

Part of me was wondering whether I need a stronger prescription med but I definitely would rather explore (my #2019 word!) natural remedies. So I'm trying an eczema cream recipe I found on Dr. Josh Axe’s site. I feel like you can't go wrong with shea butter, coconut oil, honey, lavender, and tea tree oil. I made a batch and it smells fantastic and I do like the consistency of it a lot. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WORK.

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Also, yikes I just cleaned my office and discovered a delivery from Mad Gab’s (thank you Mad Gab’s! yay, women-owned businesses!) -- these natural body balms include some additional ingredients beyond the Dr. Axe cream I made so I'm going to try those next or maybe in tandem because I reaaaaallly want to sleep through the night tonight!

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If you've got other eczema recs I'd love to hear them. Awesome probiotics? Favorite humidifiers? I am open to exploring more natural remedies for my poor babe. Thank you in advance!