Explore 2019 #224: Surrendering

This gif from Michelle Porucznik sums up today. I texted it to Jon with the following message (after attempting further ridiculous calendar Tetris and ultimately bailing on two speaking events for next month): "This is me surrendering to fall scheduling."

Surrendering was a necessary gift to myself. I actually feel zero FOMO because I just feel relieved!

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Explore 2019 #213: Fall reset

Bare-faced selfie reflective of major fall reset. Coming out of summer indulgence, I was reminded of how sensitive I am to what goes in my body. I have been a walking (actually, hobbling) dumpster fire: irritable, allergies in high gear, feet/joints hurting, dandruff flaring up, bloated. I had a big cry by the ocean about it with Jon and then was like, TIME TO GET A HANDLE ON THIS SHIT! Here's what I have been working on since I hit the reset button on Monday. Sharing in case any of these things might help you as well!

1️⃣ Aligning with my wonderful friend/colleague Morra's intentionality around closing Women Online this week for end of summer holiday, I've tossed on my out of office on my emails. I'm working on some things but definitely in lower gear than usual. 2️⃣ Drinking tons of water. 3️⃣ Still drinking one cup of coffee in the morning but otherwise super clean eating…sidelining dessert, carbs, alcohol, and junk snack food. Since I love produce and we're part of a kick ass CSA, it actually hasn't been that hard so far, and I'm already feeling changes...notably with allergies and my eye irritability, which is a huge relief. 4️⃣ Prioritizing anti-inflammatory foods. 5️⃣ Bringing omega 3 rich foods (e.g., salmon, flax) back into rotation. 6️⃣ Bringing morning smoothies back into rotation. 7️⃣ When I'm craving an afternoon coffee, opting for green tea. 8️⃣ When I'm craving dessert opting for chai tea with a little oat milk and honey. 9️⃣ Every other day coconut + tea tree oil treatment for my scalp which is also serving as an amazing conditioning agent; it's never been so easy to comb out my hair! 🔟 Got back into a routine with my supplements (big priority being turmeric for anti-inflammation). 1️⃣1️⃣ Switched the shoes I'm wearing for tennis to see if that helps with my foot pain. 1️⃣2️⃣ Started yoga again (for non-tennis days). 1️⃣3️⃣ Using my spiky foot massage ball to work on foot pain while I'm working at my desk. 1️⃣4️⃣ Cranked up the diffuser in my office. 1️⃣5️⃣ Went for an amazing facial today. 1️⃣6️⃣ Have an epic 5-hour hair appointment booked for Saturday. I am determined!

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Explore 2019 #200: Embracing introversion

Over the years, I have come to learn that I actually lean quite heavily toward introversion on the introvert-extrovert continuum. And I have also totally had moments of feeling the classic social stigma around that...perhaps because in my line of work there's a sense that you need to crush the extrovert life. Well, NO MORE! It was such a delight to talk to my friend Kristen Howerton on the Selfie podcast about introversion and self-care. And one of the unexpected gifts of that conversation was that it really helped me embrace introversion as the wonderfully protective, self-loving, reflective gift that it is.

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Explore 2019: Breathing through re-entry

You guys, being largely unplugged and beachside for a few days was MAGIC. Then literally, as soon as I walked in the door at home yesterday evening I felt irritated and overwhelmed by details and to-do's and everyday bullshit. Anyone else feel me here?!?

I'm doing the classic summer juggle with work today since we don't have camps booked this week and I am working realllllly hard on breathing through re-entry and focusing my mind on gratitude. Like, for this guy + the delicious dinner we hosted for my in-laws, who are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year. Though I love working, I'm also already excited about retirement with Jon but it's gonna take a while to get there, so best to keep breathing and letting go.

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Explore 2019: Evolving Physicality + Radical Intentional Self-Care Time

Do you identify as athletic? I never did sports as a kid...it just didn't seem like an option to me since I was deeply wed to music and theatre, and I don't know...I just never felt particularly athletic.

It wasn't until grad school that I discovered I could move. I started step classes and weight training and actually enjoyed it. Someone coerced me into playing grad league soccer and it turned out I had a knack for the game. I even took several dance classes that culminated in a rather hilarious recital.

I no longer do any of those things but over the last decade I have evolved into someone who runs, and now someone who delights in skiing and playing tennis. It's awesome how physicality can evolve!

A while back my dear friend Morra invited me to do a women's tennis camp with her at the Mount Auburn Club and I was both excited yet panicked (I pretty much always worry about being the weak link...I blame it on elementary school gym class!). But I decided to be brave and also super radical and intentional with self-care and passed over the weekend camp dates to select a weekday camp date. I give everything I have to my projects and clients AND there is something really fabulous about turning off the work availability faucet for 3 intentional hours. HOORAY FOR GROWNUP CAMP! It was awesome and I feel incredibly restored (and sore). Oh, and I opted for the blue/gold New Balance dress y'all loved. I felt super legit!

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