Self-care is a hot topic these days and there is good reason for that. We are probably more stressed and stimulated than we’ve ever been as a society before. We work a lot, sleep a little, and are exposed to and experiencing traumatic events what seems to be every. single. day!
Last week, I was speaking with my co-worker about how much better my days are when I spend time with God in the mornings. I told her that I feel like I have more patience and feel more relaxed when I step out of the house and into the world.
In an effort to share more of what I have been up to and enjoying in life lately, I decided I wanted to start a new Friday series here on my blog called “It’s Worth Trying”. I am all about sharing things with friends and family that I feel is worth trying and that I’ll try again. Check back each week to see what I’ve been doing and things I think are worth trying. This week I am focusing on food around Denver.
I have always been a fairly quiet person. I’m not big on having the spotlight on me or of dominating a conversation. I’m a better listener I guess. Like in meetings, sometimes I may have things to say but by the time I say them someone else says it first. I guess that is just a part of being an introvert. I think about things a little longer before I say them.
When I was younger I didn’t know what the word “introvert” meant. I thought I was just shy, but I’m really not. I used to think that I needed to be more outgoing and talk more to be accepted and fit in. For some reason quiet people sometimes get the rap of being weird ha! I mean I am weird, but that’s not why I’m quiet LOL.
Sometimes life can be really hard. There are days when I feel like I’m not sure I can pull through. Some days I just want to stay in bed under the covers and pray that everything will be all better and come out once it is. I believe it's days like this when it is even more important to get moving. It’s days like this when we really have to lean into the promises of God and trust His word.
Today I wanted to share five verses to remember and reflect on when life gets hard. Sometimes we just can’t do things in our own strength but when we put our faith in God and trust his promises or just allow Him to carry us, we will make it.
This past weekend my daughter and I ran the DC Wonder Woman 5K Race. This race was held in downtown Denver and it had an awesome course. It was an inspiring time and was great to see so many strong women running together. I am so proud of my daughter and myself for completing the race. Here are some photos my husband took of us.
It is often believed that you are either a morning person or you are not. I like to think that anyone can become a bit more of a morning person with a little practice and by implementing some simple habits. Today I wanted to share some ways I have been able improve and to enjoy my mornings more. These things also make the mornings run a little more smoothly.
God cares about us and our health. He wants us to take care of our bodies. I have searched the scriptures and compiled some of scriptures that I reflect on to stay encouraged along my health and self-care journey. I hope they can help and encourage you as well. Some of these scriptures may not have been written with health in mind, but I am a firm believer that Gods word is timeless and can be applied to any area of our lives when we need it to be.
When you have anxiety you worry, that's basically what the word means. The last thing a person with anxiety needs is something else to worry or get overwhelmed about. What am I going to wear? What color should I pick? Which shoes look best? Where should I put this or that? These are all questions I can do without considering each day. Because of this several years ago I adopted a minimalist lifestyle and I love it.
For me, a big part of intentional living means budgeting each month and knowing where my money is going. Since we started budgeting as a family, we stress about money less. Some days I even feel like we have more money that I thought we should. But it's really that we know where all of it is going each month.
Today I want to share with you exactly how we budget each month and how we have been able to stay debt free (except for our house and cars) by following a budget each month. I will also give some tips on building and emergency fund. Lastly I will share with you some of my favorite money management tools and resources.
My best mornings begin the same way. I wake up, say a prayer thanking the good Lord for another day, get out of bed and slip into my coziest house shoes and robe. I head downstairs and let the dog out, then I proceed to make my first cup of coffee of the day. I am usually up before everyone else in the house so I get to enjoy a few hours of silence to read, write or just think. This may seem mundane to some but to me its the best form of self-care.
I vividly remember being a child and having to walk in front of the church to place money in the offering basket. I would put my hand on the side of my face to cover it as I walked by because I did not want people looking at me. I am an introvert and I really don’t like the spotlight on me. Back then to me, that was the scariest thing ever, I was extremely shy!
When flipping through the news you can't help but ask yourself what is happening to this world, and what is it going to be next? Another murder, scandal, crisis? Sometimes it can get to be a bit much. I personally believe the bad news is overinflated by the media, but still overwhelming at times, to say the least.