Recentering

The last few months have been hectic, busy, fun, and maybe also overwhelming. Being away almost every weekend for events, functions, and just for other people, has been a beautifully exhausting way to spend the first half of the summer. Packing, driving, chaos, driving, not un-packing. Then doing it all again!

Between a busy social schedule, work, school, and home renovations, I feel a bit confused as to where my summer has gone and to some extent where I have gone.

I’m feeling pretty worn out by it all. Don’t get me wrong – every event and every trip has been fun and full of laughter. More than once I’ve reminded myself that I wouldn’t be happy with a smaller life, with fewer people to love. But I also find myself asking if I’d be happier with fewer things on my plate – if I’d be better if there were more moments where I could prioritize what I want to do versus what I’m scheduled to do.

In the past month I’ve been to showers, weddings, surprise birthday parties, four states, and bought a house. I’ve been working full time and balancing a demanding schedule. Every day is following through on Google calendar plans.

And it is time to reset my priorities and recenter myself.

While I have a long list of to-dos with house hold stuff, upcoming events, various collaborations, I’m also going to focus on doing a few things just for myself – and practice not feeling guilty for doing them!

Yes, I need to clean out my closet and put away about three weeks of clean laundry currently in a giant pile in our room. Yes, I need to figure out dental appointments, my fall academic schedule, and a few family things. Yes, I need to get my eating back on track after yet another treat yo self weekend. Yes, I need to put my construction hat back on and continue with renovations. But first, I’m going to do a few things for myself.

And I encourage you to do the same. By making time to take care of yourself, by actually prioritizing things, I know I will create more space and energy to take care of those I love and those less-than-enjoyable to-do list items.

Setting intentions purposefully makes you more likely to accomplish those goals. These thoughtful moments and hopeful plans guide you until they’re completed. Don’t look at these intentions as more items on your to do list but rather as opportunities for self care, growth, and personal development. And sometimes just recharging.

So this week I’m planning to do some of the following:

  • Give myself a facial – and probably light a peace candle if I can find one under my laundry pile. I’ve been dying to try the Avocado mask from Sephora, and I think this is the week to do it.
  • Speak kindly – to myself and of others. Every once in a while I’ll get in a funk and get negative. I wrote about this in my Positivity Project post. By reminding myself not to speak badly of others, or to myself in my own mind, I hope to find more peace in my week.
  • Add some oil to my hair – my hair is dried out from a busy schedule and heat. Time to replenish it.
  • Go to a yoga class – while I do yoga at home regularly, I haven’t been a class in months. I’m making this my top priority for this week. In need of some zen.
  • Write out my intentions – I made my monthly intentions in my mind as I usually do, but this month I’m going to write mine out so I can be more accountable to myself. I’ll be blogging about this in the next few weeks – keep and eye out for a post!
  • Read every night – this one should be easy enough since it’s one of my most consistent routines. I normally read every evening before bed, but I’ve been inconsistent with this due to so many late night projects at the new house. I’m going to remember that my brain sleeps better after reading than it does after Netflix.
  • And I’ll be making lists – rather than trying to get things done in advance of upcoming events, this week I’ll just be adding action items to my to-do list. I need a break from trying to squeeze in things here and there – running to her Baptism cards, picking up shower gifts, thoughtless booze runs for bachelorettes – I’ll add these things to a list and schedule a time to actually do them after I’ve taken care of myself a bit.
  • I’ll let you know how it goes.
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