Ok after a funky spring, a productive summer, a majorly fun fall and then a I decided to get blogging back into my schedule. So for this post I’ll update you briefly to what Ive been doing.
Funky Spring yes I was in a funk, I had nothing to say, and was questioning why I started coaching and what purpose my life had. I stopped posting on Instagram and stopped blogging, in retrospect this is a form of self sabotage. I didn’t feel enough, who am I. This is a blog for later this week! Watch for it.
Productive Summer, something you may not know about me I am the Operations Manager of my husbands Irrigation Company (it as always been a side hustle to his regular job). This was the year after he has showed up faithfully for 8 years it finally broke out from side hustle to massive growth. He took the leap of faith to full time entrepreneur, he’s always been afraid of this as he is the higher earner in the family and it’s been scary but super rewarding and it has pushed us both to grow and learn and hire and fire, compromise, fight and really be proud. But my summer really was working a lot not just a little A LOT. You will never work longer hours than when you work for yourself.
Ran my very first 1/2 Marathon, yes at the age of 47!!!!!
I honoured 2 years sober in August which honestly I kind of skipped over, I was busy and I kind of forgot
I cut my long hair off, I know how did this make it into the list but honestly I had been hiding behind it, and I felt like I needed a refresh. So a shoulder length bob it became.
Fun Fall so after all this work we went to Italy for 3 weeks and got to enjoy an extended summer, to reconnect, thats super important in a marriage but especially in a marriage when you work together we needed a playground not a work zone. We went to Italy and explored Rome, Florence, Matera, Monopoli, Galipoli, & the Almafi Coast basically the entire Puglia region of Italy. Ended in Paris for week.
Got back to crazy work loads being away is hard.
It was my 48th Birthday on October 4th and honestly never felt better, more alive, more present.
I am heading to the Rise Business Conference by Rachel Hollis right now and am sitting in an airport Lounge in Dallas, waiting for my flight to South Carolina. I love investing in myself and business and personal growth and that’s what this week is going to be about.
So my lifestyle has been busy, it’s been stressful it’s been up up and DOWN DOWN, my life is not a bowl of freaking cherries but what hasn’t changed, Workouts, Sobriety, Gratitude, Growth, Happiness.
I literally just wanted to write this in order to start writing again!
Juggling sobriety, family, career and household can be overwhelming, at times. Therefore when this happens we can start feeling very depleted, frayed at the edges. Dare I say, run ragged even.
Your mental health is one of the most important parts of your sobriety. Here are 5 Tips I have used when feeling stressed and plain old run down.
5 TIPS WHEN LIFE GETS YOU DOWN:
Eat, many including myself under stress don’t eat enough, skip meals completely. Which in turn can lead to more stress on our bodies and mind, or reach for sugary snacks, instead of a healthy meal. Eat something healthy and regularly.
Next main priority is not numbing out with alcohol, set your intention, no matter how stressed you are it won’t help. My mantra is: life may be hard right now, but wine will make it harder.
Cry, yes release those pent-up emotions, crying does help. Not a cryer, cut up an onion, or watch a sad movie.
Stop with all the self help & personal development. No, not for good but give yourself a break for a day or two. I truly believe we can overload on thinking we are broken. Read a book for enjoyment, watch a fun movie, hang out with friends or family, take a social media break.
Do ONE task you’ve been putting off, this will give you a sense of accomplishment. Mow the lawn, take stuff to Goodwill, call your mom or that friend back.
Take good care of yourself for a few days, allow your feelings to be present, and know that life can be hard, but this too shall pass.
Last week I overdid my exercise. Early Monday morning I went to spin, it was a beautiful day so I went for a 5km run. This past year I have been on a mission to building & strengthening my core through exercise.
As soon as I was home my lower back was aching, by the next morning I was very stiff. Having trouble walking and moving the wrong way, would take my breath away. I knew I was not going to be exercising.
Hit up my chiropractor and he squeezed me in, and told me to take the rest of the week off. I freaked I’m training for a half marathon (and I’m 47) and not the best at running long distances. He said well it’s either that or your back is going to go out and you will be on the floor, at the moment you have a spasm, and a choice. I coach fitness clients, I exercise daily what in the hell was I going to do.
5 Things that happened, taking a week off exercise.
First off I got caught up work. I did things that I’ve been putting off like updating websites, blogging, filing, organized my office.
As a result of being more organized, I was able to work on my self care. Stretching was my number one priority this week and I admit I need to do more of it.
I went for walks with my husband and spent some quality time together. I am use to doing things at a fairly high pace and walking is not usually one of them it has been so nice.
Decided to try out a few new healthy recipes, but I also found I ate more junk food, usually I keep my healthy eating at 90% with 10% junk food and this past week I have found it has been more at 75% and 25% junk food. Food and exercise have a high correlation.
All in all my back is feeling better, and I am excited to get back to running, lifting and spinning. To get back into routine, as I think that has been the hardest part for me being so completely out of routine. I will be easing into the my workouts!