What’s the first order of business for girls night? Figuring out which new cocktail recipe to try out. After a little browsing through my Pinterest board, we decided on this blackberry mojito recipe. To mix it up a little, we thought it would be a good idea to get a second berry to test out as well. We chose raspberries and my life was forever changed. We followed the original recipe, but for the second round, swapped out the blackberries for raspberries and club soda for ginger ale. This was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had and would highly recommend trying it. Any favorite cocktail recipes that we should try next time?
I’ve decided to start a series here called “Daily Challenge”. Each post will have a photo that goes a long with it as a reminder to that day’s challenge/ thought. The goal of each day is to get us to think about an area in our life that we can improve. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “We should always strive to the best version of ourselves”. How do we do that? By continually challenging ourselves and allowing growth- not just when we are struggling. I’ve written each one with the intention of them being applied to one’s personal life. Because who we really are – our true character – will naturally flow into our work life, our relationships, and anything else that we touch.
This first challenge, embrace time off, is an overflow thought of yesterday’s post. I’ve been allowing myself time off lately. Not just allowing it, but cherishing it. It’s not left over time that didn’t get used up in my work day or by my non-stop to do list. It’s something that I’ve set aside for things that matter. For example, Sundays are for my husband and I to spend time together. Besides birthdays, weddings, or other formal events, there is no exception. Our marriage is important. In fact, it’s the most important thing to us. Therefor, we decided to devote an entire day to spending time together. It’s amazing what it has done for us as a couple. Obviously, we can’t put aside entire days for everything- there’s only 7 days in the week. But we can give ourselves time off for what matters. I’ve been setting aside time in the morning to be still, think, and meditate on certain things. It doesn’t matter what I’m thinking about that morning, but the results have been fantastic. I’m focused and being intentional. My attention isn’t in three places at once (and my phone is out of reach), therefor my mind can really work.
Do you allow yourself some time off? I think that’s the key- allowing it and enjoying it, guilt-free. I find myself feeling guilty about a lot of things in my life and that’s so unnecessary. We live in such a fast paced, instant satisfaction type of world that it’s easy to feel bad about little things that don’t fit into that way of life. But why? So we can get more things done? If we’re focused on just getting things done, then we’d never have a break. To do lists don’t end. Tasks get crossed off, but we always make a new one. Don’t let the list control how you spend your time. Set boundaries and for goodness sake, embrace a little time off.
Yesterday was a pretty productive day. I got a lot of work done and finished just about everything on my project list. This list had me sitting in front of the computer for most of the day. I was reading + taking in a lot of information. My eyes were tired, my brain was tired, the items on my list were crossed out (just how I like it) and around 5:00 I was ready to call it a day. I moved away from my computer and phone, lit some candles, and got out a few things that I had been thinking about for a few days. I took a break.
It’s healthy to take breaks. We should be encouraged to take breaks. Yesterday felt like a complete day. Yes, I still had things that needed to get done (the list doesn’t really end). Instead of feeling guilty about those things, I made a list for the next day and put it aside. I let my mind (and eyes) switch to something completely different- no computer screen, no phone calls. I worked with my hands, had some peppermint tea, and listened to some good music. Have you given yourself a break lately?