Gratitude > Attitude

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The holiday season is finally and officially upon us!

💰 Black Friday!

💰 Cyber Monday!

💰 Mile-long wish lists & shiny new toys!

It’s okay to shop-till-you-drop & want A L L the things . . .

But let’s all remember to stay mindful of the true spirit and reason for the season!

Give back. Donate to a charitable cause that resonates with you. There are so, so many out there! Whether you are an animal lover, passionate about medical research, disease awareness, making sure no kid goes hungry . . . Find the one (or more) that hits you right in the heart.

Pay it forward! Hold the door open for someone instead of rushing into Starbucks to get your pre-shopping peppermint mocha fix. Or treat the person behind you to an unexpected, free coffee. If you’re at the grocery store, allow the obviously frazzled mom with kids swinging off every limb, to check out before you.

Check yourself! No one loves waiting in long lines, whether at the grocery store, at Target, or at the gas pump. Understandably, you may get a little grumpy. Real grumpy even. And that’s okay. But before you lay on your horn in traffic or snap at someone for cutting the line, check your attitude. It’s okay to express your frustration or correct someone . . . Just be sure to bring tact, class, and kindness!

Be grateful for this holiday season. For every new day. For the little and big things in life.

Peace,

Y

Balance

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work from home.

Working in-home means being able to work anywhere, anytime. Different even from the flexible and modern corporate world I used to work in.

If my little guy has a rough night or decides naps aren’t happening, it’s okay! I get to tailor my day around him! And I love that I’m able to do that!

With freedom to work whenever, comes the struggle of always feeling connected. Of being on all the time. It’s so easy to convince myself to do just one more task before powering down for the night. Repeat, repeat, repeat . . . My need for work-life balance is even greater now. And balance, my friend, is everything.

I used to be mindful of the way I began each morning. Even through pregnancy, I awoke 10-20 minutes earlier than necessary. I’d sit quietly in meditation for 5-10 minutes. If time allowed, I would do a quick yoga flow or free write in my journal.

When baby boy came into this world, I traded quiet morning meditations for round-the-clock wake-ups and nursing. I’m not sure if all moms readily throw self-care completely out the window to live and breath baby 24/7, but I did, and loved almost every second of it. I say almost because let’s be real for a second. A change this drastic can leave a girl feeling disconnected from herself! 

So here I am. Coming up for air after 8 months of reveling in non-stop sweet baby bliss. Feeling a little bewildered. Realizing baby-life balance is also important.

Now that my little man is older, and has developed a routine of his own, I’ve decided to sprinkle a bit of momma time into our mornings. Balance!

While my mornings are still ruled by his wake-up time, I’ve gotten into this little routine:

  • Wake up to baby chatter and happy shrieks.
  • We say our good mornings. His gummy smiles melt my heart every time! I turn off his white noise machine, change him, open the curtains, and sit down in the rocker to feed him.
  • Enter: Mom time! I pop one earbud in, open up either YogaGlo or Headspace, and take a few minutes to meditate. We snuggle when he’s finished, and then we’re officially ready to begin our day.
  • While he rolls, army crawls, and plays on him mat, I get a little more me time in. I listen to the news, check emails, eat my morning protein bar, and sip coffee.
  • Like clockwork, he’s ready for his morning nap nearly two hours after waking. While he coos and chatters himself to sleep, I read my daily devotional. A twist on the typical gal’s quiet time that I personally love.
  • Once he’s soundly sleeping, I get myself dressed and ready for the day—this has become so important now that I work from home—then sit down to get some work done.

This simple practice is triggering a domino effect in other areas of my life. Making space for myself keeps me mindful of creating balance throughout my day.

I work when he’s sleeping. A space for work.

I am 100% mom when he’s awake. A space for baby.

Unplugging at night is somehow easier.

I’m not perfect of course. But I am more mindful of my actions.

Do you have work-life balance? How about life-you balance? Which area needs your attention? 

Peace,

Y

Spiced Chai & Pecan Pie!

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I’d like to take a moment to officially welcome fall—I realize autumn made its debut on September 22nd, but for us Southwestern folk, September is still very much synonymous with summer—and ring in N O V E M B E R! True, it’s the 13th, but I say better late than never!

With hopefully cooler temperatures, the fall season brings with it a few of my favorite things, including:

  • The ever anticipated turning of the leaves! It’s almost as if Mother Nature herself is so excited for the transition of seasons, that she decks the trees out in festive, colorful radiance each year. True, we don’t have all too many deciduous trees here, but you can bet I keep my little eyes peeled for as many as I can find!
  • Open season on pumpkin pie! Yes, it’s become a silly symbols of #basic status these days . . . But that does not diminish my love for this orange, delectable squash one bit!
  • It’s cousin within the pie family, the sophisticated pecan pie—namely bourbon pecan—has also become a holiday favorite of mine over the years.
  • Piping mugs filled to the brim with . . . Spiced chai, mulled apple cider, hot cocoa, coffee . . . I love them all. While I enjoy chilled versions of most of these beverages, there’s something childishly romantic about cozying up in an oversized sweater or fuzzy blanket, with a steaming mug in hand.
  • Winter layers! Cardigans, grandpa sweaters, chunky knits, oversized sweatshirts galore! Doesn’t sound sexy? I beg to differ.

Well, I suppose that was more than just a few of my fall favorites. Let’s just say I couldn’t help but add a couple of bonus favorites. *Wink, wink*

One joy the foodie within me loves to do is keep a watchful eye out for sweet delights to enrich the season with. My three finds so far this year are:

  • Trader Joe’s apple cranberry herbal tea. I don’t know about you, but I love having hot, non-caffeinated options on-hand at all times. While I adore my morning cup of joe, I am not fond of the jitters and sleeplessness too much caffeine brings. It’s one cup—two max, max—for me.
  • The gingerbread Lara Bar! It’s a tasty, nutty, perfectly spiced afternoon sweet treat. Toss one in your handbag, diaper bag, or hiking pack!
  • Starbuck’s Holiday Blend in a K-cup. The delicious aroma is sure to make even the sleepiest peepers pop right open. I like to enjoy mine with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a sprinkle of stevia.

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What do you love most about the fall season?

Do you have any seasonal goodies?

Peace,

Y