Smith, May 2017
This is how I feel right now. Ha!
I just love May!
I love May like I love September…it’s the beginning of a fun season and you just see, smell, and taste all the possibilities out there in front of you.
Ashby, May 2017
This May, I’m going to try something different though and was kind of hoping you would jump on board with me. I made a list of some healthy/good for me things that I’m going to try and do EVERY DAY IN MAY. I thought it might be nice to go into the summer already doing some “good for me things”, so that maybe the routine will stick during the season.
Kensington, May 2017
I do a lot of “good for me things” most days…but not every day, and this month, I’m going to try and do them EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, here’s my list, but I thought maybe you guys could elaborate a bit more in case I need to add something to it…and I’m going to try to do these things EVERY DAY IN MAY. I am also doing a fun little giveaway today and then throughout the month, I’ll do a few more to keep us motivated. Fun? Maybe? I love stuff like this 🙂 .
Madeley, May 2017
Here we go.
Every Day in May, I am going to do these things and maybe you can too…
1: DRINK MORE WATER
I am starting with an easy one. But right? I drink a ton of water…but sometimes, in the summer, I find myself drinking a lot of tea by the pool instead or I just find myself so busy having fun, that I’m not drinking anything at all. I did not grow up in a house where we drank water. We drank Diet Coke. Like all the time. Like morning, noon and night. I stopped drinking sodas a few years ago (I had a major Diet Root Beer addiction, is that weird?), and I do drink a lot of water, but this May, I’m going to drink even more so that by summer, it’s a habit that comes so naturally to me…even when I’m busy having fun.
2: SLEEP MORE
Guys! I had this on my list already, but then on Wednesday night, we were watching TV after the kids were in bed, and Andrew paused it and said to me, “I’m so glad you’re sleeping more, it has made a huge difference.” Hahahaha! I mean…how bad was it before that he notices now?! In January, I vowed to not wake up before 5:00 AM and that was SO HARD FOR ME, but has been HUGE FOR ME!! I mean…it’s only 45 minutes of extra sleep a night, but friends, IT IS ADDING UP!!! I love, love, love waking up early and getting things done. Truth be told, I’m addicted to it, but just like many addictions, it became unhealthy for me. I had been waking up prior to 5:00 AM since college (because I liked to hit the gym before my 8:00 classes), so this was a habit of like 18 years that I had to break…AND IT HAS BEEN AMAZING! I did not even realize that I was walking around exhausted until I stopped walking around exhausted. I have so much more energy, I feel like my skin looks better, my eyes are brighter (seriously, I didn’t realize how red they were before…but they’re brighter now!), and my husband has obviously noticed. So, in May, I’m going to try and even get a bit more sleep. I think my goal will be to go to bed earlier and if I can’t, then sleep in a bit more. Even if it’s just an extra 15 or 20 minutes, I now see how crucial it is to get enough sleep, so I’m going to work on that even more this month.
3: READ ONE MORE BOOK
Hi, my name is Shay and I love to read. I was always a reader, but then I stopped (hello, having small kids at home and being too overwhelmed to read!) and never read. In June 2014, I made a goal to read two books that one month and I have never looked back. This month, I’m going to try and squeeze one more book in. If you’re not currently reading, then maybe your goal is to read just one book this month. Or if you typically read one, aim for two. The more I read, the less I watch TV, aimlessly scroll my phone, and you know…waste time doing nothing. So, I’m working to get one extra book in this month.
4: SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE
I think I’ve said this before, but I’m always telling my kids they need to “earn their shower” each night. If my kids are basically clean when it’s shower time, then what did they do all day??? I like it when we all “earn our showers” meaning we play hard, have fun, get sweaty, a little dirty and are outside every day. This month, my goal is to spend time outside every day. Maybe I’ll work outside? Maybe I’ll plant my vegetable garden, go for a walk, play with the dogs? I’m just going to do something outdoors every day.
5: ADD MORE STEPS
Oh, I love looking at how many steps I take each day on my Apple Watch. I am always striving for 15,000 steps a day. Some days, I get 17,000 and other days, I get 7500. Hahaha! What happens on those other days? Seriously, my week toggles back and forth between HUGE days and then days that are like 10,000 less than the day before. This month, my goal is to take 15,000 every single day. If that means, I go for an extra walk after dinner, then so be it. If you’re a step counter like me, then set a goal and try to achieve it every day.
6: WORKOUT EVERY DAY
Ouch. I typically work out 4 to 5 days a week (skipping Thursdays and Sundays), but my goal this month is to do some form of exercise (a class, yoga, walk, run, life weights, etc) every day in May. This one is going to be the hardest for me because I’m a master at talking myself out of working out 😉 . Every day in May, I’m going to try. Eeeeks!
7: EAT ONE EXTRA VEGGIE
I really try and eat enough fruits and veggies every day…but I’m better some days than others, so this month, I’m just going to make a conscious effort to eat one more than normal. Maybe I add something extra to my eggs in the morning? Maybe I have bell pepper with my hummus instead of pita chips for lunch…I’m just going to try and sneak in one more veggie every day.
8: SPEND EXTRA TIME IN PRAYER/MEDITATION
I try and always start my day with my quiet time. (You can read about that HERE.) If you’re not a daily quiet time person, then I encourage you to try every day in May (or do what you do…maybe you meditate). This month, I’m just going to try to spend a little longer doing my quiet time (maybe doing it more than once a day?). Nothing puts my perspective back into focus more than spending a few quiet moments with the Lord.
9: WHERE SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY
Right? Because that’s a habit that should start NOW and carry us through the summer. I’m really good at putting it on in the morning…but then I forget to reapply. Hello? By 3:00 PM when I’m outside with my kids after school, I should have more on! I need to remember to be reapplying throughout the day.
10: PUT MY PHONE DOWN EARLIER AT NIGHT
So, my goal this month is to put my phone down, plug it in, turn it on vibrate by 9:00 every night. I mean…I could accomplish so many more of the above (read more, sleep more, pray more, etc) if I wasn’t preoccupied with my phone. I’m putting it away and not looking at it again until morning.
So, what are you going to try and do every day in May? I can add to my list!! I would just love to be doing some things daily and be in the habit and routine before summer starts. What else can we be doing????
And last but not least, did you hear me mention a giveaway at the beginning of this post?! Nothing puts me in a “let’s conquer the season” mood more than…
…a bright monogrammed Barrington Bag.
These bags are just so cheery and happy and it’s so fun to design one!
A new bag, new daily motivation, a new month…the possibilities are endless, friends.
One lucky winner will be announced on Thursday! Enter to win below!
Okay, three more things.
First, Erika asked me to join her in a Instagram challenge this month where you take a pic every day based on these prompts…
…that starts today too! Head to your IG, post and hashtag it!
Second, tomorrow, I’m announcing the winners of this…
…so if you haven’t been to yesterday’s post, head there now!! You have one more day to enter to win.
And then, don’t forget this…
If you book a trip with our travel agency during the month of May (to depart any time in 2018 or 2019), you will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!
Right now, we are accepting new client vacations departing after July 1 to Mexico, Walt Disney World and cruises all over. If you have any questions or want more info, email me at email@example.com .
Tomorrow, another fun post, another giveaway. It’s MAY!!!
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