Spring cleaning isn’t just about freshening up your physical space. It can also be a great time to clean up certain aspects of our lives, giving us a chance to go into the new season refreshed and ready. I thought about some of the areas of my life that could use a good dusting and below is what I came up with. Do you have any to add?
Touch up my relationships.
It’s easy to let distance and time take you away from the ones you love. I am proud of my relationship with one of my best friends, Maude. She might live what feels like a million miles away, but we make an effort to touch base as often as possible. That’s why we’ve been able to maintain a friendship since we were ten years old!
Still, there are people in my life I haven’t been so great at keeping in touch with. Often they cross my mind and I say to myself, “I should really check in with them.” This month, I will set aside some extra time to reach out to the people on that list. Bonus points for handwritten letters!
Clean out my to-do list.
We all have that growing list of things we really have to do, or we really should do, or whatever the status may be. I’ll get to it when I get to it, right?? This ongoing list of tiny tasks gives me major anxiety. I mean, some of the things on my looming list are: clean out the trunk of my car, organize my junk drawer, look over the expiration dates on my spices — you get the idea. This is the season of no to-do lists! I’ve committed to doing at least one item per weekend. The funny thing is, once I get started I know it will go quickly! It’s just the getting started part that’s so hard.
My gift to myself is going to be clearing my conscious of these nagging tasks. Consider the whole thing checked! (Seriously this time.)
De-clutter my schedule.
I’m a firm believe that a little routine goes a long way. I like to have standing days and times for workouts, hikes with Lexi and Harley, date nights with Brooks, time with my girls, and, equally important, some ME time. Knowing what lies ahead week after week makes me feel organized, and with the Move Tour right around the corner, I need all the organization and sanity I can possibly get. I’ve decided that every little item I schedule over the next few months will be something that is either essential to my professional life or something that will bring me great joy in my personal life. Nothing else!
There’s a well-known saying that goes, “Great athletes aren’t born, they are made.” Well, I believe the same applies to confidence. Confident people aren’t born that way, it’s something they’ve grown to believe.
I would consider myself a confident person, but in all honesty, it takes practice. We all have moments of self doubt and uncertainty depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re feeling at the time.
I would like to just take this moment, to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your generosity, your love and passion to help those and help others.
When I watch Safe Haven (which is my favourite!) I can’t help but understand and empathise with the character Katie. You play her with so much confidence. You took the role and made her come to life, providing me with the feeling that someone else understands.
I’ve had my fair share of problems, and I’m still dealing with them now; but I use the character of Katie as a role model. She found happiness and self confidence in her darkest times, so will I find mine?
My question is: how did you get so confident? Were you born confident? Do you have any tips for growing confidence?
I am almost in my final year of teacher training, and confidence when I’m not in the classroom is a downfall of mine. I want to be the best teacher I can possibly be, so any tips or advice on self-growth would be fantastic. Thank you!
Meditating sounds simple enough, but the truth is it can be really hard! Finding zen isn’t easy when we’ve got a list of places to go and things to do. As it turns out, quieting your inner chatter is actually a practice, and like most practices, starting small is the best way to get it right.
One of my favorite instructors at SoulCycle, David Zint, is famous for getting his riders to tap into a higher power during class. If anyone could teach me how to be there mentally, it’s him!
I asked David to share with us the mental workout I am lucky enough to experience in his classes, but in a way we can do it at home. Please let me know how your ten-minute meditation goes!
Most of us have heard the benefits: The peace. The calm. Reduced stress. The mental clarity. Regulated moods. More productive. Being more grounded. More present. Happier and yes — healthier. All from one practice: Meditation.
Yet many of us, myself included, resist it, criticize ourselves when we are doing it, fall out of practice with it and sometimes even fear it, because we just don’t know how to do it.
Let’s start simple and small. Ten minutes. That’s all it takes. Ten minutes a day. Put aside the time either early in the morning before you begin your day or at night to unwind — if you really want to bookend your day with calm and clarity then do both morning and night meditations. Let’s get started!
We all have something that we say we should do differently. I know I should be avoiding screens 45 minutes before bed. Studies have proven the blue light from televisions and phones suppresses the production of melatonin, keeping us awake longer.
But we both know it’s not that easy! Sometimes it feels nice to fall asleep to a movie. And how hard is it not to check email or reply to texts just before heading to sleepy town? I know from experience that while habits are hard to break, it starts with one small step.
For this challenge, let’s each choose a habit we not only know we should change, but something we could change to better ourselves and do it for 30 days! In the end, we’ll either have adopted a new way of living or we’ll decide it wasn’t for us. Either way, we’ll feel great knowing we made a change with good intentions and that we have control over our vices. It’s a win/win!
Every day I strive to be the best version of myself I can be. I’ve been wanting to create a morning mantra to remind me of the importance of being well rounded, but this has proven difficult to define!
That means I’m calling on you guys for help — what do you think it takes to be an all around awesome person?
The winning answer will receive a special feature on my Instagram and the winner will receive a gorgeous Roundie from The Beach People. These picture-perfect towels are wonderful for lounging in the sand, picnicking on the grass, or cuddling anywhere.
Here’s how you enter the contest:
1. Send your original “morning mantra” — what inspires you to be a well-rounded person — to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Awesome All Around” in the subject line.
2. Your answer must be 80 words or less to qualify.
All submissions must be received by August 29, 2016, at midnight EST. Only one submission will win.
Often it’s easy to forget about all the great things that happen in your every day. I am all for this idea to have a pot of positivity intended to remind myself of good times and wonderful memories, even if they’re from only the week prior.
The plan is, throughout the month whenever something smile-worthy happens I’m going to write it down and fold it into my positivity jar. On the last day of the month, I’ll pour out my memories as a reminder of all the awesome that happened. On the first of the month, I’ll start with a fresh jar.
What do you guys think? Are you in on this one?
More often than not it’s hard to find quiet in the chaos of everyday life. Most of us don’t find time to relax until our heads hit the pillow at night. I find whenever I take ten minutes to meditate, that day becomes much more chill overall.
This question in my Ask Jules inbox inspired me to think more about relaxing, and how important it can be when you get caught up in a whirlwind of activities and daily life stuff, even if you don’t feel like you’re “stressed.” Meditation is so important for you overall well being, and I am going to make it a bigger part of my life.
I read a quote last week that really resonated with me. It said, “How to be happy: Decide every morning that you are in a good mood.” It sounds perfectly feasible to take this on when you’re actually in a happy place however when you’re going through a rough patch or having a particularly difficult time the suggestion to simply choose to be cheery sounds ridiculous. But maybe not totally. We truly have more power over ourselves than we realize.
My weekend was kind of hectic. I had a lot going on in my personal and professional life that was causing me to become kind of a cranky girl. Okay, perhaps a majorly cranky girl. When I woke up on Sunday, I could feel the weight of my stresses carrying through from the night before. It was there in bed, before my feet even hit the floor that I remembered the quote. I said to myself, “Decide to be in a good mood. Choose to be happy this morning.” and I meant it. Something clicked within me that said, ‘yeah! I don’t have to be a cranky pants! The sun is shining, my dogs tails are wagging, and there’s a delicious breakfast downstairs just waiting to be whipped up!’ I chose to be in a good mood – and it worked! Why start the day off with a dark cloud? There are always positive things to focus on or look forward to even if they’re very basic and every day. I know from my experience, this way of thinking turned my day around.
A few weeks ago, my sister Marabeth and I went on one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. It wasn’t a tropical beach and it wasn’t a chic, decadent city either. In fact, it was only about an hour away from where I live in Los Angeles. The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu is a place where people go to unplug and go off the grid from their everyday lives. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of gotta go here, need to pick this up from there, return this call, reply to that text and so on. We all need time to stop and smell the roses, literally.
At the Ranch, they put us through a different kind of bootcamp that I’m used to. It’s not at all the high-impact sweat session that I usually fit into my schedule. They had my sister and I slow down, go on five hour long hikes, take yoga classes and even encouraged a daily nap! The menu was vegan, clean and delicious. This all lends to gaining a sense of serenity and clarity. We were definitely feeling it. Waking up at 5:30am originally sounded like a horrible idea, however I discovered it’s actually a productive way to go about my day. I like waking up with the sun and I’m motivated to continue doing it. Spending an extended time in nature was truly refreshing in every way. There weren’t any errands to do, no cars honking, zero phone notifications, it was really… nice.