How is January already over? One-twelfth of the year is in the books! My New Year’s resolution (or lifetime goal) was to be a good mama to Owen, but after that month, what “being a good mom” looks like has shifted for me a bit. I won’t lie, January was a tough one and the toughest with Owen for sure. As soon as we got home for Christmas, he got sick, then Rob and I both got sick and for about two weeks, I couldn’t kick that cold, which is still lingering by a thread. I got behind on work, which stresses me out, worked out about three times, hit the sleep deprivation low and had more meltdowns than I care to admit. Of course, there were some wonderful things in January too. Owen started smiling and is getting more active and alert every day. Seeing him grow and change is by far one of the greatest things I get to witness every day. Rob and I went on our first real date night, we got out more with Owen, and we booked a trip to the beach.
But overall, I felt pretty blah the entire month, until the last week. I guess something clicked in my brain and I decided I no longer wanted to feel exhausted, fatigued, stressed, and negative. I did something big for myself that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time—I finally made an appointment with a functional medicine doctor to get to the root of some of the problems I keep dealing with like fatigue, low energy, digestive issues and breakouts. I had my first visit last week and go back in a few weeks to review labs and decide on a natural treatment plan. I am so excited and so hopeful and I think that excitement spurred some other things inside me.
My wellness path has been a rocky one since Owen’s birth. Think lots of take out, no exercise, too much wine and not enough self-care. With January in the rearview mirror, February felt like a good time to hit restart and prioritize my own physical and mental health. That means healthier meals, less takeout, cutting back on wine (especially during the week), exercising a few times a week and meditating. Rob and I are challenging each other to mediate every day this month. We both love the effects of meditation, but for whatever reason, we’re both bad about making it a daily practice—hopefully that changes this month!
Taking a month to dedicate my efforts to my own health and happiness was definitely easier before Owen, but he’s not going anywhere so I’m working on finding a rhythm and balance that works for our new life. I know that if I take the time to get myself feeling my best, I’ll be able to be a better person in all my roles—mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc.
Now you might be wondering what any of this has to do with today’s outfit. I swear, I have a point! Part of finding balance is also being flexible and not getting stressed out when little things pop up that are out of my control. Instead of getting myself dressed and ready everyday in something nice, I’ve been opting for outfits like this one that are great for running errands (I swear, we’re always out of diapers, toilet paper, toothpaste and contact solution at the same time), taking care of a baby, can easily be made into a workout outfit if I through on my sneakers, but also looks pulled together enough that I don’t look like a sleep-deprived mom, even if I feel like it!
I’m sure some of you have already jumped on the athleisure train, but it’s newer for me! That being said, I’m obsessed and fair warning, you might be seeing more outfits like this in the future! I’ve been wearing this sweatshirt so much and it’s so warm and comfortable. It comes in several more colors and I’m debating which one to get next. Typically I don’t buy multiples of the same top, but I love it that much! I’m wearing a small for reference, but if you wanted it a little more oversized, I’d order the next size up!