Good morning from California! We’re in Orange County for just a few more hours—sadly, we leave the sunshine today—and I’m soaking up every moment I can. Our patio overlooks the ocean and gets the perfect amount of warmth from the sun and breeze off the water. I can definitely understand why people live here full-time, I’m a bit jealous!
I’m really really excited about today’s post because I’m introducing something new and I think you guys are going to like it! I always want to be more intentional about the content I create here. I want it to be helpful, encouraging and inspirational, but sometimes I find myself getting side-tracked and find that my ideas bounce all over the place. So, this April, we’re kicking off our first monthly focus word or theme and this month’s is…bam buttah bummmmm—wellness!
April’s Theme: Wellness
What inspired this theme?
Maybe ‘wellness’ seems broad, and maybe it is, but it’s on my mind right now and I find that this time of year is when I (and maybe you?) really get motivated to feel my best. Winter is ending and we’re starting to get more sunny and warmer days and something about that is so inspiring. Spring always feels like a bit of a rebirth. Flowers bloom and everything starts getting greener and a part of me feels re-awakened as well.
The biggest inspiration behind this theme is what’s happening in my own life. Post-baby, I’m in a season of healing and rebuilding both physically and mentally. Motherhood has thrown a lot of new challenges my way and I’m slowly finding the right balance and feeling back to my normal self. I’ve shared some of this already (read this post for more), but this month I’ll be sharing even more!
What Does Wellness Mean to Me?
Wellness is one of those buzz words you hear all the time now. A few years ago, I don’t think the word had ever crossed my mind, but now there are entire blogs, companies and Instagram personalities focused on the topic. Why? Because it’s a really important one!
The more research and reading I do, the more I find that our bodies are capable of so much. They’re stronger than we think and are 100% capable of healing themselves—but only if we take care of them, nurture them and give them what they want and need.
For me, whole body wellness is a combination of eating well, exercising, self-love and self-care. It’s taking time to listen and trust your heart, even when you’re logical brain is telling you otherwise. It’s being mindful, present, calm and content.
You might have noticed that I didn’t say happy and joyful. It’s not because you can’t have those things, and honestly, those feelings will most likely be very present in your life when you’re taking care of yourself. But, every moment won’t be filled with them. Even when you’re doing everything “right”, there will be ups and downs—but loving yourself through those moments will leave you feeling content and more capable of dealing with whatever is thrown your way.
My Goals for This Month
I kind of hate the word “goal” when it comes to wellness because it has a sense of finality. Like, once you hit a certain goal, you’re done, but that’s so far from the truth.
Wellness sort of reminds me of a yoga practice in that you’ve never fully mastered it. It’s a practice that you participate in daily. Some days it feels better and runs smoothly, other days, you feel like you’re off the rails. But, the act of continually coming back to those over-arching goals—actually, let’s call them intentions—creates positive change that overflows into all areas of your life.
Keep Stress at a Minimum
My intentions for this month are to spend more quiet time to help reduce stress and keep it at bay. I’m just one of those people who gets stressed out super easily and often feels like I’m on edge and everything is about to come crashing down. Why? I have no idea! I think I put a lot of pressure on myself and what I’ve learned is that it’s not doing me any good. Becoming a mom has allowed me to just let go of some of that stuff, but it’s still something I deal with every week.
Heal My Adrenal Fatigue
I’ve talked a lot about feeling foggy in some of my other personal wellness and health posts (read this one and this one for more). There’s nothing worse than walking around and feeling like you’re in a fog. It’s like you’re physically present, but mentally, you’re not. You just want to curl up and go back to bed.That foggy feeling is due to adrenal fatigue. It feels awful, but it’s not a disease that most doctors will diagnose you with, probably because there’s not a prescription drug they can give to you!
Adrenal fatigue is caused by long-term chronic stress. When you’re stressed, your fight or flight response kicks in and activates your adrenal glands. When this happens continually, day in and day out, your adrenals become overworked, fatigue and unable to keep up with your body’s demands.
The only way to really heal your adrenal fatigue is to nurture those adrenals and manage your stress. I’m using diet, supplements, yoga and meditation to get myself back to normal. It doesn’t happen overnight, but in just a few weeks since I really put these things into practice, I’ve seen big changes in my life. I sleep more soundly and I feel more awake during the day. I still have days where I feel foggy, but it’s not as intense or as frequent as it was before.
Getting a taste of how good that feels is a huge motivator! So, this month I plan to continue working towards healing my adrenals, chronic fatigue and low blood sugar issues. Later this week I’m sharing more on my diet changes and supplements that are helping to support these functions.
Keep on Pumping
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided that I’m done breastfeeding. I’ll call my mom, sisters, Rob or friends and tell them that I’m done—it’s wearing my out, I’m tired of pumping, I just don’t want to do it anymore. All valid reasons! I’m thankful that everyone has always been supportive of whatever decision I want to make, but I always end of changing my mind.
Yes, breastfeeding/pumping is hard work. If you make it a week, a month, 6 months or a year, you have accomplished something huge—be proud of yourself!
It’s physically and mentally exhausting and throws a wrench into our plans on a regular basis. Before Owen was born, six months was my goal. It didn’t sound that long, but when you’re in the midst of it, it can feel like an eternity! But, in the grand scheme of life, it’s not that long—or at least that’s what I keep telling myself! So, my final intention for this month is to continue pumping for Owen’s sake. I know that I won’t stay this positive about it all month, but I’m going to try!
Share Your Wellness Intentions
Isn’t intention such a better word than goal?! There’s a peace about it that I love!
Needless to say, I’m very excited about this month’s theme and for more inspiring monthly themes in the future! Before I go, I’d really love to hear what your wellness intentions are for this month or this year. I know we all experience things so uniquely and are all dealing with different things and if you feel up to it, I’d love it if you shared in the comments below! If you’re shy, you can always email or DM me as well!
On that note, happy April! So thankful to have this little community here—you guys make my job so much fun!