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30 ways to nourish your mind, body & soul.

Last week I took a week off of work (and just everything really) and it’s reminded me about the importance of nourishment. And I’m not talking about only healthy eating or things like that – I’m talking about deep nourishment that cleanses you. That might sound dramatic, but it’s how I feel! It’s SO important and something that we can skip on when we’re in the chaos of daily life. At least I know that I do!

I’ve loved turning my phone off and spending time with people I love – and also on myself. But vacation or not, here are 30 pretty simple ways you can nourish different parts of your being starting now! Enjoy friends!

Mind.

  1. When you’re feeling flustered (you know those days where everything is a hot mess?), sit down and do nothing for 5 minutes. No phones, no tasks, just stop what you’re doing and sit and relax in peace.
  2. Go on a social media detox if your head feels full.
  3. Do that one thing you’ve been putting off for months (looking at you, oil change).
  4. Try meditation, even for a few minutes a day. Guided meditations are a lot easier to use (at least I’ve found) so try an app like Headspace.
  5. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for – right now!
  6. Allow your mind to rest before bed. Put your phone on Airplane Mode for an hour before bed, pick up your book and just chill.
  7. Learn something new everyday – whether through a podcast, a book, or a class.
  8. Remove something from your calendar. Just look at your calendar, pick what doesn’t sound fun, and cancel. It is that easy.
  9. If you’ve been thinking about setting a budget forever, make it a priority. It’s such a mind release!
  10. Do a brain dump.

Body.

  1. Add stretching to your nightly or morning routine. It’s pretty crazy how much better you can feel after doing this for a week.
  2. Instead of a shower, swap a bath once a week and soak in bath salts. Your body will thank you!
  3. Try to stand during part of your work day. I sometimes do this at the island in my kitchen if I am home or I’ll walk down the hall and chat with a coworker.
  4. Sign up for a new workout before the year ends.
  5. Have better posture. Put those shoulders back!
  6. Try dry brushing. This is new for me but sounds soooo good and tons of benefits like anti-inflammation.
  7. Move your body…every single day.
  8. Tell yourself 3 things you love about your body in the shower every day.
  9. Get a massage!
  10. Add more vegetables to your next meal.

Soul.

  1. Plan a girl’s weekend, even if it’s just one night away.
  2. Call a loved one just because you’re thinking of them!
  3. Hug the next loved one you see.
  4. Grab a blanket, light a candle, and put on your favorite movie.
  5. Put your phone away and have a great conversation with a friend.
  6. Stop caring about what people think – here’s how.
  7. Share a bottle of wine with someone you love.
  8. Go for a walk in nature (this kind of accomplishes body, mind and soul, score!)
  9. Volunteer.
  10. Cross something off your bucket list by the end of 2019. What’s it gonna be?!

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XOXO.

B.

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11 ways to single task + why it’s important.

“The power of multitasking is a myth. Human beings are, essentially, single-core processors. We can’t effectively check our email, listen to someone asking us for feedback on a project, and take notes simultaneously. We can do it, sure, but everything suffers.”

So good, right? And so true! I wanted to start this post off a little differently (with a quote) because it was one of those quotes that really struck a chord with me while reading it. I found it while reading an article on personal growth and how multitasking is hugely overrated – and nearly impossible. It was one of those articles that I read and nodded along the whole time. Sadly, I took a screen shot of the quote and didn’t bookmark the article to share it with you.

It makes so much sense to me, personally. I’m constantly multi-tasking. Actually, whatever is MORE than multi-tasking, that’s my usual speed.

I’m so easily distracted and to be honest, I always thought that was a fault of my own. Why can’t you focus on one thing at a time? Well, part of it is because I’m naturally super distracted, but another huge part is due to the society we live in. We’re taught that multi-tasking is this magical skill. It’s something we put on resumes to show our worth or brag about. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’ve even talked about how to get more done at once on this very blog! And gosh, I’m sorry everyone – because it’s actually not what we should be focusing on at all.

Studies believe that multi-tasking divides our attention, interrupts the brain, and essentially, hurts our physical and mental health. Yikes.

So what are we supposed to do? Single-task.

Ahhh, it’s almost scary for me to think about single-tasking because I know I’m horrible at it. But also, it sounds amazing at the same time. Think about it – not having your brain be responsible for several things at once. Consuming only one thing at a time. Focusing on only one person at a time. Doesn’t it sound kind of fabulous?!

I won’t lie and say I’ve started single-tasking yet. This is actually one of those posts that I could not wait to share with you, and I just started thinking about all this week. So, instead of sharing what I’ve been doing that’s been working for me, I want to share some ideas I had on how I can do this. I’ve been taking inventory of all the times in my day where I naturally multi-task and have been scribbling things down.

Here are ways I want to start single-tasking + some extra ideas for your life!

  1. When on the phone, be fully present, instead of trying to write a blog post while checking Pinterest and Instagram.
  2. Check my personal and blog emails 2 times a day, that’s it. Don’t have my tabs open 24/7 and especially while I’m at my 9-5. Gosh, this is going to be so difficult for me. But I think it’ll help if I turn my notifications off on my phone. That way, I won’t be reminded all day long.
  3. Leave all distractions in my purse when out or have company over.
  4. Listen to people, instead of thinking of my to-do list.
  5. Brush my teeth. That’s it. No running around the house picking things up or trying to get dressed at the same time. Brush my teeth at the sink.
  6. Drive without fussing with the music and changing the song every two seconds. Or let’s be realistic (because I love listening to podcasts), but I’m going to spend at least the first 15 minutes of my drive home from work without any sort of audio. That, I can wrap my head around.
  7. Make my tea. Change out of my pajamas. THEN check my emails. Not all three at once.
  8. Put my phone down when I’m getting my nails done. There is no reason I cannot sit and have 45 minutes to myself.
  9. Stand in line without checking my phone or looking for a distraction. Just wait. Same story when I’m waiting for food in the microwave or whatever.
  10. Don’t do my makeup while driving. Just stop. Wake up 10 minutes earlier and do it in peace…in the bathroom.
  11. Cook dinner without doing anything else. Well, except maybe checking DMs because how else am I going to get all those in?! lol.

I’ve noticed that a lot of my personal multi-tasking moments come around tech, which is kind of obvious but also interesting. It’s like technology has not only shortened my attention span but resulted in my desire to multi-task and stay BUSY at all times.

I’m excited to see how I do with single-tasking though, and to break that habit! I know it’ll be hard at first, but I think it’ll be incredibly refreshing to move slower with more focus.

Now, I would LOVE to hear ONE way you can single task in your own life?

Go through your day and notice moments where you’re doing 5 things at once. Take note of them and see if you can start single-tasking with half of those moments.

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XOXO.

B.

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8 things to do at the beginning of every month.

Happy New Year!!

I hope each and every one of you had an amazing night and as you’re slowly opening your eyes this morning, you’re excited about a fresh slate and new adventures for 2019!

I kinda love the idea of having a monthly checklist, and when I started hearing about this idea on the interwebs, I knew I wanted to write my own – and start my own. I figured today being a new month and a new year, this would be a great time!

I sometimes feel like time just blurs together and if you’re not conscious about it, plans and life does, too. So I’m VERY much into the idea of doing certain things at the start of each month. Some of these ideas are ones I’ve been doing without having a schedule for, and some are ones I want to start incorporating. Either way, I think it’s a really smart idea and I hope you’ll be on board and do this with me!

Do a quick check of your finances.

I won’t lecture you about making a serious budget every month, (although, reminder – you should!) but I do think this is doable. What I’m suggesting here is pretty simple. Go through your accounts to make sure nothing looks weird, like fraudulent charges or random things that you need to handle. Do a quick sweep to make sure all bills are paid/scheduled and that your accounts are in order. Plus, you can see if you’ve been spending too much and might need to chill this upcoming month. If you’re feeling really fancy, make a goal for the month – like save an extra $100 a week this month, or make coffee at home in the morning instead of stopping on your way to work.

Make plans with friends.

If friends or family are a priority in your life, let the beginning of the month serve as a reminder to make plans with them. If you don’t have any plans on the books, make them. Start that group text and throw out a couple dates and a location to make it easy.

Go through your closet.

A friend of mine does this and I think it’s GENIUS so I wanted to share with you! Hopefully your closet is as crazy as mine right now (even though I did go through it recently and it’s way better), but either way, dedicate about 30 minutes to your closet each month. Go through and see if you can donate anything, or pack anything away for other seasons. Then, move some pieces you’re really loving to the front of your closet. This will make getting ready so much easier and simple.

Set personal challenges.

This can be really quick and the list doesn’t need to be massive (and it shouldn’t be).

Think of 1-3 things you’d like to work on this month on a personal level. For example, my challenge last month was to start getting rid of clutter. Or maybe it’s to have better posture or go to bed earlier or cut back on sugar – just think of something that would improve your life and then work on it.

Clean out tech.

Delete old shows on your DVR, text messages and voicemails, and any old files on your computer. I also delete photos from my phone. All of this can take a bit of time, but it feels so good! (For some ideas on this, click here)

Check expiration dates.

I’m talking about your fridge and cabinets and this shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Put on a podcast and get to work. Your space will feel much, much better and you don’t need to stress about eating old hummus. While you’re at it, give the shelving in your fridge a good wipe down since you’ll have most of the contents out anyways.

Make a list.

This is one of my favorite things to do at all times, especially at the beginning of each month. Simply do a brain dump of all the lingering tasks or thoughts in your head. Make the list as long as you need to, but prioritize which MUST get done this month (more on how to do this here). Then, schedule out your tasks throughout the month. Try to batch some of the tasks together – like getting your car’s oil changed the same day as you wash it and so on.

Treat yourself.

The beginning of the month might seem busy and almost daunting, but if you do everything on this list, it’ll be a lot better. And you know what else makes it better? Treating yourself! I love this idea to celebrate the newness of a month and it’s just a great reminder to take care of yourself. Maybe that’s getting a massage or buying the vacuum that’s going to change your life – whatever it is, don’t feel guilty about spending a little on yourself.

Are you on board with this? Is there anything you do to start each month? I’d love to hear!

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XOXO.

B.