Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
Hope everyone is having an incredible week!
I have the MOST exciting news! We are officially launching Expecting and Empowered on Tuesday, October 10th! If you don’t already, follow along us on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll have some exciting lead up posts and fun giveaways. 🙂 And if you are expecting…we’d love if you jumped on board! We decided to make this comprehensive pregnancy workout guide available in trimesters in case you’ve been waiting and growing 😉
My blog post on Tuesday will be dedicated to E and E! I’m going to share details on why exercise during pregnancy is SO important and give you a peak into what E and E is all about! Thank ya’ll SO much for supporting me in my new venture, my thankfulness is bubbling over. I’ve been doing these workouts my entire pregnancy, and I have to say: at 34 weeks…I’m feeling strong and great!
Life has been FULL for us lately. There are days when I have a to-do list a mile long and I’m responsible for also taking care of Maxwell. If you know any 16 month-olds, you might understand that I cannot get a THING done when I’m caring for him. He runs on the active/dangerous side of little ones. But ya’ll, he is SO darn fun and funny right now. Drew and I cannot get enough of him! When he is awake, we are playing or doing fun together. You cannot turn your back for 5 seconds of he will be climbing onto something.
This means I’ve been shoving all my blogging, Expecting and Empowered, collaborations, life stuff into the space between. Here is when I get all of THIS done: 1) Before he wakes up. I wake up at 5am every weekday to squeeze an hour (sometimes more) BEFORE he wakes up. This has been a really good toddler mama strategy for me. 2) Nap times. I RUN around during his nap times and they are the most productive hour or two of my day. I work 3 weekdays/week, so there are 2 crucial nap times a week to use. 3) Coffee dates. I do sometimes tell Drew: I HAVE to take some time at a coffee shop to get things done. Good thing he is sweet and supportive and always lets me do this. I can get much more done if I’m out of the house and just with my computer than if I’m trying to get things done at home.
Today I wanted do share tips for when you are feeling OVERWHELMED and have a STUFFED schedule. I have lots of friends that are going through similar seasons, so I thought this MIGHT just help a few people out there.
1. Turn to Gratefulness.
When my mind starts spinning, I make myself pause. All of the things that make this current season unavoidably busy are things that I’m THANKFUL for. I’m thankful for the opportunity to start a business with my sister that is going to HELP and EMPOWER women through their pregnancies. I’m thankful this little blog has been growing and gaining loyal readers that look forward to it each week. I’m INCREDIBLY thankful I get to be a mama to a mischievous little one. I’m thankful for my job because it has taught me more about life than I ever could’ve learned doing something else. I’m thankful for our friends and family that want to see us and spend time with us (the feeling is mutual). When you start spiraling, start thinking about your gratefulness.
2. Start Somewhere.
I’m telling ya’ll, I’ve been overwhelmed the past few weeks. With our launching coming up, there has been lots of deadlines to meet and things to plan. There have been days when I’m thinking whoaaaaaaa. How am I going to do this? One thing that has been an enormous help is just starting! As I’ve blogged recently, I love ticking the small things off right away so they are out of mind. An oil change, a rescheduled dentist appointment, my OB appointments for the rest of pregnancy are just a few examples of things that could be done fast and then I had them off my plate. Those things DO take up mental space, so get them off your plate and onto the more important tasks.
3. Time Chunking and Batch Working.
Time chunking is a key to life. Instead of scrambling around and getting distracted by the clothes you have to fold, if you use time chunking you’ll have more organization. If I have 2 hours, I might break it up like this: 45 minutes to workout. 15 minutes to shower and change. 20 minutes to prepare and eat lunch. 40 minutes to work on blog post for tomorrow. In the meantime, I don’t let myself get distracted by things like cleaning or social media. Giving yourself an appropriate time limit will help you stay on task.
Mamas are known for their multi-tasking abilities. But all the new research shows this is actually an inefficient way to operate. It is much more efficient to focus on one task at a time and then move onto the next. From Chelse of Hashtag Tourist, “Multi-tasking is the first way we work ourselves to mental fatigue, and ultimately burn out, which affects our sharpness and ability to create and solve problems in the most proficient way possible.”
Batch working is a lot like time chunking. Sunday was a perfect example of how I used batch working. I met my friend Kyley, so that she could snap some pictures for my PinkBlush collaboration. Because I had my hair curled and makeup on (serious accomplishment for a mama and a Sunday), I made sure we shot both outfits. We did one and I changed to the other. It was SO good to get that content done and ready for the week. This worked much better than my usual: Drew can you snap a quick picture for me after work?!
Another great example that you can more easily apply to your life: this is MEAL PREP! On Sunday if you spent 1.5 hour in your kitchen preparing your food for the week, you would SAVE time and eat more healthfully. You could wash fruits and vegetables. Pre-make your lunches. Make energy balls and another healthy snack. Etc, etc. That way you would be ALL set.
4. Realize When You Are Bubbling Over.
I lost it on Saturday. Not in tears, but I snapped at Drew. With everything going on right now, him not helping us get out the door on time to meet his parents at the pumpkin patch sent me over the edge. I reflected on that: Amy, you should not be that reactionary. It goes back to clear communication. If you would’ve told him that you needed him to pack a diaper bag, warm clothes, and blankets while you bathed Max and got him dressed…this wouldn’t have happened.
When we got in the car, we talked about it and made up. I told him why I was frustrated and that I should’ve handled it better. He kind of just teased me and was ready to be done talking about it 😉
My lesson learned was that: 1) Clear communication is SO key and the fault might just fall on YOU…like it did on me. 2) Snapping at someone makes you feel much worse than it does better. Drew has been SO supportive of our business, so he does not deserve the overwhelmed feelings to be taken out on him. I started to become a lot more mindful of that after our little tiff.
5. Listen to Things that Inspire You.
I’ve shared this many times before, but listening to inspiring podcasts and books is the most uplifting thing for my mood. I’ve been putting on a podcast as I clean the kitchen each night (Drew and I have been ROCKING our new goal of 1 of us cleaning the kitchen and one cleaning the living room EVERY night, so we can start the next day fresh). Goal Digger Podcast and NPR: How I Built This are my suggestions for fellow entrepreneurs. I have parts of the book Present Over Perfect nearly memorized in parts because I always put it on if I’ve had a tough shift or jam packed morning.
Let me know if any of these help!
Have the best weekend!