Monday Inspiration

Monday Inspiration

Whenever I’m feeling down and out, I always find a little light when I log in to my social media sites and see all the wonderful things people are doing. Whether it’s making a new recipe from scratch, finishing a long-time project or visiting an amazing city, there is always something to lift my spirits.

And then it hit me. While I wholeheartedly encourage seeking inspiration from others when you are feeling overwhelmed or just plain out of it, why aren’t I looking inside myself for inspiration? Why aren’t I amazing myself? I could do all of these things (aside from traveling, that will just have to wait), I just need to make time for them. So what’s my excuse?

I will have to say, I did make a few meals from scratch last week, and we were able to eat leftovers throughout the week. But then by Friday, it all came to a halt. I got exhausted and just couldn’t push myself to create. So I’ve gone over what was bothering me, what made me feel so uninspired, and I made a list of how to fix it. I absolutely love making lists. I don’t always follow them, but I do love to make them.

Image from Huffington Post. Lots of good positive mantras in that post.

Image from Huffington Post. Lots of good positive mantras in that post.

Then I made myself a daily schedule and now I’m working on a weekly meal plan. It’s all totally boring stuff and I feel sort of silly writing about it on my blog. But it’s a part of life and I can pretty much guarantee I’m not the only one who has felt like this. So while I don’t want to write out every detail, here is what I have planned out:

  • Write daily. Whether it’s on my blog or in my little journal, just write.
  • Cook something new and fun when I can. Find new recipes and experiment a little. Mix it up a bit. Share what I cook online.
  • Work out 30 minutes a day and practice yoga at least once a day. It’s insane how much energy I get from working out, and I always feel invigorated after doing yoga. These simple things change everything, but I never make time for them.
  • Set aside 4-6 hrs a day for school work, depending on what I have. Turn everything off so I just have that to concentrate on. Of course I will take time for baby breaks, but that’s it.
  • Schedule more Pampered Chef parties and start selling more of my stuff online
  • An hour a day on creative art stuff. It’s something that I love doing, but never give myself the time to do it.

I got inspired to work on this list after I read a little something from Danny J – who runs The Sweaty Betties – about not making any more excuses and making goals and sticking to them. So I hope I can inspire someone as well. I’m going to turn this into a little self-spring cleaning. Spring cleaning of the soul, maybe?

Share any of our Monday inspiration in the comments and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google +. I plan on sharing more of what inspires me and makes me happy in my own daily life.

*Photo of beautiful flowers from Pretty Stuff – by Patterson Maker

my surprisingly productive day

I have a ritual of making a list every morning when I get up. I write down what I want – no, what I need – to accomplish for the day and try my best to follow the list. But the same thing always happens. Cecilia barely takes any naps and needs my attention about every half hour.

So when she had a bad day yesterday, I woke up today knowing I wouldn’t get anything done. I planned for a day of lounging in our bed and watching movies all day.

I woke up at the normal time, but Cecilia wasn’t ready to get up yet, so I decided to go back to bed until she was ready. I would need all the sleep I could get. By the time she woke up, I had the formula ready and I was wide awake. I fed her and did some yoga before even leaving our room.

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Can you spot the swing in the background?

Then she was ready for another nap, and I made some breakfast. I officially started the Clean Eating diet today and have pledged to not drink any sodas for two weeks. If I can keep that up, I will start moving away from coffee. But not quite yet. So I decided to make my own homemade creamer, with a recipe I got from Acute Designs.

I didn’t have any sweetened condensed milk so I ended up making my own. Since I’m trying to limit my sugar intake, I traded the 1 cup of brown sugar for 2/3 cup of maple syrup and increased the flour from 2 tbsps to 4 tbsps. I know flour isn’t the greatest, but I used wheat flour, so it wasn’t too bad.

I organized and ordered prints of all my pictures and got my thank you cards done, both of which were on my spring cleaning list. Then I cleaned the house, which I haven’t been able to do in a while.

IMG_3278I have been wanting to try this quinoa + white bean burger recipe from how sweet it is and I finally had all the ingredients and the time to make it, so I did. And it came out lovely! To be more clear, I think this might be my new obsession. I also made some homemade fries, with the recipe I got from Sift, Stir & Savour.

IMG_3279After Cecilia woke up from her nap, we headed outside to work on the garden and I got most of our laundry done and applied for a couple of jobs.

Kind of insane the amount of stuff I got done so far today, all without a list. Maybe it’s better without one. I’m slowly learning that I no longer have a schedule of my own, I just follow Cecilia’s schedule. Because, after all, she’s the most important.