Self Improvement: 5 Things I Need To Work On

Let's get real...there are a lot of things I need to do better, and as a big believer in self-improvement, I'm going to share 5 of them with you today. It's easy to make excuses as to why "things are the way they are," but it's better to make an effort to change them than to let them get stale and become a negative part of your life. I'm always reading that you are much more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, so here we gooooo! 

1. Cleaning + Laundry
OKAY, people. I hope I'm not the only one with this on my list. This is definitely my number one because it's what I struggle with the most on a daily basis. I always think I have more time in the day than I do (aka I put off cleaning/laundry until the last minute), and somehow I can't seem to keep up with everything. Having two kids in the house definitely doesn't help...when I'm cleaning, I feel like my 2-year-old is following me around just making a mess right behind me ;)...can anyone relate? This video is my life. My hubs and I don't have many disagreements, but this is one thing I can say drives him cray-zay (however, he is not exactly a huge help cleaning up after himself LOL)! Now, there is a difference between "dirty" and "messy." I'm definitely NOT dirty - I never leave dirty dishes in the sink/on the counter, always have clean towels, and never leave food (or anything that you would consider dirty) out. My problems consist more of letting the laundry basket overflow, leaving clothes on the floor from the night before, and letting my clutter take over (mail, magazines, baby items, etc). Also, my closet is a disaster. Every day, I DO make my bed, and have everything neat & tidy by the time my husband gets home from work...but it's a struggle, and I could definitely do better than I do (aka the 30-minute tornado clean up). I'm SO envious of neat and tidy people! I recently saw this list from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and number 8 is genius - this is definitely my #1 goal at the moment! 

2. Unplug
I'm so guilty of being addicted to technology. Especially as a blogger, there are so many different social outlets to keep up with (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter...) that it's hard to put. the. phone. down. But this is definitely something I want to focus on, especially while my girls are young - I want to spend time doing things I enjoy, and actually enjoy them more rather than feel pressured to "get the perfect shot" to share with everyone. This one will be hard for me, because I love photography, and love to document my daily life, but I'm going to start small, and spend 2 hours a day away from anything tech - no phone, no computer, no TV. This may not sound like much, but I probably don't go more than 45 minutes to an hour without looking at my phone. 

3. Plan More Kid-Friendly Activities
I'm with my girls on a daily basis, but it's easy to fall into a routine that doesn't necessarily challenge them (really, Sophia since Avery is only 4 months), and Sophia doesn't start school until September. I want to be realistic about this, so I'm going to start by planning ONE extra kid-friendly activity per week. We always jam-pack the weekends with activities, but I think it's important to do more during the week as well. There are moms who are always on the go, attending class after class with their kids, but honestly that's just not me, and probably never will be (right now we do one ballet/gymnastics class). But, I can definitely commit to planning one additional activity/outing each week. Any ideas for me?! I'm going to create a bucket list for the rest of summer, and my goal is to check each item off before preschool starts! 

4. Live a Healthy Lifestyle
We have a big health-related post coming up, but this is definitely something I struggle with. I know how to eat clean, I know how to work out, and I enjoy both...sometimes. My problem, like many, is that I fall off the wagon when anything shifts my schedule in the slightest. I'm trying to keep my eating 80% healthy, but weekends are definitely a struggle for me. I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app, and it definitely helps, but I really need to  get it together, and make time for health/fitness daily. It's not that hard, it's just about creating a plan. Stay tuned for an update...

5. Rest
My days are typically 6:00am - 10:15pm - Avery eats around 9:30-10pm and is just starting to sleep through the night (sadly, not every night lol), so by the time 10:15 rolls around, I feel like I have some "me" time. I take that time to browse blogs, Instagram, read the news, catch up on DVR'd shows, etc, but I really need to be resting. I wake up every morning feeling "SO TIRED," but it's my own fault. I want to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day instead of feeling like I need a gallon of coffee just to get out of my pajamas. I'm going to strive for a nightly routine that goes something like this...put Avery to bed, put pajamas on, wash face + brush teeth, read for 20-30 minutes (reading books should also be on this list!), and go to bed. I think this will help me feel so much better - right now I'm falling asleep between 12:00 - 12:30am with the occasional 3-4am wake-up call from Avery, and that's just not enough sleep. More sleep = happier & healthier!

Anyone with me on any of these?! 


16 comments:

  1. YES! I can barely keep up and I don't even have kids - so I can't even imagine what you go through. #1 is definitely something I need to improve on - my laundry is overflowing in two baskets right now and I have a pile of clean clothes that I washed over a month ago that haven't been put away yet, to the point I need to rewash them :)

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    1. Ugh - I feel you! Re-washing clean clothes is my specialty! LOL

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  2. MyfitnessPal is my best friend! It is great at keeping you in check looking at those calories left when you are thinking about what to eat for the day! I've been obsessed for years. Weekends are my weakness too but I figure you I'm so strict during the week I DO enjoy a few weekend treats!

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    1. Yes, exactly! I used it years ago online, but just got the app and love how user-friendly it is! I feel the same way, I do good all week, then definitely let loose (a little too much lately) on the weekends, that's where I need to find a better balance! xx

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  3. I just wanted to say how much I loved reading this post! I read a fair number of blogs and sometimes the industry is about showcasing a perfect life and it is so wonderful to read honesty and truth. I am all about constant self-improvement. We have so many things in common on this list. I am very guilty of turning on Disney for Amaya when I have things to around the house or giving her my phone to watch Netflix on when we are running errands so I can quickly get through them. I want to be more present in the moment with her and am continually striving to be better. I try to schedule activities for us to do every week so we can get out of the house. They include going to the library (so many fun things to do there: story time, themed events, toys/games, and of course books galore), splash parks (perfect for summer!), walks around the neighborhood, and bike riding [usually just in the driveway and side walks =) ]. Thank you again for this post. It inspires me to keep working on being a better mom and wife!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! Yes....so guilty of Disney over here as well! I've been trying to get Sophia to help me clean more often because she thinks it's fun, but it actually just doubles the time it takes haha! #thestruggleisreal We definitely need to make a trip to our local library! xx

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  4. It is so encouraging that other women deal with similar stresses. Thank you for your honesty and a peak into your real life. I too am always striving for self-improvement and will take your tip to write down my major goals!

    You seem to be doing an incredible job, you are great at what you do. Keep it up, I love following you and Meggan!

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    1. OH yes, I think we all do! :) You're welcome, just being real!! I'm hoping the whole writing it down thing helps. Thanks so much for your sweet words love! xx <3

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  5. My daughter and I do weekly visits to our local arboretum and zoo. The nice thing about going so often is that we don't have to spend an entire day. We only go an hour and two and it's perfect for her age (4) and my energy level. :) We usually go about 10 and pack a picnic lunch to have there or stop at a local park on the way home if it's getting too crowded. Our weekends are go, go, go from sun up to sun down so the weekdays are more laid back but still have some type of adventure each day. Like last week we took the train into the city, had lunch in union station, and took the train home all because she said she had never taken a train. We didn't have time to make a full day of it but we had a couple hours so we snuck in what we good. We also do a lot of walking around little downtown areas. In the summertime, many of ours have outdoor exhibits for the kids to enjoy like painted cows, trains, bathtubs, signs you can put your face in. Maybe it's a midwest thing but we have a list of our favorite downtown areas we try to hit a few times a year. On those visits we usually stop for a special treat like ice cream or a specialty shop they're known for. The key is to not shop too much and more to explore the area. I'm a bug component of making a list and checking it off! :)

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    1. Yes, that sounds like so much fun! We are a bit more limited given I have a (just) 4-month-old to tote along, and navigating NYC with both of them could be a disaster HA! But yes, we try to go on picnics, go to our local parks, have sprinkler time in the backyard...I guess the hardest part for me is that she is always "go go go," and when I have to keep my eyes on her, plus an infant, it limits where we can go ;). Thanks for all of your suggestions!!

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  6. As I was reading this, I was like "Oh my gosh, she took my 5 things!" I'm with ya girl. I need to do ALL of those things. Thanks for putting it out there and being real! It's greatly appreciated, from one mama/woman to another.

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    1. Glad to see I'm not alone mama!! Thanks for your sweet words!! xx

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  7. I swear.... It is like we have the EXACT. SAME. LIFE (minus the eating 80% healthy part for me). After having baby number two, it really made me rethink being more scheduled because with our first, we were so flexible. Some weeks I succeed, and other weeks we are all over the place. I clean during the kids' first hour of nap and then right after I lay them down, I do a quick pick up so that I don't have to start my next day with yesterday's chores. Also, we have been taking trips to the library. I make a big deal out of it and let Amara take her own bag and pick out books and 1 movie. She also gets computer time there, but it's all educational. We also love Hot Dots Jr. Activities

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    1. HA yes we do!! It sounds like you've got a pretty good schedule going on! Yes, I definitely need to hit up our library! xx

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  8. girl you know I'm right there with you! Def have stepped back from the technology a bit bc it was getting out of hand ;( I literally post in the am and some days done even get back on till after the kids are down! Too freaking busy while Avas out of school!

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    1. I know...it really does get out of hand, and makes me feel so guilty! Haha yes...comeonnnnn summer school! ;)

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