I feel incredibly grateful to have the good fortune of active kids and a thriving business. Although there never seems to be enough hours in the day, there are a few practices I follow to try to keep in the stream of life at this extra busy time of year.
1. Getting to my yoga mat to take time for myself. When I do this I know that I am better able to take care of those around me. I notice when I am unable to take time for myself in this way (or even giving up other self-care practices) that I seem to be more defensive, quicker to anger or overreact to situations. When I do yoga for myself, I feel less stingy with my time and can operate from a place of abundance which I feel is more of my true essence.
2. Staying hydrated. I take water everywhere with me. You can ﬁnd my trusty water bottle with me in my car, by my bed, by my yoga mat and by my computer (*NOTE: I am really careful to close the bottle lid after each sip as I’ve been know to knock things over!).
3. A sense of humor goes a long way. I really try not to take myself too seriously. I know I will make mistakes —flub-ups are inevitable. I strongly believe in failing forward, and even when I end up with some egg on my face, laughing through it all and trying to see the humor is a lot easier then being too hard on myself or having regrets.
Laughter is the key!
4. Staying on point with a healthy dietincluding lots of greens is paramount for me. I have been juicing a lot this season and have recently learned the beneﬁts of the super food—chia! My fav is to soak 2 T of seeds in water then blend with strawberries and refrigerate for 2 hours for a nice pudding that leaves my sweet tooth satisﬁed. Then I don’t snack on all the lovely treats I used to go overboard with at the holidays.
5. Journaling is part of my self-care practice. My mentor shared a journaling tip from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way that I love! Upon waking journal three pages. Often when she ﬁnds she has a lot to write, she will cut herself off at three pages and likewise, on days when she feels she has nothing to write she challenges herself to write three pages and she is often surprised to see what comes out. I have a set of journals–one to write in for each month of the year. It’s been eye-opening and interesting to read what I was doing and where I was at this time last year. It seems to me that my life moves so fast (and my memory is not so good). This gives me an opportunity to give gratitude for where I am RIGHT now. Reﬂecting on past years helps provide the rhythm and ritual that I seek in my life.
6. Getting on the ﬂoor with my kids everyday–to read, or wrestle and play. Keeping this agility and ﬂexibility ensures I will get to do this when I am ninety years old with my great, great grandkids. Along with family time, we always ask around our dinner table, “What was your favorite part of the day?” So one child will answer and then ask someone else. That way everyone gets a chance to listen, to share and to be heard. It’s one of the ways we stay connected as a family.
7. Finally, take a day off. Ever since we opened The Family Tree we have vowed to take Sundays off. We don’t see clients, answer phones or emails. We spend the day as a family not talking about our business so we can be even more excited on Monday to get back to doing what we love to do.
Those are my tips for being a busy mom/yogini. I hope you might ﬁnd these helpful for you, too!