Things I would like to do everyday of my life —
Shower, brush my teeth, Journal, a load of laundry, Pray, read a book, eat a full serving of vegetables, practice yoga or meditation, water the house plants, have quality time with my husband, make a healthy dinner for my family, try something outside my comfort zone to help my spirit thrive… and the list goes on.
At what point reading that list did you decide it was unlikely I would get all of this done in one day, much less everyday? Routine is the pace and direction of the path towards our future self. Someone who reads everyday is well on their way to being a well read individual; If they add on daily yoga practices they can move toward being a true yogi. Where does the scale break? How many practices or routines can we effectively fit into our day? I find brushing my teeth easy to do morning and night but throw yoga in the mix and I am instantly overwhelmed trying to ‘ground’ in tree pose at 9pm. The key to balancing all of this … I don’t have it. My approach is starting small and working on consistency rather than quantity. There are countless interests and desired routines we all would like to make commonplace in our lives. However, there are only so many hours in a day. Do what you love and make it a passion you prioritize. For me, this means choosing 3 and running at my slowest pace. I believe it looks different for everyone based on the formula of available time, current schedule, and personal needs. You know you best, which means you can best prevent an overcommitted you. Life is full of opportunity day after day. Tomorrow isn’t promised but today is still too precious to over-schedule. I can lay my head on the pillow at night and know that today I gave my all, yoga or no yoga. I am learning to be okay with the fact that I didn’t check all the boxes, because realistically in my type A mind, I never will. I hope you are rocking a fulfilled glow at the end of your day with a smile of contentment looking back at what you put in. This is my goal for the ultimate productive day. Thanks for stopping by!
Photography by Shelley Foster