Favorite Activity

What’s your favorite thing to do outside in the Fall?

Campfires, hiking, leaf peeping, visiting a pumpkin patch, fall festivals… there are so many wonderful things going on in the autumn outdoors.

What do you and your family do outdoors in the fall?

Now’s a perfect time to check out the events calendar where you live -macaronikid.com is excellent if you have children- and check out what’s going on for the next few months, so you don’t miss anything fun.

Favorite Breakfast

Everybody loves breakfast, but so few make the time to enjoy it — wouldn’t you agree?  Mornings can be a blur of scrambling to get out the door, leaving little time for those delectable breakfast items we long for. There are plenty of quick breakfast ideas that are healthy and portable, and even ones you can make ahead, so there’s no extra time out of your morning.

Of course, I absolutely suggest pulling as many strings as possible to make a healthy breakfast a priority in the mornings, but I fully understand that’s not always possible.  If this is a problem you’re struggling with, I suggest you take a small chunk of time out of your day today to search for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas.  Try one or two out this week and see how it works for you.

Need some ideas to get you started – check out these resources: Breakfast Recipes and Breakfast in a Pinch.

What’s your favorite breakfast?

Create Joy in Your Life

How can you create joy in your life?  Yes, I said create.

Joy doesn’t happen to us without an effort on our part.

Feeling joy and living joyfully takes practice.  It’s something we must work at daily until we get into the swing of it.

So, what thieves of joy are you struggling with currently?

How can you turn those around and make them work for you, moving more toward joy?

How mood and mental state are so closely tied to our overall health, so focusing on physical health WITH mental health is the perfect equation for a joyful, healthy life.

Keep This in the Kitchen

Healthy Food Hack.

Keep frozen and canned vegetables on hand.  Yes, of course, fresh vegetables taste better and pack more of a punch when it comes to nutrients.

But when you have these ingredients on hand at all times, you’ll be much more likely to reach for them on that busy night when you’re throwing a quick dinner together.

Having these canned and frozen options on hand alleviates a major reason we reach for the takeout menu — pressed for time, and no ingredients ready at home.

So on your next grocery store run, stock up on a few bags of frozen veggies and several cans of vegetables such as green beans, carrots, etc.  Organic is best, if available.

Happy List

Focusing on what makes you happy can give you the tools you need to turn any bad day around for good.  Bad days will come, but your response to them will determine just how long they stay.

There are undoubtedly many things in your life that make you happy.  It can be as simple as sleeping on freshly cleaned sheets, or as deeply meaningful as a long phone conversation with your beloved grandmother.

I want you to make a list of 10 things that make you happy.  When your list is complete, put it on your refrigerator so you can easily access it when needed.  Try to incorporate at least one thing from your list in your life on a daily basis.

Do You Own It?

Whatever situation you’re in right now — whole and happy, or journeying through a tough time — are you looking at it with a proactive mindset about how to continue?

If you’re struggling, have you brainstormed ways to get yourself out of the quicksand?  Do you know what step to take first, and the subsequent steps that come afterward?  A plan of action takes an immense amount of stress off of your shoulders, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life and what the next steps are.  Your happiness is important and is a crucial part of your overall health.

Plan Your Meals

Navigating the kitchen without a plan is a recipe for disaster.

There’s an immense level of stress associated with not planning your meals for the week, especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.

Planning your meals for the week is an incredible way to take a load of stress off and make sure you’re eating healthy food consistently.  Planning takes the guesswork out of what to cook, what to eat, and what to buy at the grocery store.

An easy way to create a meal schedule for the week is to have a chunk of recipes you switch up weekly to avoid boredom.  You can choose the menu for the week together as a family, even, to include them in the decisions.

 

Slow Down Tonight

How fast do you get ready for bed at night?  Is it a quick routine you have become so accustomed to that you could do it with your eyes closed, or is it more of an experience you choose to be mindful of, using relaxation techniques?

Taking a few extra minutes for yourself at bedtime to pamper your skin, dry brush your body, or use a lotion infused with lavender oil to nourish your skin before you sleep — it can change your sleep patterns for the better.

What could you add to your nightly routine to make all the difference?

Re-Evaluate Your Priorities

What have you noticed lately that may be slipping from your grasp?  Have you been so busy you’ve spent less time with your kids, friends, family than you are comfortable with?  Are you working on a deadline and you’ve been cooped up in your office for weeks, with no free time?

It may not be that extreme, but chances are, there’s something out of line in your priorities that you’ve been hoping to change.  What is that?

Let’s just start with that first thing that popped into your mind.  The very first thing you thought of when you read this post.

How can you begin motion on changing that, starting tomorrow?

It doesn’t have to be some huge overhaul, which can feel very overwhelming.  But what can you start to do to make some changes that will last?

Don’t Wait Until Spring

Somewhere along the way, the need to spring clean was ingrained in us.  After the hibernation of a frigid winter, we start fresh with a deep cleaning of our living space.  Hopefully going deeper than that, also an adjustment of our routines, attitudes, schedule, relationships and more.

But I think to start that now before spring officially arrives has its benefits.  We just started a new year, which inevitably brings new resolutions and new ideas of what you want your life to look like.

How is that going for you so far?  What needs tweaking?  Start with that, and you’ll be on a spree by the time spring arrives, where you can tackle the rest of your list it full force.

If we arrive in the spring with our failed resolutions still in tow, we will likely put off the spring cleaning as well.  It doesn’t have to be that way, though, and your growing to-do list doesn’t have to feel like a failure.  Start with jumpstarting those resolutions you may have neglected from January and start a fresh track with one or two of those.  Your confidence will compound, and you’ll be ready to tackle more in the coming weeks with that momentum.

What’s the first thing you want to change in your life?