January: Here are some ideas to get rid of the winter blues that come this time of year: listen to summery music (Zac Brown Band!) // bundle up and go outside for a brisk walk – you’ll be warm from the movement before you know it // eat lots of kale salads and buy some fresh green juice to sip during cocktail hour // take your bathing suit to the gym and go for a dip in the warm pool and hot tub.
February: But you know what the best thing for the winter blah’s is? (Other than a vacation to the tropics…) Hot yoga!! Go take one of the hot vinyasa classes at Hot Yoga Cville that you’ve been dying to try. You will be SO HOT and sweaty and this time of year that sounds amazing. If you’re knee deep in snow, make sure it involves some sledding. If you haven’t bought a sled yet – go get one right now!
March: So you’re planning to run the Cville 10 Miler? Take the pressure off. You are not going to run as fast as you did in 2010. Too much in your life has changed. Instead focus on the friends you have trained with and the high you’ll get at the end of the race (even if it takes you 2 hours+!)
April: It’s time to get back outside. If you’re not still wearing your Jawbone, get it back out and start up your warm-weather walking. Remember last fall how much those steps made a difference in how you felt at the end of the day? If the sun is out, there is no reason you and Mazen shouldn’t be outside playing together. Oh, and ride your bike this year!!
May: Just a reminder, bathing suit season is just around the corner. How do you feel in your skin? Confident and healthy or like your choices have been less than ideal? Remember, however, it ultimately doesn’t matter how you look if you feel awesome, so just be sure you are making a decent effort to feel great : )
June: The best food of the year is about to ripen – tomatoes, pesto, summer squash, fruitful salads, fresh berries, homemade popsicles, smoothies. Eat it up!! You will miss it DEARLY when January rolls back around.
July: While you are at the beach, REALLY unplug. This is your favorite vacation of the year and you don’t need your phone on the beach! Blog comments can wait. Emails are not that urgent. Take a paper book instead and get in a good novel.
August: There is a chance you could be pregnant by this time. If you are, do your best to put your feet up a bit. You might never get the chance again. Your blog friends will understand if you can’t get a post up everyday. If you’re incredibly nauseous this time, I am so sorry. Remember juice puts you back to sleep at night, and those stretches Jen taught you work wonders. And if you’re not ready to have another baby (or making one has proved a challenge the second time through) try to relax. There is no ideal timeline for spacing kids, and it will happen when the time is right.
September: Sweet little Mazen will be turning 3 this month. Are you doing everything you can to nurture him? Take some time to reflect on the past 3 years and plan some activities for his birthday month to make it extra special.
October: I know you don’t love odd numbers, but turning 33 is kind of fun because of the double digits! If you do a pumpkin beer tasting again, try to drink a little less this time : ) But maybe you will have to abstain anyways – refer to month #8.
November: This is a good time of year to go through your closet and donate any clothes you haven’t worn all summer or fall. While you’re at it, do a little autumn sorting and decluttering around the house to make room for the holiday decorations. Only surround yourself with the items you truly love! Everything else someone in another house will love more.
December: Just like you did in 2014, remember the more holiday shopping // Christmas card writing // party gift buying // meal planning you do in advance, the more you can sit back and relax and enjoy the season. Next year: have Mazen make homemade crafty gifts for his grandparents! And at those holiday parties: remember how amazing you felt after Meg + John’s party last year? That’s called being mindful and it was a good example of how focusing on how you FEEL is what’s most important.