making room for me

Happy Wednesday, Swagsters!

My goal after starting this blog was to do it every day for 21 days… and then I missed Monday and Tuesday. Oops.

Oh well. It wasn’t for laziness, it was for life, and that’s why I’m not getting down on myself for it. This is what I was doing Monday instead of blogging:

I went to my friend’s lake house in the Berkshires and had an amazingly relaxing day. So sorry I’m not sorry about missing a day of blogging. 😉

Yesterday I was just plain busy! I had to catch up on some obligations and work in the evening.

But I’m back and ready to get this site back on track!

Today I woke up feeling pretty refreshed. I got my morning moving with ZWOW #20 followed by some abs. It definitely left me feeling wide awake and ready to get the day underway!

Hey, Swagsters…

Let’s build some swag!

The one thing I missed on Monday was setting our goals for the week! I hope you set some for yourself, anyway, and if you haven’t… today is the day!

Last week, I listed the goals I’d chosen for myself in the wellness-challenge that my employer is sponsoring for the company. This week the goals I chose for that challenge are a little different… My team is really stepping it up to keep our position as #1 for our store. What I’m saying is, my goals there are strategic ones to earn a lot of points 🙂 soooo… Instead, this week I’m going to list a separate set of more personal goals. First off…

The Results
Last week I very nearly met all my goals. I got 8 hours of sleep every night and I did yoga 3 times last week. My third goal was to avoid alcohol 6 days out of 7. Not to make excuses, but here are my excuses:

  1. A double on the 4th of July
  2. Date night with Markus

Things happen. I could scold myself for not being “perfect” or I could say I tried my best and move on. I’m moving on. 🙂

A New Week

In line with not being hard on myself for not meeting every goal I set last week, this week my goals are all about self-care and self-love.

1. Be nice to me. 
Yesterday my dear friend Cait and I had a great phone conversation. We talked about how negative and mean we can be toward ourselves, yet how we would never dream of treating anyone else that way. My first goal this week is to practice mindfulness and awareness. To notice when my negative voice is chiming in and then to actively use my positive voice to turn those thoughts around. Cait actually wrote a spectacular post yesterday in line with this thought. She is probably one of the most skilled people I know when it comes to turning negative to positive. It’s so admirable and something I’d like to work harder at this week!

2. Make time for self-care
I’m notorious for putting myself last (plight of the woman?). I always have ideas of doing things for myself, but then I look around and I think that the apartment could be cleaner, or I could be doing something for Markus, or I should be picking up a shift at work etc. Outside of my morning “me” time, which usually ends promptly at 10 am, I don’t really make a lot of room for me throughout the rest of the day. This week, I’m going to try and do something extra, at least 5 times this week, for myself. For instance, going the the lake on Monday was all about me (and being with my friends!). It was so relaxing and was literally the first time I’d done anything summery so far this season! Today I’m going enjoy a pedicure. (Squeee!) A new salon opened down the street from my job and the owner gave our GM a massive amount of gift certificates to hand out to us employees. So not only is it me time but it’s free-me-time. Even better. As the week progresses, I plan to continue adding in a few things that are about me loving me. I’ve got to teach myself I deserve it, because I do!

In my opinion, these two goals are the foundation of swag building. If I’m not being nice to myself and I’m not loving myself, then I absolutely cannot have swag!

So, Swagsters, what are your goals this week? Are you going to work on self-care and love? What will you do for you this week?

Share with me in the comments or on twitter and next Monday, we’ll give props!

Let’s end on a humorous note. Markus and I had date night last Sunday (it’s actually a thing we’ve started doing for US, and it’s really helping out our relationship a lot!). Afterwards, we were hanging out at home and I decided to snap a pic of us on the couch:

So I’m dating an ax-murderer?

Markus isn’t the biggest fan of being in pictures, so this was so hilarious to us. His lack of enthusiasm ended up looking a little ax-murderish. We decided to call this picture “Jenny’s Last Smile” and I’d like to make sure it’s submitted to Dateline if I ever disappear and they do a special about me. 🙂 He’s such a cute guy.

Til tomorrow, Swagsters!


4 thoughts on “making room for me

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, girl! I’m so honored that you think I’m good at turning negative into positive b/c I know that if I can do that, I can solve that “plight of a woman” (so true) and be so much happier. So to hear that you think I’m doing well at it is reassuring. Love you!

    • we met through heather (for the love of kale), who I met on twitter. she introduced me to cait bc a) cait’s awesome and b) we realized we’re practically neighbors! the stars line up for me when i met these lovely ladies.

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