Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Taking Time to Reset

Today, I'm talking all about how to take time for yourself and reset. After Christmas, I was feeling very burnt out from everything, which is not a good way for a 25-year old with a great life to feel. I was letting my schedule consume me and not finding a good balance, so I decided to take some time to figure out priorities and how to balance it all. 

I always find it interesting as to how others' days go, so here's a little peek into a Monday during this busy time of year:
5:45am - Alarm goes off
6:00am - finally peel myself out of bed
6:00 - 6:50am - shower, pack work clothes, get ready for barre
7:10 - 8:00am - barre
8:00 - 8:45am - commute to work
8:45am - 5:30pm - work day
6:15 - dinner with a friend
7:00pm - committee meeting for Azalea Festival Princess Pageant
8:00pm - load of laundry and The Bachelor

This daily schedule isn't too bad, except it's combined with wedding planning, a million and one things each weekend - many of those out of town, and trying to fit in "me" time every once in awhile. Again, no complaints here but I was feeling incredibly burnt out and needed to mentally reset to embrace my busyness instead of dread it.

“It’s up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now—and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we’ll be happy.” - Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Story

You'll notice that one thing that's in my schedule is Pure Barre. There for awhile, I would come up with a million excuses as to why I couldn't make it to barre. Many of them were valid reasons, but those reasons were keeping me away from 55 minutes dedicated to my health. I remember walking into barre one day and one of the PB gals said, "Hey! We haven't seen you in awhile!" I replied with, "I've been so busy at work and my schedule is just not letting me make it here." Her response? You have to take time for yourself. 

At the time, I thought, Right, but if I have to work late then I can't really help that I can't make it to barre. But then I got into a better routine of starting my day with my workout instead of ending it and it has honestly made all the difference. Yes, it is irritating to have to pack for the entire day so early in the morning and get ready at the gym, but the rest of my day feels so much more accomplished when I know I've gotten my workout in. 

I've been trying to implement the following as ways to reset each day/week/month and make the most out of my busyness.

Working Out | As I mentioned above, I've really been trying to make this a priority. It started February 1st, when Pure Barre kicked off the Barre Bestie Challenge. Because I was partnered up with someone, I didn't want to pull my own weight so I made getting to barre a priority. Now, it's started turning into a habit and I'm going 4-5 times a week.

Reading a good book | A couple of weekends ago, I headed to Barnes & Noble for the first time in awhile and picked up a few good books. Instead of being on social media as much (key words: as much), I've been trying to spend more time at night reading or writing instead of staying glued to my phone. The gorgeous weather has helped as well as I've spent time outside engrossed in a good book.

Healthy eating | To be honest, this is where I'm struggling the most. I'm the kind of picky eater that only likes carbs, and grilled chicken just doesn't do much for me. So I'm really trying to invest time into ways to really enjoy eating healthy.

Quiet Time | This is a big one for me. I really need to spend more time embracing the quiet. Whether it's doing a Bible study, doing yoga, or just sitting in the silence, I need to spend less time on my smart phone or laptop and escape from the TV.

Spending Time Outside | This one can be hard when we're in the winter months, but the warm weather we've been having in NC has done wonders for my mood. It has been so nice to sit outside in the sunshine.

Saying No | This one is incredibly hard for me. We have so much going on over this year, with 10 weddings to attend plus our own and all of the fun showers and parties that go with it. We're excited to celebrate with all of our friends this year, but that means I've had to learn to say to other things and be okay with missing out if it beens a great weekend at home.

Setting Goals | I make a to-do list every day at the office, but I'm not as good about putting life goals down on paper and evaluating them each week. Whether it's something long term or just making the effort to eat at home 3 times that week, it's a good idea to put them down on paper at the start of each week.

“Happiness is not a goal; it's a product of a life well lived. ” - Eleanor Roosevelt

How do you take time to reset and refresh?


  1. I feel you on starting to feel burnt out. That was happening to me a few weeks ago and it can be so tough. I love all of your tips for resetting! The barre challenge sounds awesome! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Once it starts to warm up I like to get to the gym in the morning so that I can enjoy my lunch breaks again - which is when I usually work out!! Reading is a great way to refresh - it's the perfect alone time activity!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. Slowing down and refresh is such a necessity. This is a great reminder, because it only seems to happy for me when I am on vacation. I need to follow your tips!

  4. These are all great ways to take care of yourself and reset - exercise always is key for me. It's the best selfish thing that you can do for yourself! And, yes to reading/disconnecting from social media ... I've distanced myself a bit from Snapchat and what not, and it has helped so much.

  5. Great post! :) We had to have a reset in our house at the end of January... & it's been such a positive change to be able to make things like working out, eating right, spending time outside, etc a priority again. Hope it's going well for you!

  6. Loved reading this! I feel the exact same way these days. I need to make my health time a priority and I'm honestly thinking about having tv-free weeks. It looks like this weekend will be gorgeous too and perfect for spending time outside!

    xo, Shelby

  7. Girl, yes! This is such a great post. It can be easy to get caught up in the busy busy life, but we have to take time to rest and recoup and do things that are good for our soul.

  8. Great tips on how you reset your life. I also enjoy working out early every morning! Definitely keeps my energy levels up throughout the day. Have a great week <3


  9. I could not agree more. Though I don't do the daily class, eating healthy, getting outside for a walk anytime I can, and saying no truly have a huge impact on my physical and mental health. Glad you are finding time to take care of yourself.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style


  10. “It’s up to us to choose contentment and thankfulness now—and to stop imagining that we have to have everything perfect before we’ll be happy.” - Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Story

    Can I just say how much I love this quote. It is so thought provoking and definitely an idea that I'm trying to embrace more in my own life.

    It is unfeasible and unnatural a to feel happiness 24/7, just as it is to feel any other emotion for a prolonged period of time at high intesity e.g. anger, fear, sadness etc... People yet aspire to this ideal of being happy all the time, which is not possible as happiness is somewhat relative to other elements in a person's life. If we aim for contentment most of the time, we feel gratitude for what we have and takes the pressure of this unrealistic ideal of being happy all the time.

    Good on you for doing all these amazing things to take care of yourself. Saying No is a biggie as when you start respecting yourself enough to stand up for what you believe you deserve everything seems to fall into place.

    Adrianna xx

  11. Great tips.. i hope jesus help me to encourage :)
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  12. These are great tips. Made me realize I need to reset as well :)


  13. Have a good trip! Travel open minds and reset ourselves!
    Mónica Sors

  14. Slowing down and taking time is so so important! Hope you have a wonderful trip!

  15. Great question. I think all of the suggestions you provided in your post work well. One thing I would add - which you mentioned in your schedule but not in your ways to reset - is connecting with others. You mentioned having dinner with a friend and I think as much as quiet time is necessary so is connecting with others. Thanks for sharing!

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