With the full expectation of Baby Z leaving our home after the summer, I’ve decided to make MYSELF a pretty big priority.

Not in the “I’m going to drink lots of coffee, eat lots of ice cream, and go shopping whenever I feel sad” kind of priority. But I’m choosing to make self-care a big priority, especially in a few key areas.

Physical Fitness

You guys know that I recently started the 30-day Shred again from Jillian Michaels. The last few weeks I haven’t been as consistent, but I’m exercising at least 3 times a week. I know that exercising is going to be key in feeling confident in my body, and releasing the endorphins I’m going to need. (My goal is to do 5-6 days of exercise each week — but I keep reminding myself, progress not perfection.)

Diet

I’m choosing to do Arbonne’s 30-day Clean Eating Challenge this month as a part of my health challenge to myself. Gluten, dairy and sugar do nothing to help my mood or energy. If you want more info one what I’m doing, here’s more about it.

Emotional Health

Personal development is one of the biggest priorities I have to have right now. I don’t want to lose the goals, momentum or personal health I’ve worked hard to attain. So that means 30 minutes of personal development each day is not optional. That my self-talk has to be spot on. And that tea dates with friends (and many of them) are going to be a must.

I’m also going to focus on fun. Getting time outdoors every day. Going on hikes with the family. Going to the park, playing in the sprinkler, spending quality time with Ryan. Making memories with Z for the time we can. And there is definitely going to be a girls’ night in Seattle with my two girlfriends going salsa dancing at Century 21 Ballroom.

Me and God

Lately (full confession here), I haven’t been the Christian I want to be. I’m spending time on Facebook and not time with God. How can I expect to be fulfilled without Him? Last weekend, as my birthday approached, I spent some time in reflection and realized that this world DOES NOT SATISFY. It just doesn’t. A nicer car, a home, a pretty wardrobe — it’s all so temporal and will not fulfill us. And as I’ve been chasing these things, it’s pretty obvious to me that the journey is not taking me toward fulfillment, but toward desperation.

And so I’m starting an online Biblestudy through Jennie Allen, called “Anything.” It’s about surrendering to God, and discovering and fulfilling HIS purpose — and letting go of our purposes for ourselves.

If you want to join me, here’s a link to more info and to register:

If we have enough interest, I’ll start a Facebook group where we can go through some of it together and chat about what we are discovering about God’s purposes.

Financial

I know this sounds weird to include this, but I’ve discovered that if our finances feel out of control, then I feel out of control.

Ryan and I recently graduated from Financial Peace University. We’re on track to get rid of all debt (mostly school loans), and save up for a home.

I’m also committing to take my business to the next level. Can I just be honest here? I’m not perfect, and at times, I’ve struggled with how my business has done over the last 4 years. As soon as I get some momentum going, we either lose a baby, or take one in. The last 6 months, I’ve been consistent in growing my business, but I’ve realized that I have put some self-limiting beliefs on what I can accomplish.

I don’t want to survive this summer or Baby Z leaving — I want to thrive. I want to show everyone that I have accomplished what I have told you I will accomplish for several years now. I’m recommitting to my goals.

I know that I will not do all of everything perfectly — but I know that I’m going to be intentional, set goals, and create some accountability and mentorship in my life to help keep me on track.

What do you do for self-care? And what kind of goals do you guys have this summer?