I love today’s outfit with my Tory Burch flats and coordinating quilted vest over a red long sleeve t-shirt, and paired with skinny jeans and a fun leopard infinity scarf.
This article is one of a series showing the many outfit combinations I’ve designed from my 24-piece Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.
Here are the items from today’s outfit:
Today on The Blended Blog, a lot of great bloggers are sharing how they take care of themselves. I’m excited to read all their posts, as this is an area I struggle with at times.
Life is SO busy sometimes! I want to be the best I can be at all the roles I fill – mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, boss, etc… That often leaves me near the end of the priority list. I’ve found over the years that a few very simple actions can go a long way to recharging myself.
As an introvert, I NEED time to myself. I need quiet time. I can spend that time on the blog, but better still if I spend it reading my Bible or sometimes a fiction books to get lost in. Journaling can provide a great release as well if I’m especially stressed. Even 20 minutes makes a difference.
Healthy Food and Exercise
Healthy food and exercise are critical to keeping up the energy necessary for everyday life. I can really tell the difference when I don’t make this a priority. I recently switched to a ketogenic lifestyle (not diet – that is temporary, lifestyle is permanent change).
My sister-in-law recently introduced me to Pruvit Ketones, and I’ve been using them for about 3 weeks one a day, along with the change in food choices. I’ve tried reducing carb intake before and always felt horrible the first few weeks. The Ketones have made a huge difference. I didn’t have any withdrawal reaction, I’ve had more energy, and I’ve lost about 2 pounds each week. I don’t know if the Ketones would help on their own so much, but they are an extra boost in combination with a healthy diet.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
I know some people who can get by just fine on 4-6 hours of sleep at night. That is NOT me. I need at least 8 hours every night. I am an early riser, which means bedtime is often at the same time for me as for my boys. Knowing this means that I do have to get my quiet time while they are still awake, and do so without the guilt.
I am a big believer in the idea that a cluttered home means a cluttered mind, and a cluttered mind is in relaxed. I’ve spent the last several years reducing our belongings, limiting our purchases, and simplifying our schedule. The change for me is indescribable. My stress level is less, my finances are better, and my home is neater. I don’t live like some of the well-known minimalists, but I am thoughtful about what I allow in my home.
These are the four areas that help me the most.