I’ve shared this a bit before, but I’m not usually one to make new years resolutions. I must prefer to think of them as 2019 goals or intentions. For some reason or another, none of the resolutions I’ve made have ever really stuck. It also just feels so… overwhelming. Last week, I was scrolling through Instagram and seeing everyone’s goals and intentions… and I just felt so exhausted by it all. It felt like I wasn’t doing enough, that I could never do enough. The comparison game was killing me and I felt powerless to fight it.
That’s when I realized that all I really wanted to focus on this year is survival. I want to finish 2019 with my cup full (or somewhere near it) instead of utterly depleted like it is now. And that can mean anything, but at my core, it feels like I am on the cusp of either really big things or the whole house of cards crashing down. Truth be told, I am flat out exhausted and things just need to change.
While it’s not technically the weekend yet, the Jojotastic team is taking the rest of the week off to enjoy time with our family and friends… which means our weekly wellness post is a bit early! We hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas and holiday season — and that you’re ready for New Years Eve. Moving into the true winter season can sometimes feel more draining compared to the brighter weather and thoughts associated with the other seasons. But here’s the thing: taking care of yourself is extremely important in seasons like winter, when we might be more inclined to feel “down.” Much like our fall post, I brainstormed 15 winter self-care ideas to help inspire you in the months ahead!
The end of the year is closing in and I seriously have no idea where the time went. One minute it was January, the next it was December. Because time seems to fly by so quickly, it’s had me thinking lately and really envisioning the new year. I want 2019 to be very intentional, so in order to actually have the year I’m envisioning, here’s what I’m doing now to get the new year started off on the best foot possible.
Truly, I cannot even wrap my mind around how we are less than 10 days away from Christmas. How did this happen?? I don’t know about you, but my holiday spirit is sort of lacking right now. I’ve been so swamped with work, the kitchen renovation, and wedding planning that it doesn’t even feel like it’s the holiday season. The magic of the holidays just has not arrived yet in our tiny bungalow and it makes me kinda sad. With just 10 days to do, I made a few adjustments and perked myself up quickly! Here are some tips that might help you, too.
A few weeks ago, I asked on Instagram about the types of gift guides that you’d find most helpful. So many people surprised me by asking for eco-friendly, zero waste gift ideas! Clearly, I needed to curate some awesome gifts that can either encourage someone to try going waste-free or for someone already on that path. I hate to say it, but living green is such a trend right now. There were tons of great gift ideas out there. Let’s hope that everyone continues to examine their impact on the environment and how to improve our current climate situation!
If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, then you know I’m all about finding ways to reduce waste in pretty much every spot of our home. You might think the holidays put a damper on this, and they do a little, but there are still ways to stay on top of it! All you have to do is be a little bit intentional about your actions and it’s easy as pie. Here’s what we plan to do around #mytinybungalow this holiday season to keep our waste in check.
Sometimes I wonder if the holidays and self-care can’t go hand in hand, as though the act of celebrating the season means you can’t possibly prioritize yourself. When I’m focused on finding the perfect gift or sharing a bit of holiday magic, it is always with someone else in mind. Also, this my busiest time of year business-wise, so it’s even harder for me to take care of myself. This is actually an internal struggle for me that I am constantly battling, but it heightens during the rush of the holidays. As always, I’m a list maker, so I tried to brainstorm things I can do for myself, even though it’s the holiday season. I hope this list of things to do for yourself during the holidays helps you to avoid this struggle as well!