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February Week 8 | Time Out Week

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Week 8 | Post 1
I am officially calling a Time Out. We are 8 Weeks into the year and I know I'm not alone when I say, as a Mom, I need a time-out. I debated calling this week "Break Week" or even "Transition Week" but honestly, we know it's not a break, it's a glorified 30-second time-out to catch our breath. We get to take a quick look back on the first 2 months of the year (where'd that go?!) while simultaneously looking down the tornado alley of Spring coming in like a Lion. #oof. I am TIRED and a bit overwhelmed, just like every mom on the planet. We are definitely transitioning, whether it's from one sport to another, winter weather into false Spring, or just kids going through a new phase. This week I'm sharing all my best 30-second pep talks, mom hacks, and quick fixes that get me through whatever fresh chaos the Spring will bring. 

Stay tuned...

I am officially calling a Time Out. We are 8 Weeks into the year and I know I’m not alone when I say, as a Mom, I need a time-out. I debated calling this week “Break Week” or even “Transition Week” but honestly, we know it’s not a break, it’s a glorified 30-second time-out to catch our breath. We get to take a quick look back on the first 2 months of the year (where’d that go?!) while simultaneously looking down the tornado alley of Spring coming in like a Lion. #oof. I am TIRED and a bit overwhelmed, just like every mom on the planet. We are definitely transitioning, whether it’s from one sport to another, winter weather into false Spring, or just kids going through a new phase. This week I’m sharing all my best 30-second pep talks, mom hacks, and quick fixes that get me through whatever fresh chaos the Spring will bring.

Stay tuned…

Week 8 | Post 2

Ever feel like you just need to put on that Catcher’s Gear before you face the day? It really does be like that sometimes. I feel like February is always consistently chaotic for some reason. I know, for me, living in Oregon, it’s the weather that starts to erode my mental health, but it’s also the shifting vibes of the kids. They’re transitioning, majorly, out of the most exciting time of the year, Holidays. They’re roller coaster-ing from Halloween to Christmas, New Years, then the whole emotional event of going back to school after a long break, into State Testing, then Valentines. Let’s take a step back and just recognize how many wild pitches we’ve been throwing at them lately. It’s a LOT and everyone needs a time-out. I have nothing else to say on that as far as a blog post to read, but this is more of your first pep talk: It’s okay to take a time-out and rest. Acknowledge all the things you’re doing, have done, and will be doing soon. You deserve this time-out. It even says so in several of those Self-Care Books I mentioned in Week 6 😉

Amazon List | Self-Care & Mental Health Books

Week 8 | Post 2

Ever feel like you just need to put on that Catcher's Gear before you face the day? It really does be like that sometimes. I feel like February is always consistently chaotic for some reason. I know, for me, living in Oregon, it's the weather that starts to erode my mental health, but it's also the shifting vibes of the kids. They're transitioning, majorly, out of the most exciting time of the year, Holidays. They're roller coaster-ing from Halloween to Christmas, New Years, then the whole emotional event of going back to school after a long break, into State Testing, then Valentines. Let's take a step back and just recognize how many wild pitches we've been throwing at them lately. It's a LOT and everyone needs a time-out. I have nothing else to say on that as far as a blog post to read, but this is more of your first pep talk: It's okay to take a time-out and rest. Acknowledge all the things you're doing, have done, and will be doing soon. You deserve this time-out. It even says so in several of those Self-Care Books I mentioned in Week 6 ;)

Week 8 | Post 3

Glimmer: A glimmer is the exact opposite of a trigger—it is some kind of cue, either internal or external that brings one back to a sense of joy or safety. They can be anything from Rainbows and Hummingbirds to Movie Popcorn and Birthday Cake. Or songs, flowers, and sunrises. It could be that moment you put in the last piece of a big puzzle.

Coined by Deb Dana, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in complex trauma, in her 2018 book “The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy,” “glimmers” refers to small moments when our biology is in a place of connection or regulation, which cues our nervous system to feel safe or calm.

Even though it is Time Out Week and you’re supposed to be taking it easy, I challenge you to find those glimmers… If you know what one or a few of yours are, leave them in the comments.

Week 8 | Post 3

Glimmer: A glimmer is the exact opposite of a trigger—it is some kind of cue, either internal or external that brings one back to a sense of joy or safety. They can be anything from Rainbows and Hummingbirds to Movie Popcorn and Birthday Cake. Or songs, flowers, and sunrises. It could be that moment you put in the last piece of a big puzzle. 

Coined by Deb Dana, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in complex trauma, in her 2018 book "The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy," "glimmers" refers to small moments when our biology is in a place of connection or regulation, which cues our nervous system to feel safe or calm.

Even though it is Time Out Week and you're supposed to be taking it easy, I challenge you to find those glimmers... If you know one or a few of yours, leave them in the comments.

Week 8 | Post 4

True or False: You are currently eating enough and drinking enough water? My answer is always false when it comes to the winter months. I know it, and I still don’t do it enough and it is a huge factor in my energy level. I could probably take a nap anywhere at any point in the day I feel so blah. Knowing I do this and knowing I should never seems to be enough for me to actually fix it though… but I’ve developed a few tricks to reduce it, and that’s something.

1- I bought this giant water bottle on Amazon that tracks the ounces. But 2- This is my biggest issue, I don’t eat enough. I blitz through my day and never make time to stop and eat. This habit is then the perfect recipe for an afternoon crash. I am also not at all the person who builds time into my schedule to prepare food every morning. Nope, can’t do that. But I can prep snacks for the week on ONE morning. And they have to be in pretty containers for me to be inspired to eat them… see mine on the blog through the link if you too are in this boat.

How to Plan Ahead Blogger Mom Snacks

Week 8 | Post 4

True or False: You are currently eating enough and drinking enough water? My answer is always false when it comes to the winter months. I know it, and I still don't do it enough and it is a huge factor in my energy level. I could probably take a nap anywhere at any point in the day I feel so blah. Knowing I do this and knowing I should never seems to be enough for me to actually fix it though... but I've developed a few tricks to reduce it, and that's something. 

1- I bought this giant water bottle on Amazon that tracks the ounces. But 2- This is my biggest issue, I don't eat enough. I blitz through my day and never make time to stop and eat. This habit is then the perfect recipe for an afternoon crash. I am also not at all the person who builds time into my schedule to prepare food every morning. Nope, can't do that. But I can prep snacks for the week on ONE morning. And they have to be in pretty containers for me to be inspired to eat them... see mine on the blog through the link if you too are in this boat.

Week 8 | Post 5

Here’s the windup… If you are finding yourself wound up lately, I give you permission to take a step back. You actually don’t have to do ALL THE THINGS. Believe it or not. I know it’s hard for me to stop doing the things I think I’m supposed to do for whatever reason. Even when I completely hate the thing or if it brings me stress. It wasn’t until 2017 that I allowed myself to stop doing all thing things I thought I just had to do as a mom. As if there was some unsaid law that would doom me for eternity if I didn’t make dinner every single night. Turns out I’m still here, lightning didn’t strike me and I’m better off for it mentally and emotionally. I wrote about it in 2017. You can catch all the things I don’t do anymore as a mom, including laundry and dinner through the main link. Perhaps I’ll do a part 2 follow up for all the new things I no longer do because they caused too much stress, as a mom of 10yos…

Dear Moms, You don’t have to do “All the Things”

Week 8 | Post 5

Here's the windup... If you are finding yourself wound up lately, I give you permission to take a step back. You actually don't have to do ALL THE THINGS. Believe it or not. I know it's hard for me to stop doing the things I think I'm supposed to do for whatever reason. Even when I completely hate the thing or if it brings me stress. It wasn't until 2017 that I allowed myself to stop doing all thing things I thought I just had to do as a mom. As if there was some unsaid law that would doom me for eternity if I didn't make dinner every single night. Turns out I'm still here, lightning didn't strike me and I'm better off for it mentally and emotionally. I wrote about it in 2017. You can catch all the things I don't do anymore as a mom, including laundry and dinner through the main link. Perhaps I'll do a part 2 follow up for all the new things I no longer do because they caused too much stress, as a mom of 10yos...

Week 8 | Post 6

Time Out Week is over, but if you actually did take the time out, you’re a winner. Self-care and taking a break can be tough, but trust me it’s worth it. Sometimes taking a rest day or week can give you the renewed energy to jump back in at full speed, or with new inspiration. Speaking of Inspiration and winning, I’m so proud of you for doing both this week that I have a give for you. Through the profile link, you’ll find my page for all my FREE Printables I offer over on the blog. Hopefully, you’ll find something there you can use as inspiration or to build efficiency moving forward into next week.

Free Printables for Moms

Week 8 | Post 7

Time Out Week is over, but if you actually did take the time out, you're a winner. Self-care and taking a break can be tough, but trust me it's worth it. Sometimes taking a rest day or week can give you the renewed energy to jump back in at full speed, or with new inspiration. Speaking of Inspiration and winning, I'm so proud of you for doing both this week that I have a give for you. Through the profile link, you'll find my page for all my FREE Printables I offer over on the blog. Hopefully, you'll find something there you can use as inspiration or to build efficiency moving forward into next week.

Week 8 | Post 7

I will just always make space on my page for this picture of him… Long Hair Cash is my favorite Cash and he is the absolute most chill human I know. These are actually my sunglasses that he is legit *modeling* right now. You can find them on my Sports Mom Outfits Amazon List… because Retail Therapy is a real thing after all.

Amazon List | Sports Mom Outfits

Week 8 | Post 5

I will just always make space on my page for this picture of him... Long Hair Cash is my favorite Cash and he is the absolute most chill human I know. These are actually my sunglasses that he is legit *modeling* right now. You can find them on my Sports Mom Outfits Amazon List... because Retail Therapy is a real thing after all.

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