A Small Reminder

It’s 11:56 PM on a Thursday night as I’m writing this. I’ve been working all day and am currently scrolling through Pinterest looking at cute outfits featuring winter coats and booties, checked Instagram about five times since I got into this Epsom salt bath, and shut off my Moments screen time tracker because I feel like it’s judging me tonight. 

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I’m going to sit in this bath for at least 15 minutes longer while Charlie sleeps on a blanket next to me. I’m sleepy, but I also know I’m gonna go upstairs afterwards and watch at least one episode of Parks and Rec with my mom, because that’s our thing when we’re together, and ignore the bedtime I set for myself.

I had a doctor’s appointment today that went really well, a bathroom renovation I’m loving, a ToDo list that I’ve nearly tackled, and 2/3 of a pint of coconut milk ice cream, because I’m a grownup and can make the decision to have brisket nachos (with AIP bbq sauce, on cassava chips) and ice cream for dinner. I squeezed in 15 minutes of yoga, next to no meditation, and roughly a million puppy kisses (and a few from my man, too).

And you know what? I’m happy. It’s been a good day. I didn’t stick to my routine at all, I ran out the door with a smoothie in a coffee cup, and I’m spending one night in the mountains before going back to Atlanta and then to Florida for a week. But I’m happy. 

It might’ve taken four paragraphs to get all of that in, but this is what I really want to say: you’re gonna see a lot of people posting their daily routines, weekly schedules, fitness regimes, meal plans, and capsule wardrobe collections on the internet. While I was on Pinterest, I saw two quotes reminding me to stay off my phone and enjoy life when all I wanted to do was look at Instagram again. And you know what? That’s okay. Life isn’t perfect. Those routines are meant to help and relax, not cause more stress, and if you wake up 30 minutes late with a sick kid or a dog who needs an unexpected surgery and you don’t get to meditate? Who cares. If you wake up and just don’t feel like doing yoga or going through a five step skin care regime, that’s fine. 

You’re a person who is constantly changing, and your physical, mental, and emotional state changes every day. Find balance in it all. Scroll through Instagram, but be mindful and present at dinner with your loved ones. Stay up a little later than normal, but do yoga in the morning. Whatever makes you happy, this is your permission to do it.

And with that, I’m going back to Instagram one more time, because I follow some really rad people and I like to look at their pictures. Feel free to do the same!