June is My New Year

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I'm a traditionalist. But this year, setting resolutions and making big changes in January was a fool's errand. So I didn't. In mid-May, I decided that I needed some goals and that June would be a great time to start. So June kicked off my new year.

As a brief recap, here's my life the past few months. We moved, for the second time in seven months, in February. New school, new childcare, new job, new house, new everything! Despite my desire to be settled, I didn't feel settled.

We recently learned we are staying Georgia for our next duty station. Yay! Since hearing that, I started taking steps to be settled.

June is a great month to make changes. June forces me to adapt to summer, to my kids being out of school, to warmer weather. It also is "short" with only 30 days, so it leans itself to many 30 days challenges. 

Whole30

I've done a few Whole30s before, but it's been quite awhile. I've been counting macros for almost the past year, and I wanted a little break without being crazy. For those of you who don't know, Whole30 is a "diet" that eliminates sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy. It looks very restricting when you first start researching, but once you learn the rules, it is enjoyable.

Summer is a great time to do Whole30 because there are so many fresh fruits and vegetables and it's a great time to grill! This time around, my amazing husband joined me, and the kids are making up our support team. We've eaten some great meals so far, and we are looking forward to the rest of the month. 

Outside Every Day

My friend Amy over at Humans Outside is full of good advice and ideas. Last year she vowed to spend 20 minutes outside each day of summer. Living in Alaska, I know she appreciates the sunshine and warm(er) weather. As a family, we decided this was a great idea and jumped into it Memorial Day weekend.

Ideally, we'll spend that 20 minutes together, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes we go to the pool, sometimes we take a walk, and sometimes we play outside. But it's been fun and probably has something to do with the fantastic sleep we're all getting.

Decluttering

I'm not a hoarder by any means, but I often feel like I have too much stuff. So when I saw that Sarah was re-running her 30 Day Declutter Challenge, it was perfect. I jumped in on day 4 and promptly threw out 10 things from my spice cabinet. It felt so good! Join us and start your 30 days today. Just look at the difference in my junk drawer! 

Me Time

In a perfect world, we'd all have more time to spend doing what we like. As a mother, a wife, and a parent who works from home, I feel like I struggle with this constantly. There is always something to do, always something that can or should be done. Always laundry! But, I feel better when I have some time for me. Just for me. Even though I spend that time justifying itwith things like, "When I go to the gym I'm setting a good example for my kids."

But it doesn't matter, because I'm getting some downtime. Some of my favorite ways to do that are reading, working out, and doing puzzles. And it is amazing how refreshed I can feel after spending just 15 minutes working on a puzzle! So throughout June, I'm also spending some time on me. 

Once I got this idea to "start over" in June, there were so many things that aligned to help me do so. It's always nice to see some confirmation that this was a good idea. Stay tuned to Instagram for updates on my June refresh.  

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Thursday, 21 June 2018