New year, new list of goals to make! Fitness is generally at the top of everyone’s resolutions list, but given that I’m in the midst of giving myself some serious grace (35 weeks pregnant over here), let’s just say my goal is to simply remain active. I currently take a daily walk – anywhere from two to five miles – to ease my discomfort, get my heart rate up and of course, gain some mental clarity. I have no idea what my new fitness routine will be in just five to 10 weeks time (…I mean, I have definitely been pinning “post pregnancy” inspiration to my fitness board on Pinterest, ha! I’m very much looking forward to that time!), but I know I’ll be incorporating some sort of physical activity…strolls with Baby P, maybe start BBG, get back into the gym…lots of options! Also, we just ordered a treadmill, so I’m super excited about being able to workout in the house while our little guy naps!
Austin is filled with so many beautiful lookout points, and Mount Bonnell is one I hold dear to my heart. It’s a short hike up to jaw-drop stunning views of Lake Austin (…and the mega mansions that surround it!), and on a weekday evening it’s not yet filled with tourists. It was once a hidden gem in town, and thankfully on a random Wednesday night as the sun was setting, we were able to set up camp and practice some poses. The sun sets around 8:30pm these days, so luckily most folks had left the area and were headed home – which gave us plenty of space to stretch freely and soak up the cliffside views, lush greenery and open air.
The best way to clear your head and let go of that do-list that won’t stop running through your brain? Get outside! There is nothing more calming than the sound of a flowing stream, the beauty of vibrant nature around you and that exhilarating feeling that breaking a sweat during a hike can bring. This weekend Blake and I ventured down to a spot we’ve been visiting since our high school days (…it was fun to reminisce as we hiked down to the water…so many memories here!) – the Austin Greenbelt. There were some heavy rains last week, which meant hitting one of our favorite swimming holes was a great idea. It was SO beautiful, peaceful and best of all, a pleasant morning date that gave us a wonderful, fresh start to the week ahead.
Hello there, friends – I’m going to switch things up today and get a little personal with y’all! I don’t know about you…but this month has been overwhelmingly busy in my world. So busy, in fact, that I have had a couple of cry-fests (…that’s what I like to call it when I sob for about 10 minutes straight, ha! Call me crazy…but it’s simply my form of coping when life throws too many things my way), just as a healthy need to release my pent up stress and anxiety to “do it all.” The thing is, I am one of those people who believes I can always be doing more – pleasing more people, achieving higher goals, bumping out more content…you name it, I’ve added it to my plate (…and by the way, this is me admitting that whole, “I do it to myself” thing…!). And while yes, setting goals to work towards is awesome, killing yourself in the process is simply not okay. I feel like each month is a learning experience for me in navigating just how much I can handle in both my work and personal life – especially since oftentimes my personal life is integrated into my work…which is where the necessity of finding balance comes into play.