The truth is, most of us have probably long forgotten about our New Year’s resolutions—we are more than halfway through the year, after all! The summer is such a special and nostalgic time to make and savor memories, so this year, Caitlin decided to implement a few summer resolutions to stick to.
Read every day. I try to read before bed at night, but the past few months, I’ve found myself trying to catch up on work or unpacking boxes—a result of buying our first home a month ago—in my spare ‘free time’ before bed. Well, this summer, I decided to make the time to read at least 30 minutes a day—it helps that I have a long list of books I’m dying to read (you can read my full summer reading list here), and actually get excited about unplugging a little earlier and hopping into bed with a good book.
Drink more water. With the heat and humidity of the summer weather, it’s more important than ever to hydrate. While I was pregnant last summer, I drank so much water, but now that I’m chasing a one year old around I’ve been neglecting my water intake. I have taken up the habit of making different infused waters each day to stick in the fridge and sip all day. Right now, I love putting a few orange slices and mint leaves in my water.
Make healthier snack choices. Overall, I’m a pretty healthy eater, but I definitely have a sweet tooth and indulge when I feel like it. However, I make a healthy weekly menu and stick to it for the most part. My downfall is unnecessary snacking. I have a weakness for potato chips, peanut butter-filled pretzels and crackers—basically any carb. This summer, I’ve decided to put an emphasis on healthier snacking by stocking my fridge with easy-to-grab options. Activia® Fruit Fusion Lowfat Yogurt is creamy and delicious. It also has vitamin D and calcium, and comes in four flavors (Peach & Mango is my favorite). They are a perfect on-the-go option for busy days.
Spend my evenings and weekends unplugged. This summer, I’ve instituted one night a week that I’ll allow myself to work late, but otherwise by 5 p.m., I like my laptop to be turned off and my phone down. My daughter goes to bed so early (we start her bedtime routine at 6 p.m.!) that I only have a few hours with her and I don’t want to be looking at my phone or thinking about my inbox instead of her. The easiest way for me to do this is to simply put away my devices—I’ll leave my laptop in my office and plug my phone into the charger. The same goes for the weekends. I’ve become really good at disconnecting from work and find that I work better during the week after having a nice break to get re-inspired and invigorated.
Take an evening bike ride a few times a week. When we bought our house, my husband surprised me with a new bike (our neighborhood is perfect for biking—flat with water views) and I love to take it out in the evening light for a relaxing ride by myself. Although I often find myself coming up with a list of other things I should do instead (put away the laundry, meal prep, etc.) there are only a few months in the year where the light is abundant after dinner and the weather allows for this relaxing ritual.
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