The buzz on a busy life

Summer is coming to a close (that happened fast!) and for many people school is starting! I’ve been horrible at posting this summer with how busy I’ve been at work and taking summer classes, and it’s only about to get busier!

BUT before that happens, I wanted to leave you all with some tips for keeping yourself organized and on top of things in the midst of the busyness of fall. Comment below with your tips on how you keep yourself focused during your busy seasons!

  1. Get a planner!
    There are a lot of different ways to keep a planner in this day and age. I always opt for a traditional paper day planner because I’m a total to-do list person and I remember things better when I write them down with pen and paper (you can shop my favorite here). BUT I know a lot of people feel like they never end up actually using a traditional planner. So think about what you use the most for reminders! Whether that’s a large paper calendar in your room or kitchen that you write reminders on, or a planner on your phone (like a calendar app) get something where you can stay organized with due dates, plans with family and friends, and reminders about personal goals.
  2. USE IT! Time block and plan ahead
    Now that you have a planner of some type, use it! One of the best ways I’ve found to keep from feeling like my life is happening in a whirl wind is time blocking. Carve out time each day for specific things, like- 6am-7am, exercise; 2pm-4pm, homework; 4pm-5pm, blog planning. You get the point. And while you’re time blocking remember to be realistic. When I first started doing this I went way overboard and planned my whole day, basically down to the minute. And while this did help me at the beginning to feel organized and in control, I had to eventually realize that sometimes things change and I needed to start leaving a little time for those adjustments. So, do what you can and need to do to stay organized, but also remember that life can change things up on you sometimes and maybe your exercise time will be spent running to the mall for a gift you forgot. Long story short- have a plan, but be adaptable!
  3. Meal prep, meal prep, meal prep
    I often feel like meal prepping gets really mixed in with body building (or maybe I’m the only one who feels that way??) but meal prepping doesn’t have to just be rice and chicken and broccoli. If that’s not your thing, you can still make meals ahead of time so that during the week you’re not having to worry about breakfasts and lunches- or even dinners! I’ll have another post up next week with some of my favorite meal prep recipes, but for now- jump on pinterest and find some things you can make ahead of time and heat up later. Also, if you don’t have a crock pot go buy one right now. Or just click here and buy this one on Amazon 🙂
  4. Remember what’s important
    When life is crazy and hectic it’s easy to forget what’s really important. Yes, school is important! But so are your friendships, your family, and YOU! There may be times that you have to skip out on something your pals are doing because you need to study or you have a deadline at work, but remember in all of your planning and time-blocking that you can make time for your people and relationships. When you’re looking at your week, call your bff and make a plan to get dinner one night. Close your computer after your homework and spend some quality time with your boo-thang.

    And don’t forget that YOU are important as well! I’m a huge fan of alone time and I always have to remember to make time for myself. My bf loves to golf and ski, and I’ll often plan ahead for times I know he’ll be gone doing those things and plan some time alone to get my favorite treat and watch my favorite movie (macaroons from Gourmandise & watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s, just in case anyone was wondering). People are always talking about self care, and I’m a huge believer that self care can be anything that feeds your soul! Do some yoga, get your favorite treat, hit the mall with your gal pals, or whatever you need to do for you!

No matter how busy life gets with work, school, or whatever it is that fills your days, remember that planning ahead can be a serious game changer! Last reminder- don’t sweat the small stuff! If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend too much time worrying about it.

So get out there, tackle your school work, kick ass at your job, make time for the relationships in your life, and chase your dreams! YOU’VE GOT THIS!

Xo,
Rehn

Your Relationship With You

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” –Sharon Salzberg

Throughout our lives we’ll have different kinds of relationships- but the longest one you’ll ever have is with you. So on this Valentines Day, remember to invest into that relationship.  Here are some ways to get to know yourself better, take care of yourself, and feel comfortable in your own skin.

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Write things down. Journal, diary, whatever you want to call it- writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a really great way of coming to understand what’s going on in your own head! If you’re happy, sad, or content, writing down parts of your day or the way you’ve felt about things can help you remember better, process things. As part of your writing (we like to do it at the end of our journaling) list 3 things you love about yourself or 3 things you’re thankful for. Reminding yourself of your blessings and what you’re confident about can help build your self-esteem ☺

Here is one of our fav journals if you’re looking for one to buy!

Take a bath. But please, spare us the instagram picture of your legs 😉 Warm water is soothing! Stop at Target, Sephora, or Lush and grab a bath bomb (I always like one that has good essential oils like lavender to help me relax), maybe light a few candles and RELAX. Afterwards,  put on a facemask and watch your favorite movie.

Here are some links to some fun bath bombs, bubbles, and masks to try out!

Lush Bath Bomb

Sephora Bubble Bath

Target Bath Bomb

Sephora Face Mask

Read a book. Reading can be an incredible way to escape. Movies are also great for helping us get our mind off certain things, but it’s also easy to multitask while watching a movie. Books require more attention so it may give you a better feeling of being somewhere else for a while. Pictured below are some of our favorite books if you’re not sure where to start ☺ (The last book in the photo below, Washington’s Farewell, is what Rehn is currently reading. I’ll let you guys know if I like it! But my all time fav is The Alchemist.)

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Eat something delish. Whether it’s calling in a to-go order at your favorite restaurant, making yourself a new recipe that you’ve been wanting to try, or eating a sweet treat, having a delicious bite can be great way to “Treat Yo’ Self!” If you’re trying a new recipe, the end result can be very rewarding and leave you feeling accomplished.

No matter what happens in the different relationships in your life, at the end of the day you’ll always have yourself. So don’t forget to talk time for yourself, get to know yourself, and LOVE yourself.

Xo,

Rehn & Mel