with the new year just a few days away, i’ve been making little notes here and there about what i’d love to personally get out of 2016 and beyond, especially since i’ll be turning the big 30 this coming year. (eek!) i’m actually so excited for this big milestone approaching, for what i’ve accomplished so far in my life, and for the chance to reflect on how my life will look in my 30s and in the future.
knowing it’s just six months until that little birthday arrives, i’ve already been working towards daily changes to prioritize a happier and healthier me, to put my physical and mental wellbeing at the top of my list of things to take care of.
as a mama of three, it’s sometimes hard to make smart choices for your health when so much of your day first revolves around your kids. i feel like for years i’ve been able to just wing it and get away with zero sleep and eating whatever but i started to see how these choices have been slowly taking their toll this past year. i’m realizing more and more that taking care of my kids means taking care of my body because that affects my mind and mood, and i’m trying to be a good example to them of how to do that.
i’ve partnered with Nexxus New York Salon Care to share below a few things i’ve already been doing and look forward to perfecting even more in the new year…
for my daughter especially, i want her to know that, in such a busy world where she might choose to be a mother someday, hold a demanding job, tackle projects, or do several things simultaneously or interchangeably, taking a pause is really important. that sleep is critical, and exercise is also huge. i also want her to know that taking care of her skin and her hair can do wonders, just like getting dressed each day is important.
since september, i’ve been going to the gym 3x a week (when i’m not traveling) and i’ve been blown away by how much i look forward to and enjoy my workouts. i find it challenging and motivating every time, and since i really want to prioritize my health, this goal has been huge for me.
since i went to the Nexxus New York Salon last month for a new do and regime (see THIS post), i’ve been using a lot of their products each day at home. this Nexxus New York Salon Care Youth Renewal Restoring Masque is gold, you guys. for someone who has put her hair through it all, lots of bleach and color and then on top of it three pregnancies and births and all that post-partum hair fun in a short amount of time, it’s been a little bit sad to see how my hair has aged. i’ve been using this masque each week and have noticed just how great it is at restoring my hair without weighing it down.
even josh has pointed out how different the texture of my hair has felt this past month or so. i also feel a little more put together having a hair routine each day that doesn’t involve throwing all my hair into a top knot on top of my head, especially in winter when my hair is extra dry and craves some help.
this next one is a big one, and it’s a little bit scary to think about, but i’m going to follow in josh’s footsteps for 2016 and eliminate foods with added sugar from my diet. not entirely (i’m not a complete idiot!), but all those processed treats and desserts i so so so enjoy, and all that soda too. it’s happening. i’ve seen the change first hand it’s had on my husband, and i want that in my life, too. i’ve given myself a cheat day each month to enjoy one thing, including holidays and birthdays and a dessert or two when we’re traveling and in a special place, but i know this one will be best for me, because it’s where i truly struggle. and this stuff never helps me out, it just makes my day more complicated. so it’s time i give it the boot.
i talk about it all the time, but being the mama of three little ones means there is a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. and it’s especially important for me to make sure i’m a good example to my little ones by taking care of myself in different ways, and always representing myself in the best way possible. it all goes by so fast, so i’m hoping that by doing a few things each day, things that help me stay active and healthy and also feel especially good about my hair and skin and over all self, that i can make a difference in the long run, and i’ll be active and healthy and still happy when my kids are grown and i’m crazy old but still wanting to be around and able to live life to its fullest along side them and their families.
thank you to Nexxus New York Salon Care for sponsoring this post, and also for helping a girl out when it comes to her hair. ;)