years ago, before three kids and a blog, i was a dancer. and i was (a little bit) flexible. flexibility didn’t come naturally at first and i worked hard to limber myself up and lengthen every muscle i could over the years. after hours of moving my body in a dance studio each day, it was natural to come home and sit on the floor in a strange position while watching a movie or reading a book because i always felt best when i was in tune with my body. there are so many things i do not miss about those dancing days, but there are also many things that i do miss. high up on that list is the the strength and flexibility i once had for sure, but mostly because those specific things lended themselves to helping my body out at any hour of the day, which as a mother to three little ones (and also perhaps adding age on top of it), i am missing like crazy.
i’ve actually been making a point to stretch more at some point during the day, because with all of the resolutions i’ve set, being kinder and gentler to my body and giving her all the proper love and care she deserves, is a big focus. i’ve partnered up with birchbox to help spread the word about their beauty resolutions they’ve set out to tackle over the course of 3 weeks in january all about getting back to the best you with lots of self challenges and some huge giveaways every week as well! this week’s giveaway is a wardrobe, vanity and linen closet makeover. see the details and enter all the giveaway fun here! (you have to click “enter sweepstakes” at the very top.)
the theme for birchbox’s beauty resolution this week (week 2) is “revamp your routine.” i thought it fitting to share my goal of making it a priority to stretch each day. eleanor has actually joined me on several mornings to stretch (she even asked me to get her some “work-out” clothes, which i happily did!) and it’s been a fun thing we’ll do together a few mornings a week before she leaves for school (pushing furniture aside and making space to really spread out)! also, i don’t feel as stiff and things don’t hurt as much when i’ve stretched before i start my day. it’s definitely something i’m working to incorporate into my morning routine and make a habit out of.
i was really excited to help spread the word about birchbox’s beauty resolutions, because they are a great way to discover new products (i’ve been looking forward to the skincare products since i’ve been making it a resolution to really up my skincare routine and have been enjoying trying to find what is best for my skin in the process) and another way to do something small for yourself in the new year. they send you a monthly delivery of five beauty products, all picked just for you for $10 a month with free shipping.
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