This post was sponsored by Athleta..
Currently we are going through a lot of changes and I mean a lot. It basically feels like every, single, part of our lives are changing because well if I am being real, they are. With changes though comes life and as we all know, life doesn’t stop even though we have new things, changes coming in and a lot more on our plate. We still have to do our jobs, we still have to be Mama, wife and wear all the many different “hats” that we have. Honestly, I’ve felt pretty darn overwhelmed. Just trying to find the new balance. I swear you find one balance and then you get 15 more things thrown at you and you have to find it all over again. The struggle is real. 😉
Well I was cleaning up the other night, rockin’ my Athleta Restore leggings and cardigan and it hit me. Their current campaign is “Permission to Pause”. This was my time, my moment to hit pause and just be me and instead I wasn’t shutting my mind off. It was going 200 hundred miles and hour still. Blake was asleep, the husband was doing his thing and I had 20 minutes to do anything I wanted and I was choosing to be stressed, worry and clean the house. Yeah, the house needed to be cleaned, but did it need to be in that instant? Or was it more important for me to take me time, clear my mind and find myself? I’d say the latter one.
So I stopped.
Now, I’m not the type of person to just stop. I go, go, go all day long and honestly, I kind of like it. Though, that being said I still have to take care of me. So I stopped, I sat down and I just stretched. I stretched my legs, my arms, my hands, my neck, just like a normal before/after work out stretch. Once I was done with that I closed my eyes, put on calm music and just thought of the things that made me happy. I meditated on only happy things, things that make me want to be a better person, the people that drive me to do better and all the things that bring me true and utter happiness. I did this for just five minutes, nothing too long. Then I opened my eyes, stretched for a couple more minutes and stood up.
I felt like a new person.
My mind was clear, the anxiety I had felt before when I was cleaning up was gone, I felt happy and my energy was up. All of that in 10 minutes. So then I thought to myself, why the heck am I not doing that every single day? WHATTT. That was seriously game changing, why haven’t I been doing that all along?! So I put it in my calendar, which mind sound silly to you but I am a very much, by the books calendar follower. So in my calendar it went, every single day, scheduled for right after Blake went down for bed. Me time. Time for me to be mindful and sustainable, giving myself permission to pause, to focus on things that make me happy and kind of wind down from the day if you will and guys, it’s made a huge difference.
So now, their clothing because I just have to talk about that for a minute. Buy all the things. They’re comfy, they’re cute and they’re perfect for your days off of working out, or everyday if you’re me…that’s fine. It’s a relaxed, feminine fit in neutral and serene color options. Plus the fabric is SO soft!
I thought it would be fun to share a quick booty work out for your days off! You know, the ones where you’re being you, finding yourself and focusing on the things around you that make you happy. Just a quick little 10 minute workout to throw in, keep your heart rate up and your mind clear.
12 Squat side kicks/on each side
20 Donkey Kicks
30 seconds high knees
25 Glute Bridge
10 Jump Squats
Check out a few more fun booty workouts below!