What I Learned This Summer
A simple popover top
I read a post recently by Emily that made me think through what I would write about if I were to reflect on what I learned from the summer.
My first instinct is to reflect on work/life balance and a new baby in the family, but I wanted to push myself and answer the question through the lens of looking at who I am beyond those two things.
In fact, during interviews recently I asked candidates what their ideal Saturday was, aside from kids and significant others. It was really difficult for some to answer, and I actually struggled with the answer as well!
Nearly everything in my day to day life circles around my family or my work, which is incredibly rewarding! Don’t hear me wrong! But I did like the challenge of thinking through what I, Kate, as a human learned this summer!
I miss my bootcamp high intensity work outs.
Not only were they fun because every single day was different, but I also saw friends on a near daily basis at the gym. It was the best of ALL the worlds–socializing, working out, and stress relief. I plan to get back into it once I can figure out a timeline that works, but since having Emily and getting cleared to work out, I find myself looking forward to getting back into that when I can! And just to answer preemptive questions/comments–I do know that working out excessively for some can affect milk supply for nursing mothers. I’m not planning on jumping back into HIIT immediately for a few reasons a. I would literally die because I’m so out of shape and b. I want to gradually work up to that to see how my supply does. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doc about working out.
I need to be outside at least once a day.
I’ve heard this quote over the years about kids and it goes something like “Kids are like puppies, you have to take them out every day.” Well I am also like a puppy. Going outside is mentally refreshing for me. It’s one of the main reasons I hate rainy days so much! At this point of the summer it’s swampy outside, but I will still endure the sticky heat just to go out into the world for a moment.
Mexican food is my jam.
I realize there is virtually no nutritional value of queso but DANG if it isn’t the best thing in the world, you hear me? I love a good guacamole too. I’ve had a few different Mexican meals this summer from different restaurants and find myself craving it often! I’ve made homemade burritos a few times as well, and I love how filling they are. I think I’m hungrier as a nursing mother than I was pregnant, so any meal that can “stick” is high on my list!
Speaking positive, truthful statements to myself helps adjust my mindset.
So an example would be if Emily is having a hard day of nap time failures, I’ll say *out loud* that she sleeps really well during the night and is always happy after I feed her. Saying positive things about a situation keeps me from spiraling down the path of negativity. Or if I’m frustrated about how my clothes are fitting, I’ll tell myself that I’m actively working on getting healthy now so it won’t always feel this way. Speaking truth out loud will really affect my level of positivity.
I’m an external processor.
I can’t remember who I heard this phrase from originally but as soon as I heard it I knew it described me. I have to literally stop myself from thinking out loud and processing through something (from meal plans to what I’m hoping to accomplish on a random Saturday morning) audibly. Justin knows this about me so he’s used to it, and there are times that I even need to tell him that I’m just processing and simply need him to listen instead of try to fix/offer advice on a subject. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s helpful to know in certain times.
There are more things that I’m sure I’ll think of as time passes, but these were major themes that popped up in my life through the summer. I’m always trying to be mindful and aware of ways I can continue to grow as a person, mom, and business owner so taking time to type these out and reflect was a good mental exercise.
I’d actually suggest you do the same, whether it’s just talked through with your friend or significant other, or if you write it out in a journal. I think it’s good to look back and see how far we’ve come (or if we haven’t come as far as we’d hoped!) to appreciate seasons of our life.