Reflections | Journaling + Reading
When I was younger and single, I journaled a lot. When I was in my late 20’s + early 30’s and single I journaled and read often. It had become a regular part of my rhythm. Be it a self development book, a bible study or a novel the reading became cathartic and offered wellness and growth to my unnurtured soul. The journaling paired well with the reading and acted as a preferred form of growth as well as documenting life happenings and where my mind and heart were resting or floundering. Rarely were my heart and head in the same place during that season of my life, well, or any time prior. I’d often been so focused on what I thought and put so much pressure on ignoring my heart that it left me with a constant cloud above my head that I longed to anchor, however, wasn’t equipped with the tools to do so. These seemingly small additions with consistency offered so much growth and healing.
When I moved back to Colorado, Justin and I decided to marry a short time later and not long after that, to start building a family. My life became so hectic that these sought after practices were pushed to the wayside. The last year of motherhood and life’s hardships have been a glaring reminder that these motions are vital for the wellness of not only my life but for the goodness of my little Mitchell unit. Lately, I’ve been more intentional about carving out space from our busy life in order to reset my eyes on words that are bigger than me, that they might feed my soul and grow my heart or change my mind and help me become more for my littles, my husband and myself. I want Amos and Baby Girl to grow up experiencing me practicing self-growth so that it’s not foreign to them or hard for them to wrap their minds around. So that they too can have more balance but from a younger age.
I love the idea of finding rhythms in life- with adjustments made as needed but when something flows seamlessly it seems to breath life into all who hear it… I want that for my home, my heart and my loved ones.
Practices I’ve loved….
Reading novels I haven’t touched in a few years.
Taking time to get ready in the morning, especially while pregnant. (pink blush helps that)
Taking care of my skin routinely- twice a day, even if I don’t want to.
Practicing reading about who God is in my life. IF Gathering and Cultivate by Cageless Birds
Meeting with a group of dear friends regularly in order to share some of life’s things that might feel daunting to hash and re-hash with Justin after long work days all of the time.
*I have so enjoyed comfortable clothing for lounging and while working from home on my busier days by pink blush. If you’re pregnant or have a girlfriend who is, shop for her HERE.