ROUTINE ——> It’s a funny word in the Cotter House. You see, we rarely have a SET routine. It changes all the time. If something works, we stick with it, if it doesn’t then Buh-bye. And how do we know if it works? We see results in the way we LIVE with and for each other.
A Year ago I was in a routine that looked productive, but in reality it was destructive
Teaching classes almost everyday, running 30 plus miles a week, trying to expand a business (Healthy Bites) while still juggling nutrition work, “trying” to take care of a professional athlete (hubs), stressing over everything, and ignoring certain health symptoms yet again.
This is when we decided to that New Zealand would be GOOD for both of us. Time away from it all, mental rest, and hopefully some good healing.
Being in New Zealand did help us focus on that. It helped us realize that we were in need of a new routine. One we felt GOOD about. One that BALANCED each other out. One that STUCK with us, even when coming back to the states.
This is us, just 1 hour after landing back in the States.
Jet lagged faces and all.
In New Zealand we…..
- didn’t create unnecessary busyness
- Spent time together without phones, computers, other distractions
- We budgeted so finances were not a stress
- We didn’t feel guilty about resting MORE
In New Zealand I……
- I learned to “UN”-routine in order to create a better “US” routine
- I started to finally slow down my pace of life
- I learned to enjoy walking/hiking instead of running
It’s crazy how much an environment change can impact you so much.
And I am so glad it did.
Now we are working on replacing our old routine at home with our new NEW ZEALAND routine.
To say it has been easy would be lying. It’s not. Life is so much faster here.
We realize that working toward that goal is even more CRUCIAL than before.
My thirty Minute Thursday looks a little different this week. In fact, it might look a little different for a while. High Intensity workouts will for sure return, but for now I will be focusing on 30 minutes of “Good for YOU” routines. A break from the OLD Routine.
15 Minutes in the morning
Stretch while the coffee is brewing
Keep your phone and computer off
Go for a walk with no iPhone
Sit and eat breakfast at a table….SLOWLY
15 Minutes in the Evening
Have a cup of tea
Cuddle with loved ones (fur children included)
Call a friend
Read a book, devotional, etc.
Be a BUM
Create a routine that’s not TOO ROUTINE.
Do you have a “Good to YOU” routine?
Don’t forget to enter the HEALTHY BITES giveaway. Winner picked this weekend!