July 11, 2018 by Courtney
Consistency is hard for me. I am a planner and plan to do things often that I struggle with follow through on or just give up when things don’t go as planned. This has been a struggle for me my whole life, really. I’m not sure if I ever won’t struggle with it to some extent, but I will keep working at it as I do things that matter to me: Blogging, Balance 365, Younique, and our family and home.
I have been blogging for YEARS without much interaction and followers. I came to the conclusion a while back that I blog for ME and it’s okay if I don’t have much interaction. I enjoy it, it’s a good outlet for me, it’s fun, etc. It’s worth it to me no matter what. I have enjoyed creating new types of posts, sharing about all of the things that I’m passionate about, connecting with others in the blogging community (though I haven’t been connecting as much these days), etc. I have gotten much better at being consistent, but I also want to be more intentional consistently. I have big goals for my blog, and none of them involve anything externally. It’s all intrinsic goals! I love that.
My goals include:
- Posting each day (I do most days)
- Posting specific themes (as I have been)
- Continuing to focus on the things that I’m good at such as meal planning, being vulnerable, organizing, recipes, sharing about my family, etc.
Same goes for working the Balance 365 program. I haven’t been super successful at keeping with the movement habit that I’ve been trying to focus on. I have been very consistent in the past with my running and strength, then daily hiking when we moved to camp… I stopped exercising when I went “body positive” and am working to get back to where I want to be. But I recently decided that movement is worth it enough for me, so I will keep working towards it and won’t give up this time. Right now the movement days are few and far between, but I keep going despite feeling like I’m failing at it. I will never be successful at something if I keep giving up (which I have done over and over again). This program is so amazing and it’s worth fighting for.
I’m going to be focusing on a Balance 365 exercise program called Everyday Strong. The goal is to do something 7 days a week; some of that is strength exercises, journaling, self love, active recovery (hiking and yoga for me), doing something that I enjoy, trying something new, etc. The strength training days are all done with pictures to be able to see how to do the exercises. It’s short and sweet and I think it’ll be just what I need to get started. I know I won’t be able to keep up with it every single day, but I’ll just go in order! The goal is to make this program work for me! I’ll just plan each week like I do and make sure to include my movement in it.
My habit trigger will be for me to start after I drink my morning coffee/do my Bible study. Ways that will help me be successful are to wear my workout clothes to bed and not focusing on doing any of this at a particular time because that’s what has made consistency hard for me. I am NOT a morning person and I definitely don’t have the desire to crawl out of bed and get moving right away. If I missed the time that I was planning (like not going with Robert the minute we woke up), I just gave up. So I think this will help me to be successful.
This is the format:
The program is currently on sale and can be purchased on its own now. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you a link (I don’t make anything off of this). I just love Balance 365 and the women who created it!
I wrote about this the other day, but I thought I’d share some epiphanies that I had last night and today.
I watched a few videos of black status leaders in the company last night and I took lots of notes! Such amazing, helpful stuff!
Also, my sponsor always reminds us that consistency, even in the difficult moments and disappointment, pays off in the long run. So I will keep going.
I have felt creatively refreshed and have some plans!
If you don’t follow me, check out my Facebook page, Facebook group, and Instagram! If I don’t go live in these areas, I share my live straight from my personal Facebook. I pretty much share all pictures and graphics in all of these areas.
Right now, something big that’s going on is that we are now doing a wholesale customer program in my team. Basically what this means is that if you have wanted to join because of the amazing deal on the kit (it’s currently over $350 worth for $99!), the discount, etc, but didn’t want to have the pressure to sell, you will have that opportunity!
This is what you get this month!
The amazing kit with all of these products, a free illuminated mirror, free shipping this month, 20% off all products, and more! If I wasn’t a presenter, I would totally take advantage of all of this!
Our Family and Home
I try really hard to let go of things that aren’t incredibly important and focus on the things that ARE important. These things are continuing to have intentional time as a family, continue to be outdoors together, taking camping trips, playing games, listening to music (we almost always have music on our blue tooth speakers), cooking healthy dinners, having dinners at the table family style with real plates/cups/silverware and cloth napkins, take good care of our environment by recycling and composting as well as using natural products and cleaners, keep the living areas clean, etc.
I haven’t been consistent at making sure the kids keep their rooms clean, making their beds, or even making them read as much as I feel they should. These things wear on me all the time. And I’ll keep trying. But I desperately need to see all of the good I AM doing every day. I’m never going to be perfect, but I do a lot of good things!
I’m going to end this post with some gratitude (I’m trying to focus on things that I’m thankful for each day):
- My relationship with Jesus and His grace (we’re not super close right now, but it’ll come with time)
- My amazing, supportive husband and our adventures together
- My children who, even though they drive me crazy, are fun to be around and tell me they love me most days
- Being consistently stable mentally/emotionally for 6 months now! This is literally the longest since Joey died.
- Doing things that I love including blogging and Younique (I have struggled to find purpose outside of my family for years, and I think I am there finally!)
- Having a place to go to when I need a change of scenery (my parents’) and being super productive in things that are important to me (outside of cleaning my house)
- Our wonderful home decorated just the way I want it and that is cozy.
- Living at our camp with amazing people.
- The ability to move my body and eat foods that are nourishing and that I enjoy.
- Having all of our needs met and more! We don’t have a lot, but we have all that we need and even things that we want!
Life is good, God is good. I am focusing on celebrating the things that I can control and the things that I do well. The rest will happen when they are supposed to, or not if they aren’t supposed to.