Wellness Wednesday : June 2018

Wellness Wednesday…on a Thursday!

Wellness Wednesday

Let’s review my January goals and my progress on those!

Goal #1 – Sleep at least 7 hours a night : I’ve been really bad about this one lately. I’ve been staying up way too late working on things that I don’t get done during the day, and then I’ve had trouble falling asleep. I have my Fitbit set to remind me to go to bed, but I still ignore it and stay up too late. I can tell too because I’m dragging during the day!

Goal #2 – Get at least 5,000 steps per day : I’m doing better with this one! I don’t hit it consistently, but I’m hitting it more often than I used to!

Goal #3 – Work on stress management techniques : I’m kind of working on this one. I haven’t started meditating yet, but I have started trying to remain calmer, especially in my parenting. I still have some things that I want to try, but this has definitely been better than it used to be!

Goal #4 – Drink 64+ ounces of water daily : Nailing this one! I have to keep my plants (in the app Plant Nanny) alive and grow my garden! #nerdalert

Goal #5 – Decrease screen time : I’ve been doing really poorly with this one also. I feel like I’ve been on my phone a lot more lately, so this is something I really need to focus on during this upcoming month. I may have to load some kind of time tracker app or something to block myself from using it at certain times!


This month’s prompt is about mental health tips. This is so timely with the death of Kate Spade just a couple of days ago. Mental health is something that we don’t talk about nearly enough, and honestly, it can be embarrassing to talk about. I think we need to discuss these things as frequently and easily as we do physical health because it’s definitely as important.

One thing that helps me balance my mental health is to make sure that I’m getting enough sleep. As you read above, I haven’t been lately, and I can tell that it’s affecting my outlook on things. Sleep is so beneficial in resetting all of our body’s systems and can help quiet our overstimulated brains. Okay, Amber, point taken lol.

Another thing that I do to help my mental health is to take time for myself. I’m so fortunate to have a helpful husband, parents less than a mile away, and in-laws in the same town who pitch in with Charlotte. I like to just go sit at a restaurant or coffee shop sometimes and write, read, play with my planner, and just be quiet! I try to do it monthly, but that doesn’t always happen!

My final tip for mental health is to exercise. I haven’t been good about this lately, but I like to take a walk during my lunch break, usually without music or podcasts or anything else, and just remove myself from the building for a little bit. A change of scenery helps refocus me, and being outdoors and alone helps me relax my mind. It doesn’t have to be a long walk either; I usually only go for about 15-20 minutes!

Have any tips to add? Be sure to comment below and click the blue button below to read more tips from the other bloggers in this linkup! Next month, I’ll be looking at emotional health. If you’d like to join in next month or anytime, the prompts and dates are listed below!

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Wellness Wednesday : January 2018

A few weeks ago, I was included on an email thread with a group of fantastic bloggers, and one of them, Natalie from Natalie the Explorer, came up with the idea of a Wellness Wednesday linkup. She sent all of the suggested dates and topics for the year…I’m so glad that she’s way more organized than me!
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Don’t these look like great topics? I’m really excited to see everyone’s posts, particularly in November and December!
Today, we’re all talking about our wellness goals for the year, which we will update monthly also.
Since I would like to make sure that I set attainable goals that I can achieve and be proud of at the end of the year, here are my five wellness goals that I will focus on throughout 2018.
Goal #1 – Sleep at least 7 hours a night : I am so much more pleasant when I get enough sleep (file under duhhhh), and there’s really no reason for me to stay up so late. Whatever book I’m reading will still be there the next day. I can find a replay of whatever TV show I’m watching. Plus, let’s not even talk about how I waste time online…
Goal #2 – Get at least 5,000 steps per day : I have my Fitbit daily step goal set to 10,000 steps, but I can’t remember the last time I hit that goal. Unfortunately, I tend to stay pretty stationary throughout the day. Ideally, I’d hit 10,000 each day, but since I want this to be achievable, I’ll stick with half of that goal!
Wanna be Fitbit friends? Check out my Fitbit profile here. I *think* there’s a way to friend request me on there. If not, leave me a comment, and I’ll work on it!
Goal #3 – Work on stress management techniques : I tend to get worked up about things, which is not good for my blood pressure, my mental health, or the people around me. I don’t know if meditation or something else would help me with this, but I am going to explore some options and find what works best for me. I’m sure my family and friends will be thankful for this one!
Goal #4 – Drink 64+ ounces of water daily : I’ve read conflicting articles about this one. Some say that 64 ounces is a pretty arbitrary number, others say that it is the standard we need to aspire to drink. Some articles say that only water counts towards this goal while others say pretty much anything except alcohol or caffeine count. For me, I’m going to stick with the 64 ounces of actual water. If other drinks do “count” then that will just be a bonus. I know that I haven’t been drinking enough lately because I wake up thirsty. Time to remedy that!
Goal #5 – Decrease screen time : This one is still vague, and I will need to hammer out exactly what I mean by this, but I know that it’s something that I need to take control of. I sit in front of screens during my full-time job, then I come home and sit in front of more screens. There are so many personal goals I want to accomplish this year and while some of them do involve screen time (because hello, how can I blog daily unless I’m at the computer?!?), I can be smarter about my habits. This one is going to be tough, so I’m going to spend some extra time developing it.
Those are my five big wellness goals for the year! I feel like they’re primarily physical but will also have a positive impact on my mental and emotional wellness. Want to join in with your wellness goals for 2018? See more information about the linkup series below!
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Welcome to our Wellness Wednesday linkup! Feel free to link up a post that reflects how you’re maintaining your wellness, then, visit the posts of at least three of the other bloggers and let them know you stopped by! Click the blue button at the bottom of the post to add your post to the linkup! Also, use either or both of the graphics for your blog if you’d like! Sharing is caring. 😉

Hello again…

Hi, my name is Amber, and I used to blog pretty consistently around these parts. Time for a little bit of a life update.

(No, I’m not pregnant. I don’t know if anyone is assuming that, but it seems like anytime someone takes a break, says they have news, or even buys a seasonal picture frame with one more space than the number of children their family has,* people assume there is a pregnancy).

In the spirit of transparency and disclosure, I’ve honestly just been in a huge funk lately. I think there are a lot of circumstances that have caused it, but it’s been tough to do more than the bare minimum. I would sit down to write a post and find myself wasting time online until it was way later than I intended on staying up. I was kind of just shuffling through things and not putting much effort into anything. Even my last post, which I normally love writing, took me about three days to put together because I just kept procrastinating on it and getting distracted.

Things were so bad in my brain that I didn’t even want to listen to Christmas music. If you know me, then you know things are serious when I’m not chomping at the bit to start busting out the carols on November 1.

I’m making my way back to myself though. We’re making some family changes, and they’re going to help bring down our stress levels, which will help keep me a lot more balanced. I’ve started another blog to talk about our major focus right now. If you’re interested in reading about it, click here.

I’m ready to start writing again, and that’s a huge sign that I’m feeling more like myself again. I’m also ready to bust out the Christmas music, take down the fall decor, and Elf this place up while I’m hopped up on homemade peppermint mochas.

Or, uh, whatever.

I want to thank my husband, kiddos (human and canine), parents, and the other half of my brain at work and in life for sticking with me over the last few weeks and helping to bring me back to where I need to be. I have a tendency to want to hibernate and not want any human contact when I get in these moods, so I appreciate all of you dealing with me and making me be a person…even if I was crying about moldy bread or your recap of what I said to you when I was falling asleep. I’m ready to save the tears for the important things – episodes of This Is Us and that one commercial I usually see around this time of year where the mom is a soldier and announces her arrival home from deployment by driving the toy car into her house.

I’m not ugly crying…you’re ugly crying.

So, be prepared to see more writing from me again. I hope you’ve missed me because I’ve missed all of you!

* I saw this on Facebook recently. Someone who has a toddler and just had a baby earlier this year bought a snowman picture frame with three spots and someone asked if that third spot meant there was news. No! It means that it was a cute home decor piece that she stumbled upon while shopping with her two adorable children! The mother was very gracious in her response to the woman who asked if it meant potential news. Much, much more gracious than I would probably be in that situation!