While I’m doing laundry, chores around the house, or other tasks I’m either watching old episodes of Friends or listening to podcasts. Occasionally I just have to sit down and start taking notes and the episode of The Messy Table podcast with Robin May was one of those podcasts. Robin discussed the difference between self care and soul care, and it was a lightbulb moment for me with reframing not only the summer, but my daily life. While I haven’t created my soul care box yet, I’m definitely moving towards it with some intentional daily practices. I have taken full advantage of the three weeks I had between my Spring semester ending, and the end of the boys’ school year. I took several days to go see my Grandmother in California, which was wonderful. We took several walks and they have such huge, beautiful gardens there I was totally smitten:

And now that I’m back I would say the peace of gardening is definitely soul care:

I’m so excited about this gorgeous jasmine:

And these beautiful butterfly friendly flowers:

I also fit in about 3.5 miles walking 4-5 times a week and I listen to podcasts (The Messy Table, She Reads Truth, Bob Goff, The Splendid Table, For the Love, and How I Built This podcast):

In addition to walking I typically do 3-4 devotionals each day when I first get up (they usually take about 5 minutes each), and then I have a hard copy book I’m reading, and a kindle book as well. I journal both in the noted book you see below, as well as, on my phone. I try to spend about 1 hour or more reading during the summer, and avoid scrolling through my phone. I’m really excited about the She Reads Truth Bible Reading plans for this summer and ordered both the Old Testament and New Testament study guides.

I cannot express enough how beneficial yoga has been for me. It has helped me with anxiety reduction, my restless leg syndrome, strength training, I could go on and on. I do one Yoga with Adriene video each day. Other than that these are my essentials (you don’t need much):

I have both a thin mat and a cushy mat. You don’t necessarily need both, but I like the cushier mat for after running yoga, or practices that have more knee or hip work. A blanket is also useful for various practices. All of the items above are from Target.

I also have on my list to ask for a block and foam roller for my birthday. I used these in a core class with my Aunt when I was in California and really saw the benefits of both (both items below are Target).

I didn’t realize how much I missed out on this time last year when the boys were home (for a REALLY long time). I LOVE my job, but I definitely look forward to the break after each semester is over. I’m keeping up all of these things even now that the boys are home for the summer and I feel better at the end of the day because of it.

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