Healthful Hydration

Yesterday, I shared the details of my latest challenge that I’m undertaking. If you missed it, you can read about it here. But the general idea is that I’m taking the next fourty 39 days to work on being intentional. Each day, I want to take a break from routines, schedules, and busyness and simply be present in the moment and live more on purpose, and less on accident.

To kick it off yesterday, I took extra time in the morning to sit outside on our patio and enjoy a cup (ok two cups) of espresso with my husband. Now that we have kids, the morning can be one of my most stressful and hurried times of the day. But yesterday, I set aside everything that needed to be done and was simply present with my family. It was a beautiful day, and soaking up the gorgeous day while chatting with my husband and sipping espresso was a great way to focus my attention on the people and things that matter most.

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Today, I wanted to focus on “healthful hydration.” I know this may come as a shock to you, but I can tend to over do it on the coffee. So today I focused on drinking plenty of water, and in between, other healthful, homemade beverages. Here is what it looked like:

♥ I started my day with a delicious smoothie: almond milk, blueberries, blackberries, a banana, flaxseed and a dash of vanilla. Yummy! Of course, Theo wanted in on the action, so I had to share.

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Theo doing his best Oliver Twist impersonation: “Please sir, can I have some more?”

♥ Next up, I made sure to drink plenty of water. I enjoyed my water with freshly cut lemon. I loved the splash of citrus, and I know that drinking lemon in your water is great for a number of things, including digestion.IMG_4246

♥ I also dressed up my homemade iced tea with some homegrown mint. The perfect summer drink!IMG_4199

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♥ And finally, I enjoyed a lovely hibiscus infused iced tea and a scone while catching up with a friend…the perfect way to enjoy a summer afternoon!IMG_4255

In case you are wondering, yes, I did continue to drink coffee throughout the day…let’s be reasonable here. But, it felt good to consciously add other flavorful and nutritious beverages into the mix.

As you can see, I’m not looking for earth shattering realizations or creating major changes to my life with this project. What I am doing, though, it making sure that my day is just that: my day. It is far too easy to let your day just happen to you, and to get caught up in a million different things that throw you off track, distract you from what really matter, and ultimately steer you away from purpose. So, with that said, I’m off to think of what I’ll do tomorrow, to live my life on purpose.

 

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