This post is part of an on-going series, #LifeOnPurpose, where I’ve challenged myself to do something each day for the next 40 days- no matter how small – to slow down, notice my surroundings, and be intentional. It is part of my effort to live less on accident and more on purpose. You can read other posts in this series here:
One of the best parts about this #LifeOnPurpose challenge is that I’m not giving myself major and life altering challenges. Instead, I’m simply trying to emphasize the good things in my life by training my focus on the people and things that God has blessed me with. So, for Day 11 of my challenge, all I wanted to do was make time to be outside.
I had a lot of work to get done that evening on my laptop, but fortunately, laptops are portable! So I gathered up all I needed and headed out to our patio table to both accomplish some writing goals, and spend some much needed time in the beautiful outdoors.
That evening, I continued the trend by going for a run. It was a beautiful summer evening with the sun shining gently through the trees and the air filled with sounds of people enjoying various outdoor activities.
I love to be outside in the summer. Not only do I love the sunshine and warmer temperatures, but I love looking around me and seeing so much life! From the blooming flowers, to the birds in the trees, to the kids who are out playing in the park, I love looking around me and knowing that I am certainly not alone. I am always rejuvenated when I get to spend time in the presence of so much life and beauty.
Day 12 was the Fourth of July. My challenge for the day was to simply not allow ourselves to use the holiday as another day to get stuff done. We chose to spend the holiday with my brother and soon to be sister, cooking out, talking and winding down the evening around a campfire. It was relaxing to be with friends and family, and I was so glad we didn’t use the holiday to “be productive.” Sometimes I think the most productive thing we can do is treat ourselves to a well deserved rest!
My challenge for Day 13 continued the theme from the past two days: Soak up some sun. Read. Relax with hubby.
During Theo’s naptime, Mike took a break from his hard work in the basement and we headed out to our patio to soak up some sun. It was another gorgeous day! In between cat naps we read, talk and listened to Oliver babble away in his pack-in-play. We only spent a little over an hour outside, but it felt glorious and we were energized to return to our work for the rest of the day.
Sunday was Day 14, and the day of my technology detox. It. Felt. Great. No phone, no computer. Sometimes it is just nice to take a break from it all and focus on the people who are right in front of you. I even did something I never get the chance to do – paint my nails!
Today is Day 15 of my #LifeOnPurpose challenge and I’ve given myself a tougher objective for the day since the weekend was spent slacking off ;-). Today, I’m focusing on being productive by organizing my office and making a fresh batch of homemade liquid hand soap.
I first wrote about making my own hand soap a few months back. You can find that post with the instructions on how to make the soap here. Unbelievably, I still have a quarter of a gallon left, and that is after using this soap exclusively at three bathroom sinks and two kitchen sinks! But, I wanted to make another batch to use as gifts, so I tackled that this morning.
As I left the soap on the stove to cool, I set to work on my office. It felt great to de-clutter and organize my work space. I know that this will help provide a calmer, more productive space for me to write and manage my household.
I love waking up each new day and challenging myself to live intentionally and purposefully. I hope you are enjoying this journey along with me!