Mindful Monday: spend more time outdoors

After the enthusiastic response to last week’s Monday post about stating an intention for the week, it’s clear setting a specific weekly goal needs to be a  staple here at The Happiest Mom. Thanks too for all the great suggestions for what to call this new tradition–they were excellent. In the end, I took Tara’s idea of “Mindful Mondays”. I don’t think anyone else made that specific suggestion, so Tara–thank you, and the book is yours! I’ll email you to get your address.

For those of you who participated last week, how did your challenge go? Mine–to spend lots of time outdoors getting our yard in shape–got rather derailed by bad weather and four out of five kids coming down with some kind of respiratory yuck. So I spent a lot more time indoors, cleaning and organizing, wiping noses and feeling hot little foreheads. But I’m glad I set that intention last week, because even though circumstances got in the way, it’s still at the forefront of my mind. Rather than make a new intention this week, I’m going to stick with last week’s and see it through this week now that the weather’s getting nicer and everyone is on the mend.

As I said last week, I recommend following a who-what-why-how model for your intention. That will help you define not just what you want to do, but why, and especially how you’re going to fit it into your life. Here’s my recycled Mindful Monday Challenge from last week:

  • WHO: My whole family
  • WHAT: Spend more time outdoors
  • WHY: It’s been a chilly spring, and I’ve been “hiding” from the weather by managing to find so many things inside the house needing my attention that I need never venture out. But I feel so much better when I spend time outside, and it’s important to me that my kids run around, get dirty and experience nature up close. I’ve also noticed that our time together outside tends to be better quality, maybe because we are removed from the distractions of screens, etc. Plus, is there anything better than the smell of a child who’s been out in the fresh air for a while? Ahhh.
  • HOW: I have realized I need something to do to keep me outside. I like sitting around in a lounge chair sipping lemonade or staring at ladybugs with my two-year-old as much as anyone else, but after a while I get twitchy and need some action. Since I’m a novice landscaper, I tend to go outside with good intentions, but after wandering around aimlessly for a while I realize I have no idea what I’m doing and then wander back into the more familiar turf of the indoors. I need a plan! Tonight I’m going to come up with a list of easy yard projects I can do to keep busy outside, assign one to each day, and plan a hiking outing for the sunniest day.

I’d love for you to share your Mindful Monday Challenge for this week. If life got between you and your intention last week, feel free to re-use it this week! It’s not a contest–it’s just a way of keeping our minds on what’s important to us. Maybe sometimes you’ll have the same intention several weeks in a row. That’s great too. I just hope that by taking some time at the beginning of each week to define something that’s important to us this week, it’ll help us get the week off to a great–and intentional–start. Are you with me?

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