Resolve to overcome daily stress and be present in the moments that make up your routines. Heather Reese, of It's a Lovely Life!® blog, shares how her family will be mindful in the New Year.
Pete and I both work full time, much like most parents these days. With everything happening in our careers, and the girls’ lives, we sometimes find ourselves looking at each other on Sunday nights wondering where the week went, like we weren’t really even a part of it. Sunday to Sunday just slips by us.
This year is going to be different.
This year we are focusing all of our energy on mindfulness and living in the moment. If we are on vacation, we are going to be more “there” than we have before. We are going to cherish those times and really enjoy them. 2015 felt like a build-up to this moment. We traveled more as a family last year than we ever had before, and that made us realize just how important these times together are.
We have some big memory-making events planned, but we are also cherishing the everyday moments, like after-school snack time. After-school snack time is a ritual that is often forgotten … but can be one of the most magical times of the day if you can forget your emails, forget thinking about dinner, forget the laundry, and be in the moment. Be mindful of all that is being shared between you and your child. That’s what we are going to do this year.
Mindfulness isn’t just during snack time either.
We are thinking of mindful living at all times. That means continuing to focus on work that needs to be done during working hours. Yes, we are actually going to try to establish set work hours. I know that Pete and I will still check emails throughout the day even after work time, but we are going to be more strategic with what needs to be done. We will ask ourselves, “Can this wait until work hours to be done?” If the answer is yes, then that’s when it will be handled. No more late nights burning the midnight oil. We need rest to really enjoy our family time so that means prioritizing sleep, too.
Maddie is turning 16 soon so we are also acutely aware that the season of our lives, when all of our children live at home, is going to be coming to an end. We need to make every moment count. We need to be present for every experience we share together and really soak it all in.
There is no time to enjoy today tomorrow, it must be lived and felt today.
I am really excited for our year of mindfulness. I know we are going to create memorable moments that we will all cherish forever.
Hidden Valley urges you to slow down and savor it all — from the small victories and big achievements to life’s hiccups and messes along the way. Hug a little harder, laugh a bit louder and connect even deeper, because today will never repeat. Savor the moments that tell the true story of our lives. It’s happening right now.
How do you incorporate more mindful living in your family’s life? Share on Facebook using #SavorItAll.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hidden Valley® Ranch. We are partnering with the makers of Hidden Valley® Ranch in celebration of family mealtimes while savoring it all: the little, big and sometimes chaotic moments of everyday life.
Heather Reese is a wife and mother, and the author of the blog It's a Lovely Life!®.