On Monday I joined Jess Lively’s ‘With Intention Morning Club’. The idea (taken from Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) is that you spend an hour a day focussing on three main areas: mental, physical and spiritual. By joining the group you are committing to do this every day for a week.
It’s day three now and I am loving it! I was a bit skeptical when I joined, and I probably wouldn’t have if it hadn’t coincided with Dan starting his new job. Because of the commute, he has to get up at 5.45 everyday. Instead of us tiptoeing around each others’ schedule it made more sense to me to wake up at the same time, which has given me an extra hour in the morning for this.
Following Jess’s guidelines I’ve been re-reading From Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin (mental), following a meditation podcast (spiritual) and going running or following yoga routines (physical) I’ve pinned, although I think I’m going to do some research and find a youtube video as it would be easier to follow.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it has really surprised me how much more focussed I’m feeling, and how much more resolved I have become to finish what I have started rather than leaving it ‘til later.
After the week is up I am planning on continuing but reducing down to forty minutes (twenty reading, ten meditating, ten doing yoga) and spend the remaining time working on content for this site. If I didn’t already maintain an exercise schedule I would continue for spending the full hour on my ‘private victories’ (I am not a fan of the name!).
Continuing on the healthy, balanced lifestyle theme, it was such a glorious day outside on Monday I couldn’t help but snap these photos of the beautiful countryside as I was out running (plus I will take any excuse to stop and catch my breath!). It is fast becoming one of my favourite parts of where we live.
Which all leads onto these gluten, sugar and dairy free muffins are pretty much as healthy as it comes for sweet baking! (Gwyneth Paltrow really knows how to take all the fun out of baked goods!) They are rich and gooey and deliciously spicy. I couldn’t help but eat one fresh from the oven. Whilst I can’t help but agree that Paltrow’s diet is comically strict I am always looking for new healthy recipes to add to my repertoire, and lets after that scene at the end of Iron Man 3 (the one where she is ripped! in her ripped clothing) her diet does suddenly look more appealing!
You can find the recipe over at the Daily Quirk.