Maybe you wonder why I choose the name A Mind “Full” Mom for my site? When choosing the name for my website I wanted to focus on the fact that I try to live life with intentionality and purpose, which is the definition of mindful. Through my experience as a mom, my mind has become quite full of ideas to share with you on how to stay healthy, cook healthy, and enjoy life to the fullest.
My journey to how I have become so mindful has not been easy. It came with a life-shortening diagnosis for both myself and my children. And while I would NEVER wish Cystic Fibrosis on ANYONE, it has truly been a blessing in my life.
How, you wonder? Well, when faced with a chronic disease, I had a choice to make. I could feel sorry for myself and my children and wallow in fear and dis-pare or I could choose to trust God with our lives and make the most of the moments He blesses us with. I choose to embrace life and enjoy it!
We have realized just how precious life is and that hugs, cuddles, and memories made should NEVER be taken for granted. I also have realized how important each bite of food I take is crucial to my well-being. And while a disease has made this VERY clear to me, the reality is that it should be this way for everyone! We don’t know the number of our days–but we can choose to not focus on our mortality but focus on the life we live and the love we share with others and do our best to make the most of each day we are given.
Today I want share with you 10 Ways to Live a Mindful Life. These are practical, easy, and I guarantee will help you life a live with intentionality, purpose and joy. And I will be here with you–encouraging you and giving you tips and tricks to stay the course for the entire year.
10 Ways To Live Life to a Mindful Life
1. Start each day with a prayer. Pray for God to give you the strength that you will need and ask Him to take your to do list and make it align with His plans for you. This has been key for me! So many times I have my mind focused on a long task-oriented list and God steps in and has other plans for me. When I am obedient to this, my day may not go as planned, but when I lay down at night, I can see how I was blessed or used to bless others. And I am HAPPY.
2. Focus on your blessings. No matter what is going on in your life, there is SOMETHING to be grateful for. Remember that and thank God for that blessing. My mom always told us to view the glass half full instead of half empty. And let’s face it–the people who choose to view life as the glass half full are the people we WANT to be around. Be that person.
3. Eat Breakfast. Yes, you have heard it time and time again, but it is so important. Breakfast jumps start your metabolism and stabilizes your blood sugar.
Get the recipes here:
Overnight Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal
High Protein Gluten Free Blender Pancakes
Sweet Potato Spinach Egg Boat
Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
Sweet and Savory Breakfast Pizzas
Blueberry Pie Smoothie
Superfood Super Smoothie
4. Pack your Lunch. Save yourself money, calories, and preservatives, and take a few minutes to pack yourself a healthy lunch. My best advice to save yourself time in the morning and excuses for packing a lunch, is to pack it while you are cleaning up from dinner. It is a great time to put those leftovers to use. Another tip, is to make a big batch of something that you love over the weekend to eat on for the week.
Get the Recipes Here:
Baked Sweet Potato with Black Bean and Mango Salsa
Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili
Vegetarian Gyro Wrap
Asian Rice Salad
Lemon Quinoa Salad
Also check out these perfect lunch box recipes:
Peanut Free Lunches
Gluten Free Lunches
Salad on a Stick
Corn Dog Muffins
5. Family Dinner. This is the MOST important to me. No, it is not the most important meal as far as nutrition,BUT it is the time for me to spend time with my family. We talk, we share moments from our days, and most of all we choose our family as the priority. There are no phones, no tvs, no distractions. Does it happen every night? Not always. My husband travels frequently overnight and so the kids and I are left eating dinner without him. However, we still sit down together, pray together, share highlights from our day, and eat a healthy meal.Here are some of my favorite QUICK and nutritious dinner go-tos:
Buffalo Chicken Tacos
Cheesy Chicken and Rice
The World’s Easiest Lasagana
6. Family Night. Now this is a tradition we started years ago and it is our favorite night of the week (even my almost 11 year old boy LOVES family night–which says A LOT!!!) What is family night? Well, we have kept it simple so we won’t have any excuses to NOT make it happen. Each week, one member of our family chooses what they want for dessert and a fun activity for us to do together. This is as simple as a walk, a board game, a movie or a bonfire. Sometimes we get more elaborate or creative, but the bottom line is we focus on family. And this happens EVERY week–even if we have to shift the night of the week around. This is a priority and a way to show our children family matters and time spent together is fun!
7. Exercise. Oh I know you have heard this before, but it is so important. Not only does exercise improve your physical health, but study after study has proven that it improves your mental well-being too. I have to exercise to keep my lung function up. Without exercise I feel sluggish, more tired than normal, and even a bit depressed. It really does make ANYBODY feel better–even just a light 10 minute walk.
8. Laugh. Even on the worst day, find time to just laugh. Turn on some silly music and dance around. Make a funny face. Read a joke. Laughter is such a great stress reliever.
9. Do something for yourself. This has to be the hardest one for me. I am a mom and a wife first. And sometimes, okay often times, I need reminders from my husband that I need to take time and do something just for me. And let me tell you that when I spend even 1 hour a week on just me time, I am a MUCH better mom, wife, friend, and person. One of my favorite things to do is curl up with a cup of coffee and some foodie magazines or cookbooks. It is a love of mine for sure!
10. Remember tomorrow is a NEW day and a fresh start. Did you fall off track? Ate too much? Yell at your kids? Forgive yourself. Ask for forgiveness if needed. Go to bed with no regrets. Trust me, if you focus on what you did wrong, you will start the next day in a funk, instead of feeling empowered to make the right choices. Don’t let a bad moment become a pattern.
I don’t get to have a cheat day. I have to take care of myself through healthy eating, exercise, rigorous therapies, and medications each day. If I take a day off–I suffer, greatly! My disease is my motivation and in a sense my accountability partner. Maybe you are in the same boat as I am or maybe you are alone in your battle. The bottom line is it is up to YOU!!! You get to choose how you live your life, the blessings you give, and what you put in your body. I want to be here as your personal cheerleader–helping you make healthy and easy meals and remembering to smile.
Please tell me your personal battle that I can pray for you about or suggest a recipe that I can remake for you! I would love to help BlESS you this year!