Summer “Leap List”

Summer "Leap List"

I recently saw Honda’s new commercial for their new CRV in which a spritely young lass travels the country, taking photos in a different t-shirt in every state she visits, crossing off states one at a time from her “leap list.” Being the curious cat that I am, I had to Google leap list to find out more…and loved what I found!

A leap list is sort of like a bucket list, but with a shorter time frame. It’s basically a list of things you’d like to do/see/try before your next big milestone (i.e. turn 40, have another child, etc.). I thought this was a really fun concept and definitely took the ambiguity out of a bucket list, putting more urgency to experiencing the things that drive your curiosity!

Since my new job allows me to be home with the kids during summer, I thought this would be a really fun thing to do with the kids. I’m in the midst of creating our own leap list, which includes fun things like playing in the rain, hand out balloons to people at the park, go to a drive-in, and wade in a creek.

In my travels to find fun, age-appropriate ideas I came across the amazing The Happy Family Movement website. It’s all about loving each other, creating a caring home environment, and have super fun adventures together. AWESOME! Their tagline is “Go ahead. Cut Loose. Live out loud. Love a lot.” EVEN MORE AWESOME! They host an annual Summer Bucket List Challenge, so of course I had to sign up!

Whether your list is a bucket or a leap, I dare you & your family to join in the summer adventure and create a list of exciting things to try. Can you handle the challenge?

 

OTmama is written by Molly Whipple Harris, MS, OTR/L – an occupational therapist specializing in sharing strategies for designing a balanced, healthy, wellness-driven lifestyle for the modern mother and family. OTmama can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Lists Are Amazing

go_out_there_8x10_FINALIn my everlasting quest to find the magic recipe that will create that life of complete wellness and balance I’ve come across many different strategies and approaches. Many. Let’s just say there’s a little something for everyone, and I’m totally cool with that.

I’ve tried some of the crazy stuff {Master Cleanse} and the blander, “dipping your toe in the water” type of approaches. My strategy seems to be something in the middle – slightly off center, but certainly doable considering my slightly off center but mostly mainstream life.

I have noticed a few common themes in my recent travels on Pinterest, Mind Body Green, and some other favorites. In order to focus myself and my wellness goals a little better, I decided to make a running list of them. Here they are {in no particular order}:

  1.  I love yoga. A LOT.
  2. I need to do more yoga. A LOT more.
  3. I like lifting weights and working out in the gym a lot more than I ever thought I could.
  4. I love drinking water.
  5. Moving makes me feel better.
  6. Cooking is artful, and I need to do more of it.
  7. I have high peaks and low valleys in terms of motivation – I’m either really on or really off.
  8. I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start some days.
  9. I like teaching others my skills.
  10. I have strong skills in the areas of movement, yoga, wellness, and health.
  11. I need to use my skills more.
  12. I need to write down my goals.
  13. I need better focus.
  14. I have too many ideas.
  15. I need to pick one thing and make it great.

Definitely too many “I” statements, so after paring down my list, here’s what it looks like:

  1. Yoga.
  2. Fitness.
  3. Healthy cooking/eating.
  4. Lack of focus.
  5. Specific goals.
  6. Share my knowledge.
  7. Be amazing.
  8. Help others be amazing.

Now, the kids I work with know that my catch phrase is “amazing” – as in “that’s amazing,” “you’re amazing,” etc. And posted by the door in my therapy room is this poster, which reads “Go out there and be amazing,” because they can’t just be amazing with me, they have to share it with the world!

So there you have it! A peek inside my brain these days. I invite you to make a list of your common themes – whatever is tugging at your heart strings and occupying your brain. What is it inside you that wants to get out so you can be amazing, too? Are you ready to share it with the world?

 

OTmama is written by Molly Whipple Harris, MS, OTR/L – an occupational therapist specializing in sharing strategies for designing a balanced, healthy, wellness-driven lifestyle for the modern mother and family. OTmama can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mood Moves

ImageLately my stress levels have been out of control. I’m pretty much miserable these days. Between {what seems like} living out of bags and sharing a small house with five other people, life is really hectic. While the end of our construction is in sight, we’re not quite to the finish line yet and I’m beyond ready to have my own home again!

For those of you that may not know, I struggle with anxiety. It’s something that I have {honestly} dealt with my entire life on some level or another. One of my biggest issues is the inability to turn off my thoughts – and the fact that I typically have 2-3 thoughts running through my mind at one time. It’s tiring. Very tiring.

I do have some go-to relaxation strategies that work for me: deep breathing, an “it’s all good” mantra, and aromatherapy are life savers. But, I’ve also realized that getting regular exercise benefits more than just my figure – it is an excellent way to regulate my mood and keep ” Agatha” (who my husband refers to as my alter-ego) in hibernation.

Many reports reveal that consistently getting 20-30 minutes of exercise is a great way to keep moods in check. Even going for a walk, as this report suggests, can take a seemingly big problem down to something more manageable.

For the most part it doesn’t really matter what type of exercise I get – whether it’s dancing, yoga, lifting weights, or going for a run, moving my body seems to settle my thoughts into their respective corners of my mind. Still, you may want to refrain from attempting much more than a simple sun salutation when life gets a little hairy {let’s just say that trying hot yoga during a particularly difficult time in my life was not one of my wiser choices!}.

So if your life feels taxing or you find yourself in a tizzy more than usual, try squeezing in a few minutes of movement each day. Maybe turn off the tv or put down the electronics and get your heart rate going, and hopefully you’ll be able to keep your “Agatha” in hibernation a little longer too!

OTmama is written by Molly Whipple Harris, MS, OTR/L – an occupational therapist specializing in sharing strategies for designing a balanced, healthy, wellness-driven lifestyle for the modern mother and family. OTmama can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is…

…especially when you forgot to take it when you moved!

Hi friends! OTmama has been quiet for a while because of some big changes both in the blogging world and the “real” world! My family and I are in the process of moving back to our hometown – a bittersweet change that makes us sad to say goodbye to new friends but excited to say hello again to a place we truly love.

Since we’re in the midst of packing and moving, I decided that it would be the opportune time to branch out OTmama into the independent blogosphere – no offense to Working Mother,  they are wonderful! However I feel that OTmama is better suited in its own space where I can provide information tailored to my faithful followers and new friends!

Thanks for joining me on this journey. I hope you stop back soon and check out the fun!

~Molly