One of the things I committed to doing this year is nourish my mind. When I arrived at “nourish” as my word of the year, I gave it a lot of thought and it tied in perfectly with everything that I wanted to accomplish and feel in 2014.
Nourishing my mama mind was one of those things.
You see, when you’re managing a home, raising a family and running a business, you often tend to rely heavily on schedules, routines, the mundane and the everyday. There is NOTHING wrong with that. That’s what, in fact, keeps me sane most of the time.
But what relying heavily on the routine, scheduled events and the mundane do is that they leave our bright, inquiring, intelligent minds craving for something new, something intriguing, something that’ll challenge us and put us out of this “comfort” zone that we slip into.
This year, I intend to challenge myself and nourish my mind in a few simple ways. Yes, nourishing your mind doesn’t have to take up too much time, energy, money or effort.
Here are my “nourishers”:
Read everyday. I’ve committed to reading 1 fiction book every month and 2 non-fiction books. Even if I read just 5-7 pages before I turn off the light at bedtime, I read. I’m also making it super simple for me to get “paper” books and not feel guilty at the expense by creating a wishlist on Mayank’s Amazon account! The Kindle ones I buy using my Amazon gift cards. Yes, I’m smart like that!
Learn a language. You don’t have to travel someplace in order to learn to speak their language. Research shows that learning a new language is a great way to keep the mind sharp and develop cultural sensitivity.
I came across Duolingo recently, thanks to Tsh’s post on Art of Simple and am hooked. It’s free, fun and super-easy to use and absorb. I will be brushing up my high school and Level II Alliance Francaise French. Duolingo, je t’aime!
Take up solving crossword puzzles…again. I love crosswords. Always have. Yet I bought this crossword puzzle book when Manini was a baby and 6 years down the line, I still haven’t finished it. Committing to crossing that off my list this year.
Meditate. Again a love that I gave up when life just got busier as it often does when business and baby both are growing. Meditation is great for calming the mind, sharpening your senses and just helping you feel centered. Great nourishment, I’d say! 10 minutes, every day. That’s my goal.
Learn a skill. I truly wanted to learn how to sew. Go ahead, laugh if you want to! But honestly, once you stop laughing share a resource or two to help this non-sewing mama learn how to hem this year. Learning a new skill, like learning a language, is great brain food.
Ready to Nourish Your Mama Mind?
Here are a few more nourishers YOU may want to try for your mind:
- Photography: My friend, client and amazing mama mentor, Beryl Ayn Young offers these gorgeous virtual photography classes, Momtographie to help moms learn how to take stunning photos of their kids, families and lives, easily and effortlessly.
- Yoga: I took Jen Hoffman’s Desk Jockey yoga classes last year. Best thing ever. Easily incorporated into our busy schedules, keeps you fit and you learn more about your body and your mind as well.
- Business-y Skills: I highly recommend Karen Gunton’s Visual Marketing course for learning TONS about creating awesome images and insanely powerful content for your business. Want to learn to create and power up YOUR work-at-home business? Check out my 70-page guide filled with every, little thing you need to know for a business that is balanced and booming!
- Take a class on Skillshare: Finally, hit up Skillshare to find a class that may appeal to you. There are so many great classes being taught in every possible field by some seriously amazing teachers, including Seth Godin. You learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.
How will YOU be nourishing YOUR mind this year, mama? Share with me in the comments.
Cheering you on,