Stop & Smell The Roses

Life is busy. On a normal day, I am usually running around all over Dallas for Live Love Gameday®, completely out of breath, answering hundreds of emails and live chat messages on-the-go, shipping orders at our office, taking photos, squeezing in workouts and much more. Some days, Jay and I don’t stop working until 11 p.m. or later, but we love it. I can’t imagine not being busy every single day. I know we all have crazy schedules--I am not the only one--but that's life, right?

I also think it is important to stop and smell the roses. In between the hustle and bustle of every day life, take a moment to love and pamper yourself. Go shopping. Get dressed up. Put a little bit of makeup on. Join a group of friends for dinner. Document the whole thing so that you can look back and remember what an amazing time you had. Then, put your phone away and be in the moment. Love yourself. Love each other.

I have learned that this positive lifestyle is especially important when you are pregnant, and there are tips and tricks to loving and enjoying yourself, your body and the entire process.

Being pregnant does not mean that you have to give up on your personal style and overall appearance. There are many ways to accentuate your changing body and feel beautiful throughout all stages of your pregnancy. I know, I know...I haven't experienced the 3rd trimester yet, y'all. Will get there when I get there!

Here are a few of my current tips!

• For me, eating healthy each day instantly makes me feel better. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but my biggest cravings at the moment are green beans {weird, I know}, milk {I guzzle it} and pickles. Actually, not just any pickles...Fickle Pickles. Sorry, I’m not sorry. They’re sooo good! I've been doing a lot of journaling over the last few weeks, and when I was about 5-6 weeks pregnant, I CRAVED avocados. So funny how it changes from week to week. I am definitely eating more than I ever have before. Part of me doesn’t love that fact, but while it is important to pay attention to your caloric intake each day and not go overboard, it’s also important to gain the weight necessary to provide proper nutrition for your growing baby. 

• Another thing that makes me feel good overall, especially right now during my second trimester, is exercise. I’m not going to lie, I have been exhausted the past few months, but I squeeze in pilates 2-3 times a week--taking it easy during the class and pushing myself when I can--and I walk at the park with my mom. While I haven't experienced any morning sickness, my #1 symptom this pregnancy has been that I GET HOT. And I mean, the slightest spike in temperature turns me into a “hot” mess. I carry around a portable fan everywhere I go. I take this mini fan into pilates, to dinner, everywhere…it may be a little embarrassing, but I would much rather stay cool and happy than worry about feeling terrible. Funny story, when I went to the doctor for my 12 week appointment, she was mid-sentence when I said, “I’m so sorry to interrupt, but do you have a fan?” #AwkwardSilence I was internally struggling because I didn’t want to interrupt her, but I NEEDED THAT FAN! She was soooo nice--searched the office and came back with a portable fan for me. There I was, sitting on the doctor’s table while she was doing her thing, and I was holding a mini fan up to my face. LOL. I will never forget that. If you get hot like I do, I definitely recommend getting a portable/mini fan...and don't worry what anyone thinks!

• Staying hydrated also keeps me feeling healthy and beautiful. Water, of course, is the best option because it does not have any sugar, but I am not the biggest fan. I drink as much water as I can {which is quite a bit}, but I also add in a few glasses of milk each day, decaf tea, and occasionally orange juice or apple juice.

• Next, I’d say…dress cute! I am not saying you have to go all out and purchase new, fancy clothing. If you know me, I love finding all of the best deals & steals! What I mean is…there have been a few days where I have looked in the mirror and said, “Wow. I'm a mess.” or “I look pale.” and “Ugh, I am getting big.” Negative words/sayings such as these should never even come up, whether you are pregnant or not! I realized that on the days I wasn’t feeling that cute/great, my outfit was a total disaster—baggy pants with a shirt that didn’t match and my hair all over the place. Again, I am not saying you need to go out and purchase new clothing just to feel good, but what I did next was look in my closet and put together a few comfy, casual outfits that fit great, felt good and coordinated. With the right outfit, a fresh blow dry and just a touch of concealer and mascara, I felt like a new person! It doesn’t take much to feel presentable and put-together, but it does take a little effort. With a little bit of effort each day, your entire mood can be turned around.

• Last but not least, stay away from negativity—negative words, thoughts, actions and people. There is no need to indulge in extra stress on your mind and heart, especially during pregnancy. Focus on being healthy and happy in both body and spirit. Keeping a positive attitude will definitely help you feel beautiful!

How do you stop and smell the roses during pregnancy? I would love to know your tips & tricks. Share them in the comment section below!