Summer Slow Down Challenge

Most times we take things for granted, where we live, time, even friends and family. It’s not until we stop and slow down for a bit, do we truly experience the things that mean the most to us!

As a mom of two, having multiple businesses, a busy writing life, passions that seem to take on a career of their own, and not to mention the continuous mile long to do list. It’s hard to stop and slow down, put the list aside, squeeze in long-lost friends, add new ones, take care of a house, garden, and keep a family completely happy.

This week I made myself just slow down and enjoy everything around me. I cut back on a few responsibilities, added in some lunch and dinner dates with friends. I took an early morning run on the beach, sat watching the ocean, listened to the waves, rekindled an old hobby, listened to my heart, nurtured my soul, and reflected on the past year and how dramatically it has changed in such a short time.

My sweet little boy turns 1 today, and it made me realized how quickly time really does fly and if you’re not watching it will blow right by you. Life can pass you by, leaving you longing for a free spirit and easier days, and a determined heart. It’s crazy how different life can be from day-to-day. You actually have to tell yourself to stop and realize all it has to offer. We’re so busy all the time we miss the best things in life.

A week of slowing down has made me feel like a kid again. I’ve re-kindled a lost spirit that has been buried deep down hidden in work and responsibility. I have new inspiration and a happy little face to remind me to stop and appreciate time, love, life, and friendship. I’ve finally recognized the to do list will always be there and the perfect sunrise with a cool ocean breeze may not be.

The moral of the story… slow down, feel the salt air on your skin, take in all the sweet giggles and kisses you can stand because before you know it those days will be long gone and we’ll be longing for them back again.

So, I challenge you to have a “summer slow down.” Whether it’s once a week or a couple of times a month. It can be as simple as waking up early to see the sun rise to getting a pedicure or it could be determination to stir up old passions or as big as chasing a dream. Comment and let me know what you did for your summer slow down challenge! We could all use some inspiration and ideas!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

6 thoughts on “Summer Slow Down Challenge

  1. I kinda did this but need to do it right like you. I have been reflecting a lot while enjoying the present and I started a new book.
    I need to smell the salty air 😉 and get out of the house a little bit.
    Xxoo

  2. I kinda did this but need to do it right like you. I started a new book and have been reflecting a lot while enjoying the present.
    I need to smell the salty air 😉 and get out a little.
    Xxoo

    • Hey Momma! Glad you’re getting some time to yourself! I wish I had time to read a book, but I guess I do other things instead of reading like cooking or canning tomatoes all day so it’s my fault I’m not reading. And yes you need to smell the salty air so get down here will ya! mIss you! xox

  3. I think it’s wonderful that you’re contemplating the merits of slowing down at a time in your life when the focus really should be that precious little guy! Good for you. And happy birthday to your son. 1st birthdays are incredibly special to moms and dads…little ones probably wonder what all the fuss is about! 😉 Debra

    • Aww Thanks again! Time flies so fast sometimes I wonder where it goes. I get so busy sometimes I feel like I miss out on things so times worried about the house work or laundry when I need to just take all that’s around me in bc the laundry will always be there! Thanks again for your support!

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