My Cure for Stress

“I’m not stressing.”

That’s the quote I use to chant to myself and say to my husband when I was working at a high-stress sales job years ago.
I’d ramble off about the annoying people I’d talk to, how my commission was on the verge of a higher bracket, and how I REALLY wanted to use the extra money to save for that new car.. “But I’m not stressing,” I’d add to the end of my rant. Kind of like how you can say whatever you want about that girl you don’t like at work but just add “bless her heart” to the end to make it all ok.
The last week in a half I’ve been trying hard not to stress… Less stress = better incubating quarters. I also decided to do some of my favorite things in order to make me feel better.
First, I got a pedicure. LOVED it. Sadly, I hadn’t painted my toenails since my cruise in January… Yea, a pedicure was WAY past due, and SO relaxing. I brought Fully Fertile and had to highlight a great quote I came across regarding mental stress and negative thoughts: “Every day you need to weed the garden of your mind. Pluck out the negative thoughts, words and feelings by the root. If you don’t they will grow like weeds and begin to take over even your most positive thoughts.” What a thought to remember!

I also started listening to Circle+Bloom and I’m LOVING it. I try to listen to it in the morning when I get up, or at night before bed, and enjoy the meditation and relaxation it brings. More on this later!

Then, I went SHOPPING. There are few things that can make me happier than spending money. I walked past Bath and Bodyworks and noticed they had a new scent, so I decided to stop in and smell it… And loved it. Then the lady had me sold when she told me about their buy 2 get 1 free promotion. The bubble bath was only $12 and a bubble bath sounded SO nice, so I got that, the body mist, and a free tube of body cream.

Snoop even got some pampering at Petco. I couldn’t fully enjoy my day off knowing he was at home missing me! So I dropped him off for a bath and brush while I got my toes done. He thanked me.

I also did something I’m so excited about because it’s something I can cross off my “Baby Bucket List.” I started Yoga! I’ve been waiting awhile to start a Pulling Down the Moon fertility yoga class but it keeps getting rescheduled, so I’m taking a gently moderate class for now. My yoga instructor is AMAZING. She’s so nice, and afterwards I feel like I’ve gotten a good workout and had a chance to relax and calm my nerves.
After that I went home and got all dolled up with my hubby and we went to my company party. It’s always fun looking extra fancy from time to time, and it definitely got my mind off things. We didnt’ stay much longer than an hour or so. It was a blast, but the “open bar” doesn’t keep non-drinkers around as long as unlimited cookies… I didn’t see cookies.

If you live in Central Texas and have thought about taking fertility yoga let me know, I’d LOVE to join a class together at Sundara Yoga! And on that note, Pulling Down the Moon has been SUCH an inspiration in my whole journey. I love their 12 week holistic program to fertility, and though mine has turned into more like a 20-week plan, it’s helping me so much.. Really, I’ve even started to eat more organic food for heavens sakes (more on that later)!

I heard today that they are up for the Shine A Light award, as a small business that is making a BIG difference! They are making a BIG difference in my life! So I’ve voted, and if what you’ve read has made any kind of difference for you please help and vote for this deserving small business.. Helping so many women, infertility struggles or not, to get ready to get a bun in the oven! You can nominate them here.

In other news I got my first BFN.

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  1. The yoga thing is something i definitely want to do…wanted to do it in college, but was too busy, then had kids..still wanted to do it..not i am in school again and working…i just need to buckle down and do it. Remember these “taking care of you” will honestly need them when you have kids.

  2. Nice to see that you did some pampering! I love days like that. Please keep us posted on the yoga; I’ve been contemplating taking the Friday morning class that’s offered at my gym. Snoop is too cute 🙂

    And PLEASE don’t forget us in the a.m. My Dr. has my results from my bloodwork, but they were closed on Friday…. Have to wait till Monday for any news…. We could very well be due around the same time!?!?!!

    ****Tons of dust****

  3. I love that dress. The color is perfect on you.

    As for yoga, I did it through my last pregnancy and really liked it.

    Glad you got to get a pedicure. I’m jealous.

    I’m really interested to hear more about the morning meditation stuff.

  4. Love that dress! Looks like one that would be so fun to just spin and twirl in. I am so over due for a pedicure also. Hope you have a great weekend.

  5. Visiting from SITS but I realize its too early for your new posting.. hahaha. Best of luck to you. You have a great blog going on here. Love the dress and your dog is too cute.
    I’m going to remember to weed the garden of my mind!

  6. I’m hoping that as I’m typing this, you have already tested and gotten your BFP! 🙂 Yay!

    Also, that Circle and Bloom looks interesting, but I think too expensive for me to justify buying right now. Bummer…

  7. I have never done yoga : ) but I have heard great things about it. You look so pretty for your party! glad you had fun! LOVE your pedicure and LOVE your doggy! I must smeel PS I love you : ) Hope you have a great day!

  8. Im sorry about your test. 🙁 Don’t be too discouraged. You are rockin it girl! You are about a mile ahead of the typical TTC game that’s for sure!
    And more baby dust

  9. Sorry to hear about your bunless oven. Don’t worry, it’ll happen. If for no other reason than b/c you will look so amazing in maternity clothes! Here’s my tip to make it happen. Pretend you and Hubby are not married and not trying, maybe even throw in some birth control method of some sort, and make it a good one. You know, one with like a 99% success rate. That should work, at least it did for me! Kidding (about you, not me)! I’m sure you’re doing everything right and it will happen at the exact moment when it is supposed to, no marital status, birth control, or desire will get in the way! Good luck next month:)

  10. Hi, I’m looking forward to following your blog, and waiting for some exciting news. I haven’t had a chance to read right thru your blog…but I’m thinking of advice I may be able to share.

    I took depo for a about a year and really didn’t like the effects on my body. When I stopped I went on a raw food diet, really just to flush out my body of all the chemicals. I also had a miscarriage right after I stopped. So I fell pregnant about 3-4 months later and even tho I bled very heavily after about the 3rd month for 2 days, had a healthy 9.14lb boy. I stopped going to the dr with this pregnancy too, not that I recommend that at all, but for me, I’m just not into medicine and drs. and the fear etc they’re creating about birthing.

    I also went back on the raw food after my 6th child, then fell pregnant pretty quickly again, although honestly, I really didn’t want any more children. I’m now 47 and it’s a lot to do this at my age, I’m so feeling it.

    So I would thoroughly recommend raw foods, as much as possible, to get all the nutrients the body needs. God made our bodies to eat ‘real’ food and I just think that’s all we need. Even if you don’t go completely raw, try to add lots of things like fresh juices, fruit & vegetable, smoothies, fruit or green, salads, and lots of cooked veggies with meals. It all helps.

    The other thing I’ve heard is very good, and I’ve been wanting to try, is the natural prostergone cream that you rub into your skin. I believe it keeps your hormone levels even.

    Search the web on these, there’s pretty of info out there and please contact me if you have any other questions. :)Shelle

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