This post is sponsored by Wente Vineyards but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
This post is something that became super important to me the second I started writing it, and made me get into all my feels. I hope you’ll take a moment to read through it and to make your own pledge for yourself.
Let me start by saying I looovvveee a glass of good red wine. Or really wine in general … I don’t discriminate. So when a wine brand I already like is doing something to help make me enjoy life even more I am 100% on board!
Wente Vineyards knows people are happiest when they make meaningful connections, but with so much competing for our attention, it’s easy to overlook the things that truly matter. Time is a choice. So let’s all make a pledge and commit to making time! They’re encouraging us all to be our best selves, and are here to help us get there with their #MakeTimePledge. It’s free to do and takes just a few minutes, then you just have to commit to yourself. Once you sign up and make your pledge, they’ll support you with 21 days of tips, fun ideas and inspiration. And I’ll be right here doing it with you, too! It takes 21 days to make or break a habit – LET’S DO THIS! (Click HERE to make your pledge.)
My pledge is simple: I’m going to make more time for myself and my family. I know it sounds a bit cliche, but it’s something I really struggle with. I always try put my family first, but definitely never myself. I always try to make everyone else happy and will go out of my way to do so, but sometimes I think my family suffers from it. And not in a bad way!
See, I’ve recently learned that I am honestly one of the busiest people I know. Seriously – it’s ridiculous. And I do it to myself! I over-commit myself and leave no downtime for myself, and little to no free weekends for my family to make spontaneous decisions. They get to attend a lot of events with me, travel to fun places and experience a lot of amazing things, but those things are all things that take up time, weekends and week nights. Times that we could all be home in our pajamas watching movies together, or times that we could be running around the beach.
There are days where I wake up at 7:30 a.m., go to work from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., come home and cook dinner, clean up, etc., hang with Daisy until she goes to bed at 8:30 p.m., then I’ll pull out my computer to work on my blog and collaborations until we go to bed around 10 or 11 p.m. There are weeks when I’ve committed myself or my family to something 5 or 6 out of the 7 days. I work a job that requires traveling, my blog requires me to attend a lot of events and to do A LOT of behind the scenes work, both of our families live out of state, and we have several groups of friends we try to keep up with. I also often catch myself thinking of my never-ending to do list instead of being in the moment. When I take a step back and see it, I realize it’s not fair to them, and I’m running myself into the ground.
So for the next 21 days, I am going to challenge myself to put them and myself first, and everyone/everything else after. I’m making a promise to myself, to my husband and my daughter at the forefront of every decision I make. I’m going to say “no” to more without feeling guilty about it. We are going to have weekly family dates, and I’m going to set two nights a week where my computer doesn’t even come out at all. Instead, I’ll snuggle with my hubby on the couch when Daisy goes to bed, eat popcorn and drink some vino. I’m going to be present and in the moment. And I’m excited about.
I encourage you to think deeply and realize what you want to focus on, and make a pledge too. We can all benefit from bettering ourselves!
Who’s with me? CLICK HERE to sign up (it’s free). I can’t wait to come back 21 days from now and report back. I hope you’ll join me in this #MakeTimePledge and treat yourself to doing (or not doing) something important to you. Leave a comment below letting me know what it is! I’ll be cheering you on :). MAKE YOUR PLEDGE HERE.
Photos by Sally Manlove Photography.