Hi! I’m Carolyn.
The Fresh is a place to help busy moms like you live your freshest, best-est life.
I started this blog because I got tired.
I was tired of doing everything for everyone but me. I was tired of comparing myself to my social media feeds and thinking “my life can never look like that”. I was tired of seeing the happy, laughing families at the park, while I yelled at my kids to stop throwing sand in each other’s faces. I was tired of being TIRED. I spent my days thinking and planning how to get it all done, and when I couldn’t, I felt awful. So I kind of stopped trying. Sad face.
It was Time to Change.
I eventually realized that no one was going to fix my life for me, and if I wanted to feel better, I had to make some changes. The biggest, best thing I did was to stop should-ing myself to death. Yes, goals are great, but not when they were so unreachable that they made me feel like garbage when I didn’t meet them. By saying “I am going to work out once this week” and DOING IT, I felt a whole lot better than when I said “I am going to work out every morning”, then doing it once. Same action, but drastically different results!
Momentum is a Good Thing.
Once I got perfectionism out of the way, things really started to change for me. Individually, these changes aren’t huge; but just like building a 900-piece Lego Police Station at 11pm on Christmas Eve, little by little, a foundation is built. Then the first floor. Then the glass-case of emotion (just kidding). And eventually, you step back and can say “Wow! I did it!”
The Big Three
The big three areas where I made happy little changes were by tweaking my diet, by moving my body more, and learning about (and making time for) myself. I yell less. I have more energy. I DEFINITELY stress less. Even my husband mentioned I look happier. Of course my kids still throw sand. But now, it isn’t the end of the world to me. I’m kinder not only to myself, but to everyone around me. It’s pretty awesome.
You Can Do It, Too!
It really is the little things in life, and I hope you find some small changes on The Fresh to make your life just a little bit fresher… a little bit easier… a little bit better!
Fresh Food: I love food, but I hate restrictions. My family is also super-fun to cook for (not), since my husband and eight-year old (Big A) are meat-a-tarians, while my five-year old (Little A) and I aren’t huge fans. I like to say that I am a sometimes vegetarian. I’ve found lots of sneaky ways to keep us all happy, and also up our intake of good-for-us foods.
Fresh Air: Getting outside always makes me feel better, and my boys certainly keep me on my toes. Still, sometimes I need to be inspired to spend part of each day outside, which can be difficult when it is raining (AGAIN) here on the Westcoast of British Columbia. Check in often for little changes to keep your body moving, and to get your butt outdoors.
Fresh Life: This where I share my tricks and insights into living my own best life. One of the greatest things about getting older is that with every year, I become more confident in myself. I am taking more risks and making more time to take care of CAROLYN. I even read a book for fun recently! Whoo! I can’t wait to share all of my favourite things with you, and hear yours, too.
Are You Ready to Live YOUR Freshest Life?
These posts will get you started.
I can’t wait to hear what questions you have, so send me a message about what you are stuck on, and we can figure it out together.