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FebYOUary: Why You Need to Take Time for Yourself

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 31, 2018

 

Have you ever been on a plane?

If you have, you probably would have heard the same message about using oxygen masks. You might even have it memorized.

“If the cabin air pressure changes dramatically, oxygen masks might fall from the ceiling directly in front of you. If a child is seated beside you, put on your own mask before helping to put a mask on the child.”

I’m sure in the moment, every person (specifically a mom) has been concerned with putting on a child’s oxygen mask before their own. And that’s the problem…

You can’t help others when you’re not helping yourself first.

It clicked that there’s a reason why aircrafts specify those instructions, so why aren’t we applying this life-saving information to our own lives? The same exact thing can be said about self-care. Taking time for yourself is essential. When stress builds, you need feel-good activities, and ways to deal with stress and problems that life brings. Even when everything is going perfectly fine in your life—you STILL should take time for yourself, and you do so as often as possible. If you’re needing a little extra time for yourself, but aren’t too sure where to begin—continue reading my five tips to get started.

1| Remind yourself you deserve this

Yes, you! You absolutely deserve to take some time for yourself and often as you need it. Weather you take a full day off from work, or you cancel your plans to attend a party to focus on a passion project. You definitely deserve a little extra time for yourself no matter what situation or state you may be in. Remember that it’s okay to take time to shut off from the world for a little bit. In fact, I encourage you to shut yourself off from the world from time to time (see point three).

2| Allow yourself to feel

If things haven’t been going well, and you’ve been dealing with a lot—allow yourself to feel. Be angry. Be sad. Take time to feel everything you feel because your emotions ARE VALID. You should never feel like you need to push those emotions away because that’s not going to help you move past whatever you may be working through. Accept those feelings, so that you can heal, but remind yourself not to stay angry, or sad for long. After you give yourself time to feel, you also need to give yourself time to do things that will make you feel good. Get your hair trimmed, or take a shower if you haven’t had the strength to do so over the last few days. But make sure you don’t stay alone in those negative emotions so long that they become all-consuming.

3| Shut off completely

Sometimes, social media and the Internet can be the worst place when you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and several other not-so-wonderful adjectives all mixed into one. Take time away from your phone, so you can focus on dealing with the problems in front of you rather get caught up texting friends about their problems, and scrolling through Twitter catching up on the latest tragedy. One thing I’ve struggled with immensely is helping people with their problems when I’m going through a problem myself. I’ll always be there for friends and family, but when it seems to be all about them and their problems, that isn’t the best space for you to be in all the time. Take time away from your phone, and do something you love.

4| Make a list of things you love

This is what of the best things I’ve done because now I have a go-to list filled with things I love including favorite movies, websites, foods, and everything in between. The goal is to have a quick reference on the feel-good things you can do whenever you decide you need to take time for yourself. Do you have an entire day to yourself? Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, and treat yourself to your favorite food from the take-out place down the street. If you only have an hour, treat yourself to your favorite face mask, and watch an episode of the show you’re watching on Netflix while your phone is off.

5| Do something a little extravagant 

If you have a little extra money and time to treat yourself, do something more than the typical things if you’ve been feeling more low than normal. Treat yourself to a massage. Treat yourself to an expensive meal. Make your favorite dessert and indulge without guilt. Open that bottle of “special occasion” wine. Buy a dress you’ve had your eye on for the last few months. Life is too short to NOT do the things you want to do. Life is too short to wait for a special occasion to do something good for yourself. You deserve it no matter what day it is.

Remember: You need to take time for yourself. You aren’t helping anyone around you when you aren’t helping yourself first. So, take the time to shut off from the world for an hour, a day, or a week. Give yourself time to refresh and recharge, and you’ll be able to take on life and all that it brings.

How do you take time for yourself? Make sure to share in the comments below so we can find new ways to take care of ourselves during a busy season in life. 

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FebYOUary: A Month of Bliss

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 29, 2018

I’m so excited to finally tell you what I have coming up on the blog this month.

FebYOUary: a month of self-care posts where you can focus on living your most blissful life!

Y’all I’ve been excited about this idea, and I’m pumped for you to focus on YOU all-month long. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next month on the blog:

1| Self-care posts.

2| Healthy living posts.

3| Self-love posts.

And everything in between!

I know that you have been working SO HARD in the first month of 2018. I’ve seen your tweets and Instagram Stories where you share how much time, effort and energy you have been putting into your dreams and goals. That. Is. AMAZING. But, it’s important that you also take time for yourself, so if you find that you went a little too hard on work and didn’t spend enough time resting—stop back every Monday and Wednesday for new posts. You won’t regret it.

I’m sure you’re thinking, Kiara, do I really need this whole “self-care stuff” in my life?

YES. Yes, you definitely do. You deserve you take care of yourself and make yourself a priority. When you don’t make yourself a priority, you begin to lose motivation and inspiration to continue working on your dreams and goals. It’s best when you do take time for yourself consistently, so that you always feel refreshed and ready to take on your new projects that you’re working on.

Before you make any excuses, let me tell you a few things:

1| It doesn’t cost anything to practice self-care and self-love.

2| It doesn’t take a ton of time to practice self-care and self-love.

3| It doesn’t hurt anyone to practice self-care and self-love.

Now that we got that out of the way, you don’t have any excuses to NOT join me. This month will be all about good vibes, good energy and a whole lotta bliss. So who are these posts good for? The answer is: anyone who is human.

Let’s be honest. We ALL have felt drained, overworked and mentally/emotionally/physically exhausted, but all we do is roll into bed for some sleep to start all over again instead of many changes to our lives for consistent self-care.

I’m hoping that this month will open your eyes to the beauty of frequent self-care and self-love. I’m hoping this month will show you that you deserve time to rest, recharge and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. I’m hoping this month will show you that you are worthy of loving yourself the way you love others.

The truth is: I want this for you because I know what it’s like living a life where you’re constantly working on another project. You’re rushing through a meal without enough nutrients and drowning in cup after cup of coffee. You’re on edge from lack of sleep, and you find your motivation slowly slipping. My goal with these upcoming posts is to inspire you to take care of yourself first because that’s the only way you’re going to take care of your dreams and goals.

How do you practice self-care and self-love? Do you think you could work on adding more self-care to your routine? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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8 Things to Let go of in 2018

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 10, 2018

I hope you are all having a wonderful 2018 so far!

I have been reading posts in the blogging community about their goals for the new year, or their word for 2018, and similar posts. We are constantly adding things that we want to do or accomplish in a new year, but we don’t often think about things we should let go of. It had me thinking about a new perspective I want to challenge you all with for 2018, so I decide to share what you should let go of in 2018. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, and a lot of bliss—keep reading.

1| Perfectionism

It’s okay to go to work without a full face of makeup and perfectly done hair. It’s okay if your Instagram isn’t perfectly cohesive. It’s okay if you’re not going to cute cafes, and traveling to new places every single month. It’s okay if your party doesn’t have Pinterest-worthy foods and DIY decorations. Life isn’t perfect, so we shouldn’t keep bringing ourselves down in 2018 when things aren’t perfect. You won’t have it together all the time, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Embrace the imperfect moments of life.

2| Negative self-talk

You are beautiful. You are loved. You are needed. You are enough. If there’s one thing you need to let go of in 2018 it’s negative self talk. Self love should be a priority in your life because you deserve to have a positive, loving relationship with yourself. After all, you’re going to be with yourself for your entire life, so you may as well like yourself. Drop the negativity and be kind to yourself. Remember that you’re doing the best that you can, and you’re always going to be a work in progress.

3| Toxic relationships

Let go of the people who don’t lift you up or bring any positivity to your life. Whether it’s a family member, long-time friend, or a coworker you have been spending time with. If they are constantly bringing you down, or they aren’t there for you when you need them there, they probably aren’t a friend worth keeping in the new year. Remember that not every person who comes in your life is meant to stay around forever, and it’s okay to let go of those relationships.

4| Items you don’t love or need

I had to get honest with myself on this one because I’ve noticed a few things I’ve been holding on to that I truly don’t need or even enjoy having around the house. Minimalism has definitely played a large role in my life, and I’m reminded that removing things I don’t love will only make space for more things that I do love. Take time to sort out your closet by asking yourself these 10 questions while decluttering. If you’re already past your closet, try a decluttering challenge, or look into other areas of minimalism that doesn’t involve decluttering.

5| The past 

2018 is a new beginning for all of us, and we should treat it as such. Remember to let go of the negative moments of the past year, so that it won’t hold you back in the new year. This can apply to any period of your life for that matter. When we hold on to feelings of the past, it affects our present self and potentially our future self. So, let the past stay in the past, and you’ll feel content living in the present moment.

6| Busy schedules

We need to stop glorifying busyness. We need to let go of packed schedules and saying yes to plans we don’t even want to make. It’s time we take care of ourselves, and have more time to live slowly and intentionally. Focus on self-care with a mental cleanse challenge. It’s important to have a balance between work and time for yourself. Oftentimes, we get caught up in work and constantly being on the go that it takes a horrible toll on our health altogether.

Related: 8 Small Improvements to Live a Blissful Life

7| Procrastination

Sitting on Pinterest dreaming about the life you wish to have can only get you so far. You need to get up and do the things you want to accomplish. Creating a vision board works wonders on achieving your goals, and it’s a great place to start if you’re looking for a little motivation in the new year, too. Find your passion in life, and work at it every single day. Stay consistent with your goals and be productive with your day.

Related: 8 Tips to Get Your Life Together in 8 Hours

8| Comparison

Hey there, beautiful soul. Here’s a gentle reminder that you don’t need to compare yourself and your journey to someone’s else experiences. That’s how you get in a rut, and that’s no bueno. Instead of comparing yourself to other, remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can right now, and there’s always room for improvement. But don’t let comparison steal your joy from the things you love most.

What are you letting go of in the new year? Whether it’s something on the list I have or something completely different, make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to hear more about what you plan to let go of in 2018.

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8 Things to Simplify in 2018

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 27, 2017

With a new year comes a clean slate, and a chance to begin with a fresh beginning. Needless to say, I’m sure there are many of us who are looking for a clean slate this year. Even if you had an incredibly year, there’s always something exciting about beginning a new year. For me, I have a ton of motivation and energy to put toward my goals. One of those goals is to simply my life more in the new year, so I’m sharing eight things to simply in 2018.

1| Expectations

My biggest focus for 2018 is to simplify my expectations of myself and of others. I’ve found when you remove expectations from yourself and others, you’re less likely to be disappointed. Now, I’m not saying you should have goals and expect to achieve them, but I am saying you shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations for your goals. Be kind and real with yourself and the people around you. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. Don’t let your expectations get the best of you.

2| Resolutions

I made a long list of goals and resolutions for 2017, which I was able to achieve the majority of them. However, looking back at the last year showed me that we put a lot of stress and energy toward these resolutions. Instead, I’m simplifying my resolutions this year in hopes that it will keep me focused and determined to meet them, and grow as an individual throughout the year.

3| Closet

It’s time to declutter your closet by asking yourself these questions. Take a decluttering challenge and go beyond your closet if you’ve already purged your wardrobe in 2017. You can always find something to pass on to the donation bin or a friend who would use it more. Decluttering is a great step toward simplifying your life. From a person who has taken decluttering seriously this past year, I promise there are benefits to doing so.

4| Schedule

Why are we so enamored with the idea of busyness? Why do we feel that being on the go, and constantly busy is something to celebrate and enjoy? For 2018, I’m hoping to life a little more slowly. It’s something I’ve been incorporating in my life the last two months, and it really has its benefits. Pursing slow living is a wonderful step to take to simplify your life and to simplify your schedule in the new year.

5| Meal Prepping

Think of all the time you spend grocery shopping, making lunches and dinners, and stressing over what you’re going to eat the following day. It’s amazing how much time we spend in the kitchen altogether, which is why you should consider simplifying your meal time and preparation. Make a list and stick to it instead of wandering the aisles for an hour (you’ll also save money, too). On Sundays, cook the bulk of lunches and dinners for the week, so I’m not spending time worrying about making a sandwich, or getting a salad together last minute. It’s amazing how much time you’ll save throughout the week by simplifying this area of your life.

6| Cleaning Routine

Cleaning is another thing we spend a ton of time on. When you have less things, you have less things to clean, which means less time spent cleaning, which means more time doing the things you want to do. It’s really a beautiful thing. So simplify your cleaning routine by making setting a timer for an hour to get the big things done first like putting in a load of laundry, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in an hour alone. Find a simple routine to follow, and you’ll have a lot more free time throughout the week!

Related: 8 Tips to Get Your Life Together in 8 Hours

7| Relationships

You know the friend who has changed a lot in the year, and you have found yourself drifting away from them? Or, the friend who hasn’t been lifting you up during a happy time in your life? Those people shouldn’t be in your life in the new year. Simplifying your relationships is one of the most therapeutic things you can do because not everyone who walks into your life is meant to stick around forever, especially if they’re a toxic friend. Find people who bring you nothing but happiness, and remove the friends who haven’t been there for you. You’ll find that simplifying those relationships will make room for the relationships that are most important to you.

8| Time

As the years go on, the more I find that time is too short. In 2018, I want to simplify how I spend my time. Instead of scrolling on Instagram and Pinterest for two hours wondering where the time has gone, I want to spend it doing productive things that will help me accomplish the goals I have for myself in the new year. Instead of watching Netflix for no reason, I want to work on a goal I’ve had since I was 10 years old. Simplify how you’re spending (or wasting your time) and you’ll find there’s a lot of time for accomplishing your goals for the year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how you can simplify your life in the new year! So tell me, what do you plan to simplify in 2018? Make sure to share your thoughts below!

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Why you Should Begin your Resolutions in December

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 6, 2017

If you’re like me, you love making goals for the week, month or year altogether. I like seeing results, so when I set goals each year—I make sure I can track them throughout the year to see my progress. P.S. Leave a comment below letting me know what goals YOU have achieved in 2017! I’d love to read what you have accomplished this year.

Right now, we’re in the season where it’s perfectly acceptable to begin the day with a Christmas cookie (or three) followed by a day of eating, drinking, and spending time with family and friends. Besides working during the day, all other time is dedicated to parties, holiday festivities, time with family and friends, and enjoying the entire month. Needless to say, all productivity, good habits, and health and wellness go out the window for 31 days before it’s time to begin working on those New Year goals.

But here’s the thing. It would be more beneficial for you to begin your goals and good habits for 2018 NOW in 2017. Keep in mind, I’m not saying you have to start 10 new habits TOMORROW. But, if there is a goal you have for 2018, there’s no reason why you can’t begin with small steps this month. So, if you’re looking for a little blissful inspiration and motivation on beginning your goals NOW, keep on reading.

1| Because Your Goals Matter

Clearly, if you’re thinking about this goal you want to achieve—it matters to you. And that’s good that it’s constantly on your mind because if you feel inspired and motivated to work toward that goal, there’s a very good chance you’ll also achieve it. Remind yourself that your goals and dreams matter, so why not make the time NOW to begin working on them? Don’t let a date be your only motivation. Let the goals itself motivate you because it’s important to you. That should give you more than enough of a reason to begin working on your goal today.

2| Because You’ll Get In A Routine

Honestly, the most difficult part of working toward your new goals is figuring out a routine. When will you schedule in four hours of workout time throughout the week? The good news is, you can use this time for a little trail and error period to see what will work best for you and your routine. If you find that you do better with working out after work, then you’ll get yourself in a full routine by January, and now you’re a month into your new routine! It makes sense, and you can get a head start, so the new year will be smooth sailing.

3| Because NO EXCUSES

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not important to you, you’ll find an excuse.

There’s nothing stopping you from beginning your goals right now. Maybe you think you’ll have more time in January to dedicate time to writing that book, or you’ll have more time to begin a workout routine. The truth is, you DO have time right now. The only thing stopping you are the excuses you make for yourself. We are ALL guilty of this. Instead of making an excuse as to why you can’t work out in the morning—set an alarm, wake up, and crush a quick workout before work. If you want to cook more during the week, meal prep as much as you can on Sundays. Remove the excuses from your mind, and get to work on all your girlboss goals.

When it comes down to it, goals are so wonderful to have, but there’s no reason for you to wait until the new year to begin working on these goals. If they truly matter to you, you’ll have no issues with wanting to begin working on them today.

So, what are some of your goals for 2018? What can you do in the last month of the year to begin working on them?

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