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FebYOUary: 10 Ways to Practice Self-Love on Valentine’s Day

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

I’m hoping that this post will help you rethink this holiday. Instead of being focused on being in love or not being in love, I think we can restructure this holiday to be about the love we have for ourselves.

Related: 5 Reasons to Make Self-Love A Priority

Self-love is all about nourishing the relationship you have with yourself. To be honest, that’s a pretty important relationship you should always be focusing on. Today, I’m sharing 10 ways to practice self-love not only on Valentine’s Day, but any day where you want to show a little gratitude toward yourself!

1| Self-love affirmations.

Choose some words of wisdom that truly stick out to you, and use it as a daily mantra or affirmation that you say to yourself at the beginning of each day. Not only will this bring your spirits up, but this will also serve as a reminder that you deserve love, and you deserve to treat yourself with kindness and respect. Therefore, you shouldn’t accept anything other than kindness and respect from others, you feel? Here are some affirmations that you can use:

“I am enough.”

“What you believe about yourself on the inside is what you will manifest on the outside.”

Are there any mantras you love? Make sure to share them below!

2| Journal to focus on your relationship with yourself.

What compliment do you refuse to accept about yourself? What do you need to forgive yourself for? Oftentimes, we overlook the things we aren’t happy about with ourselves, and shadow them with negative self talk. Instead, forgive yourself for what you did wrong when you were 17. Forgive yourself because you are human, and you are going to make mistakes. That’s okay. Instead of turning to negative self talk, try journaling to learn more about yourself in the process, so you can get to the root of the problem. Write everything down as a way of learning more about yourself in the process.

3| What is something you need to say yes to?

Saying yes and doing things that you love are both important. So make sure that you’re making time to do the things you love. With the help of minimalism, you’re able to create more time, money and energy for things you’re passionate about. You also have time to focus on the goals that mean the most to you so you can live your most blissful life.

4| What is something you need to say no to?

It’s equally important to say no as it is to say yes, so make sure you’re paying attention to what you say yes to and when you need to say no. Don’t commit to projects or events that you truly don’t want to be part of. If you have a ton on your plate, be honest about it at work, so that you’re not feeling overwhelmed. The key is communication and being honest with yourself on what you can handle.

5| Treat yourself to something special.

You don’t need a significant other or anyone else to have an enjoyable night! We know that self-care isn’t all about bath bombs, put pour yourself a glass of wine and watch a cheesy, romantic Hallmark movie. Or, you can take yourself out on a date. Bring your laptop to your favorite coffee place and relax while catching up on YouTube videos. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s something that you enjoy!

6| Give yourself a break.

You’re probably taking on a lot more than you realize. From working 40 hours a week, to cleaning and cooking, to spending time with loved ones, and making time for other commitments in your life —it can be difficult to focus on work-life balance. However, it’s not impossible. When you shut down for the day, make sure you aren’t bringing your work home. On the weekends, don’t consistently check emails. Remember that if there’s an emergency, someone will call you.

7| Do a lifestyle audit.

If you’ve been working on your vision board to achieve your goals, you probably have determined the big things you want to accomplish. Now, you need to focus on how you’re spending your time daily to make those dreams happen. How much time are you spending on social media? Is this helping achieve any one of your dreams? How can you better spend your time, so that you’re accomplishing everything on your list? Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Is this helping me achieve my dreams?
  • Do I actually enjoy it?
  • What am I gaining by doing this?
  • Is this helping me to fulfill other needs in my life?

8| Fill your calendar with designated “me time.”

Schedule it in regularly just like you would schedule a doctor’s appointment or working out. The goal is to make sure you’re practicing self care regularly, and spending time with yourself whether you set aside 20 minutes or 2 hours. Enjoying time alone is a good thing even though it can be intimidating at first! If you want a separate post on learning to enjoy spending time alone, let me know in the comments!

9| Get rid of items that don’t make you feel good about your body.

Yes, decluttering your closet CAN be extremely therapeutic when you think about getting rid of anything and everything that doesn’t make you feel fierce and fabulous. You should only wear clothes that make you feel amazing and confident. Don’t own any clothes that don’t fit, or that you truly don’t enjoy. Trust me when I say that you won’t miss those old clothes.

10| Take a risk on something that excites you.

Accountability is a real thing, ya’ll. If there’s something that excites you, make sure you keep yourself accountable by enlisting the help of your support system. If you’re looking to write a book, have a few friends read the first draft to keep you on track. If you’re looking to sell a new product, have some bloggers test it out to see what they think of it! If it’s important to you, you will work on it regularly, and your friends and family will be there to support you. Remember that the goal here is to BELIEVE in yourself and believe in your dreams. Use those positive affirmations to help you along the way! Don’t let fear hold you back.

SO sweet friend, how are you going to practice self-love for the rest of the week? Make sure to share your plans for the weekend in the comments below, and share how you’re going to work on your relationship with yourself! 

 

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FebYOUary: 5 Things to Treat Yourself to This Week

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on February 12, 2018

Friends, it’s important to treat yourself, but treating yourself doesn’t always have to be about indulging in your favorite dessert. (If that is your way of treating yourself, that’s great because I would love a cupcake right now.)

There are a lot of things you can treat yourself to that has nothing to do with dessert or a glass of wine. To be honest, I think it’s important we rethink the way we treat ourselves. Oftentimes, we get caught up in guilt after we treat ourselves, and that’s no bueno. Instead, think of the other ways you can treat yourself throughout the week that are nourishing for your soul, and don’t leave you feeling guilty in any way. If you’re looking for a few ways to treat yourself this week, keep on reading!

Treat yourself to…

1| A worthwhile morning. 

Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier than normal, so that you can have time to make AND enjoy breakfast at home with your morning cup of coffee. The beauty of simplifying your morning routine is that it can be a calm, positive experience to begin the day. However, the exact opposite can be said when you rush and running around to get out the door on time. So, take back your mornings and make mornings time for YOU! Take five minutes to do meditations, or focus on your mantra for the day while eating your meal. You’ll begin the day blissfully when you actually enjoy the mornings before work!

2| Time with people you love.

Spending time with friends and family is a wonderful thing. It’s amazing to see the affects of spending time with people who lift you up and bring nothing but happiness to your life. Make it a goal this week to grab lunch with your friend, or FaceTime your parents after work. The truth is that building and nourishing positive relationships in your life is important, and we should work on this regularly. Text your long distance bestie to let her know you’re thinking of her and catch up. The beauty of technology is we have the ability to do this without driving a few hours when the week is hectic. So, utilize that time to focus on important relationships in your life.

3| A meal that takes time/fresh ingredients.

I joke all the time that I don’t feel like I’m cooking when I use my crockpot or when I make a casserole because all you’re doing is dumping everything in one place and cooking it for a bit. It’s all easy peasy. Instead, encourage yourself to make a recipe out of your comfort zone and that doesn’t include frozen items. Get fresh bread from the bakery, fresh produce for your salad, and truly enjoy the process of making a home-cooked meal that you truly enjoy. Even if you don’t LOVE cooking, everyone can appreciate a fresh, wholesome meal that takes time and effort.

4| Re-organizing your life.

Don’t think of this as just organizing your cabinets and closets. Although, you could easily do this if it’s something that you feel is important to you! Turns out that your space could be the source of your stress and problems. Tackle that accordingly by taking time to purge your closet, master your morning and evening routine, and working on other small improvements to live a more blissful life altogether. You can also remove unnecessary, time-wasting activities like watching YouTube for three hours a day and replace it with working toward your goals. Treat yourself to time, and use that time wisely to create plans to achieve your dreams whether it’s with a hefty to-do list or a vision board.

5| Adequate rest.

REST, Y’ALL. It’s so flipping important, and I can’t express its importance enough. You deserve rest, and you need to treat yourself to rest. Set an alarm, and make it priority to get in bed at 11 p.m. every night. When you’re constantly working all hours of the night, your body and mind can’t properly recharge. This eventually will lead to stress, and you’ll realize you aren’t being as productive as you could be during the day. So, take the time to rest and treat yourself to adequate rest every single night. You will thank me for this one, I promise!

So tell me, what one of these things will YOU treat yourself to this week? What is something that you find important to treat yourself to regardless of the day or week? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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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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5 Tips to Focus on Health During the Holidays

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 4, 2017

For the last week, I’ve really trying to get back on track with eating healthy and working out more. Now that the craziness at work has died down a little, and Josh and I are settled in our home, I can get back to focusing on the holidays and my health.

Although this time of year isn’t associated with health, and wellness—I think it’s the best time to being focusing on that if it will ultimately be your goal for the new year. Instead of binge-eating all the desserts and alcoholic beverages, why not start now? Don’t waste the next month planning for a healthier year if you’re going to excuse the next month to bad habits. Here are five tips to focus on health during the holidays.

1| Don’t use the holidays as an excuse

The holidays shouldn’t be an excuse to eat everything in sight for the next month while not committing to any form of exercise in the process. If you’re truly striving to life a healthier lifestyle, you will know not to use the time of year as  an excuse to not work out, eat poorly, and ultimately not take care of yourself.

2| What are your goals?

Are you training for a 10k? Wanting to lose four inches on your body by summer? Whatever your goals are, make sure you are writing them down and sticking to them. Without a goal in mind, it  will be easier for you to fall off track, especially during this time of year. With an end goal in mind, you will consistently have something to work toward.

3| Stay balanced 

No one is telling you that you can’t east any of the delicious, wonderful food during the holidays. You should definitely be treating yourself to a slice of pie, or Christmas potatoes without any guilt. Depriving yourself of the food you love is actually worse for you in the long run. Feed your body what it wants, but simply be mindful of portions when you’re eating. Take your time when eating so your body knows when its full—and you’ll be good!

4| Don’t be hard on yourself

You drank six cocktails at the holiday party and demolished a tray of appetizers with your best friend. It’s okay. Don’t be hard on yourself if you do slip up over a weekend or at a party. You’re allowed to indulge. The problem is when you say, “Well, I already messed up, so why get on track?” Instead, to a simple workout like yoga or Pilates and make a healthy recipe the day after to get your body back on track.

5| Make the time

Instead of spending an hour watching Vlogmas, you can get an hour workout in. Better yet, why not workout anytime you decide to watch YouTube, or a holiday movie? It’s an easy way to make your workout a little less daunting if it’s not your favorite thing to do. Plus, you’ll be doing something productive while you’re doing something you also enjoy. It’s a win-win for you and your health!

How do you focus on health during the holidays? What are some of your tips to stay on track during a time of delicious food and drinks? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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8 Small Improvements to Live a Blissful Life

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on June 14, 2017

Whether you’re about to graduate college or you’re making a career change after 10 years in a field, we can all agree that we’re all striving to live a life of bliss. Regardless of what stage in life you’re at, it’s important to focus on living a healthy, happy life. Today I’m sharing eight small improvements that will help you live a more blissful life. If you’re into feel-good posts that will help you create your best life, keep reading!

1| Declutter your life

One of the best decisions I’ve made was to go through all of my possessions and declutter everything in my home from my closet to my car. If you’re looking for a decluttering challenge for beginners, I posted one on the blog earlier this year that will definitely help you begin this journey. Decluttering is essential for living a blissful life because it repairs the spaces in your home that cause the most stress. Whether it’s the junk drawer that’s always overflowing with miscellaneous items or your basement, if there’s a space that irritates you every day—it’s worth taking care of so you can feel calm and productive in your home.

2| Make time for family and friends every week

Surrounding yourself with people who you enjoy spending time with is the best kind of therapy. I LOVE Sundays because it means heading over to Josh’s parents house at 3 for an afternoon walk and enjoying family dinner; or when the girls from work get together for sushi Fridays. Regardless of how you incorporate time for friends and family, make sure to do it consistently. Being with people who lift you up will always be a positive source of love and encouragement. (AKA bliss, #amiright?)

3| Spend time outside

I feel like a broken record with this but I simply swear by it. I grew up next to a lake all my life and loved being by the water. Watching the sunset, or sitting outside on the patio for dinner are opportunities to get yourself immersed in nature even if it’s for a few minutes. Nature itself is a special form of therapy, so take time to sit outside on a nice day for lunch with your coworkers or take your reading outdoors on your porch for an hour. You’ll soon see the benefits of what spending more time outside will do.

4| Develop a solid morning and night routine

Begin the day right by removing this one habit from your morning routine, and focusing on developing a good routine that will help you enjoy your mornings, and will help you want to get up and be productive. Creating a morning routine that you love is important. For your night routine, make sure that you’re giving yourself time to prepare for the next day to remove any stress from your morning like making sure your meals are packed, your clothes are out, and your bag is at the door so there won’t be any room for problems. Beginning and ending your day stress free are essential for living a blissful life.

5| Do something active

I know. I know. You’re sick of everyone and everything telling you the importance of working out and you don’t want to run on a treadmill for an hour. Well, you don’t have to do that.  The important part of working out for healthy living is finding workouts that you actually enjoy. No one has time to do something they hate. I promise there is a workout out there for you that you will love. Be open to trying different classes at your gym or YouTube videos. The options are endless, so find something that works for you and your schedule. Working out will help remove any stress from your day and that itself is enough to incorporate this in your routine for blissful living.

6| Rethink your to-do list

To-do lists can be overwhelming on a Monday morning when we have 14 tasks to cross off before noon. They can be counterproductive when we are given last-minutes tasks and it pushes us off track for the day. Rethink how your to-do list is laid out by allowing yourself more flexibility with finishing tasks. If you have a report due at the end of the week that you’re working on, but your boss says, “I need a data analysis by the end of the day;” you need to reschedule your tasks to get that analysis done first. Instead of making a concrete list for the entire day filled with work from 9 to 5, leave blocks of time for wiggle room for last-minute requests or for overflow of work for enough time. Don’t stress, but make sure you give yourself the time and flexibility to get everything done. Always remember to take the day with one task at a time instead of worrying about the next project you have to think about. These reminders will make your office life blissful when you’re not stressing every hour of the day.

7| Schedule “me time”

You should ALWAYS treat yourself to self care and a little extra time for yourself. Why? Because we are living in a world where it’s becoming normal to work ourselves into the ground, and that’s not okay AND you won’t feel any sense of bliss in your life by doing that. Taking a break or time off from work, and scheduling time where you can do something you love is important whether it’s reading, working out, watching Netflix, or coloring. You’ll feel good knowing you’re giving yourself time to unwind and spend it doing something you enjoy.

8| Balance saying yes and no

I recently wrote about saying yes and taking risks on the blog, and it was a difficult post to share because I was reminded that I stopped taking risks and felt lost because of it. The truth is, it’s important to say no but it’s equally important to say yes when a good opportunity arises. It’s okay to be afraid, but you can’t say no ONLY because you’re afraid. Saying yes to an opportunity can bring you to a wonderful adventure, so don’t let fear control your decisions in life. This tip goes without saying that you’ll be gifted with nothing but bliss from incorporating this in your life.

What other improvements can you think of that help YOU live a blissful life? What tip from this list do you need to work on in your own life? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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