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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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5 Habits for a Productive Weekend

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 24, 2018

I’m sure the last thing you want to do on the weekend is more work. The week can feel long, tiring, and stressful sometimes, so the weekend is a time to relax, unwind and chill out for 48 hours. Although this is true sometimes, the majority of our weekends may feel JUST as busy and scheduled as a typical weekday. So how do you balance meal prepping, time with family and friends, and doing all the things you need to get done? If you want to take your weekends back so that you can enjoy time with family AND get things done, then keep reading for five habits you’re NEED in your life ASAP.

1| Start Early

I know you want to sleep in, but this is what can make or break your productive day. If you typically wake up at 7 a.m. for a workday, wake up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. I know, you hate me. But TRUST ME when I say that you will be amazed at how much you can get done straight away in the morning on a Saturday. Make the most of the hour by baking the chicken you left thawing overnight after you throw a load of laundry in the washer. Make it your mission to cross off 3-4 big tasks for the day.  You will get things done in the morning and it will have you feeling amazing about the day ahead.

2| Time Block + Prioritize

What are the TOP SIX things you need to get done today? Make sure you get the hard things out of the way first, so that you aren’t dreading them all day long and continuously putting them off. Find the big things you’re not looking forward to, and get them done. Time block in section of two or three hours, so the day feels less overwhelming. That way, you can focus on the two hours ahead of you rather than the entire day as a whole. Continue prioritizing your tasks for the day based on what needs immediate attention and what can be put off for tomorrow. And don’t forget to include breaks and family time! Write in time for a movie night and hanging out with the family from 7 to 10 p.m., so that you know you have to be done with everything before 7 p.m.

3| Pomodoro Technique

I SWEAR by this method because it makes a huge difference in my productivity. Every weekend is different, of course, but some Saturdays, I try to crank out some blog posts if I can to stay well ahead of my schedule. The goal of this technique is to work on ONE task straight for 25-30, and then take a break for five minutes. For blogging, it’s the perfect amount of time to sit down and get a good outline and starting draft before the time is up. Then, I’ll set my timer for five minutes for water, take a quick walk around the house, or call my parents. You want to cherish those five minutes because then you’re going back to work for another set. It’s amazing how focused you become when you have a countdown in tour head every 30 minutes. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, blogging, or running errands, this technique is so helpful for a productive day.

4| Batch Tasking

Batch tasking is something else I swear by not only for blogging maintenance, but also for my home. I batch task with meal prepping for about two hours on Sunday, which gets most of our meals for the entire week. Now, I’m not spending time every single day worrying about what we’re going to have for lunches and dinners. The goal of batch tasking is to only focus on one task continuously. For blogging, I batch task by creating Instagram content, drafting tweets for the week, or editing posts. Once that hour is up, you’ll have meals for the week, or all of your social media content prepped for the week. Essentially, you’re saving yourself tons of time for the upcoming week, which is NEVER  a bad thing!

5| Don’t Stress Yourself Out

If you’re reading this post, you might be very much like me: type-A personality, hyper-organized, and very hard on yourself. Although it’s easier said than done, remember not to be so hard on yourself and not to stress yourself out. Don’t set crazy expectations for yourself if you have a lot going on in one day. Remember to take breaks throughout the day and spend time with your loved ones. Don’t only make the weekend about getting things done and working another 10-hour day. Be realistic and set time aside for all your meals and even more breaks in between. You GOT THIS and you can get everything done! And, if you don’t get everything done, it’s perfectly okay. Don’t stress, and enjoy your day off as well.

Ready to have a productive weekend? What are your tips for getting things done on the weekend? Tell me what your plans are for this weekend? Is it a Netflix-binge-kind-of day? Or, do you have a lot on your to-do list that you’re trying to get done? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Blissful Bits: Everything I Loved in January

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 22, 2018

Can you believe that we’ve already made it an entire month into 2018?

I’ve been extremely happy in the new year, which is mostly to do with the fact that I’ve been feeling SO inspired with new content for the blog. P.S. Next week, I’ll be sharing an exciting announcement that will give you an idea of the type of posts you’ll be seeing on the blog in February. Needless to say, I’ve been cracking down on this content to give you something to look forward to all month long, so I hope you’re ready for it.

Today, I’m sharing all the things I loved in January from blog posts to things happening in my own life and a mix of everything in between. Make sure to tell me what you loved this past month. I would love to read everything in the comments below!

1| House projects + Housewarming party

January was a month where we got to focus on some small house projects before we had our housewarming party. It’s amazing to see the changes you make to your own home. I truly have loved being a homeowner, and it has been wonderful to work on projects to make it our own. We also have been preparing for our housewarming that was this past Saturday. We invited family and friends to see our place or to see the updates we’ve made over the last month. There are still many projects we are planning for the rest of the year, but we’re very happy with how much we have been able to do since we’ve moved in. Are you working on any house projects in your home?

2| Getting organized

Because it’s not a new year unless you’re planning your life away, right?

What I’ve been loving about January is that I have felt this motivation to really organize my life. You know, like going through high school awards and asking myself why I was holding on to such silly things. I’ve also been considering using a bullet journal to keep everything in one spot rather than having appointments in my phone, a work calendar at the office, and a planner for a mix of everything else. So, if you have a bullet journal would you recommend it? If you have any posts to share on creating one, drop those links in the comments for me. I would love to know your thoughts if you’ve been using one.

3| Wedding planning

Wedding planning went on a full-blown hold in November and December. With moving into the house, working during a busy season, and enjoying the holidays, there wasn’t time to commit to wedding plans. Now that the new year hit, I’ve been in planning mode for the bridal showers, bachelorette party and some last-minute things for the big day. Between plans with a florist, and booking the hair and makeup artists for the big day, I’m happy with how much I’ve accomplished over this month. I always believe that planning ahead will always benefit you because then we can fully enjoy the other plans we have for the next several months.

4| Cozy sweaters

If I could buy 10 different sweaters that were similar to the one above, I would SO do it. We had a temporary heat wave in PA for two days, but now we’re back to 10-degree weather and praying for spring to come around. To make the cold a little more tolerable, I’ve been loving my biggest, coziest sweaters this month. I’ve also been indulging in hygge. It has really become trendy over the last few months, and you can read more about why you need this danish term in your life. I definitely recommend it if you’re a lover of good food, good company and all those cozy vibes.

5| Dreaming of our honeymoon

Although I’ve been trying to make the most of winter with hygge, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t dreaming about our honeymoon to Playas Mujeres in Mexico. It’s the first beach vacation where Josh and I will be able to relax for a full week together without working on the house, work, or any other commitments we have. All of the trips Josh and I take together have been city trips like Boston, D.C., etc. I realized the last time I was on a beach was in the ninth grade in Florida, so you can see why I’m pumped for a luxurious getaway.

6| Feeling Inspired

In January, I cut the excuses and made things happen. Instead of wishing I would wake up and eat healthier, I woke up and began doing it. I’ve been writing down everything I eat each day, and it has been great to see the progress of my decision-making when it comes to food. I never feel guilty for treating myself to something I want to eat, especially now that I’ve been tracking every day. I’ve also been CRAZY inspired to blog. One day, I sat down and cracked out six blog posts in one day. Now, that doesn’t count editing, creating images, social sharing, etc. But it feels SO GOOD to get hit with that inspiration and motivation. I’ve been loving all the feel-good inspiration that has been coming my way; and I’m holding onto it for as long as I can.


Blog Posts you NEED to read other bloggers:

1| How to Create Content Consistently (FINALLY): Coming up Roses

2| 7 Ways to Refresh Your Blog for the New Year: Coffee with Summer

3| 31 Day Adulting Challenge:  The Confused Millennial.

4| 10 Ways to Live More Purposefully This Year: Daily Dose of Design

What have you been loving this month? Make sure to share any blogs posts from your blog that you have loved, or let me know what have been your best memories from the first month of the year!

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5 Tips to Simplify Your Morning Routine

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 17, 2018

I feel like winter slows us down sometimes because there’s a lack of motivation with less sunlight (TBH Seasonal Depression is very real) and we’re constantly searching to make our lives a little more simple and easy just after the new year. So, today I’m sharing five tips to help simplify your morning routine. If you’re looking to add a little bliss back to your mornings (even when it’s 8 degrees outside) keep on reading!

1| No snoozing.

I’ve never been one to hit snooze three or four times in the morning before actually getting out of bed, but I know there are tons of people who struggle with this. Not everyone is a morning person, so you may simply not like getting up in the morning. Make sure your phone is out of reach, so that it’s not physically possible for you to press snooze. You physically will have to get up and shut off your alarm. By the time you’re standing up, you’ll already be slightly awake to carry on with your morning.

2| Put. The. Phone. Down.

Girl, don’t pretend like you’re the only one who is running late all the time because you “don’t have enough time in the morning” when the real reason is because you got lost scrolling through four days worth of Instagram content (no thanks to the horrible algorithm) after pressing snooze four times. You do have time in the morning, you’re just not spending time the RIGHT way in the morning. Refrain from picking up your phone. It’s one habit that will seriously save you so much time every day.

3| Prep the night before.

You might not want to hear this, but you’re probably stressed in the morning because you don’t prep anything the night before. To simplify your morning routine, you need to eliminate any unnecessary things that can easily be done the previous night like setting out your outfit for the day, having your lunch prepped in the fridge, and packing your work bag and leaving it by the door. The less you have to do in the morning, the better and less stressful your morning will be.

4| Streamline your beauty routine.

My beauty routine in the morning has become a science. I wake up at 6:50 and I’m able to get the following done in 30 minutes: brush my teeth, moisturize my skin, do my makeup, curl my hair, get dressed, make the bed, and get my breakfast shake made. I removed any unnecessary steps from my beauty routine to save time. Simplifying your makeup and beauty routine is such a great way to save time in the morning. Also, don’t play any music or videos while getting ready. I’ve found that I would waste an extra 10-15 minutes because I would watch YouTube while doing my hair. It only slows you down in the morning. Plus, now you can use that time to enjoy a cup of coffee with your breakfast before work!

5| Keep your life organized.

The saying definitely holds true in my experience: “when your home and space is cluttered, your mind is cluttered.” Work on simplifying your life and home with decluttering and organizing your space around you. It’s hard to get ready in a bathroom where you don’t have enough space. First, eliminate instead of organize. Then, once you have eliminated everything you don’t need, you can focus on organizing what you do have in your home. Consider creating a “command center” near your entryway when you can keep your work bag, mail, keys, phone, etc. so nothing is misplaced. You won’t worry about searching for your keys and wallet if you know where everything is! It’ll save you even more time in the morning.

So, how can you work on simplifying your morning routine? What are some tips you want to incorporate into your routine? Or, what are some tips you have that I may have left out? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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