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Monday, March 19, 2018

Five Things I'm Doing for Myself this Week

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It's no secret that self-care is a trending topic in 2018.  First there were the posts about bubble baths and face masks.  Then there were the "opposition" posts about how self-care was so much more than bubble baths and face masks, and we should be focusing on therapy and mental health.

In my opinion, self-care not only looks a little differently for everyone, but it looks a little differently by the day.  Some days, I need a really good ranting session with my girlfriends where I'm free to yell and get worked up and get it out of my system.  Other days, I need to be on my yoga mat, sweating out my stress.  And after a really long day, there's nothing better than soaking in a hot bath and just enjoying the silence.

Yesterday morning, I realized that I had some errands that couldn't wait any longer.  Nothing opened until noon, so instead of continuing to sit around and wait for the world to open, I left a little early and treated myself to a healthy breakfast at my favorite juice bar.  While enjoying my avocado toast, I kept thinking about just how nice it felt to take a little time to do something for myself.  So I made a list of five things I would do for myself this week.  I'm sharing it not just for accountability, but also to encourage you to do the same.  As we discussed before, self-care doesn't have to be a face mask and it doesn't have to be therapy.  Self-care is whatever you need it to be that day.

1. Getting my eyebrows done.  Yesterday, I took the time to have my brows threaded for the first time since January.  A brow pencil is one of the few cosmetics I use on a daily basis, and it was to the point that even a brow pencil could not save them.  Despite the fact that brow threading is not a painless experience, I felt like a new person walking out of the salon.  Moving forward, I hope to prioritize taking pride in my appearance a little more, as it's currently the first thing I'm willing to cut when I need more hours in a day.

2. Recording a "list of gratitude" throughout the day.  Y'all, I cannot tell you how much this has rocked my Monday.  Instead of giving something up for Lent, I decided to be more intentional about gratitude. [more about that here]  Mondays can be rough, so I decided that this week, I would make a list of things throughout the day that I'm thankful for.

So far, I'm really thankful that I can move my car because there is no longer a random washing machine sitting behind it (I know, seriously, WTF.  #apartmentlife), I made it into the office before 8 AM, I have an amazing boss, and my new toner is working.  It is crazy how differently I'm seeing my day now that I'm looking for the positives.

3. Working on a personal writing project.  I love to write, and I've decided to write a work of fiction for fun.  I don't have intentions to publish it or really share it with anyone except a girlfriend or two, it's just something that I'm doing to prove to myself that I can and to continue sharpening my writing skills.  I started this weekend, and it's crazy how much more inspired I've felt with blogging.  I plan to dedicate a few hours this week strictly to working on this project.

4. Ordering new powder because the one I currently use just isn't doing it for me anymore.  Have you ever found yourself using a beauty product just because you have it?  That's  where I am with my setting powder right now.  It finds tiny, almost nonexistent fine lines on my skin and clings to them.  After pretty much giving myself a complex, I've decided the powder has to go.  I'm taking the plunge and ordering Glossier's Wowder (along with their Cloud Paint because I also have a complex about looking washed out... but that's a different story for a different day.)  And to avoid feeling wasteful, I'll be passing the product on to a friend who isn't dealing with fine lines.  Everyone wins :)

5. Scheduling time to do nothing after work.  This is a big step for me.  I only have plans after work two days this week - one is a coffee meeting at a cafe that I love and one is dinner with my best girlfriend.  I actually turned down a meeting this week because it would be occurring immediately after my annual skin check up, and I knew my body and mind would need time to rest afterwards.

I want to hear from you - what are you going to do for yourself this week?  Write it out, schedule it on your calendar, whatever you need to do, let's make it happen!

PS - If you pray, would you mind to send some prayers my way on Thursday?  As I mentioned, I'll be having my annual skin check up.  I trust that it's all part of God's plan for my life, but prayers for calm nerves while potentially playing the waiting game and acceptance of the outcome are much appreciated.


  1. I am determined to make time for my friends this week (for me.) Day to day, I get so tied with my daily schedule that on weekends, I prefer to just relax alone or with my boyfriend. I really want to nourish my friendships more.

  2. omg, i love that you're writing your own book just to do it :) i definitely want to do that too! and i might have to try threading xD

  3. What a lovely post! I agree - doing something for yourself is so important from time to time! It's so easy to stress yourself and forget about the things that are important.
    xx, Theresa

  4. I totally agree with your perspective/stance on self care! It definitely changes day to day, and it can include those things like bubble baths and face masks, but it can also include so much more!

    And I'll be praying for you!

    Sweet Spontaneity

  5. great list!! doing something for yourself is always important!

  6. Sending happy thoughts and prayers your way for this Thursday. I agree that self care can be about the deep work (like therapy) but also can be about treating yourself, a workout, a nap, etc. Self-care for me is often allowing myself a free evening here and there. I get so overwhelmed with busy days and evenings that I relish time to myself. I love that you are caring for yourself this week <3

  7. It's so important to do things for yourself! I hope you have a great week. I especially love your list of gratitude idea.

  8. Sounds like a productive week! Sending all the good vibes your way.

  9. I really need to make a gratitude list. I've been so stressed this week that I need more joy in my life!

  10. I'll be praying over your appointment this week! I think it's so fun you started a fiction project- you know I'd love to read!

    xoxo A

  11. I've been thinking about writing something too - it would be so fun!

  12. These are so great! I personally have been tossing around the idea of a personal writing project (possibly self-publishing some already written work). But I will have to carve out some dedicated time for that.

  13. I love this list! You're so right that sometimes it feels so good to just take time to do something for yourself!

  14. Getting my eyebrows always makes me feel better, haha! I just got mine done for the first time in months as well and I feel like a new person lol. And I don't really pray, but I will of course send you all the positive thoughts for you tomorrow girly!!

    The Classic Brunette

  15. Taking a bath and relaxing is my fave thing to do!

  16. Great list... and a total reminder that I need to get my brows did too :P I love that you're writing fiction-- I would love to write a book someday, I just need motivation to get started.

  17. I think its so important to do things for yourself! I love your list of gratitude idea ;)

  18. Self-care and LOVE is so important! Great list girly!

    xo, L

  19. I totally want to hear about how you like Glossier's Wowder. I use makeup powder on a daily basis and I'm always on the hunt for different products to try out!

    Katie |

  20. These are all such great things! Also I hope your skincare check went amazing!

    The Blush Blonde

  21. Scheduling time to do nothing, why do I love that so much? Haha!