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Top 8 Ideas for a Date

June 15, 2013

Now I propose a challenge… This week, plan a date for yourself. Whether you have to set a reminder, add it to your calendar, or stick a note on your mirror, make it happen. It’s time you get to know you better.piclab

Top 8 Ideas for a Date- with yourself:

1. Go to dinner and a movie. Solo.

2. Cooking for one. Find a recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Put on some music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get cooking! Added bonus: leftovers for lunch.

3. Have a night in. Give yourself a mani/pedi, watch a cheesy romcom, read a book, or relish in an early bedtime.

4. Get outside. Lace up your shoes and head out for a run, walk, or hike. Take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy the scenery.

5. Try something new. Go to that yoga studio that just opened on your block or sign up for a spinning class. I’m signing up for a standup paddle yoga class this summer.

6. Take a nap. Turn off your phone, close the blinds, and allow yourself a 30 minute power snooze.

7. Learn. Whether it’s how to knit, bead a necklace, speak French, or food photography (yes, that is on my to-do list), spend some time teaching yourself a new skill.

8. Take a road trip. What place have you always wanted to see? Whether it is 15 minutes or 15 hours away, make a playlist, grab some snacks, and hit the road.

I hope this weekend you have the opportunity to treat yourself to some “me” time. What else would you add to this list?

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Be your own best friend

June 13, 2013
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This summer, I am focusing a lot on getting to know me. The transition into life after college can be a lonely time: friends move away, you may move, and new jobs or job hunting take up your time. Our routines are changing. Part of what keeps me grounded through this process is taking the time to cultivate a deeper, healthier relationship with myself.

While my “alone time” has always been of importance, it has been taking on a different tone lately. Running, grocery shopping, and errands like getting my car fixed have a fresh perspective now that I am truly “on my own”. Without homework, studying, and busy work to take up my free time, I have to carefully select what to fill the gaps with before and after my 9-5. Once work is over, it’s over. That means I stop checking emails, close my laptop, and let go of the projects that can wait until tomorrow. After work, I spend a lot of time with my coworkers and friends hanging out or catching up over happy hour, but there are certain days I set aside to simply come home to myself.

Finding enjoyment in my time alone is key. I stave off boredom by always keeping a book, magazine, & notebook with me to catch up on my reading or jot down some lines when I catch a quiet moment. I also leave a swimsuit and running shoes in my car for a spontaneous swim or run on the beach, taking full advantage of the summer’s daylight hours. This time alone gives me an open space to relax while enjoying my new neighborhood or exploring an area I haven’t been to yet. Here, I can unwind, power down, and just be.

This post-grad time is the perfect opportunity for me to really explore my options and dream about the future. What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? How can I continue to grow? I’m still learning, it is only the classroom that has changed. The quiet of solitude is a chance to pause and reflect, offer gratitude for blessings, or see what I need to change. What does your alone time mean to you?

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Love Challenge: Day 4

March 14, 2013

Day 4

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My mind can be one noisy place. Sometimes, too many thoughts, memories, ideas, and emotions buzz around up there, making it difficult to latch on to just what I want to say when I write. So like yesterday, when I found myself grasping for words to complete The Love Challenge, I turned outward.

I sent out a mass text to some of my closest friends the other day inquiring about how they love themselves. I expected a few snippets of response but was pleasantly surprised with the eloquent, thoughtful, and practical responses that came through right away. It turned into a discussion of sorts as my friends carried on about everything from their favorite type of candle to treats to bake. Today, I decided to share some of their inspiration with you.

How did you love yourself today?

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The little things: me time

March 13, 2013

Day 3: The Love Challenge

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For most, mornings are not the best time of the day. For all you night owls, snooze-button-slappers, and sleep-in-til-nooners (I still love you to death), I warn you that this may leave you rolling your eyes and reaching for another cup of coffee. But here it goes anyway: I am a morning person.

I enjoy waking up early (as in, before 8 or 9am) and beginning my daily routine by hitting the gym, taking a jog, or on rest days, simply journaling for a few minutes before breakfast. The mornings are often when I find my me time, a bit of space in my day to sit in quiet solitude and gear up for whatever is ahead.

This habit of allowing myself about a half hour of extra time in my morning began somewhere back in middle school when I used to wake up early to finish reading or play on the computer before school. Now, I use that time to cook myself a delicious egg scramble (like this) and sit at the kitchen table with my cup of coffee and a good book or and issue of Time magazine. Starting my day slowly and peacefully helps me to set the tone for the rest of the day, no matter how hectic my schedule looks.

When I turned to some of my best friends yesterday and for inspiration on how they practice loving themselves, many of their answers circled around the same idea: time alone to relax and reflect. While I’ll be sharing many of their answers in the next few posts, I found it interesting that many of us seek out solitude when we need to regroup. Learning to be our own best friend is a beautiful thing- that’s why I love my me mornings.

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The Love Challenge: Day 2

March 12, 2013

Day Two

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I don’t think I could function properly without a list. A pile of sticky notes often clutter my bedside table and my car dashboard with all the little somethings and nothings that I just cannot afford to forget. Then I have the check lists on my phone, the daily reminders to do this and do that, the boxes I cross off in my agenda as I complete tasks and assignments. Lists make the world go ’round.

Today, I challenge you to make a list. No, not a grocery list, laundry list, or to do list- this list is a YOU list. I challenge you to write down five things you LOVE about yourself. They can be physical qualities, personality traits, quirks, or abilities. Maybe you have a crooked smile and a talent for gift wrapping. Maybe you’re amazing with logic proofs and bake cupcakes worthy of your own bakery. Whatever whatever they may be, Write. Them. Down. Now, stick it in a place you can see daily, like a mirror or in your planner. Whenever you have a moment of doubt, read over that list and remember why you are so wonderful.

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