I have always been a goal orientated individual. However, I would always mentally set my goals. Now that I am older and my schedule is busier, I realized that I needed to become more organized when it came to goal setting. After trial and error, I have a goal setting system that allows me to set goals, hold myself accountable, and successfully achieve them. But before I share, let’s start with the basics.
Sleep is so important for our everyday lives. It allows us to reset our bodies and a good night’s rest can help us tackle the next day. With technology as a distraction, it can be difficult to disconnect and unwind for sleep. A bed time routine can assist with better sleep and also schedule your sleep patterns. I have a bed time routine that helps me unwind and get ready for rest. Need any suggestions? Check out the following:
- Drink Tea
Drinking a cup of tea is so relaxing for me. I have boxes of tea in my cabinet and I choose whichever flavor I am in the mood for. I prefer drinking herbal teas and my favorite brands include Yogi Tea and Celestial Seasonings. I use raw honey and agave to sweeten my tea. I also have a collection of mugs so I can enjoy drinking my tea in little pieces of art.
These last two weeks have been so hard. My multiple (yes, more than one) to-do lists were long and it felt like I was never going to cross anything off. Trying to finish everything at once left me with low energy and I was drained (my apologies for not posting for a minute). After finishing all of the things I needed to do, I had to take a few days to re-group and get myself together. That’s a huge step for me! I am usually the person who keeps going and going. Usually, it would take a cold for me to slow down. But, I learned the hard way that it’s not the way to handle it. At times we need to slow down, at times we need to know when to stop. And I knew that I needed to stop (yay for growth!).
In order to get my energy back up, I ate plenty of fruits and veggies. I prefer to get my energy from natural sources. Along with the produce, I took my multi – vitamins with lots of water. I made sure that I received more than enough rest so I can wake up feeling less tired. Keeping a positive attitude, meditating, and my daily mantras definitely helped me make it through. But you are probably wondering, why is she sharing this? That’s because I get drained from everyday life as well. And sometimes, we forget that we need to slow down and take care of ourselves. That basket of laundry that needs to be folded can wait another day or two. Rest up queen!
Previously, I wrote a post about why it is important to take time for you. Self-care is the key for long-term happiness. When you take time to care and attend to what makes you happy, it will reflect in other aspects of your life. I became a better daughter, sister, friend, dog owner, and work professional when I decided to include consistent self-care rituals in my lifestyle. I learned how important self-care was a couple of years ago and it has changed my life drastically since. I try to take time for it almost every day (about an hour a day) and take the time to meditate, read, cook, or just simply relax. In addition, I will take extra time on Saturday or Sunday after I complete my long list of errands.
Photo By Brooke Glenn
When I think of summer, warm weather and sunny days are the first to come to my mind. Beaches and ice cream are not far behind from those thoughts either. But festivals and outdoor events are definitely next. The city of Baltimore has a variety of summer festivals that you can attend. Artscape is a free art festival that usually occurs over a weekend that has a variety of vendors including artists, designers, and craftspeople. In addition, there are plenty of food vendors to choose from! There is also a schedule of live music and other performing arts.
Photo By Ashley Glenn
I took a vacation last week…a much needed one. It was time for me to take a little break from work, home life, and even my dog. It has been a very long time since I had a vacation and I knew I had to make it happen. I have been telling my cousin that I would visit him in Chicago for a few years now and it was time to follow through. My cousin was a wonderful host and showed me around the city. Before I go more in depth with my trip, it’s time to me to elaborate on how important it is to take a vacation.
We have all been there before. We are so busy with our everyday lives that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. We keep pushing things back and say that we will get there later. I have been there on many occasions. I am the queen of being a busy bee and I have definitely pushed back taking time for myself. But I learned that it helps me more if I take an hour to relax rather than over working myself. It is important to take time for yourself to relax and to do the things that you love. Why is this the case?
Moving into your first place can be stressful yet exciting at the same time. You finally get a chance to be on your own and more financially dependent. It can be tough, especially if you are not sure what to pack and purchase. Here’s a guide for purchasing items for your first place. But before I get there, there are some things that you have to keep in mind.
- Making your apartment a “home” takes time: You will not be able to purchase all of the things you want/need at once. It will get expensive, especially if you have other financial obligations. Remember to purchase the important items first, you will get a chance to splurge later.
- Splurge on the right items: You are probably obsessing over a $100 throw pillow on Pinterest, but that is not the best item to spend that amount of money on at the moment. Instead, use that money on something that you will use often, such as a crockpot or bedsheets.
- Make it work: Your first apartment may be smaller than you like or not as “modern” as you want it to be. But that is ok! It is your first place, it won’t be your last. Work with what you have and make the best out of it. This gives you a chance to solve those problems in creative ways.
Photo by Brooke Glenn
I have been natural for almost 5 years (in September) and I have my regimen down. I know what products and product combinations that will give me the results I need for styling. In April, I decided to color my hair (ombre). I was getting bored with my hair and this wasn’t my first experience with color. I colored my hair once while I was relaxed and another time during my second year of wearing my hair natural. I wasn’t a stranger to the process and I already knew how the maintenance was going to be. Even though I absolutely love my color, I realized my hair was extremely dry this time around. My curls were not popping and my twists out were not lasting at all. I had to re-twist my hair almost every night just for my hair to look decent…and I still didn’t like it! I was even considering coloring my hair dark brown just so I didn’t have to deal with it. But I decided to protective style for a couple of weeks and try to find some styling products that work and tweak things in my regimen. I’m glad that I stuck with it. My curls are finally responding the way they used to and I love my color even more than what I did before.
Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meals! You can make it many different ways without being bored with it. Oatmeal keeps you full for a long period of time and it is also budget friendly. Since we are in the summer months, I have been loving this fruity oatmeal that I have been making recently. I purchased Trader Joe’s Instant Mango Oatmeal (I think it’s a seasonal item) and I have been enjoying every bite with the toppings that I have. The oatmeal alone includes whole grain oats, flax, mango, chia, quinoa, and amaranth. The recipe is super easy and fast, you’ll definitely have time to make it in the morning. Interested?