I feel like I’ve completely simplified my collection of shoes so that I have a pair for any occasion that occurs often in my life, without ever feeling overwhelmed by my options. To me, this is exactly why minimizing your possessions is a great way to reduce stress in your life. Continue reading
I’ve never cooked with cauliflower before. Can you believe it? I’ve eaten cauliflower that other people have cooked, but I never thought to make it myself. I plan to cook with it more in the future because I loved how this recipe turned out. Only slightly spicy, with a lot of sweet and garlicky flavor. It had a real “comfort food” feel that I wasn’t expecting. Continue reading
As I get older, I realize more and more how incredibly important it is to prioritize self-care. All your relationships with other people will benefit from actively nurturing your relationship with yourself. To me, self-care is about truly understanding your self-worth, and taking care of yourself like you would take care of your dearest friend. You might be shocked at how great you’ll feel if self-care activities become not only a part of your life, but a priority. I’ve put together a little list of some self-care activities that I personally love.
 good smelling candle + face mask + a movie that you know you love
Put aside your to-do list for an evening, and make relaxation your new list. Continue reading
I’ve cracked the code! Actually, someone else cracked the code, but I am wholeheartedly enjoying the secondhand success of recreating Baker by Nature’s vegan chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t know if excellent and totally satisfying plant-based chocolate chip cookies were possible, based on some bad vegan baking experiences in the past, but these are everything that a chocolate chip cookie should be. Chewy inside, crispy outside, chocolatey, and balanced with a sprinkle of sea salt. Continue reading
 giving myself permission to chill out
For the month of June, I made a goal to actively practice self-love. It was so great. I was super nice to myself, cooking myself delicious meals and giving myself lots of compliments. One thing I did that felt like a good self-care choice was being quick to forgive myself when I felt like I needed a nap or to just hang out and not be productive for a bit. Rather than doing nothing and feeling guilty for not doing something, I just allowed myself to do nothing sometimes, so I could recharge. I think forgiving yourself for needing things like rest or chocolate or a mental health day is extremely important. If you’re feeling down, there is no need to make yourself feel bad about feeling down. Just let yourself chill out for a little, and don’t feel bad about it, even if you have a long to-do list. I think it might even lead to increased productivity once you’re feeling a little better. Continue reading