I Give Up.

I practiced yoga today. For the first time in a really long time. You might be surprised by this, considering that I have my training, and consistently speak about the benefits of yoga. But the truth is, I was waiting. Waiting for the perfect time until I could resume my regular practice- hoping to get to my favourite studio 3-4 times a week. I told myself that I never enjoyed a home yoga practice, and just didn’t want to start one. It wasn’t me. It always felt so much better in the studio. I needed to get there. In short, I was so attached to what my life ‘used’ to look like.

The spare time I used to have. The white space. The quiet. The time to ponder whether I wanted to head to a yoga class or not. I was waiting for that time to come.

Hilarious, right? Kind of. I’m a rational person, so I was able to comprehend that my life is different now (in a million amazing ways that I wouldn’t change, by the way), and that I don’t really have the time to make it all work at this point in my life. But I wanted so badly to be the exception. Super-mom, but super independent Mom, who didn’t lose an ounce of her pre-child identity. It’s not that it’s a bad thing to want something different for yourself, but in this case, it was only making me stressed that I didn’t have it, and was compromising my ability to focus on what I could actually be doing to cultivate a greater sense of peace and well-being in my life. I took that all or nothing approach. Not something I’d recommend doing, my friends.

Ultimately, something happened over the weekend. Maybe it’s the fact that Ben’s been sick for quite some time (making a turn for the better-yippee!), or the Sunday morning conversation between my hubby and I about our lives at the current moment, but I think I ultimately just surrendered. I was tired. Tired of waiting, hoping, and never feeling as if I had ‘enough’ me time, yoga time, etc. etc. This, in combination with some tough love, helped me to get a clear picture of how things actually were, in the moment, and then look at what could be done.

Basically, I gave up.

I gave up trying to be the exception. Trying to keep every ounce of how my life looked a year ago. I decided that I could still live the life of my dreams, despite not being able to get to the yoga studio a few times a week. Ha- of course I can! It was funny to think that I thought I couldn’t. That I thought it had to be put ‘on hold’ for just a little while longer, until xyz magically fell into place. So, I decided to do something about it.

I found YogaGlo- an amazing website that customizes classes for you based on your interests and needs, and signed up for their subscription. I rolled out my mat, slowly stepped my barefeet onto its rubbery surface, and began my practice. Because this is where I am in my life right now. And I’m perfectly content with that.

I invite you to ‘give up’ with me. Where in your life are you resisting confronting reality, perhaps not acknowledging where you are, what changes have to be made, what compromises have to take place? Are you attaching to an ideal that simply isn’t happening right now- almost white knuckling it? How liberating would it be to say ‘the hell’ with the diet, the gym routine, the relationship that’s simply not working? Take a moment to contemplate what this is doing to your energy, to your relationships, your mentality. Allow that vision you were attaching to (in all the wrong ways) to be released.

And breathe.

Please share a comment below with who you’re willing to give up. I love hearing from you! 🙂

Dreading Monday? 5 Quick Tips to Make Your Week Joyful!

You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, T.V. on in the background, trying desperately to distract yourself from the fact that tomorrow is Monday. The beginning of your work week. Five whole days before you get to truly relax again.

Well, I’m here to help you with that. I’ve put together a short but sweet post with a few tips that’ll help you get through this (and every) work week with more energy, positivity, and calmness. The funny thing about these tips? You actually have to apply them in order for them to work 😉 Give them a go and let me know how your mentality shifts this week. I love hearing from you!

  1. Spruce up your office space. Buy fresh flowers. Bring in a few new pictures from home. Diffuse some essential oils. If you walk into a happy space, your mood will be that much happier. Environmental Psychology. Simple as that.
  2. Reflect on this-how is your current job serving you in a positive way? If you’re unhappy at your job, or just ‘meh’ about it, chances are you’ve been singing a negative tune about it over and over. Guess what? That’s making you miserable. So just stop it. It doesn’t matter if it’s true, or not- it’s not helpful, sister! Question– Are you getting paid to be there? OK, I’m being a bit smart here. But really- if this job is allowing you to pay for your rent/mortgage, put some food on the table, and put clothes on your body, then you’ve got something to be super grateful for. If this isn’t your ‘forever’ job, is it allowing you to put aside a bit of moola so you can have some extra cash to start your own business? If you think really hard, I’m sure you can come up with some positive ways that your current job is serving you well. Focus on that.
  3. Use your lunch time wisely. Actually step away from your desk. I know, I know- there’s so much work to get done. But bare with me, grab your coat and get outside. Just for 10 minutes. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
  4. Plan  something fun for your evenings. How can you recuperate from the work day? Venting for long periods of time actually does little good for your stress levels. Your time is much better spent doing something that is good for your mind, body, and soul. Schedule it in to your calendar once or twice this week.
  5. S-L-O-W your mornings down. This is a tip I share again and again, because honestly, the way we begin our mornings truly sets the tone for the rest of the day. Whether you choose to begin your day with a meditation, or simply enjoy a mindful breakfast and killer cup of coffee, it’ll make a drastic difference in your day. Cheers!

My experience with mom guilt-it’s not what you think.

I’ve never felt Mom guilt.

Yes, you read that correctly. I have a baby, and I’ve never felt the infamous mom guilt that we’re all ‘supposed’ to feel. That mom guilt that everyone talks about when they leave their babies with their more than capable (in my situation) husbands for an hour or two.

I assume this ‘mom guilt’ is when new (or seasoned) moms feel guilty for doing something for themselves and leave their babe- say, for an appointment at the spa, a yoga class, or even a drive by themselves. I visited my hairstylist for my first ‘long’ outing when Ben was 3 weeks old, and I remember that she congratulated me on this, saying that she’s had quite a few clients that she doesn’t see for the first 8+ months of their baby’s life.

Please don’t get me wrong- I’m totally not judging you for your experience- I respect and acknowledge you and what you must be feeling. I’m simply choosing to speak my truth in the event that any of you resonate, because I don’t find that the ‘lack of’ mom guilt is really spoken about.

So much so that I have actually felt guilty because I DON’T feel guilty. How crazy is that?

I’ve been to many yoga classes, oodles of ‘me’ dates at Chapters, hair appointments, overnight dates, time with girlfriends, dates with the hubby, and hell, even five (yes, five) nights away from my little man spent in Boston on a mindfulness training.

Oh, and my baby is 7.5 months old.

Do I miss my little man when I’m away from him? Sure! He’s freaking adorable- how could I not? But for me, it is SO important that I keep as much of my personal identity as I can, and that I take care of me. And I know that this will only benefit him.

Let me say that again- I NEED TO MAINTAIN MY IDENTITY. 

Because yes, I’m a Mom. But for God’s sake, I’m so much more than that, too. 

I’m a wife. A psychologist. A yoga teacher. A friend. A helper. Someone who loves reading. Loves learning. Loves inspiring others. Cooking. Baking. The list could go on and on.

So my hope, for you, is that if you’re a Mama- you don’t forget who you truly are. Deep in your soul. That you take time to do things that fill you up. Things that nourish you. That you surround yourself with people who inspire your soul. Because you’re a Mom. But you’re also a person. <3

Is It Really Worth It?

I can’t believe my last blog post was over a month ago! It feels like I just wrote one just yesterday, mainly because I’ve been working away in my spare time on some new offerings for you. When I reached out to you a few weeks ago asking what kind of offerings you wanted, the response ‘strategies for an inspired life’ won by a landslide! This is my favourite topic to teach others to live, and definitely what I’m most passionate about, so I’m glad we’re on the same page 😉 Anywhoo, more on all of that good stuff to come in the following weeks and months. I’m so excited to share that with you!

Today, I wanted to write about what I’m willing to spend my energy on. I’m feeling pretty damn exhausted lately, and I know a lot of you can relate. We’re past the fresh start that September tends to bring, almost like an early New Year, and well into the day-to-day of our lives, which can start to feel mundane if we’re not careful. Given my energy levels as of late, I decided that it was important that I nail down what is worth my energy in this life. What’s just as important is reflecting on what is not worth my precious energy that I’ve been draining myself with. When I catch myself spending lots of energy on something that isn’t a necessary part of a higher goal or that I’m not passionate about, I ask- is it really worth it? I wanted to share this list with all of you, in hopes of inspiring you to do the same.

What’s worth it:

-My family & spending quality time with them.

-Cooking & baking (this has become a form of meditation for me)

-Filling my body with healthy & energizing food

-Working on inspiring offerings for all of you

-Reading

What’s not worth it:

-Deep cleaning

-Excessive social media

-People who don’t align with my highest energy. (I’m super passionate about this one, and I know it’s a common one that a lot of us struggle with, so expect a blog on this in the future!).

-Worrying

Pretty much all of my ‘worth it’ items are things that fill me up, and what I would also classify as ‘self-care’ items. They make me feel SO good and fill me up with energy and love. On the other hand, the ‘not worth it’ list is draining, and I can almost immediately feel my energy depleting simply by looking at it. I want to add a note about the not worth it list- If something is important to you yet you’re struggling to find the time to do it and would rather hire out, I strongly encourage you to do that! For my birthday, I received 2 molly maid gift cards from my family members (I got the message loud and clear!). This was perfect, because my hubby and I hate deep cleaning. I don’t consider myself to be too bad with the daily chores and upkeep, but you will never find me mopping or cleaning the baseboards or walls. I just don’t like it, and I’m totally ok with that. I love having this done, but I definitely prioritize other things in my life. So, we made the decision that every few weeks, we will likely be hiring an outside cleaner to come in and help us out with this. Speaking of which- if any of you are in the Halifax area and can recommend someone, please let us know! We’d like to support those who have small businesses where this is their passion. So, for example, if you really believe in healthy eating and love the way you feel when you eat a delicious, nutritious meal but hate cooking, how can you work this into your life? Can someone in your life help in this department, can you hire someone out to make healthy snacks and recipes (I’ll help a girl out! 😉 ), or can you find some quick and easy recipes that are also healthy?

So as you begin this beautiful week- take some time to think about, what’s really worth your energy in your big, beautiful life?

 

xoxo.

Namaste,

Tara

Let That Shit Go

Lately, my posts have been centered around being a new Mom and what I’m learning throughout this process. Not on a practical level of what ‘works’ and doesn’t, or the ins and outs of breastfeeding, but on more of a spiritual level. How can I take this amazing gift and grow as an individual? Although I haven’t found the time to reestablish my regular meditation practice since Ben came into our lives, how can I instead be more mindful within each moment? I hope that as I learn and share, you’re also able to take snippets and messages away and into your own life, whether you are in a similar position or not. Tonight, I wanted to quickly share an experience of how I’m learning to ‘let that shit go’…again and again 😉

While the hubby is gone on a well deserved evening with the boys, Ben and I are having a cozy night in. As I do, I had all of these great expectations in mind for how that would (or ‘should’) hopefully go. Things like- we’d make cookies, watch a girly movie (sorry, Ben), maybe read a book. Basically, I was trying to just integrate him into what a typical night by myself used to look like (I’ve still got some work to do on releasing those prized evenings!). So, I put Ben down for a nap (they usually last all of 10 min) and hijack it to the kitchen to whip up some chocolate chip cookies. About halfway through, I hear his cries on the monitor. A bit disappointed, I pick him up from his crib and bring him with me to the kitchen, his sweet little head nestled into the crook of my neck. The remainder of the cookie-making time was a start stop production, a far cry from the slow, pleasurable meditative nature of baking that I know and love. And what is this all teaching me? Non attachment. Let go of your expectations of how you think this should go, how it would feel, so on and so forth.
Readapt. Regroup. Reacquaint yourself to the moment, whatever it may be. Just let that shit go.  <3

And guess what? The cookies got made. But if they didn’t, that’d be ok, too. 😉

Sending you light and love.

Life Lessons from a Newborn

So….we’re almost 7 weeks into this whole parenting thing, and boy is it a whirlwind! Lovely, joyful, undeniably special, but challenging! It’s definitely gotten easier the past few weeks, and with each passing day I’m feeling a bit more confident. I’m learning that a ‘good day’ usually depends on the type of sleep we’ve had the night before. A good night’s sleep is when I can catch about 2-2.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep at a time. I realize how crazy it might be to read that, but I’m learning that the Mama’s body is an amazing machine, and I think I’ve been surviving on pure adrenaline the past 7 weeks.

Those middle of the night feeding sessions were super challenging in the early weeks. I used to think people were crazy when they said you’d miss the middle of the night feedings…I still somewhat do (hehe), but I have a tiny bit more understanding of where they’re coming from. There is something peaceful about that time of the morning when everything is quiet and it’s just Ben & I. I can still recall our first morning together in the hospital. Ben was snuggled up and sleeping on me around 5am after he finished feeding, and we had a beautiful view of the sunrise coming up. It was so serene, peaceful, and special. Our tiny little miracle was finally here. All of this being said, I can’t emphasize how excited I am for Ben to start sleeping through the night- whenever that happens to be. 😉

I’m learning so much about myself and life since Ben’s birth. I’ve had new ideas for blog posts almost every other day, ranging from varying aspects of mindfulness to body image, so on and so forth. Today I wanted to focus on how I’ve been trying to deal with the challenging times. It seemed like a good place to start, because challenging times are something that we all have to experience, and will continue to experience in our lives. One key question that’s been helping me to remain positive as opposed to feeling like I’m drowning is this:

How can I grow from this experience?

When I’m in the midst of 2am feedings, frustrating moments, Ben resisting sleep at 3am, I sure as hell don’t want to stop and answer a deep question centered around my personal growth. I want to roll my sleep deprived eyes and tell my psychologist-yogi self where to go. So what was a girl to do? I tried to approach this experience the way that I try to approach other difficulties and stressors in my life. I explored how I could give myself permission to go through my experience, yet also move forward from it.

So, especially in the first few weeks, I cried it out, allowed myself to be upset, and leaned fully on my support system (Lucky Jaryd!). In these moments, I’ve simply got to admit it without any sugar coating- this is hard f***ing work, and it’s ok to feel like I’m drowning.

Part of the key here is to aim for a balance- allow the emotions to be felt, but bring awareness if I start to feel like I’m being consumed by the emotions. I want to feel them, not drown in them (that’s not helpful for anyone!). Once I give myself that moment, I’m much more prepared and even willing to explore how I can grow from this experience.

I can grow from this in pretty much every way possible in my life. Ben has allowed me to practice mindfulness, patience, and love from a perspective I’ve never experienced before. And truth be told, I’m still learning how I can grow more and more each day. Because each experience is a new one, and we’re all constantly growing. But if you don’t step back from the moment to simply notice and become aware, you’ll miss out on the beauty that it holds.
So, have your moment. Stop avoiding or becoming consumed by your stressors, and find the balance between the two. This is that sweet spot where you can step into the light. Closer to the person you wish to become. Closer to the life you want to be living.

Namaste,

Tara

Why This Has To Stop.

Before this baby decides to pop, I wanted to share something that has, we’ll say, irked me over the past 5 years that I’ve never addressed, and something that I believe has to stop.

Women talking down to other women.

If you’re over the age of 25 and are without a child, you may have experienced some of the following comments:

‘You don’t know what busy is until you have kids.’

‘You just don’t get it- you’ll understand someday.’

‘You know, being a mother doesn’t really start until you have more than two kids.’

An eye roll when you mention that you’re tired, followed by a snarky ‘talk to me in 5 years when you’re in my shoes.’

Don’t get me wrong- I have eaten my own words and by no means do I always choose the politically correct thing to say. But this is an issue that has come up again and again, and continues to be an issue in our society. I am so tired of being spoken down to because I don’t have kids. Consistently being told I can’t relate to or possibly understand other’s experiences because I’m not a mother. And so, because this will soon be changing, I am making a promise to myself.

I promise that I will not minimize other women’s experiences, simply because they don’t have children (for whatever reason).

I promise that you will never hear me say, ‘You just don’t understand- you don’t have kids.’

I realize that I may be coming across as being overly sensitive, and I totally understand (as much as I currently can), that being a mother will change my life in so many ways. I’m not denying that it will be an insanely rich, joyful, and busy journey. However, I’m recognizing that I don’t want this personal experience to dampen my ability to relate to and to respect other women, whether they do or do not have children.

As women, we’ve got to start supporting one another, regardless of our life circumstances. Regardless of whether we have kids, or don’t have kids. Have partners, or don’t have partners. Have careers, or don’t have careers. And regardless of whether we’re trying to have kids, or simply choose not to have kids. It’s all irrelevant.

What matters is that we respect one another.

Because we all deserve that. Each and every one of us.

So whatever your situation, I hope that you know one thing, and that you remind yourself of this often:
You are enough.

Namaste,

Tara

Eat Pray Love: Pregnancy Edition

If you haven’t been following me on Instagram and checking out my yummy (if I do say so myself) food photos, you may not know that I’m pregnant! About 7.5 months to be exact- wow! This also explains why my blog posts have been a bit less frequent than normal. Nonetheless, we’re very excited that we’re expecting a wee one early June. I can’t get over how quickly the time is passing by, and I have a feeling that it will not be slowing down from here on out!

I thought I would put together an ‘Eat Pray Love: Pregnancy Edition’ post as a fun update about this time in my life. Enjoy!

What I’m Eating: This area has surprised me the most since being pregnant. I absolutely love food. I love preparing (usually) healthy yet decadent and delicious meals and baked goods. Before getting pregnant, I assumed I would have many cravings, and would be eating large portions of food….and I was very excited about this! Surprisingly, this has not been the case! I really haven’t had any fierce cravings, other than a desire for smoothies or yummy, juicy fruit as of recent. I think we should just put the kibosh to the whole ‘pregnancy means you’re eating for two’, because it’s really not true at all! For me personally, my appetite has stayed pretty well the same (other than when it was non-existent in my first trimester!), although I have been having a few more snacks lately to tide me over in between meals. Like always, I simply try to listen to my body and hunger cues when they come on in. I truly believe it’s a time to fill your body up with delicious, yet nutritious food, as you’re passing all of that on to your little one. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of nachos and chocolate, but, as usual, I believe it should be all in moderation. And that’s been feeling pretty wonderful in my body!

What I’m Praying about: Meditating may be a better word to sum up my personal practice, but I just had to keep the ‘eat pray love’ thing going 😉 I’ve been meditating a bit more than normal the past few months, which has been working out just fine for me, as I have been wanting to integrate this more and more into my daily routine. I always bring in informal mindfulness practices into my day, so mindfulness is a huge part of my life, but there is nothing like that quiet time for meditation. It may just be the pregnancy, but I’m really enjoying bringing in more affirmations to my meditations. I’ll put together more of an in-depth post on this another time, but I’ve simply been affirming with intention what comes to my heart, what I wish to attract more of, and my ultimate desires for how I wish to feel that day. If you’re wanting to get into meditation and don’t know where to begin, Headspace is a great starting point. Right now (in my overly ambitious mind), I may plan on offering a meditation/mindfulness program throughout the summer or early Fall, but I will keep you posted as life will be very different at that point 😉

Post meditation with my little peanut!

Post meditation with my little peanut!

What I’m Loving: These are random, so point format it is:

  • Amazing-quality, organic, non synthetic vitamins and supplements. I didn’t take vitamins as part of my regular routine pre-pregnancy, but WOW! I consulted with a holistic nutritionist early on in my pregnancy, and she recommended some amazing ones for my pregnancy and beyond. I’m currently taking New Chapter Perfect Prenatal Multivitamins, 2000 IUD Vitamin D-Drops, HCP Progressive Probiotics, and New Chapter Wholemega. I have been feeling FABULOUS and say that I often find I have more energy now as compared to before I was pregnant (which I did not expect in my wildest dreams). I don’t necessarily expect this to be the case in a few weeks, as I get closer to my due date, but I’ll take it! I could just be lucking out with good genes, but I attribute a lot of my energy to these vitamins and supplements, as it seemed to shift very shortly after taking them.
  • Silly memes that I’m finding on Instagram (Have you seen the picture of the romaine lettuce that says ‘Romaine Calm’? Come on!). I have been falling into a fit of giggles when I find really funny memes and videos, and simply can’t stop laughing. Jaryd has actually started taking videos of me…but he’s yet to send them out to anyone (I think…or else I have some blackmailing to do!). When he smiles and shakes his head- I remind him that this is a much better option than being irrationally angry or upset….again, thank you genes, luck, nutrition, meditation, yoga…whatever is helping contribute to this! 😉
  • Smoothies. Last week I was on a creamy, chocolate peanut butter kick. But more often than not, I am loving juicy fruity ones, usually with some added greens!
  • Yin yoga. I’ve rediscovered yin yoga throughout pregnancy. I usually enjoy the fast pace of vinyasa, but I’m a little slower moving now, so the longer holds and deeper poses feel amazing in my body. The slower pace also allows my mind more of a chance to c.a.l.m. down and find more space for peace. 🙂

There are many more things that I’m loving…but perhaps I’ll put together a general post in a few more weeks. So there you have it, that’s what I’m eating, praying, and loving at this time in my life. Let me know if you have any pregnancy (or new mom) must-haves (products, resources, anything!) if anything comes to mind. 🙂
Wishing you a week of peace!

Namaste,

Tara

Cherry Chocoholic’s Love Smoothie

Hello lovebugs!

I hope you had a beautiful Valentine’s Day, full of self-love. My hubby and I spent the long weekend at home with very few plans, which made for a lovely lazy weekend. Long weekends for us are usually filled with plans or travelling home, so it was nice to catch up on some Scandal, see some friends, and eat way too many cupcakes! We indulged in some omelettes for quite a few of our breakfasts, which left me with a craving for something a bit lighter today- lighter, yet still indulgent. Enter the Cherry Chocoholic Love Smoothie for Two (or for one pregnant person!) 😉

This baby is vegan, free of refined sugars, and contains oodles of nutritional perks. It has a healthy dose of protein, omega-3 fatty acids (thanks hemp seeds & flax seeds!), fibre, and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. This recipe makes approximately 3 cups.

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Cherry Chocoholic’s Love Smoothie for Two

1 ripe banana

1 cup frozen cherries

1 pitted date, to taste*

2 tablespoons oats*

2 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds

2 tablespoons flax seeds

1.5 tablespoons Cacao (or cocoa) powder

1.5 cups Almond milk

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend away until smooth. Feel free to add more dates if you’d like it a bit sweeter, but I found this plenty sweet! Top with dark chocolate chips and more hemp seeds, and serve to you + your loved one in a wine glass to feel extra luxurious.

*If you don’t have a heavy duty blender (Blendtec or Vitamix), I’d recommend swapping the date for maple syrup. I use a Blendtec, and don’t have a problem with the texture of the oats, but if your blender can’t blend them smooth, feel free to omit or swap this and the seeds for a protein powder.

Enjoy the rest of your beautiful weekend, perhaps slurping on this delicious baby and taking the time to do something you love!

xo,

Tara

Why You Should Stop Searching for your Passion

Wow-it’s been a while! I promise- I haven’t disappeared entirely off the face of the earth. To be honest, the busyness of the past few months left me in a bit of a whirlwind, and so I took a bit of a hiatus from blog posts. If you follow along on my Facebook and Instagram pages, you knew that I was very much alive and well!

Well, I’ll jump right into it. The same theme seems to be popping up everywhere lately. I’m not sure if it’s a theme of the New Year or the Universe pushing me to reflect + write on a certain area, but here it is-

You’re searching for your passion.

You know, that one key ingredient that is supposed to magically piece your life together? That one piece of the puzzle that makes you think your life is currently incomplete without it. Let me say that I think we put way too much emphasis on this one passion. We’re constantly searching for it which is completely taking away from your power within the moment. You’re searching. Racking your mind. Comparing yourself to the author of your favourite blog who seems to have it all together and makes a killing doing what she does. Hey- maybe she does, and that’s wonderful! But what’s the problem with this?

You feel like shit.

Let’s face it-ruminating over where you are (or where you aren’t) is not getting you anywhere. I promise that if you follow these tips, you’ll turn things around for yourself:

Stop searching, and start living. Begin bringing your awareness back into the space that you’re in. I come back to this question constantly, because I don’t think we dwell here nearly as much as we need to-

What can you do at this very moment that will bring you enjoyment, peace, and pure happiness?

BE MORE YOU, and be it consistently. I know some of you may be rolling your eyes at that phrase. Yeah yeah, nothing I haven’t heard before. Perhaps you’re right. But, like many of us, you may have dimmed the light on who you truly are, and have instead replaced it with an auto-pilot version of yourself. When I say that you’ve dimmed your light, I mean that you likely don’t take part in what truly breathes life into you. Or, if you’re still heading to spin class, taking the interior design course, and trying new recipes, chances are you’re just going through the motions with them. So, what do you truly enjoy? What hobbies have always seemed appealing to you but you’ve never actually tried out? Start there, and when you get going, be ALL there.

Make a list. I have to admit, I’m a list girl. Without thinking too much about this, write down absolutely everything that brings you joy, love, happiness…basically, whatever feeling it is you’re looking for! This could include writing down something as seemingly small as enjoying a delicious panini to enjoying playing board games, cooking, a particular type of magazine, certain people, classes, exercises, and more! Then, after a few weeks, look for a theme, or enjoy the variety. Let that list lead you.

There you go. Simple? Yes. Easy? Not necessarily. Work with where you are and move forward with patience, peace, and love for yourself.

Because you deserve it. <3