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11835:01 PM Oct 5, 2018
It took me one hour and 45 minutes to get home from work today. Traffic was basically at a standstill, I had no food with me, and it was the end of a very long work week. And yet somehow, I managed to stay calm the whole drive home.
If I had been in this situation a year ago, I probably would have lost my sh*t 🤯 stress, panic, anger and frustration would have been my go to reactions. I’ve noticed that since I’ve made a conscious effort to become more mindful and self-aware, however, things have shifted.
Instead of stressing myself out the whole drive and trying to “relax” once I got home by numbing my emotions with food and hours of Netflix, I decided to make the best of a crappy situation. I listened to podcasts and music, enjoyed the fact that it’s warm and the sun is still shining past 4pm ( #winteriscoming), and focused on deep breathing.
When I got home, I got into my pjs, had some oatmeal, drew up this bath and filled it with Epsom/Himalayan salts and lavender essential oil, put on Spotify’s “relaxing guitar” playlist (the absolute best), and made a big ass mug of cinnamon apple chamomile tea. And I feel fan-freaking-tastic right now 🧘🏻♀️✨
I’m sharing this little story because I want to give everyone a gentle reminder that it’s ok to SLOW DOWN. From work to commuting to everyday responsibilities, there are so many things that constantly demand our time, energy and attention. I really encourage you all to give yourself a little extra love this weekend, and see how you feel 💛
I wanted to take a nice photo depicting me enjoying the last day of my 20’s, quietly, with some #nova7 wine and a book. Calm. Serene. But ya know what? That’s not reality. This is my reality. A dog that won’t let me out of her sight. That tried to climb in the tub with me. That photo bombs every self portrait I try to take. 🤷🏼♀️ Here’s to saying goodbye to another decade of mine. And also to Velcro dogs. 🥂 #thisis30