What Is Self Care...Really? + a Cute Blazer from Mango
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve talked about self care and meditation and nutrition and the list goes on. What I’ve realized about myself on the heels of a month of not feeling well, and at times and I’m really serious, feeling like I might die. is that I’ve been talking the talk, but definitely not walking the walk. I am the girl who never missed a nail appointment and always has her eyelashes filled in. My botox appointment doesn’t even have to be written down, because it’s really important to me and I never never miss my hair appointment. The things I have been missing are my yearly health exam…it’s been about 6 years, my mammogram (I’ve only had one) and other doctor’s appointments. I meditate some days, but not always; I exercise, but not really regularly, it’s easier to skip a meal. I talk about nutrition, but it’s easier to skip a meal and I always have a pack of M&M’s in the car and the list goes on. I’m getting really honest with myself and making self care a priority. I woke up this morning with no idea what I was going to blog about. I’ve been pretty consumed with getting healthy again and getting enough sleep and decided to take a walk instead of doing a blog post. I decided that a little break would probably make me a better blogger (I hope you agree). I went for a walk, had my first massage in years, came home, spent some time with my family and then had a facial. It was a really relaxing HydraFacial (blog post coming) and I fell asleep. I’ve just finished eating dinner…local salad greens with avocado and walnuts, squash, and local roasted potatoes. It was a much needed, restful and wonderful day. I’m still taking an antibiotic, and needing to get my strength back, but I’m also being really honest about what it means to take care of myself. I had one glass of wine tonight instead of 3 or 4. The M&M’s are replaced with 70% dark chocolate and tomorrow, I will get up around 6 and take a walk around 7:30. I’ll be back in time to take a shower and make my doctor’s appointment at 11:00am. I’ve decided that some things are non-negotiable. Those things are exercise of some kind…yoga, weights or just a walk, meditation (BEFORE I start working) and the sugar habit has to be broken. I want to not only live a long life, but I want to live a quality life. A life full of good relationships with my family, passion for my work, healthy food and I want to be at peace with myself. I’ve been talking about creating the life you want for a long time, all the while not realizing that I was in fact, not creating a life of health and wellness. But, it’s never too late to turn things around.
I’m changing habits that no longer serve me!
Does it seem a little weird that I’m combining all of this with a fashion post? Oh well, fashion is a passion and I still believe that when you look your best, you feel good…that is if you’ve taken care of your health (mental and physical). Looking good is the icing on the cake, but shouldn’t be hiding unhealthy habits. That lifestyle will surely catch up with you!
The very versatile and lightweight blazer that I’m wearing is from Mango, the jeans are Frame Denim, the shoes are from Zara (no longer available) and my bag is Cult Gaia. I’m wearing it with my lucky cross necklace from Julie Miles. This outfit is one of my favorites right now…it’s neutral, goes anywhere and I think looks polished, but it’s sooo simple!
As some of you know, for a while, I had problems with my hair breaking off and being really dry and damaged. I’m not sure what was going on, but I’ve been taking great care of it and it seems to be getting much better. I thought I would share some of the products I’ve been using because I think they’ve helped repair the damage. I’ve also kept the heat to a minimum and not washed it as often.