HEALTH + WELLNESS: Self-Care Practices for the Everyday Gal

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The beautiful colors of San Diego

From the start of a new month, August has been filled with joyful moments, thanks to a long awaited vacation back to my home state, California. It had been two years since my sisters and I have been together in the same room, and it only took but a minute for us to start spilling out our best jokes, while gathering over a fresh stack of homemade chocolate chip pancakes.

Our conversations were refreshing, insightful, and grown-up. We were older now, parents in the midst of raising our school-aged children; and for my youngest sister, a newly promoted business gal, waiting to begin a new phase in her life. We stepped back from the chaos of trying to have life all figured out and came together for sisterly bonding and family fun. It turned out to be the best vacation I had been on in years, but also brought about many unexpected emotions to light.

These spurts of emotion made me realize that I had taken too long to recharge and unwind. My mind was overwhelmed from daily life and all the running around. It was undoubtedly a juggling act between motherhood and being a wife, my work in interior design, and growing my blog. And not once could I give my 100% commitment, to any one thing I was trying to grow. There wasn't enough time, let alone any time to care for myself.  One thing I needed to learn was that my happiness, health, and well-being had to come first because that's what's required for everything else to be great!"

A glimpse of our Airbnb Home in San Diego

A gorgeous home on Coronado Island

Serenity at Best on a San Diego Pier

Oh, the priceless teachings from a brilliant woman Sheri Salata, former Executive Producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show and Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN. After rekindling my love for podcasts this Summer, I came across an interview where she promotes that self-care (through 7 pillars) is the key to creating your best life. That the savviest and most respected women in the future, will be the ones with the most quality of life. This resonated with me deeply because as a woman and mother, we tend to feel as though we are being selfish in wanting to aid ourselves. And once we build up the courage to finally do something for "ourselves," we think it involves an afternoon at the nail salon or going out with a group of girlfriends. However, it's much more complex than that. This is one of the lessons I want to grow from, as I wish to achieve happiness and success with myself, my family, and with my creative business ventures. 

After much thought, reflection, and self-assessment, these are the ways I will gradually incorporate self-care in my daily routine and I hope these practices will be helpful to you as well in your everyday life:

1. Start each day with a calm mind. How often do we wake up every morning thinking about all the endless tasks we need to do for the day? Instead, approach each morning as a way of becoming the best version of yourself. Enjoy some quiet time with a healthy breakfast and a good cup of jo, stretch and mediate, go on a brisk walk. Implement a simple routine that will take away your anxieties and replace it with something that will create a more productive day.  

2. Remember to be kind to yourself. There will be times during the course of a year where you feel doubtful or feel like you're still a million miles away from reaching your goals.  It can be frustrating and disheartening, with wonder of where to go from here. But we have to remind ourselves that greatness is a process. I can't expect success to happen in a few months or even in a year. Don't be too hard on yourself, especially if you're doing the best you can. Easier said than done, but with an optimistic mindset, it will fuel us to achieve much more, rather than hold us back.

3. Set a small personal goal that will build up your self-confidence. For me, I have challenged myself to workout 15 minutes a day during the weekdays. I am horrible at keeping up consistency if my workouts are too long. But what I do know, is that I can always make room for 15 minutes in my day to concentrate on my health and well-being through exercise. Not only will this boost my self-confidence levels, but it will also give me a sense of accomplishment. 

These are only three small, but mighty practices that will help achieve daily self-care for ourselves and my hope is that these practices will turn into positive results, with success flourishing in all aspects of our lives. 

Warmly ~


Dreamy in White Dresses

Friday, July 20, 2018

There's something about white dresses that I really enjoy wearing during the warmer months. It's an instant companion to all my woven accessories and works as an effortless option for any occasion, big or small. Understated, yet dreamy, it's the elegant details that really make a white dress shine! Eyelet lace, ruffles, pretty silhouettes, and more. It has truly become a well loved piece in my wardrobe that I keep reaching for year after year. 

A regular routine of mine includes running around between work projects and the kids activities during the weekdays, so having looks that require little effort to put together is something I really appreciate. You can catch me wearing a white ensemble with casual lace up sandals and wedges for a bohemian inspired look. And because it's a blank canvas for color, I like to play around with accessories with a beautiful pair of drop earrings, a market tote like these, here and here, and a wide brim straw hat when we're out exploring or having a picnic during sunset.    

I put together my favorite dresses in all shades of white that are gorgeous for the season! There's even a top/skirt combo if you want to add more versatility to your wardrobe.  Enjoy!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 + 8 | 9 | 10

Warmly ~


Decorating with Pretty Books {Interiors}

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome to a new week friends!  As I continue to beautify my home for the season, I wanted to chat about another element in design that can amp up your space within the blink of an eye .... and that's with decorative books!  Regardless of where you place them, your coffee table, bedside table or use them to showcase your favorite perfumes, they are a simple decorative element that works with any and all spaces. 

Personally, I like to select books with neutral illustrations and photography on the cover and spine, which includes colors like white, black, beige, and (yes) blues and pinks. It makes coordinating your books simpler when stacking them in groupings of 2 or 3. So, how do I like to style them? Stack books flat on coffee tables and when using them as a platform for decorative objects ... always remembering to place the largest book on the bottom, followed by smaller books leading to the top. 

It's also a lovely look to display a small group of books standing tall between beautiful bookends (like this marbled one I have at home) or against a pitcher vase on a bookshelf.   I selected some of my favorite hardcover books I like to decorate with in the genres of style, floral design, and in cooking. So, take your pick and happy shopping!  


Warmly ~ 


by mlekoshi