Self Care: The Best Things in Life Aren’t Always Free

A question I’ve been contemplating lately is how can I provide the “self-care” that is necessary to be the best version of myself.  With a toddler, time to myself is the first thing that I cut out, but that needs to be time kept sacred!  Showing yourself some love is essential in rejuvenation and creating healthy habits.  So often, shopping and “retail therapy” is viewed as a self care opportunity but I disagree.  It’s a necessary task in life but I want to make sure the time I spend on myself  cultivates curiosity, growth, and simplicity in my life.

Taking a nap, a bubble bath, exercise or enjoying a cup of good coffee at home are always fun and FREE options of caring for ones self.  But while those all sound lovely, I don’t think that self care always has to be free.  Quite the opposite, actually.  Spending hard earned cash on yourself is the epitome of showing that you’re worth it- and it doesn’t have to be shown through a new pair of shoes or purse.  Experiences and learning opportunities are wonderful alternatives to the societal norm of rewarding with consumer products.  I recently took a writing class from Tammy Strobel called Write to Flourish and it was the best $47 I have ever spent.  I learned new things that have continued to spark ideas to this day and helped create habits to grow in my writing.

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Self Care Opportunities:

(that don’t add stuff to your life besides good memories!) 

-explore a museum

-journal/write/photograph in a new environment (coffee shop, book store, park)

A Simple Year program   

Tiny Wardrobe Tour (coming to Boise next month!  I bought my ticket already- who wants to join me?!)

calligraphy class at Paperie and Pen (or any of their classes!)

-take an online creative class

artBike tour

-join a Paint Night 

Indulge Boise food tour

-take yourself out for coffee or a meal

 

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Simple Joys: (first impressions of Blok & Co.)

Coming home from traveling always seems to nurture a sense of let down and even more wanderlust for me. But I’m reminded, what about the every day adventures? This is a way of thinking I’ve been trying to embrace more and more in my recent days. Every situation can become an adventure when we make a point to try something new, be more present, and take part in simple joys. 

My simple joys are: 

– a slow and quiet morning

– enjoying a hot cup of good coffee

– going for a walk

– trying a new restaurant

– reading a book 

– wearing my favorite clothes (which is everyday thanks to a pared down wardrobe!)

So with this mindset in action Lucy and I stopped by Blok & Co, a new coffee shop, on our morning errands run yesterday. Not only was the coffee seriously good, the interior was gorgeous and so inspiring for my design soul. The style was earthy and minimal, which I’m always a fan of. Even Lucy had an enriching time, as two little girls at a nearby table came over to play.   One of the sweet girls pointed out that Lucy and I had “matching shoes” on- guilty! 

The simple joy of a good cup of coffee in a beautiful setting was the perfect reminder for me to enjoy the little everyday moments.  

Blok & Co

1800 N Locust Grove Rd

Meridian, Id 83646

 

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Road Trip: Camping the Oregon Coast

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Last week was a quiet one here on the blog as we were enjoying family time at the Oregon Coast!  The majority of our time was spent camping at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon.  We went to the aquarium, played on the beach, and ate fresh crab!

This road trip, the journey was just as much of a focus as the destination. We took our time driving and split it into two days each way, with a stop in Bend going and La Pine coming home (where we woke up to 30 degree weather!)  Spreading out the drive made road tripping much more enjoyable with a toddler, and we got to experience camping in more destinations and environments!

Trip Details:
Stay: Tumalo State Park, South Beach State Park, La Pine State Park
***All the campgrounds we stayed in were very nice and clean (hello flush toilets and hot showers!) 
Eat: Old St. Francis School (Bend), Brewer’s on the Bay (Newport), Mo’s Seafood & Chowder (Newport)
Do: explore Downtown Bend,Newport Aquarium, crabbing (the boys went out and caught us a crab dinner!), explore the Historic Bayfront in Newport (we got to see a bunch of seals here, which Lucy thought was intriguing!)

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