Tips For Self-Care

Hey Guys,

Yesterday started out as a pretty good day; I was feeling a lot better compared to how I was the past few days (health wise), work was fairly quiet, and I had actually gotten home at a decently early hour (which if you know me and my hectic schedule, that rarely happens nowadays). After I got home, however, things went downhill quick and unfortunately, it was one of those things that REALLY just ends up ruining your entire day altogether…..

I’m not going to get into detail about it because it’s more on the personal side and something to discuss in a later post if at all, BUT because of having a shitty end to the day, I thought it was the perfect time to put out THIS post which, as you saw from the title, is:

TIPS FOR SELF-CARE! 💆🏻‍♀️🎉

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Self-care is any action or activity that we do which helps us take a step back from our responsibilities for a few seconds, minutes or hours in order to care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.

It can literally be anything. Anything that helps make you feel good and rejuvenated to continue to kick-ass at work, or while doing your chores, or whatever the case is.

I thought this was the perfect time because whenever you’re in a shitty mood like I was yesterday, aside from obviously kind of wanting to just do your own thing and be left alone by everyone, don’t you to some extent end up wanting to do things that will somehow cheer you up and make you feel better? Because I know I sure do, even if it means doing them alone.

Now, everyone is obviously different and likes/prefers different things to make them happy and feel good, but I figure I can share with you guys some of the things I typically like to do when I’m down (including what I did yesterday), that usually end up bringing me out of my funk in hopes that maybe it could help you do the same now or in the future for yourself.

OR maybe you’re not in a funk at all, and maybe you just want some things to help fill up your free-time that’ll still make you happy, but also feel productive…these ‘tips’, although they’re more suggestions of things to do then actually tips, can be used for any of the above.

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  1. WRITE. Usually whenever I’m in a funk or have any free-time at all is normally when I catch up on things like my blog or book. Writing soothes me SO much and usually ends up making me feel like a new person whenever I’m done. Whether it’s in my notebook, on sticky notes or written in the notes on my phone, you’ll always catch me jotting things down whenever I get a chance. It’s soothing to be able to jot down whatever it is I may be thinking about in the moment (not every single second of the day obviously, but if I feel it’s important and that I may want to go back to it later on).

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2. READ. Unfortunately, I don’t always find the time to be able to do this, but when I DO…it’s the best. I completely tune everything out and just focus on the book I’m reading; the characters, the situation going on, whatever it may be at the time, to the point where I don’t even want to sleep until I finish reading whatever it is. I find that reading is a nice way to calm your mind, especially at the end of the night, if that’s the sort of thing you’re into like I am.

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3. WORKING OUT. Going to the gym and working out can be so unbelievably therapeutic for a person’s mind, body and soul (believe it or not). If you’re reading this and you’re not into working out at all, I can see why you would probably roll your eyes at this one, because it’s so cliché for someone to say, but I promise it’s also 100% true (if you’re into the workout at the time anyway). It’s a great stress-reliever after a long day to just go ahead and release all of your pent up frustration, aggression, or whatever the case may be for you and just take it ALL out on the weights.

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4. A SKINCARE ROUTINE. Another cliché and typical suggestion to make, because it’s something that everyone always suggests, but it really is another good one and actually the one I opted to do last night. Doing a skincare routine whether elaborate or basic is so soothing and will for sure make you feel good by the end of it (to some extent anyway). I mean, who doesn’t want smooth, clear and radiant skin right? After all, it is the first thing you see of yourself, as well as the first thing others end up seeing of you, so why not make it good?

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5. And finally, GETTING A MANI/PEDI. Again, another cliché suggestion, but any sort of pampering that you do for yourself whether this, a skincare routine, a haircut, etc. is sure to make you feel rejuvenated and good about yourself in some way, shape or form. I mean who doesn’t love to feel and actually get pampered, right?!

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Well that’s it guys…these are things that usually tend to make me feel happy, good about myself, and productive.

Obviously there are probably a ton more, different from this list, that you would be able to think of, but the ones that I mentioned are the ones that are generally all, if not, MOST of the things I tend to gear towards whenever I’m in a funk or just looking to do some ‘me-time’ stuff.

Self-care is a form of self-love, and if you’re anything like me and tend to be super busy and on-the-go all the time, you should try to make time for it AT LEAST once or twice a week.

It really is important and needed in order for you to reflect, release, relax and rejuvenate to carry on with the rest of your week and/or start your week even.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped you in some way, shape or form. As always, thank you so much for reading, please like, comment, share and follow and I’ll see you guys in the next one!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Reading List For 2019

*This one is for my fellow book lovers! ❤ *

A new year, a new list of books to try reading before the end of this year.

Last year I had made it a goal of mine to try and read 30 books before the end of 2018, unfortunately with everything that was going on in my life, I wasn’t able to complete/achieve that goal and I had sort of put any sort of reading in the back burner.

I LOVE reading and getting to buy new books, but I suppose that just goes to show how much crap I was going through at the time that distracted me from actually doing the reading.

HOWEVER, I would really like to try and get back to it because I have a TON of books backed up since last year that I really need to get to and am excited to read.

With that being said, I am making it a goal of mine (again), that by the end of 2019, I will have read (and documented that I did so) 30 books or more.  We’re still in January, and I’ve got plenty of time, so I really think I can accomplish this goal if I start ASAP.

So, because of this goal, I wanted to share with you guys a few of the books that were on my reading list at the moment, which is the main purpose of this post today.

Let’s make a challenge out of it, if you’re interested, do what I’m trying to do, and by the end of the year or even throughout the year, tag me in all of the books you end up reading. I’d LOVE to hear from you guys about it, and who knows, we’ll probably even end up recommending a few to to each other along the way to make the list grow longer/faster! 🙂

Scroll down to see the list of all the books I plan on reading throughout the year thus far….

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In no particular order:

  1. Through The Looking Glass And What Alice Found There, by: Lewis Carroll
  2. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, by: J.K. Rowling
  3. Unrivaled, by: Alyson Noel
  4. Stay With Me, by: Mile Gray
  5. Every Breath, by: Nicholas Sparks
  6. You Are A Badass Everyday, by: Jen Sincero
  7. The Little Book of Writer’s Wisdom, by: Steven D. Price
  8. Inspiration And Motivation For Writers, by: Chloe Henderson
  9. A Christmas Carol, by: Charles Dickens
  10. Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel, by: A.W. Jantha
  11. Written In The Stars: Constellations, Facts and Folklore, by: Alison Davies
  12. Spirit Healing: How To Make Your Life Work, by: Mary Dean Atwood
  13. Be Your Own Astrologer: Unlock The Secrets Of The Signs & Planets, by: Joanna Watters
  14. The Summer List, by: Amy Mason Doan
  15. The Girl You Thought I Was, by: Rebecca Phillips
  16. The Super-villian And Me, by: Danielle Banas
  17. The Dutch Wife, by: Ellen Keith
  18. Sadie, by: Courtney Summers
  19. The Dream Sourcebook,: A Guide To The Theory And Interpretation Of Dreams by: Phyllis Koch-Sheras, PH.D. & Amy Lemley
  20. The Kiss Quotient, by: Helen Hoang
  21. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide, by: Tessa Watt
  22. Blog Inc., by: Joy Deangdeelert Cho
  23. The Little Book oF Answers, by: Doug Lennox
  24. The Four Agreements, by: Don Miguel Ruiz

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Well guys, at the moment, those are all of the books that I have lined up to read throughout this year, and I’m sure that at some point or another, I’m going to attempt to add a ton more to it (I CANNOT be trusted in Barnes & Noble alone haha).

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and that you end up accepting my little challenge and keeping me updated throughout the next few months of where you’re at with your reading. I’d love to hear from you guys about this! 😀

Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Top 5 Favorite Motivational Books

Hi Guys!

If you didn’t know, I’m a HUGE reader. 9 times out of 10, if I have any free time and I’m either not at work, the gym or working on my blog, I probably have a book in my hand. And lately, I’ve been REALLY into books that are like the motivational/inspirational kind you know? So I figure I write a little post detailing the ones in my collection recently that I’ve absolutely been loving.

So, in no particular order, let’s get started!

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  1. You Are A Badass; How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life. By: Jen Sincero

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This is actually SUCH a great book. I just recently finished it, and I honestly did not want to put it down. It’s not complex at all, it’s actually really light-hearted and funny, but the main points being made throughout it are super clear. Ultimately, it’s one entire book filled with stories, advice, and exercises to try on your own in order to help you understand why you are the way that you are, change the things in your life you don’t like or aren’t happy with and create a life for yourself that you completely love. 100% recommend to anyone that may be feeling like they’re at a bit of a stand-still with their life.

Click here to purchase it on Amazon or here on the Barnes & Noble website.

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck; A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life. By: Mark Manson 

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Now this book….this book right here is a fucking gem. It’s a pretty popular book at the moment, and has been for a while. This is another one of those books that’s super light-hearted, but at the same time it’s amazingly raw and inspirational. It’s pretty much taking everything that most inspirational books will tell you like the whole ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ motto, and saying fuck that. Mark Manson goes into detail without at all sugar-coating anything, that sometimes shit happens and you just kind of have to learn from it and move on. He talks about learning to accept each and every one of your flaws and learning to make something out of them all. It’s so raw, vulgar, and overall an amazing MUST read lol.

Click here to get the hard cover or paperback version on Amazon, or here to get it at Barnes & Noble.

3. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. By: Don Miguel Ruiz

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This is a great book for inspiration and helping to put things into perspective in your life. This little book is almost completely based off of Toltec wisdom, and it teaches about these 4 agreements that help to ensure you’re living your life to be able to experience love, freedom and true happiness. If you’re not much of a HUGE book reader, but are still looking for some reading inspiration, this book might be perfect for you because it’s tiny and gets right to the point of things.

Click here to purchase it at Barnes & Noble or here on Amazon.

4. Mindfulness: A Practical Guide. By: Tessa Watt.

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If you’re anything like me, then every so often you need to read books like this, because they pretty much remind me to slow down and really enjoy/live in the moment, which I tend not to do very much, as much as I may want to. This book is all about being mindful. It gives tips and exercises for you the reader to try on your own and bring in to play in your day to day routines. There’s breathing tips, meditating tips if you’re into that, etc., and it just overall tries to help you be more open and mindful of the things in your life and around you that you might not typically be aware of. Another short, but very helpful and inspirational book I would say and recommend.

Click here to purchase the book at Barnes & Noble.

5. 50 Things That Really Matter. By: Hallmark, Rodale Inc.

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This is a REALLY good and cute little book, because it really puts everything into perspective, for me anyway. You have so many people around the world that always tend to fixate on the dumbest little things, but does any of that REALLY matter? This book really breaks it down and not only names, but describes in detail, 50 realistic things in life that may seem minor, but SHOULD really matter to a person. As they say, it’s the little things in life, you know?

Unfortunately, I don’t remember where or how I bought this book, and have been looking all over the place online for a legit site to be able to link for you guys to be able to purchase this from, and all that’s coming up is Ebay. So if anyone else happens to look it up and finds it, please let me know and I’ll link it, unless you guys trust Ebay, then that’s totally fine too.

What are some of your guys’ favorite books to read when you’re looking for some extra motivation? I’d love to hear it in the comments below and get some book recommendations from you guys! 🙂

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤


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