Recently, I have been feeling unlike myself. I am a little down about a few things and my mind seems to be all over the place. Because of this feeling, I knew that a positive filled entry to discuss "self-care" was in order. For me, self care is anything including attitudes and/or actions that contribute to overall balance, happiness, positivity and love of one's self. It is evident that I have not really been practicing much self-care or focussed on myself as much as I should.
It is time to re-track my steps to completely and entirely fill myself to the brim with love: "you cannot pour from an empty cup" and right now, I feel pretty depleted.
You cannot make someone else happy if you yourself are not happy with things. Nothing in particular has gotten me down its a lot of little things that have mounted up so high. I didn't even realize it at first, I just haven't completely processed certain things. In time these pushed back emotions come back to haunt you - these daunting mindful wanders mixed in with the lack of attention on my mind, body and soul connection, needless to say I am a little drained.
What did I do? First thing was first, confronting and accepting this feeling is present and turning to my favourite muse, Pinterest of course! I searched up positive quotes and found some self-care practices that I have started IMMEDIATELY.
Today, I tried something off of my "want to do" list, I took some pictures with a friendly and familiar photographer, I booked some extra hours at work, I added some volunteer hours for a sick children's foundation for tomorrow, I have made a nail appointment, bought a new book and I am starting a 5 self-care practice guide this Sunday (which I will blog about).
I hope everyone out there knows that saddness and confusion is okay, you cannot be 100% fine all the time. Just because I am known for my bubbly, happy, outgoing nature and always have a smile on my face 99.9% of the time (even through tears), I need to take a step back and breath from time to time, too.
We must remember to accept the apologies not given or given poorly. To set ourselves free from unanswered questions and understandings that we are unable to grasp. Focus on you and developing from the ground up.
As mentioned, today I began some self-care and self-love practices. I ventured to King Street West with Kyle to try out Calii Love a custom Poké bowl, healthy breakfast treat and positive vibe filled shop. Not to mention all the staff are super fun loving and friendly. When I ordered my custom bowl, the girl had written my name down and shouted: "Gena is feeling creative!" I soon caught on that whatever it is you order, they shout out your name + "is feeling" + said item name - I LOVED IT!
My Custom Poké Bowl Base (zuchini + sweet potatoe noodles) Protein (spicy salmon) Toppings (Cucumbers + avocado + edamame beans) I asked for hot sauce, spicy mayo and a sweet soy marinade to polish the bowl off
Result? YUM! Next time, I would probably not do a protein and keep it all veggie. I really want to try the quinoa and black bean rice options! I did like the noodles, it was my first time having them, and I actually was impressed (I think the sauce they use waters the taste down for the noodles, if I go again I would ask to opt out of noodle water sauce and just use the plain noodles).
I ate some good food, and took a few pictures - nothing can change a mood faster than attempting to feel yourself. PS. I am going to be living in this cozy sweater this holiday season.