Happy Saturday everyone! Occasionally, I get messages asking me to share what songs I’m listening to on my instagram stories. So, I’ve finally put together a couple of playlists.
I am by no means knowledgeable in music, nor do I believe I have a particularly refined taste in music. I just like what I like and, if your music taste converges with mine, you might enjoy either one of my playlists.
The first is Saturday Sun. A purposefully obnoxious degree of happiness is infused into this playlist to get your day started on the right foot. This one is about hacking your mindset first thing in the morning and making yourself believe you are on vacation by the coast, having the time of your life. Because, honestly, we should be having the time of our lives every single day. Happy vibes all round with this one.
On the other hand, Promise Me This is quite the opposite. This one is a low-key playlist with soft, soothing, and even melancholy tunes to light some incense to, unwind and end your day. Some of my personal favorites from this playlist are all Ben Howard and Novo Amor songs – also anything by Bon Iver (even though I hesitated to include him in this playlist because his songs take me from relaxed to emotional – but I just love him).
For my birthday this year I felt called to go inward and explore both myself, and new places that speak to my inner peace and highest self. I had been wanting to visit this Buddhist temple for a couple of years, but the long drive south felt intimidating for a while. Not anymore, though. I was ready and it was time.Read More »
On this Self-care Sunday I wanted to share with you some running tips for all you new runners out there, or more experienced runners who may be in a rut. This advice comes from a girl who used to HATE running in high school and couldn’t physically run for more than 5 minutes without my lungs feeling on fire. Now I run 2-4 kms multiple times per week and LOVE it.Read More »
June is my birthday month, and it also happened to be the month I started reading more about Buddhism, as well as exploring meditation through one of my daily habits. I don’t know if this just happened to be a coincidence, or the fact that my birthday is on its way had me feeling more introspective. Either way, it was a month full of knowledge and expansion. Read More »
I’ve lost count, over the years, of just how many times I have set on starting a new habit and then dropping the ball only a couple of weeks later. My pattern was always the same.
I would come up with a new habit I was certain would improve my life if I was able to implement consistently (be it reading every day, doing yoga, running or coding every day). I would start super excited and would have little to no trouble sticking to my brand new habit for the first few days. Then, life would get in the way, I was faced with a particularly busy day, could not find time to continue my new habit or, the most usual culprit: I would forget.
There’s an abundance of opportunities at our disposal that will
guide us on the path to achieving every single thing we are meant
to do on this Earth. Our path has already been carved for us, it’s all
unfolding in front of us. Our thoughts, our ideas, our visions, and our
interests, which all seem so random and spontaneous are, in fact, downloads
from the universe leading us to where we are supposed to go. It’s information
about ourselves being given to us at the precise moments in time when we
are most primed and ready to be receptive of these concepts the most.
If we can think it and envision it, it means we were created to take
on this idea and make it a reality. It has always been our destiny.
There are so many resources out there for learning web development and programming, that starting out as a beginner and deciding what tools to use in order to teach yourself how to code can seem very intimidating at first. That’s a feeling I was all too familiar with when I first tried to teach myself how to code. There were plenty of false starts and hiccups along the way that made me think maybe I wasn’t good enough. If you’re feeling that way and having those thoughts, don’t let that discourage you. It’s completely possible with some diligence and organization.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending Designation, “an all-expenses-paid exploration of the versatility of a career in design, how design is applied differently across industries, and what it looks like to be a design leader facing the business and social challenges of our world.”
Sundays are such a powerful day in my mind. They allow for the perfect opportunity to both relax and unwind, while also preparing for a new week. I’m a huge proponent of lazy Sundays, but sometimes we just need that day to study or clean our space, making the notion of spending a day doing nothing seem impossible.
I have found that I feel my best and get the most out of my Sundays when I create a balance between both sides of the spectrum. If I am able to find some middle ground between doing nothing and being productive, I know I’m setting myself up for a great week.
Cozy reading with a cup of coffee
Some recent products I’ve been trying out
If you want to make the most out of this beautiful day, here are some things I like spending my time on for a my perfect Sunday:
wake up naturally when my body is ready to start the day.
read an inspiring book with a cup of coffee and a cookie.
play some music and clean up my space, organize anything that might be laying around and find a place for everything.
spend time pampering myself and practicing self-care: some of my favorite things to do are giving myself a fresh manicure, doing a face mask, doing yoga.
getting cozy on the couch and watching a movie or catching up with my favorite show – I am currently in love with “This Is Us”.
Plan my week ahead. Set goals and intentions for what I want to accomplish during the week.
Get some fresh air.
Spend time with my loved ones (a super important one for me ).
Review the material we will be learning in class this week.
Get any homework done/review for tests/teach myself programming – depending on the week
The best way to create that perfect balance is by being intentional about what you will be spending your time on. My perfect Sunday looks something like this, but it definitely tends to vary a lot depending on the school load or exams I may have in the upcoming week.
I also like to come up with three words to set the tone for my day and how I would like to enter the week. My three words for this Sunday are: