"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage." - Brene Brown
It's been a long and heavy week filled with tough decisions and high emotions. Not my favorite combo but then again, this thing called life ain't easy.
Stress has different effects on everyone. Some bury themselves in work for distraction. Some eat more...some eat less. Some emote...some bottle it up. This week got me thinking how stress manifests itself in me. I see patterns: I sleep less, I can be emotional, I take on too much and I'm often in la la land over-thinking the situation. I also get a horrible case of dark circles under my eyes and a fever blister on my lip. (same spot every time...why is that?)
What I've learned over the years isn't mind-blowing per se but I do want to share what helps me get over the hump. It's important to be cognizant of when your stress levels raise, when to push off more responsibility and most important of all, when to accept the fact that we all have no choice but to be vulnerable sometimes. There's no way around it.
Here are 5 tips that help me manage my stress levels:
- Work Out: Captain Obvious here but there's nothing like working up a little sweat and releasing some endorphins. You will never work out and feel worse. It's the reason I got back into the groove after starting my own company.
- Give It A Good Cry: I haven't cried that much lately which is surprising but it felt good to...well...allow myself to crumble a bit and get it all out. Not the ugly type of cry but the cleansing kind. I swear a good cry clears my head once in awhile.
- Go To Bed Early: Everything will be clearer with a good night's sleep. While you're at it...take a melatonin. They're all natural and will restore your body's natural sleep rhythms.
- Talk It Out: Weigh out the different scenarios with people you trust. Use your loved ones as a sound boarding and get their advice. It's free!
- Take 5 Minutes to Yourself Everyday: Walk away from the computer, the TV and your phone. Take a walk or just stare at the wall...read a book. Let your mind wander.
Being vulnerable is such an important part of our growth. What doesn't break us makes us stronger. Let yourself be that and then hug the ones you love. (thank you for your kind comments)
Today's self-made babe is full of positivity. She is a bright light in any room which is not easy to come by. She's fashion forward and unforgiving but she owns it and that's what I love about Tali. Something tells me her business is just about to explode so take a read below.
Welcome to my newly rebranded entrepreneurial series. You may remember Fearless Friday from the past but this is the 2018 reimagined version. I brought it back for many reasons but the primary reason was because of YOU. You guys loved this series! I took a break because I recall it being a lot of work to conduct interviews and beyond. So, instead, I took my own advice and worked smarter, not harder.
Let me start by saying that I am not a physician. Not even close. But I can say that for almost 37 years I struggled with food, digestion and the feeling it left me. I have a great relationship with food. I love it and I love to try new things BUT gluten and I were never meant to be friends and that epiphany hit roughly two years ago when I grew tired of the bloat, the gas, the bathroom issues and the overall appearance of looking like I was in my second trimester 24/7.
2017 was a difficult year for many people that I genuinely love and care about. In fact, it felt like the world was somewhat turned on its head with everything ranging from natural disasters to horrible tragedies to the ugly truth behind "me, too" in the media. Hard to watch, hard to listen to and hard to put one foot in front of the other when you're left wondering what you can do to help. What I did love about this year is that we all spoke up. It's a positive change and yes, the topics were taboo but so what? Let's get it all out on the table, I say!
I feel like life is moving at the speed of sound and with it...my blog has been sitting in the corner weeping for more frequency. I am TRYING but man, this time of year is intensely busy. I decided to do an Instagram round up of all the goodness we are experiencing this month and last month.
Today I do not feel like I want to post about fashion. Today is one of those Truth Tuesday posts. I've been reflecting quite a bit about all the change 2017 has brought. Some of it has been pretty fabulous while others have been quite stressful. With only two months to go, I can safely say that 2017 was not one of my favorite years and the word on the street is that many people feel the same. 2017 was a year of change.
And 2018...if you're listening...you better bring it!
I've saved this photo for a year. Can you believe it? One of my very talented friends who happens to shoot on the regular for my company shot it when I wasn't paying attention...on a Halloween shoot, natch.
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
Like every day, you can always come to 101 things I love to support your shopping habit. Old habits die hard. <wink, wink> I will say this though...I will always find you a good deal and I am well researched. That's a promise! I am sure my husband is gritting his teeth reading this.
I posted a blog last week on shopping. It wasn't ground breaking and I've shared this type of content many-a-time before. Once in awhile a reader will comment on a particular item they, too are fawning over. It's just fun, superfluous content. The interesting thing about this post is that it really rubbed one reader the wrong way. I mentioned it extensively on my IG stories but in case you missed it...here's what my friend, "Laney" had to say...