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“We do not exist for the sole purpose of paying our bills, grooming our kids to be able to do the same, and, maybe someday, retiring to finally enjoy life, should we ever reach that point. We are here to let our lights shine as brightly as possible, to drink in the joy of friendship and family, to serve and better the greater community and to tap into and inspire passion in everything we do. We are here to come alive.” – Jonathan Fields

What are you doing today to allow your light to shine?

xo,

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Be {Obsessively} Grateful

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu

In an effort to increase the positivity in my life, I will be attempting to post at least once per week, listing all the things worth being grateful for! I have found that taking those few moments every day to focus in on what is already here is a a simple task {and an almost effortless habit} to living a happier life.


 

Ability to Travel

Living between two of Southern California’s major cities sure has its perks! This past weekend I spent a day in LA exploring the shops, cafés, and famous landmarks. Some favorite places worth mentioning: Griffith Observatory, Alcove Café & Bakery, and Messhall Kitchen.

Griffith Observatory

 

Kindness from Peers

This morning I received the sweetest text from an old friend from the university I attended. The text was completely out of the blue and easily put a smile on my face. I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep even old friends near!

Physical Health of Myself and Family

This year’s Father’s Day was spent hiking near the beautiful and iconic San Onofre State Beaches. Although the hike could have been considered moderate to difficult, our family of four was able to complete the hike with ease.

San Onofre, State Park

 

Our Earth’s Natural Remedies

Echinacea… it took me so long to even learn how to spell it… let alone SAY it {pronounced “Ek-in-a-sha”}. Now that I have moved passed those difficulties, I can simply enjoy its benefits. With a slight cold this week, this was my go-to symptom fighter!

Home Cooked Meals

This occurs EVERY NIGHT. I can’t begin to express how thankful I am for a mother who finds joy in creating a new and unique meal every single night. I am so thankful the gene for cooking has been passed down, because I am definitely continuing our tradition.

 

xo,

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{Productive} Ways to Relax after Work

“You can’t pour from an empty cup, you have to take care of yourself first.” – Unknown

I don’t know about you, but there are many days where the extent of my productivity ends the moment I clock out from my day at work {in fact, my personal favorite is the go-to: comfy yoga pants, a glass of wine, and some binge-worthy Netflix episodes}. After a long, often stressful, day it is quite difficult to find the motivation to continue that productivity.

You may be thinking, “Why would I want to do MORE work when I get home?”

Take a deep breath. I am not going to recommend pulling out your laptop to plan out your next stressful work day. When I push towards continuing productivity even after work hours, I do not mean work productivity. In fact, most of the recommendations listed below aren’t work related at all! Most push towards finding your “happy place” or finding the things that can make even the more difficult days, better.

I encourage you to try at least one of the following! And if you’re feeling adventurous, try multiple and find the ones that work best with your lifestyle.


Write it Out.

Have a rough day? Pull out one of those old, leather journals and write it out! This is an amazing stress reliever. After venting the negatives from the day, try writing a few positives. Gratitude and optimism can go a long way in improving one’s mood.

Clean the home & Let the music take control.

Turn up the tunes. Blast your favorite music and get in the zone. With an end result of a clean and beautiful home, cleaning can also provide immense relief from clutter, allowing the stress from your day to slowly fall off your shoulders.

Listen to a new Ted Talk or Podcast

I always push towards continued learning. There are so many Ted Talks/Podcasts out there to listen to providing a plethora of new and interesting information! Find ones that interest and motivate you {whether it’s music, photography, science, etc.). I personally love listening to podcasts revolving around health {especially new research in psychology!}.

Start a new hobby, or revisit an old one

Have a sketchbook stored away somewhere? Or maybe Grandma’s old knitting needles passed down to you years ago? Evenings are a great time to pull up your Pinterest DIY ideas and attempt something new. Even if it doesn’t look perfect, getting crafty is a great way to relax after long days.

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Macrame Plant Hoders, here.

 

Try a new recipe / Wine and Dine.

A few recommended recipes: Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom ChickenGrilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs, Avocado Egg Rolls, and Honey Garlic Butter Salmon. Pinterest always has the best ideas, hands down.

Bake a dessert.

More recommendations: Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Cobbler, Lemon Raspberry Coffee Cake, and Chewy Chocolate Brownies.

Go for walk (and don’t bring your phone!)

Even a short walk down the street, pooch in hand and breeze in your face, can provide deep relaxation after work {especially if you work long hours at a desk}.

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Colorado Mountains, Feat. Gracie

 

Schedule fun into your weekdays.

Why not plan fun outings on the weekdays? Many of us wait for the weekend to plan activities, when there are five other days of the week! After work is a great time to schedule evening outings. How about a night out with margaritas and tacos on Tuesday? Plan anything that gets you exited about a weeknight!

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Ojai, California

 

Other recommendations to try!

  • Sweat it out – Head to a nearby gym!
  • Plan a date night with an old friend.
  • Pamper yourself.
  • Strike a pose {Yoga}

 

And many more! Please feel free to comment your {Productive} Ways to Relax below! xo

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Things to do {San Clemente} CA

Even after living in this little town for over 10 years, I still fall head-over-heels in love with it every day! If you know anything about me, you know I can’t be too far from the ocean for long. We all know that spending time outdoors is both physically and mentally “good” for us. Studies are now showing spending time at the beach or near the ocean may have even higher benefits. I find this to be personally true… I’ll take a trip to the beach, simply for a quick mood-booster {Yes, I’m simply trying to find reasons to never leave}.

Below I have provided a list of my all time favorite, go-to places in San Clemente. I’m sure this list will continue to evolve as time passes {you would think I would know all the “hot” spots in my own town, and yet I continue to try new things}, so stay tuned!


Food

Well known to be the one taking photos of her every meal… Of course I would start with food…
  • The Bagel Shack

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  • Ellie’s Table {Coffee and Bakery}

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  • Zebra House Coffee
  • Bear Coast Coffee

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  • Lavender Lounge
  • Fisherman’s Bar and Grill {Located on the San Clemente Pier}

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  • Nomads {Best known for its fresh Ahi}

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  • Nick’s {& South of Nick’s}
  • H.H. Cottons

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  • Selma’s Chicago Pizzaria
  • Left Coast Brewing

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  • South Swell Hand Dipped Ice Cream

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Places

  • San Clemente Pier

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  • T-Street
  • Linda Lane
  • Beach Trail
  • Sea Summit Trail

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  • SUP {Stand Up Paddle-boarding}
  • San Clemente Outlets
  • Del Mar Street

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As mentioned, I will continue to add on to this list || Recommendations? Comment below!
Beautiful San Clemente, CA
xo, Ww

 

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