Namaste

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Ever since I started my recovery I’ve been told, by pretty much everyone who supports me, that I need to start practicing yoga.  I’ve tried out a few classes and found that the teachers I like the most only teach at night, which is all fine and dandy, but sometimes, I’ve learned, I need to start my day with some yoga.  So I woke up early this morning and decided to do a relaxing, and inspiring, yoga sequence.  I’ve been a little off since last week so I thought that this would be a helpful coping skill to clear my mind and start my day off in a fresh and calm manner.  By taking the first 20 minutes of my day to focus solely on my breathing, stretching out my limbs, and setting an intention for my practice, I instantly felt more in tune with my body and mind.  By doing this yoga practice just for myself I believe that I have significantly impacted how my day will turn out.  Because I focused on myself this morning, and truly listened to my needs, I have a feeling that today is going to be a great day.

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Happy St. Patty’s Day

In all honesty I’m not a big fan of St. Patty’s Day. I don’t hail from an Irish background so I’ve never felt the need to participate in this holiday, even though it is such a huge deal in Boston (I mean I also couldn’t dream of offending my Scottish pride, which runs so deep)! I loathe crowds so I avoid going into Boston to celebrate at all costs. St. Pattys, in the city, I think would be my own personal hell… However, even though St. Patty’s might not be my jam, I do love green and am not opposed to dressing for the holiday, or to wearing green on any occasion for that matter!

Here are a few of my  fav hunter-green winter looks:

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Mint green & kelly green summer looks:

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Some amaze green accessories:

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You def don’t need St. Patty’s Day as an excuse to wear green, my fav color has so many gorgeous shades, which work for every season, and can be worn at any time and on any day! So remember that:

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Nothing is better than hearing these four special words from someone you love.  I’m so grateful to my parents for always showing me how much they love me, no matter what, and telling me everyday that they “love me more.”  I honestly don’t know what I would do without them and can not thank them enough for teaching me how to love others (now I just have to learn to love myself) unconditionally! My mom and dad are truly the two most amazing people that I know.

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They are also really friggen adorable! Love you both more.

Puppy Love

One of the hardest parts, for me, when it comes to taking this year off from school, in order to focus on my recovery, is this constant feeling of loneliness.  Going from being away at college, where I was surrounded by my peers 24/7 and it was near impossible to find any alone time, to being back at home, is a really hard adjustment.  It is honestly so bizarre to spend the majority of my day either alone, or with people who are significantly older, or younger, than me. In order to combat this feeling of isolation I’ve started spending some more quality time with my two puppies, Tuckerman who is 12 and Brewster who is 4.  I am in no means turning into a crazy dog lady, but I have to admit the unconditional love that they show me on a daily basis truly lifts my spirits. They are such loves, even though they are really freakin needy!  I mean how can you not just want to cuddle with these two munchkins:

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This picture was taken four years ago when we first got Brewster

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A more recent photo of a rare moment of calmness and love between these two

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I truly don’t know what I would do without Tuck, he is the most amazing dog ever.

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Brewie and I, on the other hand, have more of a love-hate relationship, but we are getting there…He’s honestly too cute not to love 🙂

Finding, as well as appreciating, the companionship that my dogs show me is an excellent coping skill. If I am feeling blue or like life is too hard I can just go looking for my pups and they will remind me:

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“Life is a Party. Dress like it.” – Lilly Pulitzer

Today I decided to follow the wise words of one of my icons and favorite designers, the fabulous Lilly Pulitzer, and dress up even though I had no plans and no where to go.  I’ve come to learn, over the past year, that it is the little things in life that can make an ordinary day an extraordinary day.  By taking the time to plan out an outfit, and put effort into my appearance, I honestly made my day better.  I felt confident and like I had accomplished something.  Here’s a picture of what I put together for this rainy/gloomy day:

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Madewell Sweatshirt Dress

Hunter Boots

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This might be one of my new favorite outfits!

So it’s pretty much a fact that every girl loves dress up so why shouldn’t we try and look our best everyday? In reality this is without a doubt easier said then done. Everyone has those days when you think nothing looks good and you end up trying on pretty much all of the outfits in your wardrobe…I am definitely guilty of this.  However, I am coming to terms with the fact that I am my toughest critic and when I am being so harsh on my appearance it is usually because I am too focused on one minor part of my outfit/body that I don’t like. I am trying now to see myself as a whole and focus on my entire appearance, not just on one tiny thing only I notice.  It’s a challenge, but the more I practice this the easier it gets. So today once I finished getting dressed I allotted myself only a few minutes in front of the mirror and then told myself:

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Hopefully this feeling holds for the entire day 🙂

Monday…enough said.

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Mondays’ are always rough… and add in the doozy of a time change brought forth by daylight savings yesterday, it’s not surprising that getting out of bed this morning was one serious challenge.  I mean it’s almost 3:00pm and I’m still having trouble getting over the fact that the week has just begun and the weekend is SO far away.  So in order to remedy my case of the mondays I’ve decided to complete a few of the “10 ways to be happier in your own home” (http://headedsomewhere.com/2012/10/12/10-things/comment-page-1/)

This list includes:

1. Make your bed.

2. Bring every room back to “ready.” Taking a few minutes to de-clutter a room can truly reduce stress.

3. Display sentimental items around your home. Photographs of happier times can make any day better.

4. Start a 0ne-line-a-day gratitude journal. Or maybe an excited list of events you are looking forward to this week.

5. If you can’t get out of it, get into it. “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Try to find enjoyment in chores and tasks that you have to complete.

6. Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day. Like setting an intent during your yoga practice.

7. Do small favors for your housemates and expect nothing in return (not even a thank you!). “When you do good, you feel good.”

8. Call a friend or family member.

9. Spend money on things that cultivate experiences at home.

10. Spend a few minutes each day connecting with something greater than yourself.

I’m off to go complete a few of these tasks! Hopefully, not only will I feel happier about it being Monday, but I will also enjoy being in my home and feel like it is an escape from anything else that bothers me today. Let’s conquer this Monday!

Spring Break: Marblehead 2013

Posting didn’t happen yesterday because I was too busy wallowing over not having a spring break. I know that this might sound like a minor life event I am missing out on and that it shouldn’t affect me, but I can’t help but be a little bummed that I am home while most of my peers are partying it up in warm and exotic locals. Even though I am taking this year off from college, it’s not like I am spending my days galavanting around, without a care in the world… I am working REALLY hard on getting better and everyday brings unexpected obstacles that I have to face and ultimately conquer.  Needless to say my time off from college is no walk in the park and definitely does not fall into the category of a “vacation.”

Friday night, especially, was hard for me because my sister Kate had four of her best friends from school staying with us before their flight to Cancun, early Saturday morning. The girls were giddy and could not contain their excitement about their senior spring break, which without a doubt is gonna be epic. I jealously watched them pack their swimsuits, bright and colorful going out clothes, and summer shoes. As a means to cope with my envy I began planning out, in my head, what I would pack if I was going with them.

To say that I love clothes might be the understatement of the century. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed. My closet is packed to the brim and I am constantly looking for new pieces to add to my collection. Clothes make me happy and I can’t deny it. So while I sat at home yesterday, as most of my peers were flying off to their spring break getaways, I put together a few outfits that I would LOVE to wear if I had the opportunity to go somewhere warm.

Plane Outfit:

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Swimsuits:

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Dinner:

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Night Out:

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A girl can dream…Wishing this was my reality:

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Cabin Fever

So I don’t think that many would disagree with me that Mother Nature has been a major biotch this winter. Waking up to a blizzard early this morning, that was not forecasted nonetheless, really made this girl one unhappy camper. However, I can’t deny that it did look like a beautiful winter wonderland outside of my window, even though I was totally displeased to see snow:

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I mean come on I had plans and appointments I was looking forward to…but you know it is what it is and I can’t change the weather (no matter how much I curse the snow). I’m just so sick of feeling like cabin fever is setting in… I hope that this is the end of all winter weather and the rest of spring is sunny and warm (and filled with lots of adventures)! We east coasters definitely deserve some decent weather after this winter. I’ll have my fingers crossed, starting today, that this is the last day I spend cooped up inside hiding from a storm.

Good Morning Sunshine

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I came across this passage on pinterest (one of my guiltiest pleasures…I can literally spend hours pinning) at the beginning of this summer and felt that it applies to my new, and improving, lifestyle. I never considered myself a morning person, until about a year ago. Prior to then I was lucky if I got out of bed before ten, yes on both school days and weekends…shameful I know, but I couldn’t help myself! While away at college I began to associate early mornings with unenjoyable chores that I HAD to complete.  Waking early enough to see the sunrise of a new day usually meant that I either had to cram for an exam, finish a paper I had left undone, or go for a long run because there was no other time in the day when I could squeeze in exercise. I honestly think that this is when I started resenting running… at this time I plain and simple wasn’t giving my body enough rest (or nourishment) and blamed my misery on the time of the day instead of facing my reality.  Fast forward to my life in recovery over the past 6 months and you will find a completely different girl. I LOVE early mornings now (especially when there’s actually a sunrise to see… however right now I’m not ashamed to say that I am desperate for some spring weather…def not loving the snow this morning, but hey it is what it is)! But in all honestly there truly is a calmness and beauty about your surroundings in the earliest hours of the day. It is a time just for me. I can now reflect on my positive thoughts and intentions for my day (a helpful technique that I’ve learned from yoga) and envision how they might play out.  My obsession with what I “HAD” to complete when waking at the crack of dawn is waning and I’m becoming more appreciative of the opportunity,which the earliest hours give to me, to focus on what really matters: setting goals and a purpose for the day that will benefit my recovery and overall happiness.