Hi! Welcome to the newest addition to my blog! Here, I will keep track of my self-care Sunday routines and I encourage you all to do it along with me. Here we go:
I started my day with a hike in the Pacific Palisades at 9:30 am! I am VP of Health and Wellness at USC Hillel so once a month, I lead a hike! It was a great start to my Sunday. Then, I stopped by a friend’s house for a birthday brunch and had some fruit and a bagel with my new favorite topping, lox. After that, I went home and watched some Netflix. Later, I will be meeting up with a cool USC student I found on Instagram who is also a mental health advocate. Then, I have to meet for a group project and after that, I’m seeing a friend who is taking this semester off for mental health.
First, I started my day off by going to Smorgasburg in DTLA with some friends from high school. We treated ourselves to some extremely yummy Lobster Truffle Fries then each got one or two fantastic rice balls. After that, I took some time to catch up on work with a friend. Later, I saw The Favourite with another friend at a cute little independent movie theater in DTLA. I had popcorn and Sour Patch Watermelon and though I didn’t particularly enjoy the movie, it was a nice, relaxing experience.
Today, I did a lot of work: studying and essay writing. Sometimes, you just have to. However, at night, I showered then used a face mask and then lit a candle and wrote in my journal – BALANCE!
It was a very low-key self-care Sunday today. I got a nice burrito with rice, chicken and guac which was a treat. I also did my laundry, taking care of my needs. Then I relaxed and watched friends then wrote in my journal for a while 🙂
Today I started off with a birthday brunch at a restaurant in Santa Monica called The Penthouse. It had a GORGEOUS view of the beach and the food was pretty good. Then I walked around Santa Monica with a few of the girls from the birthday brunch. I treated myself to a pair of jeans and a shirt from a thrift store we went to. Next, I went to an art gallery opening at Hillel where I spoke for a minute about my group, Challah for Hunger.
I flew home after a great weekend in Vegas! I got back home around 11 and then I took a 3-hour nap (after getting literally 1 hour of sleep the previous night). After that I watched Now You See Me (because I was inspired by the magic surrounding Las Vegas) then did a face mask and went to bed early. A successful day full of sleep and face masks!
Today was another relaxing day as the day before, I had like 9 hours of volunteer work (LA Food Bank and New Filmmakers LA Festival) where I was standing up the whole entire time. So I am literally about to go to bed at 10:15 tonight. I didn’t do much today besides treat myself to frozen yogurt with a friend and watch only my favorite new movie, The Greatest Showman.
I got home from my spring break in Madrid/Dublin today! And so I was pretty tired and jetlagged, however, I forced myself to go to Trader Joe’s and get some healthy food for next week. Then I watched I, Tonya (I honestly didn’t like it so much that I stopped watching before it was over). After that, I hung out with a friend and then headed right to bed around 10 (so jetlagged).
Today, I treated myself to a movie with my boy. We saw Black Panther and it was GREAT! I’m usually not one for action films but this one was awesome and so much more than just an action film. I could go on but anyway, later, I could have and maybe should have done work but I treated myself to another movie, Finding Dory. I also got organized and put away my laundry finally and did one more load and then I watched the Oscars! After that, I went to Bigg Chill and treated myself again to some dairy-free frozen yogurt, yum!
Shopping day! I had to buy some clothes for practical purposes but then I also got myself a nice dress that I liked and some good food like Kiwi and yummy fruit juice to take with my medicine. Other than that, I worked a lot then crashed right after so at least I slept well. I didn’t do much to take care of myself today but that’s ok because I realized I need to do a better job next Sunday!
I definitely took a break today! I woke up late then stayed in bed for another hour or so so I didn’t really get up and start my day until about 2 pm. When I did, I ate then played Sims for a solid few hours. There were some things I could have done but I decided not to. I was planning on doing a face mask and whitening strips but, you know, part of self-care is not forcing yourself to do something just because you think that oh, I’m taking a bath, that means I’m taking care of myself. If you don’t want to take a bath, then taking one is not listening to your own wants and needs, thus not taking care of yourself in the best way possible. That’s a hard lesson to learn and abide by but when you do, I promise it will have been worth it. Tomorrow is always right around the corner! Don’t worry too much if there are days here and there where you just don’t feel like doing much of anything. Sometimes your body and mind both need a break and then a fresh start!
I did a big thing for myself this Sunday in the name of health care – I went home. I’d been having some stomach pains for a few weeks now and this past week they intensified immensely and so I hopped on a flight home and I’m going to see a specialist here. I will also get to be home for my birthday on Wednesday! Also, I was already coming home next week because my boss is gone for two weeks so no work! Aside from that, I ate healthily but treated myself to some dairy-free ice cream for dessert. I napped on the plane and now will be going to bed around midnight or 1 am as I have to watch a movie for my internship.
I started off my day by sleeping in, because I deserved it! Then I went to Trader Joe’s to get fruits and veggies for the week and Target to get a second pair of bed sheets. After that, I met up with a friend at Smorgasburg LA where we treated ourselves to flowery drinks (mine was butterflypea?) and vegan pizzas. I also bought a couple cute prints. One says, “We live at the edge of miraculous” and the other says, “She’s mad but she’s magic. There’s no lie in her fire.” Later, I watched the Eagles game with my friends and had a healthy veggie hot dog for dinner! I ended the night continuing with my binge watching of Amazing Race Season 23 with my new friend, Rusty. I will be trying to go to bed before 12 if I finish my script coverage in time and hopefully meditating tomorrow morning! Also, I deleted my Instagram today and I will be taking the month off social media, or at least trying my best to do so.
Today, I woke up and had a meeting at a cute coffee shop with my best friend, Sarah, to talk about movie ideas. We want to make a short film! After that, I went to The Grove and I bought some clothing for work. I treated myself to a cute crossbody bag that I could use when I go to Madrid/Dublin for spring break! I also treated myself to a Pressed Juice vanilla freeze with strawberries and dark chocolate chips. Later, I watched the Grammys with a friend then a movie and a TV episode with another friend in bed.
Today, I went to the Lakers game! There, I treated myself to a shirt and some chips! I also bought a nice healthy smoothie and spent some time with an old friend. Then, I went over to visit another old friend and made plans with her to go to a workout class next weekend!
Today, I treated myself to a manicure. Then I did some work (made a budget for January once I get to school). Next, I relaxed and watched some of the Pittsburgh game with my dad and then some of the new show I’m binge watching, Girlboss on Netflix. Later, I made a healthy dinner (quinoa, egg, spinach, zucchini) for my dad and me! I did some painting after dinner with my sister while we watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and then showered and put on some comfy PJs. After I put on my Mario Badescu facial lifesaving cream, I started listening to the Greatest Showman soundtrack (amazing movie) and now I am watching Girlboss again!
I started off the day right with some eggs, a hardy breakfast: one egg white and one whole egg scrambled. In the afternoon, my mom and I went to Barnes and Noble, a dangerous store for me, and I bought a few books to tide me over during the weeks before I return to LA. Then we went to Michael’s where we spent a gross amount of money on supplies for crafting – everything from paint to stickers to wax (for candles, of course). At night, I treated myself to some Nilla Wafers cookies and snuggled up with my dog, Cooper, to watch the Golden Globes where I rooted for my favorite shows (Big Little Lies, This Is Us, Stranger Things, The Amazing Mrs. Meisel) and my favorite new movies (Coco, Ladybird, The Greatest Showman, Baby Driver)! I was going to do a face mask and take a bath later but I know my body and its telling me to just turn in early and read before bed.
Today, I treated myself by seeing all my friends from growing up in Philly! I also bought a pair of jeans that fit well and a sweatshirt, both of which I probably didn’t need but I knew that one of my new years resolutions was to spend less so I saw the opportunity and took it! Next, I got all did up to go out to dinner and then went home at 11:30 because I knew my body needed rest!
First off, I watched 4 movies/shows so that should have been enough (LOL). Then, I treated myself to a soda at dinner (well ginger ale because my tummy hurt a bit). After, I did whitening strips and a face mask! However, I left the whitening strips on too long which you should never do…
I’m in Florida, in West Palm Beach visiting my grandparents! Today, I went to the pool! Then we went to see Wonder (my grandfather cried the whole time it was so sweet and he says he always does). Then we went out for dinner then I did a face mask then finished my book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, which I very much recommend. After that I read some quotes and wrote a little and watched a little bit of a movie, What Happened to Monday (also pretty good) then went to bed!
So today started off great. I took Roch (boyfriend) to work and then went home for pancakes for my baby sister’s birthday (she’s 18 but to me, she’s 8). After that, I went back into bed (I went to sleep at 9:30 last night while my friends were over to watch Elf, oops) and watched Friends. Then, I met up with my friend Mikayla at our local coffee shop, Aux Delices, and now I’m writing this! Later, I’m going to get a manicure with a massage. Later, I’m going to see Coco with Mikayla and Margot! Wow, so self-carey of me!
Today was a great day! First, my family did a photoshoot at the beach for our holiday card with the dogs, too. We got lots of great shots. Then, we dropped off the dogs and went to the diner for breakfast and I got a nice omelette. After that, I went into the city to see Meteor Shower with Amy Schumer and I even met Keegan Michael Key who was in the show, too (of Key & Peele!) It was so funny but not as funny as The Play that Goes Wrong! Then I went to The Counter and got some loaded tater tots and a birthday cake milkshake with a shot of rum, at the bartender’s suggestion. After that, I went shopping and got the softest jacket. It was a great Sunday with lots of self care.
Today started off on the right foot. I started by going to breakfast at the Sherwood Diner with an old friend, Jane, who lights up my life. Then I went to coffee with another old friend, Isabel, who was actually my co-president of TAG in high school. It was so nice to catch up with both of them. Next I went shopping just a bit and then watched some Friends (I’m rewatching the whole series for the 5th time probably, maybe more). After that, I picked up my boyfriend from work and we got ice cream then watched TV at his friend Danny’s house. After I dropped him at work, I went shopping again for a little and now I’m home writing and watching more Friends! I may go see a movie by myself later, too 🙂 I love doing that!!
Today was a good day! I went shopping with my mama and we got out makeup done just for fun then I went to see my friend perform two amazing roles in Romeo & Juliet at the local Westport Playhouse and then we went backstage! I met this guy who is going to be on Broadway in Harry Potter & The Cursed Child and he said we could go backstage if we go see it! Then I went and treated myself to Shake Shack and ice cream with my best friend from high school, Julia and my boyfriend, Roch, and his friend, Kyle D. (there are so many Kyles). After that I went home and hung out and washed my face and brushed my teeth and slept! (Not early but I’m working on it)
Today, I went shopping and bought the new T Swift CD I’ve been wanting for a while. I treated myself to some ice cream and a little bit of candy (my boyfriend ate most of the candy when I left it at his house). I also did a face mask.
Today, I treated myself to a movie with my friend Margot and we split a large popcorn and I got a Coke Icee but resisted the temptation to have some of Margot’s m&ms. I also quit my job at Pearl which was so sad because I loved my time there, especially the people, and I definitely grew into a better person since my time there. However, it was becoming a waste of time and money for both me and the restaurant because there wasn’t enough for me to do and I was only getting one shift every few weeks. I just have been feeling way more appreciated at my job at bartaco so I will either try to find another side job a few days a week or get more time at bartaco and hopefully become a server there eventually! That’s the goal!! I also plan on watching this new show, Mindhunters, with my mom and doing a face mask and teeth whitening strips. And I took a nice shower and cleaned behind my ears and shaved my legs! What did you do today? Oh, I also took a social media cleanse this past week and I’ve been loving it. I think I will continue with it until I go back to USC in January!
Spent some time with family then listened to music from This Is Us on the car ride home. I got into an argument with a friend but decided to be the bigger person by not responding. He needed time to cool down. Since then, I’ve been cleaning my room and preparing for the week again. Later tonight, I will take a bubble bath and watch Stranger Things. Then, I will do a face mask and whitening strips. I will also catch up with my good friend and see how her self-care Sunday and the rest of her weekend went!