My Slow Sunday Morning Routine

Life is so fast paced and sometimes, it's easy to lose ourselves in the chaos of city living. Slower mornings make all the difference to set a positive and calm mood for the day. I can't say this is a routine I'm able to do every day, so if it's only once a week... I'll take it!  Nothing makes me feel better about slow Sunday mornings when it begins with freshly brewed coffee and sunlight shining through the window. It's freedom... from chasing the alarm clock from the 10 alarms, to making sure you walk into the office on time.

As an individual who is prone to anxiety and depression, quiet moments like these are essential for well-being. As a way of grounding, it's no surprise that Sundays are becoming my favorite and most creative day of the week. Here how I start my day.

My Sunday Morning Essentials

Aromatherapy

I love lighting candles in my home. Even better, I rub my hands together with some essential oils, inhale it's aroma, then rub the rest on the back of my neck. Aromatherapy is known to reduce anxiety, ease depression, strengthen the immune system and boost cognitive performance.

To nurture a calming and grounding ambiance, try oil diffusers or candles with scents like lavender, sandalwood or frankincense.

Fresh Brewed Coffee

One cup of good coffee can energize and positive attitude. I recently got a bodum pour-over coffee maker, and have truly fallen for the intimate and cozy experience of making coffee in my pajamas. My suggestion for you: be intentional in this process. Choose high quality coffee grounds that you enjoy, pour it in a mug that makes you happy, and add your favorite creamer. I realized not half-assing what I chose at the store made a huge difference in how enjoyable this cup of coffee can be. I've cut back on my Starbucks rubs (at least on Sundays lol) and I have zero regrets!

Chill Electronic Vibes

Music is a essential tool for creative flow. It hits me right in the feels whether I'm at a high or a low in life. During the week, I can listen to anything from Mac Dre to Odesza to 2000's R&B. But, the vibe changes on Sunday mornings. My heart flutters for chill electronic vibes on days like this.

If you're trying to catch me drift, vibe with me in this Spotify playlist: chill tracks.

Design The Week Ahead

This is probably my favorite part of the Sunday routine... busting out the bujo, getting creative with my favorite pens, and starting a fresh weekly layout! Design the life you love. I've always been a planner addict, so whether in my bullet journal or in a planner, I love spending time to craft the week ahead. After a crazy week, a fresh page is a reminder to move forward with a fresh perspective.

In this very moment, be present. This is the moment in the week where YOU have control to truly design what your week will look like. This will determine whether you will get shit done, or not. This ritual is both productive and fun, and an effective way to spend investing in time management.

So give this a try! On Sundays, cater to all you are senses in positive ways. What aromas make you feel good? What tastes do you love? What sounds put you in an uplifting mood? What do you want your week to look like, and how will you make that happen? In short, be intentional with slow mornings and it will love you back in return.


I'm trying something new with the blog starting this week. Each blog post will have a reflection question at the end to help you apply my content to your own life. Feel free to comment below and let me know! xo

Questions of the week: what are some of your favorite ways to spend Sunday Mornings? What are your favorite feelings in the morning?

5 Easy Ways to Live Mindfully

"Don't dwell on the past. Don't worry about the future. Focus on the now, because today is a gift and that's why they call it the precious present.

Have you ever driven from one place to another and felt like you were on auto-pilot the whole way there? Have you gone to dinner with friends, but rather than interacting together, you're all scrolling through your instagram feeds?

So often, our minds run so much faster than we do. It's almost like even if our physical bodies are here on this planet, our minds are running wild somewhere else.

Present living is a simple first step to mindfulness. I, myself, struggle with this time and time again. Every so often, I use one of the following techniques to bring myself back to the present moment. Here are a few quick ways to slow your self down.


1. Meditate in peace and quiet

Pick a time in your day, usually in the morning or evening. Take time to sit down, close your eyes, and catch up with your breathing. A great first step to meditation is using an app called Headspace. Headspace provides daily guided mediations that only take 10 minutes a day. Once you get more comfortable with it, you can meditate self-guided.

2. turn your screens off, now.

Sometimes, you just need to fully unplug. Close the laptop, and put your phone on silent. Take some time away from those bright screens. We know your hands are glued to it, but get offline...now. Go on a walk around the neighborhood, or take a day to go off the grid and  go hike. If your the indoor cozy type, that's okay too! Just make sure you do something complete offline for a technology detox.

3. REALLY listen to a favorite playlist

I've got a long list of playlists on my spotify and soundcloud. My music genres range anywhere from bay slappers to calming electronic vibes. Especially in the evenings, I like to unwind listening to something more ambient.  I'll put on a spotify playlist called "Lush + Atmospheric" or " Lounge - Soft House" and give it a listen with my full attention. Listen to the lyrics. Listen to the instruments and sounds. Listen to how the music makes me feel at that very moment. That's it. 

4. Grounding Techniques

My weekdays can especially be very busy between work, gym, chores, sleep, and then repeating it all over again. I realized that even if you take 2 minutes to full drop everything you're doing, you can use that short time wisely to bring yourself back to your core. Stop. Take deep breaths. Be aware and observe what's around you: 5 things you see, 4 things you hear, 3 things you feel, 2 things you smell, and 1 thing you taste. This technique is called grounding and its used by many individuals  who are in the midst of having an anxiety attack. However, you don't have be prone to anxiety attacks to use this helpful method.

5. Get Lost in Your Flow

This one is my ultimate favorite when it comes to present living. As someone with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism, you must know, finding your flow is an important key towards happy living. What is that one activity that you love doing? It's an activity that takes all your focus, loses your sense of time and allows you to get your mind off everything else? This is your flow. This can look like anything from working out to painting, and everything in between. Whatever it is that steals your heart, get lost in it and do that!


I hope one or more of the above ways help you to live in the now. Remember, today is a gift, and that's why they call it the precious present. :)

Creating New Intentions for a New Year

New year, new theme. 

Happy New Year all! New year, new me...right? We know there are many resolutions that have been set coming into this new year. However, the word resolution is defined as "the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter."

Maybe, what you want to achieve isn't a problem in your life. Maybe, it's something you are already doing wonderful at, but you want to create more focus around something and step it up a bit. By setting an intention for the year, you are able to have a loose structured guide to stay focused, yet remain flexible no matter what twist or turn occurs all year long. 

Planning a better self for the new year is more about sitting yourself down to reflect. Think about where you're currently at in your life, and where you want to be one year from now. Then it's about naming the habits that will help you get there.

For example, my 2016 was a year of growth and learning, and now it's about putting that new knowledge into action. I've chosen to focus on "TRANSFORMATION" for 2017!

Grab a cup of coffee, your favorite mug and planner and plan out your year!

1. Choose Your 2017 Intention

Your intention of the year is essentially a theme.


This could be a mantra, phrase or word. With your intention always in mind, it will help guide you when faced with decisions throughout the year.

Example: my intention for 2017 is about transformation. For me, this means creating habits that will help me blossom and transform my life into who I want to become. This includes transforming my body, transforming my home, transforming our brand, even transforming my mind to learn to relax.

2. Create Goals Around Your Intention

Now that you have a goal, it's about creating habit goals that will help you achieve this intention all year long. To be well rounded, I like to select a habit for each of the following categories: mind, body, spirit, heart, work, and home. Here are mine to kickstart ideas for your own!

2017:  The year of transformation

  • Mind | Take classes, watch videos or read books once a month to learn more about growing social media platforms, creative communication and visual marketing.
  • Body | track my macronutrients daily, and exercise 3-5 times a week
  • Spirit | spend 10 minutes everyday to meditate to relax and ground myself
  • Heart | fill out my daily gratitude log in my bullet journal
  • Work | continue to build the brand and post daily for Victoria and Marie
  • Home | complete the konmari method for tidying up my belongings before the end of the year

It's important to create habits that lead to the goal, but are also realistic! 

3. Last but most importantly, take action.

Now, keep that phrase somewhere with you where you'll always be reminded. In your phone's notes, or even write it in your planner. Better yet, make it your phone's wallpaper. Wherever it is, make sure it's somewhere that will keep you aware of it. As the year progresses, take time to check in with yourself and ask "have I been living intentionally?

Happy New Year!
Wish you all the best in an intentional 2017 life!