Ever notice people in nature give reasons for being there like how they needed a break or wanted to get away and clear their mind. I thought this must be a common coping mechanism for many people including myself when I’m feeling triggered or overwhelmed, but apparently we are few. The average American spends 24 hours a year outside! If you don’t do anything else today, get outside. Enjoy nature. Nature is amazing and I believe that nature is God’s gift to us all. Nature brings peace. I recently loss a loved one. I have really been trying to take it easy but also keep busy so that I don’t fall into an episode of depression. Balance is always something to strive for in life. Going on walks and spending time doing little things outside with my loved ones bring me a lot of peace.
Remember I told you guys about healthy ways I cope with my anxiety and one of them is practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is disconnecting from technology and really getting in tuned with your surroundings. What do you see? What colors are around you? What is that bird doing on that rooftop? Take time to really observe and take it all in. You’d be amazed at how at ease you feel and grounded after doing little mindful exercises like that. Every day is different, but to take time and really indulge in your surroundings for at least 30 minutes a day is very powerful. I think a lot of us have traded mindfulness for scrolling mindlessly on social media and utilizing the digital world as an escape. This is unhealthy and doesn’t contribute at all to your higher self.
Being in nature actually has been proven to have health benefits. Having trees and greenery in you neighborhood or even bringing some plants into your home can make a world of difference for your health. Neighborhoods with more greenery and trees have lower crime rates and the locals are less likely to be stressed. Did you know plants lower anxiety and stress by reducing your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones? It’s amazing all that God has given to us and yet we take it very much for granted. Promise me you’ll go outside for at least 30 minutes today or go for a walk in your neighborhood. Put your phone in your purse and really embrace all that nature has to offer you.
Nature heals and if we really think about it we are a part of nature as well. Our genetic makeup wasn’t exposed to all this technology and advancements today. We are made up of 70% percent of water so that should already tell you a lot about who we are as human beings and what we need to survive. I feel for people who don’t like water, those who won’t even sit with with feet half way in. Nature can heal us, if we embrace it and allow it. I love nature because it doesn’t ask for permission to be is just does. It’s beautiful on its own and doesn’t mind going unnoticed, it will still go through it’s life cycle. There’s something to be said about nature in all its beauty. So much abundance and I know that if God created it, it was surely for a reason. While I’m here on Earth I will always find solace and peace in nature. If you haven’t tried practicing mindfulness yet, make it a thing to do this weekend. Then let me know how you felt about it.
Have you ever thought what are labels? And what purpose do they really serve? Are they really transparent and honest when they’re labeling our goods in a retail store or is it just there to appease our minds? Do you even know who you’re buying from when you’re mindlessly shopping? I know I didn’t before, but now I am more aware of situations where I can be a mindful consumer. After all, I am working for hard earned money. Relying solely on labels can be dangerous and unhealthy. Get out there, do your research. Find out the facts and what will help you consume more mindfully. This is also how finding yourself in life goes and not allowing labels to hinder you.
When you start labeling, you create an environment for unhealthy thoughts. It creates the idea in your mind that isn’t realistic. You notice you start to train your mind to think that if something doesn’t fit within the description of what has been labeled then there’s an issue. I agree to some extent with foods and goods we buy, but I think labeling people can be toxic and hindering for self and others. For example, we label doctors as health experts and think they know everything, but we truly know our own body better than anyone else. It’s great to have a doctor to go to for procedures and prescriptions, but for the most part the foods you eat and the things you consume correlate directly to your health. We can’t label people and put unrealistic expectations on them especially if we aren’t proactive in doing the work for ourself.
Labels can keep you stuck to one place and way of living meanwhile the world is changing every day. You know the saying move with me or get left behind. It’s true. I’m not saying to abandon your morals and character, but explore life and what makes you happen and what doesn’t. Be open to new opportunities and remember as long as you’re alive you have a choice to grow and be better. Your higher self deserves every bit of the efforts you put into being better each day you rise.
Check out a few examples of labels below and discuss amongst family and friends the potential harms and real life affects of these labels. Have they helped you to grow as a person? Have these labels caused you to have a one track mind? Really make an assessment of the labels below but also think about some labels that relate to you personally. Assess them and make the proper adjustments in your life to free yourself.
Creative vs Non Creative, Smart vs Dumb, Black vs White, Beautiful vs Ugly , Happy vs Sad, Pretty vs Ugly, the list goes on
It takes time to undo the labels that society has placed on you and boxed you in to be. As a very spiritual being, I know that I can be anything because I am a part of something so much bigger than I could even imagine. Labels are often used to put fear in someone, create a narrative, and control people. I am sending light and love to all those on their journey to be free. ❤️
I had a beautiful start to the weekend with my good friend who’s name is also Ashley and boyfriend Chuck. We started the day at L Train Vintage, a cool spot in Brooklyn that has amazing vintage clothing. It was nice to be out and about since the pandemic and actually be able to shop in a store again. The fitting rooms weren’t open yet due to the virus though. I told myself I wasn’t shopping and just there for moral support for Ashley who was buying denim shorts. My boyfriend got some cool pieces as well. Long behold, there was a beautiful sequin beaded top that I could not resist. Luckily I have the best boyfriend, and he bought it for me. So technically I didn’t shop. Lol.
Next, we got hungry from all the shopping so we grabbed a bite at Sisters, a Brooklyn bar and eatery, just some blocks away. The ambience was beautiful. It had a open rooftop for the most amazing sun light to come through. It was such an LA vibe as soon I stepped into the space and between me and you I’ve never been to LA. My friend did though and she agreed so much. It’s funny how we can tell how a place is or imagine it without ever having been there. Anyway, the food was yummy. I’m trying *keyword trying* not to eat meat so I had the Veggie Burger with fries and Brussels sprouts. I also had a frozen margarita that was def not shy on the alcohol. I enjoyed the outside seating because the day was beautiful. Most restaurants in New York are open for outside dining and/or takeaway.
After, we headed back to my friend’s place which has the most amazing rooftop. We hung out on the rooftop for a bit and caught some vibes. It was the perfect way to end the day but it didn’t end there for me. My night ended unexpectedly at a barbecue where I gave into a beef shush kabob. It was so yummy but my stomach was not happy the next morning. All in all I had an amazing start to my weekend.
Being that the weather has been so hot, I decided to keep it light and airy with my outfit. The warm tones I chose complimented my skin tone so well. My satin skirt from Vince worked perfect for exploring around Brooklyn because of its elastic waistband. Not only is the color divine, but the comfort of the skirt is unmatched. Keeping the brown tones consistent with my look, I paired my skirt with a nude Zara racerback tank, which actually is a set to be worn with matching biker shorts. I love breaking looks apart as well as mixing and matching to maximize my wardrobe. Lastly my shoes, were the perfect touch to complete my feminine but still comfy roaming around in the Brooklyn heat. I love a good cheetah print and they were the perfect print to add a pop to the otherwise minimal look. They were also super comfy. I got them for a decent price during a big sale Nordstrom was having. They’re BP label which is a Nordstrom brand. Would you wear this summer look?
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