1. A go-to drink: It’s no mystery that I’m a fan of vodka and olive martinis. It was the one thing I couldn’t wait to have after having my baby. This is my favourite cocktail for so many reasons: For one, it doesn’t stain your teeth. It has no lingering aftertaste, and if you’re hungry you can just ask for extra olives to carry you over until your meal arrives. When you know what you like, you project a more confident person who knows what they want. Plus, when you only have a sitter for a certain period of time you don’t have time to waste on deciding what to order. Remember haste makes waste.
2. A hairdo: Every woman needs a versatile hairstyle that looks great and is easy to create. Read my post, “It’s Primping Time” for a quick and simple how-to guide to get the perfect ‘do suitable for any occasion. I, for one love a messy fishtail braid off to the side. It is a good idea to consult a reputable hair stylist for which products they recommended specific to your hair type and styling needs. Trying out products on your own will only leave you with a cupboard full of waste and a whole in your pocket, tisk tisk.
3. A uniform: Depending on the day, I typically have a few staples in mind. On a casual day, I tend to live in my distressed jeans and plaid flannel button-up around this time of year. On warmer days, I turn to my large collection of cotton maxi dress for practical comfort. For evening wear, I reach for skinnies and a sheer blouse for simple elegance. I’m a big fan of tights, that is, if paired with the right length shirt. Preferably a cozy knit sweater wears best on me. I have a make-up routine that I stick to and doesn’t involve all that much time or effort. In my wiser years, I’ve come to realize not to bother following a trend if it does nothing for you. Rather, discover a ‘look’ that makes you feel good about yourself and work it to your advantage.
4. An exercise routine: Find a discipline that you actually enjoy and don’t dread. Personally, I’m not a gym-goer, but love yoga! In the last few years I’ve even taken up ballet because it offers me a sense of peace and improved concentration. If you’re limited to what you can do due to time or financial restraints then try going for a brisk walk or a scenic jog while listening to your favourite tunes. It’s all about fulfilling your desire to feel good about yourself and establishing a regime that suits your schedule and then tweak it to whatever works best for you. It’s important to put aside time for yourself, no matter how busy you are with paying the bills or raising a family. Setting priorities to improve your physical and emotional well-being will guarantee you an overall better lifestyle, which will benefit those around you as a result. We often find ourselves making excuses for our lack of involvement, but it’s essential to have a moment alone with our thoughts. Self-reflection and physical activity is healing and offers long-lasting benefits. The key is discovering something you actually look forward to doing and you’ll find more often than not you will stick to it. At the end of the day, we should want to be wherever we are and feel good about it.
5. A hobby: We all have busy schedules that might limit our choices and chances to take up a hobby or two. But, as much fun drinking can be… there are other ways of enjoying a pastime. Challenging ourselves in various ways is beneficial not only for achieving inner happiness but for keeping our minds active and sharp. We all have things that interest us and that something can be as simple as antiquing. Heck, even window shopping if you’re on a budget. Grab a coffee and peruse the goods. I know that combo always equals good times for me. Browsing might even open up your world to new interests such as card making, scrapbooking, collecting art or vinyls. Maybe even crack a book open for some good ol’ leisurely fun. If this mode of recreation is too passé for a digital diva then try joining an online book club instead. Getting inspired to do things is as easy as 1, 2, 3, you just have to be open to self-discovery and the world will present you with great opportunities. You may hardly ever have time to do all the things you like but making a solid effort to spend more time doing at least some of them is far better than sitting in front of the TV as a way to unwind. It’s good for us to settle our minds every now and then and not just wonder what’s next or how to pass the time while we wait. On the odd day where I find a craft to make or a recipe to replicate, I feel a little more fulfilled. It’s a good feeling when you’re productive.
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