MINDFUL MONDAY // 2/18/19

Oh hello, Monday.

Let’s take some mindful moments before we start our day.

This little Monday Mindfulness series is a chance for me to give space to take a pause, share thoughts and things that I’ve been loving and appreciate the little moments in life.

MINDFULNESS

// Mindful Relationships

Valentine’s Day has always been special to us since college, and this past week Alex and I celebrated our 18th Valentine’s together. Here are few simple tips on how adding mindfulness can help in relationships:

  1. Learn your and your partner’s Love Language: We all like to give and receive love in different ways this book helps couples identify, understand and then speak using their partner’s ‘love languages’. For Alex, I prefer to receive his love with acts of service and quality time and he prefers words of affirmation and physical touch. By knowing these simple wants, we can start to build more awareness of our differences and what each other needs.
  2. Make time for space: This is huge for us! While we love spending time together, Alex and I have different friends, passions, and things that make us happy (and sometimes you literally need to be alone), so it’s important for not only your wellbeing but for your partners as well, to allow time for you both to do your own thing! Alex and I don’t have a “set schedule” of our alone-time, but instead, we have an understanding, an awareness, of what each of us needs – he knows I love girlfriend time, so supports my many outings with friends and I know he values time watching his favorite game or hanging out with his close friend.
  3. Embrace before bedtime: We’ve all gone to bed angry at one point in our relationships and it’s never a good feeling going to bed and waking up with those emotions in the morning. If you feel upset before bedtime, make sure that you feel love and peace before falling asleep the night. Communicate your truth to your partner as best you can and listen to his truth as well. And even if you both disagree are are feeling upset, try to end the night with a geneune, loving embrace. You don’t have to solve all the problems each evening, but from experience, it makes easing into the morning easier and once you both get some time to think and some space – you’re less likely to hold onto those feelings the following day.

MINDFUL STYLE + BEAUTY

// Everlane – The Cotton Box-Cut Pocket Tee

On the hunt for the best white tee (for my body type) and this Everlane boxy tee is definitely in the running. Do you have a favorite ethical white t-shirt?

Sweater | Pants

MINDFUL LIVING

// Filt Bag + Shopping Local

My local town has an amazing farmer’s market on Tuesday mornings and I try to make it out there whenever I have the chance to pick up some fresh fruits and produce. I also make sure to bring my own bags and love this Filt French Market tote bag becuase they are strong, expandable and eco-friendly.

MINDFUL CONSUMPTION

// Dairy-Free Parfait

Have you tried coconut milk yogurt before? It’s actually pretty delicious! I have a bit of sensitivity with dairy and sometimes get an upset stomach if I eat too much, so this coconut milk version is a great alternative to traditional yogurt. I made some yogurt parfaits for my friend’s baby sprinkle this weekend with coconut granola, berries, and banana.

MINDFUL MOTHERHOOD

// Em

Em’s 1st school project <3

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