Cholla Cactus Garden – Joshua Tree National Park

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.

On today’s Mindful Monday post, I’m sharing a glimpse into my self-retreat in Joshua Tree. I’ll be writing more about my experience this week, so stay tuned!


// Self-Retreat 2019

“Rest and self care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn

This past weekend, I spent the 2nd year in a row on a self-retreat in Joshua Tree. My intention for this trip was to give myself some space to reflect on my life, my passions, and purpose and to have a close connection to nature so that I feel refreshed and mentally well. I truly believe in the restorative power of taking a pause and allowing time to just be, to rest, to dream, to remember to love and take care of you first, so that you can love and take care of others.


// Secondhand Skirt via Ebay

This white midi-skirt was a new addition to my “basics and investment pieces” wish list that I keep for myself, after seeing a similar skirt on my friend, Maria. And after scouring my favorite online consignment and thrift shops, I came across this secondhand piece by Elizabeth & James via Ebay and of course I was super ecstatic! I wore it for photos during my 2nd night in Joshua Tree and can’t wait to wear it in the Spring and Summer 🙂


// Mindful Travel – Disconnecting from Social Media

I admit that there are some days where I’m on my phone from the time I wake up until the moment I go to bed and it’s just TOO much and I acknowledge this is a very unhealthy habit. One of the most important and *hardest* things I do while on my retreats is to disconnect from technology and social media (apart from a couple of work calls and emails and my DSLR). This gives me the time to truly be present, to read real books, to journal, to rest and just get rid of the noise and the need for instant gratification and self-importance. My goal is to intentionally power-down for a period of time every day to get back to what is really important and right in front of me. Do you take the time to dissconnect?


// Sautéed Spinach + Red Bell Pepper Wrap

No recipe followed, this is my attempt in recreating the Egg White and Pepperjack Wrap that I get often at Coffee Bean on days that I’m “too busy” to make anything healthy for myself. I made this with a gluten-free wrap and vegan cheese and it really did not take very long. I actually made enough of the spinach + red bell pepper sauté to last me a couple of meals that weekend. What is an easy, healthy meal that you enjoy cooking yourself?


// Ri + Em

My silly girls – taken earlier today, thus the late post <3


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