My Self Care Routine

*dealing with a knee injury, don’t mind the kinesio tape. trendy right?*

If you’ve stopped by my blog any in the past, you probably know I’m a big advocate of self love. I think loving yourself should come first (well…after Jesus, the real mvp) in order for other relationships to flourish in life. The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. 

So, one of the most important ways to keep up the self love supply is to practice self CARE! It sounds so cliche at first, but when you really stop to think about it, it is so important. Especially if you’re on a really busy schedule and don’t have much time to spend on yourself. If you’re not taking care of yourself, how are you going to genuinely be able to take care of your marriage, kids, other relationships, etc.?! It just makes sense to take time, even if it’s a small amount of time, to focus on yourself, your health, and your happiness.

With the hubby being gone for so long, I have had extra time at night and on weekends to spend on myself. Not in a selfish way, but in a self-improvement way. Because if I improve myself, I can ultimately improve my marriage and relationship with him! So everyone wins 🙂

Here are a few things I always make sure to incorporate into my routine as self care.

1. Exercise. This is probably my biggest (and most obvious) form of self care and it has been for as long as I can remember. If I’m stressed, I hit the gym and get my endorphins going and instantly feel better. If I’m angry, I go for a quick workout and blow off steam. If I’m feeling just blah, even a light yoga workout or walk can be a mood booster and simultaneously makes me feel better about my body! Getting plenty of exercise has SO many benefits.

2. Quiet time. This is something I totally dropped the ball on for the past two years, as life got really busy. I stopped taking my quiet time at night or in the morning and just got into the routine of skipping it. Recently, I started forcing myself to sit down for quiet time every morning with my coffee, and it has been life changing. Just like getting OUT of the habit became routine, you can easily get back INTO it if you simply make the time to do it. For me, quiet time is reading my devotional or Bible while sipping my coffee, and spending a few minutes in pray. It sets the tone for my day and gives me a sense of peace, regardless of how much stress I’m under. Find something that you can turn into your quiet time and use it to kick off your day OR wind it down at night!

3. Reading a book…for FUN. This is another one that I got too busy for the last couple years and recently started doing again. I forgot how relaxing it is to read a good thriller for an hour (or more depending on how thrilling it is!) a day! My friend Lauren came to visit me this summer and brought some good books with her. I borrowed one and we read on the beach and on the couch in our free time, and WOW was it nice. It’s such a good temporary escape from reality! I felt so recharged after finishing a book that week, so I’ve started reading more!

4. Eating GOOD food. This means two things to me, and in my opinion it has to be in BALANCE. Self care means taking good care of yourself, so naturally you should be eating foods that are good for your body! Whole foods, REAL food. Not eating junk every day or McDonald’s every day. I traveled a lot this summer, which forced me to eat out much more than I usually do… and it was such a good reminder as to WHY I choose to eat healthy most of the time. I felt SO gross when I was eating out a lot! My stomach hurt constantly and I just felt really sick. The other half of this ‘eating good food’ equation, however, is indulging when you want to! You can’t let the healthy lifestyle become an obsession – you have to find your balance! If you eat healthy during the week but want to have beer and nachos during the football game on the weekend? DO IT. DO IT!!! If you’re PMSing or had a terrible day and need a cupcake and some wine? FREAKING DO IT!

5. Get outside. Being outside, even for just a few minutes a day, can be so beneficial! The body converts sunlight into vitamin D once it hits your skin (just wear sunscreen if you’re out for a while!). Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and promotes bone health. It also helps with muscle function and your immune system fighting off bad guys. Plus, being in the sun just makes you feel amazing! So go on a quick walk on lunch break, hit the beach for some yoga, or simply sit in your yard and read a book. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel great after spending some time outdoors! Again, instant mood booster.

6. Listen to your body and know when to slow down. This is so important. At my last job, it was SO high stress and high activity, that it was literally taking a toll on my physical health. I knew it would be a mentally stressful job, but it began causing my migraines to become SO much more frequent than they already were, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, and my foot that had surgery had begun to really bother again. Sometimes, you have to listen to the signs you’re body is giving you to take a step back and slow down. My husband reminded me that quality of life is more important than making a certain amount of money! It’s so true – it’s not worth putting your health at risk. Sometimes it’s okay to slow down and binge watch a season of Friends instead of going going going every single day!

That’s the run down on my self care techniques! I know there are lots of other ways to practice self care, but I don’t want to talk your ear off any more than I have 😉 Maybe I’ll do another self care post soon! Leave me a comment telling me your favorite self care practices!

XO beth

denim shorts – Shein // dare devil shirt – Wildfox couture (old) // lace bralette – Victoria’s Secret in store only, similar here // parachute team hoodie – my husband 😉

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How I Styled My Latest Thrift Shop Find

Would you believe me if I told you I got this adorable gray dress for $1.50 at the thrift shop? Because I did (Along with a couple other hidden gems). Total day maker, because I love finding good deals. I just love how it can be simple/casual OR dressy/classy! The only thing is, I can’t link where the dress is actually from… because I have no idea. But that’s okay just this once, because the main focus of this post is my necklace *😍😍* from Julia Marie!

September is upon us (how in the heck did that happen?! it was July like five minutes ago) and I’m so excited that it is. First of all, it means I’m one month closer to my hubby coming home — I haven’t seen him in five months so ANTSY is an understatement! It is also our wedding anniversary month ONE week from TODAY! This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate! Unfortunately, this year we’ll be celebrating without each other, but that just means we’ll celebrate twice as much when he comes home later on 🙂 For now, I’ll probably go buy myself more flowers like the ones in these photos; I’ll just add some wine and chocolate in there. #treatyoself

Anyways, September 19th, 2015 is my favorite day since it’s the date of our amazing wedding! It was such a fun day and I wish I could do it again, and again and again. It was so perfect! But, since I can’t relive my wedding I guess I will just wear my wedding date necklace instead 😉

I was scrolling the Julia Marie website one night, torn on what to order because of how beautiful every single piece is… but I knew I wanted something kind of simple yet elegant if I wanted to dress it up. When I saw this bar roman numeral necklace, I knew right away that I HAD to have it, with my wedding date on it. I’m so in love with this necklace and have already worn it with pretty much everything. It works well as a single necklace with a nice dress or top, but also layers really well with other, longer necklaces for a more trendy/edgy look! I just love it. **PS the one I’m wearing is on major sale right now!! Linked at end of post.

I shot this look while traveling in AR, so don’t mind the humidity hair :/ is it fall yet?! It was in the 60s this morning but it’s already warming up since the sun’s out. I guess we’re officially entering the awkward time of year where you need jackets in the morning but burn up by the end of the day!

Side note — lots of prayers going out to everyone affected by hurricane Irma (and Harvey too). My house will probably be fine, but I know many people’s aren’t and I hope they know how prayers are being lifted up for them during this difficult time.

Hope you have the best day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

shoes – Target // earrings – Hipsway // sunglasses – forever21 // necklace – here

Red Marble Pants

One of my favorite trends lately is the marble trend. The marble print is going on everything and I’m really not mad about it! I bought my first pair of marble print pants from Firepower back around last Christmas, and I was so in love with the print AND the fit that I couldn’t wait to get more.

My fitness coach Alyx, the owner and boss babe behind FirepowerFit, knew how much I loved my white marble pants, so I was beyond thrilled when she reached out to me for a few color ideas on this new line of marble apparel from Firepower! My first thought was RED. If you know me, you know red, white, and blue is one of my number 1 color schemes (#Merica), so I thought red would be perfect to coordinate with pretty much anything.

I absolutely LOVE how these turned out! My first pair were the full length version, and these are the cropped which is perfect for warmer weather. The quality of these is great! And squat proof, because I don’t buy yoga pants that aren’t squat proof 😉

Use my discount code “REASONER” to save some money!

On another note- it’s almost Friday already! Yay. I’m currently swooning over this fall-like weather. If you haven’t worked out yet today, take your workout outside! Get your vitamin D fix! It does all kinds of good to your body when you get some vitamin D from the sunshine. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. So even if it’s a ten minute walk outside on your lunch break, your body will thank you!

XO beth

pants – HERE / tank – similar HERE / shoes – Nike women

photos by Elle Lua Photography