All posts tagged: Happiness

Practicing Self-care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political welfare.” – Audre Lorde About a month ago I had an incident that made me realize I need to focus more energy on my well-being and prioritize practicing self-care. I believe that in order to be my best self (which means doing my best for others too) there are certain steps I should take to ensure my emotional, mental, and physical health and happiness, and you should too! 1. Understand the importance of your health and wellbeing. As I get older, I realize that when my body and mind are out of whack, everything’s out of whack. I know it’s a common phrase to hear, but it’s true: when it comes to our mental and physical health, everything is connected. In order to do my best as a student, daughter, friend, sister, and partner, I have to first do what’s best for my body and mind. 2. You must find time for rest and relaxation. In this day and age (thanks, in part, to the demands …

Giving Thanks

Last Thanksgiving I posted about what I was thankful for, and thankfully I still feel the same way. Here’s that list, and more: I’m thankful for my family – my friends – my soulmate. I’m thankful to have two wonderful dogs – to be from Tucson – to have the opportunity to travel. I’m thankful for the roof over my head – for my education – for Mexican food. I’m thankful to have a diverse group of friends – to have access to healthy foods – to have health insurance. I’m thankful for my youth – my health – my unique perspective. I’m thankful to be employed – to be in love – to have a best friend for a sister. I’m thankful to be a woman – to have supportive parents – to have creative outlets. I’m thankful for the hurdles I’ve overcome. I’m thankful for a bright future. I’m thankful to have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful to have people I can confide in. I’m thankful to have the option to do anything I want with my life. I’m thankful for my smart and unbelievably talented friends …

Lessons Learned: Post-Graduation

This past spring I was swamped. I had two jobs, an internship, and a full course-load. I was also trying to finish my thesis project and last semester of my undergraduate career. Now that I’m maybe 1/1000th as busy as I was then, I don’t even know how I made it through. College was a lot of fun, but I was running on an empty tank for the last two years and was happy to finally get to re-fuel. That was a seriously dorky analogy, but exactly how I felt. In the midst of the most stressful year of my life, I sat down and thought about the lessons of college – specifically my last year. I wrote them down and ended up with a pretty intense list. Now that I’ve graduated I have a few more thoughts. LESSONS FROM UNDERGRAD (IN PARTICULAR, SENIOR YEAR) Know who you are. Know your self worth. You are stronger than you think. People will always doubt you. At least a handful, if not more. You doubt others too. …