Restorative Weekend Practices

tumblr_n7n316dRz41tp98tmo1_500As I get older, I find the weekends to be more magical. We go through the whole week full of tension—mental, physical, emotional—and from Friday night to Sunday night, we get to release. We can abandon expectations. We can let go of failures and stress. We can forget schedules. Instead of tiring ourselves out with overly-planned weekends, what if we all took time to truly relax?

This weekend, let’s give it a try. Lately, I’ve found myself longing for meditative practices, like yoga and hot baths or nighttime swims. Think about what you want, and do it. I don’t mean hard-work goals. I mean what brings joy to your soul? Seek those things out and hold them close on the weekend. It could be as simple as making a cup of tea or as bold as hiking a new path.

If we can embrace those things that make us smile from the inside out for three nights, maybe we can even learn to bring souljoy into our everyday. Here are some things that have me feeling inspired, taken from Sarah’s gorgeous blog.

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What weekend rituals do you hold dear?

Gemini Season Forever

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Hey, it’s September!

A rapid fire Google search tells me that means it is Virgo season. Whatever that means for you, woohoo. I am not taken by astrology by any means, but I have found the word gemini to describe me well, despite its crunchy granola insinuations. Gemini is the Latin word for “twins,” which wraps up, very simply, my nature. By this I don’t mean I have bipolar disorder because I have never been to a psychiatrist, but that the two sides of my personality are so distinct. The academic and creative sides often work isolated from one another, but I am very thankful when they decide to collaborate. The intro- and extroverted parts of me, as well.

That being said, I went all heart eyes emoji when I found the TAudrey “Gemini” horoscope nameplate. I very well could have emblazoned my collarbones with my birth name or social media handle, but the creepers and stalkers of the world should not have that privilege. I would have been fine with the mailperson dropping the dainty chain in the mailbox like it’s hot. I would have been dismayed, but they have no reason to value the handmade beauty of it. However, the lovely Tiffany over at TAudrey sent it in the same way your favorite aunt would send you a mood ring for your birthday in third grade—enclosed in a charming pink box, placed in a sheer drawstring pouch and accompanied by a handwritten note.

I wore mine to the beach this weekend, layered with a longer drop pendant chain to emulate Rihanna and fail at emulating Rihanna. Despite this, there is nothing quite like a very personal piece of jewelry, and TAudrey has your back.

Thank you, Tiffany! Get your own little piece of yourself here.