My ideal day starts out with 10 minutes of meditation the minute I open my eyes. I sit up straight in my bed, take a few deep breaths, and settle into the new day with a clear and conscious mind. If everything goes as planned, I will go on my daily run and then whip down the street for a pilates/yoga class, then get ready for what I hope will be a productive day. Unfortunately, as perfect as this sounds, these days are rare. 

    It seems as though I am in a constant state of going going going. I am a full-time student who has too much on my plate with a few snacks on the side. I have a career taking photos (don't get me wrong, I do love it.) that often requires me to wake up for sunrise more often than not to take photos before I have to go home and cram in the final moments of studying for class. I have what I can of a social life (being a literal hermit with my roommates). I also do my best to workout every day and always throw together some kind of green smoothie that makes me feel like I am healthy.

     No doubt, the nonstop lifestyle takens an extreme toll on my mental health and time spent being present. It is easy for me to get down on myself, which ultimately leads to less production, and less time glowing up to be the ideal human that I strive to be. 

     This past week I started a one-year subscription on an app called Yogaia. I have already taken a few yoga and meditation classes and I LOVED them. The app offers a myriad of live and recorded classes throughout the day led by a staff of kind and talented teachers from guided meditations and vinyasa flow, to Pilates and body strength classes. With a schedule like mine, it is difficult to have a routine and I often get frustrated with myself for not making time for yoga and other practices that make me feel so good and focused. I am so stoked to be a new member of Yogaia so that I can take classes whenever it works best during my day. Cheers to more mindful mornings! Here is a link to a free 7-day trial :)

   Yosemite in the summer is all kinds of magic. I'm lucky to have befriended the savviest campers I know who always come prepared and ready for anything, which usually means curling my 6'2 self up in the back seat to fit all the snacks and essential camp goodies for the drive ahead. The conversations get a little sweeter and a lot sleepier when driving through the winding roads of seemingly never ending wilderness with no service. I'm so grateful to have friends who will drive through the night just to arrive there at 3 am to sleep on the concrete and secure a camping spot for the next day.

   I'm extra grateful for my tiny bean Rachael who gladly shared a one person sleeping bag with me, covered in dirt, under those sweet summer stars for warmth and company. Those are the kind of golden nuggets you keep around.

   After a day of hiking and laying on the edge of Taft Point to catch the sunset and feel the myriad of bug bites, and the heaviness of our legs, we trudged back to camp for some hobo packets (the greatest things ever. Thx Kendall). There's nothing quite like summer campfires with friends, amongst the mountains, trees, and sweet families in their campers. It's my kind of bliss. I've come to realize how much distraction I am surrounded by and how great and freeing it is to exclude myself from it. I find so much goodness in the grit and struggles of living in nature. It's in these times that we laugh, we connect, and we bask in the beauty of life in solitude. I live for these moments.

Photography by Kendall McLeod (@kendallmcleod)

Ingredients for the dreamiest bath: Sweet Himalayan bath salt, unicorn tranquilliser bath bomb, and the liquid daydream perfume roller by Chasin' Unicorns. 

 Sprinkles of sweet Rose, Grapefruit, and Peppermint goodness.

   I have a special love for crystals and their healing properties, so I was absolutely smitten when I found these Quartz clusters tucked away in the Himalayan bath salt. Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negative energy. Beside it is a piece of Amethyst which promotes calmness, balance, and peace.

  This past month I have been investing quite a bit of time into practicing self-love. In a culture where priorities are often found in a seemingly neverending stream of business, I have found it extremely transformative in nearly every aspect of my life to take the necessary time to "treat myself". Once I realized that I am much more productive and content with whatever it is that I'm working on after taking time for myself (like this blog that I've been waiting months to publish), the "I have too much to do" excuse has quickly lost its potency. Taking dreamy baths like this one is one of my favorite forms of self-love and mindfulness, which was why I was so thrilled when Chasin' Unicorns reached out to me about trying some of their products. Every day since receiving their package I have generously applied their liquid daydream perfume, and I can honestly say that my mood instantly improves upon smelling its citrusy lavender goodness. My baths have also become a lot more enchanting. I adore aromatherapeutic goodies, and I am so stoked to have added these to the collection. Cheers to balanced minds and spirits my lovelies.

Photography by the lovely Kendall McLeod (@kendallmcleod)

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