Self-Care Tips for Autumn

Autumn is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Keep in mind; self-care is not being selfish. Work, school, family, friends, and other commitments can easily fill up your daily schedule. Yes, finding a moment to yourself in a challenging schedule is difficult.

The truth is self-care helps you maintain a healthy balance between your commitments and personal well-being. Find a way to make self-care a daily habit. If needed, put your self-care into your daily planner.

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Self-Care Ideas for Fall

  1. Rest: Sounds easy, but in a demanding schedule getting enough sleep is difficult. Go to bed early, take an afternoon nap, or sleep in. Getting enough sleep is critical to your health.
  2. Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  4. Eat Healthy: Along with staying hydrated, eating healthy is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Go to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables
  5. Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
  6. Get Outdoors: Go for a hike. Go on a nature walk. Or just sit outdoors on your lunch break. Being outdoors can improve mental clarity, increase creativity, improve concentration, and raise your Vitamin D intake.
  7. Get an Exercise Routine: If being outdoors isn’t for you, find a new exercise routine indoors. Ride a stationary bike. Take an exercise class. Learn yoga or other stretching exercise. If you are uncertain where to start, look up beginner’s exercise videos on YouTube.
  8. Write in a Journal: A journal is a wonderful outlet for your emotions. Record your private thoughts, fears, and feelings about the world around you. Writing can reduce stress.

Remember, self-care takes practice.

Self-Care Ideas for October

October is a great month to concentrate on self-care. Committing to taking care of yourself is critical to your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Do you need inspiration for October self-care ideas? Check out the following list.

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  1. Make a commitment to take care of yourself. Announce your dedication. Post it on social media. Let everyone know you plan to take time out for yourself.
  2. Eat outside on a fall day to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the fall crisp air.
  3. Read
  4. Take a long hot bath.
  5. Take the time to listen to your favorite podcast. Yes, listen to the whole podcast at one time.
  6. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Try mulled cider or herbal teas.
  7. Create a playlist for fall.
  8. Declutter your living space.
  9. Go stargazing.
  10. Write or draw in a journal.
  11. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or pet rescue.
  12. Listen to inspirational videos. (TedTalk)
  13. Go on a day trip with your besties.
  14. Step away from social media for an afternoon or entire day.
  15. Learn breathing techniques to reduce stress.
  16. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  17. Learn meditation exercises or guided prayer.
  18. Cook your favorite meal.
  19. Call an old friend to chat. Yes, call not text.
  20. Get outdoors! Go hiking or take a nature walk. Don’t forget your camera.
  21. Create something. Draw, paint, or do a craft.
  22. Get extra sleep.
  23. Buy yourself something.
  24. Go out to the movies.
  25. Treat yourself with in-home spa treatment.
  26. Create a vision board. Use Pinterest. Or go old school and decorate a poster board.
  27. Get a library card to check out new books.
  28. Watch funny videos on YouTube.
  29. Go on a solo date. Take yourself out to dinner.
  30. Light a scented candle.
  31. Happy Halloween! Dress up, act like a kid, pass out candy, or attend a community event.

Enjoy your October!

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Rebecca Reviewed It: Oh Mi Organics

A couple weeks ago, I went out to eat with my sister and our dad. After the fantastic home-style cooked meal at Dershy’s Cafe, we stopped next door at Oh Mi Organics. Dubbed the Chocolate Studio, Oh Mi Organics provides “chocolate your body understands.”

Now, I do not claim to be a gourmet foodie. But I do know what I like. And, Oh Mi Organics chocolate is in my “like” category.

The General Information

Oh Mi Organics is located at 109 W. Higham Street., St Johns, MI 48879. They serve over 180 different flavors of chocolate. Serving a healthier alternative, many of the premium chocolates are gluten-free, dairy-free, or without peanuts. Along with chocolates, there were a few beverages, cold coffee, and hummus available.

Customer Service

In a word, the customer service was outstanding! The cashier was polite, quick to answer questions, and always had a smile on her face. When she found out, we were first-time visitors, she immediately offered samples.

At first, the customer service representative gave each of us a sample of the base chocolate. Next, the cashier had us test the Neapolitan chocolate. Listening to the instructions of the cashier, we held the chocolate on our tongues. When the chocolate dissolves, we really could taste each flavor. Yes, the flavors were yummy.

Sampling the chocolates!

Will I Return?

Yes! Oh Mi Organics offers a great incentive to return, a punch card. After purchasing 12 dozen chocolates, you receive a dozen of chocolates free. And, every Tuesday is double punch day.

The punch card from Oh Mi Organics.

The outstanding customer service went beyond being inside the store. The packaging of the chocolate was superior. Each chocolate was placed in trays then set inside of a box, for easy travel. The best part, the cashier wrote on the side of the tray to identify the type of chocolates.

Easy identification of each chocolate!

Next time you are in St. Johns, Michigan, do not forget to stop by Oh Mi Organics for great-tasting chocolate.

20 Motivational Quotes for Monday

It’s Monday again! Where did the weekend go? Are you looking for some inspiration to start your work week?  Keep reading. Here is a list of motional quotes for Monday.

  1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”– Thomas A. Edison
  2. “Mondays are tough only for those people, who don’t know how to spend them cheerfully. Get up and have fun today!”-Unknown
  3. “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”– Albert Einstein
  4. “Hey, I know it’s Monday. But it’s also a new day and a new week. And in that lies a new opportunity for something special to happen.”- Michael Ely
  5. “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” – Will Smith
  6. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”– Babe Ruth
  7. “If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  8. “Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!”- David Dweck
  9. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” —Thomas Carlyle
  10. “It’s Monday. Get a new perspective. Whatever obstacle you’re facing—it’s not permanent.”-Unknown
  11. “This should be the spirit every Monday. Know that something good will always happen.”- Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  12. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier and healthier life.”-Germany Kent
  14. “Candy is nature’s way of making up for Mondays.”- Rebecca Gober
  15. “This is your Monday morning reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you.”-Unknown
  16. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” —Tricia Cunningham
  17. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” —Karen E. Quinones Miller
  18. “I really need a day in between Sunday and Monday.”-Unknown
  19. “Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.”-Jerry Spinelli
  20. “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” —Farrah Gray

Have a wonderful week!

16 Autumn Songs for an Old School Vibe

The fall season is a wonderful time to curl up under a fuzzy blanket and listen to music. Earbuds limit the noise, no distractions, just you and your favorite tunes. Are you looking to add an “old school” music to your autumn playlist?

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  1. September SongFrank Sinatra
  2. Autumn Leaves-Nat King Cole
  3. Autumn in New York-Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  4. Autumn Serenade-John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
  5. Indian Summer – Ella Fitzgerald
  6. Autumn Waltz-Tony Bennett
  7. Autumn Nocturne-Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
  8. September-Frank Sinatra
  9. It Might as Well Rain Until September-Carole King
  10. Shine on Harvest Moon-The Four Aces
  11. ‘Tis Autumn-Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
  12. The Last Leaf-The Cascades
  13. See You In September-The Happenings
  14. Catch a Falling Star-Perry Como
  15. September In the Rain-Dinah Washington
  16. Falling Leaves-Glen Miller and His Orchestra

Put your feet up, sip a hot cup of tea, and enjoy these old songs about the fall season.

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30 Self-Care Ideas for September

September brings the start of Autumn, cooler weather, and multiple chances to engage in self-care. Check out the following ideas for self-care in September.

30 Days of Self-Care for September

  1. Commit to Healthier Choices
  2. Go to the Farmer’s Market for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  3. Get Your Annual Physical
  4. Keep a Daily Mood Tracker
  5. Write a Gratitude List
  6. Hike a New Trail
  7. Join a Support Group
  8. Spend Time in Prayer or Meditation
  9. Keep a Journal
  10. Go for a Nature Walk
  11. Spend a Day Doing Nothing
  12. Go to Church
  13. Stay Hydrated (Commit to 8-10 Glasses of Water a Day)
  14. Create a Weekly Fitness Routine
  15. Create a Playlist
  16. Make a Meatless Dinner
  17. Go on a Social Media Detox
  18. Make a Healthy Smoothie
  19. Take a Long Nap
  20. Grab Your Favorite Book, Wrap Up in a Fuzzy Blanket, and Spend an Afternoon Reading
  21. Go to a Fall Community Event
  22. First Official Day of Fall! Get Outdoors!
  23. Try Yoga or Other Stretching Exercises
  24. Order Take Out
  25. Bake Cookies and Share
  26. Create a Vision Board
  27. Volunteer
  28. Get Organized
  29. Create
  30. Figure Out What Brings You Peace and Do More of That Activity

Remember be kind to yourself.

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Self-Care Ideas for August

Work schedules, family, and other commitments fill up your day quickly. Stepping back to take care of yourself is a necessity for your overall well-being. Do you need self-care ideas for August? Check out the following list.

  1. Plan healthier meals. Consider going to your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Commit to drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
  3. Go to bed early.
  4. Get some sun.
  5. Practice saying no.
  6. Try a new exercise routine.
  7. Pray or meditate daily.
  8. Create a vision board.
  9. Join a support group or a church group.
  10. Take a mental healthy day a do nothing.
  11. Sip hot tea or coffee while watching the sunrise.
  12. Get a new hair style.
  13. Unplug from your devices for a day.
  14. Avoid negativity. Try to maintain a positive outlook.
  15. Call an old friend to chat.
  16. Create a summer scrapbook.
  17. Go hiking.
  18. Go for walks.
  19. Try a new local restaurant.
  20. Buy yourself something. Consider shopping on Etsy.
  21. Give yourself an in-home spa treatment.
  22. Go out for ice cream.
  23. Go for a bike ride.
  24. Binge-watch your favorite series.
  25. Dim the lights, safely light candles, and listen to your favorite music.
  26. Take a long afternoon nap.
  27. Take a class, seminar, or attend a conference.
  28. Deep clean your living space.
  29. Volunteer.
  30. Keep a journal.
  31. Your choice. The only stipulation, the activity must be for you.

Self-Care Ideas for July

The summer months are a great time to focus on self-care. Whether you are just starting or continuing a self-care routine, the benefits promote an overall well-being to your mind, body, and soul. Set aside a time just for you. Do you need some ideas for your July self-care routine? Look at the following list for inspiration.

  1. Schedule your annual wellness check with your primary care provider.
  2. Stay hydrated! Drink lots of fluids in the warm weather.
  3. Get creative.
  4. Celebrate the 4th! Play with sparklers or go watch the fireworks.
  5. Sleep! Take naps or sleep an extra hour.
  6. Meditate or pray.
  7. Listen to relaxing music.
  8. Go to the library or local bookstore to find your summer reading material.
  9. Binge-watch movies or series on a rainy day.
  10. Try a new fitness routine.
  11. Go for a hike or nature walk.
  12. Go for a swim.
  13. Ride a bike.
  14. Keep a gratitude journal.
  15. Call an old friend.
  16. Go out to lunch.
  17. Try a new recipe.
  18. Volunteer
  19. Clean your living space.
  20. Spend a day at the beach.
  21. Unplug from your devices.
  22. Be a local tourist.
  23. Stargaze.
  24. Watch the sunrise or sunset.
  25. Buy a new outfit.
  26. Do an in-home spa treatment.
  27. Get a haircut.
  28. Find a new place to worship.
  29. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant or try somewhere new.
  30. Take a long hot bubble bath with lavender or rose hips oil.
  31. Learn a new skill.

Self-Care Ideas for June

June brings warmer weather, longer days, and a whole new set of commitments. Remember through all the hustle of the summer months to take time for self-care. Do you need inspiration for self-care activities? Check out the following list for June.

  1. Stay hydrated. (Add sparkling water with fresh fruit, iced tea, or lemonade to your daily intake)
  2. Make a summer bucket list.
  3. Take a long, hot bubble bath or shower.
  4. Go hiking at a National Park.
  5. Spend a rainy-day doing arts and crats.
  6. Go on a virtual tour of another country.
  7. Make yourself a smoothie with fresh fruit from a farmer’s market.
  8. Go for a nature walk. Do not forget your camera.
  9. Play video games.
  10. Stop at your local ice cream shop and indulge.
  11. Order take-out for dinner.
  12. Spend the afternoon at the beach.
  13. Go on a picnic.
  14. Go on a bike ride.
  15. Binge watch your favorite show or discover a new one.
  16. Make a summer playlist.
  17. Go on a long car ride, roll the windows down, and sing along to your favorite songs. (Do not forget your summer playlist).
  18. Take yourself out on a date.
  19. Volunteer
  20. 1st day of Summer. Get outside!
  21. Buy a new summertime outfit.
  22. Call an old friend, just to chat.
  23. Start a journal or create a summer scrapbook.
  24. Got to a community event. (For example, attend a music in the park series).
  25. Go bird watching.
  26. Join a group.
  27. Give yourself an in-home spa day.
  28. Read a new book.
  29. Try a workout routine, Yoga, or meditation.
  30. Unplug from your devices and do nothing for an entire day.

Self-Care Ideas for May

May is here! For many the new month brings warmer weather, flowers, and lots of sunshine. Whether you are still staying home or starting to get back to a normal routine, engaging in self-care should always be a top priority. Do you need self-care ideas for May? Check out the following list.

  1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  2. Take a long hot bath.
  3. Make a delicious homemade meal.
  4. Go for a long nature walk. (Do not forget your camera)
  5. Write in a journal.
  6. Get up early just to watch the sunrise.
  7. Sit outside at night to gaze at the stars.
  8. Burn a scented candle.
  9. Try yoga.
  10. Mediate or pray to calming music.
  11. Try a new craft. (Many local dollar stores have inexpensive crafty supplies to get you started.)
  12. Fill up your vehicle with gas and go for a line drive.
  13.  Bake cookies for yourself. Then, bake another batch to give away.
  14. Go on a picnic in the park.
  15.  Go to bed early, sleep in, or take a long afternoon nap.
  16. Spend an afternoon at an art museum or gallery.      
  17. Listen to a new podcast.
  18. Play the radio, sing loudly, and dance around to your favorite songs.
  19. Buy a magazine to read all afternoon. (A cup of hot tea or hot chocolate is great companion to this task.)
  20. Binge watch your favorite series. (Do not forget the popcorn.)
  21. Order take-out from a new restaurant.
  22. Unplug from your devices and just relax.
  23. Give yourself a pedicure, manicure, or homemade face mask.
  24. Go to your local library. Wander through the stacks of books to find your next read.
  25. Watch YouTube videos.
  26. Wear an extravagant outfit just for fun.
  27. Make a mood board.
  28. Plan your dream vacation.
  29. Call in an old friend just to chat.
  30. Volunteer
  31. Practice saying, “no” to extra work.