Weekend Recap: Self-Care + Fall Bucket List

Hello Lovely,

It’s October! Can you believe we’re already in October? So you know what that means. It’s officially appropriate to start preparing for Christmas! You guys know how much I LOOOOOOOOVE Christmas, and even though it doesn’t snow in The Bahamas, in my mind, I always imagine a white Christmas, with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a fireplace with twinkling lights and a 7 foot Christmas tree wider than Santa Claus himself! But before we get to Christmas, let’s get through Fall.

So far Fall is off to a rough start for me with another late salary payment and travel plans to arrange. My internship has me wanting to just runaway and hide and life in general is just through more challenges than I anticipated at this point in the year. I’m always being told to engage in self-care to avoid burnout so this weekend that is exactly what I did.

It started off with a dinner at my friend’s house. His wife is out of town so he’s a little lonely with just the kids. So a bunch of us got together, cooked and drank about 6 bottles of wine in four hours. (Who says church people can’t drink?) We had so much fun catching up with each other and laughed until we cried. I was especially proud of the turkey meatballs with a lemon garlic yoghurt sauce I made for the evening. Along with my friends’ wings and salsa, we had a nice little menu set up. It was just what I needed to forget about my problems.

On Saturday I woke up excited (and slightly hungover) to go on a Photo Walk. I picked up my friend Rayne who agreed to tag along with me and we headed downtown to the meeting spot. But my excitement did not last long we couldn’t find a parking spot. We circled around and around, parked twice, and were told to move twice before I gave up and left the area completely. I was really upset that we weren’t going to get to do the Photo Walk all because we couldn’t find parking so Rayne suggested that we get something to eat from The Tea Room. She’s been trying to get me to go here with her for months, so I obliged. When we got there I was really blown away by the décor.

It’s a tiny shop but it’s filled with class. There’s three tables you can sit at and shelves from ceiling to floor, filled with various teas. I had been looking for loose teas for months so that I could make my own tea bags (now that I see the price I’m not sure if it’s worth it) but I was still intrigued by the variety of tea and the recipe books.

I had never been to a tea room before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m also not much of a tea drinker, (I think I’ve shared once or twice about my coffee addiction) so the proprietor suggested a black tea for me. We were seated and served our own tea pots and the tea cups came with strainers. It was so adorable I couldn’t help but be impressed.

Rayne ordered the lasagne and I got the turkey and cheese sandwich. It was amazing how something so simple could look and taste so gourmet! I definitely felt inspired to switch up the quality of my ingredients the next time I go grocery shopping. They were super courteous and everything about the experience was just wonderful!

Afterwards, I had a photo shoot that I can’t wait to share with you tomorrow. The lighting was almost perfect and the location was breath-taking, but you’ll have to wait to see who I shot and where.

I ended my weekend by finally washing and deep conditioning my hair. I used my avocado deep conditioning treatment and styled my hair in twists because I just do not have the time to fix my hair every day. I also purchased my tickets to go to the VIVA conference at the end of this month, which means I’ll get to see my boyfriend again! At this point we’ve been seeing each other every 2 months since May and sometimes even that feels too far apart. Things are just different once we’re physically together, there’s so much more we can do and it’s just better when we do new things together. So I’m, looking forward to that.

Here are some other things I’m looking forward to this Fall:

 

I really don’t know how I’m going to get 100 hours by winter break but I’m walking in faith on this one. Just remember, if you need or would like counselling (specifically couples or family counselling, and you don’t have to be married) don’t be afraid to fill out the form below and get in contact with me. It’s completely free and confidential and you would really help me to get one step closer to graduating. So fill it out! Get help with stress, relationships, career issues, self-esteem, and many other life challenges. 

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