#SELFCARESaturday | 3 Ways I Practice Self-Love Through Self-Care.

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SELF-CARE=SELF-LOVE

When we talk about self-care we are talking about self-love. Self-love is often communicated as  “putting yourself first”, but what does that mean? What does that look like? How do I care for myself outside of eating healthy and bathing?  As a young lady on my own journey, I have decided to be intentional on how I LOVE ME. Through countless hours of reading, spending time alone, and conversing with friends, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are many ways one can love her/his self. It boils down to 6 key factors (we’ll talk about the rest later), but today we are talking about self-care!

Self-Care is the foundation for any work that we do, and in order to sustain our minds, bodies, and souls we should engage in self-care regimens that rejuvenate us either daily, nightly, or weekly. Given the sometimes negative and draining society we live in, it’s important to put aside time to restore ourselves. In order to be the people needed for the spaces and lives, we occupy “ME TIME” is an essential part of life, yet so hard to make practical. That stops today! Recently, I’ve been doing something which I’ve coined #SelfCareSaturdays. Every Saturday I dedicate 2 hours to myself indulging in self-care activities that restore my mind, body, and soul. It has only been two months and by doing this I’ve noticed a great increase in attentiveness regarding “my happy” and how I can maintain it.

 

Listed below are 3 activities that have now turned into rituals for me and my hope is that by sharing my 3- YOU’LL be able to pinpoint yours and practically shower yourself in the care and love you deserve!

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2 Reasons Why Millennial Professionals Can’t Secure What They Need

Dear Millennial Professionals,

Let us pledge today to stop selling ourselves short!

I recently had two separate conversations with two friends, both millennial professionals who shared their current work frustrations. Noticing striking similarities of leaving to much on the table, I decided to share some of our millennial professional pitfalls and the lessons I learned about selling myself short. Trust me when I say, this is still a struggle for me and every day I’m being intentional about what it is I need and voicing that as I navigate being a millennial professional myself.

Millennial professionals, are passion driven and strive to be involved in work that fulfills our purpose, fuel our professional development, and sustains us financially, right? I believe that such a lifestyle is attainable, millennials just have to stop selling ourselves short by not being afraid to sit at the table, voice what we need, and decide whether or not it’s worth staying after fighting the good fight. I have listed 2 reasons I personally know has hindered millennials from flourishing professionally below, let me know if you agree or not.

2 reasons millennial professionals can’t secure what they need?

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Yo, Lauren Where You Been?

Lauren, girl, where you been?

 Yo’ Lauren where you been girl?

What’s going on with Biscuits & Honey.com?

You been writing?

Ahhhhhhh, Lauren so many questions. Questions that I’ve been avoiding. The truth is, TOO MUCH has been going on that Lauren had to put Biscuits & Honey on the back burner for a while. I will admit, this feels amazing! Posting on Biscuits and Honey again is really a breath of fresh air. I have been swamped in planning something to launch, trying to figure out how/if to continue with Biscuits and Honey- all while working and going to school full time. Whew, writing then reading that last sentence sounded like a lot, but hey I ASKED FOR THIS. Since the last post in July 2016(YIKES), I moved from Brooklyn, NY to Washington, D.C to attend Howard University School of Divinity, for a  Masters of Divinity Degree.

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Peacekeeping

Sometimes living in the city can warrant a feeling of lonesome. It’s like enjoying a street festival where you see people and you know you’ll see people, but know not one soul. For me, I just needed some separation from all the people and action to regain some type of peace. So I took a road trip and spent time in Virginia enjoying the simplicity of life and love. Trees, sunshine uninterrupted by buildings,  hospitality, smiles, waves, hugs- enjoying the marvels of God’s creation. VA served as a great  atmosphere to relax and reclaim a sense of self away from the hustle and bussle of city living.

Philippians 4:6-7  

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Peacekeeping is what I like to think of as restoring the soul. It’s important to realize when YOU need time apart from the daily drainage of life in order to recharge, so that you can be THAT person to fulfill your job, relationship, and priorities. I encourage all of you to take time to get away and by away, I mean, time spent reflecting and not posting every 5 minutes on the gram. Take time for yourself and often. Peacekeeping comes in many forms for myself: prayer, scenic routes, yoga, writing, meditating, whatever it is that leads you to a sense of peace and recharge incorporate that into your life and utilize it as often as you need to!

John 14:27 

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

XOXO,
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