2016, you were so good to me. I launched Keeping Up with Kahla in this little corner of the web. I got to marry my best friend. I traveled, a heck of a lot – some for leisure, some for work. 2016 was a year of growth – both personally and professionally.
Looking forward to 2017, I want it to be a year of self-care not only physically, but mentally. At any given moment, I have this lingering thought that there’s always something else that I could be doing. That there’s always something that I could be checking off of my to-do list – especially when it comes to this little blog of mine. I’m learning that I never give myself down time to recharge and relax away from my to-do list.
When you’re the kind of person that believes every minute should be spent being productive, self-care really presents itself as a challenge. I’ll be honest: taking time for myself to stay away from my to-do list just seems like a waste of time. I can’t see where it’s a good thing, and that my friends is the exact issue.
Learning that it’s ok to take a breather, and just hit refresh on yourself sometimes is OK. It HAS to be OK. Otherwise your stress levels suffer, and you burn out.
Initially I thought this whole resolution could be accomplished by scheduling myself monthly massages – I’m realizing that it’s a bigger challenge than that. This is going to take a mindset shift, unfortunately for me and Massage Envy.
Rest assured that I have no intention of tossing my to-do list. I’m a planner and list-lover at heart, so there’s just no way that could happen. What will happen is working smarter, not harder. Taking time for myself and knowing that it’s going to be OK to do so. Establishing a routine and carving time out for my well-being. It’s going to be a challenge, but 2017 I’m ready for you. I’m ready for a year of putting self-care first.
What are your resolutions for 2017? Any tips for someone that’s looking to put self-care at the top of their list?
Always acknowledge & celebrate your self victories - even small ones 🥳. Last month I set a goal for myself to close all of the rings on my Apple Watch every single day in October. And I DID IT. 💪🏻
I’m pretty obsessive about closing my rings, but completing them every day for a month was something I had never done before 😬. I held myself accountable any way I could. I’d wake up early for workouts to close my Exercise Ring if I knew the day would be busy. If I passed out early on the couch I’d set an alarm for the later hours of the night to make sure I could stand up and close my Stand Ring. I kept my body moving to hit my Move Ring even if it was minutes before bed (in case you’re wondering- doing the electric slide over and over will get you there 🎶). October was the month I was going to close all of the rings and I committed myself to it. No excuses.
Closing all of my rings on 10/31 was equal parts exciting and relieving. I had pushed myself every day for 31 days straight. Looking at my Health App screenshot for October literally gives me all of the FEELS 🥰. I might just make it a goal again for December (right now I’m focusing on closing my rings 5x per week).
What’s something you’ve recently accomplished that you’re proud of? Shout it out and let’s celebrate it. 🎉
🎉 GIVEAWAY CLOSED: congrats @taraxdanielle_fitness!! 🎉 Nobody puts Kahla in a corner - unless it’s the corner of a cozy backseat to catch Dirty Dancing at the drive-in 😉 #hosted. Have you ever seen Dirty Dancing? It was my first time!! @rooftopcinemaclub is doing ALL the right things at @armatureworks_tampa 🚗🎥. Their drive-in setup makes for a unique date night experience (we even let @nashkeepsup tag along 🐶). Sweet and savory concessions are available for mobile purchase so you can snack while you screen 🍿🍫. @rooftopcinemaclub has extended their showings through 11/24 and you have the chance to win one ticket right here, right now (good for one vehicle, regardless of occupancy). This ticket is available for any screening through Nov. 24, 2020, subject to availability.
1. Like this photo
2. Follow @rooftopcinemaclub and @kahlabru
3. Comment below and tag the friends you want to bring along
I’ll pick a winner tomorrow night (11/18) at 11:30PM ET. GOOD LUCK 😘. While you wait checkout the lineup of movies on @rooftopcinemaclub’s website (I spy The Goonies, Mean Girls, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and soooo many more).
My favorite crafting project? COCKTAILS 🤪 #ad SAVE THIS COCKTAIL RECIPE FOR LATER. When I’m the one crafting cocktails in this house I have three rules to follow: 1. It must be easy to make (the less ingredients the better), 2. It absolutely has to be gram worthy (otherwise what’s the point?), 3. It better go down smooth. This @empress1908gin Empress & Elderflower cocktail hits all the marks (+ it was the fan fave to make on stories!!). 🌺
HOW TO MAKE:
Pour 2oz @empress1908gin over ice
Top with 3oz elderflower tonic water
Garnish with a grapefruit slice
That’s it - that’s the drink. Is this easy or what? Equal parts refreshing & floral. Check out that color too 😍. @empress1908gin is distilled with butterfly pea blossoms which turn the cocktail to this hue when reacting with tonic water. Love a sippable science project moment especially when it looks this pretty and tastes this good. 💜 #EmpressGin #EmpressFL #EmpressAtHome...
outfit mirror pic, but what am I actually wearing? that’s a secret I’ll never tell xoxo gossip girl 😏. I’ve immersed myself back into the world of my favorite upper east siders - rewatching #GossipGirl while I workout has been the best way to pass by the cardio minutes 👏🏻. What shows are you watching lately? http://liketk.it/313e3 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKsalealert #LTKshoecrush #LTKFall #floridablogger #mirrormirror #tampablogger #tampainfluencer...
someone settle this household debate: do you call the pool cleaner a kreepy krawly or a mouse? 😳 http://liketk.it/30Qfl #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #LTKswim #StayHomeWithLTK #polkadots #sheinUS #sheingals #sheinofficial...
If I fitaly I sitaly in Italy (my fave menu at #epcotfoodandwine!!!) 🐭 http://liketk.it/30A0j #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKunder50 #LTKtravel #LTKfit #loungewear #urbanoutfitters #UOonYou #epcot #WakelyWay...
Hold onto your pumpkins folks, it’s going to be a bumpy week 🎃. Election week anxiety is REAL. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
1. Workout, go for a walk, stretch it out with some yoga, or meditate. Do something for your body. 💪🏻
2. Turn off the tv. Log out of socials if you need to. Nap. Take a bath. Give yourself a mental break. The media can be mentally draining. 😴
3. Create. Find an outlet this week that’ll get you away from the screen and into what you love doing most. Painting, journaling, cooking, something new, ANYTHING. 🍳
4. Breathe. 2020 has been a wild ride. We’re going to get through it. ☁️