It’s so nice to be home in San Diego! I’ve barely left the house, but I couldn’t be happier. Sometimes all you need is to be surrounded by family and good food to recognize what really is important to you.
These past few months have felt like me running around like a chicken with my head cut off, so now that I’m able to slow down, I feel like I can actually breathe again.
[ My grandmother's homemade noodles. ]
[ The Macy's "Believe" sign. How pretty - I wish I had seen it at night! ]
[The entrance to Mission Beach's shopping center in San Diego. ]
[ A street vendor in LA's Garment District. ]
[ About to enjoy my bacon-wrapped hot dog with grilled onions! ]
[ The Pacific Beach pier. I felt so beach-deprived in New York! ]
[ A wall mural in LA. ]
[ Inspiring stairs in Los Angeles. ]
[ The most delicious Carne Asada fries I've ever eaten. These were from Santana's near Mission Beach in SD. ]
[ My Freshly Baked sweater. This great company views clothing as modern-day artwork. ]
What did I learn this week?
That everyone is overcome with stress at times. The key to not burning out though is finding out what helps you breathe a little easier. Some of the things I do to live less stressfully are:
1. Move – I went for a walk on the beach the day after I got back, and it was one of the most calming things I’ve done in a long time.
2. Step away from the electronics – Because I blog, work in PR and act, I am almost always on my phone or my laptop whether it’s for a new post, social media or to submit myself for a new project. That constant connection to electronics is stressful and keeps me on edge. It’s not the end of the world if I turn off my phone for an hour (even if it feels like it is sometimes).
3. Declutter – I feel so claustrophobic when my room or workspace is messy or disorganized. It also gives me a reason to procrastinate – have you ever been getting ready to write a paper or do some work when you say to yourself “I can’t work at this messy desk. I’ll clean it first and then get to what I need to do!” If my space is clutter-free, I’m less stressed and much more productive.
What do you do to de-stress?