It's You Time: Tips to Relax and Reset

We love summer, but too often we find ourselves biting off more than we can chew. Take some time to re-focus on yourself this week: meditate, go for a walk in the gorgeous sunshine, or just spend some time doing something important to you. We've put together our favorite tips and ideas below to make it easy.

Just remind yourself: you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anything else!

Journal your inspirations, aspirations, and dreams.

Writing down your thoughts or feelings at the time can be extremely cathartic. It's important to write down aspirations and goals as well so you can develop a clear vision of what you want to do. 

Wear daily reminders of the things you're working on.

Give yourself physical reminders of your intentions. Perhaps you're pledging to yourself to work on not stressing about the little things, or remaining calm in trying situations. Wearing a physical object on your wrist or finger can not only help remind you throughout the day to practice your new habit, they're darn pretty as well :). 

Make your yoga practice easy and stress-free: create a calming environment when you practice.

When you're doing yoga or meditating, it's important to feel safe and comfortable in your space. Create a calming environment with burning sage, candles, green plants, and stones. It will only enhance the experience!

Place positive reminders around your home or workspace.

Remind yourself of what an awesome job you're doing! Life can be tough - nobody said it was easy - and we need all the encouragement we can get. Find a favorite quote or illustration to hang in your home or workspace to remind yourself of what is important.

Crystals

Certain crystals and stones carry special meanings and are used for specific purposes. Wear them as one-of-a-kind helpers or reminders on your journey.

Our Favorite Crystals & Their Uses

Quartz: Balance, Clarity, Power
Rose Quartz: Unconditional love, Heart-Opening, Self-Love
Druzy: Light, Joy, Harmony
Turquoise: Healing, Stress-Relief, Abundance
Moonstone: Intuition, Calmness, Protection
Amethyst: Peace, Intuition, Sobriety
Amazonite: Communication, Creativity, Trust
Citrine: Success, Abundance, Mental Clarity
Agate: Strength, Courage, Protection

 

Schedule You Time

Spend some time and focus inward. Some of our favorite activities include taking an art class, coloring, picking up a new hobby, taking a bath, reading, and more. Keep your appointment with yourself like you would another person. 

We find mandala painting, drawing, or coloring books to be particularly helpful. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol used in Buddhism and Hinduism. It represents the cosmos, a microcosm of the universe. In spiritual philosophy, mandalas are used as an aid in meditation.

Good vibes only!

-Amanda

top diy blogs to follow

It's no surprise we love crafting at One Strange Bird. We wanted to put together a list of our favorite DIY bloggers. We love their style, sense of color, and fresh ideas! Read below to learn about our craft blog crushes. 

Nicole + Amanda 

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A Beautiful Mess

My first blog crush ever and the craft blog pioneer, a Beautiful Mess,  serves up bright and cheerful DIY posts daily.  The sister team shares fashion tips, business ideas, and super creative DIY projects for the home and more!  Follow along for inspiration for your home and wardrobe.  Try out their tasty recipes to woo your friends at your next house party.  Follow their Insta @abeatifulmess to stay updated on their latest posts and see their carefully curated photographs found under their super popular hashtags like: #abmcrafty #abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeissweet 

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Oh Joy!  

I found Oh Joy on Instagram when I was pregnant and immediately fell in love with her fun mix of color and keen sense of design pouring from this mama of two's feed. Her blog is chock full of gorgeously styled tablescapes, tasty recipes displayed on her designed plates, and of course adorable photographs of her sweet family.  Check her Insta to find out when she releases highly coveted lines of homewares or kids products at Target! 

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I Spy DIY

Jenni Radosevich started I Spy DIY as a creative outlet, and it has turned into her full-time gig. Growing up crafting all kind of accessories and outfits, she continues to inspire DIY style with her book, I Spy DIY Style, and online shop. Her instagram has no shortage of cute and colorful projects. Tag your DIY projects with #ispymydiy for a chance to be featured. 

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Sugar and Cloth

If you're a regular on Instagram, you've probably seen shots with Sugar and Cloth's color wall in Houston, TX. True to their name, they specialize in all candy-coated, sugar-filled sweet DIYs from recipes to entertaining. Try out a recipe for your next event!

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Studio DIY

"Make life a party" is what they preach over at Studio DIY. No strangers to rainbow-colored things, they definitely bring out the little kid in you with tutorials on fried egg emoji balloons, donut nail decals, taco pinatas, and more! I mean, have you even seen the Lisa Frank rainbow cake?!?