Monday, July 01, 2013

How To Make It Through The Week

The first half of the year has swung by in a flash and some of us will find ourselves having the Mid-Year Itch. Where the weeks just drag by and dwindle into monotony. It's time to press the refresh button on 2013 and find some exciting ways to make it through the week.

Tips To Make It Through The Week...With Your Sanity Intact

* Indulge in one thing you love, be it a slice of chocolate cake, a luxurious bubble bath or a miniature shopping expedition.
* Get your full 8 hours of sleep at least one night this week. You will feel well rested & those Louis Vuitton bags you were carrying under your eyes will thank you for lightening the load.
* Have your hair professionally blown out or treat yourself to a mani/pedi in your lunch break.
* Soak your feet in some warm water and bath salts after a long stressful day.

* Find the ability to 'Say No' to new projects or people that you currently don't have the time or mental strength for.
* Do one thing this week to declutter your desk, your closet or your life.
* Surround yourself with something beautiful - a bouquet of flowers, a pretty ornament, wall hanging or a memorable photo frame.
* Take 10 minutes to feed your skin with some sunshine. You will gain a healthy glow and absorb that all important Vitamin D. Don't forget the SPF.

* Take the time to have a cup of coffee with a good friend.
* Reflect, meditate, pray or do anything similarly relaxing that's soothing for the soul.
* Carry an inspirational book to read while waiting in line or commuting to work/school.
* Wear something that boosts your confidence this week; a great dress, pair of high heels or bright lipstick. Don't forget your best accessory - a smile.

* Enroll in a class that you've always been interested in - salsa dancing, creative writing, yoga, art. It will instill some excitement into the tedium of the week. If you find that you don't like it, hey, at least you tried something new.
* Exercise the K.I.T.Y syndrome - Keep It To Yourself. By not giving in to your exasperations and anger, and by controlling your thoughts, you will avoid unnecessary conflict.
* Take things one task at a time. Overburdening yourself with too many duties and deadlines with heighten your levels of stress.
* Sing in the shower. As long as your neighbours don't complain, it's an upbeat way to start the day. Singing releases endorphins, creating a natural happy high.

* Light some beautifully scented candles when you get home, it will enhance your mood.
* Have one healthy, and fully balanced meal this week, and skip out on greasy, overprocessed take out food. Include eating your greens, it's good for you, promise.
* Laugh Out Loud. Watch a funny TV series, rent a comedy, read a joke or spend time with someone who truly makes you smile. 
* If there's ever a point when things seem to get just too much - Stop for a minute. Breathe in deeply. Assess how bad the situation is. Write down your thoughts. Work on finding a solution.

* Congratulate yourself on something that you succeeded at this week.
* That one task you were putting off for weeks now - Get it done. Today.
* Stop worrying about tomorrow before today is even over.
Every night before bed, think of one thing that you were grateful for during the day.

If by Friday, you're still in one piece, without burning anything down, pulling all your hair out or breaking down...Congratulations! You've made it through the week!

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Megan, said...

i need to get better at time management, hot mess right here with that! Xo, Megan,

Shop Style Conquer said...

some great ideas here! its so completely crazy that half the year has gone already eeek!!
thanks for sharing
-Tara x


Jenna Condon said...

wOW this post really gives me the inspiration and motivation to get things done and yet relaxing! I always enjoy your posts, they are just amazing :)

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Aga Guerrero Olesinska said...

Great advises! I will try them

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the reminder dear! I need to laugh out loud more - it is great on so many levels! You are also reminding me to investigate the class I was thinking of taking! I hope your week is off to a great start dear!

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Francesca said...

This is a wonderful post, Sam! I fully agree, these are all wonderful tips. I should save this list and look back on it when I'm frustrated or sad!


Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Wow, fantastic round up of ideas here Sam, I will take another look I think and pick out some to do this week. How is it July already??! Insane no? And that canary yellow moodboard up top is divine too, so full of energy! Have a fab week and thanks for sharing these ideas!

Joyce said...

These are really great tips! And right now I definitely need this. I feel like I say yes to too many projects. And decluttering my desk sounds like a great idea. I'll go do that right now, maybe that'll make me less prone to being distracted by things on my desk :P

Style-Delights said...

Such a positive post!! Loved reading it and looking at all the beautiful pictures filled with sunshine yellow!:-) Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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Kim Alston said...

These are some excellent tips! I did a little spa day yesterday, read a book and relaxed all weekend. It's important we do things for ourselves.

Ile said...

great tips! I definitely needed this today. I feel like I'm stuck in routines these days. I try not to talk about things that frustrates me too. I find that the more I talk about them, the bigger they get.

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Rahul Bhatia said...

Nice words of advice and full of positive vibes, Sam!

Carmen said...

Great post, perfect remedy for an awesome week!!

trishie said...

What a great post. Such wonderful tips, I shall treat myself to a mani/pedi soon!

Busisiwe Mgoboli said...

This post makes me smile. Nothing beats a good chat over coffee with a friend :)


Oh, I love this post Sam. I agree with these tips as well and taking classes like salsa used to be my favourite. Simply enjoy life, that is the best! Happy Monday dear. xx/Madison

The Fashion Fraction said...

great tips my dear

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ELISA said...

thanks for your useful tips! <3
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LaTasha Bunting said...

Hello lovely Sam!

Thank you so much for your comment love! I REALLY do appreciate it! I did have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend as well! :)

Aww... thank you so much! You are so kind and so sweet love! I'm glad that you liked my designs! :) You're the best! One of my favorite bloggers EVER! And definitely one of my favorite people to talk to as well! :)

You post the most inspiring things love! Some of the best posts! I LOVE this post! It's AMAZING! I've already done some de-cluttering, and I hope to do some more! :) I'll try reflecting or meditating in the middle of the week if I can! :) I LOVE the book idea! I have the perfect book to indulge into for some inspiration! :) I have the perfect outfit to wear this week! ;) I'll definitely laugh out loud this week! :) All of those classes sound like fun to try! :) I would like to look into a yoga class though! :) And I will do my best to remember at least one thing that I'm grateful for at night before I go to bed! Like I said before, AMAZING post love! I LOVE the tips! You're always so encouraging, inspiring, and positive love! I admire that about you! :)

Love always,
LaTasha B.

LaTasha Bunting said...

Oh! And I LOVE the beautiful yellow collage! It's so bright! It makes me smile! :) And I LOVE that yellow dress! That picture is too beautiful! :)

Love always,

Marcela Gmd said...

Nice post!! I love the yellow color!!!
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Have a good week! my like in bloglovin for your post!!!:)))

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Paola Lauretano said...

I love your posts Sam, they are always original!!!
Have a great week!

kim bim said...

Fantastic tips, i need these in my life. You brightened my Monday with the yellow trend.

RosyChicc said...

This is such great and inspiring post lovely! Amazing tips, I need to try incorporate some of them in my life! :))

Andrea | RosyChicc

Chloe, Wardrobe Quarry said...

Definitely the things I'd love to be doing.

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Nicole said...

Lovely post Sam! I always try do some of these things - like go out for coffee, go sit outside in the sun, and just generally take each day at a time!

Carolyne O' said...

I love this post and your fabulous tips Sam <3
Xxx beauty


Mira said...

You always inspire me and your tips are amazing. I was thinking about the same things. Clean out my closet. Start with yoga class. Do something I love every day and meditate <3

Have a great Monday Sam!!!


A Daft Scots Lass said...

Yellow is such a jolly colour.

Coco said...

I read carefully your list of advices, which is very wise and useful. I've just had a week's vacation and going back to work feels very very hard!
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Fashion Moments said...

It's surprising[and kind of sad] how most people don't really do these. I think it's important for every person to take some time out for himself/herself and just enjoy life!
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Stylish By Nature said...

Lovely color,great tips !


Michelle LL said...

Love the vibrant yellow colours, makes my day bright. Great tips thanks for sharing :)

Megs H said...

Hi Sam, Great Post :) I just wanted to say that I love your blog, and read it daily! I thought it might be nice if you do a post or activity like for example, a pen pal match or even a portrait project via your blog(I know the blogger from "Lucky Pony" did it and it was a huge success). What do you think?!? Have a fantastic week :) xxx

Jessica Mattioli said...

Wow, fantastic post Sam! I really love your blog, so original <3
Happy monday honey :)

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Marta Purriños Hernández said...

Thanks for your sweet comment!!

Perfect perfect post! Love this color, full of energy!

Happy Monday!

Rakhshan said...

lovely post! i could use a few pointers among these,so relatable :) Hope you had a nice weekend sweety! xx

mademoiselle mode said...

So lovely I love this post :)

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Great post!

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The Marcy Stop said...

Love this post! So fun and inspirational!

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Janice Lunes said...

Great tips !

I will try a few to see if it helps me through this long week !!

Have a great day :D

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Chocolate Rose Style said...

Yellow i love you!
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Sandra Leiva said...

Great tips, dear!!


Alexandra Zakharova said...

These tips are true and wise, though we are only human indeed, sometimes we barely can follow some of them! Anyhow, thank you for share! That picture is really awesome, so bright and radiant!
Have a happy time!

Best wishes, Alexandra

Lilli said...

Morning Sam! Lol, just adore the idea of your post! Need to copy all the points in a Word file to check out through the week!:D You know, if there is a thing was thinking last week is that I have some difficulties to say "no" to no offend and then I find myself doing something maybe I wouldnt like either to do! I always indulge to a sweet since I cant be without chocolate and at the moment ice cream! Instead, I sleep few..should rest more and in fact I have huge LV bags under my eyes!:P Thanks for your reminder, you just made me think that the half of the year is over, time flies!:) Hope you had a lovely weekend my friend, wish you a great new one! Kisses! xo

Ali Hval said...

Aw, I read all the way through this and these are some great suggestions! I really want to do some of them--mainly the pedicure one and the saying no to people plans, haha. Sometimes you just need some "me" time!

Have a splendid week, Sam! I hope you survive it. ;)

Adeola Naomi Aderemi said...

Wonderful post darling!!!
Such great tips!!!
Hope your weekend was lovely and relaxing!!!
Sending you some sunshine and my love!!
Have a blessed month!

petra lorietta said...

what a lovely post♥ you're so right about all these tips :) especially about enrolling in a dance class.. it's the best thing to do :)

Dawn Gibson-Thigpen said...

I have been working on time management! Cool post!


Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These are wonderful tips that make alot of sense Sam! I think that eating well makes a big difference and laughter can be truly therapeutic. And adequate sleep is always a must for me. Thanks for sharing sweetie! Have a fab week!

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Fashion-Bridge said...

Haha! what great tips! Frankly I don't have problems with getting through my week, vice a versa I wish it won't pass by so quick;) Though I love your tips and time management is something what I have to work on:)

Have a lovely week dear Sam!



Patricia G. said...

I can belive that we are in summer!!! The time comes so fast!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Do you have any advice to deal with crazy family members? ;-)

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Johanna said...

Love this list and just to prove I am listening to you...having coffee with a close friend today!

Jessica said...

This list is perfect. I see a lot of things on there that I would like to do this week. I would like to take time to read this week. I need to take time to get rid of some of the clutter in my bedroom and at my desk this week. I would also love to have lunch with my friends to hang out and talk with them.

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Caitie Schlisserman said...

thank you for these awesome tips! seriously, it's nice being able to read advice from others and get a fresh start (and get motivated again!)

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Kristen Moreno said...

Hi there, Im a new follower and love these tips! They truly help keep a positive outlook :)

Denisa said...

Very interesting. Great day.

collected by Katja said...

Such an inspiring and thoughtful post - thank's for sharing this lines with us! Would appreciate to have you back again on my blog, my dear! Kisses from Vienna,


Rebecca Ragionieri said...

bel post, buon inizio settimana (: Reb, xoxo.

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Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

The ability to say no is so key!

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

Definitely going to:

- have full 8 hours of sleep
- eat a healthy meal
- indulge in something I love
- have scented candles

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Margaret Cruzemark said...

Well I do try to sleep 8 hours a day or more, i don't eat healthy stuff, i try to say no (as many as I can) and I have found something i really love which is blogging. Great post once again darling girl.
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Tyne Swedish said...

Girl...I have been eating crazy clean and sleeping like! But I will say I recently said no to my sisters request and you would have thought I insulted her virtue! She assumed I would say yes and that I had no plans. I learned that Thursday that I have to say yes to myself. Eventually she will speak to me again and maybe she will learn to respect my life and accept that I am an adult with goals and dreams and plans and a life of my own separate from our family and their needs.


Hanna & Christel said...

awesome post!


Denise said...

I totally agree with you! I have been thinking of that "half of the year has gone" since last week, and yes, it has - time does fly! I agree with your tips and they are excellent! I went to the hairdresser and mani last week to go to an event, and I realized I can't eat chocolate - can you believe two people I have never seen in my life called me fat in my face? Wow, at least keep it polite, not that way! But I meditate and yesterday started decluttering a bit :) I love your posts! They are so uplifting!

Kati said...

Such good tips - thanks for sharing! I'll make sure to follow some of them this week!


BELULOVE said...

good ideas, i always have time to take a coffe jajaj


(Anna) la mode said...

Fun post! I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by!!!! Thanks for the great tips. I'm definitely going to have to indulge in some chocolate cake ; )


Caro * said...

Great post ! Happiness in pictures :)

Punctuation Mark said...

i can't believe july is here... this year has gone by so quickly!!!

AlittlebitUnique // UK blog said...

This was a really lovely post to read and perfect for a monday! Time out is definitely needed lol

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My Urban Market said...

This is the perfect post to start the week. Your blog is always a source of inspiration. Thanks for sharing this great post. Kisses.


S said...

This post is genial!!!
Love all your advices, are so true and clever!
Great post, as usual!

Nee said...

this is such a lovely post! it's not just how to make it through the week but actually how to make life more beautiful:) love every single point of this list and i think if everybody would follow these, life would be so much prettier hehe. thanks a lot for this inspiratinal post, Sam.

lots of love xx

Kashaya said...

Great post. Sometimes you need a little help get through the week.=)

ChatterBlossom said...

Ahhhh, soaking your feet is the best! Great list!

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Tanya W. said...

Hi Sam! first of all, thank you so much for being an amazing person on our community blogging lands! I can feels of your sweetest personality through our fashion blogging! I'm so happy to be one of your royal reader!

Have a beautiful Monday Sam.

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Dascha Boonstra said...

Great post ! :)


Carmen said...

Lovely advices, I already did some of these today ;)

Diva Desle said...

Beautiful post for this week. I am happy to see that I do some of the things you have mentioned;-)

Anouka K said...

Excellent ideas! Yes, it's so important to look after our own wellbeing.

Linda Becaca said...

Haha, I loved this one Sam! Thanks for the tips, I hope I'll make it to Friday...I think I will with these tips :)

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Telma said...

Amazing post :)

Tere Ávila said...

these suggestions are amazing, i want to carry out them!


Jacy said...

I love these tips and think so many should be a regular thing! I definitely try to surround myself with something beautiful as much as possible and when I'm feeling stressed, I find it really helps to just sit or lay quietly for 10-15 with a candle or incense burning to just relax and mediate a little! I also recently started doing some workout classes too, and they're helping to motivate me fitness-wise and really making me feel refreshed!
Great post...I can tell you put a lot of thought and time into it :)


Mahnoor Malik said...

Nice post :)


Toks said...

Great tips, I will definately keep them in mind.

Elle Sees said...

i need to print this out! Wonderful, Sam!!

....... said...

this is so useful its so interesting how some weeks fly right by and others just seem like they'll never end! exercising is my fav way of feeling great inside and out. thanks Sam! xx. gigi.

Emmy said...

What a great list! I agree with every single one of them:)

Kamilla K said...

Great advice!

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Megan, said...

I swear, i referred back to this after I got off to a rough start today!

Ceciliette said...

I think i know now thanks to you i'm lucking a lot of vitamin D cause i work in my house and hardly go out! You've pointed out some great tips. Let's see if we make it through the end of the year.

monica said...

Also we have to get out of our routine at least a week a year hehe.

Zahra Sandberg said...

Love your tips here - i could just imagine myself being more relaxed just reading them! I found this article to be totally at the right time in my life. Luckilly we have the 4th of July weekend beginning Thursday so we have a short week to get some R&R.

Thanks again for posting - wonderful tips!


his_girl_friday said...

I love the idea of pressing a "reset" button on the year!

Beauty Follower said...

Very good advices!
Well last night I had a big bolw foul of delicious chocolate ice cream.
Tomorrow I am going for cup of coffee with a girlfriend that we have long time to meet.

Peet said...

I haven't had a bubble bath in so long!! Maybe that's the root of my troubles.:) I should have "Stop worrying about tomorrow before today is even over." tattooed on my forehead, so I don't forget not to over-stress... And I actually "practice" that last one - every day I try to find three things I'm happy about or that are positive in my life.