Ever since I was a little girl, my grandmother would always tell me, "take care of yourself, hear me?" Till this day, when I call her on the phone, she ends each conversation with, "take care of YOURSELF, hear me?" Back then, I used to say to myself, "duh Granny, I'm taking a bath, eating, brushing my teeth, etc." It wasn't until my late 20s, early 30s when I realized that my grandmother's directive had nothing to do with hygiene. It had everything to do with taking care of my mind, well being, and soul.
Everyday I try to make sure I do something for me. Whether it's exercise, reading, listening to music, eating some type of food I like, or simply doing nothing - I make sure that I'm fed spiritually. I've learn that I can't put my all into anything until I have taken care of myself first. When we give too much of ourselves to other people/things without paying attention to our needs, we become bitter and frustrated easily. But when we do pay attention to our needs, we have better energy, more creativity, and the people around us benefit as well.
In one of Wayne Dyer's YouTube videos, "101 Ways to Change Your Life," he says to give yourself a moment of silence each and everyday. He goes on to say that a moment of silence is the highest respect we pay to those who are deceased. So why not give ourselves (the living) the same thing? Let that sink in.
About my look - don't you just love these pants? Me too!! I got them from this boutique named Hanifa. I paired them with one of my vintage blouses from Shop Vintage Bowtique. I'm currently in a "take risks but keep it classic" style phase. Meaning I'm not afraid to branch out and try new styles or patterns, but I will always pair my risky threads with a classic piece. Classic never goes out of style.
I wish everyone a beautiful weekend. Whatever you engage in, don't forget to take care of YOURSELVES, you hear me?
Peace and Blessings,
- Samjah Iman
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