Not Selfish, Necessary: Why & How to Prioritize Self-Care

“This world is so demanding. I’m so busy. I never have a moment to focus on me. It seems like everyone needs my attention all the time. Why should I set aside time for myself for some self-care?” The short answer: because it’s absolutely necessary. Busy-ness as a Cultural Norm I remember the very first…… Continue reading Not Selfish, Necessary: Why & How to Prioritize Self-Care

How To Spot (& Slay) An Energy Vampire

Everyone knows vampires, those scary creatures who have sharp teeth, love blood and hate garlic. They tend to hang out in Transylvania/storybooks, and in general aren’t a real big threat to your average, everyday person. Or are they? Blood-sucking vampires aren’t the only vampires out there. Vampires also come in the form of “energy vampires,”…… Continue reading How To Spot (& Slay) An Energy Vampire

Autumn Goals

Back in the early days of namastephanie.com, I made monthly goals. I really liked doing them, but now I think that I’d like to start again with seasonal goals. I get more excited about changing seasons than I do about changing months, so it just makes sense! 🙂 To me, autumn is all about comfort food,…… Continue reading Autumn Goals

Go Ahead, Buy Yourself Flowers (Here’s 4 Reasons Why)

I’ve always been a big believer in buying myself flowers. I just love the way a fresh bouquet brightens up a room. In college, my best friend and I would walk into Brookline to hit up Trader Joe’s, and I would splurge on a $5 bouquet of flowers for myself. I would then declare myself…… Continue reading Go Ahead, Buy Yourself Flowers (Here’s 4 Reasons Why)

“Who Are You?” and Why That Answer Matters

“Who are you?” It’s a question I’m sure all of us have been asked in some form or another. It’s the most basic getting-to-know-you question there is. Who. Are. You. A lot of us don’t really know the answer to this. Before I started actively thinking about it, like many other people I would have answered…… Continue reading “Who Are You?” and Why That Answer Matters

The Happy Ending I’m Working On

I’m about to get raw with you, so bear with me. As many of you know, I was in a serious accident in January. It rocked my world and not in a good way. Not only did it happen to begin with, it happened while I was living out my lifelong dream of traveling. I’ve…… Continue reading The Happy Ending I’m Working On