Valentines’s Day 2018- Best Friend Brunch Edition

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I had an amazing Valentine’s Day and I hope you all did too! But regardless of whether it was good or bad, we all survived it and made it to February 15th! Being post breakup, I was nervous that the day would be hard to get through, but I am in such a great place personally right now that it just reinforced that I am on the right path.

My best friend Cody is in grad school with night classes and I didn’t have any clients scheduled till late afternoon, so we decided to celebrate our friendship with a tasty brunch. We even kept it heathy with turkey bacon and egg whites. Not to mention cost efficient by shopping at Aldi’s, those flowers were only $2!

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Now for the outfit choice! I of course used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to wear pink and get a little fancy. This dress was purchased on Amazon for $24.99. The dress was extremely comfortable and made from quality material. I loved the ruffled, off the shoulder look and the longer skirt for a classy feel. My only complaint was that the material on the skirt bunched and wrinkled easily, so if you are the type of person who gets annoyed with adjusting your outfit, this is not the dress for you! Overall, I was very happy with my choice of attire for my Best Friend Brunch.

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The back of the dress it also selling point if you are looking for a party dress that’s a little different from the normal go-to-styles. It’s so flirty and fun, with the exposed shoulders and the ruffles, without losing any elegance.

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After we finished eating, we threw on some sweats and got to work! Cody worked on his school assignments, while I finished up paperwork for my job. There’s something about doing a task, that isn’t fun on it’s own, with the ones you love that makes everything so much better.

With assignments and paperwork finished, I headed to my scheduled sessions with my clients to help strengthen their relationships (I’m a Family Based Therapist) with their loved ones and I can’t think of a better way to spend the Day of Love!

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To finish up the perfect Valentine’s Day, I met two of my friends to see “I, Tonya” at an adorable, historical theatre in Squirrel Hill called The Manor Theatre. It was a really funny, though sad because it’s based on someone’s real life, and I would definitely recommend seeing it. It was especially interesting since the Winter Olympics are on right now as well.

Once the movie was finished we heading to Waffallonia (as pictured above) and if you are a Pittsburgh local, this is a must try! You get to ordered fresh waffles with any toppings you want! I had never been before so I kept it with the classic waffle topped with strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate syrup. They also have Nutella ice cream, which is officially on my “to try” list now! I have a feeling with the weather getting warmer, that this may be my new favorite spot.

Overall it was a wonderful day and I hope that I can carry expressing how I feel about my loved ones over into my every day life, because truly am grateful for every single one of them.

Journaling For the Soul

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I recently started a joint journal and sketch pad all rolled into one, as a way to express myself and experiences through two different outlets. Journaling and art can be such great tools to therapeutically externalize your feelings in a way that is laid out there in front of your eyes to see. Once they are visually in front of you, it is then easier to sort through the emotions, honor the emotions, and then begin to let them go.

One way or another you have to get out your feelings, because if you keep them internalized they can come out in a way that will hurt yourself or others. Not to mention what it does to your health! So write it out, blog it out, draw it out, or talk it out- but get it out!

A new goal of mine is to be better about expressing my emotions and to stop letting fear dictate how I live my life. So I am going to share two of my journal pages that address the fear I have of never being satisfied in this life and briefly about my recent heartbreak. I am not good at letting myself be vulnerable and keep everything close to my chest, so even admitting to myself that the breakup affected me, is a step in the right direction towards healing.

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Hope everyone spent some time focusing on themselves today! Don’t forget to be kind to yourself.