October Self Love Challenge!

As some of you may know, Self Love Sundays for me have become a weekly ritual of sorts...I view Sundays as a day of rest, a day to re charge, a day for relaxation, its a day to get back to my roots, ground myself, and prepare for the coming week.

Without this my week seems to be drastically different. Ive been doing this for a while and have really enjoyed the benefits!

My weekly ritual consists of a relaxing bath, a good book,  a face mask, music, candles, and some kind of drink or treat! Sometimes I will spend some time writing in my journal afterwords, sometimes mantras, oils, and/or mediation music is involved. It just depends on what I am feeling/needing. 

About once a month I turn the whole night into a spa night! I recently filmed my spa night which you can view HERE! I dont do the whole shenanigans every week but every once in a while its nice to change it up!

Either way this is my time, a time for me to let go and re start for the week. Its a personal customizable time for myself. And above everything its a time to get to know myself and develop a personal loving relationship with myself.

To some people this might seem like such a foreign, unimportant thing or even a bit narcissistic. But here's the deal and here's why it's important.

I think so often people expect approval, acceptance, and love from others instead of just approving, accepting, and loving themselves. Too often we look to others for these things and in my personal opinion when we dont already have it within ourselves and we expect others to do it for us were never really satisfied. Not only that but how can you expect someone to love you if you dont love yourself? And how can you love someone else if you dont love yourself? Things to chew on...

Ultimately if you have a loving relationship with yourself then your relationships with others are more loving. Sort of a "you get what you put out" type thing...If that makes sense?

And for those of you busy ones that work full time or have kids this is even more important! You will give more to your relationships and your work if you can take a break for a second. Again this is about finding what works for you, your schedule, your life, and your needs :)

So on that note...I encourage ALL of you to start doing something for YOU starting October 1st (or if you read this later in the month start NOW). It can be weekly, monthly, daily etc...It could be an exercise routine, a girls night (or guys night), join a book club, start a blog, scrapbook, meditate etc..Whatever it is that you choose to do for you is personalized for you. It just needs to be something for YOU, make this a time where you get to know yourself and develop a relationship with yourself.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”

So! Here is a personal look into what I do weekly for ME. On top of my daily yoga (which I will be continuing into October) I do a weekly bath night. I like to call it "Self Love Sunday."

Heres what goes on in my weekly "Self Love Sunday"

Bubbles....Lots Of Bubbles...

I LOVE bubbles! I use Lush Products often, and absolutely love them! They can be pretty expensive, especially when you are doing bath nights every week sometimes twice a week. So I splurge every once in a while and will do a Lush haul. When I am out of Lush products I like to use Dr Teals bubble bath along with some Epsom Salt! Depending on what bath product I am using I will usually pair it with one of my essential oils for added benefits.

Books, Music, & Meditation...

If I am currently reading a book I will usually opt for that. Sometimes i'll just lay there listening to rad music, and other times I listen to guided meditations. Totally up to you!

A Time For Cleansing...

I always always always have water with me! But sometimes my drink of choice is tea or wine. Other times I choose a food option haha. Yes I have literally eaten cake in the bath tub! Sometimes I go for my favorite candy and other times I go for Nutella!

Face mask wise my favorite is the Lush BB Seaweed face mask. It smells like rose and has the greatest combination of cleansing and moisturizing that you would ever want in a face mask.

Along with cleansing I always have some kind of stone with me in the bath. Depending on what I need depends on the stone. I always have Quartz Crystal with me, and I just recently bought this heart shaped Rose Quartz for me to symbolize self love so it joined me this time around!

This has become a weekly event that I really look forward to. It has really become a positive thing in my life that I will forever continue!

I hope you enjoy this post! Take some time for you! Self Love October is gonna be great!

Much love as always to you!

-Magnolia Rose

Love yourself and your body!

Two years ago when I signed with my agency I would always turn down any audition that involved fitness because I wasn't happy with my body.  Just like pretty much every female on this planet I was concerned with cellulite and not looking "good enough" so it was just easier not to go to the audition.

After getting sick of saying no to auditions I decided I would start P90X and start eating better to get my body to where I was confident and comfortable. P90X lasted maybe a week.

Fast forward 8 months later and I purchase a gym membership for the same reason. I didn't go once and ended up canceling after a month.

Here I was so concerned with what other people thought that I was literally wasting my time and money on a gym membership and programs to do at home that I didn't really want to do. It wasn't successful for me because I wasn't doing it for me. I was doing it for everyone else.

I think a lot of woman have become obsessed with this unrealistic expectation to look like a stick figure overly Photoshopped model. And I think that this insecure obsession stems from other woman's insecure feelings towards their bodies which we pick up on at a young age and then duplicate. It ends up being this circle of insecurity.

Here's where it stopped for me. And of course insecurities come back but there's a way to resolving these feelings that many of us have.

Its all in your attitude and your attitude YOU have control over. Once you realize that these thoughts are irrational feelings based off of YOUR insecurities that YOU have created in YOUR mind. You can then accept yourself and see the true beauty that you and your uniqueness have to offer.

So to connect all these thoughts to present day...This week I had an audition for a yoga clothing company. As I was standing there in barely any clothing in front of 5 other people I didn't know and a few girls with killer bodies I wasn't worried about anything and I felt completely comfortable in my body.

I had visible cellulite, stretch marks, and my body is definitely not tight all over but ive learned to accept these so called "flaws" as a part of me and have learned to love them. I am proud to be at a point in my life where I am eating healthier foods and working out when I want to but in the end I am what you call happy and healthy. And I am making better decisions about food and fitness for ME.

I am comfortable with my body because I take care of it. And when these insecure feelings start to drift into my mind I acknowledge that they are there and then move on.

Much love!

-Magnolia Rose!