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About a month ago, I started writing for a local company (fitness studio) in San Diego that I absolutely adore. It's been so fun to tap into that creative side of my writing, and craft content about healthy living, exercise, and mind-body tips. It's reminded me about my other behind-the-scenes goals of building my wellness/lifestyle and education blogs. But it has also made me more intentional about my time and self-care process.

Something I've been working on the last few weeks is scheduling my free time. Wait, what? Okay, let me explain. I'm a pretty rigid person when it comes to my work schedule. I get up early, I work my butt off, and prioritize client meetings and video calls before anything else. What I'm not so great at is enjoying my free time. And a big part of that is because I'm not actually setting the free time.

So over the past month, I've literally been creating and scheduling blocks of 'me time' where I'll go to a coffee shop and read a book, spend quality non-technology-time with my boyfriend's son, or take the dog for a walk etc.

It sounds so simple and silly, but it's truly been such a blessing. Life is so busy, and sometimes it's so damn easy to push off things that re-center us. For someone who consistently struggles with this, I've found that actually being rigid and scheduled has helped me to relax in my free time more than I ever have.

Anyways, this week's newsletter is focused on self-care, wellness, and even a few more health-related tips. I hope it encourages you for the weekend! Maybe you'll find that one of these strategies works for you, too!

This weekend I'm Tahoe-bound to tackle some snowboarding, so wish me luck! (And pray for no crazy blizzards!) Talk to you soon + thanks for being a part of this community, 

Marisa 💗

The Value Of Practicing Mindfulness:

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Being mindful is a practice so essential to the fabric of our humanness, but something we so often neglect. In our day-to-day lives we rush, we move, we live, we fight—and we forget, sometimes, to simply be. 

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How To Motivate Yourself When You’re In A Major Rut

If you feel you’ve been lacking motivation lately, if you’re exhausted before you even begin, or if you feel like you’re in a total rut, here are a few self-motivation strategies to hopefully turn your fitness journey (and self-confidence) around.

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6 Simple Ways To Get Back On Track

If you feel like you've gotten completely off-track this week, I promise you’re not alone. Regardless of what you did (or didn’t do) this weekend, here are a few simple tips for getting yourself back on track.

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BECAUSE IF SO, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT! I have started some new freelance projects, so my time is quickly filling! If you're interested, send me an email now and reserve your spot! 

PS: Read what my clients have to say!

Read The Latest From Our Blog:

Let This Be Your Year

by Daryl M Jaramilla

Life is short, so do not make it shorter by fretting over things that sabotage your happiness. There are things beyond our control, like people who cannot love us back, and dreams that seem so far away, but these harrowing experiences do not mean your story is over. 


This Is The Life You Deserve (A Letter To My Younger Self)

by Yashvi Porwal

You deserve to keep chasing your fanatical dreams which seem unsavory to the rest of the world.

You deserve to relentlessly think that you’ll always have a grinning face as you go through life, come what may.


As Time Continues, Where Will Our Love Be?

by Vrushali Khadilkar

I would give you that space.

To breathe.

To take a moment of silence and see yourself clearly.

I would give you the time you need to just simply be.

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AND IF YOU FEEL INSPIRED: Submit your writing, art, photography, etc. to our blog! PS: Thanks for being here. You are wonderful!

With love + light, 💡🌞

Be A Light  © 2018 Marisa Donnelly