a recipe for a relaxing day

  


THE WORLD IS MINE; BLUE HILL, STILL SILVER LAKE,
BROAD FIELD, BRIGHT FLOWER, AND THE LONG WHITE ROAD
A GATELESS GARDEN, AND AN OPEN PATH:
MY FEET TO FOLLOW, AND MY HEART TO HOLD
 EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY


mix together:

+  now is the time: not then, not there, not when. we rush to see what tomorrow holds when we should be eager to anticipate now.  be present.   

+ open your Bible and read 3 pages.  learn, meditate, soak and breathe in the words.

+ take a bubble bath and listen to music

+ do the following exercise routine:  25 jumping jacks, 15 crunches, 10 push-ups, 20 burpees. repeat if necessary. perhaps exercise is not relaxing at the time but exercise reduces stress!
+ accomplish 5 things on your to-do list and make a don't-do list as well.
+ splash paint on paper (abstract art will do!), write for 10 minutes or make something with your hands. 
+ do what you love doing most. 
+ try this relaxation breathing technique: breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7, breathe out for 8 ...repeat.
+ make an omelette, pancakes or your favourite food (then invite someone over for dinner!)
after many days of hot very weather, rain is drizzling down my window and our home is humid and cosy - relaxation at its finest. make the most of today; wishing you all a relaxing weekend!
what do you do to relax? 
xxx

34 comments

  1. lovely.

    sami xo
    www.heavenly-aspirations.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Samantha! Hope you have a lovely day. :) xxx

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  2. oh, this is absolutely lovely, dearie. your photos are magical; so simple, and clean and fresh... like a breath of fresh air. and your words just as much so. i am definitely bookmarking this.

    on that note, i haven't been in the "blogging" world as much as i would like to be lately {that's going to change. ;)} but i enjoy every moment spent on your lovely corner of the internet. your passion for life and eye for beauty is such an inspiration to me. i've missed your blog in my absence, and (as always) i am looking forward to your next posts. ;)

    xoxo

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    1. You're such a gem, Mikailah. Thank you *so* incredibly much; you don't know how much your words mean to me. <3 <3 I can't wait to see you blog more as well -- YOUR words & photographs are always such an inspiration to me! Lots of love! xxxx

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  3. I love this! The pictures are beautiful and I love your "recipe"! I like to write to relax. or take a walk. Or sometimes both at the same time! I can't wait to see what you post next!

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    1. Thank you, Jessica - you're so kind! I must agree with you that writing and walking are very relaxing. :) So glad you're reading my blog; hopefully a new post will be up soon. xx

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  4. Much much needed sweet girl! I will be trying this soon! :) Hammocking is another much needed relaxer :)
    xx-
    Sarah

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    1. So glad it inspired you, Sarah! And yes, hammocking is an *amazing* relaxer. :) Have a great day! xxx

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    1. Aw thanks, Erin -- glad you think so! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend. :) xx

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  6. Mmmhhh... that playlist is seriously the best. and so is this recipe. i may have to give it a try.

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    1. Thrilled you enjoy it! The playlist is temporarily down, but I'll try to get it back up soon. :) Have a wonderful day. xo

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  7. ohhh. too lovely for words. xx

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    1. Ohh and you're too kind for words. Thank you, Grace! xxx

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  8. absolutely loving this post. what I do to relax is put on some relaxing music (I made several playlists for those times because I'm often stressed out haha) and I do yoga on my mat. Then I get some green or earl grey tea!

    SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE ALICE.

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    1. Thanks, Hannie! Music, yoga and tea (mhmmm) -- undoubtedly one of the best combinations for a relaxing day. Have an enjoyable weekend! xxx

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  9. this is the absolute loveliest and i'm saving it away for when i really need to take a chill-pill and relax. ;) also i adore that second photo, that child and his curls, oh my heart.

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    1. Marcia, aren't you the sweetest??! You comments never cease to make me smile. xxx

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  10. This does sound amazingly relaxing. I always love your life-advice type lists and posts... I'm already trying out the deep-breathing thing, which *is* really relaxing. (: And I agree with you on the exercise reducing stress thing, that definitely works for me. Running also always helps me focus.

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    1. So happy to hear you're already trying the breathing technique! It really does make a difference, doesn't it? Slows down your heart rate, ultimately helping you to relax. I recommend doing it as you go to bed -- it has put me to sleep countless times. :) And running is definitely another great think to add to the relaxation list. Thank you so much for commenting! xxx

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  11. gosh, your photos. just like mikailah said- they are like a breath of fresh air!

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    1. You're so kind, Kailey! Thank you! xxx

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  12. SO good. I've been doing the breathing thing, and it's fantastic. Posts like this really help me to re-evaluate how I'm spending my time (once the mention of lists comes up, I'm waaaayyy embarrassed). Thank you. Also, those photos! So gorgeous.

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    1. Kimberly! Thank you! You're so lovely and kind. I loved reading that you were trying the breathing technique & that this was an inspiration to you. :) And pssht most of us don't have to-do lists half the time but making them only takes a minute or so. ;) xxx

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  13. these are perfect. your photos are relaxing, too. music and long walks are definitely the best for me.

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    1. Thank you, Kendra! You are too kind. Music an long walks work wonders for me as well. :) xxx

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  14. This is beautiful. Thank you so, so much for this.

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    1. :) :) Words can't tell you how happy I am that this helped you in some way. Much love! xxx

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  15. Loved this! So sweet and relaxing. The photography is absolutely beautiful x

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    1. Thank you, Cory Low! Thrilled you found it relaxing. :) xxx

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    1. Thank you, Julia! You're lovely, too. :) xx

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  17. Dearest Acacia,

    Thank you so much for this. It is amazing. All of those are truly great ideas. I especially love the idea of a don't-do list. I've never even thought of that before, but that is absolutely genius! Also, just soaking in the bible. Too often for me, it's just a chore and I don't spend enough time meditating in what I'm reading.

    Also, your photography has gotten so amazingly beautiful! That first picture is just soaked with relaxation. It's stunning.

    Love,
    Rebekah
    P.S. I'm am definitely trying this list soon!

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    1. You are so incredibly kind, Rebekah! Thank you! Everything you said made me smile. xxx

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