First and foremost, self-love is taking care of myself. Today is my 7th day on the East Coast, and about 5 of those days were partying-like days, meaning not as much sleep as usual, and a little bit of drinking (I am 23) 🙂
I’ve been visiting friends from college that I haven’t seen for 1 to 2 years, so we’ve been socializing during some of the nights.
I’ve been enjoying myself and have been having a lot of fun, but I rarely drink, or go out, so this is definitely a change on my body.
I’m in Maryland now. I was in Virginia for 1 day and 2 nights. I was in Pennyslvania for about 5 days, and I arrived in Maryland yesterday evening. Today I slept in, and it felt good. I had good sleep, I woke up, went for a run, showered, had breakfast, had some coffee, but I was still so tired, so I went back to sleep for an hour, and woke up a lot more refreshed. That was just what my body needed after a good chunk of traveling and a handful of late nights.
Right now I’m outside on the balcony of one of my best friend’s apartments. I’m visiting her at grad school, and the area is full of mountains, trees, and fresh air. I finished a homework assignment that I didn’t turn in this Wednesday, and I started my homework assignment for next week, which is almost half done. I was inside doing work for most of the day, but it’s nice being outside doing the same.
Movement and Nature
I’ve brought running back in my life. It weaves itself back and forth into my existence. I ran the 1st day I arrived to the East Coast, and I ran today and yesterday. I’ve realized that it’s important for me to get movement and nature into my life, and the nature here is so beautiful.
Yesterday I went on a run, and I forgot my ipod at my friend’s house in Virginia. So I went on a run without music and it was so beautiful. I forgot how pretty nature sounds. There are these really cute birds here with these reddish bellys that are relaxing on people’s lawns like they own the place. They’re small, cute, and sound beautiful. It also started to hail while I was running, it almost looked like snow, just harder. It seemed like a mix between the hail I see in nor cal and snow. I also heard ear-splitting thunder and saw flashes of lightening. I smelt someone’s fire place, and it reminded me of the smell of the forest when I was a 6th grade camp counselor at Camp Navarro.
Today was sunny and warm, but it’s mainly been colder weather here, and I haven’t minded it. I’ve actually enjoyed it. I missed the sun and warmth back home because it has been raining for so long, and my parents called me yesterday or the day before saying it was in the 80’s! I was happy, but I wasn’t jealous of the weather I wasn’t getting because it’s so beautiful here. I’m surrounded by all of these trees and mountains, and I feel closer to nature. And I have been experiencing a different kind of hail, a different kind of a wind – there’s just a spin on everything. It’s new, it’s beautiful, and it’s fun to experience. 🙂
These two pictures are of the scenery I’m enjoying right now, while working outside. 🙂
I have broughten myself to Starbucks and internet cafes to get work done, but I’ve felt like I wasn’t getting in enough work or putting in enough time into my homework this past week, i.e. turning in the late assignment. One good thing about this, is that it hasn’t broughten me down like it usually does. I have been able to relax and enjoy myself more, but I today I felt a little imbalanced and knew that I needed to get more work in right now, and today has been the perfect day for that.
My friend Nada had work and class today, so I got a good chunk of my homework done and talked to one of my cousins about a web design/social media business she’s starting (which is what I’m doing). It was exciting to talk to her about what she’s going through. We exchanged ideas, excitment, and I was able to ask questions and learn from her. It was the flame I needed to further excite me towards accomplishing my goals. She has a toolbar at the bottom of her website that I want to include at the bottom of my website, once I create it: Web Angel Innovations
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.