5 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful

How To Make The Holidays Less Stressful (Tips That Worked For Me)! 5 Tips to reduce the stress of Christmas for Self-Care. #selfcare #wellness #holidays #holidaystress #entertainingtips #holidaytips #christmas

I feel like it’s expected to say that the holiday season is stressful… we all know it, we all acknowledge it, but what do we do about it?? After sharing more of my personal story with this Instagram post, I realized it was time to open up the conversation into a larger discussion — and to share ways to make the holidays less stressful. I’m talking about things that work for me and tips that are actually attainable.

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4 Gifts I’m Giving Myself This Year

The 4 Gifts I'm Giving Myself for Christmas to Embrace Self-Care. Personal essay about self cafe and wellness on jojotastic.com #selfcare #wellness #winter #holidays #christmas #winterwellness #seasons #winterselfcare #holidayselfcare #christmasselfcare #giftsforyourself

You guys… what a freaking year it’s been. From our wedding to my lung collapse and surgery to traveling in Italy… I have so much to be grateful for this year. It also means that this has been an overwhelmingly intense year. And an expensive one, at that. Sean and I are still giving each other smaller gifts this year, but I have had so many incredible #blessings this year… that I just didn’t feel the need to share a personal gift guide (except for texting Sean a link to this pretty Dutch oven). Instead, I wanted to share how I am embracing my own self-care this holiday season by prioritizing myself and giving myself some gifts.

To inspire you to do the same, I’m being totally transparent today and sharing the 4 gifts I’m giving myself this holiday season.

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas to Encourage Self-Care

Treat Loved Ones to These Self-Care Gifts (& Maybe Yourself, Too!). Self-Care and Wellness Gift Ideas, Gift Guide for Christmas & Holidays 2019 via jojotastic.com #giftguide #giftidea #giftgiving #gifts #presents #christmaspresents #christmasgiftideas #christmasgift #selfcare #wellness

I know that self-care has become more and more of a buzzword lately, but it is so important. I truly believe in the importance of building a sustainable wellness routine that can be done every day. There are so many gift ideas that are wonderful ways to encourage self-care. Even if your gift’s recipient currently doesn’t have a ritual, these thoughtful self-care gift ideas can help establish and inspire one.

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I Worked With a Life + Work Coach for 6 Months & This is What Happened

My Experience of Working with a Life + Work Coach for 6 Months. Read all of my tips and suggestions about what it was like to work with a self-care coach for 6 months and what happened on jojotastic.com #wellness #selfcare #gratitude #journaling #selfcarecoach #lifecoach #workingwithalifecoach #workcoach #lifeworkcoach #personalessay

This is a blog post months in the making and I am so excited to finally hit publish on it! I’ve mentioned Tami Hackbarth, my life + work coach, on Instagram and in passing here on the blog a few times. We worked together for about 6 months and continue to keep in touch, so I thought it was time for me to share what the experience was like and how I benefitted from it. The insight and guidance that I gleaned during this time was immeasurably wonderful and has really helped to propel me into better directions with my career, my life, and my self-care rituals. If you’re at all curious about what the process was like, what I learned (with specific examples), and more… well, keep reading!

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My Recipe for a Cozy Date Night In

How to Set the Scene for the Coziest Date Night at Home! Plus, my one rule for dates and how to set the mood and affordable date ideas. #fall #datenight #cozy #hygge #affordabledate #dateidea #ambiance #autumn #nightin

Sean and I have been newlyweds for just over a month now and we’re still glowing from our special day (more about that here!). A big chunk of that time was spent either in the hospital or recovering from surgery, so I can’t say we’ve had exactly the most… normal newlywed period. But we still try to make our time together special, so we’ve embraced staying in and having a date night at home. This post isn’t exactly like… earth shattering with suggestions, but I thought you guys might still appreciate knowing what we do to make the night special. I also love this entire idea because it’s budget-friendly and easy to put together at the last minute.

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My Wedding Day Self Care Plan

My Wedding Day Self Care Plan. Weekend wellness, Tips for wedding planning and staying calm. #wedding #weddingplanning #nontraditionalwedding #modernwedding #wellness #selfcare #weddingarch #floralinstallation #weddingflowers #selfcare #selfcareroutine #selfcaretips

Holy cow. Our wedding is TOMORROW. Somehow I feel like this day has come really quickly, but also has taken forever to get here… all at the same time! I know tomorrow will be a whirlwind of friends, family, and activity. But it’s oh-so-important to me that I’m able to stay present and enjoy each moment. Because of that, I came up with a wedding day self care plan that will hopefully help me stay grounded and in the moment. Here is what I’ve come up with:

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The Importance of Setting Boundaries While Wedding Planning

Why Setting Boundaries While Wedding Planning is Critical to Your Self-Care. Weekend wellness, Tips for wedding planning. #wedding #weddingplanning #nontraditionalwedding #modernwedding #wellness #selfcare #boundaries #settingboundaries #weddingbouquet

Being totally frank, I wasn’t sure if I should publish this post or not. There’s a fine line between being transparent and airing my family’s dirty laundry. But I conducted an Instagram poll and got a resounding YES that this is a topic you’re all wanting to hear about, so here we go. Here’s another disclaimer, too: I know that this is public and on the internet and will be seen by my family. I’ve reached a point where I simply don’t care. At the end of the day, I will always be transparent and open with my blog readers. You deserve nothing less. And, quite frankly, this is a conversation that needs to be held in the open so that more women can feel safe in setting boundaries while wedding planning.

I also asked the self-care coach with whom I’ve been working for the past 6 months to chime in. After all, she is the expert! So meet Tami Hackbarth. We’ll both be giving our take on what it means to set boundaries while wedding planning.

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