Weekend Toast 2/17

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The Weekend Toast series is a collection of recently published articles by other bloggers that I put together to share. Consider this your one stop shop for remaining up-to-date on being a badass.

So, grab your drink of choice, put your feet up and get ready to read!

This week: self care, saying yes to yourself, human adaptability, reusing a common clothing item, productivity and mindfulness, credit card rewards, amazing Indian architecture, travelers insurance,

Cheers!


Life

I feel like Valentine’s day will illicit either “I love it” or “I hate it” responses.  Depending on your relationship status and/or how irritated you are with the dating world, your response may change.  Instead of focusing on outside relationships, though, how about this year we focus on the relationship with ourselves.  V-day has passed, but the weekend isn’t over yet.

Forgive yourself for whatever you think you’ve done wrong (especially as relates to dating)

Use the rest of the weekend to fill the rest of your time with activities that fill your soul. 

Treat yourself, take yourself out to eat or for drinks, or take a break from your to-do list and plan a much needed vacation or break for yourself.

Remind yourself of all the happiness you do have in life, and give yourself permission to do YOU.

Getting used to taking care of yourself and making yourself a priority may take some time, especially for those of us who just aren’t used to doing it.  However, Accidental FIRE writes a great article on the human ability to adapt to situations, to tastes, to habits and to change.  The more frequently you do something, the easier it becomes; the less you participate in bad habits, the more undesirable those bad habits become.  Check out what I mean at Never Underestimate Your Ability to Adapt.

On a completely different note, I stumbled upon a blog by This Brilliant Day.  You know those pesky ribbon things that are on your shirts? the ones mean to help you hang your clothes without stretching them out or getting wrinkled? yea, the same ones most of us cut off and toss in the trash.  She has some great ideas on how to reuse/make good use of those little guys.  Check it out at What to do with Those Little Ribbons You Cut Off Your Clothes. 

Work

The Mindful MD Mom shares her tips on staying productive throughout the day by staying present.  Time is the most precious thing we have and something that we can’t buy back or earn back.  So how to best make use of the time you have? Read her article and find out! 7 Tips to Increase Productivity by Staying Present.

Finance

Credit card rewards are like an industry secret.  Some people know how to use them really well, others maybe not so well.  Money with a Purpose shares some tips from blogger Marc (blogs at VitalDollar.com) on the best way to utilize your rewards to get cash back, invest, travel, or pay down debt!  Most importantly guys, please pay off your cards each month. Don’t carry over a balance!  9 Responsible Ways to Use Credit Card Rewards

Travel

In honor of my upcoming trip to India, I found this article on Top Indian Architecture Engineering Marvels You Must See.  We do have some great builds over there.  In case India is on your bucketlist, or you’re just curious, definitely check it out!

Always a question when booking your flights: do I need travel insurance? And where do you get it from? Your insurer? Buy it when you’re booking your flight? Women Who Money cover this topic extensively in What are the Best Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance.

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