The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

Everyone’s heard it: “It takes a Village.” I mean, mostly that statement crops up when we talk about child rearing but I think it applies to life in general. Whether we prefer to have few, very close friends or a large broader group of friends, we’re all built to need connection. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

You know what they say: if you’re going to talk to yourself, make sure you say something nice. We admit, it’s not something we’re consistently good at. We find it easier to congratulate ourselves and confirm our greatness when something goes well. But we then forget to continue this positive self-talk when things aren’t going well. When we feel down, challenged, or unworthy, we find it hard to believe what we’re saying to ourselves.

Let’s rewind for a second. When we started journaling in Week One with the Five Minute Journal, we were surprised that one of their daily sections was to explicitly record a personal affirmation. It was the toughest part of the morning routine, and we kept tweaking our affirmations to find just the right words. It just wasn’t happening.

Wow. If that isn’t an indicator that our self-talk needed some clarity, we don’t know what is! Self-talk, affirmations, the mindset work of reframing, deleting, and replacing old stories all take time – and there’s only so much headway we could make in a week. But, a little change is still change. We knew we needed more help so we turned to the number one affirmation podcast in the world, Affirmationpod with Josie Ong and the brand new Left-Brained Hippie with Shelsey Cayer. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself”

Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme

Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme

The first Monday in May is, and will forever be, Met Gala day (aka fashion’s Oscars) to the fashionable and fashion-obsessed.  Year on year, the Gala awes and inspires as we watch fashion, music, film and business elite play the ultimate game of over-the-top dress up, always to a particular theme that sets the tone for the Costume Institute’s headline exhibition (and serves as the Institute’s major source of fundraising).

Last night was no exception. The 2018 Met Gala Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination reigned over the city of New York (not to mention our TV, mobile phone & computer screens), and if we are being honest, it may have been one of the best ever. Hosted by the ultimate fashion dream team – Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace – the Gala showcased the Catholic Church’s influence throughout the history of fashion.  Just the theme itself promised visions of grandeur and unapologetic in-your-face opulence, and we were not disappointed. Robes reminiscent of 18th century Rococo; Middle Ages chainmail, hairnets and halos; Renaissance velvet, pearls, gold and jewels (oh my!); and romantic ruching and pleating. You name it, we saw it and it had our eyes misting and our hearts speeding. Continue reading “Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme”

Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical

Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical

At Handled, we run around a lot during an average day. Probably more than most people – that’s just part of the job! Easily clocking an average of 10,000 steps a day sounds pretty impressive and while walking is great exercise, it doesn’t do a whole lot to take care of excess stress. Plus, since it’s the only kind of exercise we’ve been doing for the past few months, we’ve been feeling less tight and toned than we’re comfortable with – especially as Spring comes around.

Most sources suggest that about three hours of vigorous activity is sufficient on a weekly basis, and honestly that seems just about the maximum any busy person could fit into their schedule. But we’re all about getting the most out of this Self-Care Experiment so we thought: what would happen if we did an hour a day – every day – instead? That way we could try seven different types of workouts and see how well each of them served our Self-Care purposes. Sound crazy? Crazy like a fox! So that’s what we did. Continue reading “Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical”