An Insider’s Guide to Buenos Aires

An Insider’s Guide to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, most commonly referred to as the “Paris of South America” is a city of greatly diverse culture. With every division offering something different, you’ll be sure to find something new to explore in each neighborhood that you visit.

 

How to Get Around

 

The international airport in Buenos Aires is located right on the water on the East coast of Argentina. From here you’re only about a 15-20 minute drive into the heart of the city. There is fabulous public transportation in Buenos Aires, giving you the option to take the subway, bus, or rent a bike if you’d rather not pay for a taxi.

There is also Uber in Buenos Aires which makes it very easy to get around. That way you don’t have to have as much cash on you at all times as opposed to a taxi. You also won’t have to worry about haggling taxi prices when the meter is off, there will be a set price on Uber that you’ll see before requesting.

The cost of the Uber from the airport to Palermo cost about $11. In the city, from one neighborhood to another can range from $7-$15 for a one-way, which is usually a lot cheaper than cab fare.

The subway system in Buenos Aires is the cheapest, and sometimes quickest way to get around. Once underground in the station, you can buy a card and pay for a number of rides to load onto your rider card. Depending on how long you’ll be in the city, it’s best to buy somewhere between 5-10 rides at a time so you can easily swipe for access.

 

The Neighborhoods

 

I had certain assumptions before I started planning my trip that proved me right to always do my own research before making judgments. I had been informed for years that when you’re traveling to Argentina, you best prep your body with greens beforehand because you’ll have a slim number of options other than meat; wrong.

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, don’t be fooled by the movies or food blogs of the “best food in Argentina” being that of meat, cheese and bread – there are other plenty of other options other than meat. In fact, there were TONS of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, cafes, and natural health food markets.
I personally eat meat, but having the option of other types of cuisine, and perhaps, a well-prepared salad every once in a while was a delightful surprise that I discovered once arriving to Palermo, aka the bohemian district of Buenos Aires.

 

Palermo

When looking at a map, you’ll see that the city of Buenos Aires (being the capital of Argentina) is pretty huge. There are a few more popular districts that all have their little niche. Palermo is known to be the “nicer” and most safe area of the city due to its high volume of tourists where there are more police patrolling the area.

This is the neighborhood I chose to stay in simply because of the ability to walk to cafes, parks and restaurants and feeling safe if I happened to make a wrong turn. The neighborhood has much to offer; tree-lined cobblestone streets, jazz clubs tucked off the side streets, boutique shops sprinkled between new and old restaurants and bars.

 

A few to mention…

 

Casa Munay – vegetarian/vegan café & bakery; breakfast/lunch/dinner – I could have eaten every meal at Munay. The restaurant has a beautiful ambience to escape the hustle of the city and invites to stay for a few hours. A delicious veggie island in the ocean of carne.

Calden del SoHo – traditional, authentic, 5-star Argentinian cuisine. This parrilla has every type of steak you can imagine, empanadas, salads, sausages, and a wine list to go with it all.

Nola – New Orleans style eggs Benedict, fried egg and biscuit sandwiches; traditional Southern comfort fare.

La Fabrica del Taco Comida – a taste of SoCal in Palermo; tacos, burritos, salad bowls, nachos, traditional Mexican in the heart of Buenos Aires.

Al Arabe – “cheap eats” Mediterranean to-go or dine-in foods with options of falafel, lamb, tabouleh, hummus

Burger Joint – the most simple yet delicious menu, 6 rotating burgers (1 vegan/vegetarian), fries, beers

Antares Palermo – the best brewery in Palermo in my opinion, 15 rotating taps with house-brewed beers of all types; low alcohol to double IPA’s and ciders. Plan accordingly, this place gets packed on a weekend night.

 

Palermo will not disappoint in terms of the food and drink scene; from wine bars to craft breweries to taco shops to burger joints to an Arabic hole-in-the-wall – you won’t go hungry wandering the streets. There are also a number of speakeasies in the area which I found to be a unique feature. Underground and tucked away unless you know where to find it, there’s something very romantic about being in a dark, cavernous-like bar- almost as if you discovered a place less traveled.

This isn’t it say that other areas of Buenos Aires are not “nice”, in fact, in many cases, the very grit of a neighborhood is usually what makes it more interesting. The neighboring district to see is Recoleta.

 

Recoleta

You’ll want to map out some sort of itinerary so you can plan when to see the sights of the city in the most economical fashion. During the day, taking the subway is the easiest and most affordable way to get around. Uber is not too expensive, but I recommend to take the subway during the day as much as possible, and save Uber trips for nighttime when it’s dark and you don’t want the hassle of the train.

If you’re staying in Palermo, Recoleta is about 15 minutes away with a few major highlights to see.

 

El Ataneo Grand Splendid Bookstore – a theatre-turned-bookstore/café, this is truly the most “splendid” bookstore I have ever seen. From the elegant stairways to the breathtaking view from the balcony down onto the stage of the theatre to the thousands of books lining the walls, I could spend hours getting lost in this store.

El Ataneo also features a café for breakfast and lunch where you’re seated on the stage of the theatre looking out into what would have once been the audience; such a unique and picturesque experience!

 

Recoleta Cemetery – One of the World’s most famous cemetery’s. Explore thousands of years of Argentinian history wandering through the many corridors of eloquent gravestones, including “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” singer Eva Peron’s grave.

 

Florería Atlántico – Buenos Aires’ most famous cocktail bar, with a flower shop serving as the false front. This bar is described as being a tribute to the multiethnic history of the city’s population. The menu is divided by national influence, with sections dedicated to Spain (sherry drinks), Poland (vodka) and England (gin, Scotch), however, the bar’s signature drink is, naturally, a Negroni variation.

 

Los Galgos – Pop into one of the city’s most historical bars for lunch or catch some live music up on the rooftop. What was once a 1930s café has been restored into an iconic piece of Buenos Aires history with its remaining tarnished mirror and wood paneling. If you fancy a cocktail, be sure to try the Negroni on tap.

 

San Telmo

San Telmo is famous for being the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Its cobblestone streets and colonial buildings used to be the quarters of dockland workers and it was one of the city’s first industrial areas. This is also home to Casa Rosada where you can see the official residence of the President of Argentina. The building also houses a museum, which contains objects relating to former presidents of Argentina. It has been declared a National Historic Monument of Argentina.

 

Take a Tango Lesson – Offered all over the city, but here is where you’ll find many group/private lessons hosted in private studios, homes, or parks. Escuela Mariposita is one of the best for starting with the basic steps or even for those with previous experience in tango. Run from an old mansion in San Telmo, it has tango classes for all levels, regular workshops and even intensive, week-long classes of tango. These lessons range from $20 – $40 per person, offering a 90 minute class and, depending which you choose, unlimited wine and cheese… the best kind of post-dancing snack!

If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see a free live performance on the street. Often filled with dancers, Buenos Aires’ second oldest square, Plaza Dorrego, is a San Telmo highlight. Particularly on Sunday evenings, but more regularly during the summer months.

 

See the Underground Tunnels – Manzana de las Luces, or “Block of the Lights,” housed the activities of the early Jesuit missionaries in Buenos Aires. The first documented report of an uncovered tunnel came in 1865, and interest in the tunnel network reappeared during a project to drain the neighborhood of San Telmo, when engineers discovered more tunnels. The tunnels range in size, and some lead to large, vaulted chambers. Many tunnels remain undiscovered, however, and may remain to serve secret purposes.

Although full of history, the tunnels were closed when I took the tour, and may be closed for the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, a very inexpensive $3 way to spend an hour learning about the history of the city.

 

Some Other Things To Do

 

 

Go to a Live Jazz Show

Jazz is huge in Buenos Aires. If you’re not seeing a tango show, go to a jazz concert; or better yet, see both! You can make both experiences as budget-friendly or as luxurious as you wish based on the venue you’re choosing, and if you’d like to enjoy dinner and drinks as you enjoy the show.

Virasoro Bar offered 2 nightly shows in their intimate, lively venue playing big band New Orleans style jazz. The theatre holds only about 25 people, so it’s necessary to make a reservation beforehand. The tickets cost $20 a person to sit at your own table where you can have drink and food service offered.

 

See a Tango Performance

Or better yet, try for yourself! Many performances that you’ll find tickets for offer a 30 minute practice before the show to teach you the basics of the dance.

Piazzolla Tango cost $30 a person and include the option of a steak dinner and wine with the show (these packages cost about $75 per person.) The theatrics and beauty of the show are truly amazing; from the authenticity of the costumes to the traditional music and overall performance.

Bar Sur is another location for experiencing a tango show in San Telmo. With only nine tables in the whole bar, it’s a cosy, atmospheric setting for admiring the sensual steps of the tango.

 

La Bomba de Tiempo

This was the highest rated activity to do in Buenos Aires and it was quite apparent why. Packed on a Monday night with locals and tourists alike all sharing the same passion for music. This show is a group of world-performing percussionists with a fantastic stage presence and light-show. It’s only available to see during the summer months since it is held outside. There is a huge covered bar area and the stage is open air, which is perfect for all the dancing and jumping to ensue.

The show lasts about 90 minutes and is a non-stop performance of all different types of percussion and dancing on stage. Tickets are extremely affordable priced at $10 a person. I recommend buying tickets online beforehand especially on a weekend to avoid the show being sold out.

 

Spend an Afternoon Living Like Royalty

Experience an afternoon enjoying high tea at L’ Orangerie Alvear Palace; a hotel built in 1932, originally conceived as a luxury hotel to accommodate the growing number of European visitors who arrived in Buenos Aires at that time. Alvear Palace is now a unique place to live a special afternoon and savor our exquisite cakes, mini pâtisserie, fresh fruit tarts, warm scones and other delicacies specially prepared by Chef Pâtissier.

 

Wine Tasting

Ser y Tiempo – priced at $30/person you’ll be paired with a flight of six tastings along with a platter of your choice; cheese boards with ripened meats, tapas, exquisite desserts, you name it! An intimate atmosphere and exquisite place to taste different wines.

 

Attend a Yoga Class

Buena Onda Yoga – lessons in Spanish, English, and even “Spanglish”, these affordable studio classes are in two locations; Palermo and San Telmo. Offering a handful of classes throughout the day at a very reasonable price, pick your type of class; Slow Flow, Restorative, Power Vinyasa, or a meditative Yin.

15 Tips On Saving Money For Travel

15 Tips On Saving Money For Travel

1.Research, have a goal and create a budget

If you don’t know what your aiming for and have no break down of what you need to save and what you spend, then you’ll have a very tricky time saving those pennies.
Figure out all your expenses; rent/mortgage, monthly bills/payments, how often you eat out, your trips to Starbucks, weekly entertainment, groceries receipts, etc. You may be surprised at just how quickly everything adds up.
Create a rough estimate of how much your trip will cost you and how far away it is.
Create weekly / monthly saving goals to keep you on track in order to reach your goal by the time you take off – you may need to drastically change the way you live in order to do so, but it’ll be worth it! Make travel a priority.

 

2. Cut down on the entertainment

Be it the happy hours, the holidays, the concerts; even those $10 gigs on a Tuesday night- it adds up, trust me! You need to lay off the luxuries while you’re saving.
Even a $20 night out is worth saving. If you allow yourself small allowances like this every so often, it’ll be hard to say no. It all adds up.
If you’re strict with yourself and follow your budget, you’ll be pretty pleased with yourself by the time you’re in Europe and can afford that show you’ve always wanted to see – once in a lifetime experiences are better than your weekly night out.

 

3. Put your money away

If you work over-time this month, get a bonus or find yourself with a bit of money spare, create a separate bank account or money jar to put the money in; whatever you need to do to make a point to yourself to not touch that cash. If you don’t want to open a new account, putting money in an envelope in a safe or somewhere secure is sometimes the best option – it depends on your level of self control.

 

4. Stop buying things

Stop shopping. Usually I find that I have everything I need until I just “pop in” to a store that I walk past. At this point, I have more self control; but I will occasionally buy just a $15 book or a cute top. It’s not worth it.
If you’ve never heard of “the latte factor,” it’s the idea that cutting back on small expenses can lead to big savings. People might argue that it’s silly to expect that much savings out of a $3 cup of coffee — it’s just three dollars, after all.
The problem with this attitude is you start saying “it’s just three dollars” to everything.
Don’t torture yourself by even allowing yourself to look, make your own coffee, and avoid the shops. You’ll see your travel fund grow exponentially by being this strict with yourself.

 

5. Sell your stuff

Get around to clearing out your room and selling all those clothes you never wear anymore, DVD’s you’ve been holding onto, books, etc. You can even get rid of your car and stop paying those ridiculously high monthly car payments. Use a bike, public transportation, or carpool if you can!
Put any money you make directly in that savings account or envelope.

6. Change your eating habits

When your bank statement comes through, how much of it is filled with restaurant bills, Starbucks and booze? $3 once or twice a day may not seem like much, but it quickly adds up. Note: the latte factor.
Switch the meals out for a trip to the supermarket.
Prepare your meals / lunches for work and take snacks with you. Cut down on the meals out and happy hours with your coworkers. You’ll save boatloads and you’ll probably save yourself a few calories by cooking all of your own food (i.e. knowing what goes in it) and cutting down on the booze.

 

7. Become a bargain hunter

This goes for saving money for travel, as well as while you’re traveling. Now, the point of saving money is so that you can enjoy yourself while traveling, but it’s all about how you want to spend your trip. You can splurge it all and go big or go home, and go home. Or you can try to make it last if you have a bit of time so that you can enjoy yourself longer.
Coupon clippings, buying sale items at the grocery store, cut down on the beauty products, travel during off peak times for public transportation, etc.

 

8. Get rid of subscriptions and memberships

If you don’t use your gym membership– get rid of it. That’s awesome if your resolution is to work out, but if you’re not doing it, then try out some free workouts at home. There are thousands of YouTube channels offering free workout classes of all levels and fitness types.
If you don’t need those magazines delivered to your door – cancel them. Renegotiate your mobile phone bill – or if you’re due for an upgrade, track down a cheaper rate.

 

9. Stay at home a little longer

Renting or buying somewhere to live, means your disposable income gets smaller and saving gets harder. Staying at home is the cheapest rent you’ll find, so embrace it and make the most of the opportunity to save (if your parents are so kind to allow this option.)
If you’ve already moved out, in order to cut down on the bills look for a cheaper place to rent or move back home for a short period of time.
If you’re adventurous, there are also apps in which you can crash at peoples homes i.e. Couchsurfing, or house sit for people either in your own city, or traveling elsewhere using MindMyHouse

10. Use cash

Try having $40 in your wallet a week allocated for certain things and that’s all; a weekly stipend for eating out and entertainment. When that $160 for the month is gone, so is the eating out and the paid entertainment. You’ll have to get creative and enjoy free entertainment such as watching movies at home, going outdoors, hiking, or having friends over for dinner and games.
Being able to actually see the cash leave your wallet (rather than just swiping your credit card) really makes you decide whether or not you truly need that item you’re about to buy. This truly works!

 

11. Ditch your car

Depending on where you live and your lifestyle, you could quite easily sell your car and get around by foot, bike, shared rides or public transport. Especially for couples who own two cars. Sell one of them and share the second. Cars are the biggest money guzzlers – insurance, gas, monthly payments, parking and maintenance, it’s never-ending!
Sell your car and put that money towards your next trip or paying off some debt. Walking and biking are great ways to get exercise, while public transport options are also very affordable and practical.

 

12. Give DIY Gifts

Rather than purchasing presents for friends and family who are celebrating, make them something. A handmade gift is much more thoughtful anyways. Check out Pinterest for some excellent DIY gift ideas.

 

13. Sign up for Pinterest

Get yourself excited by some inspirational blogs and photos from other travelers.
Traveling is worth every single penny that you save for it. Sometimes missing a big night out or selling your old clothes can seem like a lot of effort, but when you focus on WHY you’re doing it and have a clear budget written out; I believe you’ll find the motivation you need in order to reach that goal.

 

14. Forgo ATM Fees

This one goes for traveling especially, but also being at home. Sometimes you desperately need cash and don’t have time to find your nearest Chase or Wells Fargo. Every time you utilize another bank’s machine, you’ll pay a fee. Usually it’s about $5 per withdrawal.
Here’s a way to forgo ATM fees forever. Open a checking account through Charles Schwab and get a debit card. You can use this at any ATM in the world and will be reimbursed for ALL fees – ATM and foreign transactions.

 

15. Pay Off Your Balances

When you use your credit card, make sure you pay off the balance, or at the very least, the minimum amount due; otherwise interest (at a high rate) will start accruing and you’ll start back-pedaling in terms of hitting your financial goal.

 

 

5 Healing Benefits of Palo Santo

5 Healing Benefits of Palo Santo

Palo santo, which means “holy wood” or “wood of the saints,” is a fallen wood from a tree that grows on the coast of Ecuador in South America. It belongs to the citrus family, and is related to both frankincense and myrrh

For centuries, the Incas, Shamans, and Indigenous communities in South America have used this powerful form of tree medicine for energy clearing, healing and spiritual cleansing.

Here are some of the benefits you can reap from using this magical wood:

Spiritual Cleansing

If you don’t already know about palo santo, I strongly advise you try it. When burned, the smoke released emits negative ions that can uplift your mood and help with anxiety, stress, and depression. It’s used for clearing negative energy in the same way as Native Americans in North America have used sage.

 

Sleep Aid

Palo Santo has been used in many practices as a cleansing agent, and can act as an aid for sleep disorders. I’ve started to burn a little bit of this at night as I get ready for bed, filling my room with calming smells before I tuck in for the night. Soothing aromas such as palo santo, lavender, frankincense, and myrrh help to calm your brain from overstimulation.

 

Healing & Pain Relief

Traditionally, palo santo has been used for remedying various conditions, such as common colds, flu symptoms, stress, asthma, headaches and inflammation by smudging and making teas and tinctures with the wood and essential oils. In concentrated oil form, palo santo is effective in fighting free radical damage, and helping to relieve arthritis pain, stomach aches, and other ailments.

 

Natural Insect Repellant

When lit, palo santo releases a purifying smoke that repels mosquitoes and other insects, which is one of the many ways people all over South America have used the smoke from this sacred wood.

 

Purification & Detox

When used as an herbal tea, palo santo assists in supporting the immune system and shuts down inflammatory responses caused by diet, pollution, environmental stress and illness.

How To Make Tea Using Palo Santo

  1. Cut one stick of palo santo into four separate squares.
  2. Place one square into a pot for every four cups of water.
    3. Bring the water to a boil.
    4. Turn off the stove and let the hot water simmer with a lid on top for another five minutes.
    5. Use a strainer to transfer the water into your cup.
    6. Let the tea cool for three to five minutes, depending on how you take your tea.
    7. Add any extra elements to enhance the flavor (honey, cinnamon or fresh herbs; rosemary, eucalyptus, mint, lavender)

 

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

If we don’t change we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. Growth demands temporary surrender of security.” Gail Sheehy

Do you ever think to yourself; “That person must never feel uncomfortable?” Truth is, everyone gets uncomfortable – but the difference is that some people are comfortable with being uncomfortable. They don’t fear it, they look at it as a way of learning and being open to possibilities.

The word doesn’t have the same connotation for everyone. For some people, an experience could be new and exciting, and for others, petrifying and seemingly impossible. But here’s the kicker – it’s going to take you a lot longer to get what you want out of life living in this fear.

The people who start their own businesses, make awesome things happen for themselves, and travel the world don’t let fear hold them back.

We are the only ones holding ourselves back.

Stepping out of your comfort zone requires you to extend your personal boundaries in order to create (what could be) a more fulfilling life. The successful people whom you look up to and inspire you have pushed past their comfort zone in order to reach their current position.

Being comfortable keeps people from pushing past their limits because they’re incredibly happy with where they’re at. Think about it – if you’re feeling comfortable with your average job, why would you push yourself to start your own business, creative project, or travel the world?

That same comfort keeps you from experiencing everything life has to offer. Being uncomfortable may feel, well, uncomfortable. But this un-comfortability pushes you to new adventures, stories, and journeys meeting new people along the way that make you a more evolved and compassionate being.

It must not be forgotten that contained within every effort, every step, and every so called failure draws you closer to your dreams. Nothing in life is wasted, for it is all a learning experience.

But staying in your comfort zone will prohibit you from experiencing any trials or tribulations at all. You’ll simply stay put for the rest of your life in the same familiar bubble of comfortability. 

With that in mind, stepping out of your comfort zone may be paralyzing to some, since there is a level of anxiety associated with uncertainty.

You become so accustomed to the familiar routine and lifestyle that to rock the boat, debilitates you and knocks you off track. You must be willing to take risks, whether big or small in order to gradually move in the direction of your dreams.

This is not to say that you must always be pushing yourself out and up in terms of success, this is merely a guide on how to push past the dehibilitating fear and uncertainties in order to achieve your deep down desire that you never thought possible for yourself.

So, how do we come to find success?

“We surround ourselves with what is better or see other people as role models. You go, ‘If they can do this, so can I.’” – Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins has always been a very influential person to me. He holds so much knowledge about how to become the person that you’ve always wanted to be.

But what’s more important than the knowledge, is the positivity. Everyone gets knocked off track. Life will always throw you curve balls. Bad things happen all the time to good people.

What’s the secret to success, you might ask?

The key ingredient to being highly successful and happy is being happy and optimistic. Not letting yourself stay down, but to be able to continuously pick yourself back up. This isn’t an easy feat, but it can be learned, and it will be an extremely powerful skill to carry with you throughout your life.

This may look different for everyone, but my go- to is to always have a “Plan B”; an alternative route if my initial plan crumbles. This plan can’t be ignored, because a lot of time, you’ll end up having to fall back on something.

It’s always better to have spent the time mapping out realistic options instead of putting it off in the hopes that Plan A doesn’t fail.

These are a few initial steps to take on your journey of self-improvement. It takes time, but most of all – a change in mindset, and the willingness to let yourself feel uncomfortable. Good things will come if you let them in.

Why New Year’s Resolutions Can Be Harmful

Why New Year’s Resolutions Can Be Harmful

Do you find yourself feeling extremely motivated around the holidays to write down a list of everything you want to accomplish for the upcoming year? Most people do.

This is because most of the time, the list is just a page full of mental blurbs. Many of the goals and resolutions stay on the list.

You might look at the list and attempt a few of the resolutions, but then another month or two goes by and you still aren’t feel satisfied.

The reason that these lists of resolutions can be harmful is because a lot of the time, they’re not properly put into effect. They’re just an idea or aspiration that you wrote on paper, but something you don’t actually know how to implement into your life.

The list ends up haunting you by the time summer comes around because you haven’t gotten around to the third resolution, and by the time fall comes around, you just push them off until the following year.

This is something that I did for years, not understanding the pressure that I was putting on myself by writing down my goals. I thought that I was being healthy and proactive by making a clear note for myself to see and be constantly reminded, thinking that the pressure of the clock ticking would help me to accomplish my goals.

What I wasn’t noticing was that as I was getting older, it started affecting my self- confidence by watching these aspirations get brushed under the rug; noticing that I wasn’t accomplishing any of them.

It makes sense that resolutions don’t stick when you stop to consider what a “resolution” is: the solution to a problem, a decision or determination.

Here’s the kicker.

You are not a problem to solve, a determination to make, or an opinion that needs voting on. It doesn’t matter what you didn’t accomplish last year. You can take a step in the direction of accomplishing goals when you feel ready. Months may pass by, but one day you’ll decide that you’re ready to make a plan. Your aspirations might change over time. What may have seemed important six months prior may no longer serve you by the time the end of the year rolls around.

Rather than list a series of resolutions, I’ve begun to determine the ways in which I intend to live for the next year. Instead of seeing what resolutions I did or did not succeed in maintaining, I take in the progress I have made since the previous year, and see how, despite setbacks and unexpected challenges, I have persevered in creating my intended life.

”We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman

Setting Intentions

 

Instead of the pressure of checking off resolutions throughout the year, try setting intentions for yourself.

There may not sound like a huge difference between resolutions and intentions,  but there is a world of difference. 

What is the difference between making a resolution to go to gym 3 times a week, and setting the intention to live a healthier lifestyle? A lot.

The former is a command that doesn’t come with much wiggle room. If you make it to gym, great. If you don’t, then what? People tend to beat themselves up over their inability to maintain the resolution, or they may say “I don’t have time” and give up on the activity altogether.

All of this leads to a cycle of negative thinking and the resolution dissolves.

The solution?

Setting one powerful intention. Instead of a slew of resolutions, set an intention that you can work towards cultivating by the end of the year. We may not always be able to meet our needs and desires immediately as they arise, but we can still tune into the messages that our body, mind, and heart send to us, and honor those. This is the blessing of self-care. Being able to make choices accordingly for your life when it feels best for you.