Self Care Sundays

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m lucky to be celebrating with my fiancé tonight, but before we head out I wanted to take a moment to talk about Self Care Sunday. As much as it’s important to recognize our love for others, it’s possibly even more important to our overall well-being to show ourselves the love as well.

I’ve been meaning to write a post about Self Care Sunday for weeks, but my seemingly never-ending to-do list has made the idea of stopping to take time for myself almost stressful. This is the opposite of what Self Care Sunday is all about! Self Care Sunday is about taking the time to look after yourself mentally, physically and spiritually despite the other things going on in our lives. This may mean different things to different people, but what remains constant is the promise to take a few moments to do something that makes us feel good. Even a few small things can add up and make a big difference in our lives.

Here are some of the things I’ve been doing to show myself some love on Self Care Sundays.

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Allan Gardens: A Taste of Summer

On Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I headed to Allan Gardens for a little taste of summer. Located off Carlton and Jarvis, Allan Gardens is one of Toronto’s hidden gems. The historic landmark dates back to the late 1800’s and was one of Toronto’s first public spaces.

The 16,000 square foot string of greenhouses is open year-round and is home to gorgeous plants from around the world. There are even a couple ponds, one with koi fish and another with turtles! From olive trees to cacti, Allan Gardens is a beautiful, warm space that offers a nice temporary refuge from the cold we’ve been experiencing here in Toronto.

I thought it would also be a great opportunity to work on my photography skills, so I snapped these pictures while we were walking around taking in the sights. Continue reading “Allan Gardens: A Taste of Summer”