50 ideas for your own Self Love Dates

50 ideas for your own Self Love Dates

When completing my monthly reset this month, I decided I wanted to schedule some self love dates.

By now we all know the benefits of a little self love… taking the time to do the things that bring you joy, put a spark in your heart and light your fire is literally good for your health! Its a fact! 

So without going over all of the reasons why self love is great (which I am sure you have already read about), I wrote a list of 50 things I plan to do on my self love dates! I hope they inspire you to take the time to go on some of your own self love dates!  

50 ideas for your own Self Love Date

  1. Go see a movie by yourself

  2. Go somewhere and read a book

  3. Watch the Sunrise with a breakfast picnic

  4. Go on a solo road trip

  5. Have a solo photoshoot

  6. Go for a solo paddle board

  7. Do a puzzle with wine

  8. Self care day – face masks, nails, bath etc

  9. Have a sensual selfie date! Put on your sexiest undies and take some sensual photos or hire a professional to make you look killer 

  10. Go to the markets and buy yourself flowers

  11. Sign up for a class e.g. pottery, painting or cooking class 

  12. Spend an hour browsing in a book shop

  13. Make a vision board for one of your goals 

  14. Make a fort, get snacks and binge watch Netflix
  15. Download a meditation app and go to town (as in just do the meditations.. I’m not being literal here)
  16. Go to your local coffee shop or a park or somewhere new and get lost in a good book
  17. Find a spot outside and take out all your art supplies and just make art in nature! 
  18. Go on a hike 
  19. Get up early, prepare some tea or coffee in a flask and go somewhere to see the sunrise
  20. Get a tattoo! 
  21. Set up a magical candle lit bubble bath
  22. Put on a playlist you love and have your own disco! Dance till you can’t wipe the smile off your face
  23. Book a spa day or visit a salt cave 
  24.  Redecorate or rearrange a room in your home
  25. Clean out and create the pantry of your Pinterest dreams 
  26. Write a list of all the things you want in life 
  27. Figure out what your values are 
  28. Get a mani pedi, a facial or a massage
  29. Start a herb garden or go plant shopping 
  30. Go to a yoga or meditation class or go to a trampoline park or skating rink
  31. Take a tour of your city and take photos like a tourist
  32. Go on an adventure – e.g. find your towns closest land pillow and go there!! They are so fun! 
  33. Create your own personal sound tracks for different moments in your life e.g. Cleaning montage playlist
  34. Write in your diary / journal 
  35. Listen to some good TED Talks on topics that interest you… or that you know nothing about 
  36. Go on a walk and listen to podcast 
  37. Go to the beach for a swim
  38. Volunteer doing something that’s meaningful to you 
  39.  Go buy yourself a sex toy and play with it! <3 
  40. Light all of the candles you can find and play with some tarot cards or affirmations
  41. Write a list or a list of lists you want to create! 
  42. Draw a mind map of your life
  43. Google a topic you know nothing about but are curious about
  44.  Find a cute diner and order a milkshake 
  45. Get dressed up and stay home – I mean take some selfies too so it’s documented how good you look
  46. Cuddle your dogs or visit someone who owns dogs so you can cuddle them (unless they are not cuddly dogs… then maybe play fetch or just pat them) 
  47. Go to an art exhibit or museum
  48. Have a tea party for one – use your good china or go find a cute tea cup and saucer from the thrift shop first and then drink tea (or champagne) in your fancy tea cup
  49. Read in bed 
  50. Write a letter for yourself to read in 10 years  

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Monthly Magic April 2018

Monthly Magic April 2018

Monthly Magic April 2018

This month has been a whirlwind 🌪 I am so grateful for all of the wonderful ways life continues to be amazing even when at times you feel it’s crazy! I love this time of the month because I get to reflect and remember all of the days, moments and people that made my month amazing! 💖🙏 I am so grateful April for friends who are pretty much family, for smiles and coffee, for pinky purple skies, for drinks with friends who are always happy to selfie with me 🤳🏻 for dog cuddles (especially when hungover 😵) for creative Sunday’s with creative souls, for lunch time walks by the river and weekends spent lazing on the beach, for sun and icy sippy cups, for Golden retrievers and organised meet ups, for bike rides and crews who are keen for adventures for Labrador smiles, for collaborations and creative outlets, for new friends and the hashtag that bought us all together #thesoulechosocial 💖 and lastly I am grateful that I am alive, healthy and have pink hair again! 💖🙏 #pinkparrimonthlyreview

Reading

The Life of Less – Cait Flanders

I hadn’t read Cait’s blog before I found this book, but after reading it I have been scrolling her archives and am hooked! Her blog is full of posts about living slow, budgets and her thoughts and feelings on life! The year of less is focused on a time in her life when she decided to start a year long shopping ban! Reading this book was really inspiring and got me note taking for future projects I want to do! I may not be in the right place to do a year long shopping ban (just yet), but being more focused on my finances is definitely on the project list… being more focused in general is on the list too!    

Watching

The True Cost – Netflix

Subconsciously I think I had been putting off watching this… when I clicked the watch now and automatically felt sick… I realised I didn’t want to watch this because I didn’t want to accept that cheap clothing has a price… I didn’t want to admit that I am a part of the problem… and part of me believed if I didn’t watch it… I could just ignore it! I can’t… 

I purchase most of my clothes from the kids section at K-Mart or Big W! It means I can get a dress for $15 instead of $50, which means that I spend less money on clothes… so why wouldn’t I!? Except when I re-assessed my closet and shopping situation, I found this was not actually the case… when I buy the cheap clothing I still seem to spend the $50-$100 anyway, Yes I get a lot more for my dollar… but is more what I really want? 

After spending the last 3 or so years in a continuous declutter phase… I realise no, I am tired of decluttering, I just want it to be decluttered already! I need to learn how to maintain… and how can I justify saving a few dollars when I know people are being taken advantage of! That’s why I clicked watch now, that’s why I felt sick and that’s why I wrote down maintain an ethical wardrobe in my Pink Parri Passion Project list!

Listening

TED Radio Hour

Every morning on my morning commute (I walk & bus into work) I like to either read a book, listen to a podcast or watch an inspirational YouTube video on the way. On the mornings that I just can’t or don’t want to think about what to choose, I listen to the TED Radio Hour! It’s such an interesting and thought provoking way to start the day, the subjects range from exploring deep space to rethinking medicines to how art changes us! The format is an hour of interviews from previous TED Talkers and snippets of their TED talks on what ever the subject is for the hour! In April I listened to ‘The Meaning of Work’ ‘Everything is Connected’ & ‘Comfort Zones’.  

Pink Parri Passion Project

Bad Witch Workout Challenge

Yay! I have completed my first Pink Parri Passion Project! For the first one I decided to start with a mini project, something short quick and easy to check off the project list (checking off lists makes me feel good ok)! With the mornings getting cooler my morning routine starts to get skipped more and more, which results in skipping my workouts, which results in a shift in my mood and motivation, so I decided my first mini project would be committing to getting my workout routine happening again!

A fun challenge that I have been wanting to do for a while now is Gala Darling’s Bad Witch Workout, so I signed up and used this as my motivation to get moving! The first day was putting my intention out there for all of Instagram to see! Easy peasy! The 2nd day I didn’t actually do anything as the email arrived around 2pm and I like to do my workouts in the morning, what I should of done is wake up and do one of my own workouts that morning… but I didn’t… I snoozed to the very last minute and rushed around getting ready for work like a headless chicken! (Poor chicken)!  So the next day was my real day 2, I put on the Bad Witch playlist on spotify (a nice little addition to the challenge!) Watched the video for a refresher on the moves and then got to it! There were three rounds and even though half way through I got a little distracted with my hula hoops and Humphrey (my golden retriever) I still finished and then even did a little boxing workout afterwards!  The next few days were simple and fun and the challenge in all was a success! If you want a little workout refocus you should head over to the @BadWitchWorkout for a little inspo!  

Crushing

Last weekend I attended the very first #thesoulechosocial event! There were drinks and cake and gorgeous souls! It was just lovely and I very highly recommend going to the next one! During the social I got to meet so many awesome babes and am crushing over all of their social accounts! If you want to crush over some gorgeous accounts check out these gorgeous girls (just to name a few) <3 

@whatkristacaptures capturing magic and colourful travel photos! @seedbyash making over beauty brands one by one! @jeanbag recycling jeans to make gorgeous homewares @gabriellarosie One gorgeous bad ass babe creating amazing and empowering art! @caitlynwithoutfear Art, honesty and living without fear & @theshineyapproach (possible name change… watch this space) 

 

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Monthly Magic March 2018

Monthly Magic March 2018

March Ispirations

I am so grateful for March! A month full of fun work days and weekends filled with friends, family & of course dogs! 💖🐕 #pinkparrimonthlyreview

Reading

Fuck Feelings by Michael Bennett & Sarah Bennet

I’m maybe half way through this one so far (still) and am currently on the fence… I am loving the humor, but not really feeling the pessimistic view point… I mean I am an absolute optimist! So reading from a pessimistic view is a little hard… but I am keeping an open mind and just trying to take in all of the practical advice… and ignore the rest! I also usually read all of my self development books first by audio and then again in book form (for the ones I like) but I didn’t with this book… so I wonder if that has anything to do with it…

Watching

Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars

Ok, so I am seeing a little theme with my TV binging… Man am absolutely loving watching the All Stars do their thang! So much fun! AND less bitchy than I thought it would be, which I really like (I mean can’t we all just be friends and support each other people!? YAAAASSS) 

I just finished Season 2 (of the All Stars) and Alyssa, Alaska and Detox were my absolute FAVES!! I love all of the outfits and comedy and runway looks! So so so good!  

Listening

How to Fail Podcast

Ahhhh this podcast has popped up just when I needed it! (Thanks google for always knowing my deepest darkest thoughts and secrets! Hahaha) This pod is hosted by two women based in Pittsburgh, PA who interview women who are working hard at being their own boss. How to fail is creating an open conversation about failing and “shining a light on the shadowy stigma of talking about failure.” Absolutely what I needed in my life right now… and if you struggle with not being awesome 100% of the time too… then you should check this pod out! 

Experimenting

Accepting Failure

I have been feeling like a bit of a failure recently, I mean it is screwing with my brain right now and I am starting to see it’s affect on my self confidence! After taking almost a full month to put this blog out there because I was self conscious of it being shit or it being to personal or that people will judge me because I am starting another blog, I realised I would never of second guessed myself like this a few years ago! I have always been pretty confident and not really cared what others thought when it comes to expressing my creativity… but over the years I have failed a lot… BUT I need to remember that I actually fail a lot because I’m not too afraid to try! 

So over March every time I catch myself feeling like a failure, feeling not good enough, holding back on being my silly self or whenever I catch myself dwelling on a personal failure, I have been trying to be just a little less harsh on myself! I stop visualise something silly, maybe like an image of myself as a Bitmoji in a pink Sherlock Holmes get up (yes I have a pipe… but it doesn’t blow smoke… it blows bubbles!) Then ask myself, why am I dwelling on this? Are these thoughts even valid? Am I just hungover? If they are valid, what can I learn from them? How will I move forward from this?

Every time I have done it so far, the silly visual in my head at the start forces a little smirk out of me, this pushes me out of self pity mode… even if sometimes the smirk is an embarrassed smirk from coming up with this silly idea, it makes me feel silly… which then reminds me that self pity is silly! Ah all the sillies! I also feel like digging a little deeper into the failure and trying to connect it to a lesson makes me feel like the failure was kinda worth it OK not worth it but at least not a total waste of time!

Crushing

The Soul Echo

When starting this blog, I, of course headed straight to Instagram to set up a new account! It’s just the perfect place to go when I want inspiration, motivation and a way to connect with like minded people. So while scrolling for new insta blog friends I came across The Soul Echo, a gorgeous Brisbane Photographer whose instagram bursts with colour (mostly pink – which if you know me is my absolute fave) and who kicking butt in business and life! Seriously go follow her for gorgeous photography of Brisbane city, peeps and DOGS are the best!! Also keep an eye out for her super cute, real and inspiring Instagram stories! Loving what she is putting down… or picking up what she is putting down… you know what I mean!

Now go! 

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Monthly Magic February 2018

Monthly Magic February 2018

Pink Parri Monthly Review

Well Feb it’s been a blast 🙏 Thanks to baseball games, beers and buddies! 🙏 Thanks to summer, rashies and big smiles! 🙏 Thanks to great friends, collaborations and the inspiring women who shape my world 🙏 Thanks to hunky Boyfriends, musical dates and the sweetest fun quest for roses! 🙏 Thanks to family birthday adventures, holograms and a super cute fun family! 🙏 Thanks to chicken parmies bigger than my head, the new queer eye and braces… for making ice cream almost an everyday treat instead of sometime treat! 😁😂🍦#peaceout✌ #pinkparrimonthlyreview

Every month for the last 3 years I have done a #pinkparrimonthly review on Instagram (see pic and caption above). My monthly review consists of a collage made with photos from the previous month that bring me the most joy and a little post with thanks to all of the great moments and feelings and people in my life!

This little habit is actually more about gratitude than it is about actually reviewing what happened during the month, I spend a good 10-15 min reviewing what fun things I have done the past month and what made my month great! This little ritual has always made me feel good and reminds me of all of the amazing little moments in my life. Now I am starting this blog, I thought it may be cool to add another monthly tradition, this one more about sharing, what I have spent my time on for the month! What am I reading, watching, listening to, experimenting with and who am I insta crushing on right now! 

So we may as well start with Feb!

Reading

The reason I read this book was a friend had told me about the TV show and said it was great! Now I’m the type of person that just must read the book first, so I did… And then I also watched the TV show! I think the part that creeped me out and interested me the most was Margaret Atwood’s statement about the book; “I delayed writing [The Handmaid’s Tale] for about three years after I got the idea because I felt it was too crazy, then two things happened. I started noticing that a lot of the things I thought I was more or less making up were now happening, and indeed more of them have happened since the publication of the book.”

Watching

So everyone who follows me on Facebook already knows I binged watched the new Queer eye on Netflix! It was gorgeous! I cried I laughed and I just wanted those gorgeous men to come to my house… Like now! My fave is…. all of them!! YAAASSS GURL! If you haven’t watched it yet… Go what are you waiting for!! Oh wait, read the rest of this post first though… Please…

Listening

I only started listening to The Slow Home Podcast in January, even though it actually started in 2015! Yes… I was a little slow to the trend (see what I did there). Ok enough bad puns… I really love the idea of exploring the slow home idea further and finding my own way to quit the “keeping up with Joneses” as Brooke from the podcast would say! I suggest checking it out, I have a feeling these pods may inspire a few blog posts to come! Thanks Brooke! 

Experimenting

Ok… so I have to admit that’s not my adorable habit tracker in the picture… mine is a little more messy at this stage… but hey! I’m only new at this whole habit tracking thing! I have been habit tracking since January, it can be a little tedious, but may be worth it, I think I will continue for a few more months to see. 

Crushing

Ok so I have been online crushing on Gala Darling for years! But this blog is new baby! So I thought who best to be my first blog crush announcement! Ok so firstly when I say crush, I mean I admire the fuck out of her! She is a kick ass babe who works hard for what she wants and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way (especially herself!) I was lucky enough to actually listen to her speak in person in Feb and even meet her briefly. She was as kick ass as expected and incredibly sweet.  

So there you have it! My first Monthly Review post for the blog! 

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