Anyone who’s ever watched the show Parks and Recreation knows the refrain “treat yo’self!” It’s something of a catchphrase from some of the show’s characters, and it’s become something that you can hear in stores and shopping malls all over the world now! And, you know what, it’s great advice! If you don’t take the time to treat yourself every once in a while, then you’re going to end up feeling bored and miserable. However, it’s entirely possible to go too far with it. If you’re treating yourself too much, then you could end up in some pretty hot financial water. Here are some ways that you can avoid going too far when you treat yo’self.

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Beware of credit cards!

Credit cards can sometimes seem like the best thing ever. The temptation to treat them like unlimited free money is incredibly strong, but you need to make sure that you don’t fall into that trap. The reality of credit cards is that there will always be a price to pay and if it’s more than you can handle, then that’s a big problem. Luckily, if you do find yourself in that kind of situation, there are plenty of debt management programs online that you can use. As scary as debt can be, there are always ways around it.

Use cash when you can

Even having your debit card immediately accessible can lead you to make some less than sensible purchasing decisions. Even more so now thanks to contactless payments where you can just flash your card and buy whatever you like. If you want to avoid this, then the best thing to do is just to use cash wherever possible. That way, once you run out of cash, you know that it’s time to stop spending.

Set yourself a budget whenever you go out

Similarly, if you have a clear budget that you’re sure you can stick to in place before you go out to do any shopping, that’s going to make it much harder to overspend. Sure, you could still end up spending more than your budget says, but the simple act of telling yourself that you’re not going to spend above a certain threshold can have an incredibly powerful psychological effect on you. Combine that with only taking cash with you, and you’re going to be able to get out there and treat yourself without falling into the trap of spending more money that you actually have. Sure, this takes at least some discipline, but the truth is that most things in life aren’t going to be easy and neither is this!

Again, this is not trying to tell you that spending money on yourself is inherently a bad thing because it most definitely isn’t You just need to be conscious of the fact that every purchase that you make is going to have a serious and potentially lasting impact on your overall financial situation. As long as you keep a close eye on your finances and don’t let your impulses get the better of you, you should be just fine.

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If you didn’t know that Thailand was called the Land of Smiles before, just take a trip out there and you will see why. For many, it is the ultimate travel destination – a dizzying mix of bustling megacities, glorious islands, spiritual awakenings, delicious food, and all-night parties. In this article, we are going to be talking about a few of the experiences that you have to enjoy when you are in this wonderful country.

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Eat at a Food Market

Though there are plenty of fancy restaurants in the more tourist-heavy parts of Thailand, some of the best food is found on the street. So, grab yourself a tiny stool and sit down at one of the many fine eateries where the food is often cooked outside and you can watch the world rush by in front of you.

Take a Tuk-Tuk Ride

One of the most popular forms of transport around southeast Asia, tuk-tuks are everywhere and the drivers are extremely skilled at navigating the clogged traffic of the big cities with ease. If you have never ridden in one before, you may find this to be a nerve-wracking experience at first, but you will soon get used to it!

Dance All Night at a Full Moon Party

If you are the kind of person that loves to dance and party the night away, you have certainly come to the right place! Make sure you time your arrival on one of the Thai islands with the coming of the full moon. You are in for a night of neon paint, buckets of alcohol, flaming skipping ropes, and plenty of shapes being thrown!

Visit a Floating Market

Sometimes affectionately known as the Venice of the East, Bangkok features plenty of canal networks which flow through the center. Market-sellers of the city have made full use of these waterways by setting up stalls on their boats – a vibrant and colorful sight which you certainly have to see in person.

Bathe an Elephant

While riding an elephant is morally questionable to say the least, you can still get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures by bathing and feeding them in a nature park. Always make sure that you choose where you visit carefully so you can ensure that the elephants are being ethically treated.

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Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side

Thailand is home to a myriad of different temples and holy sites which are worth paying a visit to. You could also try out some Tantra Yoga Thailand or meditation. There are plenty of secluded spots where you can really get in touch with nature and your spiritual side.

Visit a Hill Tribe

Head up to the north of Thailand and you can pay a visit to one of the many hill tribes who have built their own communities and live off the land. There are plenty of organized tours that involve trekking through the forests to reach these secluded people.   

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Going out alone can be a liberating experience, whether you’re exploring a new city for the first time or a brand new country! However, you want to enhance this experience further by making sure you pay attention to a few safety tips that will keep you feeling confident. Read on for a few safety tips you really shouldn’t ignore when out alone!

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Keep Your Music On Low

First of all, we’re going to tell you why you shouldn’t have your music blasting at top volume. Having your music on loud can be an immersive experience when you’re getting lost in your own world, and it can be great for places like the gym, but it isn’t great when you’re unfamiliar with an area, or sometimes even if you are! Having music on loud takes one of our key senses away. I’m super guilty of this- I’ll just be walking along lalala listening to music when I should probably be paying attention to my surroundings. Our ears can quickly alert us to danger, whether that’s a passing car or a criminal. You’re actually at much more of a risk of suffering from a pedestrian accident when you have your music on loud, as you can’t always hear oncoming traffic – the music distracts you. By all means wear your headphones, but don’t deafen yourself. It’s bad for your hearing, and could jeopardize your safety.

Download A Map Of The Area

If you’ve never traveled in this area before, download a map of the area before you go out. You should hopefully be able to find wi-fi to connect to and do this easily enough. Use the map to get around, find shops, places to eat, and more. Just don’t forget to charge your phone before you leave the house – ideally, you’ll have a portable charger on hand should you need one!

Read Up On Local Forums

Want to know what to look out for when exploring a new area? One of the best ways to do this is to read up about the area on forums. You may be able to find out about any scams or people to watch out for in the area. You may discover a place to avoid. Just don’t let forums put you off visiting!

Tell Somebody Where You’re Going

Stay connected with your friends and family when going somewhere alone. Just drop them a message and ask them what they’re up to, before telling them where you’re going. You never know what’s around the corner. I’ve started really using the feature on Uber to let Kendall know when I’m in a car. Even though he’s currently on the other side of the country, it gives both of us piece of mind. I also send these updates to friends if I’m meeting them out.

Carry Something With You For Peace Of Mind

Carrying something with you for protection will give you peace of mind. Pepper spray is an idea (check out the legality of carrying it with you), but a simple alarm carried around your wrist or in your hand could be great too, especially when you’re on your own once it gets dark. Just don’t make the mistake of keeping the alarm or spray in your bag. It’s best to hold it in your hand or at least your pocket while you walk. You want to know you have access as quickly as possible!

Stay safe when exploring alone, and most importantly, have fun.

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Happy Friday! I’m here for this weekend for. real. Especially excited for Kendall to come home and for birthday celebrations/ girls’ night out. Saturday’s going to be a good night for me. Happy birthday Marisa & Juju!

 

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I’ve got my eye on…

While I really do like the frankincense oil moisturizer I got from Etsy, I’m not a huge fan of the packaging and Kendall thinks it smells like food. Not really what I’m going for. However, I found an Organic Facial Moisturizer that is under $10!

My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw this Rainbow Pendant Bib Necklace.

I don’t even know if Kendall is going to be here for Valentine’s Day but if he is I’ll need to rock this White Heart Pattern Mohair Knit Sweater.

 

Don’t forget you can always peek at my wish list over in my sidebar. Here’s what I’m currently craving:

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I’m always looking for a bargain, and I can personally vouch for some of these 29 Beauty Products Under $10 That Are Actually Worth Your Money. (And I’ve added a few to my wish list) via Buzzfeed

I usually don’t get excited about makeup (although I do appreciate cute packaging) but Jeremy Scott and MAC Created Your Dream Beauty Mixtape. via Cools

Some details of this Wedding That Brought Ibiza to New York and Broke All the Rules were were stunning, but some I could do without, personally. What do you think? via Coveteur

An updated Ramen & Pho Guide for DC… you know for when it freaking snows again next week. via Brightest Young Things

I kind of cringe when grown women are too into Disney, but OHMYGOODNESS these Disney inspired gowns by Paolo Sebastian are absolutely stunning and so not literal. 10/10 would wear the whole collection.

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You’ve exhausted the chocolate supply in the cupboard and there aren’t many more series left on Netflix for you to binge on. You haven’t left the house in a week (and counting), also when was the last time you washed your hair? You’re getting through the initial trauma of a break-up and the time is coming for you to pick yourself up and move on. We have all been through a break-up before and if you have yet to experience one, take note for the future. The thought of watching happy couples saddens you when you’ve been dumped, but I’m here to help you feel strong, empowered and determined enough to get over your ex.

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Home Cleanse

One of the most difficult parts of a break-up is letting go of the memories that are scattered around your home. From photo frames shaped in a heart to ticket stubs from a concert you’ve been to together. It’s healthy to have a home detox and get rid of the reminders than make you sad every day when you look at them. Use this is an excuse to give your room a makeover too. You can buy new pictures for your walls and invest in some new luxurious bedding to completely overhaul your bedroom and erase the lingering memory of them.

This might be new-age of me, but I also suggest lighting a candle, collecting meaningful crystals, or even smudging with sage to get rid of negative energy. Who’s to say if it actually works but I know lighting a candle always helps my mood.

Body Beautiful

You’ve spend enough time eating your feelings post-break up, so let’s change your mindset and channel your anger into something positive. Head to your nearest dance class and shimmy your way to happiness, instead of punishing your body in a negative way. Maybe you have a personal tattoo on your body, which relates to your ex. If so, you need to get rid of it ASAP! Head to your local tattoo removal clinic get the everlasting mark on your body lasered away. You will soon feel brand new after a few sessions, so don’t delay in transforming your body back to its pure and powerful form.

Goodbye Gifts

Stop hanging onto the perfume he bought you for your birthday or the necklace you received for Christmas. You simply don’t need them, so throw them away and feel a sense of relief. There is no point in holding these possessions close to you, when the sentiment is no longer there. You will feel free again if you let go of the gifts from your ex.

Selective Socials

It is so important to get out of the house after you’ve had a break-up, but be selective about the social events you choose to attend. If you know your ex or their friends are going to be there don’t go! Choose a girly night with your besties instead of getting dressed up and trying to impress your ex.

Whatever you situation, you can get through it. Find your inner strength and display a proud smile. Now is your time to focus on yourself and do the things that make you happy. Take the chance to love yourself and don’t let anybody dictate how you feel.

 

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