Treat Yo Self

After a long nine-hour shift at work, I spent some time doing some fun activities and treating myself to some food, good conversation, and a good rain jacket.

I spent the treating myself to some Vitamin D, as well, spending the sunny day at the local outdoor malls in Boulder, Colorado.

My day began treating myself by spending time with my cousin and my brother. It is great to divulge yourself with your family, especially your extended family, as great bonds can truly develop and truly flower from spending time with your extended family outside of family obligations. After a few years of being apart, it was great to spend time with my cousin, Endy, who I have been close with my entire life.

The good food came next, as we treated ourselves to some great gelato from a local gelato & milkshake shop on the Pearl Street Mall. Cookie butter was the flavor of gelato that I chose that day and treated myself to a fresh waffle with sprinkles that truly magnified the experience.

Our next stop was the 29th Street Mall in Boulder, where most of the treatin’ truly occurred. I finally got to do some real window shopping, which lead me to buy a rain jacket for $20 from Marshalls. My cousin was actually the one who found the jacket first, so it is safe to say that I once again found myself buying menswear again. The sale was ridiculous.

After wandering around the mall, we found ourselves running into some great art, including a lit up “treat yo self” sign and some art on the stairs of the mall. The art was unexpected and beautiful! Both art pieces served as simple reminders to give yourself love and spread it like a contagion.

Treatin’ yo self is important. Life without treats is like living a life torturing yourself. Celebrate your existence, because it feels good to celebrate yourself.

Do it often and do it well!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Chautauqua Season

Recently, as March has began welcoming more sunny and warmer days, I have found myself spending more time within nature, specifically Chautauqua park within the Flatiron mountain range.

After many months of hibernation, and the weather not really allowing for very safe hiking (the ice!!), I am so thrilled I can get back into the habit of spending time on the trails.

Over the course of the last four years of my life, I have spent a significant amount of time at Chautauqua Park, spending lots of hours hiking, sweating, panting, breathing, interacting with strangers, thinking, writing, taking photographs, and adventuring. I have also spent a lot of time admiring the Flatirons’ in all of it’s all natural glory, whose beauty never ceases to amazes me.

The park has become a sanctuary for me, as I visit it when I find myself in ruts, in bad moods, in good moods, etc. I feel like it is a place for me to escape my problems and feel completely and utterly safe.

Here are some photographs from my recent adventures and hikes up Chautauqua Park in beautiful Boulder, Colorado!
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There is never a lack of beauty within this park. In fact, the real problem is the amount of beauty all around you that you cannot possibly take in all at ounce.

Have a beautiful day and spend some time adventuring!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade