Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Top 10 Ways I Relax

Being an author, mother, reviewer, and homeschooling mom can be crazy.  It seems like I’m always going somewhere or doing something.  Recently my mother in law moved back down to California.  Needless to say my life has been CRAZY.

There’s one thing I learned from my mother.  You have to make ‘you’ time to keep your sanity.  If you don’t, no one else will.  I know some might think that’s selfish but the way I look at it is you need to have time to regroup and recharge.  The old saying, ‘When momma is happy, everyone else is too’, is so true.

I thought I’d share some ways I love to recharge after a hectic day or week.

  1. Go to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
I love this coffee house even more than Starbucks.  Why?  Well, I’m more of a tea lover and this place has a great variety of teas.  My favorite?  Mint Moroccan iced tea latte with chocolate.  Nom.  I also love Swedish berries and Wild Cherry. Once there I order a drink then write.  It’s great. 

  1. Get a pedicure.

I love getting pedicures.  It’s feels great to be taken care of for an hour plus I get to catch up on reading the latest celeb gossip with the People magazines in the salon.

  1. Get a facial

There’s just something about getting pampered that soothes the soul.

#4. and #5

Go to a bookstore and/or library to read a good book.  Believe it or not, just strolling in my local bookstore is better than any Prozac.  It calms me down.  I love the smell of books and just being around tons of them.

6. Go to a movie by myself
I love to do this.  My favorite movies have to be bittersweet love stories like THE NOTEBOOK and BECOMING JANE.

7. Being with friends
I love to get together with friends just to chat.  It’s nice to be around adults especially since I’m with my ten year old a lot.

8. Write

Yes, writing also helps me calm down and relax.  If I’m really stressed out I found that by writing poetry and expressing how I feel, really helps

9. Power walk

Getting up an hour early and going outside to power walk, really helps me regroup.  I love being outside and just reconnecting without anyone expecting anything out of me.

10. Watching a favorite TV show

Yes, I admit it.  I’m a huge Vampire Diaries fan.  I’m totally loving where this storyline is going, especially the other night’s episode that had that amazing kiss:

Research, anyone?


About the Author:
Kim Baccellia was a bilingual teacher in Los Angeles County for eight years and during that time she didn’t find many books for Latinas that were upbeat or dealt with their heritage.  During the time she wrote Earrings of Ixtumea, she was learning about her own Mexican heritage and decided to write a novel that was set in a Mesoamerican world.
Kim has also written Crossed Out, a YA paranormal and her YA fantasy No Goddesses Allowed has a tentative release date of Christmas 2012.
A current member of SCBWI and YALITCHAT, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out and a YA multicultural Sci-Fi.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.

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