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You know Norman is my work buddy, including unboxing things like this #complimentary box from @influenster featuring @wellnesspetfood 🐕 But, did you also know when I originally got him, he was my ESA? I did a whole podcast a few weeks ago talking a lot about the difference between ESAs, therapy animals, and service animals. Plus, a little bit on my story with Norman. Are you all caught up on the Me, Myself, and You podcast?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #RevItUp #WellnessCORE #dogstagram #doggosofinstagram #pibblesofinstagram #pitbull #pibbles #rescuepit #ilovemydog #dogmom #cutedoggos #atxdogs #dogsofaustin #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #doggo #emotionalsupportdog #emotionalsupportanimal #austintx

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Hello, from me in my natural habitat. My day to day life usually consists of lots of coffee and sitting in this desk chair working on freelance stuff or blog stuff. Speaking of which, I'll be doing a "week in the life" post soon, so let me know, is there anything in particular you want me to show?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #lblogger #lifestyleblogger #lblog #mhblog #mhblogger #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthblog #lifestyleblog #austinblogger #atxblogger #millennialblogger #blondeblogger #selfcareblog #selfcareblogger @influencehercollective #influencehercollective #theqlcclub #commcreators #basicbloggerbitches @basicbloggerbitches #workfromhome #freelancerlife #bloggerlife #coffeeaddict

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⁠ Monday latte, anyone? We had a chilly weekend in Austin, so lots and lots of coffee for me. That being said, you should definitely grab a cup of coffee and go listen to my new podcast episode with @marlykhanson because it's long and chatty and lots of fun to listen to. Just search, "Me, Myself, and You" and listen to the most recent episode on any major podcast platform. 😉⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #memyselfandyoupodcast #podcastguest #butfirstcoffee #caffeineaddict #caffeineaddiction #coffeeaddict #coffeefreak #chattypodcast #coffeegeek #coffeeholic #coffeeislife #coffeejunkie #coffeelove #coffeelover #coffeelovers #coffeenerd #coffeeoftheday #ilovecoffee #podcast #newpodcastepisode #podcastepisodes #coffeechat

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Happy #SelfCareSunday! (I live for these, do you?) My tip for self care today is to take care of your home by ridding yourself of clutter. Decluttering is SO helpful when it comes to reducing overwhelm and anxiety. My most recent blog post goes into more detail about that. 😉 So be sure to check that out and get some self care on this week with a little decluttering.⁠ •⠀⁠ ⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #selfcare #selfcaretips #selfcaretip #loveyourself #selflove #wellness #health #mindfulness #dowhatyoulove #selfcarematters #selfcarefirst #selfcarethreads #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareeveryday #selfcareissexy #emotionalhealth #selfhealing #selfcarehacks #selfcareaccount #selfcareposts #selfcarepost #selfcaretime #selfcaresis #selfcareday #selfcarefam #selfcarelover #selfcareissacred #striveforselfcare at Austin, Texas

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I've said it before and I'll say it again... Self care isn't selfish...⁠ ⁠ "Self care is how you take your power back." - Lalah Delia⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #quotegram #quotestagram #quoteboard #letterboardquotes #selflove #wellness #health #mindfulness #dowhatyoulove #selfcarematters #selfhealing #selfcareaccount #selfcareposts #selfcarepost #selfcaretime #selfcaresis #selfcareday #selfcarefam #selfcarelover #selfcareissacred #striveforselfcare #quoteoftheday #loveyourself #quotestoliveby #selfcarefirst #selfcarethreads #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareeveryday #selfcareissexy #emotionalhealth at Austin, Texas

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I started my blog in December of 2015 as a creative outlet. That was during one of the tougher periods of my life - I was experiencing major anxiety and hadn't gotten help just yet. But, I put that energy into this blog. And I had no idea it would be such a big life changing thing for me. Especially when I started talking about mental health on my blog. The longer I've talked about mental health on my blog, the more comfortable I've gotten with it, and the more I've been able to share. And that has allowed me to help people. ⁠ ⁠ And that is my why. That's why I continue to create content centered on mental health and self care. It's seeing and hearing when I help people. It's messages telling me that something I wrote helped somebody through a bad mental health day. (On that note - feel free to reach out to me when something helps you. I love to hear about it. 😉💕). ⁠ ⁠ This blog has given me a big purpose and I can't wait to see where it goes next. 💕⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #stopthestigma #stopstigma #breakthestigma #stigmafree #wellnesswarrior #wellnessadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #itsgoodtotalk #talkaboutit #notalone #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalillness #yourenotalone #youarenotalone #lblogger #lifestyleblogger #lblog #mhblog #mhblogger #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthblog #selfcareblog #selfcareblogger at Austin, Texas

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Happy World Mental Health Day! In honor of it, I will be donating all proceeds I receive to @namicommunicate for sales on my "Mental Health Matters" stickers. There are three colors available - black, teal, and cranberry! Links will be in my bio! Please let me know if you have questions.⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ •⠀⁠⠀ #worldmentalhealthday #mentalhealthday #endthestigma #endthestigmaofmentalhealth #stopthestigma #stopstigma #breakthestigma #stigmafree #wellnesswarrior #wellnessadvocate #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthrecovery #itsgoodtotalk #talkaboutit #notalone #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillnessrecovery #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalillness #mentalhealthtips #yourenotalone #youarenotalone ⁠⠀ #anxietyanddepression #anxietyhelp #anxietyrelief at Austin, Texas

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This time without school taking up my brain has allowed me to reflect on myself and things in my life a lot. One of those things being anxiety. And, I finally came up with the perfect description to describe anxiety to someone who doesn't experience it. To someone who doesn't understand. Because, being able to explain what you feel IS SO IMPORTANT to getting past it. P.S. If you listened to my podcast episode on Monday (the one featuring @marlykhanson ), you already heard this...⁠ ⁠ But anxiety is like an alarm system that you can't shut off. It's not that you don't want to. It's that the code changes every time it goes off and it takes some experimenting to get a handle on it. It's loud and it muddles your thought process, and it's impossible to ignore. But it's a big loud pain in the butt that nobody but you can hear. That's what anxiety is to me. ⁠ ⁠ Is this something that feels accurate for you? Would love to hear about your insights on your experience with anxiety!⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #anxietyanddepression #mhblogger #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthblog #selfcareblog #selfcareblogger #anxietyhelp #anxietyrelief #anxietyquote #mhblog #anxietyproblems #anxietyawareness #anxietyrecovery #anxietysupport #anxietyfighter #anxietyisreal #anxietywarrior #anxietymanagement #anxietysucks #anxietytips #anxietyfree #anxietydisorders #generalizedanxietydisorder #anxious #overcominganxiety #anxietyreducer#lblogger #lifestyleblogger #lblog

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(Can you tell I spend way too much time in this coffee shop?) I don't know about you, but my Monday was a little sluggish. So, I thought a little #tuesdaymotivation might be a good fit for today...⁠ ⁠ I'm going to quote my husband @mbmillerfit : ⁠ ⁠ "Motivation is fleeting. Long term change in any aspect demands discipline." ⁠ ⁠ (He's not super active on Instagram, but you can catch him on Facebook with fitness tips 😜).⁠ ⁠ Anyways, I'm trying to retrain my brain to focus on the dedication to my goals, rather than the motivation. How do you renew your dedication to your goals? How do you get through the lack of motivation?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #quoteoftheday #motivation #quotes #inspiration #inspirationalquotes #instaquote #quotestoliveby #quotegram #quotestagram #success #motivationalquotes #quoteboard #striveforsuccess #reachyourgoals #butfirstcoffee #caffeineaddict #caffeineaddiction #coffeeaddict #coffeefreak #coffeegeek #coffeeholic #coffeeislife #coffeejunkie #coffeelove #coffeelover #coffeelovers #coffeenerd #coffeeoftheday #ilovecoffee⁠ at Illuminate Coffee Bar

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Throwback photo from Denton! I am dying for weather that requires outfits like these. All the coziness. Are you feeling the fall weather where you are yet?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #lblogger #lifestyleblogger #basicbloggerbitches @basicbloggerbitches #lblog #mhblog #mhblogger #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthblog #lifestyleblog #austinblogger #basicbloggerbitches @basicbloggerbitches #atxblogger #millennialblogger #blondeblogger #selfcareblog #selfcareblogger @influencehercollective #influencehercollective #theqlcclub #commcreators #dentontx #cozyfashion #casualfashion #averagesizegirl #ootd #fallfashion at Denton Square

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Happy Self Care Sunday! I hope your week has been lovely. Here is my self care suggestion for the week... Try making something with your hands. It's SO therapeutic. For an idea...try out my DIY Fabric Pumpkins to bring some fall decor into your home. ⁠ (Literally just search “DIY Fabric Pumpkins” on SaraStrives.com and a tutorial will come up!) ⁠ So, are you going to try out making something with your hands for self care? Or are you doing something else? Let me know so I can keep you accountable on taking care of yourself this week!⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #selfcaresunday #selfcaresundays #selfcare #selfcaretips #selfcaretip #livethelittlethings #creativelifehappylife #petitejoys #loveyourself #selflove #wellness #health #mindfulness #dowhatyoulove #selfcarematters #selfcarefirst #selfcarethreads #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareeveryday #selfcareissexy #emotionalhealth #selfhealing #selfcarehacks #selfcareaccount #selfcareposts #selfcarepost #selfcaretime #selfcaresis #selfcareday #striveforselfcare at Austin, Texas

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We've got quite a few new people around here in the past few weeks, so I wanted to give a little intro again and some fun facts. So enjoy. ;)⁠ ⁠ 🐕 Dogs are probably one of my favorite things in the entire world. ⁠ ⁠ ☕ I drink up to 3 or 4 cups of coffee per day while I work. Usually black.⁠ ⁠ 👑 I am the self proclaimed self care queen. I talk about self care ALL THE TIME. And it's something you'll definitely see more in the coming months. ;)⁠ ⁠ 💕 I'm married to my high school sweetheart. We will have been together for 6 years this December, and married for 3 in May 2020.⁠ ⁠ 💻 My blogging/freelance "bestie" is probably @samanthability . We talk literally daily. So, you should probably follow her if you don't.⁠ ⁠ Now tell me a fun fact about yourself!⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #lblogger #lifestyleblogger #lblog #mhblog #mhblogger #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthblog #lifestyleblog #austinblogger #atxblogger #millennialblogger #blondeblogger #selfcareblog #selfcareblogger @influencehercollective #influencehercollective #theqlcclub #commcreators at Austin, Texas

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"It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It's a necessity." - Mandy Hale⁠ ⁠ I think it is so easy to get in the mindset of feeling like you're being selfish when it comes to self care. But, the thing is, can you take care of anyone else adequately if you aren't taking care of yourself?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #selfcare #creativelifehappylife #petitejoys #loveyourself #selflove #wellness #health #mindfulness #dowhatyoulove #selfcarematters #selfcarefirst #selfcarethreads #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareeveryday #selfcareissexy #emotionalhealth #selfhealing #selfcarehacks #selfcareaccount #selfcareposts #selfcarepost #selfcaretime #selfcaresis #selfcareday #selfcarefam #selfcarelover #selfcareissacred #striveforselfcare #letterboardquotes at Austin, Texas

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I couldn't think of anything that wasn't cringe-y to intro these fall-themed self care ideas, so let's just jump into them...⁠ ⁠ 🍂 Do some DIY projects to cozy up your home!⁠ ⁠ 🎃 Binge tv shows that have a fall vibe to them. Some of my favorites for this are Gilmore Girls and Charmed (the original with @milano_alyssa and @thehmc - not the trash remake).⁠ ⁠ 🍁 Above all else, do what self care works for you, no matter what the season.⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #mhblog #selfcareblogger #selfcare #selfcaretips #selfcaretip #dowhatyoulove #selfcarematters #selfcarefirst #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareeveryday #selfcareaccount #selfcareposts #selfcarepost #selfcaretime #selfcaresis #selfcareday #selfcarefam #selfcarelover #selfcareissacred #striveforselfcare #selfcareblog #mentalhealthblog #lifestyleblogger #fallselfcare #falltime #itsfallyall

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You know Norman is my work buddy, but did you know I originally got him as my ESA? Monday's podcast went over some of the basic differences between emotional support animals, therapy animals, and service animals. But, I also shared some of my ESA story! Check out the most recent episode of Me, Myself, and You to learn more.⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #dogstagram #doggosofinstagram #pibblesofinstagram #pitbull #pibbles #rescuepit #ilovemydog #dogmom #cutedoggos #atxdogs #dogsofaustin #rescuedog #adoptdontshop #doggo #emotionalsupportanimal #ESA #emotionalsupportdog #newpodcast #podcastepisode #selfcarepodcast #mentalhealthpodcast

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Happy #internationalcoffeeday! What kind of coffee are you enjoying today in celebration?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #butfirstcoffee #selfcareblogger #caffeineaddict #caffeineaddiction #selfcareblog #coffeeaddict #blondeblogger #coffeefreak #millennialblogger #coffeegeek #austinblogger #coffeeholic #lifestyleblog #coffeeislife #mentalhealthblog #coffeejunkie #lifestyleblogger #lblog #mentalhealthblogger #coffeelove #mhblogger #coffeelover #mhblog #atxblogger #coffeelovers #coffeenerd #coffeeoftheday #ilovecoffee #lblogger at Austin, Texas

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Instead of a tip this Sunday, I have a little homework for you... consider what makes you feel peaceful. Is it being outdoors? Is it sunshine or rain? Is it cozied up on the couch? Whatever it is, do what you can do take part in it. That's going to be a great form of self care for you. And while you can't control the weather, you can replicate the feelings. So, if you like rain, turn on a rain noise soundtrack, close the blinds, dim the lights and cozy up under some blankets with a warm drink. Make whatever makes you feel peaceful happen. So, how are you going to get in some self care this week?⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #selfcare #selfcaretips #selfcaretip #selfcaresunday #petitejoys #loveyourself #selflove #wellness #health #mindfulness #dowhatyoulove #selfcarematters #selfcarefirst #selfcarethreads #selfcareisntselfish #selfcareeveryday #selfcareissexy #emotionalhealth #selfhealing #selfcarehacks #selfcareaccount #selfcareposts #selfcarepost #selfcaretime #selfcaresis #selfcareday #selfcarefam #selfcarelover #selfcareissacred #striveforselfcare

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Did you catch my new blog post today? I gave you a tour of our post-grad apartment - both via photo and video! Check it out at sarastrives.com 💕⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ Hey! I'm Sara, a coffee and dog obsessed blogger living in Austin, TX. I talk about all kinds of lifestyle topics and mental health in a realistic way. Give me a follow @sarastrives if that sounds like your kind of thing! 💕⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ •⠀⁠ #lblogger @influencehercollective #influencehercollective #lifestyleblogger #lblog #mhblog #mhblogger #mentalhealthblogger #mentalhealthblog #lifestyleblog #austinblogger #atxblogger #millennialblogger #basicbloggerbitches @basicbloggerbitches #blondeblogger #selfcareblog #selfcareblogger #theqlcclub #commcreators at Austin, Texas

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