Taking Care of Ourselves

Hello, July! 


With the long weekend, Evan’s birthday, and a bit of illness in our ranks, we’re launching the monthly blog a little behind schedule.  As Covid subvariants sweep across the country and our community, politics threaten the rights of women, and the world seems to be in an almost unimaginable turmoil, we’ve found it more important than ever to take care of ourselves.  We thought you might enjoy a bit of insight into how we like to maintain our optimal health. 


We recently paid a visit to B12 Love, right here in downtown Mill Valley. When under stress, either physical or mental, it seems like a sound idea to bolster your immune system in all ways possible.  We chose immunity injections instead of the IV drip also offered at B12, primarily in the interest of time.  Here’s what B12 Love has to say: “While they are not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle, vitamin injections are a quick and easy way to boost your energy and wellness on a regular basis. Because they bypass the digestive tract and can cross the blood-brain barrier, injections are 100% absorbed into our bodies.” A quick and easy boost?  We are both sold!  


While we love our job, boutique ownership can be more physically demanding than one might expect.  Sorting heavy shipments, continued remerchandising, and standing for long periods can leave our muscles tight and tired. We are firm believers in regular massage therapy, and Kari at Hello Modern Massage is our go-to massage therapist in Mill Valley. She’s helped us with neck and back pain, headaches, and other work-related discomforts. 


Evan has been a longtime fitness fan and pickleball fanatic, and she’s recently joined Mill Valley’s downtown pilates studio, FitWise Pilates. Many of us think of pilates as the dancer’s strength training. Fitwise describes its program as “innovative sessions in which you feel empowerment, gain core strength and employ efficient functional movement.” Functional strength is so essential for us. It can be the difference between arriving home after a long day and collapsing on the couch or feeling ready to meet friends for dinner or take the dog for a sunset stroll. 


And lastly, one of the simplest ways we try to ensure our good health is by getting enough rest. The 16th-century English poet Thomas Dekker said,  “sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” While we’re both early risers, we make a point to aim for 8 hours of sleep a night. Our busy days start well before we open the doors at The Store and The Local, and end long after closing, so it’s early to bed, early to rise for both of us.  Adequate sleep is crucial if we want to be our best selves at work and at home. 


As we all make our way through challenging times, we can’t help but be thankful for our Mill Valley community. We are forever grateful for the love and connection we feel here, each and every day.  


XO, 


Evan and Ronnie