NOVEMBER MONTHLY FAVORITES

The month of giving thanks! This is my absolute favorite time of year; there’s just something about the excitement of Christmas shopping, decorating for Christmas, oh and of course spending an entire day shoving turkey and mashed potatoes down your throat! I’ve picked out a couple different items that have religiously been used this month and in months prior so I hope you find some of these items as useful as I do!

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  • Calming Pillow Spray Have you ever felt so exhausted before that you had trouble falling asleep? Insomnia can really take over sometimes and this stuff works magic when that seems to be the case. The initial smell alone soothes all senses, putting your mind in a calm state and ready for a good night’s rest. I was able to find my pillow spray at T.J. Maxx for $5.99 but of course, T.J. Maxx stores don’t always carry the same products so if you are interested in purchasing, you can find this product here for $7.99.

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  • Facial Exfoliator Cleanser You may be wondering, whats the point in washing my face with a brush I have to buy instead of just using my hands for free? I wondered the exact same thing and it wasn’t clear to me until I went from using this brush back to using my hands for several months. Your hands are capable of lathering your face wash onto your face, but unlike a brush, they are incapable of deep cleaning those pesky pores that LOVE building up dirt and grime. On top of deep cleaning, the silicone pad makes it easy to exfoliate your face while washing it! Yay for 2 in 1’s! I was lucky enough to find this product at T.J. Maxx for $5.99, however if you are struggling to find it there, you can also purchase here for $9.45.
  • Tangle Free Hair Brush Many are unaware of how delicate our hair is while wet and I have an extremely bad habit of being very rough with the tangles in my hair when its wet. NOT ANYMORE! I went from pulling what feels like half of my hair out every time I got out of the shower, to not pulling a single strand out! Now that my hair is getting longer, tangles are inevitable, so if you are in the same predicament as I am, this brush is most definitely the brush for you! You can find this product here for $7.95.

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  • Essie Nail Polish: Clothing Optional 1015 Essie nail polish never disappoints and this color a the perfect neutral fall/winter color for the holiday season! Not too subtle but not over the top. This is my go-to color and if I’m feeling a little frisky, I’ll add a silver glitter polish on top! You can find this color here for $8.97.

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  • Charcoal Black Peel off Mask This is the only peel off mask I have tried. I was nervous at first about the pain of peeling the mask off due to past reviews over other charcoal peel off masks, however this mask was not painful whatsoever. I avoided any hair when putting it on and let the mask dry for about 25-30 minutes before peeling it off. I am beginning to consider myself somewhat of a mask connoisseur, and this mask does not disappoint! I found my mask at T.J. Maxx for $6.99, however you can also find it here for $11.75.

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These products are no doubt my favorites of the month and I would definitely recommend trying them out! Treat yourself for the lowest of prices this holiday season.

 

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Whats the Key to Success? Learn to be a Quitter

Hi everyone! I stumbled across this post from BossBabe.com and oddly enough, it is exactly what I needed to hear. Don’t you love when you read something and you feel like it’s speaking exactly to you and your current situation? I wanted to share with all of you in hopes that maybe, it hits home for you just as it did for me!

“WINNERS NEVER QUIT AND QUITTERS NEVER WIN,” RIGHT?

If you grew up hearing this popular saying, you’re not alone. Maybe it was your soccer coach at your first big game, a parent helping you with homework, or a teacher helping you learn a new skill.

They all encouraged you never to quit, because quitting was equivalent to giving up and giving up meant you didn’t have enough confidence or drive to succeed.

And, to an extent, they’re right. Giving up isn’t good. But quitting, CAN be.

As we get older, it becomes harder to distinguish quitting from failure.

But go with me here…

Quitting is NOT failure.

Quitting is pivoting into something else.

IN LIFE, IN YOUR CAREER, IN A RELATIONSHIP, TRY TO THINK LESS ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE QUITTING FROM AND MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE QUITTING TOWARD.

UK survey found that 6 out of 10 people stay in relationships they don’t find fulfilling. 5 out of 10 people stay in jobs they’re unhappy with, according to a study completed by the Conference Board. Both surveys found that many people stayed in unhappy situations because they consider leaving to be a failure. What if what comes next is better than what’s you’ve left behind?

Are you quitting to move on to something better? Are you quitting to improve your personal or mental health? Are you quitting because the current situation no longer serves you?  Being afraid of quitting, could literally be blocking you from starting that new business, going back to school, moving to a new city or embarking on a new career journey. If you’re still unsure, run through this quick checklist below:

HERE’S 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU QUIT:

  1. Is my happiness more important than complacency?
  2. Could there be something better on the other side?
  3. Am I making a decision to stay out of fear?
  4. Am I ready to take the consequences?
  5. Do I believe in myself?

If you answered “yes” to most of these, its time to QUIT.

Knowing when to quit or leave something behind is a crucial step toward a brighter, happier, more fulfilled life. So I want you to embrace quitting. You never know what’s waiting for you on the other side.

 

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I Stopped Letting Nicotine Control My Life

For four years, I believed that I would never be able to put down my e-cig. For four years, I grew more and more accustomed to it always being around. The amount of times I SWORE I could never put the thing down are unimaginable and now, here I am one whole month clean of nicotine! HOW EXCITING!

Nowadays, with nicotine being so easily accessible (so much to the point that I have sat next to people in class puffing on a juul), quitting is a little more difficult than it is with cigarettes. The idea of the “hand to mouth” phenomenon switches from having to go outside every once in a while to fulfill the desire, to simply reaching in your pocket in any given situation and fulfilling the desire. And of course many are aware of the juul, but what many aren’t aware of is that a single juul pod is equivalent to AN ENTIRE PACK OF CIGARETTES! YUCK. So I wanted to write this post for anyone out there who, just like me, said “I could never put this thing down!”

Why did I decide to quit?

I had thought about quitting on several occasions but always ended up talking myself out of it for ridiculous reasons such as, “finals are coming up and I am gonna be really stressed out so I should probably wait till after finals.” These nonsense excuses persisted time after time. Roughly a month and a half ago, I got really sick to the point where even the smallest of hits off my e-cig resulted in me coughing my lungs out for the five minutes following. I had stopped bringing it with me to classes and without realizing it, started weaning myself off of both nicotine and the idea of hand to mouth. Wanting to quit was still in the back of my mind so I had brought it up to my boyfriend about how I still wanted to quit and without hesitation he asked me if I wanted him to hide my e-cig. I most definitely didn’t want him to hide it but I said yes and I’m so proud of myself for following through.

What has this past month been like?

The first week was easily the most difficult. If my boyfriend hadn’t hid my e-cig, I don’t think I would’ve successfully made it past that week, but I tried to keep myself busy to stop, or more so mask the cravings. I also took the time to look into some resources I could utilize to help make quitting a little bit easier. Indiana University has a wonderful smoking cessation program that involves a weekly meeting and plenty of resources to help ease the cravings such as nicotine patches and gum. The best part about this program is IT’S 100% FREE! The program has been so very helpful to me and if you are wanting to quit but can’t imagine doing it by yourself, I would most definitely recommend looking into some smoking cessation programs near you.

My challenge to you!

For four years, I relied on nicotine in almost every situation and laughed at anyone who even slightly insinuated that I should quit because I didn’t believe I was mentally strong enough. Now one month free of nicotine and I am so proud of the progress I’ve made. Each day truly does get easier and it helps when you are surrounded by people who want to help you to quit. So if you also have considered quitting smoking but can’t imagine your world without nicotine in it, I urge you to find someone who you trust to help keep you on track (and possibly hide anything you may use to satisfy your nicotine addiction) and look into any resources your town may have to help you quit.

It is not easy. It definitely took all the willpower I had but I knew that it was in my best interest. I went on for 16 years without nicotine in my life and I WILL get to a point where nicotine doesn’t even cross my mind, but for now I will stick to relying on the ones who have my best interest in mind and want nothing but to help me succeed in fighting this addiction.

I stopped letting nicotine control my life and you should too. (Wow I sound like a commercial)

I am MORE than happy to answer any questions that anyone may have regarding this topic. In fact, if you are considering taking that first step to quitting, PLEASE either comment on this post or go to the ‘Contact Me’ page and fill out the form! I would love to help anyone wanting to beat this horrible addiction!

and remember…

You ARE capable of putting it down ♡

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Social Media Experiment – SOCIAL MEDIA ISN’T EVERYTHING

HI GUYS! So two weeks ago I decided I wanted to take a little social media break and observe how I felt throughout that time. I wanted to remind myself that social media is not the most important thing in my life and I wanted to take that chance to not only build friendships/relationships, but create them as well! Well here I am, two weeks later in good spirits, knowing that my social media break was most definitely needed. As I reflect, I wanted all of you to be aware of the benefits of taking a step back and recognizing the negative impact that social media has on our lives and our well-being.

What did I do best utilize my time?

  • I made DELICIOUS dinners with my Jackson.
  • I went on walks with Jackson and explored the town that we have lived in for several months now but still barely know (LOL).
  • I cleaned the apartment…a lot.
  • I was able to fully focus on my homework without worrying about what was new on my social media.
  • I did some fun DIY projects from Pinterest.
  • Jackson and I made new couple friends in our apartment complex!! (Our first couple friends! How exciting!)
  • I went tailgating with new friends and enjoyed the crisp fall air.
  • I tried to soak in every moment spent with Jackson and friends.

Why is a social media break important?

It’s hard to notice the negative effects that social media has on our lives when it is constantly available to us. So my goal in taking a social media break was to merely acknowledge, without judgement (using mindfulness), how much of my day is stolen from me because of social media. Rather than avoiding an awkward silence by shoving my face in my phone, in a sense, I was forced to make conversation, which my generation is not the greatest at. Face-to-face interaction is such an important part of our lives as social creatures and thats something we tend to forget because of social media.

My challenge to YOU

I challenge you to take the step not only in bettering your mental health and well-being, but to rediscover and reevaluate what truly matters in your life with the absence of social media, whether it be family, relationships, friendships, hobbies, school, etc. You may come to find, like I did, that we place such an emphasis on the importance of social media, but without it, life will still go on. I didn’t miss my social media like I thought I would, in fact, it was refreshing, like a weight lifted off of my shoulders.

So take that step! 

Do something GOOD for your mental health and your well-being.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST! YOU DESERVE IT!

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OCTOBER MONTHLY FAVORITES

Mid-spooky season! 👻 Despite the fun of Halloween festivities, October also calls for mid-terms and massive amounts of stress. I’ve chosen 4  of my FAVORITE products to share with you that have helped me get through mid-terms and appreciate this beautiful fall season! Take advantage of these October Monthly Favorites. DSC_0221.jpg

  • Almond Macaroon Candle The smell of this candle is absolutely exceptional! Fall candles are an absolute must, whether its fall or not and this candle is unlike your typical ‘pumpkin spice’ and ‘cinnamon apple’ candles. Sway away from your traditional fall candles and still experience the fall smell that will make you appreciate fall all over again. You can find this fabulous smelling candle here for $6.49.

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  • Morphe Nature Glow 350 Eyeshadow Palette This palette is to die for! The colors are gorgeous and perfect for creating that perfect fall look. So many colors to choose from, whether you want a subtle look or a more vibrant red/orange look! Absolutely amazing quality for such an affordable price. You can find this palette either here or here for $24.00.
  • Epsoak Everyday: Sleep Formula This stuff works absolute wonders for those long days where you needed coffee to help finish the homework but need as much sleep as possible to be able to survive the next day. I recommend running the bath, putting the salts in once the water fills the bottom of the tub and letting them dissolve and then lighting a candle and enjoying the sweet, relaxing smell of lavender. You can find these epsom salts here for $8.92.

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  • Aztec Secret: Indian Healing Clay Last but most definitely not least, the cure to all of the stubborn pimples, whether they be hormone or stress-related. If you haven’t had the chance to try this miracle solution, I recommend you hop on the bandwagon ASAP. Not only is this stuff super cheap for its amazing quality, but it’ll last you ages. I usually mix 1/2 teaspoon of the clay powder with 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and leave in on until the mask dries completely. Beware: the smell is pretty in your face (probably because it’s on your face HAHA) but it’ll fade and when you go to take off the mask, I recommend simply dabbing water on your face a couple of times and letting the water soak into the mask because in all honesty, it’s a bitch to take off. Dont be worried about the aftermath of the mask either, its pretty normal that your face may turn red for a while afterwards, just be sure to MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE MOISTURIZE! You can find this life-changing mask here for $10.50.

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I hope you’re able to find as much use in these products as I have!

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Mental Health Comes First

Lately it seems as though life has been getting the best of me. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t feel overwhelmed and both mentally and physically drained. Everyday has seemed to turn into counting down the hours until I’m back in bed. Now I can go blame this solely on being an active college student, but in all honesty, I think my mental exhaustion roots from social media and the importance our generation places on social media. Technology and social media are so easily accessible nowadays and I believe it harms both our development and our well-being. So I have chosen to do an experiment whilst documenting everything here on my blog. I want to acknowledge the changes in my overall health when eliminating social media and replacing the times previously dedicated to social media with positive activities. It’s so easy to blame all of our issues on everyone else, but by accepting that I have control over many aspects of my life that could be negatively affecting my well-being, I am taking that first step to living a more positive, uplifting life. So stay tuned for updates and maybe this will help you to take the next step in caring for yourself and your mental health.

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Remembering Your Worth

IMG_7015September 23, 2018 marks a whole year of being in love with the most thoughtful human being. My heart is all mushy and love is most definitely in the air, but its not hard to think back to a time when I felt worthless and irrelevant to the world around me. Now I can’t go blame all of my issues on previous boyfriends, however I can say that getting treated poorly in a relationship tends to diminish the desire to love yourself. I went on for years hating myself and searching for the things I could change about myself in order to be loved by someone else. It took a full year of loneliness and contemplation to realize that I was never going to find what I was looking for until I learned to love everything about myself, the good and the not so good. Wow, that sounds so cliche but it couldn’t be any closer to the truth. I began to realize my worth in one of the most painful, mentally exhausting relationships. He belittled me, called me names, and made me feel foolish for wanting to get treated in a respectful, loving way. One day, he got so angry that he kicked me out of his apartment and told me I was dead to him. Hours later, he called me to say he overreacted and to come back over. Stupid me, I went back over to his apartment where he proceeded to yell at me and NOT apologize because “he had no reason to apologize, I was just being crazy”. Time after time I continued to forgive him and time after time he continued to show me the millions of reasons he didn’t deserve my forgiveness. My self-esteem was diminished and the love I had for myself was nearly nonexistent, so I turned to God. I listened to my favorite worship songs and I prayed that he would give me the knowledge to understand why I wasn’t good enough. And he did answer my prayers, but rather than helping me understand why I wasn’t good enough, he helped reveal to myself the many ways I am more than good enough. He gave me the knowledge to know what I deserve, whether it be in a relationship or in my everyday life. He gave me the strength to remove the negativity from my life and look solely at the positives. During this time of growth, finding myself, and learning to love myself, God placed a wonderful man into my life. A man who doesn’t try to diminish my self-worth but instead shows me reasons every day to treasure my self-worth. A man who, everyday shows me the true meaning of unconditional love. I love my boyfriend for a million different reasons, but everyday he teaches me how to love myself and thats a debt I will never be able to repay. So ladies, if you are in a toxic relationship and have been dragged down so far to the point of not knowing if you’ll be able to make it back to the surface, know that there is hope. Know that there is someone out there who will love you for you, imperfections and all. And lastly, know that you ARE beautiful, you ARE strong, and you ARE capable of living the life you deserve.

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Treat yo’ self

IMG_6963.jpgI find it hard to take time out of my day, or even my week to relax and do something for myself. Whether it be 15 minutes to do a face mask and listen to some music or 45 minutes to take a bath, focus on my breathing, and enjoy the silence, nine times out of ten I prioritize school or work or other people before I prioritize me and my mental health. But that has come to an end because I deserve to treat myself to a little spa day now and then or watch a rom-com, cry a little, and eat my hormonal feelings away with a tub of sherbet ice cream. I deserve to take time to myself despite the long list of homework assignments, upcoming exams, and errands I have to do. It’s crazy how much stress affects our brain. Our bodies naturally choose either fight-or-flight in a stressful situation and when we experience so much stress for such prolonged periods of time, our bodies react with a rush of adrenaline, increased heart rate, and energy loss, thus resulting in decreased brain activity. Simply, our brains are not at their highest potential whilst experiencing stress. So my advice to you would be, if you are having a bad day, maybe having an exam coming up, or even getting pissed off at a homework problem you’ve been working on for what seems like an eternity, then stop, take a deep breath, run the bath, light a candle, turn on your favorite playlist and just enjoy doing nothing. You deserve it!

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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

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Mid-August always seems to be the start of the most time-consuming yet enjoyable time of the year. Its that time of year where new beginnings are within our grasp and we are given the chance (as college students) to build a home away from home. We pack up our lives and are given the chance to start again in a sense. This year I have had the privilege of starting my junior year of college at Indiana University and lemme tell ya..it has been the most exhilarating, exhausting, fulfilling experience. With these chances for new beginnings comes classes all week and homework to fill up the little downtime we do have. With these chances for new beginnings comes a constant state of stress and exhaustion and AT LEAST one mental breakdown a week, if not more. The transition from a community college to a big university has been everything I could’ve hoped and more. I am so incredibly proud to call Bloomington and Indiana University my home, but I have certainly struggled to make ends meet since classes have started. On the second day of classes my professor told me to expect 2 hours of homework for every 1 credit hour you are taking. Well with the typical full-time student, 15 credit hours in class = 30 hours spent on homework EVERY WEEK!! And lemme tell ya, he wasn’t lying. After about a month of classes, I am starting to learn where my classes are and im not having to use a GPS while riding a bike (it was not a pretty sight HAHA), I’ve met some really great people who are just as motivated to learn and succeed as I am, and I can 100% say that I am finally settling in. One thing I always forget to remind myself of when classes first begin in August is that I will get used to it. I will get used to the running around, the stress, and the lack of downtime. So for anyone reading this, if you feel overwhelmed whether it be because of work or school or just life in general, continue to remind yourself that those feelings will fade, life will get easier, and you’ll be stronger because of it. Be grateful for the stressful downs in your life because those are what make you truly appreciative of the ups.

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