I’ve been at my new job for almost three months now, and while I really enjoy all the new challenges, I’ve been so exhausted.
A lot of things have been put on the back burner in the mean time, including my self care.
I didn’t do it intentionally, and it took me a while to even realize it had happened.
I stopped washing and exfoliating my face. I just used micellar water to take my makeup off.
I stopped doing face masks, painting my nails, having little solo dance parties, meditating, journaling and more.
Not at all once, though. It was a gradual process that I didn’t even know was happening.
But then once I noticed how burned out I was feeling between my two jobs, planning a wedding, hanging out with friends and more, it became alarmingly apparent how much I had been ignoring my self-care.
Self-care doesn’t have to be something that takes a lot of time or energy. There are plenty of things you can do that only take a few minutes (or longer, if you have the time) and have really great, lasting effects on your overall well-being.
— Take a two-minute mental break, even if you need to go in the bathroom to do it.
Take some deep breaths, play a game on your phone, browse Facebook or whatever you need to do to give your mind and soul a break.
— Listen to some music or podcasts during the day if you can.
Music has had such a huge impact on my life, and the right song can help me out of any funk or get me more focused to power through the day. If podcasts are more your thing, there are now more options than ever on just about every topic known to man. You can even listen to podcasts on Spotify now! Whether your workplace is silent or buzzing with activity, music or podcasts can really help give you at least a little reprieve during your day.
— Drink plenty of water.
No matter what your job is, staying hydrated is very important. It’s especially important if you tend to drink a lot of pop, coffee or even juice during the day. Water has so many benefits for your body, and even though you may have to pee more often, staying hydrated is worth it.
— Wash your face.
I promise this helps. I’ve skipped doing this so many nights, and then I always end up paying the price because I get breakouts and then my makeup doesn’t go on as smoothly. It doesn’t really matter what brand you use or how expensive or not it is. Cleaning the dirt and grime off your face at the end of a long day, or even at the beginning of the next day, can be so relaxing and just refreshing.
— Don’t use your phone in bed.
I know how hard this is, seriously. It’s become such a bad habit for me to check my phone first thing in the morning and the last thing before I go to sleep at night. But that’s not good for your mind or soul! You need some time to recharge before starting a new day or relax before getting a good night’s sleep. Help calm your mind so you can move forward as best you can.
— Change up your scenery.
This may not always be possible during the day, but after work or on your lunch break, go somewhere that’s a bit outside your regular routine, whether that means walking around the mall or browsing books in Barnes & Noble. Even if it’s only for 20 minutes, you never know what kind of inspiration may strike or what you may encounter.
— Do something nice for yourself or others.
This type of self-care will be different for each person, but I think you all have an idea of what would be nice to do for yourself “some day” or “whenever you have the time.” That perfect time will likely never come, so why not do it now? Whether it’s lighting a candle and taking a bath or making a vision board or watching some reality TV, do it. It’ll give you a little boost that could lead into any number of experiences.
What do you do to help perk yourself up and practice self-care, especially when you don’t have a lot of time?
Besides being a great song, it’s also a great life lesson.
Listen to your heart, but not just for matters concerning love or relationships with others.
Listen for yourself.
Hear me out (pun unintended).
I feel like a lot of us look outside of ourselves for guidance. We want someone else to tell us what to do or how we should do something. That way, if something goes wrong, then it’s not really our fault.
I can admit that I still do this quite a bit. If someone posts in one of the spiritual Facebook groups I’m in about giving out free readings or guidance with a new deck of cards, I’m always tempted to comment to see what comes up. I do this less now than I used to, but I still do it fairly frequently.
I also recently got a few new oracle decks and I like to pull cards from multiple decks in one day sometimes. It’s probably information overload and confusing myself, but I do it anyway because I like to seek outside guidance.
I want someone or something else to tell me what I should do so that if something goes wrong, it’s not my fault.
I know, I know.
But seeking outside guidance can have negative effects as well. Most of the time, I know what I need to do, but I’m afraid to do it for one reason or another. I put myself in a box, and I decide I’ll only do what someone or something else tells me to do.
The same goes with self-help/self-development books. I love reading about what other people have done or how they’ve conquered obstacles in their lives. But just because it worked for them doesn’t mean it’ll work for me. Most of the time it doesn’t.
There’s nothing wrong with reading those types of books or participating in tarot or oracle card readings. Nothing at all! The problem only comes when those replace our thoughts and gut feeling.
If you need a little push, absolutely feel free to read a book or do a tarot reading or ask a friend or however else you need to find guidance.
But at the end of the day, rely on your intuition and gut feeling and heart. Trust yourself. Love yourself.
First of all, I love Demi Lovato and her song “Sorry, Not Sorry.”
Secondly, I am sorry.
Through this journey of self-love, body positivity and self-discovery, I’ve realized a lot of things about myself, my life and the people around me.
Most realizations have been really positive. But there have been a few that are the opposite, that are draped in shame and discomfort. Things like that are hard to deal with, so in the past, I just didn’t. I’d push them deep down or think of something else or pretend they didn’t exist. Not exactly healthy thinking.
At this point in my journey, I’m finally ready to start owning up to the negative past or even current behaviors I’ve exhibited.
It’s so easy and much more fun to focus on the positive aspects of change, but it’s necessary and important to focus on the negative ones too if you want to grow and evolve.
I’ve done a lot of great things in my personal and professional lives so far. But I’ve also gossiped, body shamed, torn others down and more. I’ve been ashamed of that, and habits like that are hard to break, so I’ve been ignoring that part of myself who did/does those things.
But the truth is that I did/do those things. I am one person with many different facets, but one person nonetheless. It’s all on me.
I don’t like living with shame, so I’m finally doing something about it. I promise to do better. To not give my negative jealousy a voice, whether it’s out loud or in my head (which is just as toxic). To step up and be a lighthouse for myself and others instead of putting myself in a box and not venturing out.
Self-discovery is not always a fun, easy process. It’s hard work, and it’s constant. Once you cross one hurdle, there are still so many more to go. I may never get past them all, but I have to try.
Being negative has been a safeguard for myself, a way to protect myself and justify being bullied and teased when I was younger. But bullying others, internally or externally, because people have bullied you is a vicious cycle that can’t end in positivity for anyone.
It’s really hard to break old habits, especially if they’re negative in nature. But I’m starting to feel uncomfortable about some aspects in my life, enough to finally change them.
So I’m sorry if I’ve been rude to you or let you down or underdelivered on this blog or in my real life. I know I’ve done all those things and more, so I apologize.
I’m working through a lot of things in my life, and I’m very glad and fortunate to be at this place in my journey. But it’s time to recognize all the aspects of myself, good and bad and I’m between.
Writing all this scares me and makes me uncomfortable, and that’s exactly why I’m going to post it. Being vulnerable is one of my main core values, and I really need to start living it out more.
I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere. I’m just trying to chronicle my journey and discoveries in case someone else is on a similar path so they know they’re not alone.
I can’t promise to be perfect all the time, of course, but I can promise to fully do my best to live a life of love and light and help spread that to others. That’s always been my mission, but I know I haven’t really, truly dedicated myself to it yet.
We all deserve to have wonderful lives, or at least lives without constant pain and suffering. I commit to doing my part, today and every day, to focus on the love in other people and the world around me.
As you know, I’ve been on quite the personal journey lately. It’s honestly been a journey that’s taken several years, but it really kicked into high gear when I was laid off from my corporate job at the end of August.
Books have always been a passion and safe space for me, especially when I’ve gone through difficult times. I’ve read a lot of great and not-so-great books during my lifetime, but I’ve found some really good gems in the past few months.
I’ve started getting emails from publishing and publicity companies to review books, which makes me so happy. Since my first book sent for review was so good, I was so excited to review a new book. When I got a request to review Lucinda Bakken White’s new book Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World, I knew by the title alone that I wanted to check it out.
Those are like all the buzzwords I’ve been hearing and reading lately all wrapped up in one book. From working in a corporate culture for most of my career to being laid off, I was looking for some new answers.
Whenever I’m looking for advice or a different perspective, I almost always turn to memoirs. Even if someone else’s journey doesn’t exactly jive with me, I always come away with some little nugget to adapt into my life. With Lucinda Bakken White’s book, there were several nuggets.
I really related to and empathized with her journey of trying to go back to her roots after trying and succeeding in “having it all.” She did all the things you’re “supposed to do” to have a successful life, but she was unhappier than ever.
Instead of giving up and giving in to her situation, she decided to do something about it. She ends up becoming fascinated with animals and their bones, and they help her find her true self again.
I know it sounds a little strange, but I absolutely loved it. Her tales both before and after her journey began were very relateable, honest and vulnerable.
“I shed the external personas I had created and no longer served me, and developed a deep rapport with my inner self,” she said in a press release.
If you need some help on your journey or if you’re just feeling stuck in your life somehow, I’d highly recommend Lucinda Bakken White’s book.
It helped me reframe my line of thinking about my career and my life. There’s no one way to find success and be successful. Even if you follow the preconceived notions of success by material standards, that has no bearing on your inner happiness.
I also really enjoyed how the book was laid out. Several of the chapters were named after various animals, and I really enjoyed how she weaved tales about the animals into her own journey. I feel like it helped me understand her more and relate to what she was saying in a different way.
It’s definitely not your typical self-help, self-discovery or even self-love book, but it does touch on all of those topics and more.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes:
For nearly two decades, I had been working on self-discovery. I knew my shadows, insecurities and fears. But I had not slain them yet. Feeling once again like an unlovable outcast, I also began to see that I was ruled by the opinions of other people. By letting their personal judgements, beliefs, and perspectives define my self-worth, I was disrespecting my own inner voice of authority.
How powerful is that?!
Though our journeys are seemingly nothing alike, there are definitely parallels between the emotions and the realizations that she experienced and the ones I’d like to experience in my life.
This book isn’t all about success and having an easy life. Far from it, actually. It’s about Lucinda Bakken White’s journey to find and reconnect with her inner wild woman, which definitely wasn’t a quick and painless process.
Through all the hardships and heartache, it’s worth it in the end because she relearned who she was, not who she was told to be.
* I received a free advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
How many times a day do you hear someone else or even yourself asking that question?
It’s grown to be one of my least favorite questions.
In fact, I downright hate it.
What’s wrong with you?
Something’s wrong with society for making you feel like something is wrong with you for just being different from the status quo.
The status quo actually specifically refers to such a small percentage of people. So many of us are faking it and only trying to be like everyone else.
Some people are really, really good at blending in. Others aren’t.
Despite years of feeling otherwise, I’m finally really glad I don’t blend in. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that what makes me different is what makes me unique and special and an asset.
There is not a single person in this whole universe who is exactly like you. No one. Not anyone.
Hello?! That’s amazing.
Please don’t lose your chance to shine for the very reason you’re here on this planet. Don’t let others dictate what you should or shouldn’t do, have, say, listen to, wear, etc.
One lesson I’ve been working on lately is being more assertive. Even though it’s only been a few days, to be open and honest, I’ve experienced a big internal shift.
Being more assertive at work has already spilled into other areas of my life. I’m slowly becoming more sure of myself and what I do and don’t like or want.
Oh yeah, by the way, I finally found a new full-time job! I’m super stoked about it. I’m a few weeks in so far, and while it’s been a little overwhelming with information overload, I’m so happy and excited to be in an environment where I feel heard but also challenged.
Anyway, I want to encourage you all to be assertive in your life, whether it’s at work, in your personal life or both. You may be surprised by the results.
Please please please know there’s nothing wrong with you. You are exactly why you’re supposed to be, insecurities and “flaws” included.
There is not now nor was there ever anything wrong with you. As cheesy as it is, everything is right with you. Now go out there and embrace it!
I’ve known about Sonya Renee Taylor and her website The Body Is Not An Apology for a year or so now, so when I was sent The Body Is Not An Apology by her for review, I was psyched.
I’ve been on a self-love and body positivity journey for a few years now, and I’m always looking for new books or resources to further my knowledge and understanding.
Basically, it’s a book about radical self-love, what that is and isn’t, the history of oppression for a wide variety of people, how the media and society have programmed us to hate our bodies, etc. But it’s also about so much more than that.
To start, I just want to say that this is such a powerful and important book for anyone, regardless of age, gender or body type.
This book will likely make you feel very uncomfortable more than once. It forces you to face your own thoughts and ideals and figure where they came from. Some are obvious; some are mind-blowing.
However, if you’re looking for quick tips on self-love, this probably isn’t the book for you. It’s deep, tough, educational, honest, raw and real. It requires you to think deeply about your life and the world around you, and it will likely make you very uncomfortable at times. And that’s one of the main reasons I absolutely loved it.
I took my time reading this book. It’s full of so many gems, truth bombs, introspective questions and more, and I didn’t want to rush through it. I wanted to absorb all the information I could, and I reread some passages several times to fully comprehend them.
The best way I can describe this book is that’s it’s small but mighty. It didn’t need hundreds of pages to convey information, ask important questions and give you tools to find your own radical self-love.
Throughout the chapters, there are several challenging questions for you to reflect on and see how you’ve gotten to where you are in life, what outside factors have affected you, how you can change the course of your life and others, and more. There are also little tidbits of information that further explain the points she’s making within each chapter. I found both of these tools to be very helpful and give me a more well-rounded reading experience.
The cover features Sonya Renee Taylor naked with flowers covering parts of her body. It’s bold, brave and empowering, which is exactly how I felt after finishing this book. It’s inspired me to write a few other blog posts already and more ideas are already brewing. I’ve had some tough inner conversations with myself, and it’s made me make some hard decisions about myself and my life.
It’s more than a book; it’s a movement.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
— You can’t self-help your way back to radical self-love.
— If you decide to be at war with your body, how will you ever have peace?
— We keep our body-shame stories for such long periods of time because their pain is familiar.
I loved more quotes than just those, obviously, but those are a few that really stuck out to me. We’re surrounded by body shame every single day, whether we realize it or not. Body shame doesn’t care what size body you have, what you’ve done in your life, where you want to go or anything in between. Each and every one of us is affected by body shame, so why aren’t we doing more about it?
I could go on and on about how well-researched and -presented the information was, how relateable the content was, how educational it was without being hard to understand, etc., but I digress.
The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor was monumentally inspiring to me on several levels. I want to tell everyone I know to read this book, so please go read it.
If thinking about reading this book makes you uncomfortable, then I think it’s even more important that you seek it out.
* This book was sent in exchange for an honest review. Photos provided by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Being vulnerable is one of the most important and also challenging and scary things for us in life.
I always knew that I felt more like my true self when I was being open and honest with myself and those around me. But that doesn’t make it any easier to show vulnerability. Seriously, I understand this 100%.
As I’ve mentioned before, I was part of a group layoff at my previous job. I never thought I’d talk about that as much as I have been here on this blog, but it’s what feels right to me so I’m just trying to follow my intuition.
I’ve undergone quite a journey of self-discovery over these past five months or so. Most of it has been overwhelmingly positive, but there have been a few things I’ve learned about myself that aren’t super great or happy.
And that’s ok. In fact, that’s great!
If I never took the time to be vulnerable with myself, I never would’ve realized things like this:
— I was very complacent and coasting at many of my jobs in the past, which made me unhappy
— I’ve always wanted to be a leader, but I told myself no one would listen to me or care since I was bullied so much when I was younger, so I never tried
— Blogging about my personal life and struggles has been really great. Don’t get me wrong, it’s had plenty of ups and downs, but I’ve connected both with my friends and people I don’t know in real life because of the things I’ve shared here
Basically, I think we all need to be more honest with and true to ourselves. If we don’t face our real selves, how can we ever change or grow? It’s scary as hell but so, so important.
I dare you to be vulnerable today, even just a little bit. Start a journal and share your real feelings in it. Or finally put up that website or blog you’ve been wanting to start. Or tell someone how you really feel.
I realized I never really put myself out there before I was let go from my previous job. I wasn’t really challenging myself or daring myself to be better or stronger. Part of me feels disappointed in myself for not “waking up” to this fact sooner, but we can’t change the past, so there’s no use berating ourselves.
Be vulnerable. It can be really scary, but it can also be really rewarding.
What’s something vulnerable that you’ve done lately?
Becoming who you were always meant to be is a very long process. Some days are freaking amazing, and other days are tiring and frustrating.
I still don’t know 100% what my true purpose is or if I’m doing anything right, but each day I make a commitment to keep trying to get out of my comfort zone.
I believe we all are just trying to do our best. I need to believe that. If you believe it, too, then I hope you practice and exercise compassion. Some days I’m really great at this and other days I have such a short fuse that it’s ridiculous.
To be honest, I haven’t been trying the best I can these days. I’ve been slacking. Self-improvement is hard work. Blogging is hard work. Life is hard work.
It’s okay that we’re not perfect all the time. We can’t be perfect all the time, but we can try our best and realize that other people are just trying their best as well. Be compassionate with others as well as ourselves.
Part of being vulnerable means admitting when things aren’t going great or perfect. I’m far from a perfect life, but I love it. I’ve also realized how many grudges and how much resentment I’ve carried for so many years. It’s too much.
As I mentioned in my recent favorites post, I’ve been working my way through Soul Coaching by Denise Linn. I believe this book has been absolutely invaluable to me because it’s made me think and rethink myself, my past and my present. Frankly it’s made me more uncomfortable than comfortable when reading it, and I’m grateful for that.
As that well-known quote says, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
As uncomfortable and emotional as I’ve been while reading this book, I can just tell that I’ve grown so much. The book really makes you think about beliefs you hold, when you first started to believe them, how those beliefs have shaped the entire course of your life, etc.
It’s just very startling to me because you believe certain things for so long, without really wondering if they’re actually true or not. I wouldn’t change anything about my past because it made me who I am, but it’s crazy to think how different my life would be if I’d read this book or challenged my internal beliefs sooner.
This book has also gotten me on a very deep cleaning and de-cluttering rampage. Josh and I have donated, sold, gotten rid of or tossed so many things, and it seems like that process is just never ending.
It feels so incredibly good to get rid of things you don’t like anymore or that you just don’t use anymore. I got rid of quite a few pieces of clothing, too. I didn’t hate everything I got rid of, but I just wasn’t feeling them anymore.
For the items we’ve kept, we’ve done a lot of reorganizing and I’ve made spreadsheets for what books, movies and TV shows we own so we don’t accidentally keep buying duplicates. I plan to do the same for all the games we have soon.
Basically, this book has made me take stock of my life for what it is right now. It’s been a great blessing to see what’s been going really well and what areas I can still improve in. I’m definitely not perfect by any means, but I’m getting closer to finding and becoming my true self, and that’s very exciting.
I used to have a 101 in 1,001 post, but man that’s a lot of goals to try to accomplish! That’s a very daunting number and it overwhelmed me instead of inspired me so I decided to mix it up a bit.
I commit to accomplishing 18 goals in 2018. That’s a more manageable number, and then the goals will be more meaningful rather than random just to meet a quota.
I’ve been on a self-love and self-development journey for quite some time, and I’m ready to really start stepping up and getting bold.
For too long, I’ve been scared to be seen as weak or vulnerable so I haven’t shared many aspects of my life on here or on social media. I’ve slowly start sharing more and more, and man it’s been really freeing.
— Declutter every aspect of our apartment by the end of the year.
I feel like this is a never-ending process, honestly, but I commit to really focusing on it and making it a priority this year. I’m getting married this fall, and I know we’ll be incorporating exciting new things into our lives. Why not start making room for it all now? I’ll focus on one area at a time so I don’t overwhelm myself and end up doing nothing.
— Read 50 books.
I’m off to a good start because as of February 22, I’ve read 16. But soon I’ll have a full-time job again and won’t have as much free time to dedicate to reading, so I adjusted my goal accordingly.
— Build up my Facebook group organically.
I’d felt the call to do something more to really connect with the women in my life for a long time, and I finally took one small step to making that a reality. I made a Facebook group! I was actually really nervous about making it, but then I figured that if it failed, who would even know or remember it? Kind of a pessimistic viewpoint, but it worked for me to get it up and running! I want to really nurture and build up the community of amazing women in that group to help us all connect, grow, learn and more.
— Get a pen pal.
This is something I’ve always wanted to do as an adult but I’ve never taken the steps to find one. I feel like writing letters has definitely become a lost art form, and who doesn’t love getting letters that aren’t bills in the mail?!
— Get a new tattoo.
I’ve had a few ideas floating around for new tattoos for quite a while, but they got put on the back burner when other life events keep popping up. I think it’s time for me to finally get a second and maybe even third tattoo this year. I’m putting it out there so we’ll see!
— Start doing tarot readings for other people.
I’m pretty new to tarot and oracle cards, but I really want to learn more about them in general and the two decks I have. As I get more comfortable doing readings for myself, I’d love to open it up to other people to help them as well. This will probably take me a little while, as I don’t want to rush the process, but I feel called to do it.
— Learn how to cook and bake better.
Josh is better at cooking, and I’m better at cleaning. It’s a good system for us, but I want to get better at cooking and baking because I see how much fun he has creating things in the kitchen.
— Create something tangible.
I’m not sure exactly what this means, but I was inspired to write it. Maybe it means a book or digital course or something completely different. Even though I don’t 100% know what it is, I want to focus on making it happen and see what the universe has in store for me.
— Write in my journal every day.
I feel better about myself and my life in general if I can write down what I’m feeling or worried about. I can tell that when I haven’t journaled in a while, I feel all jumbled up and cluttered on the inside. I’ve been getting better about this, and I want to make sure this habit continues. I think we can all learn a lot from ourselves, and journaling is one way to make that happen.
— Take more selfies.
I’ve noticed that for a long time now, I rarely take photos of myself. I’ve come a long way in my self-love journey, but this is still a struggle for me for some reason. It never occurs to me until later that it would be fun to have photos of various moments in life, including of myself. I commit to taking more photos of myself and my surroundings instead of just books, coffee, candles and my dog (although I will definitely still take photos of all of those things).
— Finish my vision board.
I got a good start on it in January, but then my interest just kind of died out. I want to continue having inspirational things all around me, and I know that’s a big chunk that’s missing from my life. I’m going to figure out exactly what I want on there and I’m going to make it happen.
— Learn how to make my own candles.
I absolutely love candles, but I know some of them contain harmful ingredients and/or fragrances. It would be so fun to make our own candles at home and then be able to enjoy them without worrying about the ingredients affecting us or our dog.
— Revamp my relationship with money.
This has always been something that’s bothered me basically my whole adult life. I really hate money but I also need it to do any and everything. I think my negative associations with it have impacted more of my life than I realize, so it’s time (it’s beyond time) to get my finances and my feelings for it all sorted out.
— Learn more about crystals and their healing powers.
There’s a rock shop in town I’ve been to twice now, and it’s been so inspiring and uplifting both times. I’ve always been interested in rocks and crystals but I’ve never really looked into their benefits or anything. I recently cleansed and charged all of the crystals and rocks I have, whether I just got them or I’ve had them for years. I also got The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, and it’s been so interesting to learn about crystals I’ve been so drawn to without knowing why. I want to learn more and incorporate them more into my life and even on my blog or social media in different ways.
— Find ways to be outside more.
I’m definitely a homebody who loves being inside, but I miss being younger and exploring and reading outside in the yard and just being in nature. It’s a little more difficult to do that in an apartment building, but I could still find reasons to be outside more for health reasons or even for our dog to explore more of our neighborhood or something. I need to be out in nature more, soaking in the sun’s rays and feeling the earth between my toes.
— Be part of a new book club.
I’ve been part of book clubs in the past, and they’ve all dissolved for one reason or another. I’d love to be part of a new book club that’s focused on spirituality and/or women. There’s so much out there to learn, and I’d love to learn and discuss with other people more.
— Spread positive vibes every day.
This can vary greatly from day to day, but I feel like all of us could use more positivity in our lives. Some days this might mean letting cars go in front of me in a parking lot or paying for someone’s coffee at Starbucks. Other days this might mean helping a friend with a problem or buying something just to make someone happy. There are so many different ways to spread positive vibes, and I need to get better at sharing my light with others as often as I can while still taking care of myself.
— Figure out exactly who I am.
I know parts of who I am, but I can’t confidently say I know everything about who I am as a person. I know we all change and grown throughout our lives, but I feel like I need a better grasp of myself. I’ve changed a lot even over the past few months, so I need to get reacquainted or even introduced to different aspects of myself. 2018 will be my year of self-discovery.
I’ve been really focusing on decluttering lately and I haven’t worn makeup much at all this month, so I don’t have many makeup favorites to share. But check out my other favorites now!
Colourpop Liquid Lipstick in More Better
As much as I hate the name, I just really love this color. I’ve wanted to buy this from Colourpop’s site for ages. So when Ulta started carrying some Colourpop a week or so ago, I knew I had to finally just buy it. I wasn’t wearing any makeup that day but I still put it on anyway and I felt like a bad bitch driving home with my sunglasses and this lip color on, #sorrynotsorry.
Pacifica Sparkling Clean Face Wash
First of all, I totally admit that I bought this based on the packaging alone. I love so many Pacifica products, and this packaging is just so adorable. I mean come on, it mentions crystals and it smells like watermelon. What, am I supposed to not buy it?! It smells just heavenly, and it makes my face feel clean and smooth without feeling tight or oily. Plus, the product itself is a sort of holographic purple/green/clear color. #sold
Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm
My all-time favorite Acure lip balm was discontinued a while ago, but I had a few backups so I was good for a while. But then the time came (passed, really) for me to toss those and find a new lip balm. My lips are basically always super dry, especially in winter, so I can’t use just anything. Then Josh reminded me about this balm, and everything was right in the world again. I used to use this a few years ago when I was on Accutane, and it was the only thing that worked for me. I’m not on Accutane anymore but I do have hella dry lips, and this has been such a godsend for me lately.
Book: Soul Coaching by Denise Linn
I picked up this book at Barnes & Noble, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a 28 day guidebook on how to discover your authentic self. Each day there is a lesson and homework, but the homework can vary from five minutes to however long you want to commit to it. I’m only a few days in so far, but I’ve really been enjoying it! I’ve recommended it to some friends, and I’m really happy I found this book.
TV Show: Grace and Frankie
I took a Buzzfeed quiz that told you what Netflix show you were. I got this one, and I hadn’t seen it before so I figured now was as good a time as any to start watching, and now I’m on season 2. Oh my gosh, I love it! I wasn’t sure what to think about it at first, but the characters are so different and human, if that makes sense. Frankie is just my absolute favorite and basically who I want to be when I’m older (aside from certain plot points, but still). It’s a very heart-warming and funny show with a very unique story line.
Playlist: Get Shit Done
This is a playlist I created that features a lot of hard rock songs with predominantly female vocals. It helps to get me in the zone and really get shit done, as the title implies. I listen to this a lot at work and also when I’m cleaning at home. And also just any time really because there are some really banging songs on there, if I do say so myself.