Summer Jams

Here are my favorites for summer 2k16:

  • Red Dress by MAGIC!
  • Sail Into The Sun by Gentlemen Hall
  • Red Red Wine by UB40
  • Santeria by Sublime
  • Jamming by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Island In The Sun by Weezer
  • CAN’T STOP THE FEELING by Justin Timberlake
  • Lay You Down Easy by MAGIC! and Sean Paul
  • PILLOWTALK by ZAYN
  • I Took A Pill In Ibiza by Mike Posner
  • Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

My favorite playlist on Spotify is Soak Up The Sun by Spotify. It has so many chill, poolside, summertime songs. Some of them are throw backs and some are newer. It’s a great playlist to relax to.

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Nooks and Crannies

Every few years my family cleans out everything. We go into every nook and cranny that builds clutter and then get rid of most of it. There comes a point when even the sentimental things become totally unnecessary and wastes of space. This year I’ve decided my room needs a face lift: painting some things, reorganizing, the whole 9 yards. Before I could start the make over I needed to declutter. It is human nature to  clutter our lives and to save things but boy does it feel amazing walking into a space with nothing unnecessary. It has only been a few days since I did my first round of cleaning, yes it take multiple rounds to get rid of everything, and my mind already feels less cluttered. My physical space is lighter feeling so naturally my mind and spirit is lighter. I highly suggest that everyone has their own nook and cranny detox now that summer is in full swing. It feels amazing. It is the best detox someone could do. Currently I am in a stressful point in my life and my thoughts are so cluttered with what I have to do next that I don’t want to have to think about the past or material things. Since cleaning I even sleep better. So yeah, I would 100% recommend nooks and crannies cleaning.

Gripes about Makeup

I love makeup. I really really love makeup. It has been 5 months into the year and regained  my platinum status at ULTA. I can really only say good things about makeup. Makeup has saved me from myself. It just makes me feel better. I have makeup to thank for a lot of my confidence. BUT I do have one teeny tiny problem with it…. (Just to be clear, my problem is with the concept). I have friends, most of who are girls, and these friends wear makeup. We definitely have bonded over our love of makeup but I feel like it makes us judgmental. Maybe other people don’t have this problem, but I’ve noticed that we do so I’m sure others are this way too. I’ll see a post on instagram or twitter and if the slightest thing is off then I’ll comment in my head about it or send it to a friend and we’ll talk about it. I know there is makeup hate in the world and tons of comments are made. The problem I have with comments such as those is that makeup is suppose to bring up our confidence and make us feel better about ourselves. No one needs to wear makeup. I promise. Many girls think they need to. They don’t. If it’s not a necessity why is it treated like one? It should be a fun experience and something that brings the wearer joy.  Which is why comments like that don’t make sense to me! I can admit I’ve been guilty of makeup-shaming others and it makes me hate myself. I don’t understand why we need to do that to each other. Because of this I’d like to set a challenge. I challenge everyone to only encourage makeup wearers, no nasty comments, no makeup-shaming.

Happy

Everyone talks about happiness  like it is a tangible thing. Last time I checked you can’t hold happy. If someone tells you to go be happy you can’t just go to a store buy some happy and become happy. It took me until I was sad for me to have a revelation about happiness.

Let me tell you some backstory about why I’m writing this. This past year has been hard for me. Like really hard to the point that I just became so fed up and tired with what was going on. With feeling like a hundred bricks are weighing down on your shoulders comes sadness from being so done all the time. When friends or family would ask me what was wrong I would say “I’m just done.” While it was a true statement, it was a hard idea for some people to understand.

I had an idea when I was sitting in church (because all great epiphanies happen in a church). I looked down at my wrist while I was twiddling my thumbs and my two Lokai bracelets took my attention. For those who don’t know the Lokai bracelets have mud from the dead sea (lowest point on the earth) and water from the highest peak of Mt. Everest. This is when I saw the balance of good and bad. The dark mud of one bracelet was inline with the light water of the other. Not only did I see the balance but I could feel it too. What I took out of this was that we as people shouldn’t worry about being sad. We spend our time being upset and “done” with sadness. But why? It’s natural. It’s an emotion. Sadness happens. Just like how after a storm there is a rainbow, after a time of sadness comes happiness. So really the main point here is that happiness and sadness aren’t permanent! Why the heck should I or anyone else let people or silly things ruin happy.

If you’re experiencing happy then be full in because there is nothing worse than worrying about the next time we won’t be happy. No one deserves to take that away from you. Be happy when you’re happy and be sad when you need to be sad, maybe even cry a little. It might be bad energy, sadness that is, but it is bad energy leaving. It’s making more room for the happy times!

I know it is easier to say “Just don’t be sad!” But over time, the sad times won’t be so bad and the happy times will be even better. Don’t let someone take that away and don’t use your time being sad. If I had the choice, if it were up to me I can promise that I would wake up and be happy.