Today marks day 2 of lent and I finally figure out what I’m going to give up. Traditionally people give up bread, chocolate, soda or other things that they probably shouldn’t be addicted to anyway. A friend of mine told me to give up my attitude, lol, which I might try but that may not last for 40 days. Instead I plan on giving up giving up. You read that right, I am going to spend 40 days making no excuses on why I don’t have time to write a little snip-bit in this blog that can be about anything. I plan on giving up my give-up attitude about my writing. I do have some ideas on what I will write about but I think it’ll have to be a day to day thing about my day. I am going to try my hardest to keep this up and I hope by the end of these 40 days I will be a better writer and have more motivation to write blog posts more often… wish me luck!
Well the end of 2016 left me in a beauty dilemma. New Year’s Eve Eve I was getting ready to go out with my family and *CRUNCH* my eyelash curler snapped off a section of my eyelashes!! I couldn’t believe what was happening and I honestly don’t know how I didn’t break down in tears. Many people told me that eyelash curlers were bad for you and Miley Cyrus even had an issue with her eyelashes being cut off a few years ago and nothing changed by habits… silly me! I came out of a color guard season where every Friday and Saturday I would wear false lashes and caked on performance makeup which looked nice but KILLED my skin. I had skin drier than ever and I broke out all the time and apparently my eyelashes became dry and brittle. The few weeks preceding the incident I changed my routine from a good routine to a lazy one that consisted of makeup wipes and that was it. Since then I have sworn off makeup… for now. Believe me I will still be wearing it but in my everyday Monday to Friday life I won’t be wearing any. So far for January I’ve given myself 4 days when I can cheat because of events but my goal is to go barefaced as often as possible.
With that being said here is what my new beauty routine has changed to…
- Washing my face nightly using Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy with my Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic, which I own in pink,
- Moisturizing my face with either Renewed Hope in a Jar by Philosophy or Skin Smoothing Cream by Dermalogica
- Putting a glob of Vaseline on my eyelashes and lash lines to help moisturize them
- And last but not least drinking a liter or 2 of water a day. I say liter because my water intake mainly comes from seltzer which keeps you just as hydrated as water would!
I think I’m saving money by not constantly buying makeup and my skin looks a lot healthier. It is strange seeing myself without makeup, especially in the winter when I’m so pale, but I’ve gotten use to it after a couple weeks. I would recommend this change to everyone especially if you’re looking to cleanse for a month even. I can definitely say I’m more confident after this change because I’ve learned that no one is going to notice if you’re wearing makeup or not and even if they have no one has made any comments to me about it. I wouldn’t care what they thought anyway and neither should you.
2016 was a crazy whirlwind and like most people I couldn’t wait for midnight to strike and for a new year to happen. A lot has happened in the year, both positive and negative, which has given 2016 the title of worst year ever. I like to try and see it from a different light and think about all the lessons I learned which has helped me go into 2017 feeling good about myself and feeling more content than ever. I thought I’d share some of those lessons /advice/tips to life with you..
- It’s okay to be stressed out
- Sometimes the best of friends need a break apart
- Do more things that make you happy
- Don’t be afraid to do something different in your life
- It’s never too late to be yourself
- Never give up on your goals (e.x. I’m back to blogging)
- The less time I spend on my phone the better I feel
- Surround yourself with loved ones more
- Make time for yourself
- Buy less expensive things rather than more cheap things
- Live in a clean room/house/dorm/office
- Think more positively
All of these things are relatively simple but I was constantly telling myself subconsciously that I shouldn’t go out and I shouldn’t do what I wanted to and every time I talked myself down or out of an activity the worse and worse I felt. I can honestly say that while I hate walking up at 6:00 every morning, I wake up feeling better and having better days. This feeling started happening in late November when I started making more time for my friends, family and myself. The rest of my life kind of worked out from there. It’s a lot simpler than we let ourselves believe. There were people I wish I didn’t leave behind but I will always cherish the happy times I spent with them and I hope they all do well. Overall, I hope everyone has a happier, healthier and a better 2017 because after the last year the world had I think we all deserve it.
All of my years of school have taught me, or tried to teach me, time management skills. I will admit that having time management skills is an incredibly important skill but in my day to day life I don’t use it as often as maybe I should. I notice this most when I set a goal for myself. I don’t like planning ahead. Life is too unpredictable to plan far ahead except when I give myself a new goal. I say new goal because I am constantly setting new goals for myself, right now its a work out goal. In my head as soon as I set a goal I’m going to stick with it and never deviate. But we all know that won’t happen. And what is so wrong about not sticking to a goal? I feel like I’ve failed once I break from my perfect schedule and that I should just give up.
Well, for the record, I couldn’t be any more wrong. It is helpful to set a schedule but why can’t I deviate. Who or what is stopping me from saying, “I can’t do that right this minute”? Let me explain by using the example of exercising. In the beginning of the week I may decide to work out Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. And on each day I’m going to run 5 miles. If I wake up on Tuesday and decide I don’t want to run 5 miles then that’s okay. Maybe I only run 2 or 3. Or maybe I don’t run on Tuesday at all! I wake up Wednesday and decide I want to run. That’s okay! It’s okay to deviate from our goals based on feelings as long as we don’t give up. You can plan ahead but be able to change and when the change happens remember: it’s okay! Goals will always be reachable if you keep working towards them and if they’re not set in stone. There is a reason why very few people carve into stone anymore… it’s hard to change it. Don’t feel like change isn’t part of reaching a goal. If anything it’s the biggest part.
As I reread over what I had just written I realize it’s slightly scattered feeling and probably not the most grammatically correct. I think that’s fine. This blog is being started because I like to write and because I’m living life on a feeling. One day I woke up and decided this is what I wanted to do so I did it. Today I am achieving my goal.