7 Days of Positivity

As hard as we live our lives to be completely positive and happy there are always the downs that get us. Usually I would just “roll with the punches” that life gave me because nothing is perfect, right? It’s out of my control and everything sucks. That was the mentality I used to have but not anymore. I reached a point in my life where there was just too much negativity all the time and I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. I wanted to become more positive and to spread positivity to other people.

Now, there will always be negativity – it’s inescapable – however, I have found ways to keep the positivity around to keep myself at a beautiful balance. In this post, I’ll give you a way of adding extra positivity to your day to have a positively happy week!

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Sunday.

Make yourself a nice breakfast and enjoy it! I work crazy hours so sometimes food is the last thing on my mind. My typical breakfast is some granola or cereal. When I have a day off and I don’t have anything planned, I like to make myself a nice breakfast. My usual go-to is french toast but I’ll switch it up by making waffles or muffins too. Even though this seems so small, it impacts my day so much! I start my day fresh, happy, and feeling on top of the world!

Monday.

Post something positive on Instagram. Mondays are a challenge whether it’s school, work, or just the fact that it’s Monday again. I started getting myself in the habit of posting something positive every Monday to start the official work week on a good note and to inspire positivity in others.

Tuesday.

Wake up an hour early for you time. Sometimes we get so stuck in our same routines that it can take such a toll on our mental well being. If you’re like me and not a morning person, this can be difficult sometimes. I cherish my sleep so much and cringe every time my alarm goes off. But sometimes it’s nice to wake up a little earlier. I’m able to get a few chores done around the house, relax with my cats, catch up on a show, and so many other things! Since I work late night hours, I don’t get a lot of morning time at home so I really enjoy these moments!

Wednesday.

Treat yourself with a coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker and rarely go to Starbucks or any coffee shop for that matter, but the occasional coffee is a nice splurge to brighten my day! Every now and then I’ll pick up an early morning shift and whenever those happen I 100% make sure I have enough time to get Starbucks before I go to work. Because I don’t go everyday, it’s a nice treat or reward to myself!

Thursday.

Go for a walk on your lunch. I know a lot of people that go walking on their lunches to get physical exercise in but it’s also extremely beneficial for your mental health! Some days when I’m feeling tired or too surrounded by walls I’ll go for a walk outside. It’s so nice and refreshing to get some fresh air and get your blood circulating.

Friday.

Wear your favorite lipstick. This one pertains more to women but hey! Men can join on it too. I know, at least for me, when I wear my favorite lipstick I feel unstoppable! I don’t wear makeup very often and I wear lipstick even less. Whenever I have it on I get so many compliments on the color and it only brings more smiles to my day!

Saturday.

Do something for someone else to make their day. I love doing things for others, even if they aren’t expecting it. Knowing that I can brighten someone’s day or take something off of their plate brings me so much joy and satisfaction.I know for me and my anxiety, I love when someone helps me out with a task. One time, my boyfriend and I were getting ready for a friend’s birthday dinner and I felt so overwhelmed with trying to get ready and finishing chores around the house. The only comment I made was, “I’ll just do the dishes when we come back home” and went to go curl my hair. When I finished, I walked out to the kitchen and found my boyfriend doing the dishes for me. It made my whole night and took off so much stress from my night!

 

What are some things you do to bring more positivity to your day? Share below!

 

Homemade Face Mask for Chin Acne

In my previous post I mentioned that I am unable to be on hormonal birth control. If you haven’t, you can read it here as I make a few references! Because of this, I now experience hormonal acne – awesome! The areas I get it are on my forehead and my chin. Since switching to the Aveeno face wash, the acne on my forehead has calmed down quite a bit! It’s still there and obviously starts to get worse when my menstrual cycle starts but it’s manageable. The real tricky one is my chin. When I do get my cycle, my chin breaks out like crazy. I don’t like wearing face makeup but I hate how noticeable all the pimples are! I needed to fix this and fast.

My research began with why I was getting the acne primarily on my chin. All sites pointed to hormones and stress – double awesome. With no hormonal birth control and having a high-stress job, it’s the perfect combination for my chin acne. Now that I knew what the problem was, I needed to find out how to fix it.

I already do as much as I can to keep bacteria away from my face. I use a separate towel to dry my face and wash it weekly, clorox phones I use at work, and tie my hair up when I sleep. What else could I do? I searched online for some treatments. I stumbled upon https://www.facingacne.com/chin-acne/  that was actually very helpful! It explained chin acne, the causes, and also gave great at-home remedies. One of the remedies they included was with tea tree oil. It explained why it’s so good and how it helps with the bacteria near your chin. They did give the warning that it will dry out your skin so if you have dry skin, use caution. I was so happy they included that because I have dry skin and their next remedy was made just for me! The answer was honey. Honey is all around great for your skin and for your chin acne it’s even better. I’ve included the recipe and my experiences below – enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon pure honey
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

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Day One: Face mask

My first try I decided to do a face mask so I could see how I liked it and how it affected my skin. Let me start by telling you that this will be messy so make sure to either wear a tank top or shirt you don’t mind honey and cinnamon getting on.

I mixed the two together and it went on surprisingly very easy and smooth. After applying I relaxed for 15 minutes. About 10 minutes in my face was melting. Little bits started to drip down onto my chest and my face felt super itchy because of it! It was very hard to sit still for another couple minutes. Once my 15 minutes were up I went to wash off. Using lukewarm water, you want to gently “splash” away the mask. It actually comes off pretty well. I thought it would be really sticky because of the honey but it isn’t. What you need to be careful of is the cinnamon. The key is to not scrub and I’ll tell you that you really don’t want to. It could be just me because I have really sensitive skin but my face started to burn as I started washing it away. I patted my face dry afterwards as to not irritate my skin anymore. My face was pretty red after but the results were great! It was very smooth and my pores weren’t so big either. I continued my nighttime skincare routine as normal.

I woke up the next morning and was extremely impressed with the results! My face felt fresher and the acne was not as noticeable as before!

Day Two: Spot Treatment

I waited a few days after doing the mask to try it as a spot treatment. To use as a spot treatment, you’ll cut the recipe in half. Right away I liked this a lot better. I left it on for 15 minutes and it barely started to drip off my face and removing was a lot easier as well. With less cinnamon being used it wasn’t as harsh and my face also didn’t get red afterwards.

The next morning I could once again tell a difference. The acne was not as profound as before and some spots were even starting to clear up!

Final Verdict. I am obsessed! Doing this simple and homemade treatment for skin worked so well! I enjoyed it as a mask but think I would use less cinnamon than recommended since my skin is so sensitive. As a spot treatment it worked very well for my chin acne and I achieved the results I was looking for.

Minimalist Journey: Storage Cleaning

One step closer!

This last Sunday I went through all my outdoor storage. Our apartment balcony was having work done for three months so it was a relief to finally go out there and clean the area, especially with my new journey!

The timing that I decided to look through my storage was perfect, actually. A few days before, I had scrolled through and read a post about minimalism and decluttering. The person who wrote it was for decluttering but not the full mindset of minimalism. Basically, she was stating that minimalists are all rich people and able to throw out what they want with zero consequence. I continued to read on and her post was giving step by step instructions on how you can be a minimalist when you have a low income. Reading this post I felt a little upset with the author. It seemed that she didn’t have the full grasp of minimalism at all.

Now, living in California, it’s extremely expensive. I have a wonderful job that pays me very well but when a studio apartment alone can be $2,000 here…your check goes FAST. I understood her points that when you have a low income, you can’t always afford to get rid of extra clothes or Tupperware lying around. But remember what I said it my first post about minimalism? There are no rules. Everyone lives different lives and minimalism is what YOU want it to be!

That being said, some of her post did stick with me while I cleaned out my storage. There are some things, depending on you or your situation, that you do need to keep in storage until you’re ready for it. For instance, while cleaning mine, I found a bunch of Tupperware and kitchen pans. I have no use for them right now since I share an apartment with my mother but someday I’ll move out and will need them! So instead of donating them now and having to buy more in the future, it’s more cost effective for me to keep them in storage.

I actually did get rid of a lot of stuff though. I had two plastic bins filled with things from my previous moves so it was definitely time to look through and purge.

Here’s what I got rid of:

  • A set of electronic candles
  • Small cork board
  • Shower curtain
  • Bathroom set(toothbrush holder, glass, and soap dispenser)
  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Lamp
  • DVD stand
  • DVD player
  • Sweaters
  • Mugs
  • Printer

These were all very easy to toss out. Since moving to this new apartment, I had replaced my shower curtain, bathroom set, rings, and lamp so keeping doubles was not necessary. The rest were other items I just never use or needed so into the donation pile they all went.

It felt so great seeing the outdoor storage room completely organized and decluttered! It’s not an eyesore anymore and it’s so much easier to find everything. Do I miss anything I donated? NOPE. Taking everything to the donation center felt so freeing mentally and physically. I have more space for things that matter and once I move again, I’ll have less to go through and pack!

6 Ways I Save For Travel

Lately I’ve been focusing on myself and experiences I want in life. Towards the end of 2017 I got bit by the travel bug and I got bit hard.  I’ve done my fair share of traveling and have been all over the United States and even visited England and Scotland when I was younger.

Just recently I went to Los Angeles with my boyfriend and our friend for a concert. Flying down to L.A. for one night for a concert was something I’d never done before and it was worth it

We all know traveling can be expensive so before I start booking any vacations, I’m doing what I can to prepare for the expenses.

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For starters, I’ve been embracing minimalism. Since taking on this new lifestyle, I’ve saved money by not buying “stuff”. I’ve really been taking a look at my life and seeing what’s important to me and what’s not. It’s been a huge eye opener looking through all my things and seeing what purchases I’ve made throughout the years and how I can do better.

Picking up extra shifts at work. I’ve read a lot of travel blogs where the blogger is able to do all their traveling because they don’t have a job with set schedules. While amazing and fortunate, that is not the case for a lot of people, including me. I work a 4/10 schedule so I always have an extra day or two to work when I can. It puts more money in my check and adds PTO time that I can use for future travel.

Doordash. What I like about Doordash is that I don’t feel obligated to do it everyday or every week. I go completely based off my schedule and when I feel I have the time to do it. The money you earn is not taxed and 100% goes to you weekly. It’s perfect for when I’m in a pinch and need some extra cash. They also have their busy hours where they’ll over anywhere from $1-$6 extra for each delivery. The one thing I get paranoid about though is the fact that it isn’t taxed and I don’t want to make too much to where I’m owing money back during tax season.

Applied for a credit card*. I only have two credit cards and recently cancelled one since I never used it much. I wanted to get a new one that would be perfect for traveling and getting me started. I did some research and found the Capital One Venture card. It had great reviews from customers and the perks are great!

  • 2x miles for every $1 spent
  • 10x miles for every $1 spent on hotels (using their own link)
  • 0% APR for the first year
  • $0 annual fee for intro year
  • BONUS 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months of opening account
  • And many more! Check out their site here

 

Taking surveys. There are so many sites to go on but the one I use is Valued Opinions. It’s very easy to use and surveys are frequent. Once you reach a certain dollar amount you can get gift cards, donate to charities, or even get some miles through Southwest!

Lucky Day app. This one isn’t necessarily saving money but you can get some awesome rewards through it! Literally it’s a scratcher/lottery app where you can win actual money and tokens! Tokens can be saved and used to get rewards. I just cashed out 10 million tokens for a $10 Starbucks gift card – how awesome is that! It’s not complicated and no strings attached – just open your app, play some scratchers, and get rewards!

What ways do you save for traveling? Comment and share below!

 

*Credit card is not sponsored in any way by me.

Believe Women

I try not to get too political on here, but then I realized that if I have a platform, no matter how small, I should probably use it.

There’s a lot happening right now that is drawing attention to women’s rights and, as overdue as national and global attention on women’s rights are, the conversations that accompany this topic are painful and uncomfortable for both those who are finding their voices and those who are listening.

Whether you call it Believe Women, #WhyIDidntReport, The Me Too Movement, or anything else, the discussions we are finally having are built on a foundation of female pain, struggle, and trauma. As a society, we often focus on vital issues that indirectly affect us or those we know, but what makes this conversation so unique and controversial is that it affects many of us directly. In my experience, more women than not have faced…

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Ten Songs for Anxiety

I’ve mentioned it before that I have anxiety and depression. It’s taken me many years to understand and find ways to cope with them.

Music was the only thing that kept me going when I was majorly depressed a few years ago. I got into new and different music and drowned myself in it. It forced me to meet new people and make a life for myself that wasn’t controlled by anxiety and depression.

So today I want to share with you some favorite songs of mine that I listen to when I just need to calm down and relax. Note: These are not listed in any particular order.

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  • “Hayling” – FC Kahuna. I love this song so much because it’s extremely relaxing and chill. There’s very little lyrics as well which I find helpful if i’m working on something. I’m able to concentrate more easily.
  • “A Moment Apart” – ODESZA. Honestly any Odesza song works for calming me down but this one especially. It’s calm but very upbeat and just makes my mood a whole lot better by listening to it. It brings so many happy and positive vibes that sometimes I’ll have it on repeat a few times!
  • “breathin” – Ariana Grande. This song is off Ariana’s new album Sweetener and I love it! The song itself focuses on Ariana’s own anxiety and it’s totally relatable. With Ariana’s voice, the upbeat vibe, and understanding lyrics, it’s hard to stay in a bad mood when you’re jamming along.
  • “Intro” – The xx. A popular one among my friends, I highly recommend this one when trying to fall asleep. The whole album is fantastic but this song especially will work wonders on your brain.
  • “Cherry Pie Jam” – Hollow Clouds. I found this song when I was getting my nails done and needed a relaxing station to listen to. I loved it so much that I kept it on repeat the whole hour! The song brings only positive vibes – I mean, look at the title!
  • “Let it Be” – Blackmill (feat Veela). Here’s another great calm song to put you in a relaxed mood. Literally, it makes you feel like you’re sleeping on clouds. Even the lyrics bring a calm, positive presence.
  • “Rosemary” – Deftones. Moving onto something a little bit heavier. Deftones is a perfect band when you’re looking for something chill to listen to but need to satisfy your heavy music craving. I promise you that this song does not disappoint.
  • “Kansas” – The Devil Wears Prada. Another one to feed your metal self. A completely instrumental song, I guarantee that it will hit you in your feels. I have to play this song at least twice in a row because it’s that amazing.
  • “Mr. Sandman” – SYML. A friend of mine showed me this cover and it’s amazing! I like listening to it when I’m feeling cozy at home with my cats or reading a book.
  • “The Calm” – Of Mice & Men. Another completely instrumental song that’s perfect to literally keep you calm and stress free. It’s also another one on my sleep time playlist!

And there ya have it! My top 10 songs to listen to when I’m having anxiety, need sleep, or some calm vibes.

Let’s keep the discussion rolling! What are some of your favorite songs to listen to when you have anxiety or need some chill vibes in your life?

Under the Bed

Time to check for monsters under the bed ~

When I was a little kid, I was the messiest kind around. There was not a single part of my room that was organized. Cleaning for me meant, “make sure there’s at least a path from the door to your bed” and if my parents were going to be extra picky about my room then EVERYTHING went underneath the bed. Out of sight out of mind, right?

Unfortunately, that habit has carried on with me into my adulthood. However, it’s not as bad as I thought! See how I sorted through everything and organized it just a little bit more.

Items under my bed included:

  • UGG rain boots
  • Star Wars waffle maker
  • Star Wars headphones
  • 3 framed paintings
  • Plastic bin with stuff
  • Plastic bin with keepsakes
  • Baby Zero from Disneyland
  • Yoga mat
  • Fossil watch holder
  • Michael Kors jewelry box
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scrapbook box
  • Box of more keepsakes
  • Paper cutter

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After:

  • Keepsakes
  • Framed paintings
  • Scrapbook box
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper Cutter

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Donations:

  • 2 throw pillows
  • Stuffed animal
  • Yoga mat
  • Zero plastic holder
  • Star Wars headphones

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So, like I said – it wasn’t horrible but it still needed to be sorted. I first started with what I knew could go right to donations.

The pillows(found after picture was taken) I knew to donate right away. I liked having them for my bed because I liked the aesthetic of having multiple pillows. Soon after though, I realized that I didn’t need them and 80% of the time I never put them back on my bed because I was too lazy to do it.

The yoga mat was an easy one to toss into donations as well. I purchased it dirt cheap a few years ago thinking it would push me to do yoga but sadly that never happened.

Some other items that went into the donation pile were stuffed animals I had received throughout the years. While they had sentimental value and memories, I had no use for them anymore and they needed to go make someone else happy.

I went through one of the plastic bins and found a bunch of just random things I had saved throughout the years as well. Needless to say, it all went to the garbage or recycling and the bin was donated.

Next I moved items to their rightful place. The waffle maker was an easy one to figure out. I still used and wanted it. (Helloooo! Who doesn’t want stormtrooper waffles!?) That was then placed in the kitchen where it belongs. The UGG boots I took out of their box and made space in my closet for them – that’s where Zero came from. He had to go to donations to make space for the boots. Last was the Michael Kors box. I still wanted the jewelry inside and there was no sense in keeping the box anymore. The earrings I had went with the rest of my jewelry and the box went into recycling.

Leftover were my scrapbook supplies, some keepsakes that I absolutely could not throw away, and the paintings. Now I know what you’re thinking. “Why are you saving the paintings if you’re not going to hang them up?” I do plan to! They unfortunately don’t fit the theme of my room but once I have a place of my own and decorate more freely, they’ll be hung with care☺️  

All of these are currently back under my bed as I have no other place to put them at this time. But who knows what the future holds! With more cleaning and decluttering, I may be able to find them a new home.