30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 3

Ok so I’m genuinely surprised how hard this is to remember to make time for myself to do about 20 minutes worth of self care in my entire day. But it is such an amazing feeling as I do this list and that I am learning not to judge good or bad reports on my ability to accomplish but that it is something I am successful at because I am trying.

My picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

The rundown:

Meditation – I started a 15 minute guided one, and managed about 3 minutes until my distraction was pulled by people around. So far this is my biggest opportunity for growth.

Grateful for – 1. dinner with my boyfriend 2. liking my mom 3. bubble baths

TED talk – This fell through today, but I watched Youtube videos on healthy habits and routines, which was just as lovely.

Yoga – I managed to go a little bit longer and a little bit deeper into my stretches! It felt really nice with my music going, and a lot of deep breathing. I will definitely get back there.

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30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 2

So yesterday was day 2 of my challenge. You can find my previous post outlining what I’m doing here. I would say yesterday was semi-successful.

My picks again were:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

The rundown:

Meditation – I did not manage to get to it.

Grateful for – 1. my decent health 2. the ability to drive 3. personal phone calls

TED talk – I watched a 10 minute ‘inspiration’ on my TED app (All it takes is 10 mindful minutes) about meditation. He was a great speaker and it was really interesting. Totally captivated me.

Yoga – I’m still gentle due to being post-surgery, and my dogs really wanted to be apart of it. So my down dog became “tackle the owner” but it was nice to stretch and still ease myself back into it.

30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 1

I have been loving Pinterest and searching different self-care and self-love routines. I found a 30 day challenge with a list of over 100 ideas for small self-care acts and you are supposed to integrate a couple into your everyday. So I’m going to give it a go.

My Picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

 

So I will do these everyday, and post my struggles and successes for each for 30 days.

Meditation – I have dogs and they are needy, but I love them and even with the distraction I managed 5 minutes. It makes me totally refocused and happy.

Grateful for – 1. my dogs 2. garden fresh tomatoes 3. family time

TED talk – I watched a 3 minute inspiration on my TED app, it makes me smile and think but I had a hard time absorbing it

Yoga – I’m about 1.5 weeks post surgery so it was a very gentle, restorative flow with minimal movement but enough to stretch it out

 

 

 

Setting Up My Happy Space

A lot of what I’m coming into is embracing my life and change – while maintaining special spots in the house for myself that just make me plain happy. Today I set up a small office area in preparation for back to school (2 weeks!) where I can store my stuff and printer, have my laptop set out and plenty of space for the mass quantity of textbooks I just purchased (ouch).

It’s in our living room / slowly becoming library. Which is right by the kitchen and in open space. Why this is so important for me – I need dedicated space to work, but I hate feeling isolated while working, I need interaction even in the essence of just presence around. I am so happy. I plan to get some cute little desk decoration ideas and amp up my space a little. I’m all over Pinterest, who isn’t?

I’ll update on the desk space.

Also, I’m starting to prep to make a yoga room/meditation spot for myself. This is what I’m most looking forward too. Again, Pinterest is huge. But I’m really putting positive energy into this process and feeling great about it.

I strongly believe the better and more positive vibes/energy/karma you put out, the better you feel overall. It’s simple, be kind and you feel kinder.

If anyone has links or ideas on desk decor and/or meditation spots please let me know!

Goal Setting // What Do You Want In Life?

So I’ve been out for about a week, due to post surgery recovery – not feeling 100% normal but definitely getting there – which is super nice. I’ve done a lot of reflecting and working with a coach on my overall wellness and it has me thinking ‘if I could do anything in the world, what would make me completely happy?’ For me that’s giving back and helping others. That genuinely brings me peace and joy.

I’ve reached out to a couple places in hopes for volunteering opportunities and am eagerly awaiting new possibilities. I’ve also started to make some long term and short term goals. I’m not going to go into total detail but a big short term goal for me is putting an emphasis on self-care and integrating that into my daily life. Not only is this so important for everyone but especially those that deal with mental health – taking care of yourself is vital for success and happiness. So that being said, I made a small self care guideline to keep me on track daily and am working towards really getting it all done. This doesn’t mean though that I beat myself up if I don’t do it “perfectly” – there is no perfect way when it comes to this kind of routine, just what you can do as your best effort.

Morning:

  • Wake up refreshed after 7-10 hours of sleep  // between 6-6:30
  • Make healthy breakfast for myself + coffee to go
  • Meditate // gratitude journal
  • Review schedule for the day

Throughout the day:

  • Continue drinking water
  • Eat a healthy lunch
  • Take a walk
  • Keep in touch with family/friends

Evening:

  • Healthy dinner
  • Blog
  • TED talk
  • Time with family
  • Time with boyfriend
  • Homework prep
  • yoga

 

Breakfast is actually something I am really focusing on – it seems so simple but I either skip it or eat something that doesn’t set up my day for success and well being. Which in turn leads to over eating or eating junk for the rest of my day and feeling pretty lousy.

I’ll keep you posted on my successes, challenges and learning experiences as I head back into the school year !

NYX Total Control Foundation | Review

I posted a mini haul earlier and this foundation was on my must try list. I wasn’t sure if I would love it because it’s consistency is quite liquified but I thought I’d give it a try.

It states that it is buildable coverage and one can build this up based off of how many drops you smooth over your skin. I took some pictures from 0 foundation to 3 layers of the foundation.

I love that this is so universally usable in coverage. There are days I want a barely there look and definitely days I want to be completely covered up. From left to right; starts with no foundation, 1 drop of foundation and finally a full 3 drops of foundation.

Retailing around $16 CAD is totally budget friendly for the quality that you get. A little goes a long way, and therefore you get more for your dollar. It lets you play with your look and vary on how you want to look for an individual event or day. It doesn’t leave you oily and it caused no breakouts for my acne prone skin – huge bonus.

Overall, I’d give it a 5/5 thumbs up.

Mini Beauty Haul

Ok ok I know I just posted I was saving money, but I went to my local drugstore and got too excited for these products and went ahead and purchased them. I only got 3 items but I’m still very happy.

 

On the left is the Smashbox Cover Shot: Softlight Palette ($35 CAD), and on the right is NYX total control foundation ($16 CAD) and Lingerie lip ($9 CAD).

Let’s start with the eyeshadow palette. I’m a big neutral girl, and as dark as I go is with brown tones. I saw this and thought it was perfect for me.

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I feel like for $35, getting 8 shadows that are good quality and versatile are well worth it. IMG-2142

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I’ll do a look with this soon.

As for the NYX lingerie lip, I got the colour ‘pushup’. It’s very neutral for me and really compliments my skin tone right now. The NYX website describes it as: ” Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes…each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.” Um, sounds amazing.

 

Last, but definitely not least the NYX foundation. I’m not sure the acutal name for the colour as I cannot find it on the box to save me, but its code is TCDF07 – I’m fairly light with a tan right now. So its a light beige roughly. The site description is: “From sheer to full, your ideal coverage is just drops away with our new Total Control Drop Foundation! Fine-tune this velvety, matte foundation with the included dropper. Simply adjust the number of drops until you create the look you’re feelin’ today. Want more coverage? Add more drops! Buff expertly using the TOTAL CONTROL DROP FOUNDATION BRUSH for a seriously smooth finish”.

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I love that this gives me coverage options. It totally suits me, some days I want that #nomakeupmakeup look and some days I love my full coverage.

Overall I’m really excited to try these products out and do some looks with them. If you’ve tried any of them let me know what you think!