Well School Is Something

Hello again!

I have been gone for so long because my school semester started up in early September. And oh boy has it been a whirlwind. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely loving it (except pathology) but every accomplishment and learning moment is a moment I’m closer to becoming a nurse. Something I no longer have any doubt – that I’m meant to do.

I have 5 classes, and 1 placement. In total I have school about 30 hours for the week not including breaks, and about an additional 10 hours for homework, assignments, research, etc. So it’s a full time job at 40 hours a week. Most students in general will say higher education is a commitment, but my fellow nursing students will tell you by the end of the day (if possible) naps are your very good friend.

So what’s my point, other than life’s busy? Self-care, self-love, self-compassion.

My self-care, with a lot of effort, has stayed fairly solid. I sleep when I can in the day, and I go to bed no later than 9pm because I’m up early everyday. I practise meditation, but I’ve adapted to a more concise version – I find often I don’t have 10/15 minutes to just sit (even though I should make the time). I will count my breathes on a 1, 2 cycle – 1 inhale, 2 exhale. I will practise alternating nostril breathing before bed (block right nostril, breathe in; open right nostril, block left nostril, breathe out) – this usually puts me right out. I have also been practising gratitude. Where I’m in placement there are a lot of clients who need a lot of personal care, and some who have no support outside of themselves. It fills my heart to help them, and reminds me how wonderful it is that I do have that external support systems. And what’s more gratifying then getting to do something you love everyday? Every weekend I prep for the week: set alarms, reminders, plan out homework sessions, and review class content.

With very mental health specific self-care parts, I set reminders to shower, and shave on Sunday. I then ask my family to remind me if I forget or don’t feel up to it – shower every night and quite honestly to brush my teeth some days. It is so easy when we are in high stress, or crazy busy that we forget or drop things that already take us more effort to do – but these habits are essential to feeling good.

Self-love and self-compassion. I’m a work in progress on this. I don’t even bat an eyelash when I feel I can help someone, but when it comes to myself – I bat my eyelashes a lot. So I’ve been working on and researching some affirmations to start my day and have even recently set an alarm about mid-day to remind me to breathe and try out a positive, compassionate affirmation for myself. This section I will keep you posted on.

I could talk for days, and I will – I’ll just try to break it up a bit in my blogs.

If you have any questions about school, organization, self-care plans, pretty much anything – let me know and I will happily explain what I can and give tips on what I do.

That’s all for now !

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Out the Door in 3 Minutes

Sometimes we wake up late and sometimes we just seem to run out of time but we need go-to’s to feel put together in a hurry. I have broken it down to a 3 minute routine with only 3 products. It is my essentials – mascara, concealer, lipstick – that’s it.

I used the Clinique High Impact mascara, which feels light but makes your eyelashes look beautifully long and natural.

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Then my all time favourite concealer, boi-ing by Benefit. It’s super creamy and high coverage, so I place it under my eyes to lighten the dark circles, and over a couple of blemishes. I find even with acne-prone skin, this concealer doesn’t break me out and allows for my natural skin to be more prevalent while covering some blemish areas.

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Finally lipstick. I love this colour, I got a sample from Sephora of this Marc Jacobs lipstick in the colour berry rouge. I will be purchasing the full size once this is complete. Love the smooth and easy application, and it doesn’t dry your lips out so there are no cracks and flakes.

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The final product, is as follows. You can still see some under eye area but that’s the point, we do not need to look flawless. It’s about enhancing what we love most in ourselves, and feeling confident. And it helps that this routine is under 3 minutes. img_8603

How I Organize Life

Life get’s busy – especially around the holidays. I’m also going back to school in January for nursing! But this adds to the stress. So here are some tips on how I organize my life.

I’m huge into agendas, phone apps and a calendar I can see from my bed so I can always write something down and let it go out of my mind. It’s good to be in the know, but it’s better to be less stressed.

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Above is my wall calendar. It is my monthly overview. So I write work shifts and appointments in but that is about it – its my month at a glance.

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I then have my phone apps. This includes the calendar pre-loaded on and a calendar app that helps me with my weekly glances. (See below).

I also then write out in a big agenda so that when I’m working on the computer or need to remember something I can just write it down and then transfer it to either my phone or wall calendar. The other bonus is the apps will send you notifications when something is coming up and I have a 15 minute warning before appointments or work shifts.

Overall, this is my main attack of keeping my head above water and I hope it helps you out too.

What do I say?

What do you say when life gets overwhelming?

Being an adult is hard. Full time work? Hard. Preparing for full time school for a second round? Harder.

So I’m sorry this has been a bit neglected but I wasn’t sure what to say. I love writing and seeing people like my posts or comment but I always like to stay positive. But sometimes a girl has just got to type it out.

I suffer from mental health issues like anxiety and things and on occasion they get the best of my ability to be 100% on the ball. But then again who doesn’t get overwhelmed?

Sometimes for the sake of us we just need to take a step back and breathe.

 

Balancing Life and Work.

It can be hard to balance everything, whether it be kids, family, friends, work, and overall life. So how can balance?

I easily get overwhelmed with a big t0-do list. So I make my big one, and write done my small to-do’s in my agenda calendar phone app – it’s literally called Calendars.  I also try and make time to meditate. I talk about this a lot, there is an app called Insight Timer.

Also post it notes are your friend. I use physical ones when it is urgent on the door on the way out so I cannot miss it. I also use virtual ones. I have an app on my computer called Stickies and it just leaves a small post it on your main screen. I write little reminders and chores.

Scheduling is huge, when the small stuff is written down the more important things like friends and family can take over. If needed schedule family time, that one show on Tuesday nights at 6pm or that Sunday brunch at 11am.

Me time. I schedule a time to get my nails done, or do my hair. Making sure you have me time is crucial and allows for a true balance and clear mindset. It could even be making time to go to a yoga class or the gym. Or watch your favourite show.

With practice, balance is more than achievable.

No-makeup, makeup in Under 5 Minutes

For those lazy days, or off days where you need to look somewhat put together – no makeup makeup is perfect.

I use about 3 sometimes 4 products. BB cream, mascara, eyeshadow (basic) and sometimes powder. That’s it. If I were to put a price on it it would be around $40 for the entire look, but with items that would last you and give good quality.

 

And to prove how efficient this is I timed myself with a before and after.

Under 5 minutes.

Get Ready With Me *

First thing to do is hair up and out of the way and moisturize.

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Right now I’m listening to the top Canada playlist on Spotify. Then gets into the eyes. I usually do eyeshadow first because I’m a big fan of the angled tape trick to let the eyeshadow look sharp. I do this by de-sticking the tape a bit then aligning it from my outer eye to the outer point of my eyebrow. Today I used the Sonia Kashuk pallet I got from Target awhile ago. Used the top left to blend and bottom left as a lid cover.

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Then I used a lighter coverage Oil-Free Acne Correct & Cover Grapefruit Tinted Moisturizer blended with a beauty blender, then for under eyes my older Clinique translucent powder, and my stay matte powder for the rest of my face. I used my Mac bronzer (which I just did a review on in my previous post) and my L’Oreal Voluminous original mascara. To finish off, for the lips, Revlon colour burst matte balm in nude.

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Above is the finished look – very subtle and more natural. I don’t wear much makeup often but when I do this is my preference ! Takes me about 20/30 minutes. If you need a quick out the door look, I have a post that is ready in under 5 minutes.

Enjoy your day!