2018 so far.

We are 4 months into the year and I thought I would take a look at how my goals are going so far. You can find my full post hereBut I’ll summarize a bit and go over it.

So some resolutions include:

  1. get into hiking
  2. re-starting a yoga practice
  3. meditating daily
  4. journaling daily
  5. listen to my motivational podcast 3x/week

So hiking hasn’t happened yet, Canada + winter = not desirable. And apparently even though it’s April, the weather is still pretending it’s January so that’s cool too. I actually have been doing a ton of yoga! Not daily but pretty damn close. I do as little as a quick stretch/flow for 5 minutes or bang out a class for 60 minutes. It seriously zens me and I love it. It can be challenging, but I feel like that’s the point – pushing new limits while staying composed. Meditating hasn’t been daily, but definitely at least 3x a week. I am trying to remember to do it more often, it always makes me feel better and like I can accomplish anything. I’m also really getting into learning about manifestation and some ways to go about that. Journaling has just been a no-go. I don’t find it as therapeutic as some, and I feel silly doing it – so I pretty much don’t. Lastly, I am obsessed with podcasts! My top favourites include: Oprah’s Soul Sunday, Lavendaire, Self-helpless, and the Health Code. I 100% recommend all of them.

As for specific goals, I feel like I am crushing it quite honestly. I am down 12 pounds and counting, I have lost just over 2 inches on my hips, and 3 inches on my waist. I’m feeling a lot better, and I’m up to drinking 3L of water a day which is about 101 oz. I am almost done my second last semester and that’s my last semester of classes, my final semester is all in the field, so I’m on track to graduate + get my nursing license.

Trust me, it is not all rainbows though. But it is nice to remind myself that I am in fact working hard and achieving things. I’ve had a bad couple of days emotionally and am just trying to push through this last week of school. I have 1 exam next Tuesday, and 3 on Wednesday. I just gotta keep going.

If you are struggling with anything, look at what you have already done, or on track to do. Keep pushing. You got this.

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Life update.

Hellooo!

So I’ve been in the thick of it with school and balancing life. It’s all just pretty much school lately. Been I’ve been on a self love, self care, health journey too – which is pretty rad. Some days are really hard and some days it feels easy.

I’ve lost about 10 pounds, and lost more inches then I thought I could! But recently I’ve made the decision to skip the scale. It’s always been this thing with me where I either have a good day or meh day depending on my weigh in – and if I know I’ve been off the wagon – I dread it. So am I really going to give this object that kind of power ? The answer is no.

I’ve really gotten into my yoga practice too again which I’ve been loving! I don’t have the strength I used to but I’m working on that. I’m in the process of relearning and gaining strength for the crow pose and a headstand. It’s hard but I am addicted.

As for beauty, I have a couple new favs which I’ll be reviewing as soon as I have a chance to really sit down. Some bb creams and some cheap and high end face serums!

As for now my plan is to scroll through blogs and catch up, light a candle, and soak in my tub with some lavender Epsom salt.

Hope you guys have an amazing morning/day/night xo

Adulting and Other Things

Helloo out there. I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. But life has been a bit hectic. I’m in my second last semester of nursing, and between class and placements, things have been a little tough.

I still love nursing and am so passionate, but it’s so time consuming and takes a lot of brain power and physical exertion. My classes are challenging but I feel like I’m genuinely learning so much.

I’ve also lost 5 pounds! I joined weight watchers a couple of weeks ago and have increased my daily activity. I even feel better. I’ve also been mediating again and occasionally even through in a bit of yoga. It’s quite nice and I’m working on balance of self care, career, and living.

My moods have been up and down and sideways. But it’s balancing out again. A couple weeks back I had a major up swing and felt on top of the world. And then of course following I had a major fall, and dealt with my depression side. However I made it out and am feeling a lot better.

Life gives us so many obstacles to overcome even when following our chosen path. And I guess that’s half the experience, seeing your true strength.

We are all capable of so much.

Review: L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask – Comforting and Unifying

I usually buy the cheap “3 for $5” masks from my drugstore, and they’re fine and fun. But I wanted to look into nicer masks that I can use a couple times a week and really see the benefits. I keep seeing commercials and advertisements for the new L’Oreal masks and finally purchased one (about $14 CAD) – which really isn’t that bad.

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What it claims: “Immediately: Skin looks refreshed and feels comfortable” & “skin needs cleaning that is effective yet gentle and non-irritating. This Pure-Clay Mask addresses your concerns for comforted and unified skin”

I have stated before but I have oily, acne prone skin. I have had a handle on it lately, but with the cold of winter (thanks Canada), my skin gets angrier. So I lathered on a layer and gave it a go. I put a thin layer on my face (avoiding eye and mouth) and wait about 10-15 minutes. So I put it on and watch YouTube videos on my phone and relax. It was a pretty simple wash off, none of that sticking and stuck on issues. The only thing is it’s messy and blue and will tint whatever you’re using to take it off.

My skin definitely felt refreshed and less irritated and it was a fun, pampering process. It suggests to use it twice a week so I’ll keep trying it out and let you guys know if anything amazing happens. Here’s me with it on (enjoy).

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Goodbye 2017, Where are you 2018?

In less than 2 weeks we will be in the new year. I can’t believe that, I felt like going into 2017 I only saw huge mountains to climb and now it’s already 2018 – what happened?

I am an avid YouTube watcher (it’s addicting) but one of my favourite motivational/organizational channels is Lavendaire. I also listen to her podcasts which are really soothing in the morning – seriously her voice is so calming. But she talks about a year in review a lot, she even sells a package that has you break down the year and build goals to the new one. I didn’t buy it, but I looked into my own ideas for my “year in review”. I found a simple guide online – here – and it asks four simple questions. But do not think that the fact that they are simple, that they are easy.

It was such an experience to do this. It took me about 20-30 minutes, but I feel so good and so motivated. So basically it is:

  1. what have you overcome/accomplished this past year?
  2. what have you learned?
  3. how do you feel about the past year?
  4. what’s next?

It does give you more details on how and what to focus on. But very easy overview.

It made me realize how much I’ve accomplished this year. With the mental health struggles sometimes, it is so easy to forget or overlook your accomplishments but this was that voice “no – look at all you have done, be proud” – and honestly? I am proud of myself.

What it also did was enable me to fine tune my 2018 goals. I’ve come away more from resolutions and make more goals to focus my energy on. I feel like resolutions are a maybe. I could or could not accomplish them and that’s whatever. But if I set goals, it’s something I can continuously work towards. I do however have some easy resolutions that are fun and non-demanding but would do me well in the long run.

So here are some resolutions:

  1. get into hiking
  2. re-start my yoga practice
  3. meditate daily
  4. journal daily
  5. listen to my motivational podcast 3x/week
  6. grow my faith

* They are helpful and important but I’m fairly satisfied with doing them occasionally (is that bad?)

So here are some of my goals for 2018:

  1. I am going to get healthy for myself
  2. I am going to lose 100 pounds
  3. I am going to graduate and get my nursing license
  4. I am going to grow my self-love and compassion
  5. I am going to start my positive habits again (ex. meditation/yoga)

These are things that are really important to me and that I will always have to work at but things that will greatly improve my life, my attitude and my health.

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 !

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.