Stay Positive

Happy Monday my geeks! I hope you’ve had a good weekend!

I knew from the start that this year was going to be a year of change. In fact, my semi-unspoken word of the year for 2018 is in fact, “Change”. I had far too many downs than ups in 2017, so I made the decision that I needed to change things and to make this year a much much better one. And one of the ways I’m trying to keep 2018 strong is by doing my best to stay positive.

2018 stay positive

The more you make an effort to be positive, the more you will actually feel positive and the more that positivity will bleed into the rest of your life. Being more positive will definitely be a challenge for me, since I’ve always been a bit of a pessimist/realist. And even if I am, my life and everything around me will change for the better just by trying to view every day things in a better light.

How will staying positive change your life?

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Light & Love

Hello loves! I hope your Monday was a good one. Mine…well let’s just say it was kinda hectic but hey it made the day go by faster XD. I’ve spent most of the day trying to draw inspiration for this week’s quote, and it wasn’t until after I got home off of work and showered that I finally found the best one.

2018 MLK JR

I know, I know, it’s Martin Luther King Jr. day so everyone is quoting him. I know. But I feel like this quote definitely resonates with how I’m feeling about the world and my life in general. You can’t fight fire with fire. You can’t get rid of darkness by extinguishing all of the lights. You cannot defeat hate by refusing to love.

This is definitely one of my new favorite quotes, and one that will follow me throughout the rest of my life I’m sure. There’s enough darkness and hate it the world. Let’s try to bring in more love and light, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll start seeing some changes in the world.

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REVIEW | YesTo Tomatoes Charcoal Sheet Mask

Happy Humpday! It’s been a while since my last true blog post, but I’m trying to make improvements to my schedule and so far so good.

Since I decided that 2018 was going to be all about change and healing, I figured that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to invest in some sheet masks to go with my planned weekly relaxation sessions. While shopping for the holidays last month I came across these sheet masks by YesTo**, and thought I’d give them a go.

YESTO Tomatoes charcoal sheet mask

What it’s for: detoxifying & cleaning pores

How To Use:

  • Unfold & apply to clean skin
  • Adjust around eyes, nose & mouth to fit your face
  • Relax for 10 minutes
  • Remove

Side note: “Tingling? Yes! It’s Working”  [they do note to remove the mask if the tingling is uncomfortable for you]

First Impressions:

This paper mask smells really nice! It also feels cool on the skin, and it’s well saturated [but not overly so, which is great!]

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During:

The mask is very cooling, and as mentioned it smells really nice without it being overpowering. I did notice a good bit of tingling, mostly on the high points of my cheeks – they are usually more sensitive for me. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this mask if you have sensitive skin though, I noticed that as the 10 minutes went on the tingling seemed to get a little worse, just to the point that it was bearable but not very comfortable or super relaxing like I would want in a face mask.

After:

Once the 10 minutes was up, I removed the mask and massaged my face with what product was still on my face, which felt really nice. I then washed the small amount of leftovers off with warm water and patted dry with a soft towel (followed by applying my nighttime face oil & moisturizer).

My skin didn’t feel tight or dry feeling after removing, which you’ll get a lot of the time with products meant for acne, blackhead, or oily prone skin types. Alternatively, my face also didn’t feel greasy after, which was very very nice! My face felt clean and fresh!

Final Thoughts

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I’m giving this product a 4 out of 5 stars, simply because it does tingle quite a bit. That being said, I would definitely use this sheet mask again. First, because I feel like it worked well and my skin did feel better after use. Second, because I bought like, 6 of these bad boys when I thought I might put these in gift boxes for friends for Christmas. XD

What skin care products do you love? Let me know in the comments below!

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Control

I’ve been struggling a lot recently. Struggling to get up out of bed, to be productive, to make content and have fun here on my blog like the good old days. And I think I’ve realized what the biggest factor has been. For so long, deep down I’ve kept a hold of all of my fears and insecurities from my last long term relationship which, if you are new or don’t remember, didn’t end very well for me and caused me to spiral into a pretty dark hole for a while.

It’s held me back from doing so much, from trusting, from believing, and from being free and happier in general. Because let’s face it. How can you really relax and be happy if there’s a voice in your head that keeps telling you that you’re not worth it, or that the person you love is going to grow tired of you and leave you? How can it be easy to not be paranoid that every small thing that they say or do that seems like they are upset or annoyed with you won’t escalate into them leaving? It’s hard. And awful. And terrifying. And most of all?

EXHAUSTING.

2018 control

So this week. Week 2 of 2018. I am going to try from this week forward to truly, 100% let go of all of those fears and insecurities that the past has given me to hold. That I’ve trudged around with on my shoulders, pushing me mentally and emotionally deeper and deeper into the dirt.

It’s time to lay them to rest for good, and to walk away without them. And for good measure, let’s use this as an opportunity to make a list and visualize all of those awful things that keep weighing us down. Feel free to share in the comments below if you’d like.

  • fear of my unborn business failing
  • fear that Zach will tire of my insecurities and needs, and walk away
  • fear that my anxiety and depression will push Zach away
  • voices saying that I’ll never be good enough to be successful in anything in life

These are the main things that I’ve come to realize make every day difficult for me. These things make my anxiety and depression even worse, and it becomes a vicious, awful, dark cycle.

Now. These things are all listed. They’re on the internet. Everyone knows about them. I know about them. I’ve allowed the light to shine on them, to bring them out of the dark hiding places in which I’ve put them in an attempt to ignore them. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Realization is the first step for me. The next step is to understand why I fear these things, and what things trigger those awful voices to become loud and obnoxious.

2018 is going to be a year of change for me. A year of healing. New beginnings. I hope you’ll join me on this quest to fight my inner demons. Please know that if ever you need a friend, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to listen, I’m here. I always will be. You can comment below or send me a message through my Contact Page. You’re not alone. And neither am I.

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Success

Happy New Year all! I can’t believe it’s 2018! Where did 2017 go??

So another year has come and gone, and once more we are left to decide how we want the upcoming year to proceed. Everyone is making new resolutions, and hopefully a lot of them are kept. My main resolution this year is to take things easier on myself, and to make more time for me. My secondary resolution is to get my candle business up and running, even if I just make a handful of sales this year.

2017 wasn’t a great year for me, for a few different reasons. I was feeling really stressed most of the year, and so it not only put a strain on me mentally and physically, it also put a huge strain on my relationship with Zach. We argued a lot, I felt depressed a lot and had some huge issues with anxiety attacks. But I know that 2018 is going to be different. I’m going to make it different. I am going to kick this year’s butt. In a way, I’m getting revenge for the sad, depressed, anxious person I was most of last year. That being said, here’s this week’s quote –

That’s right. Success is the best form of revenge you can ever get. It’s showing the world and yourself that you *can* succeed. People (yourself included) may have doubted you, put you down, told you you weren’t good enough or that you could never reach your goals. But there’s nothing sweeter and better tasting than the satisfaction of knowing you’ve just proved everyone wrong about you.

So let’s go into this year with the mindset that everything will be fine. You will succeed. You will reach those goals and keep those resolutions.

Things will be better this year. I just know it.

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