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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Quotes That Changed Me | Part 2

And carrying on with the quotes that had an especially great impact on me! (Here is part 1.)

Just taking a moment to contemplate what we exchange most life for we might come to realize we “pay” most for the wrong things. I want to give my feelings, mind, time, and heart to the things that lift and feed me. For the good things. Giving your life to anything else isn't how it should be. This is such a powerful way to think when you need to make a choice and are asking yourself, “Is it worth it?” This is the way to know if it’s worth it; are you willing to give life for it?

You have to have a plan, that's what's imprinted into our minds. There's a road carved out and you better walk it, not doing so will only bring hardship in its many shapes. We learn to panic over not having everything mapped out, not knowing what we're going to do with our lives. But it's okay to experience life as you're searching for your destination, perhaps you should be searching for as long as you can. It doesn't mean you're lost. You don't need to have everything figured out to move forward.

Most of us have a faint vision of the kind of life we want to be living. Many of us will have dreams so big, specific, or intricate that we end up believing they aren't "realistic" - because they aren't validated, or they lead off the beaten track. Many of us will imagine unconventional and untraditional lives where we're fortunate enough to wake up to everything we love; and whatever that may be, you're incredibly lucky to have found it. If you do, don't let anything convince you not to choose it. Have the courage to live it.

Which was your fave?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Honeydew + Raspberry Smoothie | Recipe

I'm justifying my non-festive, non-pumpkin smoothie by the fact that honeydews are considered in season between August and October. So I could call this an autumnal smoothie - fresh and tasty with the instant sensation of raspberry followed by the sweet and certain flavor of honeydew.

I've loved all the creative pumpkin-decorating ideas around and even decided that if Halloween had been a thing for me, I would hands-down be a mermaid/sea siren this year (here is a gorgeous makeup tutorial of it!) If you celebrate this holiday, what are you dressing up as?!

Friday, October 24, 2014

4 Quick Ways to Feel Better

Gloomy days have officially become "normal days" and for someone who loves the rainy/stormy/mysteriously dark weather... well, sometimes tea and candlelight doesn't do it and you just feel as gloomy as the weather.
These are 4 of my "quick ways" to pick up your mood:

Jam it out
I’m the headphones-on-I’m-out type of person - the right kind of music is so meaningful and profound to me and I'm taken elsewhere. Though, sometimes you just need to not think or feel (with what you're listening to) and simply blare a catchy song and have fun with it. Sing it out. Dance around. Throw your hair. Be silly. Good vibes only. It's such a stress-reliever.

Pick & Talk
Choose three positive things out of your day and talk about them. It could be anything from eating the most exceptional apple to having met a goal. Tell someone about them (call your best friend) and indulge in it. Not only is it a guaranteed mood-lifter to talk about good things, but it also focuses your mind on seeing and finding the good in the littlest things out of a simple day.

Pamper yourself
Treat yourself to something enjoyable - a day at the spa (or a spa day at home), ice cream for breakfast, dress up for a nice dinner out, or stay in bed all day watching your favorite movies in your pajamas… anything that makes you feel good. If you need it, you deserve it. And we all need it every now and then.

Find it elsewhere
Have you ever gotten way invested in fictional lives or relationships that make you happy? You know what, nothing wrong with that. If it makes you happy, milk it. I don’t know how long the thought of Hook and Emma [on Once Upon a Time] kept me smiling. Or the hours of watching 'Ellen' and various marriage proposals on YouTube. It’s the quickest happy fix!

What's your go-to method to feel better?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5 Songs After Bumping Into That Person

This was not at all the playlist I'd been planning on sharing. But it so happened that I may have been in an odd funk these last couple of days, because I may have bumped into someone I've been trying to erase the last [insert: high number] months.
I'll leave it at that before I go on writing a trilogy about this person (trust me, we don't want to go there.)

These are some songs I've been feeling lately:

Latch - Kait Weston ft. Scott Rusch & Jameson Bass
Let it Go - James Bay
Best Mistake - Ariana Grande (No Rap Edit)
Battle Scars - Guy Sebastian ft. Lupe Fiasco
Red - Taylor Swift

What sentimental song makes you think of someone in particular? 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cacao Energy Bites | Recipe

I get sudden sweet cravings every now and then (like the average human being), but no one I know would say I have a sweet tooth. Once in a full moon I'll order a brownie with my coffee when out with a friend, and they'll look at me and go, "Wait, did you really do that?"
Or I'll have "candy" on my grocery list for weeks and when I'm actually in the candy aisle I'll veer off to get some healthy snacks instead, and this has proven to become some kind of ridiculous circle of "I want it, but I won't get it."

I guess I just get too conscious about it. So, since I can't seem to just get the damn candy, I needed to make something on my own that would satisfy the occasional sweet tooth-symptoms yet work as an all-around snack. What I like about these little bites is that they're so easy to make, no unnecessary fuss, and they make me feel full enough after only a couple. Sounds good, I think!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Knowing Your Worth & Why:

I've been wanting to write about self-confidence or self-worth for some time, two subject I'm insanely passionate about. Especially the latter, because the latter is able to fuel the former. Your confidence can waver depending on the situation you're in or what you're experiencing, it's generally quite easily touched.

Self-worth isn't.

It's hard to adjust to the reality that you're worth a lot (never to be mistaken for arrogance), but once you're there, it's damn hard to knock you down. And something I openly pride myself on is knowing my worth - to the point that it can't be manipulated by something or someone.

And our worth, or the perception of it, plays a huge role in our choices (or lack thereof) when we find ourselves in situations when we're not treated right. Knowing my worth has been an incredible strength in disguise and has made me fearless in making the right decisions for myself, whether that be walking away from a friend (I wrote a post on "7 Ways to Know When to Cut Ties with a Friend"), a job or a guy.

Self-worth isn't something you think about when you're young. I wish that when I was in my mid-teens I'd known that seeing a high value in myself was just as important as striving to be confident, if not so much more. Because it will come to define how you see yourself and how you'll let others see you, and therefore treat you.

So, how do you get there? It's not something you just pick up. Maybe it's something you need to build up since childhood or maybe you have to experience a defining moment to get to the point where you can say "I deserve this" (in a positive situation) or "I deserve better."

But, no.
It all comes back to the one most essential quality... self-love. Loving yourself. Loving the skin your in. Loving who you are and what you are. And determining, for yourself, that you are worth it.

What are your views on self-worth?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tea Tree Range Review | Beauty

I admit, I was initially interested in these products due to the "tea" in "tea tree." You have me at tea-anything, really. Well, this wasn't tea but a blemished-skin suitable Tea Tree range. This is how The Body Shop describes it:

"Tea Tree is clinically proven to clear and hydrate.
The range also uses tamanu oil extract which is reputed to help
generate new tissue and improve the healing process for skin.
So say goodbye to shine and hello to clear skin!"

When my skin started acting out a little I decided it was the perfect time to grab a Tea Tree travel kit and try some of the products out and see what the fuss was about! These are my thoughts after using the products full-time for 1,5 months:

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