Tag: love

Belly dancing for self-care.

spirituality October 13, 2018

Hello, my loves!

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As you are reading this it is likely Sunday –  which means self-care Sunday!

I have recently been enthralled by a certain type of exercise which has already changed my life. I love to work out, move, and dance but when I am in a depression I will barely be able to go for a walk. I wanted to find an exercise that I could do that would uplift my spirits and allow me to express myself as well as move. This is when I found belly dancing.

Belly dancing is a practice which has been around a long time, and it has not only physical benefits but it can also improve memory, self-esteem, and concentration. Who wouldn’t want to join?

There is a misconception I think that you have to be thin to belly dance but this is not true at all, you don’t have to be anything, you can be female or male, thin or heavy, and of any ethnicity.

The way I simply began was by watching a few videos on YouTube to make sure i understood what I could do if I worked daily on a routine. I then have been watching tutorials by belly dance instructors online. I have not taken an in person class just yet but I am actually rather keen to do so.

The reason I think belly dancing is such a wonderful idea for those who have mental health issues specifically is because it requires you to continually practice to get better and you can see your results every day if you continue to learn and grow with the dance.

You can make this a part of your daily routine and spend some time truly embracing the music, movement, and your body. Just the idea that our bodies can move around the way they do is truly an amazing thing. We can use belly dancing in gratitude and honor our bodies. Perhaps you could light some candles or burn incense or diffuse oils like I do during your dance to make it a true experience each time.

If you are not interested in belly dancing, I do encourage you to find some sort of movement that you find fun and interesting because those are the type of workouts that you will want to do when you are feeling down.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried to belly dance before or if you have any other activities you like to do as an act of self-care!

Until next,

Julie

Self-Care For The Goddess Within

blog, spirituality May 8, 2018

Hello, my dear ones!

I decided today I’m doing a little snippet of an e-book I am writing called Self-Care For The Goddess Within. I really want to bring light to feminine energy and self-care. I am all about self-care as you have read on my blog but I want to specifically talk about ways you can nurture your soul back to feeling whole again. Sorry for my posts not being regular this week but they will resume back to normal starting tomorrow!

Here is a snippet of the book:

GODDESS

How often do you forget the pain that remains behind your eyes? For the comfort of others, just one more time? You believe you have relieved the control it has over you, but it grabs you so gently right before you have a chance to escape, and you suddenly remember everything. The pain is the part of you which you cannot erase but over time the feelings you have for it may form a revolution in your life, but know you are the only one with the power to change. Memories do not fade, but we can learn more from them if we only try. 

The first part of self-care for goddesses is knowing who you are and who you are only now. You are as you are in this moment, you are not what you couldn’t control as a child, you are not the poor decisions you may make in your future, you just are a pure light, which has been dimmed but needs no permission to shine, for you can at any given time. Embrace this moment now, and breathe deeply, my dear. You are all you have been searching for over the last several years. You are the glow in the realm of the dark, and I want you to be able to take action with breath from your heart. 

I am looking very much forward to working on finishing this book and it will probably be made available for free on a separate page of my blog, once I figure it out. Today I want to encourage everyone to go out and do something for themselves. You are worth it.

As Always,  Much love,

Julie.

 

 

 

 

New Posting Schedule

blog April 22, 2018

Hi, my loves! Happy Sunday!

I wanted to let you know I am going to be blogging every Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday from now on just in case you wanted to know! ✨ I appreciate everyone who has been reading my blog it means the world to me you guys want to read what I have to say!

Have a lovely evening and the rest of your week!

Love always, Julie

Sunday Review: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Uncategorized April 15, 2018

Hello my loves,

Today I thought I’d start a new series on my blog called Sunday Review where I do an in-depth product review. I really do enjoy doing these types of reviews because it lets me give you a solid opinion rather than just a few words here or there about the product. So, here we go!

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream:

This product retails for around twelve US dollars and can be found in almost any drugstore or online. The product comes with 12 OZ of product, which is quite a lot of product in my opinion for the price. The claim of this product is that it has 3 essential ceramides, which are lipids and oils that replenish your moisture barrier on your skin. There is no fragrance in this product and there is hyaluronic acid to help skin’s natural moisture.

I’m going to say right off the bat, I love this product. The first night I used it, I woke up and my skin looked hydrated and plump as well as seemed to have little redness in it and I usually have quite a bit. I have combination skin, but it tends to be dry lately so waking up with any sort of moisture is amazing! The consistency is nice and thick but it quickly absorbs into the skin and you don’t have to spend time rubbing it in. Since it is made with the ceramides, I personally like to massage the product into my face to make sure it is completely absorbed and working effectively.

There is little fragrance in this product other than the typical lotion smell which is found in almost every product. There is so much product in this container that you could use this as a body cream as well if you felt like it. I feel like because it is so thick, you do not need much of the product and therefore it could be used elsewhere other than the face. due to the fact that this is a jar container, you will want to make sure your hands are nice and clean before dipping into the product or use a small spatula.

Overall, with the intensity of moisture provided and the fact that it does as it says it will do, I can say I recommend this product. It’s easily accessible, inexpensive, and provides all-day hydration so what more could you ask for? I will continue to use this product and I want to know if any of you have used this product or are willing to give it a try! ❤

5/5 for the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream.

Until Next Time,

Julie.

Budget Friendly Shopping Ideas

Uncategorized April 13, 2018

Hello, my dears!

We have all been there when the budget we have is low, and we are bored but want to shop. I have been there quite a few times and I thought I’d share a few things you could do when your budget doesn’t allow some of the other plans you hoped for.

  1. Thrift Shop. So, some people have reservations about thrifting but I believe it can be one of the most fun and economically friendly past times. There’s plenty of items you can purchase at the thrift store besides clothes. I like to look at the vintage teacups or even the paper supplies. There’s plenty of clothes or items for your home like furniture or decorations. Basically, you can go here and spend less than twenty dollars and go home happy so it’s definitely a budget-friendly option.
  2. Second Hand Book Store. This is similar to the thrift shopping but there are gobs and gobs of books! I love to learn and read but sometimes books can get expensive so I love going to second-hand bookstores and spending a long time looking for something that will keep me entertained for hours.
  3. Dollar Tree. Honestly, the dollar tree is great for anyone who wants to do art projects or decorate their home for the season. You can get anything from candles to mirrors, to decorative ornaments. They have a pretty well-stocked paper supply section and always have tons of stickers! Also, their candy aisle is always a treat!
  4. Tj-Maxx. Tj-Maxx has recently become one of my favorite stores, especially for skin care items. They have a wonderful selection of high-end products which you can pay a fraction of the price for. They also have clothes, home goods, even tea, and snacks!

I thought it would be fun to write this post because I know I am always looking for a deal or to pay less for quality items. If you have any other ideas for budget-friendly shopping leave them in a comment below! ❤

 

 

 

 

Current Favorites: Spring 2018

Uncategorized April 7, 2018

Hello lovely,

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long but I am back in full force starting now. I have a lot of new ideas for posts and I hope you can all forgive my absence. So, I thought I’d do a round up of my favorites that I’ve been loving over the last few months since I’ve been gone and I hope you enjoy!

I’ve certainly been loving the Wet and Wild Liquid Lipsticks, the Catsuit formula. I love the color selection and the fact that they do not budge in any way once they are dried down. I also love the price and the fact that they are constantly releasing new shades as well as the fact that they are cruelty-free. My current favorite shade is called “Oh My Dolly”, which is a vibrant hot pink color perfect for the warmer weather.

I have been loving the new Love, Beauty, And Planet Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner. This stuff smells so refreshing and feels like it is actually cleaning my hair unlike many products on the market. It is also a cruelty-free brand and I believe it is also vegan. The quality of the product for the price is also a plus!

I’ve been focusing on doing yoga much more in the last few months. I believe it has really changed the way I operate when stressed and it has a magical sense of relaxation and inner harmony which makes me continue to practice it. I encourage anyone dealing with mental health issues to pursue a trial of yoga at the very least.

Another mental health favorite is a pill organizer. I simply picked up a day and night daily organizer from Walgreens and it has helped me with keeping on track with taking medication. I like that if I forget a dose of medication I can track what I missed. This is a simple act of self-care.

Planning! Obviously, I couldn’t live without a planner. I love to write every solitary task down and check it off at the end of the day for a sense of accomplishment. I was gifted the Law of Attraction planner for Christmas and it has been a wonderful addition to my planning routine. I recommend this planner to anyone who truly wants to change the way they live and their habits and routines.

Well, these are my current favorites and I hope you enjoyed hearing from me after being so scarce the last several months. ❤

Until Next,

Julie

How To Start Fresh & Make Changes

Uncategorized November 10, 2017

Hello, lovelies!

So today my blog post is going to be about starting fresh or making lifestyle changes when it seems like it is impossible. I have been in situations where it seems like the raincloud will not stop hovering over me and I felt like there was no escape from negativity in my life. I think it is important to remember we can start over and tomorrow, or even right now is a perfect time to do so. Below is an overview of what can help when you have to make a change in your life for the better. This is a repost of a blog I had done on a previous blog but I felt it was fitting for here today.

  • The first step in beginning again is truly spending time discovering what it is that is bothering you and be specific. If you feel, for example, you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle lately, ask yourself what it is that started you to decline on taking care of yourself. Go through and write down every thought you have that is in regards to your issue or issues and acknowledge it IS an issue. Sometimes we lie to ourselves and pretend it is not a huge deal that we are suffering. Anything from negative self-talk to binge drinking and everything in between can affect us more than we realize. The truth is if it is in any way making you uncomfortable, you need to address it but do not feel guilty about it. Write out your feelings, and any emotions you have, fill a notebook, fill two notebooks! This is the most important part of the process!
  • Now that you have written down and dissected the problem, ask yourself what you want to do about it. Is it something that you need to completely remove from your life or is it something you just need to modify? Write this down now. We often have habits we want to change but the task seems daunting. If you state what you specifically intend to change, it makes it easier.
  • Make a plan. You have now written down what is bothering you, you have written down everything that led up to the issue and what feelings you have surrounding it so the next step is to make a plan! So, if your unhealthy lifestyle is what you want to change – how are you going to do that? Make a list of things you can actually start doing, not things you just have good intentions for. This list can be short or a mile long, it doesn’t matter but you need to start somewhere. After this list is done, make another list – the “good intentions” list. These are things you want to get done eventually, but cannot do right away. You can work on these after you have made the original list a priority and a habit.
  • Focus. If you really want to change and start over fresh, it is not easy, and it takes time. There are not many people who are going to tell you they love breaking bad habits or making life changes but you will feel wonderful after you invest your time in making yourself happier and healthier. You are doing this for you and only you so make sure you are focusing on the WHO and WHY, the WHAT, WHERE, WHEN will fall into place.
  • Do it! I honestly feel if you take the time to process your feelings and actions they will be easier to mold into what you desire them to be. If it takes you longer do one of these steps, that isn’t an issue! This is all about you and I know you can do anything you set your mind to, so go ahead and get started on switching the light on in the darkness. You’ve got this, so go get it!

This may have been a more serious toned blog but I honestly believe in this method. The feelings behind our habits/actions/beliefs/attitudes are so important but rarely get addressed. I truly believe taking the time to analyze them and let them be known in their full capacity to ourselves is essential for personal growth.

Until next –

Much love,

Julie