Tag: mental health

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

Creative Ways To Be More Productive

organization, Uncategorized April 20, 2018

Hello, my friends!

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I am a very productive person when I want to be, but sometimes I lack the desire to make endless lists, or even schedule batches of time to do work. I think a lot of us have similar issues and want to improve our levels of productivity. Today’s blog is going to be on simple ways to get more work done and using creativity to do so.

  1. Bullet Journal. Honestly, this is one of the most fun and entertaining things I do. Using a bullet journal has helped me stay organized, get work done, and also has worked as a form of subtle therapy. You can add stickers, or washi tape, or go crazy with any sort of artwork you desire! It’ll become a second home for you. If you’re interested in learning more about methods of bullet journaling, you should YouTube some of the videos which go into more detail about all the setups you can use.
  2. Listen to an audiobook or a podcast. Maximize your productivity with multi-tasking. You can do housework or yardwork while listening to an audiobook or learning valuable information from a podcast.
  3. Have a morning and night routine. Sticking to a morning and night routine will give you the time to relax (due to repetition) while being productive. Turn off your phone or television and read a book or read the newspaper. Make your bed without fail, do a little exercise when you wake up. It’s more about learning to utilize time properly than anything else. Once you have your morning and night routine you can start incorporating work or creative projects into your daily routine.
  4. Use graphs. Graphs can be a way to visualize your goals and the progress you need to make in order to achieve them. Grab some colored pens and start graphing. Make mind maps, charts, or even a digital version but keep yourself invested in what it is you want to achieve and look back at it when you are feeling lost.
  5. Do something new. Getting inspired is important to learning and growth. You should try something new at least once a week and see if you gain a new perspective. Change your location as often as possible and it will lead to opportunities you never could have expected.

I’m always looking for new ways to be creative about being productive, so if you have any ideas you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Until Next,

Julie

Crystals: Good Vibes And More

spirituality April 19, 2018

 Hello, my dears!

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I have been practicing embracing my spirituality more and more over the last several years. It started when I met a friend who had a strong connection to his own spirituality. There is an element of spirituality (metaphysical) which involves crystals, or at least it can. I personally, love crystals. Crystals are beautiful parts of the earth that can provide different healing properties to an individual provided they are able to connect with the crystal.

How Crystals Work

Crystals each have their own vibrational level and are known to be able to reduce or increase your own vibration until there is balance once again. It is also believed that they can help with physical ailments as well. There’s also a belief that crystals can communicate with those who meditate with them.  The aim is to program your crystal with an intention and then use the crystal to work on an emotional, spiritual, or physical level. Fun fact: I owned a crystal that I gave to my friend and he was able to communicate what activities I had been doing while holding the crystal! He was a highly intuitive person but still!

A few of my favorite crystals are:

Rose Quartz 

The love crystal. It provides aid in self-love, self-esteem, intimacy, communication. This is my all-time favorite crystal and to me, it has a very calming and soothing vibe as well.

Amethyst

Amethyst is great for grounding, as well as relieving stress and anxiety. It can help with thoughts and their clarity and spiritual protection.

Rhodonite

Rhodonite is an all-around emotional wellness stone. It provides room for love, caring, and charity.

Sodalite

Sodalite is great for self-esteem, commitment, trust, and grounding.

Lapis Lazuli 

Lapis Lazuli is a perfect stone to figure out what your dreams are trying to tell you. It provides wisdom and reason.

Taking Care of Your Crystals

As far as taking care of crystals goes, you cannot just pick up a crystal and it will bring the magical properties. Crystals adapt to the energy you provide them with, so you must keep them cleansed so they can work to their full potential. There are a few ways to cleanse crystals, you can do so by:

  • Laying them in the moonlight
  • Putting them back in the earth for a period of time
  • Combine them with selenite or  quartz
  • Use sage or palo santo

I hope this blog post helped even a little to introduce you to crystals! If you have any questions let me know in the comments below!

Until Next,

Julie

12 Steps To More Youthful-Looking Skin

skincare, Uncategorized April 18, 2018

Hello, my dears!

We all have a desire to have youthful, soft, and glowing skin but sometimes it is difficult to keep up with grueling regimes of anti-aging products, massages, and treatments. Today’s blog post will be on 12 basic steps you can take to gain healthier looking skin and prevent premature aging. I personally am working on protecting my skin from future damage and I believe everyone can aid their skin to look its best without spending a fortune.

12 Steps To More Youthful-Looking Skin

  1. Healthy skin begins with moisture. Moisturizing provides the skin with essential nutrients which allow the skin to heal and stay supple and soft. Look for moisturizers with components like vitamin C, E, and A as well as high-quality alpha hydroxy acids.
  2. Stay out of the sun. UV radiation accelerates the aging process of the skin, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles prematurely. While being out in the sun is wonderful for vitamin D production, it is not recommended to be outside for extended periods of time without protection and protective clothing.
  3. Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping enough (around 7-8 hours a night) can reduce under eye circles or baggy under eyes. It also is the period when our skin restores itself. Be aware of your sleep habits and your skin will thank you!
  4. Wash your face twice a day. I know it can be easy to pass up the morning cleanse but try to make sure you are cleansing both in the morning and before bed. Choose a gentle cleanser in the morning and a deep cleanser at night that will remove any makeup or build up from the day. This will not only provide clean skin but also prevent aging your skin!
  5. Take your vitamins. Vitamin A, C, and E all keep the skin looking healthy. There are many options for multivitamins which you can take to keep a glow to your skin. If you are struggling to find what will work for you, contact your dermatologist.
  6. Drink plenty of water. Water is an essential part of preventing aging skin. You can moisturize all day but if you are not hydrated from within, your skin will be dry and will result in looking fatigued.
  7. Eat a healthy diet. Eating foods that are high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids — such as flaxseed, salmon, and dark-green vegetables — helps your body fight off free radicals that can damage your skin. Avoid processed foods and foods high in sugar, which may contribute to breaking down your skin’s collagen.
  8. Avoid cigarettes. Cigarette smoke contains a chemical that can break down the collagen and elastin in your skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature aging.
  9. Always exfoliate. Exfoliating helps brighten the skin and make it look and feel more polished. It helps remove dead skin cells and can even lighten the appearance of acne scars.
  10. Cut down on stress. Getting stressed regularly increases cortisol levels in your body, which in turn puts excess stress on your body. Too much stress makes your skin tired and speeds the aging process. Nobody needs extra stress in their lives, so make it a habit to exercise regularly or practice meditation.
  11. Wear sunglasses. The skin around your eyes is especially sensitive, so wearing large sunglasses helps protect it from UV rays. They also reduce squinting, which prevents crow’s feet and wrinkles.
  12. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Perhaps most important for keeping your skin looking younger is seeking professional help. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can help you create a skin care regimen that’s ideally suited for your skin type and help identify areas where your skin needs more attention. Visit egoziplasticsurgerycenter.com for more information.

And if you want a helpful quick guide:

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Courtesy of Egozi Plastic Surgery Center

I truly hope this guide helped, I really believe taking care of your skin is a wonderful act of self-care and self-love! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below! I hope you are having a lovely day!

Until Next,

Julie

 

Healthy Habits, No Diets.

Uncategorized April 17, 2018

Happy Tuesday everyone!

So, today I am going to be talking about nutrition and fitness. I am by no means a licensed professional but I do have a lot of experience since I have dealt with an eating disorder and have gone on so many diets that I have lost count. Due to these unhealthy actions, I have finally realized what is actually healthy and what works for me and may work for you.

Dieting is not healthy, and starving yourself is not healthy. The only way to truly be healthy is to take care of your body, meet the needs it needs and continue to do this over the course of your life. Losing weight fast and then gaining even more back is not what you want. So, today I’m just going to go over some tips to help you gain more control over your health and make it simple.

So,

  1. Drink water. Do not drink seltzer, do not drink soda, diet soda, or flavored drinks which have no sugar but are high in aspartame. Anything carbonated will leave you bloated.  Pure water is the best drink for those trying to lose weight.
  2. Drink tea. Tea is something that will always be beneficial as long as you are making it fresh and not adding a ton of sweeteners. I think drinking tea can not only help with weight loss (green tea, oolong) but it can also slow you down if you are planning on reaching for something unhealthy. The process of making tea takes a bit so it will give you a chance to gather your thoughts and enjoy the moment.
  3. Aim to work out every day. I have been trying this method myself and if I aim to work out every day instead of specific days I will do more working out during the week. This is the case because even if one day I don’t feel like working out, I will be working out the next day and won’t feel bad if I miss one workout throughout the week.
  4. Keep one meal consistent throughout the week. I feel like this is a great thing to do because not only does it make your grocery bill less, it also helps you to not have to worry about this meal. I personally think breakfast is the best to keep consistent because time is not always available later in the day. If you eat a healthy breakfast you are also setting yourself up for success for the rest of the day because you have chosen a healthy meal and you aren’t going to want to start eating junk right away after.
  5. Try yoga/meditation in the afternoon. I can fully back up that this has been the best time for yoga/meditation in my day. I say this because prior to the afternoon we may have had a bumpy start, or a few bad moments already and we need time to clear ourselves of that tension before we start on the later part of our day. I feel doing yoga in the afternoon also makes me more productive in the evening as far as being on task and also doing an evening workout.
  6. Don’t compare/Let anyone influence your progress. So, it’s easy to hop on social media or flip through a magazine and compare yourself to others but this isn’t going to help you. Often in the past, I would go online and compare myself to other women or watch a movie and wish I had her figure but the truth is this isn’t about them and it isn’t about being a certain shape or size, it’s about getting healthy and living your life happily instead of miserable. You are doing this for you and never forget you are the reason you started, you are the one doing the work. No matter what anyone says, they aren’t you and you are the only one who knows how hard you are working so don’t let anyone’s opinions influence you.
  7. Go to bed earlier. This may seem like a tip everyone gives about everything, but it is true for weight loss. When you are on a normal schedule, your body will thank you. Sleeping lets your body restore the energy you so desperately need when you are exercising and being active during the day. I also know when I stay up for hours on end, I end up eating late at night and it’s usually something not healthy so I’ve made it a goal to go to sleep at a normal hour. So get some zzzs!
  8. Educate yourself. Learning about nutrition and fitness are so very important when you’re beginning a change of lifestyle. There are so many different ways people get healthy and one may not work for you but another may. My advice is to literally spend as much time as you possibly can to get informed about what is available to you and how your health can benefit from what is.
  9. Take it personally. As stated above, there is so much information about health and wellness that you will need to look at it as it is related to you. Don’t feel like you need to try a specific exercise or meal plan just because it says it will help you lose weight. You need to know what will and won’t work for you and even if that means changing very little, so be it. Every change you make counts but don’t ever feel pressured to live a certain way just because others are.
  10. Love yourself.  Sometimes when we are not at a healthy weight we forget it’s okay. There’s often anxiety that comes with starting over, and we often look at our past and wonder how we got here but it’s life and it comes with living. There’s no perfect size, shape, weight, height, etc. We are all beautiful and all deserve love. If you don’t love yourself, you will never be able to change. Trust me, it has taken me almost ten years to recover from an eating disorder and I am only now seeing regardless of my size I love myself and you should too!

Other ideas: 

  • Add protein to your meals in the form of tuna, nut butter, hummus, chia seeds, greek yogurt.
  • Add spinach or kale to your smoothies
  • Keep track of nutrients on an app or in a notebook
  • If you’re craving chocolate, drink a hot chocolate or add a few dark chocolate chips to yogurt
  • If you want juice but don’t want a spike in sugar, try adding a little to water and drinking that instead
  • Keep a reusable water bottle in the fridge for workouts, it might inspire you to grab a healthier option if you see it in there and it will be ready for your next workout.
  • Try popping some homemade popcorn and eating that instead of the ones covered in butter. You can use coconut oil for extra flavor.
  • Don’t restrict! Make sure you’re eating enough and drinking enough. Your body will go into starvation mode if you do not have enough calories and you will gain more weight than you lost next time you decide to eat normally.

These are honestly things I know work, I have been dealing with losing and gaining weight my whole life but I can stand behind these tips. I hope some of them work for you! Leave some of your own in the comments if you feel like it, and I hope you all have a great rest of your day!

Love,

Julie

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

#GirlBoss Morning Routine Habits

Uncategorized November 15, 2017

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Hi, my loves!

I am fully enthralled with the trend of girl bosses and hope it remains a trend until the end of time. We all come from different backgrounds and girl boss may mean many different things to different people but it, in the end, is a statement of power and knowing you can handle anything or any obstacle that comes to life. I am going to go over a few (basic) routine habits you can add to your current morning schedule that will bring health, happiness, and clarity to your day which in turn will allow you to focus on being a #GirlBoss.

  1. Start every day hydrated. Drink water, hydrate your body and don’t reach for the coffee right away. Studies show that drinking coffee on an empty stomach can make you more jittery, so take time to make a healthy breakfast, drink your water, and then grab a coffee.
  2. Yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to start your day because it will not only relax you but it will give you a light stretch of your muscles which will release any tension or strain from sleeping. This time can also be used to bring clarity to your mind and you can set an intention for the upcoming day.
  3. Look at your schedule/To-Do List. Take a few moments to look at your To-Do List and prioritize your day, make sure you do not overschedule yourself but do enough where you feel accomplished. If you have work or school that day, try to find time to schedule a leisure activity even if on a small scale because it will benefit you to have some downtime.
  4. Get ready and enjoy it. We often overlook this time of the day but it can be a calming ritual for us if we allow it. Putting on makeup or doing our hair, taking a shower, applying perfume, changing our clothes can be a time to reflect or even just watch inspiring Youtube videos and get into a positive mindset. If we see getting ready as a chore, it will be a chore and we won’t view it as a time to be alone and take care of ourselves.
  5. Tidy Up. This is something I feel should be done at all times but making your bed, putting away any clothes you chose not to wear or putting your products back should be a step you should add to your routine if you haven’t already. I love the feeling of coming home and not having to worry about a mess since I put items away as I am done with them.

These are just a few habits everyone should incorporate in their day no matter who they are because it will establish a base routine to add more positive habits.

Girl bosses and guy bosses know themselves, and they know themselves well. They encourage others like they encourage themselves. They are passionate and thoughtful and know how to make decisions. I truly admire all of the people out there who are able to work hard for what they want and have a fierce determination.

Have a lovely, positive evening!

  • Julie