My New Morning Routine

Hello, my loves!

Untitled.pngI know I have been missing posts this week, but I wanted to write about this specific topic because it may be able to help those struggling with their morning routines or life stress in general.

I am going to be talking about my new morning routine in this blog post, and the reasons this routine is so helpful.

The first part of my morning routine is waking up. I used to wake up with an alarm and it would actually make me sleep longer. Since most mornings I actually don’t have a commitment, I decided to try to wake up naturally. My body seems now to wake up around 730 AM, which is when I initially set my alarm anyway. I don’t feel so panicked now and worried that I will miss my alarm (because that was quite an issue). I know this isn’t an option for everyone but even setting an alarm and giving yourself enough time to wake up is an option.

After I am awake, I pet my dog, and open the curtains and make my bed. These are two things I do immediately because it helps let sunlight in and I feel like I’m getting things accomplished right away. I then have been using a citrus essential oil to help with any bad moods I may be in when I wake up, and I basically just breathe in the aroma and it works right away.

Next, I will grab my journal and start writing my morning pages. Morning pages are the most influential part of my new morning routine. I do not know why I did not try this sooner. It is basically just writing out three whole pages worth of thoughts on paper. I like this because I start off really negative usually but by the end of the process I am a lot more positive and my outlook has been changed by the time I am finished. I highly recommend this one step to add to your morning routine or even your evening routine.

I can become quite restrictive with my diet, but I decided I want to treat myself each morning to the option of coffee with [vegan] creamer. Coffee is just a nice way to start your day and wake up a little from the caffeine. While I’m making that, I usually pick up my phone now and start running through e-mails and social media or text messages. I’m really trying to break away from being on social media as much but it’s difficult to ignore sometimes. I’ll either eat breakfast now or when I’m done working out.

This is when I’ll go over my to-do list and see what needs to be done during the day. I am so lucky I have the flexibility of my day but I also need to get a lot of things done while at home. Lately, I’ll try to get a thirty-minute workout in on my treadmill or elliptical or even just deep stretching or yoga.

Once this period is over, I will wash up (I shower at night), and apply my skincare and makeup and then I’m ready for the day. Honestly, I feel so much better adding less social media and more self-care/work. The morning pages have brought me more satisfaction than I can express. I also have been journaling during the day more, if something comes up and is bothersome. Instead of getting upset or unmotivated I simply write down what is going on and work my way through it on paper.

I hope this has inspired you to look at your own morning routine and how you spend your time! I am aiming for another post or two this week – I am just dealing with a lot of random things in my personal life which are taking up a bit of time that I did not expect! Tomorrow is Friday which means the weekend is almost here! Hurray! Enjoy the rest of your day and until next time, much love and happiness and harmony!

  • Julie

New Posting Schedule

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

Budget Friendly Shopping Ideas

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! ❤

 

 

 

 

My Sunday Night Routine

Hello, my dears!

Today is Sunday which is my favorite day of the week. I personally enjoy it due to being able to sleep in, watch football, and enjoy time with my friends and family. I thought I would go over my Sunday night routine and let you guys in on how I prepare for the week ahead.

My favorite part of Sunday night is doing a little pamper session, which usually starts at 7 PM and I start by taking off my makeup. I take my makeup off with grapeseed oil and then wash my face with Biore baking soda wash. This usually removes all the makeup and the dirt but I then go over with a homemade rose witch hazel toner with a cotton round until my face is definitely clean. After I’ll take a shower and I’ll do all the extra steps which I may not have time for during the week, so I wash my hair, shave my legs, do a scrub (currently using St. Ives Coconut and Coffee scrub for a more exfoliating scrub), and of course I use a yummy smelling body wash, like the Soap and Glory ‘Clean On Me’ or Philosophy ‘Fresh Cream’.  After the shower, I moisturize immediately from top to toe, and I am currently in love with Sea Greens by H20+ Beauty. After, I’ll finish up my skin care routine with a face mask – typically it has been the Aztec Benzanite Clay one, mixed with apple cider vinegar, and let me tell you, it is a strong mask! Once applied and washed off, I will then apply a moisturizer – usually sweet almond oil or Vitamin E oil.

By this time, I feel like a whole new person and I will head to my kitchen to make some tea, which is usually a Yogi tea and it is the Detox tea. I like this detox tea because it is an herbal tea for one and it tastes delicious and I always feel a lot better afterward. I then get out one of my planners (yes, I have multiple) and work on my main schedule for the week. I put in my appointments, meetings, dates with friends, and then I have been adding what blogs I should post and when so I don’t have to mess around with figuring out a topic because I already have the idea written down. I like to decorate my planner as well so I usually add some cute stickers or reminder notes that are positive and will draw my attention to my planner.

After I’m done with my regular planner, I will open up my meal planner for the week. I like to do this before the week starts because I usually have an accurate overview of what is in my fridge seeing as I just went shopping over the weekend. I split my day up into “breakfast”, “lunch”, “dinner”, and “snacks” and write down what I hope to have for each meal. I am not saying I am perfect but it definitely helps to look in advanced before you get so hungry you just eat anything you can get your hands on.

I will then go to my room and take a look at my clothes and will pick out my outfit for Monday along with accessories, shoes, and any other things I need for Monday. I also put my planner in my purse and tidy it up by throwing away any receipts or unnecessary collected items. At this point, I will also tidy up anything in my room that needs to be tidied.

I then will do yoga before I get ready for bed, so I do some basic stretches and yoga movements and try to mentally prepare myself for the stressful upcoming week. I really need this time to focus, meditate, and recuperate – especially after this week, which was very difficult for me.

Lastly, I brush my teeth, put lip balm or Carmex on, and put some lotion on my feet and put socks on. I grab my dog, Bellatrix, and we hit the lights and are fast to sleep..ZZzzzzz.

 

How To Start Fresh & Make Changes

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

Minimalism: My Journey Thus Far

Hi Darlings,

It may sound completely ridiculous that I have a beauty blog but I have the mindset of a minimalist. If you looked at my bedroom you probably wouldn’t believe I have a minimalist mindset either but over the last year, I have tremendously decreased the amount of “stuff” I buy and have been decluttering what I own almost every other week.

I believe minimalism truly is a mindset and a lifestyle and I have the mindset down, I am working on the lifestyle part still. I wouldn’t say I ever had a hoarding issue or a stockpiling issue, but rather just hold onto things I never used such as clothes and even knick-knacks for my apartment. I love shopping, and I specifically love thrift store shopping because you can get almost anything you want for a minimal price but it ended up making my wardrobe expand into something I didn’t ever expect it to. I was buying designer clothes just because they were inexpensive and I was barely looking at the item or if it would even be worn once after I brought it home. Similarly, with makeup, I would go to Ulta all the time and buy heaps of makeup with the intention of wearing it every day but I ended up with overwhelming amounts of products and not enough face to wear them. It took a big step for me to decide to change but I have and I’m going to briefly talk about what I have done and how to maintain it.

If I’m going, to be honest with you, it was Youtube videos and blog posts about minimalism that truly inspired me to change my ways. I was watching a few videos that explained what minimalism was and how each person went through a process of decluttering. I knew almost immediately this was something I needed to do. I never grew an emotional attachment to any of my clothes, makeup, jewelry, etc, so it wasn’t that hard to do so. I know some people may think they need to keep something because they spent so much money on something but at the end of the day if it isn’t making you completely happy or being used often, it doesn’t need to be in your house.

I did end up decluttering my items, and it felt amazing, and I took a vow to not purchase what I didn’t need after I did this. I also decided at the time I would only purchase cruelty-free makeup products or vegan makeup products. This lasted probably a few weeks before I splurged again on makeup, and a month or so went by before I was back to using some non-cruelty-free products. I’m saying this because I want to be honest because this process to minimalism is not easy. However, I have the best intentions when it comes to what I own and I have managed to keep my makeup collection down, my clothing in order and at a minimum, and I no longer buy endless amounts of things for no reason. I am human, and I enjoy shopping but I try to shop with a purpose now. I also take a few moments a few times a month to go through my things and ask myself if I’m actually using it or if I should purge it from my collection/wardrobe/etc.

Another substantial part of minimalism is your thoughts and actions. It is important to keep your mind in a happy place and it is hard to do that when you are constantly thinking about a thousand things at once. The way I have combated this behavior is by writing things down and making lists or keeping organized. I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling right now.

Minimalism, I have learned, is something you need to keep up with and I am not a minimalist by any means compared to some people but I have truly decided to have less in my life has given me more time to focus on my life instead of my possessions.

I do hope I can challenge myself to go through more areas of my life and remove extra clutter and I will certainly update you in the future when I do.

If you are looking for more information on minimalism, I recommend Pinterest or searching it on YouTube!

Have a lovely night,

  • Julie

 

5 Little Ways to Show Yourself Self-Love.

Hello, darlings,

So, I think it is evident that I am a strong encourager of self-love, self-care, and increasing your self-esteem through your actions. I thought I’d break it down into 5 ways to promote self-love on a daily basis.

  1. Be conscious of your inner voice. Often we entrap ourselves in a world of our own and in that world sometimes we have a very negative outlook on ourselves. Try to change this if this is the case simply by addressing the fact that you have these thoughts, and be aware of how they make you feel and try to adjust them into more positive, loving thoughts. It is perfectly okay if this does not feel comfortable right away and it will take practice, but you’ll get used to thinking more pleasant thoughts over time.
  2. Treat yourself. Honestly, we spend most of our time, efforts, and money on other people or things that are standard priorities. It is often that we forget that we deserve a little pick me up, or treat. Whether this is a candy bar, or a new scarf or purse, or even a luxury makeup product we absolutely deserve it and it will remind us we are worthy of it!
  3. Set priorities. Knowing your priorities in life is essential to self-love because it means when you make them a priority or accomplish your goals that you have taken time and invested in yourself. You need to feel like you have a purpose in life and your purpose needs to come from a source that makes you feel good and whole. So, simply make a list of these things and work on them. If most of your time is being put into other things that are not on this list, try to make a change.
  4. Take to the “bare necessities.” Remember to hydrate, eat wholesomely, get enough sleep. and stay active. These are the bare necessities which will absolutely help with self-love and improve self-esteem because no matter what is going on around you as long as you are taking care of these necessary items, you will have the energy and the health to focus on any other issues that may arise.
  5. Meditate and focus. So, the last bit of advice I can give for improving self-love and awareness is to meditate. This is so vital to improving your relationship with yourself because it gives you time to be with yourself! You can either choose to address your thoughts or simply let yourself be free and tranquil. It’s all up to you but no matter what, you need to spend time with yourself and allow yourself to get through your thoughts and emotions. It is essential!

This is a very small list of things, and I may continue this list in an upcoming post but please try to think of yourself this weekend. Make yourself your priority and you will blossom and bloom.

Much love,

Julie