Tag: writing

My Current Desk Essentials

blog, organization May 2, 2018

Hello, my darlings!

I have been working a lot from home lately and I have become custom to having certain items near me when I work. I typically use the desk I have in my bedroom for work but lately, I’ve been using my kitchen space to do most of my work. I like to have a large area to stretch and feel like I am able to visualize my work. I actually reorganize my office space a lot and I may even work on doing that again soon, but for now, I just wanted to share what I like to use on a daily basis to get work done and stay motivated.

img_7721Pens. We all use them, we all love them! I love having a variety of pens, specifically colored ones so I can use them to color various tasks or use them to underline important figures. Highlighters and sharpies are also a key utensil for me for my work, seeing as I do some illustration work and like to do the rough drafts with sharpies a lot of the time.

Notepads. I literally use notepads, notebooks, anything, all the time. I write down endless amounts of lists so I need endless amounts of notebooks. I have fun with them because they are all so cute and decorated so lovely.

Inspirational books. There’s a time of day when you don’t want to keep working and you just want to goof off, so there should be some sort of motivational quote, or a book, or an inspirational board you can look at and gain inspiration from. If you don’t have something like this, I highly recommend it!

img_7722Sketchbook. I personally use sketchbooks for doodles or for ideas for designs or simply just using them to take a break from work for a little while and write poetry. It’s just nice to have a large sketchbook in my opinion.

Healthy Snacks. I really like Larabars lately, and they are vegan so I’m loving that even more. You could really have any snack though, sometimes I like hummus and veggies or apples and peanut butter. Seeing as your desk is at home, the possibilities are endless!

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Hand Creams. Who can’t get enough hand cream? I love having hand cream by my side just to soften them and the smell of the basil and fig one is divine! The Nivea one is great for winter.

Chapstick. Chapstick is also always a great item to have on your desk because chapped lips can happen at any time and you want soft lips!

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Coffee, Tea, Water. I really like to have a beverage by my side at all times. I personally like iced beverages so I make an iced coffee, tea, or iced water and I’m set! I do drink a lot of water during the day and you should try to as well, it definitely helps with afternoon energy dives.

The other things I like to have on my desk are my agenda, little trinkets, a calendar, post-it notes, and other things that just make me motivated to do more work. 

What are the essentials for your desk? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment! I seriously am obsessed with paper products and anything that has to do with organization so I’m always looking for ideas!

Hope you are all having a lovely day,

Julie

The Importance of Following Your Dreams

blog, spirituality April 29, 2018

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Hello again, my beautiful friends!

“I haven’t slept in two weeks, which is good because times are hard for dreamers.” 

For today’s entry, I am going to be talking about the value of dreams. This is more of a “spark your thoughts” type of post.  This is part of a collection of posts I will be posting in the future on dreams and goal-oriented living.

I have been a dreamer my whole life and it has gotten me through the worst of times. Having hope and inspiration and setting goals is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your lifetime. I think we often think childhood dreams fade as we reach adulthood but I’d say that isn’t true because my childhood dreams have been with me since I can remember. My goals and ambitions have changed but I still have my dream of having my voice heard and being a successful writer. We all have goals we want to meet and dreams we want to see come to life and sometimes on the worst days it seems like our dreams should just be overlooked and forgotten about but, no, that is when they should be thought about the most! What is your dream(s)?

Now, think about how this dream has inspired you to make decisions in your life. Are you honoring it or letting it turn into an irrelevant idea? Your dreams and ambitions are driven by who you are as a person and what experiences you have gone through, they are not random and should not be taken lightly. We all owe ourselves to live by what we want, not what others tell us is acceptable or what society deems necessary for us.

The most important thing to remember is that with hard work and determination all dreams/goals can become reality. It seems to me that people feel that because they have a job currently, or perhaps they are simply unhappy, that they are trapped in that state for the rest of time. There are twenty-four hours in a day and there is time, even if only an hour every day, you can dedicate to making your dreams come true. As long as you are sincerely passionate about  Now, for everyone it is going to be different – sometimes dreams are job oriented, some are thought oriented, some are physical, some are emotional. No dream or goal is too small or too large! The only thing stopping you now is thinking something is stopping you.

“You are stronger than you think and braver than you believe” once said a wise, Christopher Robin. These are the words we need to remember. There is always going to be something we could do that is easy, or not requiring much of us, but is it as rewarding as doing what you want to do even if it takes longer and more work? I do not want you to ever think the easy way out is always the best one.

This post is really just to spark some thought, and hopefully, inspire you to be more aware that your dreams and ambitions ARE very important and shouldn’t be discarded merely because it seems too much of a far-out hope. Any age, any gender, anyone – can succeed, it may take time but you don’t want to rush something you hope will last forever.

I will be getting into more detail about steps you can implement to get closer to your goals and dreams.

Until next time, my dreamers…

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

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

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.

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

Get To Know Me! <3

Uncategorized November 7, 2017

Hello, my gorgeous friends!

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Today I thought I’d do a less formal blog post and talk about a subject I don’t like to talk about too much but the subject is me! I want to get to know who is reading my blog and I also want you guys to feel like you actually know who is writing all these posts.

My name is Julie, and I love Alice in Wonderland, which is why I named my website after it.

So, I guess I should start off with the basics – I am twenty-seven and I live in Wisconsin. I have a dog named Bellatrix, named after the Harry Potter character who is a Yorkie. I love to spend most of my time outside (weather permitted) but I also love being cozy and spending time with my friends and family or just drinking tea, binge-watching British television programs. I have been writing for what seems like forever, and it is actually what I would like to do as a profession one day. Writing, music, art, literature, and dance are my favorite things. I am a huge mental health advocate as I do suffer from Schizoaffective (mood induced schizophrenia). I love beauty, and my sister is actually what influenced a lot of my love for beauty because she is an excellent makeup artist. As far as my own makeup choices, I do tend to go for a more natural look but I think experimenting with makeup can be so much fun, which is why I have chosen to affiliate with several beauty brands with different price points and a variety of products and all the products I talk about on my blog are ones I truly use every day or at least can give a recommendation from using them.

Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, alternative music, Spongebob, thrift shopping, organizing/cleaning, making lists, decorating, volunteering, going to parks, avocados, crystals, perfume, baking vegan treats.

I love getting to know people, especially those with the same interests as me. If you are reading my blog please comment below with your name and a fun fact about you. Also if you ever need anything, even someone to vent to, please do not hesitate to reach out to me – I am here to build a community if I can. I am going to add a contact page to my site in the very near future so if you ever have anything you want to say to me in private, feel free to use that page.

I am all for girl power, girl bosses, and of course boy power and boy bosses. I do not discriminate and I have an open mind and heart.

I also am planning to do a small Holiday give away in December, if there’s enough interest so let me know if you’d like that!

Thank you for reading, and I will be posting again tomorrow!

Julie