October 29, 2018

HOW TO: Have A Better Day.


I feel like 2018 has been a self-discovery year for me. From day one, I've been all about self-care, self-love, finding out routines that work for me, books that could teach me interesting things, jobs that had the potential to help me live a more fulfilling life, volunteering and just overall bettering myself as a person. Oh, and you can add caring about the environment in that list because right now I'm all about the low waste or low impact lifestyle. 

It's been quite a journey, a quite overwhelming one I might add. In the middle of this beautiful chaos, as you can imagine, I've found out a bunch of things that worked and that didn't work for me. In the latter category we may include: crossfit training (more of a yoga person), bullet journaling (don't have the patient to do all the drawing), waking up at 4 a.m. (the earliest I can handle is 5 a.m.) and intermittent fasting (intuitive eating is more up my alley). 

I value a lot the time I've spent doing the things that didn't work for me because they have led me to the routine I'm practicing today, and this routine brings me oh so much joy. This is not going to be your usual internet "morning routine" in which I bombard you with perfectly curated picture of me waking up in full hair and makeup. In this post, I'm just gonna share with you the staple actions that I do everyday that not only add a lot of value to my life, but that are also responsible for me staying sane in this world we live in. 

ONE // Wake up with the sun.
I usually wake up at 5:00, which gives an hour to get ready for the day before I absolutely have to leave for work. You don't have to wake up that early, that's just the time that works for me. But by doing that, I give myself at least an hour before my brain gets tired from work to do things for myself - whatever they may be.. Yoga, work on the blog, watch youtube or read book. This time is so important to my mental health that I consider my top self-care priority everyday. 

I talk more about on this post right here, come check it out if you're interested. 

TWO // Make your bed first thing in the morning.
I know it sounds silly, but it sets the tone for the day. It kinda trains your brain to finish up tasks. I see you smirking, don't mock it till you've tried it!

THREE // Healthy eating.
So important, so overlooked. People usually relate comfort food with self-care, which to me is not the case at all. I feel better (mentally and physically) when I eat healthy foods. I've also realized that I'm more prone to eating healthy foods throughout the day if I eat a healthy breakfast. 

FOUR // Move your body. 
Seriously, workout is SO IMPORTANT for your health I don't know why there are still people out there that are not doing it! You don't need to necessarily go to a gym and do complicated exercises.. You can go for a run or work your booty in the comfort of your own home with a youtube video. 

FIVE // Meditate.
I don't meditate in the traditional way. I just sit down (or lay in bed somedays) and think about my intention for the day, the things I want to accomplish, the way I want my day to go and the things I'm grateful for. Trust me, gratitude will change your life! 

SIX // Drink water. 
As much as you can, honey. Your body will thank you.

SEVEN // Work on your daydream. 
After my morning time, I think working on my daydream is one of the most important things for my mental health. When I say "working on your daydream", I mean working on your wildest dreams. You want to be an actress, spend one hour of your day studying acting or maybe researching about it. You want to be a #travelinfluencer, spend sometime working on your social media presence and figuring out ways you can speed up that dream. I usually spend 45-60 min everyday on trying to make my daydream a tangible goal. That builds up my confidence and inspires me to do better on all aspects of my life. 

That's all I've got for you guys today! I hope you take something from this post and that you try to implement it on your life. Having said that, these are all things that have worked for me in the past and that truly make the world of a difference on my everyday life - they may not work for you, though. Let me know on the comments the things that you do to ensure you have a good and productive day, I'd love to know! 

What do you do to have a good day?

W H E R E  T O  F I N D  ME  

Thank so much for reading and come back soon!


October 27, 2018

Youtubers That Inspired Me.

Heeeeello, everyone! 

Today I want to talk about something I believe I've been lacking lately: inspiration. To me inspiration is a bucket that needs to be constantly filled. When you're creating content almost everyday, you're bound to feel uninspired or unmotivated at some point. That's only normal. So, because I'm a millennial, I turn to the youtubes to feel inspired again.

One of the many reasons why I think youtube is such an amazing platform is because it gives people all around the world a place where they can share their interests, their skills and their knowledge. It truly is a wonderful place to fill that inspiration bucket because it brings together a lot of wonderful people. In this post, I'm only mentioning five of them, but feel free to tell me in the comments more youtubers that inspire you!

NelieRose // I've discovered Nelia's channel by researching about minimalism and I adored her from day one. I love how real she is in her videos and how true to herself and her beliefs she seems to be, without being pushy. Her videos are always super informative. The topics she usually covers are minimalism, low waste living and veganism - all things I'm really interested about at the moment. I draw inspiration from her when it comes to budgeting as well, she's currently documenting her journey saving money to travel.

Sustainably Vegan // I first found out about the Zero/Low Waste movement through one of Immy's channel and I was completely shocked. I seriously never thought before that the fact that I exist in this world takes up resources and these resources are very limited. I love the way she explains climate change and the importance of being more mindful of the waste we're creating. Needless to say, her videos are super well researched and interesting. If you're at all interested in veganism, minimalism and being more sustainable, you NEED to follow her.  

Hannah Louis Poston // Hannah is currently on a no-buy year and she's documenting everything on youtube, which is pretty awesome in my opinion. I love her voice and how calming her presence is. Her videos are constantly inspiring me to buy less and enjoy the things that I already have more. If you're following me for any amount of time, you know this is something I've been struggling with and trying to implement in my life for years. If you're trying to save money too or just control your spending a bit more, I highly recommend subscribing to her channel.

Muchelleb // I've talked about her videos so much here on the blog, but I can't write about the youtubers that inspire me without mentioning her channel. First of all, her videos are sooo aesthetically pleasing and super well researched. She talks a lot about self-improvement, minimalism and being more productive. Whenever I'm in a funk or unmotivated, I turn to her videos. She just inspires me to get my life together. 

Living The Life You Love // Kay is just an amazing person, and she also seems super nice in her videos. I truly believe we would be friends if we met in real life. I mostly draw inspiration from her when it comes to traveling and minimalism. I love her decluterring videos and how she talks about all her experiences she's had traveling the world. She's currently in New Zealand starting van life. How cool is that? I don't know if I'll ever leave in a van, but that's so inspiring!

That's it for today! I hope you guys get the chance to check out these channels, I promise you won't regret it. Let me know on the comments where do you turn to when you're in need of inspiration. I think it'll be very interesting to compare notes on that and I believe we could all use an extra shot of inspiration. If you have a youtube channel too, you can leave the link in the comments so we can all go check it out. 

What inspires you?
Where do you get inspiration from?

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Thank so much for reading and come back soon!

October 22, 2018

5 Things That Are Important To Me.

Heeello, everyone! 

As I grow older and - hopefully - wiser, I've been thinking a lot about the type of person I am and the type of person I want to be. This is an ongoing process and I'm constantly trying to figure out how to become that person, how to love the person I am right now and how to except the fact that life is a journey and things take time to come together. As the great Steve Jobs once said: you can only connect the dots looking back, right?

Over the years, I've learned a lot about myself and about what I want out of life. Right now, I'm in the process of putting that knowledge into actions and through that creating the life I want to live. Figuring out what truly is important to me wasn't easy. It took very long conversations with my friends and family, the reading of thousands of self-help books (that actually helped) and a ton of meditation. 

I've discovered that finding out what you truly want is not an easy task. However, it's very rewarding and kinda scary because now that you know the answer there are no excuses to not just for it, you know? With that being said, the first step I took toward introspection was to think about the things are really important to me. Of course there waaaay more than 5 things I care about in this world and I plan on talking more about this topic in the future. But for now, here are five nonnegotiable things that are really important to me!

ONE // Being adventurous. 
This year I've realized how important adventure is to me. I hate feeling stuck and I think that's a feeling we've all experienced at least once in our lives. I've find out that - for me - feeling like I'm exploring new places and doing different things is very beneficial to my mental and physical health. I'm not talking about quitting your job and backpacking around Europe or selling your house and choosing the #vanlife. For me, those things would never work for multiple reasons. I like my job and I love the concept of building a house you feel at home in. So, I opt for little adventures, such as exploring my hometown, going on different hikes and doing spontaneous weekend getaways.

TWO // Connecting with people. 
I don't want to live in a bubble and given the fact that I'm a huge ass introvert that will most likely happen if I don't make an effort to connect with people. I'm not trying to become an extrovert. I'm just trying to branch out of my comfort zone. For example, instead of eating my lunch alone in my car, I'm trying to slowly mingle with coworkers so I can eventually feel comfortable sitting in a table with everybody. I believe everyone appears in your life to teach you lesson and I don't want those lessons to go to waste. 

THREE // Being smart with my money. 
Minimalism opened my eyes to a lot of things, but the most important thing it did for me was show how much crap I used to buy. When I started decluttering, I found multiple drawers filled with literally nothing of value, like silly notebooks, cute pens, fancy paper clips and multiple phone cases. Things that weren't really expensive (or brought value to my life) but that really added up over the years. I promised myself I would never go back to those reckless expending habits and that a promise I plan to keep. 

FOUR // Pushing myself. 
I like being comfortable, just like everyone else. However, I've come to realize that nothing really exciting or extraordinary happens when I'm sitting comfortably in my bed rewatching Friends for the umpteenth time. In order to live an exciting life and make things happen, you need to literally get up and make them happen. Nobody is going to live your life for you. And I believe that once you get in the habit of pushing yourself, it gets easier.  

FIVE // Caring about the world. 
Through researching about cruelty-free beauty and minimalism, I've discovered a bunch of different world issues that I quite honestly knew nothing about, such as how plastic is detrimental to the environment and the importance of  living a more sustainable life. 

What is important to you?

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Thank so much for reading and come back soon!

October 16, 2018

Project Use It Up 2019 // October Empties.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I'm currently on a pretty strict no-buy, which includes beauty products, makeup, haircare and all that good stuff. So, I thought it would be fitting to also start a Project Use It Up - because apparently I don't have enough going in my life at the moment (that was me being sarcastic). Anyway, I have pretty big plans for my life (which is why I've been focusing on saving some money) and, hopefully, there will be a lot of big changes happening next year. So, to be quite honest, I don't want the makeup and beauty products I've collected over the years to cause me added stress in the next chapters of my life. 

I know throwing everything away is always an option, but I just can't bring myself to do it. These products cost me a lot of money and I'm weirdly attached to them, so the only solution that I've found is to just use everything up. I know this has been a goal of mine for quite sometime and I've talked about it on the blog before, but this time I'm mean it! I'm giving myself a timeline: I need to use up all my back stock products and non-essential items by the end of July, 2019. The ones that are not used up are going in the trash. No more excuses. 

July of 2019 seems pretty far away, but you have to consider that I've stopped buying makeup in January, 2018 and I still haven't made a dent in my collection. I have waaaay too much stuff and it's becoming a problem. I feel like I've already gotten my expending habits under control and I've already realized how long it actually takes to use up products, now I just need to pair down my collection and stick to the things that I love. I don't want to declutter or give stuff to friends and family because most of my stuff is too old for that. So, I need to buckle down and focus on using up some stuff, which is something I've been doing for a while now. That's why I have so many empties to share with you guys today!
Keratin Complex Style Therapy Flexible Hairspray // It took me 3 years of constant use to finish up this can of hairspray. I got this from Ross before I went cruelty-free, so I don't know how much this was or if this company tests on animals or not. I remember it was affordable, though. And this was a damn good hairspray. It helped with my frizz and it had pretty good flexible hold. I loved it!

Ox Shampoo for Silky Smooth // This is one of my favorite cruelty-free shampoos. It smells amazing, leaves my hair silky smooth and it's reasonably priced. Ox is a Brazilian brand, so I don't know how accessible this will be to some of you. I also don't know about the ingredients, I'm guessing they're not the best out there, but it could be worst. 

Natura Ekos Murumuru Hair Mask // I decided to try out the Ekos line from Natura because I was looking for more nourishing, cruelty-free haircare products. However, this was not very good. First of all, I'm not a big fan of the scent and the price was pretty steep. It does have more natural ingredients and the packaging is made from recycled plastic, which are all things that I love. Unfortunately, my hair did not care about this. It didn't feel nourishing while I was applying it and it left my hair feeling kinda dry. 

Lola Again Oil // I absolutely love this product. It's a staple in my haircare routine and I will always repurchase it. You can check some of my previous empties for a more in depth review. 

TRESemmm√© Fresh Start Dry Shampoo // Another oldie. It took me 5 years of constant use to use this one up. 5 years! There was absolutely no reason to have a backup, however.. I currently have 4 dry-shampoos on my back-stock. At this rate, I'm set when it comes to dry-shampoo for the next 20 years! That's insane! 
Anyway, this one of ok - not amazing, but not bad. It did the job and it smelled great, but it did leave a white cast. TRESemm√© is not cruelty-free, so I won't be repurchasing.  

Cotton Rounds // I need to find a better alternative to cotton rounds, guys! If you have any, please your recommendations on the comments! 

Phebo Soap in Lavender // Another staple product. I love these soaps. I continue to repurchase them because they're affordable, they smell great and they're more natural than most options on the market. I've talked enough about them, you check my previous empties for a better review. I cannot recommend these enough. 
NYX HD Concealer in CW04 // This is my current favorite concealer. I say "current" because it's not the best one I've ever tried, but it's the best I currently have easy access to and that is cruelty-free. It has good coverage, I like the shade range and it doesn't crease under my eyes (although I always set it with some face powder, so I don't know how this would work on its own). I like it, I already repurchased it!

Avon Clear Mascara // I actually turned this into a brow gel by mixing in some brown shadow and giving it a good shake. I know, I'm a scientist! On the role of a brow gel, this product worked amazing! I manage to get the perfect shade and the hold was spot on. However, Avon is not cruelty-free so I won't be repurchasing this item. Now I have no idea what I'm going to replace this. I opened to cruelty-free suggestions! 

Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray // My thought on this one are simple: I liked it, but not enough to repurchase. Also, it's not cruelty-free. 

Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist in Endless Weekend // It was alright, I guess. I like the scent and I like applying some sort of perfume before going to work. I don't want to waste my expensive ones at work, so fragrance mists are the way to go. However, BBW is not cruelty-free so I won't be repurchasing this one in particular. 

I was able to use up 11 products this month and I'm proud of myself. I know it's not much, but it's a start! I'm planning on sharing here on the blog my makeup collection now that I'm in the beginning of this project and let you guys know my numbers as I use up some products. Let me know if that's something you might be interested in seeing next! I guess that's it, for now!

What have you finished up recently?

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Thank so much for reading and come back soon!

October 8, 2018

NO BUY Mentality + How I Save Money.

Heeello, everyone!

I know a lot of you guys found me on the internet because of my No Spend Challenge. A project in which I challenged myself not to spend any money (with very few exceptions - you can read all about it here) for an entire year. Well, I kinda failed at that. I ended up buying a couple of things - only things that I needed, though - however, you can say that I've exceed to some extent. 

For instance, I haven't bought any makeup products yet. Like, truly zero new makeup products were added to my makeup collection. I emphasize the "new" because I did run out of concealer and ended up digging through my sister's old makeup drawer to find something to hold me over until I allow myself to buy makeup again. So, as you can see, the No Spend Challenge is still going strong when it comes to makeup and cosmetics, but I'll save that to a different post. 

The year is not over yet, therefore the challenge shouldn't either, but I've decided to call it quits. I've learned what I set out to learn and I think now I have a pretty solid way of looking at money. I think I've finally understood why I was spending more than I should and now I've set up a system, as well as some helpful tools to help me deal with my money more wisely. And that's what I want to talk to you guys about today! 

This is gonna sound stupid, but I've learned so much that it's hard for me to sit here and try to condense it all on a blog post. I've also went through a rollercoaster of emotions, from crying at the mall because I couldn't buy anything to crying at home when I finally hit my savings goal. I've learned a lot about money, about what money can and can't give me and about myself. I've also learned that I'm a little late to the game and I'm only 25. I should have started this waaaay sooner. Life is made of ups and downs, there's no way around that, but the sooner you get your finances together, the fewer and spread out the downs will be. 

I've decided to go on this journey for myself, for my future and for the things I want to do with my life. In a way, taking care of my finances can be seen as the much needed self-care everybody is talking about these day. On the other side, talking money is exhausting. It's hard, it's anxiety inducing, it got me to the verge of a panic attack. It's also rewarding, it's empowering and it's 100% necessary. 

The biggest lesson I've learned is that managing my finances is going to be a never-ending process and that no one will ever do it for me with the same motivation I will do for myself. 

one. Don't spend it. Well, the best way to save money is to not spend it. And the best way to not spend it is to simply not have it available. The first thing I do when my paycheck hits my bank account (I get paid monthly) is to invest a certain amount of it. I can't tell what is the best way to invest your money, it all depends on your goals, the amount of money you want to invest, the bank you're comfortable with, the types of risks you're willing to take and even your country. Luckily, there's this person called account manager that is able help you out with this decisions - make sure you call yours. 

two. Be certain that you have plenty. I don't know you and I don't know your struggles, but given the statistics, if you're keeping up with my blog, chances are, you probably have enough. Enough makeup, perfume, handbags, shoes, belts, clothes and anything else you can imagine. You just don't realize it. In today's society, companies are counting on us having this constant feeling of not having enough. So, they pay celebrities to keep that feeling alive. They give them everything for free and in exchange they profit from you getting in debt to look like a Kardashian, when the Kardashians are chilling in the mansions getting paid to wear all that stuff. 

three. Eyes on the prize. You gotta have a clear vision in your mind of why you're doing this. Why are you depriving yourself of shopping when that cute shirt only costs 20 bucks? Why are you not getting that Starbucks drink? Why are you not going out with your friends every weekend? Why are you borrowing a dress from your sister to go to your friends wedding when you have the money to buy one for yourself? You're going to ask yourself why a lot and you need to be able to come up with a answer very fast, otherwise you will spend your money and sometimes there's no going back. 

What are your best money saving tips?

W H E R E  T O  F I N D  ME  

Thank so much for reading and come back soon!