Step out of your comfort zone!

I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a slump, but I have a time or two. And lately, it seems I’ve been in a slump for what feels like ever. Judging based off the fact that I posted to this blog weekly religiously for a little while, then I fell off the wagon for a month or so.

Every single day I would say to Josh, or Jill or anyone in my friend circle “oh yeah, I have to work on my blog for a bit today, it’s been awhile” but…. I didn’t. A week went by, then two weeks went by, then added stressors in my outside life just put me and my blogging at bay for a little while. How could something that makes me so happy bring me so much dread? Thinking of writing a post brought me so much stress, and for absolutely no reason. Or not really, it wasn’t “no reason”. I was just not happy and hadn’t taken any time to realize that or find out why. What have I been doing to get myself out of what feels like a forever slump?! Well, I’ve started making minor tweaks in my everyday life to get a little more organized. I’ve also had a few major changes and I’m now working on getting back into a routine… for now.

First off, I didn’t want to beat myself up for not working on my blog. I do this for fun right now, it isn’t a job for me. But, it definitely helps spark some creativity into my life, and assists me with getting away from Netflix every now and again. I get a lot of enjoyment out of being able to write and share my opinions with people, but this isn’t my full-time job- although one day that could be a possibility. I am still holding myself accountable without beating myself up. I took time to reflect as to why I couldn’t make time to work on it.

Speaking of this blog not being my full-time job…. Work was something that had been stressing me out for a long time. I’ve been in retail for over 5 years and as much as I love chatting with people and getting to know them, I like to do that from a more personal level rather than from behind a counter being yelled at—if you sense a little passive aggressive tone there you are probably right, ha-ha.  What seemed like the end of my world was when my store decided to sell to different owners and not keep all of the same staff—I would be jobless, or so I thought I cried. I hadn’t been unemployed since the day I started my first job. Having a job was something that I identified myself with. I sat around feeling sorry for myself for a day and then I realized that it wasn’t going to get me anywhere. So, I picked up my laptop and applied for jobs. I needed to remain positive. That positivity manifested itself into something because I am now working as a receptionist which is sooooo different from retail. Scary. Almost borderline uncomfortable because I have no experience with actual office work as I’ve only worked in store settings. But guess what, I’m loving it so far. Like I said, what felt like a crappy situation at the time, ended up to have a huge silver lining. My only regret, not doing this sooner. If I hadn’t been happy for so long, why did I stay at the same job? Simple… comfort. I was comfortable and I didn’t want to jump into something new. My point—STOP BEING SCARED! DO SOMETHING NEW.

I am now doing something completely new to me, which makes me completely happy. I feel stressed only from learning my new job, which is less actual stress and more anxiety of failing. But, I’ve been talking myself through that as well by creating lists, and scheduling out my weeks using a Bullet Journal—which I’ll be discussing in a new blog post within the next couple of weeks.

I think overall, getting out of a slump requires you to do some deep personal reflection and find out why you aren’t achieving what you want/need to be. If you aren’t happy, find out why & do what you can to change it—but do so within reason! “Life Is Short” is so cliché, but if you think about it has so much meaning. Stop spending your life unhappy and make changes that allow you to step out of your comfort zone.

Have you done anything completely out of your comfort zone? What was your experience like?

 

 

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Peppermint Halo- My Life Saver

Headaches suck- I know this because I suffer from headaches anytime it’s going to rain. I get them so bad that I can’t open my eyes and I need to place the heaviest pillow I have on my face for some pressure. That was until I discovered Peppermint Halo, from the one and only…… you guessed it… Saje! I swear they don’t pay me to promote their products- I’m just OBSESSED with them. This stuff sells itself, but I’ll explain how to use it/why you need it!

What is Peppermint halo? Peppermint Halo is a rollerball product from Saje Wellness, you apply it around your hairline in the form of a “halo” – see what they did there? The scents of peppermint, lavender and rosemary blend so well together and instantly work to relieve the pressure of my headaches. The peppermint is very strong but very soothing, when applied to the skin it gives off a great cooling sensation that provides instant relief! One of my best friends rolls hers on her neck in the summertime to cool her down, I’ve started doing this and it really works! Thanks Kelsey!

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I love this product because its travel friendly! Meaning I can throw it in my purse, even the smallest purse I have and always have it on the go. All products from Saje are also not tested on animals, plant based & vegan with no synthetics. It is always so reassuring to know you are using a product that is good for you- and the planet!

Please do your research before trying out this product or any essential oils as some oils are not beneficial for those who are pregnant or have health concerns. It is always best to check with your doctor first, or even have a chat with some of the employees from Saje who are sooooooo knowledgable and willing to assist you!

Have you tried any other rollerballs from Saje? What’s your favourite?! Comment below!

 

5 Things I’m Grateful for

Gratitude- meaning to be thankful, show appreciation and reciprocate kindness to one another… I’ve always been thankful for things, but I have never been truly thankful for things until recently. I started putting some deep thought into things that I am thankful for in order to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Previously, all I would ever have in regards to any situation– was negative thoughts. You could tell me I won a million dollars, and I’d probably find something to bitch about, I’m not even kidding, it was insane. But, then I decided for the sake of myself and everyone else around me, I needed to change that.

Thats when I started to think differently. I would turn whatever negative thought I was having into a positive one. Here are five things I’ve been taking for granted, but seriously could not be more thankful for.

  1. My Job — I honestly do not like working, but instead of thinking about how much going to work sucks, and how much I’d rather be doing other things… I’ve now chosen to be grateful that I have the job that I do. There are so many people who struggle to have a job, I am lucky enough to have one that treats me well. Ever since I’ve started thinking this way, work has been much more enjoyable.
  2. My Friends — Cheesy, I know. But seriously, I used to get so frustrated listening to my friends problems. It would make my blood boil, but now, instead of getting annoyed when my friend is upset about a boy, or a stupid situation, I appreciate that they feel like they can confide in me, and I listen 100% (most of the time), and I’m not afraid to give my advice, wether its nice or not. I’ve noticed since I’ve given more attention to my friends instead of giving the same generic advice, that my relationships with friends have become much stronger.
  3. My Relationship — I’ve been with Josh for almost four years now, and we’ve lived together for pretty much four years. In that amount of time, we start to lean on each other to do things. A few weeks ago he left for a week and I realized how much stuff he does. Since then, I’ve eased up a little bit on asking for help– and I also appreciate everything he does for me that much more. I’ve always appreciated him, but that was just a little reminder that he does a ton for me, and is my biggest support, so for that I am grateful xox.
  4. Family — this is obvious. I am a very family oriented person, more so than anybody else in my family really… but I dont mind that. NEVER TAKE YOUR FAMILY FOR GRANTED. Please show your parents love every single day, you never know when you will lose them– SHOW. THEM. LOVE.
  5. My blog — This is a new outlet for me to share my ideas. I was so nervous to do this at first, and for the first few months I kept it a secret and had posts sitting there, never being read. Now– I’ve become so thankful for it. Writing this blog gives me something to do when I’m not working, it allows me to constantly educate myself, connect with people, and its a bonus that I love to write + share my experiences/reviews. Either way, I’m thankful for the blog, even though its small right now!

This is just a reminder to everybody, that even though life sucks sometimes– that if you manifest your negative thoughts into something more positive you will start to notice small improvements in your life– which can relive tons of stress in the long run! Whats the worst that could happen? You become a little more thankful for those around you?!

 

Self Care Can Change Your Life

Ever since I can remember, I have cared so much about people to the point where it can drive me a little nuts. I am always worrying about somebody or something, and I often put others before myself.  The simple act of caring to much, used to give me such terrible anxiety (and sometimes still does) so bad it would get to the point where I would be terrified to tell somebody if I didn’t want to do something.

I unfortunately experience a lot of the physical side effects of anxiety when it creeps up, and it takes such a toll on my body. It can put me out for a few days, and lately I have been sick and tired of this happening. I needed to look into doing something for myself to make myself feel whole and healthy again.

I am ALWAYS worrying about people; if they are okay, if they are upset, if they need me… the list goes on and on and on. This caring for people too much started with just family, then the over caring trickled into my friendships and relationships, and even more so recently, it has started to take over my life at my job, and once this started happening I became mentally drained very quickly. It wasn’t until I discovered infographics, other blogs, Pinterest posts all dedicated to this lovely thing called self care.

Self Care is the act of taking care of yourself, you are putting your own personal needs before the needs of others. It is so important to take a few minutes a day to practice self care! I try and set aside an evening when I know I’ll be alone to take care of myself and reflect on my current situations.

A few ways I practice self care…..

Reading: a few pages can turn into hours and hours of reading, I get lost in books. This is a great way for me to tune out and focus on doing something productive for myself. Not only does reading keep my brain sharp, but its a few hours that I’m not staring at an electronic device, so for me, thats a bonus in itself.

Meditation: I use an app on my phone called Smiling Minds. It was free in the iOS App store, I try and set aside a few minutes a week to meditate. It is recommended that you meditate every single day, but sometimes for me its just not something I remember, but I do set aside at least one day to focus on meditation.

Colouring: I picked up a few colouring books from my local bookstore, and once I get started, I get absolutely lost. It is so relaxing.

Guided Journaling: As I’ve talked about in previous blog posts, I love to do guided journaling. It gives me time to reflect on things that I normally would not look into. I get a better understanding of my life and where I am at mentally. A check in every now and then has huge benefits.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup”, is a quote I have had the pleasure of reading and reminding myself several times thanks to many forms of social media. This quote speaks to me in so many ways because of its truth, you need to take care of yourself in order to be able to care for others! If you aren’t practicing this yet, give it a try! Try and set aside one day a week to practice self care, for me its #selfcaresunday! Whenever I am extremely anxious, or having a really bad day I try to take some time to do one of the self care tactics that I stated above, I notice a huge difference in my overall mood and physical well being.