Why I have a daily reminder

For most of my life, I never used to be one of those people who had a mantra or repeated imperatives or posted affirmations all over my room. For a couple of years, I actually despised all of those kinds of sayings (s/o to a boy of course).

It was in a period of peak happiness that I decided it wasn’t weak or “basic” to have a mantra that I focused on daily, but it was something that could make me stronger.

Thanks to technology, I have a daily reminder that notifies me each night.

You’re stronger than you think.

It lifts my mood when I’m down and reminds me of my own strength when I’m in a good place. It reminds me that no matter what, I have my strength. I can endure whatever is happening in my life at the moment.

For the longest time, I was hyperfocused on being strong always. But the strength I was so focused on was one that was portrayed on the outside, not the inside. Like many people, I’ve endured hardships in my life. I’ve lost important people, felt heartbreak, and learned how to grow. Thanks to some influential people in my life, I learned that I do have strength. It’s inside myself.

Being strong doesn’t mean I’m always able to pick myself out of bed on a hard day or face someone who believes in everything I’m against, it’s the simple ability to believe in the power of yourself. Or at least that’s what it means to me.

YOU are stronger than you think. No matter what. When you find yourself crumpled on the ground or if you’ve received an award, promotion, recognition for your hard work, remember that you have a strength inside of you. You can do whatever you want. Stay on that ground, win more awards. At the end of the day, find the power within yourself to get up and do it all again.

What are some of your favorite sayings or mantras? Put them in your phone and remind yourself daily.

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Under Pressure

Throughout my entire life, I’ve felt an extraordinary amount of pressure to be the best and do the best. At first I thought this pressure came from my family, a large group of successful people in their chose fields, but as I got older, I realized that this pressure came from myself.

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These are a few of my favorite things: Part 2

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As you know by now, I have 1. a shopping problem and 2. an addiction to all things beauty. In case you missed the first edition of this series, click here. As always, I’ve thrown in makeup, body, skin care, basically all kinds of beauty products in here. So let’s get to it!

I think as I get older, I start to gravitate towards skin products over makeup products. Gotta prevent premature wrinkles, if you know what I mean. I’ve also become more conscious of the ingredients in all beauty products. Hence the shift to natural deodorant. Price wise, I have a mix of splurge and steal (as always). Some were deals, some were from beauty boxes, all of them thoroughly vetted.

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On the Topic: Entitlement

I’m thinking of starting a new series for my blog called “On the Topic.” But it also might end up being just me babbling on and on about my views on a topic. Which is what it actually is. Does anyone even care about my opinion? I do and that’s all that matters to me! If anyone can love you, it might as well be yourself, right?

What I want to discuss/talk at the Internet today is entitlement. Entitlement is defined as “the fact of having a right to something.” Often we hear the word entitlement thrown at young adults, children nowadays, and on a more political spectrum: entitlement programs. Hopefully, I’ll touch on all three of these ideas and make my opinion clear, or won’t make anything up.

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The Slump

I’ve taken a long break from writing, all kinds of writing and it’s taken a toll on my mental health for sure. Honestly, I started this post two months ago and abandoned it after writing just one sentence.

Writing was my first love, my forever love. I’ve always appreciated the way it gives me what I’m feeling, the way it helps me interpret what is going on in the world and in my life. A little over a year ago to this day I wrote about falling back in love with writing. How it was me returning to my roots. I took a break to focus on other skills and aspirations, but again returned to my first love. Here I am again, after a long break.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m not in school anymore and just getting dumber from the lack of formal education or because I’m not writing, but I’m finding it more and more difficult to put my feelings and thoughts into words. Maybe I’m just tired of this continuous cycle of bad news à la the United States government and T****, but something’s just been off.

I’ve written here and there, on and off, but it always felt so forced. It feels ingenuine. It feels like I’m just trying to make sense of what’s going on instead of actually figuring my shit out. I could say that I miss the days where writing came so easy to me, but it never really did. Like any skill, any passion, writing was an evolving process. It’s obvious that my writing didn’t start out amazing and it isn’t the best it could be now or whatever I believed my prime was. Writing is something continuously worked on. Writing will never remain constant because it is ever-changing. Whether I’m writing a long-form article or a 140 character tweet, it relies on my ability to craft a message.

This slump sucks more than the others. I’m sure I could have said that more eloquently, but I feel it makes my point exactly. Not only am I not writing, but I’m at a point in my life where everything around me is moving while I remain stuck. It’s not a good feeling.

What will bring me out of this slump? I don’t know for sure. But this is helping. I’ll keep you updated once I’m out and about and figuring my life the fuck out (sorry it rhymed).

Battling the Bad Days

I go back and forth every time I attempt to write about this topic: bad days (but imagine me saying it in a more eloquent way. How can I even describe the bad days? They’re different for everyone, obviously, but they always leave a pit feeling in my stomach. A sinking feeling that won’t go away. An indecisiveness that I’m unable to satisfy. I’m here to tell you that everyone has them, despite how they look. Looks are deceiving after all.

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A Case of the Empties

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Claps all around for me actually finishing some beauty products to make up for the fact that I purchase more than I can actually use. Something I love to read about is what products beauty experts use and more importantly, which ones they finish. I am no expert, but I decided to write out all of the products I have recently finished.

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