Mercury Retrograde

Mercury retrograde is like going to get a tooth pulled, it hurts like hell, and the anxiety prior to and following the retrograde is almost unbearable, and yet you know it’s probably for the best and the benefits of going through the uncomfortable time will result in you being a much happier and healthier person.

If there is something you know you must deal with, however painful, doing so during mercury retrograde is a great time to finally get it done, close the door, and move on with your life. While it is not encouraged to start anything new during these few chaotic weeks, it is a wonderful time to conclude. Afterwards, you can enter the period where Mercury is direct feeling ready to deal with life again.

Luckily, there’s only three more days of Mercury Rx left. Some of you may be even feeling the decreased level of busy, chaotic energy already. If not, have no worries. Deal with what you need to deal with, and eventually you will feel the waves of energy calm and life will return to normal. Deep breaths. You will be ok!

 

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Pages And Poetry

Ever since I was eight years old I wanted to grow up to be a cigarette
Because it was the only thing my father could never abandon.

The Heart of a Comet, Pages Matam

I would love to post a picture of him, but they are all copywrite and I don’t want to steal anyone’s photography, so go google him!

In the spring, I was fortunate enough to attend a performance that would open my eyes to a different world, and a different creative soul than any I’ve ever known. The show was called The Sweet Spot, a burlesque show of appropriately risqué content, and the creative soul was Pages Matam. At the time I didn’t know his name, all I knew was his words, and they struck me someplace deep; a place most artists seldom reach. The show was entertaining, inspiring, and left me feeling a high for days. Of course, I am a huge fan of anything even remotely perverse, so the sexual content of the show was already enough to get me hooked. There were dancers, a comedian, and live readings. But when this man took the stage, the crowd worshipped his performance. He worked the microphone like a sensual prophet, lighting up the audience in a way the other performers could not. I went home after the show with his words running through my mind, endlessly. His poetry was eloquent and so powerfully raw.

Although it was not at first apparent through a quick google search, I soon discovered his Instagram through The Sweet Spots‘s page. The poets name was Pages Matam, and I immediately became a fan. Shortly after doing some research, I decided to order his poetry book, The Heart of a Comet. The thoughts expressed in the book did not disappoint. Written as a homage to his stepson, The Heart of a Comet was a collection of words from his heart, spoken with emotion about his own childhood and difficulties growing up. He writes about family, romance, and the sort of father he would be.

When an artist can make you feel what they feel, without ever having experienced what they have experienced, that is the sign of true art. So many of his lines were so powerful, like being slapped across the face, that I would stop mid-poem and reread them until they were fully marinated in my mind. I was struck with the notion that this is what separates the artistic greats from the amateurs; they have the ability to fearlessly say exactly what they want to say in a precise fashion. I often pick up poetry books that try to twist the words into meaningless gibberish to try and sound edgy, or plump their poetry up with purple prose that sound exactly like the last three poets you read.

But Pages’ poetry is different.

He has things to say. And he says them fearlessly.

It is artists like Pages that reignite the hearts of dead poets, of dormant painters, of the uninspired. I think that art is something like a spark that must be passed among the creative souls of this world. If it goes out, art will die, but as long as artists like Pages continue to speak from the heart and use their own unique voice, that creative spark will never go out. How refreshing it feels to be inspired once again by an artist.

Self Care on a Budget

How To Self Care On A Budget

 

How many of you watch self care videos on YouTube or read blog posts that lay out a routine most of us wish we could indulge in whenever we have a bad day? These self care posts often focus on the products you can buy for the best skin, the best relaxation, and the best detoxes. All of these products are very enticing, but for those who are living life from paycheck to paycheck, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all those fancy trends. This can often lead to feelings of inadequacy or negative self talk.

I can’t afford that kind of moisturizer. Who has the extra cash to take a weekend yoga retreat, or Caribbean vacation? There’s no way I can afford a gym membership and also dinner for this week. It costs how much for an organic coconut oil vegan facial scrub? No thanks, I have school loans to pay.

The need to care for yourself and nurture your body and soul shouldn’t be at the expense of sacrificing other everyday needs. Finances aside, I am a huge fan of all the self care videos and blog posts online. They always inspire me and motivate me to live that kind of life, but I do things a little differently, and maybe you do too, or would like to. Through my twenties I have developed a self care routine that works best for me, my budget, and my lifestyle.

The stresses of life can pile up rather easily, so it’s important to set aside time to focus on recharging your energy. Self care doesn’t have to only be about the products you buy. For me, self care is about nourishing my soul, getting back in tune with myself and my spirituality, and coping with the pile of stress that collects like a stack of bills at the back of your mental workstation. And most of these are of little or no cost to yourself; things that you can do no matter what your social standing in life may be.

When I am feeling like I need to focus on myself, I do any number of the following.


Hot Shower

The first thing I do when I need to cleanse my body and soul is to take a nice hot shower. As Sylvia Plath states in The Bell Jar, it’s as if the stresses of the day wash off along with the dirt and oil and go right down the drain. I’ve often felt on the verge of tears, have stepped into the steam and heat of a shower and by the end I am relaxed and calm. After stressful events like job interviews, social gatherings, or dates that didn’t quite go as well as you had hoped, there is nothing better than stripping off all those tight clothes, losing the bra, taking off your makeup, and just being the free little soul that you are. Take the time to look at yourself in the mirror before you get into the shower, and instead of shouting negatives in your mind, be kind to yourself. You are beautiful despite all your wrinkles, stretch marks, and belly rolls.

Yoga/Stretching

Some days my yoga routine is meant to be a workout as well as a stretch–Do ALL the planks, master ALL the pilate’s, get ALL the abs!–but on my self care days, I like to take it easy with the positions I do. It’s all about trusting your body and doing what feels nice. Don’t stress about doing the poses right. This is a time for you to get in tune with your physical body. I mainly focus on small stretches. Starting in a seated position, I stretch one arm up and over my body in a sideways bend, and then the other. I then do some shoulder and head rolls. After that, I stretch out my legs in a forward sitting fold. I find that on self care days I general gravitate towards things low to the floor, so back stretches also help. Laying on my back, I twist one leg over my body while looking over the opposite shoulder, and lastly I finish by hugging my knees to my chest and rolling my lower back along the floor before settling down into corpse pose (which is by far my favorite!).

I really like Yoga With Adriene on Youtube. It always makes my day going through a nice easy session with her. 

Meditation

Yep, back to the ol’ meditation tip. The thoughts that weight heavy on your mind are able to be released when you actively try to clear your mind. I find that listening to meditation music helps get me in a nice comfortable mental zone. One of my favorite things to focus on during meditation is The Box. It’s a cognitive exercise where you take all the negative thoughts about yourself or from your stressful day, picture them as a physical object, and place them inside the box. Once inside, they can’t get out. Then picture placing the box somewhere in your mind and forgetting about it. The nice thing about this is that the box is infinite. You can pour as much negativity inside the box as you wish, just like Pandora’s box!

Another cognitive exercise I like to do while meditating is to picture myself someplace where I feel absolutely stress free and content. Recently, this has been in a small cottage on a prairie along the edge of a forest, where speckled sunlight shines through the trees and creates a golden paradise. In this safe space in my mind, I often try to get in touch with my inner child, which always appears to me as a grey cat. By focusing on the grey cat, I am able to reinforce positivity and ignore the negative thoughts for a while. This also gives me an opportunity to have a conversation with my inner child, or inner self. Check in with yourself. The way we talk to ourselves really makes a difference, so be kind.

Physical Care

I said this was a self care post on a budget, and I meant it. This is usually the point where all those vloggers and bloggers start whipping out their designer hand lotions, hundred dollar facial moisturizers, anti wrinkle cream that would cost my left tit to buy, and a smorgasbord of other odds and ends to get the flawless skin everyone wishes they could have. (Even though, if we’re being totally honest, all they probably did for their videos was apply a heavy layer or two of foundation, which can make anyone look flawless on film).

I’m about to be very real with you right now. My skin care routine consists of this: Since my face is usually nice and clean from the shower, I apply Clinique moisture surge. It’s the most expensive thing I own, so let’s get it out of the way right now. I use Clinique Moisture Surge because I have dry-ass skin that makes me molt like a snek after one of my nice hot showers. This moisturizer is the only one I have found that doesn’t cause me to break out. As soon as I apply it I feel like my face just took a nice healthy drink of water, and it stays moisturized all through the day or night, whenever I apply it. Without it I would look like a clay golem in desperate need of some rain.

Now I’m about to share with you a marvelous secret. After applying my face moisturizer, I moisturize my body. Not with Jergen’s, not with coconut oil, not with some weird concoction of olive oil, bee’s wax, and creme fraiche. You ready for this? I use Johnson’s baby lotion. It works SO much better than any of those super expensive luxury moisturizers, and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft afterwards. The other thing I like about it is that it absorbs rather quickly. I hate moisturizing my body and then having to stand there like a starfish waiting for it to all get soaked in as I stand in front of my fan.

That’s it. That’s the end of my physical care. Sometimes I will repaint my nails or exfoliate my gross disgusting hobbit feet, but that’s only if I’m feeling really frisky. (Just kidding, I have adorable little hobbit feet)

Oh, and don’t forget to drink water! It’s an absolutely affordable way to get better skin, better digestion, and better overall health. You’re made up of water. Never forget to hydrate!

Comfort food

When you’re having a bad day, nothing compares when it comes to feeling better than eating some of your favorite foods. Most of my weekdays are spent eating healthy foods and smart choices. I will limit the amount of carbs, cheese, and meats I eat, even though these are my favorites. But on self care days, anything goes. I think most people call these “cheat days”? Where you sit down with a bowl of mac n cheese big enough to feed a family and chicken nuggets, and eat until you are so satisfied that you can’t eat another bite. And who can forget dessert? I always treat myself to a fabulous dessert item on self care days. Sometimes I will even go to the store specifically to buy a fancy little dessert like a parfait, chocolate mousse, or little cupcake from the bakery section.

Journaling

Once my skin is all drank and my mind is all clear and my belly is all full, I take the time to write in my journal. Sometimes I journal on my phone in an app called Day One, and other times I use a physical journal. I like the feeling of writing things down in an actual notebook with a cool cactus or unicorn pen from target (which you can get in the little $1 bin up near the front), but sometimes my mind moves faster than my hand and I end up frustrated, which is like, the opposite of a good thing for self care. So usually I use Day One and get out all the lingering thoughts for my day. I’m one of those super linear people who writes down what they ate and what the weather was like, along with pouring my heart out about social issues or money problems. I’ve been consistently journaling for about a year now, and it’s really interesting to be able to look back on my past entries to see what sort of mindset I was in during which days and which months and which life events. The other cool thing about Day One is that you can add a picture to your journal entries, and depending on where the picture was taken, it will create a map for you that tells you where you were and when. When you click on a map point, it will take you to that journal entry. So Cool!

Writing/Working on a creative project

Different than journaling, which is often personal and cathartic, I like to follow that up by working on a creative project such as blogging or creative writing, or even drawing. I have real issues with self-loathing when it comes to productivity. I feel that if I’m not creating something at all times, I’m a loser. That’s something I really need to work on. But I still like being productive when I can. At the end of the night is my favorite time to write because it gives me motivation to incorporate the happenings of the day into my work. I will also use this creative time to brainstorm blog post ideas or work on my websites/social media presence.

Friendship appreciation

I often also incorporate a section of time where I can be social. I will send my friends “hello, how are you?” texts just to check in and make sure they’re doing ok. Sometimes they need some time to vent too, and having a friend to listen to you sometimes means the world to someone. It also helps to feel more connected when you actively reach out to your loved ones. When was the last time you called your mom? When did you text your sister? Even small gestures are sometimes enough to make huge differences in someone’s life.

Selfies

Yep, I’m one of those girls. But taking selfies just reaffirms to myself that I’m a cutie and worthy of love and acceptance too. It’s a great feeling to appreciate yourself. Of course I will snapchat it up until my phone dies, but sometimes I just like appreciating the natural beauty that is me. With my blemished skin and blue veins and short eyelashes and all my double chins. Yeah, baby. It’s also really fun to dress up as glamorous as you want and take selfies that way. There’s nothing more satisfying than slipping into your favorite dress or pair of shoes for some personal selfie shots! And hey, appreciate that little booty of yours. Just because it isn’t a bubble butt doesn’t mean it’s not cute.


And there you have it. These are some of my favorite things to do on a self care day. As you can see, a lot of these cost little to no money at all to do. Not everything has to be about what you own or what products you use. Some of my favorite self care techniques are more about nurturing my internal spirit and finding peace within myself.


 

Do you have any specific things you always love to do on self care days? I’d love to hear from you!

Take care!

 

Book Review | You Are A Badass


Author Information

Jen Sincero is the author of several books, including You are a Badass, The Straight Girl’s Guide to Sleeping With Chicks, You are a Badass at Making Money, and Don’t Sleep with Your DrummerShe is also a life coach, motivational speaker, and bonafide badass who went from an ordinary woman making pennies at a job she hated to being everything she wanted to be, just by taking the risk to actually do it. And if that isn’t motivational, I don’t know what is. (Of course, what would be even more motivational is if she wasn’t a middle-aged white female, because let’s be honest: success for that demographic never seems like much of a struggle.)


Review

This was a delightful little book to read on my vacation, as I am currently in a phase of my life where all I can think of is “MANIFEST, MANIFEST, MANIFEST!” Anyone who has read any self help blogs or articles that promote radical self love, manifestation, or life improvement might feel like they are having déjà vu reading this book. It concisely covers just about every one of those topics, but not in a way that had me rolling my eyes and saying “get on with it already”. She added a lovely layer of depth to each of the points, and always maintained a positive, inspiring voice throughout. She incorporates meditative and cognitive exercises that you can do anywhere anytime in order to change your thought process to be more positive. She consistently encourages self love, even to the point of ending each chapter with “love yourself, because…” and then goes on to list a reason based on the previous chapter.

The book did an excellent job of pepping me up, giving me a moral boost that I so desperately wanted while on vacation. I was pleased that the book was exactly what I thought it would be, and after putting it down, I felt better about myself.


Should you read it?

Sure! It covers many redundant self-love manifestation topics, but does so in a concise and refreshing way. It was a quick read and the exercises were fun to do along with each chapter.

 

Forgive Yourself

Everyone in all the self help books and healing books and blogs and therapy tell you the same thing. They always say that in order to move on from the grievous situations in our lives, we must forgive. Through forgiveness we release any negative emotions we once held on to, and by doing so, are able to fill up that empty space with positivity.

That’s great! It’s wonderful! Forgiveness feels so good.

But when was the last time you forgave yourself?

The Feedback Loop

How many of you talk badly to yourselves? Our inner voice is so harsh and judgmental when it comes to our own mistakes. Sometimes people that we love will tell us that we should be kinder to ourselves, that we should imagine our inner voice talking to us as if we were a friend. But how many of us follow that advice?

It’s easy to forgive someone else who has wronged you, to take the righteous path, to be the better person. It’s much harder to forgive yourself.


If you find yourself saying things like:

  • I should have known better
  • I did this to myself
  • I knew I shouldn’t have done that
  • I guess this is what I deserve
  • Nothing ever changes because I’m a loser
  • Great, you screwed up again, asshole
  • I don’t deserve to be forgiven

it’s time to forgive yourself.


Often these self-depricative statements can become a feedback loop that spirals down and down until you are so beaten down into a pit by your own inner voice that you feel that you will never be able to crawl back to the surface. In psychology they call this ruminative thinking, and it can be obsessive, leading to anxiety or even depression.

Inner Child Exercise

Take some time today to sit down and have a good long talk with your inner child. Close your eyes and imagine the younger version of yourself (maybe five or six years old) sitting across from you. Imagine them in all their awkward, messy purity. Imagine them until you feel that you have connected with that deep inner soul within yourself, and then forgive them. Tell them what they need to hear, the way a child needs to be told. Be gentle. Be calm. Allow your adult self to soothe and support the parts of you that you feel ashamed of, or embarrassed of, or angry towards.


If you find yourself struggling to think of things to say, try any one of these that resonate with you:

  • It wasn’t your fault
  • It was nothing that you did or didn’t do
  • It’s ok to make mistakes
  • You learned so much from that situation
  • You did not waste your time
  • You will do better next time
  • You are perfect just the way you are
  • You are loved
  • You are not alone
  • Everything will be ok
  • I forgive you
  • I forgive myself

To forgive yourself is to let go of all the negative emotions that you harbor towards yourself. If you find yourself in a situation that is painful or interminable, it is ok to acknowledge that you made a mistake, and it is also ok to learn from that experience and move forward. You do not have to stay in a negative situation or mindset just because you feel that you deserve it. No one deserves that. So many of us feel guilt over “failed” relationships, missed connections, missed opportunities, or poor communicative interactions. There is no need to hold on to that guilt. You learn something from every life experience. Not everything in life is meant to be pleasant, or positive, or make you feel good. Negative emotions exist to teach you things, but that does not mean that you must stay there.

Forgive yourself and move on. Be kind to yourself.

– Take Care, friends!

Book Review | The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

 

Author Information

Mark Manson is a writer, blogger, and entrepreneur. He has published two books as well as being the author of his own blog, MarkManson.net. Other things I know about him? Apparently he travelled the world a lot and then got sick of it and decided to settle down, find a wifey, crank out a few books, and live a somewhat normal boring existence. Ahhh yes, the American dream.


Review

I bought this book as one of my several beach reads and found that the length and writing style suited my vacation nicely. I was able to read it quickly and still take away some valuable points and Manson’s subtle humor as well (yes, that “subtle” was absolutely thrown in there on purpose).

What I enjoyed most about this book was the conversational tone in which is was written. Manson begins the book lightheartedly, although the subjects he discusses are, in themselves, not lighthearted. However, I found that as the book went on, the humor faded, and by the end of the book, I was left not having felt inspired, but rather overwhelmed by a feeling of existential crisis. After reading You Are A Badass, I was hoping this book would follow a similar vein to pump me up like the cheerleaders at a pep rally on how to better handle my life when I got back home. It was nothing like any other self help book out there. But to be fair, he did warn readers about that in the first few pages of the book.

Despite its emotional twist at the end, I found myself agreeing with–and taking away–valuable lessons, or at least a new way of looking at things. The book explains precisely what it says it does. It tells you how to not give a fuck, but in a way that helps you cultivate the sort of life you’ve always wanted to live instead of just being a raging asshat.

“As a teenager, I told everybody that I didn’t care about anything, when the truth was I cared about way too much. Other people ruled my world without my even knowing. I thought happiness was a destiny and not a choice. I thought love was something that just happened, not something that you worked for. I thought being ‘cool’ had to be practiced and learned from others, rather than invented for oneself.

When I was with my first girlfriend, I though we would be together forever. And then, when that relationship ended, I thought I’d never feel the same way about a woman again. I thought that love sometimes just wasn’t enough. And then I realized that each individual gets to decide what is ‘enough,’ and that love can be whatever we let it be.

Ever step of the way I was wrong. About everything. Throughout my life, I’ve been flat-out wrong about myself, others, society, culture, the world, the universe–everything.

And I hope that will continue to be the case for the rest of my life.

Just as Present Mark can look back on Past Mark’s every flaw and mistake, one day Future Mark will look back on Present Mark’s assumptions (including the contents of this book) and notice similar flaws. And that will be a good thing. Because that will mean I have grown.”

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck, Mark Manson, Pg. 116

What I took from this book was the story of a man who had spent his life living the way everyone wishes they could. And through his story, I took the lessons that he learned along his way to getting to where he currently was when he wrote this book. Mark Manson was a playboy. He was a rich kid who had the whole world as his playground. He fucked anyone he wanted, did anything he wanted, because–and as he states himself in his own book–he was a privileged white male in American society and felt that he was entitled to everything. And to be fairly honest it was refreshing to see someone admit this about himself. We so often skip over the stories of this demographic with no explanation as to why these people are the way they are. As Mark explains in the book, he had a bad childhood, and so spent most of his twenties rebelling against this poor past experience with no care for whose feelings he stepped on in the process. It was interesting to see the reasoning behind it. Of why he acted this way.

Of course that was not the sole focus of the book. It was, after all and in a way, a self help book. The advice presented was not advice that focused on the things we lacked, but rather the things we had that we needed to let go of. Stop thinking you’re special, because you’re not. Stop caring about what others think about you. Stop being afraid to take risks. Stop thinking everything has to be super positive all the time, and accept that negative events and emotions are going to happen to you in life. Stop overthinking. Stop sabotaging yourself. Stop trying to be exceptional when you might only have ever been born to be just plain normal. Stop blaming everyone else for your problems and take responsibility for your life. Stop waffling over decisions and just choose already. Stop looking for excuses for everything and just do it. Stop thinking you know everything because that makes you a little shit that no one likes you don’t. Stop being afraid of failure. Stop being afraid of pain and discomfort. Stop being afraid to die. Stop being afraid to live.

“We can be truly successful only at something we’re willing to fail at. If we’re unwilling to fail, then we’re unwilling to succeed.”

– The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, Mark Manson, Pg. 151

See, as the list goes on, it becomes more existential, and by the end of the book I was left in a mental fog, thinking about life and death and the meaning of it all. Becoming aware of your existence is a painful thing in and of itself, but he states all of his points very well. He cuts right to the chase for each and every point and doesn’t sugar coat it for the weak-stomached.

In fact, I experienced my own bout of guilt and shame when he got to the part about taking responsibility in the relationships you share with other people (partners, friends, family). He spoke particularly about victim/savers relationships, where one (the saver) tries to fix the other while they (the victims) create unnecessary problems from which they need to be saved in order to feed their compulsive need for attention, which can escalate at an alarming rate. Instead of the victims taking responsibility for their own problems, and the savers allowing the victims to solve their own problems, they create a toxic co-dependant relationship that they both feed off of like deranged little parasites. It was damn uncomfortable for me to read, because it was so painfully honest and accurate. (I often consider myself a saver, as I am mainly attracted to people I feel that I need to fix, instead of focusing on my own problems which need my attention much more than the victims I try to save…But that’s a whole blog post for another day).

I digress.

All of the advice he gives really does sound like it comes from someone who has been there and done that. From someone who has lived that life and has regretted many poor decisions. For this reason, I lapped up his wisdom. To be fairly honest, if he were to publish an autobiography, or even a relationship advice book, I think he could be very successful. It seemed he had a profound amount of knowledge and experience about the social workings between humans. And he would have made a fair anthropologist as well.


Should You Read It?

Yes! It was a quick read and easy to grasp the concepts. The conversational tone makes it a fun read and it makes you think about some of life’s most terrifying questions at the same time. However, is this a case of a songbird who can only sing one song? I suppose we shall just have to wait and see what else he publishes. And if you don’t like it, hey, it was only three hours of time you’ll never get back.

Go grab a copy over on amazon and tell me what you think! 

2018: The Year of Glowing Up

Yes, New Years resolutions are usually expressed at the end of December or beginning of January, but that was a stressful time for me, so this post is a little late. But who cares! Yearly goals can be created at any time of year! I knew this year was going to be different for me. After living a life of depression and anxiety, I knew I couldn’t continue on in the same way. I knew there were things that needed to change in my life if I was ever going to become the person I wanted to be. The end of my most recent relationship in January was the catalyst for my self improvement project. I was at rock bottom. I thought “HOW COULD THINGS GET ANY WORSE?”, but the good thing about rock bottom is that things can only go up from there, and so I present to you,

2018: THE YEAR OF GLOWING UP

The first thing I knew I wanted to change this year was my mental health. It was the first step to getting everything else to fall into place. My self-sabotaging tendencies and depression held me back from the life that I wanted to be living. I never saw a future for myself. And if you can’t see a future, how can you work towards goals? You can’t! So in January, a week after my break up, I decided to start seeing a therapist. I don’t actually know the technical term. She might be a life counsellor. All I know is that it sounded much less intimidating than psychologist or psychiatrist. It took so much courage to reach out to her. I couldn’t even call her on the phone, because I had phone anxiety! So I sent her an email, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.

Afterwards, life became more bearable. At first I was skeptical about therapy. After all, I talked about my problems with my friends and family. What could a therapist tell me that they couldn’t? The answer is, a hell of a lot! She gave me coping mechanisms to deal with my anxiety and flighty tendencies. She also offered me something I never felt like I had before; an unconditional listener–someone to listen to all my problems and give me good solid advice. From there, things only got better. I didn’t feel so alone in this struggle.

So how exactly does one “glow up”? What even is glowing up? According to Urban Dictionary, a glow up is an incredible transformation from zero to hero. Ok, that wasn’t exactly what Urban Dictionary said, I paraphrased, but generally glowing up means going through a personal transformation where you started at rock bottom and reach the top.

I started January at rock bottom. By December 2018, I will be glowed the fuck up.

The following is a list of goals I have for my glow up list!

Glowup Goals

  • Start seeing a therapist
  • Get your mental health under control
  • Find a new job
  • Find an apartment
  • Begin the process of going back to school
  • Rejoin Rotary
  • Begin exercising regularly
  • Begin eating healthier
  • Practice daily meditation
  • Practice yoga regularly
  • Cut out negative people
  • Start saving for travel
  • Update wardrobe to be more professional
  • Read more books!
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Get a pet
  • Buy a new car
  • Start up your photography business
  • Go to more events in the city
  • Make a fuck ton of money

 

It’s June and so far I’ve accomplished almost half of these goals. Change is scary, but it can also lead to everything you want if you have the courage to take the first steps. For those who say nothing ever changes, it won’t change unless you make it happen. So go out there and tackle your goals. Do the things that scare you. Take on tasks that seem impossible. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. And be kind to yourself. You’ll make it to the top eventually, if you work at it every day.

Peace, friends.