It is no secret that 2019 has been a year full of challenges for me - personally, professionally, and academically. Although I know that I am constantly becoming a more resilient person, sometimes I can't seem to escape my own anxious thoughts. After completing a grueling semester at school, I was surprised to find that I didn't feel much relief... but rather, I felt empty. As a first step in getting my mindset right, I took a brief social media detox this May. I needed time to myself to declutter my mind, boost my mood, and escape the mindless social media scroll. Ironically, after coming back from my brief break, I came across a thought-provoking and inspiring Instagram TV video that inspired me to write today's post.At a high level, this post explores the idea that our friends and social media are corrupting our minds and making us depressed. But how can this be true? Please keep reading to find out.
Failure sucks. How we cope with failure doesn't have to. Whether you're a blogger, a student, a creative, or another working professional, failure is a part of life that everyone has to deal with at some point. If you're feeling down about your recent failures or you're looking for tips on coping with failure, please keep reading.
The feeling of excitement that the holidays brought has fully worn off and the pressures of real life have set in and started to chip away at my resolve. I'd be lying if I failed to mention that this month has been particularly hard for me, both personally, professionally, and on the blog. Rather than staying down, I've decided to push forward and invest in some quality Me-Time. Please keep reading for some tips on how to love yourself when you're feeling overwhelmed.
According to the Daily Mail, we'll spend an average of 3,680 hours searching or 153 days searching for lost items. On average, we lose about 9 items a day (198,743 items in a lifetime)! But just imagine - if we spend this much time just looking for lost items, how much more time do we spend cleaning? As a beauty blogger, I spend a lot of time and money buying and organizing cosmetics and clothing, but I want to reduce the clutter in my life.
Learning how to develop smart shopping and savings habits are essential parts of growing up. Unfortunately, for many of us, financial literacy is not something taught to us in school or by our parents. Shopping can offer temporary relief from stress or sadness, but buying "things" does not equate to true happiness. Moreover, excessive spending can actually hold you back from living an active, engaging life, especially as you age.
Last year, in an attempt to mitigate my impulse shopping, I embarked on my first beauty and fashion no-buy from January through mid-April. The results were life-changing. If you're unfamiliar with the term - a "no buy" is a period of time where an individual commits refraining from purchasing non-essential goods in an attempt to curb impulsive shopping habits.
On my commute to work, I can't help but to wonder, how many people are aiming to get through the day? How often do I start my own day thinking, I'll be happy when this day is over. Unfortunately, too many people go through life merely aiming to make it through their day. In the immortal words of Switchfoot, "I wanna thrive, not just survive." But what does it mean to thrive? Personally, when I envision the word "thrive," I see lush green vegetation blooming, regardless of the weather or the environment.