Sorry for my lag in posting. I feel like I have been losing my mind a bit lately, and between work and school I have had little time for the small things that bring me joy – my self-care habits, like this blog or long baths or writing in my planner. I’ve been failing tremendously in some aspects: my stress shopping is going wild, for example, and I keep clicking “Confirm Purchase” on things I know I do not need. However, I have also had some big life successes. It may be a normal thing for most people, but I made an appointment to see a doctor about my anxiety, I actually went and was prescribed medication. This is a huge deal for me. I have dealt with various manifestations of debilitating anxiety since I was a kid and it is so empowering to have taken this step.
So, no small goals check-in this month. I can’t handle reviewing failures right now. No goals to set for now, either. I am trying to focus on each day individually until I feel like I can breathe again. Hopefully I’ll be able to post more soon, as posting really is a fun release for me, but we will see about carving out the time.
Thanks for reading.
1. Riad in Marrakesh, Morroco | $63 per night
2. Apartment in Hvar, Croatia | $43 per night
3. Cabana in Armenia, Colombia | $49 per night
4. Villa in Ostuni, Italy | $67 per night
5. Apartment in Paris, France | $83 per night
6. Studio in Oia, Greece | $83 per night
7. Cave in Granada, Spain | $56 per night
8. Beach House in Santa Catarina, Brazil | $81 per night
9. Apartment in Vienna, Austria | $77 per night
10. Studio in Perast, Montenegro | $44 per night
It’s time again for my monthly check-in. You may notice that it’s two weeks late, but I’ve been putting off writing this post because frankly my goals were a bust. That’s hard to share! March was a rough month for balancing school and work, and then Mass Effect: Andromeda was released. I really tried to hone in and finish the game on my one week away from school, which put all my other interests to the wayside and yet I still haven’t finished the game.
- Read a chapter a night | I fell off the wagon with this one. I began slipping because the book I was reading was just eerie enough to make me uncomfortable in the evenings, so I stopped wanting to read it before bed, but I also didn’t carve out time to read during the day.
- Practice French every morning with my coffee | I don’t know why I failed so miserably at this one. I started off really strong, zipping through my DuoLingo courses and getting excited about Montreal, and then one morning I simply didn’t do it. I rushed out the door (like, honestly, I do pretty often) and didn’t think about French again. With DuoLingo, every time you miss a day you lose some of your skills (which is good because it will refresh what you may need more practice with) but I started to get overwhelmed and didn’t pick it up again.
- Go on a walk once a week | I did this zero times, even with the beautiful weather.
- Watch one video for school every day | I watched a few videos for school, but certainly not enough, and I didn’t do a single THING for school during my measly spring break, which was not ideal.
Wait 24 hours before making any purchase| I actually did accomplish this, shockingly, and I feel great about it. I bought a few affordable Spring clothing items and I bought absolutely no makeup, so I’m pleased. I also thought this would be the most challenging of my small goals, but here I am.
- Work out 3 times | Three! Just three. ClassPass (use that link for $30 off your first month) is letting me take three classes for $10 in April … to keep me from cancelling … and I really want to take advantage of this, particularly since my favorite way to work out (Reformer Pilates) is exceptionally expensive.
- No buy of clothes/makeup | Self-explanatory. I don’t need it, it won’t fulfill me, and if I love it enough to still love it in May, maybe I can buy it.
- Watch my school videos | I pay $25 a month for Team Treehouse (which I highly recommend) as a supplement to what I’m learning in class, so I need to find the time to actually utilize them.
I was recently inspired (primarily by the Makeup Rehab subreddit and the Anti-Haul blog) to take inventory of my beauty products as a way to assess what I actually need and what I simply want to purchase out of impulse, because it’s shiny and new and temporarily exciting. The “inventory” process took me a couple of weeks here and there, but guess what … I finished taking stock, and it turns out that I have over 230 makeup items in my possession.
You read that right. Over 230.
If you’re so inclined, check out my relatively organized inventory. Since I have so. much. stuff. I’m considering writing reviews as I use products up as a way to motivate myself to shop my own collection. I truly don’t need another thing! While I’ve never hit VIB Rouge at Sephora, I do (clearly) spend way too much money on makeup that I could be spending on travel or student loan payments or literally anything other than more makeup I don’t need.
I have a few goals to work toward:
- Don’t purchase a new product unless it fills a truly empty void or I’ve used up/destashed the product it’s most similar to.
- Focus on using up products I already own (a.k.a. “Project Pan”) – I’d like to pan 5 items completely before I purchase anything else
- Finish my current lip hoarder project (where I have to wear every lip color in my collection once before I’m allowed to repeat). Check out posts here and here.
- Don’t hold on to products that don’t work for me (be it because of the shade or formula, whatever) – it’s not going to magically improve!
- Pay attention to the products I use & make notes on them; I’m bad about wearing things and not paying attention to how they wear throughout the day unless they’re dramatically bad. I want to improve on that in order to be better informed for future purchases.
Wish me luck!
One blog I’ve been following religiously lately is an anti-haul beauty blog. This post on why she won’t be buying Mac’s new “Basic Bitch” palette is a perfect example of why I love it & why it’s been motivating me to be more deliberate with my purchases. Be sure to scroll down to where she discusses the phrase “basic bitch”.
Check out this wonderful piece by a congressional candidate Alejandra Campoverdi – who also happens to have posed for Maxim – on women and society’s unwillingness to see us as multidimensional.
This home office post is over a year old, but I’ve been lusting over the clean, dreamy workspaces pictured within.
This post is titled “25 Promises for All the Single Ladies Who Travel” – I’m not a single lady, but I’ve been dreaming of traveling solo soon, so this is inspirational nonetheless.
How I feel when I’m added to my fifth freaking Lula Roe group this month: If Another Mom Tries to Sell Me Something on Facebook, I’m Going to Lose It.
Mom was in town this weekend & we spent some time discussing how important it is to start traveling ASAP and to stop waiting for more money or more stability or more time, so this article on how it’s never the right time to travel is apropos.
I Don’t Need Democracy because I Have Hygge: “And yes, the fact that Planned Parenthood might be defunded is atrocious. I would donate if I could, but I just bought a $1500 zinc-top bar cart from Pottery Barn, so I’m pretty strapped for cash.”
My new biggest inspiration, Julie, a “not so young” woman traveling abroad. Talk about life goals!