Thursday, March 20, 2014

Struggles.

Write about a challenge you currently deal with on a day to day basis...

My daily life consists of many things like being a wife, going to work, school, studying, observing classrooms, and not to mention, trying to find time throughout my busy schedule for things I’d like to do. Such as spending time with my husband, reading, writing, yoga, going to the gym, and carving out time for my family and friends. I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t hectic at times. Luckily, I have a great supporter – my husband. Wade will make sure bills are taken care of, that the house remains clean, and that the laundry gets done. Aside from all of these

Needless to say it can be challenging. But really, when it comes down to it, my most challenging aspect is trying to control my stress. I have an extremely difficult time when it comes to managing stress. Yes, the gym and yoga helps – but sometimes when there are multiple essays due and a math test that I need to study for I can start to feel my existence start to spread thin. When that happens, I get snippy, argumentative, and I start to withdraw within myself. My emotions start heading south and it creates even worse problems. So, how do I deal with it?

Aside from running and doing yoga to help manage it for the most part, when I find myself feeling super stressed I try and breathe. It sounds silly, but actually stopping for a moment to just breathe – or even hold my breath – can do wonders. Sometimes I forget this little trick, but lately I have been remembering to do so. Aside from that, I’ve found that even just talking about how stressed I am with Wade helps. It is naturally hard for me to share my feelings, so it takes a little internal encouragement, but it works.


*linking up with danielle's journal day over at sometimes sweet.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Past Three Days: A Review

These past few days have been a blur. Nice, but a blur. Friday night Wade & I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary with lots and lots of steak and yummy cocktails. He got me the sweetest gift too. Since each anniversary, we try and stick to the appropriate wedding gifts and this year was wood. Wade gave me the prettiest handmade wooden box filled with love quotes. He even had our names placed on the inside of the lid. So, so sweet. I got him a wooden puzzle of a raven that actually stands up when completely put together.

Also, how cute does Wade look with his beard? He started growing it three weeks ago and I think he looks incredibly hot and adorable all at once.

On Saturday I went over to my sister and her boyfriends house and watched so many episodes of Workaholics. I absolutely love that show and it was nice watching it with Caitlin and Brandon.

Sunday was another fun day for me because I was able to spend time with my best friend. Brooke and I went out to lunch and then went shopping. She bought me the coolest hair ties and I am so lucky to call her my best friend because she remembered how much I admired hers that she gave me my own.

It's been raining pretty much all day today and I am one happy girl.
Which just reminds me of Garbage's song "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" and then I am reminded of how much I miss the 90's.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Raw Honey As A Face Wash

The other day at lunch my friend and I were having a conversation about natural face wash, dry shampoo, and the idea of no-poo. She told me about how she washes her face with raw honey and it sparked an interest within me. So, what are the benefits of honey? Well, the benefits can be traced back to ancient Egypt. In Egypt they used honey as an anti-bacterial agent. And surprisingly enough, honey can help the body with the destruction of dead tissue while stimulating new tissue growth. I figured why wouldn't I want to use this as a face wash as so the other morning I did just that.

It should be noted that I do not have oily skin that is prone to pimples or anything like that, but my friend who turned me onto the honey face wash has that skin type. She happily attests to the wonders of using raw honey as a face wash and I can see where she is coming from. She hasn't had a breakout in months and her skin is incredibly soft since using it.

Using honey as a face was is incredibly easy too!

HOW TO
Make sure to wet your entire face with cold water. You don't want to use warm water, because it will make the honey stickier. Apply honey to your face or your hands. Just like a face wash, you want to make sure you apply the honey in circular motions, almost like giving your face a mini massage. Make sure to rinse the honey off with cold water. Again, you want to avoid warm water. Just running cold water over your face helps it to dissolve. I didn't find the use of a cloth necessary.

THE RESULTS
After using raw honey, my face felt extremely soft and the clean. It's been almost a week now and I am completely in love with the results. The face washes I had used in the past would at times make my face a little red (and dry in some areas) and I wasn't sure why. After using raw honey and NOT experiencing that, my only conclusion is that it must have been the unnatural components that were found in the face wash.


 Let me know if any of you try this. I'd love to hear your results.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bright & Cheery Yellow Flowers

As much as I hate to see Winter fade into Spring, I have resigned to a level of acceptance because the flowers of the yellow and pink tabebuia tree are blooming like crazy. The other day on the way to the store, Wade and I made a pit stop to take a few photos of the tabebuia tree. There is something beautiful about cheery, yellow flowers and cloud filled blue skies that make me fall a little more in love with nature.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Internet and the Decline of Personal Filters

This has been a topic that has come up at least a handful of times over the past few months and it's something that I feel very strongly about. With the introduction of social media platforms, some people have lost the ability to filter what they share with others. There are some people who disregard the cardinal rule of never bringing up politics while in a social setting, people who are rude, and mean. I don't know if it is the fact that they feel as though the computer screen creates false delusion that they can be assholes, but it shouldn't be that way. Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are still considered a social setting. The every day rules of interacting within society should still apply.

There are times when I get so completely disgusted by Facebook because all I see are people's close-minded points of view on politics and society as a whole posted in my news feed. I see negative comments where people do not think about what they are saying about others. And it makes me so frustrated to think that people use these platforms as a way to further the gap between people, instead of using what these social media applications are made for: which is forming connections. When people post closed-minded political statements, I wonder if the posters feel as though they are rallying together like minds in the quest of "exposing the truth on such-and-such". But in reality what they are doing is causing a separation amongst those who do not share their point of view. These types of people are creating friction where friction should not exist.

I know some people think that they have a right to post stuff like this, and "if you don't like it, piss off". But you know what? It shouldn't be that way. When people are becoming offended in the process maybe those posting these closed-minded posts should piss off. I am a strong believer in not offending others when an offense is not in order. I feel as though people should focus more of what they have in common instead of focusing on what makes us difference. Because when it comes down to it, we are all human, we all want to be loved, understood and cared for. Social media should not be a place for lines to be drawn, it should be a place where lines are connected.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Declaration On Skepticisim, Beliefs and Questioning Everything

I've always had a hard time understanding those who are extremely, and stubbornly, steadfast in their beliefs. There is still so much that is unknown, that it seems preposterous to be so headstrong in such constricted points of view. Things change, the search for knowledge pays off, technology advances, and discoveries are made. There needs to be a level of skepticism to the world. A level of inquisitiveness in which we strive to maintain the older we get. To remain dead set on a certain way of thinking is detrimental to the advancement of not only society, but ourselves as well.

A simple conversation with others can open us to a variety of other points of views that we may have never considered before. Points of views where no one is wrong and no one is right. All that matters is that your eyes are open and your thought process becomes altered in a way that is beneficial to yourself and those around you. If we remain in a life where we so willingly accept what others tell us a fact, how are we to ever search for the truth that is still out there? Stagnation is no way to live. We need to question what is around us. For if we do not question, we simply become the blind leading the blind.

"Beliefs are dangerous. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. A non-functioning mind is clinically dead. Believe in nothing..."


[graphic image created by me back in high school]

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Awkward Photos

Sometimes Wade & I take silly photos and every time I am reminded of how much more we really need to do this. Back in 2012 we took couple photos and back then, we promised we would make a point of it to do so every year. Well, we failed. But I swear we are going to take some soon. Hopefully sometime after next weekend, because I want more photos of us together. So, back to silly photos. Last weekend we took a few photos of one another in our kitchen before we headed out for the night and there they are in all of the awkwardness.