25 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 25

Self-love and self-care haven’t always come easy for me. While I love the idea of relaxing, it’s hard for me to put it into practice. Being consistent with elements that revolve around taking care of myself is usually a struggle. I’ve never been too sure why, and I’m trying to figure it out as I go.

But what I’ve learned in these last 25 years is that I have a whole lifetime to figure it out. I hope it doesn’t take that long, but I am slowly learning to let go of the need to have everything figured out.

… Which leads me to the first thing I’ve learned:

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Your Go-To Guide to Saving Money Any Time of the Year

I’ll be the first to admit that I looooove shopping. I do it way too often whether it’s aimlessly perusing the aisles at TJ-Maxx or filling up my online shopping cart with items, I don’t need.

Since finding out that fast fashion is right below oil when we’re looking at how harmful it is for our environment and watching documentaries like Stink! really got me thinking about the clothes I put on my body and my overall carbon footprint.

Although I am trying to cut back on my shopping, I can’t say that I’m always successful. When I have big events or going away for a weekend, I still find myself back at the racks looking for clothes.

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How Does Mindfulness Lead to Success?

Self-care is important. Whether it’s quick mini-meditations each morning to your weekly Sunday bath – it’s about time you put yourself on the top of your list of priorities.

As a woman, at times we may feel like we can’t do certain things (like taking care of ourselves and putting ourselves first!) but don’t let the noise put you down. Whether you have kids, are in school, or anywhere in between – let’s dive deeper into ways that we can put ourselves first and still be successful.

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Spring Skincare Routine

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I’m a very simple gal, especially when it comes to my skincare. Being that I’m in a completely different climate and actually experiencing seasons, my skin has reacted so differently than before. I’ve been noticing that my skin needs more moisture and has been more oily/dry combo than anything else. Due to this, I’m super careful with the moisturizers I use since I hate that heavy feeling many moisturizers give. I’ve also been breaking out more often than usual which I’ve surmised to a.) not drinking enough water and b.) the food I’m eating.

I am more of the DIY-skincare type so I’m all about tea tree, coconut oil… I think you get where I’m going.  That will very much shine true in my current skincare routine but I’m still tweaking it as I go and notice how my skin reacts to certain products. Like always, if you have any recommendations or want to share your current skincare routine/story, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

*Slight spoilers ahead!*

What you need to know:

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 368

Release Date: January 30, 2018

Goodreads Overall Rating: 3.8/5

Would recommend? Yes! But with some thoughts, of course.

If we look at the review ratings on Goodreads alone, you might be thinking, Why should I even bother? And although I completely understand the hesitation, please, please hear me out. Overall, The Hazel Wood was a very interesting and fun read. Melissa Albert is a wonderful plotter and has a way of really allowing the reader to fully delve into the story. But of course, praise cannot come with its own set of issues. Which I do have. The Hazel Wood did have its moments, but there were many things I really liked. I found myself reading the book late at night feeling truly creeped out. Which, in my opinion (given the setting, of course) is a good thing!

But before we even get there. Let me tell you a bit about this book first.

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Create a Positive Money Mindset for Success After College!

Taking control of your money and being self-sufficient is an incredibly freeing thing. Especially for those of us who are still in that in-between stage where we’re expected to be adults but still vaguely understand how to file our taxes. That’s what tax preparers are for, right?

Let’s face it. I’ve always been an incredibly frugal person. Cutting corners and purchasing the cheaper option was my go-to for a really long time. I’ve spent a lot of time over-analyzing my bank account and creating budgets on top of budgets to feel secure. Rarely would I allow myself to spend on myself, and if I did — yup, you guessed it: I’d go the cheaper route. In the end, I’d end up losing track of my budget plan and spending way too much on unnecessary things.

So how do we combat this and take control of our money?

Simple. It takes a little bit of time and tons of tweaking, but follow these steps and you will find yourself in a better place financially in just a couple of months!

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Blogger Checklist: 5 Things Every Successful Blogger Should Do Before Clicking ‘Publish’ (Free Checklist!)

As you’re getting started with blogging, you want to first get in the mind of a blogger. What resources do they use? What tips do they follow? Do they have a particular schedule? Do they wear their comfiest pajamas to blog? Okay — maybe not that specific, but I think you get my point. With my blog posts, there are a few guidelines I like to follow before I am completely confident with my content and I know you do, too. But where do you track it all? What should you track!? From what I’ve observed throughout my research before getting started with my blog, and even now, I have noticed that many bloggers give themselves a checklist or guideline on what they should and must do before pushing ‘Publish.’

Allow me to shed some light, my fellow bloggers!

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How I Feel After Attending a Networking Event, and What I Aim To Do Better | Reflection #4

Alright. Yep. Let’s just get it out there.

I haven’t been meeting my posting goals and I’m not sorry.

Yup. You heard me right. Not sorry.

Okay. Maybe I am… just a little?

Let me explain. Last week was such a mentally exhausting week for me and this week has been just as bad. Except, somewhat refreshing? Kind of like when you were a kid at your friend’s house and hit that threshold where it’s just past your bedtime but you’re pushing through, feeling somewhat delusional ’cause you just wanna have fun? Yep. I’m here in the midst of that.

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Sticking to My Goals and Straying Away from Getting into a Rut | Weekly Reflection #3

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Not only am I coming to you guys on Wednesday with my weekly reflection, but I also have yet to stick to my 3 blog posts a week.

Even though that is still a goal of mine, I also have to realize that in order to reach our goals sometimes we have to fail, which at any other point of my life I would have thought that to be unfortunate. This time is a little different.

I’m actually glad for relaxing the later part of last week because by the time we got to Tuesday (aka yesterday) I was exhausted.

Not only is it winter and I’m in the PNW but I’m also such an introvert (and a Cancer, if you’re into astrology) that sometimes I just need some time to hole myself up in my apartment. In addition to my boyfriend and I just moving here, we’re also trying to keep up with being actual adults and doing boring stuff that we tend to leave out on Instagram. (I’m looking at you, messy section of piled up envelopes on my kitchen counter.)

Luckily, today we won’t be talking about that! Instead, we’re going to take a moment to reflect on what I felt yesterday and really understand what my body was telling me. Last week I was consistent with practicing yoga and meditating before bed. I also think I was pretty good at waking up somewhat earlier although I kind of fell off there Thursday and Friday (woke up at 9 am, roughly) since I was just lazing around those days ’cause I knew the weekend would be pretty killer.

I don’t think I ever really took into consideration the physical and mental weight that moving across country has on your body. I think that’s why I want to take advantage of whatever it is I’m feeling right now and focus on the good. This week has been a lot of that.

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