Get My Mind Right Sunday Routine

This is the second part to my first blog post 2016 Sunday Beauty Routine. This is my routine that helps me get mentally prepared for a new week. Some people are able to party all the way till early Monday morning and if that’s you then power to you! I used to be one of those people in my early 20s but now I prefer not to go out on Sunday nights because I work so early in the morning. I am not a morning person and I like to make things easy when I wake up so I’m on autopilot: have my work clothes laid out, lunch already packed, and work bag right by the door. Here are the top five things I’m doing the night before:

Yoga

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The yoga mat that I practice on

I have been practicing yoga off and on for over five years. It is very therapeutic for me and really helps with my anxiety. When I am doing the poses I am also breathing heavily while holding each posture (it sounds a little bit like I’m snoring loud but it’s just breathing exercises). This helps me to release all the tension and be in the present moment. A lot of people are not really believers in the benefits of yoga but I can honestly say it is very effective.

Meditation

Meditation is not something I am consistent with like yoga but sometimes when I am going through something that is out of my control, I sit and meditate to get closure and calm my mind. I meditate by sitting still either quietly or with calming music then I pick an affirmation to repeat in my head. Then I start to pray and ask for God to calm and heal my heart on whatever is going on. Even though I only meditate for a few minutes now and then, I am interested in growing the practice. Russell Simmons said “If you don’t have 20 minutes to delve into your self through meditation, then that means you really need two hours.” I believe this but doing even thirty minutes of meditation consistently is tough and you have to be extremely disciplined. One day I will reach that level.

Meal Prep

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This week I made fettuccine with zucchini and cherry tomatoes (my fav pasta dish lately!)

Meal prep helps me stay consistent with eating healthy during the week. Without meal prep I would be eating expensive high carb and high sugar foods all the time. Since I am still on the weight loss journey I like to plan out my meals in advance. I go to the grocery store every week and on Sundays I prepare the meals.

Reading

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Reading is something I recently added to my Sunday routine. I love to read a few pages of a book before bed. The last book I started was The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It was a library book so unfortunately I couldn’t finish it in time since someone requested it after me and I had to return it lol. I am going to purchase the book eventually because I truly enjoyed learning about how important it is to always be in the present moment. Right now I am in the mood to read a good thriller so I am going to take a break and read something else before I go back to reading it.

Podcasts

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I listen to podcasts while I’m in the bathroom. Since I’m in there for nearly an hour I use that time to catch up on some self help. My favorites right now are Trust and Believe by Shaun T and I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty. One gives inspiring stories and inspiration about being healthy and the other gives advice about being a writer.

What common practices do you have that help you “get your mind right” and ready to start a new week?

Thanks for reading!

Pumpkin Candles

I started my fall pumpkin candle collection! Check out the two I purchased last weekend:

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Got this one from Marshall’s
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Bath & Body Works

I have these on my want list once I run out:

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Anthropologie
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Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, etc

So are you ready for fall yet? Unfortunately, I am not! I much prefer summer weather but fall is my favorite time of year for fashion! I admit I am behind on my clothes shopping because I am still buying a lot of home decor for my apartment. The good news is I live in Texas so it is still summer here and I will not able to wear any fall items until around the end of October but either way, I still have a ton of fall posts that I want to put out into the world so be on the lookout!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

2016 Sunday Beauty Routine

Happy Labor Day weekend! I just wanted to discuss my short and sweet sunday funday beauty routine! This simple maintenance routine is something I love to do to help prepare me for the week ahead and give my body a fresh start.

Hot Oil Treatments

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This year is all about long hair goals for me so I have been taking biotin pills every day and doing hot oil treatments every two weeks to keep my hair healthy. The treatments have been amazing! My hair has been very manageable and shiny since I have added this to my routine.

Pedicure

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Zoya nail polish

I like to refresh my pedicure on sundays using my Zoya polish collection (still growing of course). I got rid of all the other nail polish brands I purchased because this was the only brand that lasts over a week for me. The rest of them would start to chip within days😦

Face Mask

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I use the Josie Maran whipped mud mask once a week to detoxify my skin and add moisture. I wrote a review on this mask in a previous blog post and you can view it here.

Body Scrub

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I give my body a really hard scrub in the shower to get rid of all the dead skin and have a buttery smooth texture to start off the week with. The Tree Hut body scrubs help get the job done. When I get out of the shower I just dry off and apply coconut oil.

There will be another blog post about my sunday routine discussing how I prepare my mind for a new week! Thanks for reading. 

Asos Show n Tell

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So my loafers arrived today! The first of many to be honest I have a few more saved on my Pinterest board. These are the Asos brand monty leather tassle loafers in nude and I am absolutely in love with this color! I couldn’t wait to try them on and they fit perfectly. I ordered another accessory as well (wool fedora) but that’s arriving separately.

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The loafers retail for $72.55 but I got them on sale for $51.

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The material is a patent finish and 100% real leather upper.

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Fits nicely!!

Can’t wait to order more fall goodies from Asos!

Thanks for checking out my loafers!

There is more to come🙂

Houston: Travel Post

I spent the weekend in Houston for the first time! It was a great road trip and also my first time traveling alone. I read on a few blogs about how beneficial traveling alone can be so I put it on my to-do list and it was an amazing experience that I plan to do a lot more now. Check out a few beginner photography iPhone pics below!

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Hotels.com had an good deal so I decided to stay at the Westin hotel in Houston which is connected to the Galleria mall. I was on the 13th floor and had an amazing view of uptown. You can also see a small glimpse of downtown. The hotel is nice…not perfect…but nice and spacious.

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King Suite
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Hermann Park. Can you spot the pretty rainbow?
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You have to check out this place called Tacos A Go Go. I believe it was in the midtown area.
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Tacos A GoGo food porn: Two breakfast tacos, potatoes, refried beans, and sangria
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Admiring a Tesla SUV at the Tesla store in Galleria mall
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A huge standalone Topshop in Galleria mall…I was in heaven

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I took a lot more pics but I lost most of them because I ran out of space on my phone and thought I emailed them all to myself before I deleted them but I was wrong😦   I can’t wait to order a new iPhone with more space! I went to the Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park and I really wish I had those amazing pics to share! I found out that a friend I haven’t seen in years lives there now so we had a chance to catch up before I got back on the road. I did not have a lot of time to explore the city but I will definitely go back to Houston and check out more food and places to hang out in the near future.

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Sunrise

Next time I travel (which will be soon) hopefully I’ll have plenty of space to take some great photos. Thanks for checking out the blog.

Loving Someone Unapologetically

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I started writing at 3am and exposed something that’s been on my heart.

Being unapologetic can come off as heartless. You don’t give a fu** about someone else’s feelings. But I’m learning that in some situations it can be far from that. In a situation where you love someone who doesn’t love you and you remain platonic friends with them to “see what happens,” your heart ends up at a crossroad. So do you own up to your feelings and stop things from being one sided or do you just continue being friends because that’s the right thing to do and you don’t want to come off as some crass heartless human being?

Loving unapologetically means you picked a side and although it’s one of the hardest things you will ever do, you chose not to muffle your feelings just to please the other person. You will know if you are not being transparent. You will be fine one minute then when you lay in bed at night you cry about it because you weren’t real with yourself in the first place. Loving unapologetically means that you accepted that love doesn’t just wipe away with a sponge. Loving unapologetically means that you will not accept a connection that is simply one-sided. It also means that you will not half a** your emotions. It will not make you happy in the long run. What will make you happy is accepting that you gave someone your all but you are not the one that they choose. So you wish them the best and stop responding until you are completely past it. You pray for nothing but happiness and success in their lives whatever that is for them, but that picture you have in your head of wanting a future with them is not reality. You are fascinating. Fascinating people don’t settle they keep it moving. If you ever had a situation in your life where you ended up loving someone and they don’t love you, I want to tell you right now that it is OK to cut them off, not look back and don’t apologize if you tried everything else. Just live your life and love yourself first. You know what loving someone who doesn’t love you feels like? You have just been shot in the chest and now you have to stop the bleeding. You clean it and put bandages over it everyday waiting for it to heal. Every time you get a text message from this person, you start bleeding again and you have to start the healing process all over again. Your wound will get infected unless you choose to do something about it. You have to take time for yourself to heal and become strong again. So then choose. No one will hate you I promise. Block them temporarily. Grab your favorite food and a glass of wine. Cry a little bit more if you need to. Then start living your life like you are going to die tomorrow.

Book flights everywhere and go sightseeing.

Call your family.

Skydive if that’s what you really want to do.

Be so busy that you no longer have time to think about losing them anymore. Stop apologizing for loving someone and it not turning out the way you wanted it to. Once the gunshot wound heals, there is a whole new adventure out there waiting for you to experience. You don’t have to settle.  You are doing this because in the back of your mind you know fascinating people deserve much better. You deserve to move on completely and do some big things in your life without idealizing over someone. If they wanted to be with you then that’s what they would be working towards. Accept that it is not their goal and it shouldn’t be yours either. I’m not saying that things can’t change. I am saying that you can’t wait around to see if things will change.

LET GO right now.

Someone out there in the world is hurting and needs to see this.

Thank you if you read this all the way to the end🙂