An article in one of the Glamour S.A. magazines titled "11 accomplishments that are bigger than they may seem" had me thinking. Why is it that we (and by we I mean me) emphasize our minor failures so much but, hardly celebrate the small victories? Are we hardwired to focus on what we lack so much so that we neglect to recognize accomplishments if they are not colossal? I have always had this thing where I silently compare my own victories to those of others. It's not something that I do on purpose, it's just human nature I guess. I suppose this makes my accomplishments feel slightly less significant.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
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I have always been a people pleaser. I would go out of my way to make sure no one would ever accuse me of being inconsiderate. I think part of the reason I was always so accommodating no matter what was because I wanted to steer clear of conflict at all costs. But, I have come to realize something. While I was making sure everyone else was pleased, I was unhappy. And severely so. It never occurred to me that conflict was not only necessary at times but, also crucial to my inner peace and ultimately my happiness.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
|A statement coat will make even the dullest of jeans look polished.|
|You can wear jeans top to bottom and add your own pieces for comfort.|
|Add a stunning pair of boots.|
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
|Lunch dates with my family will always make me happy.|
|An honest review on a product I adore. You can read it here|
|Going anywhere with this guy is fun and every now and then we remember to take a picture together.|
|The way to my heart :)|
Friday, April 2, 2021
- The texture- It is super lightweight and not greasy which makes it easy to wear under your foundation. It also absorbs super quickly so you don't spend your precious time rubbing your face.
- The light blue pot with the white lid is , as I have mentioned, quite a charming change for someone who normally prefers a pump bottle. I like that it looks pretty on my night stand.
- It has a comforting smell that is not overwhelming. This is important to me especially since we cannot escape any smells while wearing our masks.
- Even though the gel absorbs very quickly you immediately notice how it quenches your skin. This probably stood out for me the most. While my skin is not particularly dry, the gel made a visible difference. I looked well rest and hydrated every time I used it.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Monday, January 4, 2021
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Disclaimer:Today has been a complete mess. It took me almost half an hour to connect to my WiFi and actually sit down and type this post. To be frank I was on the brink of giving up but, as they say, we move.
A few months ago I started reading a book that really helped me deal with worry. Given the current state of, well, everything, it was safe to say that I was not coping. I made a choice to blog about the book in order to regurgitate what I have been reading and somehow keep processing it. You can read my first post here .
In my previous post I have explained how living in "day tight compartments" can be beneficial in the sense that it gives you the opportunity to focus on the problem at hand rather than dwelling on the past or fearing the future. Chapter two focuses more on how you actually deal with said problem. The method used by William H Carrier "a brilliant engineer who launched the air conditioning industry" has been working really well for me simply because it is so practical.
Step 1 requires you to analyze the situation honestly and figure out what is the worst that can actually happen. Can I die? Can I go to jail? You know, all the hectic stuff. This is probably the most difficult part because you truly have to be honest with yourself and this can easily increase your anxiety. On the bright side, you might find that you have been overreacting a bit and that the "worst" is really not that bad. This happens to me quite often at work. Whenever I make a mistake I imagine that the repercussions for that mistake will be gigantic. However, when I calmly sit and think about it I often find that I have blown everything out of proportion in my mind.
Once you have figured out the worst case scenario you can now move on to step 2 which is making peace with the worst and relaxing so you can start to work on Step 3: Calmly thinking of ways to improve on the worst. See, when you are busy worrying, you are not able to think rationally or come up with practical solutions.
Over the last few months I have found many things to worry about. Some of them were brought on by the uncertainty of the future and what it would look like because of Covid 19 but, this book has given me something else to focus on and for that I am grateful. Listen, I am not saying that all your worry will magically disappear when you read this book. No not at all. Some of us have lost jobs and loved ones this year without much warning so the world is in a pretty dismal state. What I'm saying is that it is ok to have hope. Hope gives us something to hang on to. Something to look forward to. So perhaps give this method a try and see how you feel about worry. Who knows? Maybe shifting your perspective will inject a little hope into you.
I would love to hear from you.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
I know it's been a while since I have posted but, to be honest, this pandemic just sucked the life out of me. I was uninspired and unmotivated and really not in the mood to blog about anything . However, with life returning to somewhat normal, I have a few beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts lined up. Let's dive in to the first product I am beyond excited to share with you!
Now I'll be the first to admit that I am the queen of beauty on a budget but, this mask is definitely worth your coins. The mask is ultra absorbent and aids in deep cleansing and exfoliating combination to oily skin. It also rids the skin of toxins,excess sebum and impurities thanks to the charcoal and kaolin it contains. The french brand was created in 1920 by Dr. Nadia Payot and if I'm being completely frank, it seemed a bit out of my range purely because its a bit pricey. So needless to say when I got a good deal on the mask, I jumped at the chance to use it.
What I adored about this mask was how amazing it smelled to begin with. You know how most charcoal masks dry to an impossibly hard cast, this one does the exact opposite. Also you don't have to scrub half of your face of to get it all of. I've seen a major change in the few weeks I've been using it. The first week however, a few pimples appeared but, I figured it was just the charcoal pulling the impurities to the surface.
Lets just say if I can, I will repurchase this mask without a doubt. I look forward to the next few weeks if masking. Do you mask? What is you favourite one at the moment? I look forward to hearing from you
TILL LATER, LAUREN
Friday, June 12, 2020
For starters, if you are only focusing on the immediate problem you might have a better chance of either fixing it quicker or realizing that in fact you have little to actually worry about. I have been applying the same principle in my life for the last few weeks especially when I think about the Covid-19 virus. Yes, I have never been this scared in my life but,I have decided to take it one day at a time, Mostly because I don't want my son to be paralyzed by fear as well.
My daily routine includes sanitizing religiously, social distancing, reading something that makes me happy and hopeful, getting a few minutes of exercise in (albeit indoors), hydrating and taking immune boosters. It makes me feel somewhat in control of the situation.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
*Stockings : gifted
TILL LATER, LAUREN!