It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post and that’s mainly because I have been so busy, but also because I lost a little bit of inspiration on what to write about. However, my writers block is officially over today, so let’s just dive right into it eh?
So ever since the year 2018 embarked upon us all, I had somewhat of a quarter life crisis and realized I couldn’t just continue passively living and needed to make my everyday routine more healthy/productive. So I did it. Here are the top 5 things I have done over the last few months that I have noticed really have changed my life for the better:
Invested in a bunch of water bottles
I keep a big water bottle near my bed, I take one in my bag with me everywhere I go, another one is in my fridge and I also have one sitting in my living room. I will force myself to drink water constantly throughout the day, even when I am not thirsty. My skin has never been better, and I also realized that a lot of the unhealthy snacks I kept munching on in the past because I thought I was hungry- was actually my body craving water. I am so glad I managed to cut out the unnecessary junk out of my life. Oh, I also add a slice of lemon to all my bottles, it makes all this drinking so much more delicious.
Made a proper skin, nails and hair care routine
For the longest time, I would just have a beauty day when I was in the mood- which was pretty infrequent. I now make sure to consistently take time out to take care of myself.
For my skin: On a daily basis now I take the time to properly cleanse and exfoliate my face, apply toner, moisturizer, eye cream, sunblock, and weekly masks. I can see the difference in my skin and don’t plan to stop!
For my hair: I make sure to oil my hair and do a hair mask at least once a week. There truly is no other way to a silky mane.
For my nails: I used to regularly spend $50 on a manicure and pedicure, but soon realized that was just not feasible. I have now invested in a mani-pedi tool kit alongside some nourishing nail and cuticle serums which I use to keep my nails strong.
Working out at least 3 times a week
Ideally I try and work out 4 times a week, but with life and all that- I ensure that at the least, I am working out 3 times a week. I actually prefer going to the gym over working out at home because all the equipment makes the whole process so much more efficient and fun. However, when I don’t have a whole hour, I will use Youtube, my yoga mat, resistance bands and some dumbbells to get a nice routine going. My body is definitely looking tighter and I feel so much healthier.
Taking some personal time
It is extremely easy to get caught up with our robotic and routine lifestyles, and it is important to take some time out to just do what makes you feel good. I will take the 3 hours before bedtime to read a novel, call up some loved ones and catch up, just laze around and day dream… whatever it may be! Switching off from any screen time right before hitting the sack also really provides for some good night sleep.
Reflecting on my life
This is a little vague, but I will try my best to get my intended message across. I feel like a a lot of us live too much in the moment. Yes, being present is extremely important, however- sometimes we forget to look at the bigger picture and see where our life is really going. My personal biggest fear, is suddenly reaching 30 and being shocked at where I am in life and how far away I am from my goals and dreams. I think it is important to make checks every now and then to see what we are doing, see if this is really where we want to continue being, and if not- how can we change that. Here’s something I’d like to share… For the longest time now, I have been sick of Vancouver, I have complained and complained about how boring I find the city and how I have outgrown it and need a change. After living here and being in my comfort zone for 6 years, I realized I need to be brave and follow what my mind and body is ready for. I am heading to Toronto for a few months in October. I literally know 5 people there and I am terrified but also extremely excited. Whether or not I end up loving it, at least I won’t be sitting here wondering what if.
I’ll leave you guys on that thought. Please ponder away and feel free to shoot any thoughts my way.