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Monthly Goals for June 2019

Monthly Goals for June 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Four days ago on Instagram, I created this post. I discussed not only how fast it seems the year is going by but how we change with it. I thought it would be a great idea to break this down in more detail. I will be sharing my thoughts on this along with my goals for the month.

 

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How Time Passes

It’s crazy how quickly this year is passing. I’m not the best at keeping track of dates and time, my family can tell you. I had to double check the calendar this morning to make sure it was really the first of June.

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But with each post like this, we get to look back on what we were able to accomplish within the month. Each day we are given the same set amount of hours. And it is up to us to make use of them.

Each day we are given the same set amount of hours. And it is up to us to make use of them. Click To Tweet

Monthly goals for June 2019

We have the possibility to do better each and every day. And that is what matters. Not negative things. But the positive ones.

We have the possibility to do better each and every day. And that is what matters. Not negative things. But the positive ones. Click To Tweet

Monthly Goals for June 2019

This month I’m honestly open to everything. I don’t want to stress too much about numbers. My focus this month will be on building relationships and connecting with others.

Three Goals For the Month

  • Start with a blank slate. I didn’t want to come into this month with any of the baggage from the previous month. Any and all negativity will be left behind.
  • Create good habits. This is honestly a goal of mine every month. If I can get the good habits I want to keep a part of my schedule they will become more concrete.
  • Get organized. I want to get everything organized so I can figure out what I need to work on. The majority of my schedule right now is doctor appointments. But I want to work on my time management skills.

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One Thing You Learned About Yourself Last Month

I learned more about the people around me than about myself I think. I’m surrounded by such wonderful and loving friends and family. Last month was very bittersweet but I learned to appreciate the people around me.

Monthly goals for June 2019

I’ve known about my hip for years. The Orthopedic doctor, Hip Surgeon, and Physical Therapist that I’ve seen through the years have done all they can to help maintain it. But knowing that another surgery may be in my near future has me anxious.

See Also: The Visionary Friend

I think my family and friends can sense that. Ever since we’ve got the initial diagnosis they have been very supportive. And I am so grateful.

Something New You Want To Try

This may sound so odd, but I want to document my life more. You would think being a blogger and social media influencer I would get enough of it but it’s just the opposite. I actually don’t take that many pictures.

If you look at my Instagram, you don’t see many pictures of me. Even in my daily life outside of blogging, I don’t take many pictures. And I want to change that.

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I mustered up enough energy to go to the movies with my sister when she was in town a couple of weeks ago. And I didn’t take any pictures of the two of us. The last set of family pictures we took I think I was a sophomore in high school. Crazy, I know.

What goals do you have for June? Let me know in the comments below.

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Where Would We Be Without Support?

Where Would We Be Without Support?

I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. The main focus of my thoughts has been on family, but since starting this blogging journey I realize the importance of friendship more, too. I mainly started blogging because I needed an outlet to express myself.

I’ve discussed a little bit of my health situation in a previous post before, but the majority of my time is spent at doctor’s appointments or at physical therapy. I got stuck in a rut of not feeling anything and just going through the motions.

See Also: The Illusion Of Social Media

Where would we be without support?

One day, I finally got sick of it and I decided that I wanted to change what I could. Now, my health situation is not going to change. But I could change the way I perceive my life and my outlook on it. I remember that when I was younger, writing helped me vent out all the raging emotions that I had inside. I’ve never been much of a talker but putting pen to paper seemed to be my way of communicating. There were some things that I wrote that I would share and others I wouldn’t.

My health situation is not going to change. But I could change the way I perceive my life and my outlook on it. Click To Tweet

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I decided that I wanted this time to be different. I thought, “why not make a blog? I have plenty of opinions. I’m always trying new products, this could work out.”

Where would we be without support?

Talking it over with my mother really helped me with my decision. She’s my soundboard for a lot of things, and I knew that if she thought it wasn’t a good decision, she would be frank about it and tell me. To my surprise, she was all for it.

See Also: Letting Go of Old

I made the decision to keep some things private and I still am. One of my biggest problems is that I’ve always been quite shy about my writing. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to tell my other family members and friends about my blog.

Britt K/@AltSpeaking on Twitter helped me see that I was making a bigger fuss about it then I needed to. For some reason, I thought that I need to make my blog a topic of conversation or at least bring it up in conversation. In the end, all I did was follow a few of them from my blog Instagram account and word got out. It made me realize if my friends and family, know who I am, then what’s the point in hiding my name. I admit that my thinking is weird sometimes.

Where would we be without support?

Twitter alone has been a big support to me. In not only finding like-minded individuals, ones who love to write and share their opinions, but people that truly want to support each other in every aspect that they can. When I started my blog, I knew what my topics were going to be, but I didn’t know how to reach readers or interact with others. I’ve learned so much just being on Twitter than anywhere else. And I think with that you have to put yourself out there.

I don’t want to be known as someone who stepped on people to get anything in life. So I want my blogging life/side to be the same way. If I can read, share, RT, or follow, I will do that. And my thinking is, “If I don’t do it for others, then how can I expect someone to do it for me?” Once again, these are just my personal thoughts. But my question for today is: How have you been shown support recently? or, When was the last time that you gave support to someone that needed it?

If I can read, share, RT, or follow, I will do that. And my thinking is, If I don't do it for others, then how can I expect someone to do it for me? Click To Tweet

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Originally Posted October 5, 2017
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La Vie en Rose Collection by LaRose Bath and Beauty Review

La Vie en Rose Collection

by LaRose Bath and Beauty

Review

Originally posted February 8th, 2018

It has been quite some time since there has been a beauty review on my blog. My goal is to start the process of changing that today. Back in January of 2018, I won a giveaway. It was hosted by Simply Shaiz and the products were from LaRose Bath & Beauty.

I will be sharing my thoughts on the moisturizer, clay mask, and toner that I was sent. Heziah was kind enough to share her discount code with me, I will put that at the end of the post.

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Information About LaRose Bath & Beauty

LaRose Bath & Beauty uses organic and natural ingredients to make its products. I took a moment to get familiar with the website and I really like the Ingredients Page. Not only does it list what they use, but it gives an explanation of how it helps. This will be useful to some who want to find more information about natural products. Or what is in inside their current products.

La Vie en Rose Collection

 

Organic French Rose Clay Mask with Crushed Rose Petals

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Ingredients: clay (french rose), organic rose petals

In the directions, it gave the option to mix with either water or honey. I chose honey. Clay by itself is great for oily skin, and getting the toxins out of your skin. Honey naturally has plenty of antioxidants and it is good for redness. Putting both of them together seemed like a no-brainer for me. The smell was an added bonus, it was very relaxing.

Following the instructions, I applied it to my face and let it dry. My skin didn’t feel overly dry afterward. It felt clean and smooth. This is definitely a mask that I would recommend.

Organic Rose Water Face Toner

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Ingredients: Organic Rosa Damascena Distillate (Rose Water)

I absolutely love how simplistic these products are. Since I started my blog I have become more consciously aware of what my products are made of. Reading just one ingredient is like a breath of fresh air. This toner is really good. I’m used to using my homemade ACV toner and the vinegar has to be distilled because it is so harsh. Comparing the two, the Rose Water Toner is so light and refreshing.

Organic Rose Hips Infused Moisturizer

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Ingredients: Organic Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Organic Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa (Rose Hips), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed oil

All of the oils listed in the ingredients are great for moisture and dry skin. You would think with all the oils listed it, using this would leave your skin dripping with oil. That is not the case at all. Some of these oils penetrate in the skin that your face won’t shine or glisten. When I applied it, I could tell that my skin was moisturized but not heavily done. This was actually my favorite product out of the trio.

More Info

I have supplied the links to each product in the subheadings. Please let me know what you thought about this review, and if you would ever buy from LaRose Bath & Beauty.

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If you would like to purchase any items, please use my friends code for a discount. It is: Shaiz10

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3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try

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Read the previous post here: Protective Styling

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today’s post is all about skin care. It plays an important role in our health and also how we feel about ourselves. Depending on its importance to you, it may be a part of your self-care routine.

See also: Create a Self-Care Toolkit

Buying products for your skin, shouldn’t break the bank. We should all be able to find great products that produce wonderful results without a heavy price tag. There should always be a happy medium. I’ll be sharing my review of three affordable skincare products that work for me and where you can buy them.

 

St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub

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Link to Amazon, Walmart

I have oily-combination skin on my face. And that seems like a simple term, but for me it’s quite complex. My forehead and the area around my nose try to compete with the sun to see who can shine the most. While my chin and cheeks dry out in the desert.

I’ve found that using the St. Ives facial scrub kind of sets me back at one. My skin is not too dry and not too oily. But I will only use it twice a week at most. If I try and use it more than that I find that it irritates my skin. And it causes me to get bumps that develop into pimples.

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I truly enjoy this scrub and I’ve been using it for years. But I think each individual has to figure how to use it to make it work best for them.

 

7thHeaven Black Seaweed Peel-Off mask

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Link to Walmart

This mask contains Sea Salt, Lava Seaweed, and Sea Buckthorn as some of its main components. As I was waiting for this mask to dry, I looked up why these ingredients were included. While regular salt is known to be drying, sea salt helps with the skin’s hydration. Seaweed itself is high in nutrients and a great component to add to your diet. It’s a great antioxidant so it can help keep your skin clear. Sea Buckthorn is great for anti-aging by giving nourishment to your skin.

On the back of the mask, the directions stated to:

  • Cleanse Face
  • Apply Mask 
  • Wait 20-25 minutes
  • Peel Off

I didn’t use any special technique to apply the mask, I honestly just used my fingers. But I did pay special attention to make sure I didn’t get it on my eyebrows or in my hair. After 25 minutes, the mask was still tacky in some spots so I gave it an extra five minutes to dry. Now the smell reminds me of the bubbles I used to play with as a child, but I think it may just be the seaweed. The mask does slightly tingle on the skin, but I found it relaxing.

Garnier SkinActive Soothing Cleansing Milk

Garnier skinactive cleansing milkLink to Amazon, Walmart

First of all, let me just say, that I didn’t know what a “cleansing milk” was before using this. So I learned something new. I had to go to handy-dandy Google to figure out what that meant. But if you are as clueless as me, it basically means it’s meant to moisturize and cleanse at the same time.

I really appreciate that it’s made out of 98% naturally derived ingredients and that it lists them on the back, what they are, and where they come from. I’ve had some products before that I had no idea what I was reading when I looked at the ingredient list. But then I realized that it reflected badly on me if I didn’t know what I was putting in or on my body. So now I try to pay more attention to the ingredient list, and what’s listed first is usually what it contains the most of. This cleansing milk lists: purified water, coconut, corn, soybean, and rose as its first five ingredients and I’m not mad at that.

3 Affordable Skincare Products You Have to Try- It plays an important role in how we feel about ourselves. But buying skincare shouldn't break the bank.

The directions are to apply to your skin dry, massage gently, then rinse off. I did use it twice, just to make sure I removed all my makeup. It was more of a reassurance for me than anything else. I used a quarter sized amount both times and that’s really all you need for your whole face.

The consistency reminds me of one of the Olay cream cleansers. It’s creamy, but it’s not thick, it’s almost like a lotion or a moisturizer. I do like the scent of this. When it comes to perfumes and candles I tend to stick to fruity and citrus scents, I love the smell of lemon, I think it smells quite clean. I don’t mind the scent of this product. The rose water isn’t overbearing, but it does add an air of freshness.


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Create a Self-Care Toolkit

Create a Self-Care Toolkit

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According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, the definition of self-care is, ”The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”

In Knowing Your Limits, I discussed what limits are and broke down the differences between physical, mental, and emotional limits. Today,  I’m going to help you create a self-care toolkit. From this post, you’ll be able to learn how to use it, what should go in it, and why it is important.

What is a Self-Care Toolkit?

In some ways, a self-care toolkit is self-explanatory (pun intended). A master craftsman keeps his toolbox full of instruments that he knows. He understands how they work, what role they play, and how they benefit him in the job he wants to perform. The same can be said for a self-care toolkit. Fill it with items that are going to help you fulfill your self-care routine.

How to Create a Self-Care Toolkit- Do you know what a self-care toolkit is? Want to find out the steps on how to make one? Read the article to find out how.- jointhemeproject.com

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Build up Where You Are Low

A self-care routine can have many factors to it. But I think it’s most important to build yourself up where you feel low. If you feel tired mentally add in items that are going to help you with that. Vice versa for other factors in your life that need strengthening.

Building off of Knowing Your Limits, I’ll be breaking the self-care routine into three parts:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Mental

The Tools

Chesapeake Bay Candle- Balance + Harmony

Price: $9.99

With a blend of Water Lily, pear and peach this candle can be a great physical addition to your self-care kit. Let the aroma relax you and ease away the stresses of your day.

 

#ANOTE2SELF Meditation Journal


Price: $11.99

For your emotional needs, I definitely recommend this journal. It was created with self-care and mental health as its purpose. Inside you’ll find writing prompts and goals with healing in mind.

 

Verilux HappyLight

Price: $39.95

While I’m including this light in the mental category, it can really go in all three because it has so many benefits. This light copies what we would get from the sun. This light therapy can help regulate your body. With its compact size, take it with you when you travel or place it where you need it most.

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These are just a few of the items I recommend you add to your self-care kit. You can view the rest below, simply click the picture.

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As always, let me know what you thought about this post. What would you add to your self-care kit?

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“Nana! The Pot’s Burning!”

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”The Pot’s Burning!”

Originally Posted November 28, 2017
Read the previous post here: Not so Black and White: My Family History

The funny thing about life is that no amount of scheduling or planning can prepare you for when things go awry. My mother had this phrase her Nana taught her to say when she was little. ”Nana The Pot’s Burning!”, was code for ”I don’t feel like being bothered.” Or ”I don’t want to talk right now.”

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My mother’s Nana wasn’t the type of woman to say those things out right. So my mother would come up with a kitchen emergency to get her off the phone. Then her nana would rush off the phone like it was an emergency. The only thing is, this could only be done a few times to the same person or else they would catch on. Over the week, and even yesterday, I had a series of “Pot Burnings”.

The Week

Monday and on into Thursday, I had a moment of realization that I was fighting against my own body. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. I’ve been sick with a virus for about a week which by itself is okay. But I’ve also been dealing with complications with my Migraines and Occipital Neuralgia.

”Nana! The Pot’s Burning!”- ”Nana The Pot’s Burning!”, was code for ”I don’t feel like being bothered.” Or ”I don’t want to talk right now.” Read the full article at jointhemeproject.com

I don’t discuss all of my health issues, that often because honestly, there are many. While one is being handled, the others are sitting on the shelf. And I don’t want my health to become a “thing” or an “it”. My health is a part of me, sometimes the parts don’t work like they are supposed to.

Planning for Failure

Yesterday, I started planning for the week. After one mishap after another, I realized the day wasn’t going to work out. I wasn’t working correctly and my tech has been acting up. The little bit that I was able to do wore me out.

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I was done. And I think that’s an important step to make. It’s okay to accept defeat in a battle as long as you don’t lose the war. With my anxiety and depression, I know myself enough to know I hit my limit. I needed to rest. I needed to de-stress.

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I took yesterday off. At first, I felt bad. I didn’t want to miss a post. Then I realized it didn’t matter if I wasn’t in the right mindset to write it. How could I talk about motivation, encouragement, or wellness if I wasn’t feeling these things?

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Today is better. Today, I’m here to say that it’s okay if the pot has to burn and you have to give up the day for yourself, as long as you don’t give up entirely. Bad days will happen. But good days are around the corner.

Sometimes, it's okay to admit defeat. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

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