Bath Time Essentials


S P L I S H – S P L A S H

Being a person that often struggles with high anxiety, it should come as no surprise that I love taking baths. I think they are relaxing and are a great way to take in some ‘me’ time. Even though a plain ol’ bath does the trick, I love listening to a good podcast or reading a book. I find that if I try to read throughout the day I struggle with wanting to watch television or do a task around the house. I can’t get completely focused – so I enjoy taking the time to layoff the screen time and wind down.

Below I linked some of my favorite items! One of my newest favs is actually not listed but I recently did a DYI project in my room (post soon to come) and had extra eucalyptus to hang from my shower head! It makes the room smell so fresh and so clean!

Anyways, how do you relax at the end of your day? Always looking for new tips and tricks.

xx stine



Revamp

Aw, man

You know those on and off again relationships that you just can’t let go? Yeah, that’s me and this blog. No matter how much time passes by, after a few months I have a want to start writing again; not even for anyone else but just for me. I love the way I can brain dump onto a page and it allows me to express myself through words.

For a long time I just couldn’t decide what type of blog I wanted to write. Did I want it to be funny, lifestyle related, health related, etc. I was too busy comparing what I was doing against other really famous bloggers. I didn’t feel like I could compete with their viewers, what they were doing and how often they were posting. They were always doing fun things and documenting them on their page. And then I realized, I do fun things all the time but I just don’t always have my phone in my hand to photograph them (to be fair, I think everyone probably does fun things all the time and they don’t have a blog). But I have so many stories to tell and it makes me so excited to finally feel comfortable in writing whatever I feel like.

Along with the newfound confidence, I decided that I needed to give my page a style revamp as well. So, after hours of redesigning I finally feel better about what I’m posting and where I’m posting. My blog now screams, Christine; so that’s pretty fun. **Side note: I guess I needed to revamp myself as well because my hair is now bright red. It was something that I wanted to do for awhile but never felt like the time was right. So along with many other people I colored my hair in quarantine. I can already feel the daggers coming from my hair lady’s eyes but it was just a depositing conditioner so I will have to keep y’all up-to-date on the progress of hair back to blonde(ish).

Back to the revamp, since it has been so long since I’ve consistently written on this bad boy, it’s safe to say that I’m am a lot different than I was when I was initially writing. You may not see as many fitness and health posts but maybe what to watch on Netflix right now or this is the coffee shop I went to today. All and all I want to engage with the community and maybe make some new friends along the way.

Thank you for everyone for your continuous support and I’ll forever be grateful to you.

xx stine

Quarantine

Good morning? Afternoon? Happy Monday? Wednesday? I’m not sure I even know what day it is anymore!

Overall, it doesn’t matter what day it is; all that matters is that we are all staying safe and healthy while trying to guide ourselves through this quarantine. I’m sure everyone is tired of the memes and jokes that have come out of this and we are all hoping that our world starts going back to normal soon. I know times are tough and we are all trying to stay as busy as possible but I am here to remind you of a few things. So, grab your coffee, wine, beer or whatever is on the list to drink tonight/today/yesterday and/or tomorrow and bare with me as I go through at list of things that I hope will help you like they have helped me these past few weeks.

I would bet that even the laziest people have cleaned something since this whole thing started. I say this because I am one of those lazy people and I have cleaned my room and bathroom more times in the past few weeks than the entirety of me living in this apartment for the past year and a half. Even though cleaning may be a quick fix to feeling better, here are few things to detox that you may not have thought about until now.

First, your timeline. You know all those Facebook and Instagram friends that you look at daily and wish you were living their lives? Sorry, but it’s time to breakup with those habits and either unfollow, mute or hide those posts from your timeline. You aren’t being malicious by doing this one thing for you (and this is not me saying cut those people out of your lives, no, no, no, I’m saying stop comparing your damn self to other people – you are a perfect king/queen and do not need to prove that to anyone). When you separate yourself from looking at what your life ‘could be like’ and focus on what your life is actually like, it can be really eyeopening and show you how wonderful your life is already.

Second, you know those clothes that don’t fit anymore? TOSS THEM. I know this isn’t the TV show What Not to Wearbut I’m telling you – stop wearing clothes that do not fit you anymore! They cannot be comfortable and they cannot be good for your mental health. Instead of focusing on what your body used to look like (you know, back in high school before all those curves started coming in?), embrace what your body looks like now. You are beautiful the way you and when you have those constant reminders staring at you in your closet they may harming you more than you think!

Third, utilize your time. This isn’t me telling you to workout more, learn a new language or start a blog (hehe). But really take the time to analyze your life. Were you unhappy in a job before this all started? This could be blessing for you. Start applying to your dream jobs, jobs that you have always wanted but have never had time to fill out those tedious applications. Who cares if you don’t get them, right? All they can do is not call you and you are in the same position you were already in. Have you been wanting to go back to school but haven’t had time to look into it? Well it seems like the time has come, look into your degree options, meditate and explore your mind on what you would want to pursue and use your time to find the best option for you.

Lastly, feel your feelings. I know during this hard time you may feel sad, mad, depressed, etc. But you also may feel selfish for feeling those things. Don’t. Feel how you need to feel for you. It’s alright to feel selfish during these times, hell, during all times! It’s important to acknowledge your feelings and to not push things under the rug because you feel like you bad because you have it better than others. Let me tell you, you’re right. You might have it better than other people but I’m sure that people that have it better than you are also struggling during this time. Times are rough but we are all in this together (literally, which is crazy), ad even though someone’s life may look glorious on the outside we all have our struggles on the inside. So most importantly, be kind.

Alright, folks. Well that is about all I have for right now. I hope that everyone is enjoying their time as much has they can. If you have gained 10lbs through this situation or have been working out daily, your’e doing great, sweetie – keep up the good work.

xx christine