Posts in Thoughts
My Biggest Issues With The Beauty Industry

I’ve written a fair amount about beauty on my blog because I enjoy the artistry behind it. However, there are also a few things I genuinely dislike about the beauty industry and have made it difficult to enjoy the process of participating within it on a regular basis. For today’s post I thought it would be interesting to discuss a few qualms I have with makeup (seeing as it is one of the biggest industries at the moment) if only to come to some sort of conclusion as to how I can more mindfully contribute to it.

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Why I Don't Subscribe To the Girlboss Mentality

It’s taken me a very long time in my freelance writing journey to consider myself “the boss”. However, at the end of the day, that’s exactly what I am and what I need to be in order to get things done. I have to be both the CEO and the employee—one guiding the other the do the work necessary to reach the end goal. The notion of being the boss in your small business was always somewhat of an afterthought for me, but with the rise of the Girlboss movement, it really made me think about how I want to approach my professional life.

I find that we are inundated with ideas of how you should be acting or thinking when it comes to being an entrepreneur, but none of them feel right for me. So I thought I would write a post about why I don’t subscribe to the Girlboss mentality in case anyone is feeling just as much uncertainty about it.

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Why It's Okay To Change Your Mind

A really difficult aspect of growing up for me is realizing that I am allowed (even encouraged) to change my mind. Making big decisions is already hard for me, so to then change my mind about them leaves me feeling uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassed. As someone who copes with stressful situations by placating to others, being judged for my choices is what I dread the most about an adult life, yet know that it’s unavoidable. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to accept (kind of) that no matter what I do I will be judged by someone, whether negatively or positively. For today’s post I wanted to discuss why changing your mind and expressing your difference from others is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your personal growth.

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Learning How To Trust Your Gut

A good question to ask yourself when it comes to trusting your gut is why, during moments of doubt or hesitation, you are convincing yourself that everything is fine. The reason for not following your desires might surprise you and provide some enlightenment that can drastically improve your life. As I mentioned above, I tend to placate those around me, so whenever I try to justify uncomfortable situations it’s usually with external opinions in mind. Whatever your reason for convincing yourself that your instincts are valid, be sure to question it as soon as you notice yourself dismissing a red flag.

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Why I Don't Subscribe To The Wanderlust Mentality

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good vacation. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on a warm beach somewhere or traversing the streets of a country I’ve never been to before. However, the wanderlust mentality is something I see quite often online and I just can’t get on board with it. The idea of my main goals in life revolving around hopping on an airplane any time I can is so anxiety-inducing that I’m getting a bit nervous thinking about it right now. I am a homebody at heart. Home is where my creative juices flow and where I can truly be myself without judgement or discomfort. Travelling, on the other hand, can be fun, but I never think about it as a necessity to feel like I’m getting the most out of life, and neither should anyone else that has noticed this social FOMO pressure.

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Never Not Working Shouldn't Be The Norm

The past few years have taught me a lot about what it means to be an adult and what productivity actually looks like. In school we are told that eight hours out of your day, five days a week, need to be strictly devoted to “working”, whether that be for your job or for your education. The rise of the internet and the ability to work from wherever, whenever, has completely changed what productivity looks like and has made our past notions of it seem incredibly antiquated.

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Things Are Changing...Again

If you read my blog regularly then you might have noticed that my weekly number of posts has decreased significantly since the beginning of the year. That’s because things have been changing for me, somewhat rapidly, in the last few weeks. Change is something I always tend to fear and move away from, but I also know that at times it’s necessary in order to get from where I am to where I need to be. My recent motto during tough moments throughout the day where I feel my anxiety spiking is “the only way out is through”, forcing me to understand that there isn’t always a loophole to void the shitty things in life. Sometimes you need to just push through to the other side.

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Why I Don't Fear Boredom

Boredom seems to be a forgotten skill these days, what with the ability to watch, do, listening to, or read something at any single moment during throughout the day. From morning to night I often find myself reaching for some sort of distraction to curb my boredom, whether that be Youtube videos, a Netflix series, or podcasts. However, the more and more attached I become to these forms of activity (not necessarily always productive, but typically only used as a pacifier) the more I stop and ask; “why are we all so afraid of boredom?”. What is it about the idea that has us fumbling for out phones the second we wake up or when our dinner partner steps away to go to the washroom?

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How Finding My Purpose & Embracing It Changed The Way I Live My Life

For a long time, I was embarrassed to talk about how much I liked to write or even allude to wanting to write for a living. It just didn’t feel like a valid career path and, so, made me feel less valid as an adult. It felt like I was chasing a child’s dream rather than embracing a passion that I so clearly had from a very young age. This refusal to take on a non-traditional work lifestyle is something I see very often in my generation, especially in the Greek community which I grew up in.

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What 1 Year As A Freelance Writer Has Taught Me

It’s crazy to think that it’s been a year since taking the leap into becoming a freelancer rather than pursuing a traditional office job. Granted, it was more out of necessity than anything, because I knew that in a few month’s time I would be moving to London and would need some sort of work to sustain me while I was there and found a different job. I was dead set on getting back into an office job for the sake of a steady paycheque, but even just the process of looking for one was making me so incredibly anxious that I knew I wouldn’t last going to one every day and taking on the burdens of someone else’s business. I tend to take things personally when it comes to success and failure and realized that I would much rather have those emotions directed to a business of my own.

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Things To Ask Yourself When You're Not Feeling Motivated

I’m sure many of us have gotten to the point now where we feel like we’ve hit a wall with work, our hobbies, or anything else that takes up a certain amount of time and energy. For me, it’s always with my writing, whether that be on my blog, my work content, or the book I am currently working on. But this can also be said for physical activity or simply practicing mindfulness more often—anything that actually takes effort and consistency.

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My Anxiety Journey

Where to begin with such a deep and broad topic? I think many of us don’t realize we have anxiety until it hits us hard and we look back at past instances that should have been a clue or red flag. The older I get the more obvious it is to me that I’ve been suffering with GAD for a long time, but it only really hit me after I graduated high school and entered university. There are so many expectations put on us when we enter the “real world” and are pretty much thrust into it alone after having spent 12 years in an educational system that had always told you what do previously.

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