4 Habits I Wish I Maintained

Habits are a tricky thing. I often write about habits I want to break, but rarely look back at those that were once working for me and wish I’d never stopped doing. Habits for me are more a ritual than anything else—they give my life structure and provide fulfillment in mundane actions. I work well with a set routine and when I lose control of that and stop doing things that make me feel confident and capable, I lose a little bit of myself as well. Below are 4 habits that create the ultimate life I want to live and I wish I maintained throughout the past few years.

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How To Do A Proper Beauty Clear-Out

I recently had a bit of a beauty clear-out and it felt incredibly good to make some space on my already cluttered set of drawers. I tend to forget what I have in my collection or lose interest in some products then buy more without really considering what that will mean for my storage space and maintenance later on down the line. While I tend to have a beauty clear-out once every few months, it isn’t always easy. Half the fun of collecting makeup is that you get to revisit it and rediscover old favourites that bring you joy. However, that isn’t always sanitary and sometimes you just might be holding on to products for their sentimental value rather than how much use you get out of them.

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I'm Starting A Newsletter!

After years of hearing about the importance of starting a newsletter I decided it was time that I hopped on that bandwagon. It seems like everyone and their mother has a newsletter right now, but for a long time I never really understood what the point of one was if I was running a blog and putting out free content. However, after a bit of research and listening to a few podcasts about them later, I now understand that the easiest and most effective way to build a community and really connect with people online through my blog is by reaching out via email.

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My Blogging Regrets

I’ve been blogging on and off since 2015, but it took me a fairly long time to really focus on growing it as an online platform. While my blog isn’t how I make money, it is necessary for someone who writes for a living to showcase their work and writing style. At the moment, I think I’ve gotten into a pretty good flow with my blog, but there are still many regrets I have about how I’ve treated it in the past. If you’ve gone through a similar blogging journey, I’d love to hear about it because I know I’m not the only one out there that doesn’t really know what they’re doing with their online presence.

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5 Ways I Want To Start My Day

Seeing as I’ve started my freelance journey again, this time with a fresh perspective and newfound motivation, there are a few ways that I want to begin my days that I haven’t been able to do in the past. Everyone has their own routine that makes them feel ready to take on the day ahead and I’m still searching for the one that’s right for me. Seeing as I don’t sit down at my desk until 10 am to start working, I have a fair amount of time in the early morning to begin practicing a new routine that I think will help me stay focused throughout the day.

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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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Why I (Sometimes) Suck At Being Productive

Productivity isn’t always easy for me, especially when I’m in a loud or disruptive environment. This is one of the reasons why I don’t thrive in offices—there’s just too much going on and I get distracted very easily. I need to be able to sit in silence, put my head down, and get work done. Unfortunately, that isn’t always my situation and I often find myself succumbing to distractions that are preventing me from achieving everything I want to. For today’s post I wanted to talk a bit about why it’s sometimes hard for me to be as productive as I would like to and what might be a good solution for anyone else that is struggling with this too.

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4 Useful Podcasts If You're Starting A Freelance Writing Business

This past year has been a rollercoaster for me and, what I now consider, my business. I didn’t start off thinking that the freelance writing I was doing was in any way, shape, or form a business or that I was an entrepreneur, but the more time I’ve spent researching it and learning about what goes into doing it successfully the more I realized how naive I’ve been. Freelancing is not for the faint of heart—there is no steady paycheque, no health benefits, no one behind the scenes managing all the minute details and technicalities.

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5 Ways To Quiet Your Mind When You Can't Sleep

Having a good night’s sleep was never really an issue for me until I entered my mid to late twenties. I was always (and still am, to an extent) the kind of person that can fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. However, I’ve noticed that with my increasing anxiety through the years of unavoidable “adulting” and the many changes I’ve gone through in the past year, sleep hasn’t been the easiest thing for me after a long day of stress. I often catch myself thinking too much about what I have to do the next day or what I might be regretting about year’s past. This usually culminates to hours spent tossing and turning and a few temper tantrums here and there. I know that I’m not the only person out there who suffers from difficulty sleeping, so I thought it would be useful to share a few tips and tricks that I keep up my sleeve for sleepless nights.

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Why It's Important To Admit When You're Wrong

Admitting you’re wrong is never easy to do. There are usually stakes involved and no one wants to come out and say that what they once thought was right is no longer how they feel. There is a sense of pride that goes along with it, which can make many people (myself included) feel embarrassed to allow the truth to seep out through the cracks of an appearance or lie that we might have been telling ourselves. Today I wanted to talk a bit about why I think it’s important to admit when you’re wrong and how to transform those moments of regret and embarrassment into strong lessons that you can take into your future.

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My Makeup Regrets

I haven’t been wearing makeup for that long—maybe since I started university about…10 years ago. Yikes. Anyway, since then I’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs with regards to my application techniques, products I’ve invested in, and mistakes I’ve made. Today I wanted to share a few things that I wish I’d done differently throughout the years and the mistakes I’ve regretted the most when it comes to my makeup.

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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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How To Start Committing To Yourself

2018 and 2019 have been years where I learned a lot about myself—somethings good, some bad. The most prevalent thing that seems to have always come up through various therapy sessions, journal entries, and conversations with friends or family is that I have a hard time committing to myself. I have no problem doing it for others (I’ve been in a 6 year relationship that’s still going strong) or for someone else’s company (I worked in a big corporation for 3 years and did really well), but when it comes to me and my needs I tend to leave those by the wayside.

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Why Blogging Regularly Isn't Easy

I haven’t been the most consistent blogger out there and my inability to stick to a schedule has always upset me. However, throughout my years of on-and-off blogging, I’ve realized that it isn’t as easy to do it regularly as some people might have you believe. While it is something I love to do and, in a way, is my hobby, sometimes I just can’t find the energy or inspiration to do it. So, for today’s post I wanted to talk a little bit about why blogging regularly isn’t always easy.

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How To Be A Bit More Body Positive When It Feels Impossible

My body image has always been an issue for me, ever since I was a little girl. It’s hard to live life and spend a lot of it worrying about how you look and how others perceive you, which is why we often fall victim to body negativity. I am definitely guilty of putting unnecessary pressure on my body and stressing myself out over things that, in the grand scheme of life, don’t really matter. So, for today’s post I wanted to share a few methods I use to be a bit more body positive.

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Little Loves

The past few weeks have been…intense, to say the least. I’ve experienced a lot of change, self-discovery, and a few mental breakdowns. But, hey, who doesn’t every once in a while? Seeing as I’m getting back into my blogging groove I thought I would kick this week off with another post dedicated to all the things that I’ve been loving lately. I can’t say my interests change all that much from month to month, but it’s always interesting to see what crops up in these posts when I feel inspired to write them.

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