DIY facial routine

Weekly at home facials have become a staple in my self-care routine. Since starting this practice I get a lot of compliments on the state of my skin. Overall this has helped with moisture, clearing blemishes, and giving my skin a natural glow.

Here’s a walk through of my routine:

Products used

1. Earthkiss: Pore Cleanse Mud Mask

2. Trader Joe’s: Rose Water Facial Spray

3. Earthkiss: Revitalise Bamboo Sheet Mask

4. Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil

*I found the Earthkiss products at Sprouts for $2, the Rose Water spray is $4 at Trader Joe’s, and I get my coconut oil from ALDI for $4.

Journey to 26-Day 12

I forgot to post yesterday, & I’m actively trying not to beat myself up about it. I’m just going to keep going.

Yesterday was the new moon in Leo, I did my moon rituals and I felt more energized this morning than I have in at least a week.

Insecure season 3 premiers tonight, and I’m feeling very excited about that. If you haven’t watched Insecure, you definitely should it’s funny, relatable, and they tackle a lot of societal topics all of us are faced with daily.

I’ve been practicing slow living in small ways recently. When I can, I wake up slowly and get out of bed when my body is ready. I sit on the couch to enjoy my daily cup of green tea, instead of gulping it down with breakfast or on the go. I’ve re-introduced long walks with my dog instead of 5 minutes spurts before I have to be out of the door. I even swung by the bark park at my apartment complex today.

Both of us are grateful for this new found commitment to slowness.

Slowing down, even in the smallest ways has shown me that there is more than enough time. There is enough time for you to pour into yourself, your relationships, and everything else you want to do.

It’s easy to get caught up in constantly being on the go, but there is so much beauty in living slowly.

Journey to 26- Day 7

I’ve made it an entire week!

Seeing as how I was not sure what I was even thinking when I got the idea to do this, I feel accomplished.

I was actually looking forward to writing tonight, and these daily posts have become a staple in my night routine.

This is serving as some serious self-care and emotional processing for me, it is also helping to ease anxiety and diminish perfectionism. I don’t feel the need for these posts to be anything other than where I am when I sit to write them and it feels nice, honest,Β real.

I hope that at least one of these post have been helpful to you, and I pray that you continue along this journey with me.

Thank you for your time.

P.S. this does not have to be a one-sided conversation, I would love comments, some love on Instagram, or an e-mail jabooker892@gmail.com.

 

 

Journey to 26-Day 3

I almost forgot to write today, but lo and behold I am here! Commitment issues be gone! πŸ™‚

Today was a good day, but a little strange. Not because of anything that occurred, but because of something that didn’t.

I am naturally an extremely anxious person, I worry constantly about everything. Things that have already happened, things that could happen, things that more than likely will never happen. So for me, on the days when I don’t feel anxious I notice it’s absence like forgetting to put on earrings. Today was one of those days, although I have plenty of things to be anxious about I wasn’t. Today I was settled, I could breathe easily, I was just here. For that I am grateful.

If you have tips on managing anxiety, I would love to hear about them in the comments.

Otherwise, see you all tomorrow for Day 4.

Journey to 26- Day 1

It’s August 1st and I just have a few questions.

1. WTF?!

2. Where did summer go?

3. How are we already this far into 2018?

4. WTF?!

I arose in a tizzy this morning, because I overslept. I didn’t get to do my normal morning routine, which usually indicates a bad day but today was not bad at all. Although it was long, I had a productive day and I am beyond grateful for that.

I went to hot yoga tonight in just leggings and a sports bra. For most people that’s probably no big deal, for me that’s a feat. See, I’ve had body image issues most of my life. Actually I can remember the exact moment it started. I was about 10 or 11 years old, with my mom at my aunt’s house. I was introduced or re-introduced to an older women that apparently I’d seen before when I was little but did not remember. She was talking about how much I had grown and ended her sentiment with calling me fat. Immediately her words burned into my chest and I couldn’t do any thing but cry. It’s not that I wasn’t aware of the fact that I had gained weight or was chubbier than other kids my age, it’s just until that moment, I didn’t know that anything was wrong with that. It wasn’t even the fact that she called me fat, it was the way she said it. I knew that it was intended to cause pain, to shame me for something that I didn’t even have control over. I remember feeling so low in that moment. Why would a woman old enough to be my grandmother be so cruel? This initial insult and other moments throughout my preteen and teenage years compounded to a diminished body image nudging me to cover up, because my body wasn’t one that should be put on display. I have made leaps and bounds in my progress of feeling good about myself, and am at a point in life where I truly know that I am a beautiful woman. Even with my progress I never thought I would be in a hot yoga class (aka the land of thin white women) in nothing but a sports bra. I would love to say that I was empowered enough to have made a conscious decision to do the class in just the sports bra, but that is not the case. In a hurry, I forgot to pack a t shirt before I left home and had no other choice. Nevertheless, I did it and I’m here to tell my story!

Sometimes you accomplish goals you didn’t even know you had.

I’ll be 26 on the 27th of this month, and while listening Episode 3 of Jesus & Jollof I was listening to Luvie & Yvonne talk about their journey to the glow up. Luvie was discussing her long time experiences with blogging and it got me to thinking about my blog.. this blog.

I’ve been thinking about the direction I want to go in with my writing. I went through a few months of feeling uninspired and honestly considered not doing this anymore. Thanks to a friend of mine contacting me about a project that you will hear about soon, I decided to keep going. I’ve known for a while that I want to do something else, more with this site I’ve just been unsure how. So I got the idea to write a blog post every single day until my 26th birthday. Like the sports bra thing, this may not seem like a big deal to some people, but I have huge commitment & consistency issues. (Which is probably why I’m still single, but more on that later.) I am practicing letting my intuition be my guide so instead of balking at this idea I decided to go with it. So from now until August 27th, every single day I will post something on this blog.

Unfortunately, I can’t promise that every day will be profound thought and wisdom. Let’s be honest, 90% won’t be, but I can promise you consistent content.

It will be random, I will be more transparent, and hopefully it’ll be fun.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for taking time out of your busy life to read this, & fasten your seatbelts because it’s about to be a wild ride.

Welcome to my journey to 26.