Going Green

I’ve never really had any major skin problems. Even now, I have occasional breakouts, but that’s because on the rare occasions that I wear makeup, I don’t always wash my face before I go to bed. For the past two months, I’ve been working a gig that requires me to wear LOTS of makeup. I’ve been very diligent about washing it off at night b/c it’s not the type of makeup I’d be okay with falling asleep in.

Haunted House

Since working this gig, I’ve noticed way more breakouts than usual and my skin is extremely dry. I recently started a new skin care line, so hopefully that’ll help.

But even more important than what I put on my skin, is what I’m putting in my body. So, in addition to trying a new cleansing/exfoliating/moisturizing routine, I’ve also been drinking more water and TRYING to be more conscious about what I eat (it’s a struggle b/c I LOVE sweets and pizza).

People have been all “team green smoothie” for a while and I contemplated joining the bandwagon, but was largely unmotivated until I found this website. The recipes look and sound so good (and easy) that I was excited to try some of them out. So I took a trip to the farmer’s market and stocked up.

So far, I’ve tried two of the recipes and they were both very good. I’ve definitely got to invest in a better blender because my smoothies weren’t quite as smooth as I would’ve liked but the flavor (and I’m assuming the nutrition as well) was definitely there.

cranberry cleanser green smoothie

I’m looking forward to seeing how this will affect the way I look and feel. Next step…CONSISTENT exercise.  *cue scary music sting*

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Much Prayer

My mom always says, “Much prayer.” That phrase usually comes after witnessing or hearing about some awful occurrence. I hadn’t noticed that I too had adopted the phrase until recently. With news of police brutality, riots, suicide, bullying, deadly fad challenges, yet another family member falling ill, and yet another wayward teen, I would shake my head in pity and mumble, “Much prayer.”

I realized that me saying that was my way of washing my hands of the situation. But we need more than prayer. Sure, prayer works, but we need action. We need faith AND works. (Faith w/o works is dead, remember?) I can practice my faith all day by praying, but if I’m doing nothing to make a change or a difference, what good is my faith, really?

October Goals

Life is Simple

The more I accomplish, the more it seems is still left to accomplish. In a nutshell, I didn’t accomplish either of my September goals, however, I did manage to complete various items that were on my to-do list. I’m trying to balance three jobs, a social/family life, and some sort of regular maintenance of my home (laundry, dishes, etc.), amongst other things.

Noting that I hadn’t accomplished my designated September goals, initially I felt like such a failure. I’ve been reading this one book for three months and still haven’t finished. It’s not a difficult book to read; it’s actually a very engaging book to read, but again, I’m struggling to balance my life and sometimes other things seem more important than finishing this book.

It’s clear that I have a lot going on. It’s to the point that I think I’ve been making myself sick with worry, and all I want to do lately is just sleep. In the midst of trying to achieve my goals, I’ve been distracted (social media, Fall television, unnecessarily spending money, etc.). So for this month, instead of making goals to accomplish, I’m unplugging and detaching and taking the time to really focus. I’m taking the pressure off of myself to achieve a goal in a specified amount of time, especially if the deadline is unnecessary (why does it matter how long it takes me to finish a book anyway?).

Until next time…