Friday, August 25, 2017

Healthy Mindset 101

Happy Friday! Can you even begin to wrap your head around the fact that summer is almost coming to an end?! Jeez Louise.

I've had a lot of people approach me this past week and ask, "how are you always so positive?" Well first of all, ask my family, I'm definitely not always the most pleasant person in the world. My attitude is not stellar 24/7, and I have my fair share of bad days. BUT, one of my goals is to put my best foot forward when feeling frustrated in certain situations.

One thing I've noticed that helps a ton with my overall mindset is exercise. It doesn't have to be a two hour gym session, but move. Move for fun, move in strength, and always honor and cherish your body for all that it can do. When you start treating your body as though it's a temple, good things start to happen.

Meditation is something I've tried getting into for months. My mind doesn't like to slow down, and is constantly racing all over the place. Recently I've downloaded the Headspace App and have found myself really enjoying the quick three minute guided meditations. I think with the crazy world around us and and the constant go, go, go, mentality we all have, it's important to slow down every now and then. Even if it's just for a couple minutes.

Chose "your people" very wisely. The energy of others quickly becomes the energy you give off. When you're around negative people, you tend to start giving off negative vibes as well. Unfortunately most of us don't realize this until it's too late. Surround yourselves with loving, kind, motivational, strong, individuals who push you to be better and won't put up with anything less.

Make time for YOU. It's crazy how often I hear people say that they really want to do something but won't because they're alone. Go by yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy your own company. Use that time to reflect and explore the world around you.

Once you start prioritizing who you are and who you want to become the universe has a very strange way of working things out. Remember to keep faith, remain strong in difficult situations, and always stand tall.

I love you all to pieces. Thank you for reading!

Love always,

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Skincare Tips and Tricks

Hey sweets!

Today I wanted to do something a little bit different on the blog. As you all might know, I'm done with my esthetics program at Catherine Hinds this week. Saying I'm excited would be an understatement! I cannot wait to begin my esthetics career and help each and every single one of you learn more about your skin and show you the best and most effective ways to take care of it.

First let me start off by saying your skin is the largest organ in your body. Wouldn't you think that because it's the largest organ we would be putting more effort into taking care of it? A lot of people don't know where to start and feel intimidated when buying or testing out new products. It's all a learning process and everyone's body reacts differently. My biggest goal is to help you feel more confident and comfortable when approaching your skincare routine.

Personally I think it is SO important to take care of yourself starting from the inside and working your way out. What I mean by that is eating a clean and balanced diet. Only consuming products that are whole and nutritious and really paying attention to what you're actually putting into your body. Exercising on a normal basis, and prioritizing your mental health. Drinking the recommended amount of water for your body type is crucial to not only helping your skin, but all parts of your body. I should be drinking anywhere from nine to eleven and a half cups of water a day. Am I doing that? No, not religiously, but when I do I see a huge difference in the appearance of my skin and in my overall health. The top layer of your skin regenerates itself every twenty-eight days give or take. That being said, if you're not properly taking care of yourself that number tends to slow down which means you tend to start seeing fine line and wrinkles a lot faster as well as having a dull appearance to your skin.

Some tips and tricks I've learned since being at school is to get your skincare routine down. Find products that work for you and stick with it. My recommendation is to use a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer twice a day. Once when you first wake up in the morning and once before you go to sleep. Another important step in your weekly skincare routine is to exfoliate one to two times a week. The amount of dirt, debris, and free radicals your skin is exposed to on a daily basis is mind blowing so you want to make sure you're properly cleaning your skin frequently. Make sure you're changing your pillowcase, as well as cleaning your phone religiously. Think about how much bacteria builds up on those two surfaces, and then think about how often they're in contact with your face. Please make sure you're removing your makeup before bed! Not only could it cause your skin to age more rapidly but it also clogs your pores which leads to breakouts. My last tip for you is to find yourself a lovely Esthetician! It's our job to help get any problems or concerns you may have under control and assist you in getting to a point in your life where you feel comfortable and confident in the skin you're in!

If you would like to stay up to date with my new career you can follow my Instagram account @lovealwayskincare and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to book an appointment!

Love always,

Monday, August 21, 2017

Life Update - August 2017

Hey babes!

With summer quickly coming to an end I have SO much to fill everybody in on.

My first set of big news is that in three, yes I said three, days I will be done with school! The decision to start esthetics school was one of my biggest/best moves I have ever made. I'm absolutely in love with the industry and can't wait to begin my career. Before I do that though, I just would like to say a HUGE thank you to those of you who have supported me throughout this insane roller coaster of a journey. I won't name names because then this post will turn into an emotional mess, but it's been one heck of a ride and I'm incredibly grateful for those of you who have had my back for the past couple of months.

Secondly I want to announce that I will be working as an Esthetician at Glow Beauty Bar at both their Hadley and Turners Falls locations. Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful I am for this incredible opportunity and I'm beyond excited to be a part of such a wonderful team! So please do me a huge favor and come see me for a facial, wax, makeup application, and once I get certified, lash extensions!

Trying to maintain a normal life the last few months has been pretty challenging, but now that the finish line is in sight I am starting to get more and more excited for the new chapter I am about to begin.

In the past I've tried to make myself as transparent as possible so that everyone knows I'm just your normal/average girl and have goals/dreams I'm working towards too. So without further ado, here are the next set of things I'll be working on ASAP!

  • Become yoga teacher certified 
  • Creating better content for y'all (new videos/blogposts)
  • Work on getting my healthy lifestyle back in check
  • Finish wedding planning

I love you all endlessly and am beyond thankful for your love and support throughout this crazy thing we call life. I hope you're all having a wonderful summer and are doing well.

Love always,

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