Monday, August 13, 2018

One of my absolute favorite things about college was living in the same area as literally almost all of my friends. If you wanted to hangout with someone all you had to do was walk to their room or their apartment. No fuss, no 'oh well i need to take off work to make the trip'. Everyone was just.. there!

My last semester of college I had a morning class with one of my favorite friends Julia. On Mondays we didn't have chapel (I went to a Christian University for those who didn't know!) and that hour very quickly became mine and Julias hang out time. We would either go get coffee and food somewhere, or we would just sit in my apartment and sip coffee and catch up on homework. I looked forward to this time because I knew that after that semester I wouldn't get those moments with her anymore. 

As I've gotten older I have found a new appreciation and understanding for community. I used to be snobby about it and think that it was just another name for a close knit, clique-like, group of people. But it's not that at all. When I left college, for longer than I expected, I felt like I had lost my community. Not that I don't have friends here at home, but I was losing that easy access to everyone, almost always. Coming home and getting together with friends can often be a battle between work schedules, and usually you each have opposite free days, and life just makes hanging out with friends hard! But if I've learned one thing since college... it's that community is SO important.

Find that group of people that share your interests, that enjoy talking about life, that are interested and willing to connect with you even if you have never met. I have two amazing friends here at home who I grew up with. A couple months ago we started getting together every Tuesday to workout together. (we call it Toning Tuesday, haha!). And that is something that I so look forward to because that's part of my community. I am so blessed to have friends who enjoy working out with me even if we all look silly and are doing the exercises wrong half the time. We have a good time, and it's a chance for us to connect, catch up, check in with each other. Having a community doesn't need to be something where you are meeting with people everyday. It can look like that for some people, but not everyone, and that is OK! Life is busy for everyone. But what matters is that we make time to spend time with people we can grow with. 

That being said, it can be hard to find a community! If you don't have one, do not feel bad, because we all have been there, or are still there today! I encourage you to look into finding something that works for you. Whether it's a new moms group, a bible study, a photography or blogging group, a creatives groups, or just a few gal pals getting together for coffee every week! There's something out there for everyone, don't be discouraged. And don't feel weird about reaching out and starting your own community! 

As much as I miss Monday morning coffee dates with Julia in my kitchen, We still FaceTime regularly. Don't let distance get in the way! Find your community and make it work however you are able to. 

Do you have a community? If so, tell me about it!!

My Skincare Routine

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

This is NOT a paid or sponsored post. I get no commission if you click the links within this post. Just wanted to share my honest opinion about a product that I would recommend to any of my close friends (aka.. you guys!).
I used to be one of those people who couldn't care less about my skin. I never dealt with bad acne or anything like that when I was younger, and I never saw my skin as needing any extra love. Until I went to college... and all hell broke loose on my face!! College really did a work to my skin. I had blemishes almost always just from the different foods I was eating, the different air, different water and obviously all the added stress that comes along with college. And with that, every time that I came home on breaks the same thing would happen. My skin was basically just losing its mind.

For as long as I can remember I have had very sensitive skin. When I was younger and first started experimenting with makeup, I noticed that my eyes would get really bothered by certain brands of eye shadow, and my face would get itchy and red when I used certain face makeups and even cleansers and moisturizers. For a long time I thought that maybe I would grow out of this.... but here I am, 23 years old, and still experiencing the same things. I cannot tell you how many different face cleansers and moisturizers and masks and scrubs and etc. that I have purchased and tried. 

As I have gotten older I started paying more attention to my skin. I started looking into more natural face washes and moisturizers in the hopes that my skin would not react negatively to something with minimal, good, ingredients. I follow a wonderful lady on instagram (Jeannette Ogden of shutthekaleup) who I had seen using and talking about facial products from a brand called Cocokind. Cocokind has truly ALL NATURAL products. Most of their products contain 4-6 ingredients that are all organic! Everything they sell is reasonably priced, In my opinion, it's way cheaper than some of the higher end cleansers you would find at Sephora or Ulta. 

These are the two products that I purchased first to try. On the left is the My Matcha all over moisture stick. This can be used for a lot, but I mostly use it under my eyes and on dry patches on my face. I LOVE this moisture stick. I like that when I put it on I don't even feel it on my skin. 
On the right is the organic facial cleansing oil. Again... I LOVE this product. I don't use it all the time, only when my skin is feeling especially dry, or just overall dirty. This cleansing oil leaves my face feeling SO rejuvenated and looking so good!
My skin has been so much more balanced and calm since I started using these products. I still use regular bar soap to take my makeup off (mostly because it's the only thing I've found that will get my makeup off without irritating my skin), or I use baby water wipes. I have had a lot less irritation and redness, and my skin just FEELS better. 

If you're like me and have really sensitive skin that doesn't take well to most name brand products out there, I encourage you to try Cocokind!! I can honestly say that I am hooked on their products and I definitely plan on purchasing more very soon! 

August Goals.

Monday, August 6, 2018

I cannot believe that it is August already!! Where in the world is this summer going?! I feel like just yesterday it was May. Anyway, hello! Yes, I know, it's been a while. I apologize. Life got a tad bit busy for a while there and I kind of put blogging on the back burner. But I am going to make it a priority from now on, because I honestly do really enjoy it, and I don't want this to just turn into another webpage lost on the internet!
That being said, today I wanted to share my August goals with you! I know we're already 6 days in, but better late than never, right? ;) 
Four short and simple goals for this month. I have so many more goals that I want and hope to achieve, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves to just take it one month at a time, one day at a time, one goal at a time. You don't need some long lengthy list of super big things to achieve. I encourage you to start with four. Or maybe even.. 2. Start with at least two goals and go from there! No need to stress ourselves out by adding more to our already full plates.

What are some of your goals for this month?

Be encouraged

Monday, March 19, 2018

I don't know about you, but this wintery and gloomy weather that has been lingering a little too long is starting to get to me. I am ready to wake up to the sun shining and the birds chirping! If you are from somewhere that has already switched seasons, and is warmer and more sunny, know that I am envious of you! And would greatly appreciate you sending the sun to snowy Pennsylvania. 

Spring Cleaning

Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring is right around the corner (or at least I really hope that it is!), and as part of my March goal of getting organized, I have started my spring cleaning a little early! For me, spring cleaning is all about de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff that has sat in my room untouched for the last few months.

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