Saturday, May 30, 2015

One Year a Vegetarian


May of last year was when I officially became a vegetarian. While I had mostly stopped eating meat in April, I really officially became a vegetarian in May. I haven't really talked about being a vegetarian on my blog, not because it's super personal or anything, but I just honestly haven't gotten around to it. I became a vegetarian for moral reasons - animals are treated horribly today and I don't think how they are thought of simply as products is right at all, and it makes me so sad to think about the cruelty they face in meat factories. On the flip side, I definitely don't judge others for eating meat. I know it's a hard decision to make and just generally a difficult thing to commit to for some people who love meat. My family was really concerned when I became a vegetarian because they wanted to make sure I got all of the necessary nutrients, so my parents made me do a lot of research about any supplements I would need to take, or certain fruits and veggies I should eat more of.

Becoming a vegetarian was really easy for me because I've never been a huge meat eater. The only meats I really liked were turkey and chicken, but even then they definitely weren't my favorite food. Actually, the most difficult part of being a vegetarian so far has been when I'm at other people's house and they fix meat and something with wheat in it - my choices are then super limited to say the least. I usually just try to give people a heads up, and being in college now, it really doesn't come up a whole lot. Now that all of my family is used to me being a vegetarian, it's not difficult to have other things to eat besides meat at family gatherings and holidays.

Another difficulty I've faced about being a vegetarian is actually not from my own doing, but questions and criticism from other people. My family especially was confused and concerned about whether or not I would be able to get the proper nutrients from fruits and vegetables alone. My dad really loves meat, so he didn't get why I would voluntarily remove it from my diet. My mom was just worried that I wouldn't get enough nutrients, but in time they both accepted the fact that this was a permanent change for me. Some people I've met have also been surprisingly critical of being a vegetarian and simply don't understand why I became one. It's sometimes frustrating when people do this because I never ask them why they eat meat and choose to do so. I've never been critical of anyone who eats meat; I believe it's a personal choice, and neither is more right. It's just how I choose to live my life and it really doesn't affect anyone but myself.

So far, I've only missed eating meat during Thanksgiving. I have always loved turkey, so it was hard watching everyone else eat it, but I just took some extra mashed potatoes ;) There are actually so many meat-free dishes you can make during the holidays, and they have tofurkey! I have never tried it but I definitely will next year. Other than Thanksgiving, I haven't felt like I'm missing out on anything. There are substitutes for virtually every meat nowadays, so if I ever have a dire craving for a cheeseburger I can easily eat a veggie burger. Honestly, I like veggie burgers way more than I ever liked regular cheeseburgers! I think it just comes back to the whole non-meat fan growing up, but veggie burgers taste so much better to me.

Becoming a vegetarian has been such a good decision for me - I have so much more energy because I have to eat fruits and vegetables literally all of the time and I don't miss meat at all. I have also always loved animals, so I feel like I'm making a difference - even though it's a small one - and helping them. If you're on the fence about becoming a vegetarian, I say definitely go for it because you won't regret it. You may have a rocky start, but just start cutting meat out gradually and soon you won't even miss it. I know it can be a lot harder to become a vegetarian for people who love meat, but it's definitely worth it in the long run. I think the meat industry really needs to change, and I'm not even going to get started about the fishing industry. I've always been a bit of a tree hugger, so for me these issues are near and dear to my heart and I could probably talk about them for hours...

Well, anyway, I don't want this post to rattle on and on about the woes of the world and environment, so I'll leave it at that! It's just important to myself that I kind of recognize that it's been a year without meat. I'm so glad I decided to make the switch to vegetarianism and I think I'm going to start posting more about things like vegetarian recipes, tips, etc.!

Is there anything you've dedicated yourself to?

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How To Get Clear Skin!

Clear skin is something that we all can relate to in our struggles. Especially when you are a young person, it can sometimes feel like you can never catch a break with your skin between hormones, school, stress - the list goes on and on. I have found a skin routine that really works for me, so I thought I would talk about it a little bit since it really makes my skin happy!


I also just want to preface this with the fact that my skin is very dry and sensitive, so I have to use products that are very gentle, and I always try and use more natural products. My skin seems to react a lot better to natural products, so I always stick with that route!

1. Always take off your makeup at night.
It is so important to take off your makeup at night! If you don't, your pores are just plugged the whole night, which leads to breakouts! So make sure to steer clear of those by taking off your makeup before you sleep.
I use this eye makeup remover from Fresh, and I absolutely love it! It is so gentle on my eyes, and it leaves them feeling really hydrated, which doesn't always happen with other eye makeup removers I've tried. This product also takes off all of my eye makeup, even the most stubborn mascara! I could go on and on about it, and if you have yet to find an eye makeup remover that you like, you should definitely try this one!

After I take off my eye makeup, I use these makeup remover wipes for my whole face. They are made especially for sensitive skin, so they work really well for me! I also really love Burt's Bees because they're products are always so gentle on my skin.

2. Wash your face at least once a day.
I know this one is a given, but for me I only wash my face once a day. Anything more than that really irritates my skin since it's already dry and sensitive. In the mornings I just wake up and put lotion on, and I skip the face wash. If your skin is really dry and unhappy, try doing this! I know it's necessary for people with oily skin to wash their face twice a day, but dryer skinned people can get away with just once.

3. Exfoliate at least once a week.
 I usually exfoliate on Wednesday's and Sunday's, so twice a week, but it's important to exfoliate at least once a week! It helps to remove the dead skin cells that can clog your pores up, and just keeps your skin happy and healthy!

4. Use a face mask.
 I use the Clear Improvement mask from Origins once a week to clarify my skin, but you can use any type of mask you want! There are some really great moisturizing face masks if your skin is particularly dry (I usually do this in the winter), or masks to help reduce oiliness. I really love this mask, though, and it works really well with my skin! I've always had really good experiences with Origins products.

 5. Use a good moisturizer.
 I use the Daily Face Cream from First Aid Beauty in the mornings and night, and I really love it! It's super important to make sure your face is properly hydrated day and night, so I suggest using lotion at least twice a day. Sometimes I even like to pop on some lotion in the middle of the day when my skin is really dry!

6. Always use sunscreen!
Sunscreen is so important to use even on days that are cloudy! I don't put sunscreen on all over my body every single day, but I always put sunscreen on my face! It's in my BB cream, so I'm covered for everyday use, but if I'm going to be in the sun all day (like at the beach or pool) I put on an actual sunscreen for more coverage. Your skin will thank you later in life for consistent sunscreen use!!


I also made a video where I talked a little bit more in depth about all of these points, so you can give it a watch if you want! :)


What are your skincare tips?

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Imperfections


I have always been a perfectionist. Ever since I can remember, everything that I've done has had to better than just "good enough" which has always pushed me to try my hardest. Because I had to do everything perfectly, I've often held myself to those very same standards and have found it difficult to accept imperfections.
Imperfections are very tricky things; we all have them, yet try our hardest to deny them. Society today makes it seem as though you have to be perfect in order to be successful, and the person with the least amount of imperfections is automatically thought of as the best. We reject these parts of ourselves because we believe they make us weak and not good enough, when often times they are the very things that set us apart and make all of us unique. If we were all perfect human beings, the world would be an extremely boring place because everyone you meet would be the same.
I have many imperfections - I'm extremely stubborn, indecisive, self-conscious and I worry way too much. It's hard sometimes to accept these things because I hate to feel weak, but they're also the things that make up who I am. As humans we're of course way more than our imperfections, but they are fundamental to who we are. The people who love us have to accept our imperfections, and even come to love those too. I think it's really important to accept them ourselves as well. When you love every part of yourself, life gets a lot easier to handle. And when you accept every part of yourself, it's a lot easier to be comfortable with yourself in every situation.
I was tagged on YouTube for the Imperfections tag, and I'm so glad I was! It was so cool to think about my own imperfections and how they make us all so human. I think it's a really good idea to think about our imperfections and accept that they are a part of us. It helps so much to accept them because once you accept the "worst" things about yourself, the good things are so much easier to notice! One of my New Years "resolutions" was to start loving myself, so this was such a cool thing to think about. So let's spread around some much needed self love!



What are your imperfections?

Thank you so much for reading, you are all beautiful, and have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekend Recap: We Got a Puppy!

This past week has been absolutely crazy. Because it was Mother's Day weekend, I was planning on going home for the weekend on Friday, but ended up getting sick Wednesday and going home Thursday night so I could be sick at home. Once I got home, my parents told me we were getting a puppy from California, and that that they would be going to get her on Monday night! I was super excited because one of our dogs passed away a couple of months ago, and ever since then our other two dogs have been really sad and mopey. We all thought a puppy would be a great way to cheer them up, and who doesn't want a puppy?!
My parents asked if I wanted to go with them on Monday, but I wouldn't be able to because those are my busiest days with classes, and I didn't want to miss that much school with midterms coming up. Because of that, we decided to leave Friday night to get her! It took us 12 hours to drive to California from our house, and then another 12 hours to drive back. Needless to say, 30 hours later (we had to stop a lot to let our dogs out of the car to stretch their legs, bathroom and food breaks, etc., which added up to an extra 4 hours) we were all very ready to get home and out of the car.

And this is Willow! The 30 hour road trip was so worth it to get her. She is such a sweetheart and fits right in with our family, which consists of two other dogs and four cats. It took our other two dogs, TJ and Miki, a day or so to get used to her, but they are playing like best friends now.

Here are some photos from the trip:


She was kind of nervous at first in the car.


This is TJ, my dog.
She became more brave and started trying to cuddle with him!
And then TJ didn't really like that so he came up and sat on my lap. Not even kidding.
Typical puppy chewing on everything.


We stopped at Lake Shasta real quick which was really pretty!
After 30 hours in the car, home didn't even seem real, and we all slept for a good 12 hours. 
TJ was so happy to be home and able to run around.
This is Miki, and she was super happy to be home as well.
Miki was really unsure of Willow at first, but she warmed up to her. She loves to "mother" her!
Willow just adores Miki - and TJ - and loves to do everything that they do. 

Overall, the trip was actually fun and definitely worth it to get a puppy! I didn't end up doing hardly any homework which I'm paying for now, but again, so worth it! Willow is the perfect little addition to our family and I will definitely cherish these memories. It's hard being away at college sometimes when you miss your family, so this weekend was really exactly what I needed! And summer is only a couple of weeks away, so I'll be able to spend lots of time with all of my puppies.

What did you do this weekend?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinderella Inspired Prom Makeup!

I went and saw the Cinderella movie about a month ago and it was so amazing! Dare I say it's even better than the original animated one?! All of the costumes, hair, makeup, and everything else was so gorgeous! I seriously fell in love within the first five minutes. I also love the message of "have courage and be kind" that they drive to the audience throughout the whole movie.
Since I loved the movie so much, I did a makeup look for prom inspired by it! I had so much fun doing this, and what girl doesn't want to look like Cinderella for prom?!


 I used the colors in my Naked 1 and 3 palette for this look since they both have really pretty soft pinks! I wanted this whole look to be really glowy and soft since Cinderella really doesn't wear a lot of harsh makeup in the movie, even during the ball.

I also used the "skintuitive" lipgloss from Tarte for this look, and it changes into a different color for each person! It was so cool watching the color change.

Here is my YouTube video where you can watch how I got this look! :)

Well I just wanted to do a quick post showing this look! I'm a freshman in college so I of course am not going to prom, but I thought this might be helpful for those of you going to prom! I know I always had the hardest time deciding what makeup to wear for prom.

Have you seen the new Cinderella?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

How to Deal With Rejection


One of the things that undeniably, and to put quite simply, sucks about the human experience is rejection. Everyone can relate to it and has been through it; be it through a job you didn't get, a dream role given to someone else, or in your love life. Rejection cuts right to the core and makes you question exactly who you are, and more often than not your self-esteem takes a huge blow. While it does indeed suck, what sucks even more is letting it keep you down and doubt what kind of a person you are. I'm someone who has always struggled with rejection - my self-esteem has never been the greatest, and I often let other's opinions of myself bother me way more than they should. It has taken me a long time to realize that the only opinion about me that matters is my own. It really doesn't matter how others see you - it matters how you see you.
Since I've faced a lot of rejection in my life (who hasn't?) I thought I would share with you guys some tips on how I get over rejection.

1. Give yourself time to simply cry it out.
Crying is such a great therapy sometimes. I actually hate crying in front of others (I was a huge crybaby when I was younger), but it can actually be very therapeutic. I think it's important to accept your hurt feelings after rejection, and simply give yourself time to say "You know what, this isn't what I was hoping for, and I'm really sad about it." The important thing, however, is to not get stuck in this stage. Just give yourself a couple of hours to do this, a day if you need it, and move on.

2. Do not let the rejection define you - it does not have anything to do with who you are.
It took me a long time to realize this. My first instinct after rejection is to start questioning and blaming myself. I was rejected because I'm not pretty enough, smart enough, strong enough. Those thoughts pass through my mind over and over and I have to literally tell myself that it has nothing to do with the person I am. The way you deal with rejection defines who you are. If you let it knock you down and stay there, you are only doing more harm to yourself.

3. Don't be afraid to reach out to friends.
If you're having a hard time with the rejection, don't hesitate to reach out to friends for advice, or simply just a shoulder to cry on. There is no shame in asking for help, and your friends will be more than happy to do so. Talking and having someone listen can be really helpful and make you feel less alone. You'll probably be feeling really insecure after rejection, so having someone there for you can help you feel a lot more secure about yourself.

4. Get your mind off of it.
Go out and take a walk, read a good book, or watch a movie. There are literally hundreds of things you could be doing instead of dwelling on the rejection. It's not at all healthy to sit at home and think about the hurt all day because you'll never get over it. Getting your mind off of it helps you realize there are other important things in your life, and that you eventually will get over it.

5. Don't let it make you afraid.
Sometimes when we face rejection, it's easy to say "Well I'm never trying that again!" It's important, though, to get right back on the horse. Don't let one rejection - or twenty - make you afraid to try your hardest at something, or be too afraid to try it again. So what you didn't get that one job? You'll find another one! That guy doesn't like you back? You will find someone even better. Rejection isn't the end of the world, but something to learn from and apply the lesson next time. 

It's so important to learn how to deal with rejection, because you'll probably face it a lot in your life. A bleak point, I know, but if you realize it doesn't make you a bad person, you'll be able to handle it a lot better. It's a part of life, and something that everyone has to go through before they get a simple "yes." You will hear "no" more, but once you get that "yes," it'll all be worth it.

How do you deal with rejection?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day :)