As February draws to a close, it’s time to sum up my five favorite things from this month, starting with:
1 WEARING LESS MAKEUP
I love makeup, and I think it’s a lot of fun, but lately I really like just looking like me. Since first starting to use makeup in early high school, I’ve gone through a lot of phases, usually trending towards very dramatic winged eyeliner and dark lipstick. I went for a week at the beginning of this month without wearing any makeup, and it really changed my perspective on my appearance and what truly makes me feel pretty. I’m realizing the very obvious fact that a smile is the prettiest makeup you can wear. I recommend trying to go a few days without makeup if you’re a regular makeup wearer. I still like to wear some makeup most days now, but I think it might do you a lot of good to get used to your beautiful bare human face.
2 MY PLANNER
I’ve been using a planner every year for about 6 years now. I’m a big pen and paper fan when it comes to lists and planning. As the years go by, I find that I’m better and better at making realistic daily to-do lists and sticking to them. The planner I’m using this year is the Gallery Leather Metallic Weekly Planner in the most beautiful rosy gold color and it’s working very well for me. My main requirement for a planner is a lot of space for each day to make a thorough to-do list. I am significantly more productive when I make a written to-do list than when I just try to remember the things I want to do. I’m thinking of making a blog post about how I like to use my planner to most effectively meet my daily and weekly goals. What do you think?
3 YOUTUBE VIDEOS ABOUT MINIMALISM
I first learned about minimalism about two years ago. It’s basically the philosophy of owning less stuff and freeing up your time and space to make room for fun experiences and a more peaceful way of life. While we’re not full-blown minimalists, Sean and I don’t own that much stuff. Before we road-tripped across the entire country with everything we own in our little car, we down-sized our possessions by at least 50%. I can’t say we miss having more stuff. There is a pretty large community of YouTube channels that focus on living a more minimalistic life. I’ve been loving to watch these types of videos and get inspired about the possibility of a low-stress life with fewer possessions. My very favorite inspirational YouTuber right now is Sarah Nourse. She travels frequently, something I’d really like to do, and she’s just making her dreams happen. She is someone whose priorities are definitely in order.
4 MY SNEAKERS
I’m pretty sure my feet have gone up an entire shoe size from working two jobs on my feet all day for six months. Isn’t that crazy? I bought a new pair of sneakers this month, and I am loving them so much. They’re so roomy and squishy. I wear them to work every day and try desperately not to get milk on them (I’m a barista) and I wear them for running and try desperately not to get mud on them (it’s been rainy here). They are the Nike Revolution 3 Lightweight Running Shoe. I don’t like to buy things very often, but this much-needed purchase has had a very positive impact on my life lately. It’s like I’m walking on a cloud (kind of).
5 MY NEW GUITAR
I started playing the guitar when I was fifteen (eight years ago). I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about it on this blog, but one of my main passions is singing/songwriting. For an idea of the music I write and play, here’s a link to an album I recorded last year. Anyway, I still write songs all the time, and I have had the same guitar since I was fifteen. I figured it was finally time to get a new guitar with a built-in pickup for an amp. This one happens to also be extremely pretty. It is the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro. The sound quality is also much better, and it’s been so much fun to play this month. It has a hummingbird on it, too, which is a great selling point.
Until next time,