27 Things I Would Say To Myself

27 Things I Would Say To Myself

2019 is almost over, can you guys believe it?! Literally two days left and then it’s 2020. Time is just flying by, haha. I just turned 27 last month (any Scorpios in the house?!) and collected 27 things I would say to my younger self. I remember when I was younger, I was painfully insecure, shy, and (extremely) awkward around people. It was very difficult feeling comfortable in my own skin and I was constantly feeling “not enough” and blue about where I was going in life. I’m sure we all have experienced the same.

You hear a lot of adults say it, but it’s true – it really DOES get better.

I hope these reasons inspire you to think of your own little messages you’d send back to your younger self. Let me know in the comments down below what yours are. ❤

Cheers,
-alice.

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MUSIC BY (go check them out!):

“Memories” by Wandering

Music by Singto Conley – Memories – https://thmatc.co/?l=27B00196

Music by @singtoconley – Memories via @hellothematic

 

 

 

10 Tips to Fight Burnout

10 Tips to Fight Burnout

Hello again!

This time I created a new video about how to tackle burnout.

Most of us have experienced burnout. It’s the last few weeks before school final exams or a humongous work deadline is approaching… and instead of feeling pumped to take on the challenge like you usually do, you’re suddenly dragging your feet. You don’t feel inspired like you used to. No matter how much you sleep/rest, there’s no relief. All you feel is a sense of dread.

Burnout is so REAL. Life can feel overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is execute self-care on yourself. These are my ten tips on how I push through the fatigue, lethargy, the lack-of motivation so I can rejuvenate my body, mind, and soul. They’re nothing mindblowing; it’s all stuff you’ve probably read online or heard from others. But sometimes, it’s good to have a nice reminder. 😉

On a side note, this video took three tries to film, haha. *hotmess*

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TIPS MENTIONED IN VIDEO:

  1. Hydration: When in doubt, just chug some water down. When I’m going throughout my day, I kid you not, I literally forget to drink water. And what a hindrance dehydration can be! You can’t focus, you’re constantly tired, and you feel even less productive.
  2. Get some good sleep: When I don’t get enough rest, I start wishing I was six feet under and never have to get up another day in my life.
    However when I do rest enough, I feel like I can handle the entire world; my coping mechanism feels strong and I feel I can handle any challenges thrown my way.
  3. Hang out with good friends who GIVE BACK positive energy to you: If you’re an introvert like me, you probably find it very difficult to make time to hang out with others. But it’s important to surround yourself with people you really LIKE and whose company you really ENJOY. Acquaintances at school or work don’t necessarily count as friends. Hang out with those who elevate you and give back positive energy.
  4. Hot bath with Epsom salt: Need I say more? This is just the bomb dot com.
  5. Write it down/Journal: Especially when we’re stressed and burnt out, there are so many thoughts and obligations swimming through our heads that just existing feels overwhelming. Vomit your thoughts onto paper whether it’s doodling aimlessly, writing a long journal entry, listing all your thoughts, drawing graphs, etc. It helps to clear the brain department so you have clarity on what your next goals are.
  6. Practice your favorite hobby – go back to the things you love!: When we’re burnt out, we’re in survival mode and forget all the small activities that bring us so much joy.
    Take a break and practice your favorite hobby. Yes, life involves working hard. On the other hand, also remember that there’s nothing wrong with having fun; in fact, it’s necessary to reward ourselves so we live out happy lives.
  7. Remember: This Too Shall Pass: When I was a teenager, my emotions were a hot mess. I remember feeling sad and thinking this was how I was going to feel for the rest of my life (sidenote: not true, btw).
    Now that I’m an adult, I know that in life there are no plateaus – there are many valleys and peaks. Even during the difficult moments, remember that This Too Shall Pass. You got this. Everything is going to be okay, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
  8. Choose to respect yourself: This one is a BIG ONE for me because when I’m feeling unhappy, I immediately go into a victim state-of-mind. I do pinpoint out the problem (which is good), but instead of taking charge and trying to fix the problem I end up taking a backseat in my own life. I start waiting for others to approach me, validate me, recognize me, etc. And while I’m in my ‘Woe-Is-Me’ state of mind, I feel resentment and beat myself up mentally.
    This is so unhealthy. Choose to respect yourself. Decide to go the difficult route of affirming yourself, validating yourself, and fixing your own problems. Don’t wait for others to save you. Take responsibility for your own life.
  9. Exercise: Endorphins are good for you! The hardest part is just entering the gym; once you’re there, it’s all good stuff!
  10. Unplug: Be in the moment: Turn off the phone, computer, TV, etc. Go outside, be with nature, and be in the moment.

Hope this helps you guys out.

cheers,
alice.

Nature Visit: Huntington Library

Nature Visit: Huntington Library

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To keep my promise to be more in touch with nature, I went out another adventure to the Huntington Library. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life and I’m just visiting here for the first time.

Ugh, it was so beautiful!! And what a treat to just walk through all the different botanical gardens they have. My fiance and I ended up staying for five hours; I think we walked at least six miles just meandering through all of the gardens. My favorite had to be the subtropical gardens. ❤

I brought my camera to capture the many moments I enjoyed. It was my first time using my camera for something other than makeup tutorials, lol…

007A little creek with flowers growing nearby.

004Near the Japanese botanical gardens. The bamboo was amazing!

008DUCKY!!!!

006Waterrrrr

009The sun was beaming down on us when we visited Huntington Library. The trees stood out so vividly in the sunshine.

010The reds and the greens ❤

003Sunnies and a hat to keep the sun away.

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All different shades of pink and reds!

002Shadows.

 

012Leaves shining under the sunshine.

 

I felt so replenished and happy after my trip. I’ll definitely be going back there in the next couple of weeks. Where do you go to be with nature?

cheers,
-alice

 

Replenish Yourself.

Replenish Yourself.

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I noticed that I’m usually doing one of two things: I either stay home or go to work. Both are indoors and it’s so easy to feel stifled. Adding on the fact that I live in a big urban city like Los Angeles, and it’s even easier to forget that plants & trees can exist and thrive freely somewhere on this planet.

So I’ve been trying to get back in touch with nature; every weekend I’m encouraging myself to hike, go to the park, etc. Sometimes it’s the last thing that I want to do after a long week… my poor man has to drag me out, haha.

I might feel grumpy in the beginning, but it works like a charm every single time. I feel so nourished, replenished, and whole again as as person.

How do you replenish yourself as a human being? ❤

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cheers,
alice

Key to happiness? Gratitude.

Key to happiness? Gratitude.

Hey guys! For those of you who celebrate Turkey Day – HAPPY BELATED THANKSGIVING! Let’s all take this as a reminder to be thankful 365 days out of the year, not just a couple days. 😉

My life is definitely not perfect, but compared to a couple of years ago, I’m doing a lot better. Back then, I wasn’t straying from the path getting distracted hardcore partying, drinking, etc.; instead, I was on the opposite end of the life spectrum. I was trying way too hard to be perfect with EVERYTHING.

So here I was on this self-destructive journey where I would try to work really hard in short bursts of motivation and energy. Little did I know that life isn’t a race, it’s truly a marathon. After a couple of months I would burn out, crash, and have to reset. It became a repeating pattern. I felt like I couldn’t even stop to smell the roses, look up at the sky, or take a deep breath in; it always felt like I was running against the clock.

I am now trying to break that bad habit by keeping a journal. It has pushed me to slow down in life and give me time to reflect on all the things I do have…instead of always focusing on what I don’t have.

Just three things that I’m grateful for. On bad days, I’m merely grateful that I have the knowledge that ‘this too shall pass’. On good days, I’m grateful for everything – that I’m alive, that I got to see the sun, drive around in my beautiful car, etc.

In addition, because I can have a defeatist attitude at times, I write down three things I accomplished that day. It can be the simplest of tasks, such as: I woke up early today! I washed the dishes. I went grocery shopping instead of eating out. Or it can be big things: I finally turned in that document I’ve been working on for weeks. I paid off all my debt. I forgave someone who really hurt me in my life.

Sometimes there’s no better cheerleader than yourself. It’s so healthy for our souls when we step back and are grateful; it’s also very healthy to give yourself a mental pat on the back.

Do you keep a gratitude journal? How do you battle your own blues in your life? 😉

Cheers,
Alice

Just Do It.

Just Do It.

Random thought/rant of the day:

I love, love Nike’s slogan: Just Do It.

I’m realizing that when it comes to developing your artistry and creativity, you can’t always wait around until that ‘spark’ lights up. You can’t wait for the motivation to kick in to start the work. I tried working like that for a year (perhaps more? lol). I would wait for weeks at a time to push me into motion. In the meantime, the thoughts in my head would swirl and scramble around, causing anxiety in me….because I knew, in my deepest core, that I wasn’t creating any (good or bad) results for myself when I truly wanted to do the work. Then I’d feel guilty and mope around. It wasn’t a very proactive process; instead, it was masochistic and extremely unproductive. I felt that if I wanted to start anything, it had to be all or nothing and PERFECT. Because it it wasn’t, then all the work and results must mean nothing….right? Not.

Whether it’s good or bad, you gotta go in there and Just Do It. Work isn’t glamorous, especially when you’re creating your own startup. You’ll wake up exhausted, need that extra shot of espresso in your coffee, be cursing at yourself in front of your laptop while you force yourself to do something. I’ve had days like that. Funny thing is, at the end of the day when I lay down to go to sleep, I end up feeling satisfied.

It’s comforting to know that I made some progress, and that tomorrow, I’ll be able to fix it up even more and make it better. And that’s how you improve in your craft – you force yourself to do something (anything!). Afterwards, you hone in on it and make it even better. The more you repeat the process, eventually it becomes easier and more efficient. And you’re on your way to success. ❤

so yeah. ending the rant right here. Let’s Do It, guys. Let’s all hustle to make our dreams come true.

toodles,

-A