How About A Reset Week?

Without leaving your home.

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How are you feeling lately?

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Well-rested?

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Overwhelmed?

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Anxious?

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Allow yourself some time off.

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Imagine you are in a foreign country

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Exploring the wonders of a new place

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but from the comfort of your own home.

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I challenge you to a week of isolation

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From friends, family, and social media

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Be just you and your thoughts

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In a world where we are so easily reached

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Close yourself off and enjoy some alone time

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For a week,

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Be alone.

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Join Me On My Clarity Challenge – 2020

2020 has already started out bad. In a time like this, of isolation and separations,  it is important to still have the ability to remain calm and grateful.

Grateful to be safe,
Grateful to be alive,
Grateful that most of us don’t have to be fighting for a new breath every day.

At times like these, it is easy to feel discouraged, depressed, and sad. To feel like we have lost all control, after all, the scariest time is the time spent in isolation. Alone.

So I challenge you to a ‘clarity challenge’

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FITNESS: Move A Little In Silence 

I challenge you to a run, or a jog, or a walk.
Every day for as long as this quarantine lasts, I challenge you to some time alone.
It can be a five-minute jog or a five-hour walk in solitude.
My only request is to do this alone and with no music.
How hard or how soft you want to go with the workout is up to you, so long you do it alone and with no distractions.

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Just you and your thoughts.

MINDFULLNESS: Stretch A Little In Rhythm

I challenge you to a twenty minutes stretch session before bed.
Call it yoga, call it stretching, call it light movement.
Move parts of your body that you have neglected for some time.
Maybe the neck, maybe your hips, or maybe your wrists and ankles.
Put on this playlist and move freely with no thoughts… or a particular plan.
Let your thoughts run wild.

Do you feel shame for eating the last slice of pizza? or perhaps for saying something you didn’t mean to someone you cared deeply for? whatever it is, let the thought come to your mind and let your body show you how you feel about it.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to take deep breaths.
Let the air clean out all the doubts, fears and worries.
Breathe to the sound of your emotions.

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THE HEART: Connect A Little Deeper With Loved Ones

I challenge you to disconnect.
Log off social media. Delete the apps from your phone.
Instead of scrolling all day, grab a book or even better call a friend.
Recently I learned the joy of mindlessly speaking on the phone for hours on end with a friend, learning far more than I would of if we were face to face.
Learn new things about your friends, rediscover their past.
There are always more stories to learn.
Exchange the endless scrolling on social media
with deep phone conversations with your loved ones.
Enrich your relationships,
take this moment as a moment to detox from social media.

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So in a time of stress, I challenge you to make a little change every day.
Have fun. Stay Curious.
– Tia ✨

SELF LOVE 101: SKINCARE PRODUCTS I LOVE

To me, skincare is all about self-love. The more love and care you give your body, the happier and loved you will feel. Remember, you only accept the love you think you deserve; oftentimes, how much love we think we deserve is reflected on how much care we are willing to put on our selves. 

As a pharma-student, it’s hard to find the time to take care of your body and health. but think of self-care as a full-time job. A full-time satisfying job. I love taking care of my skin. As soon as I get home – off the makeup goes, and these are the products I live by:

I use this gentle coconut cleansing water first. It is really gentle to the skin, but I find it alone doesn’t remove all the makeup. Or maybe it does, and I am just too lazy to use it properly. All I do it wet a cotton pad and trace my skin softly with the water.

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Once the skin is somewhat makeup-free, I do one of two things: either I just wash it with this cleansing balm and call it a day

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or I would use this coconut facescrub and call it a day

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or I would use my Clarisonic with a facewash and deep clean with that

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Regardless of the way, I make sure to follow that cleansing ritual with a facemask. Lately due to my overdose of makeup and heavier foundation routine (which is totally unnecessary btw) I find myself reaching for my charcoal purifying mask to deep clean my pores and prevent acne – to which is a successful battle if I manage to religiously follow my skincare routine – a true pharma-student knows how hard that is.

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Once clean, I tone my face. A quick tip, if before toning you feel your faces super dry and stiff the products you are using on your face are too harsh for you. You should change into softer products.

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I have yet to find my perfect night-time face cream. Currently, I am trying out this avocado cream from Antipodes. I don’t have any complaints yet, but it’s not like I love it either.. it’s just… there.

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For the really terrible days. The days where I am super tired and literally couldn’t be bothered… I make sure to keep an “I.C.E ONLY” makeup wipes by my bed so that I can always reach my side and literally have no excuse to sleep with makeup. Especially lately, since I have gotten into the habit of wearing heavier makeup than usual.

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And there you go! Skincare products I can’t live without. I feel like lately coconut has become my signature scent, and I could not be any more obsessed!

Ps: Click on the image for a direct link to the products. You’re welcome babe 😉
Have fun. Stay Curious.
– Tia ✨

 

 

Self Love​ 101 – The Scent

It is no secret that behind every poet lies a river of emotions. Behind me, there is an eleven years long path where I have left pieces and bits of my heart to the point where there was nothing left in my chest.

Starting over is never easy. Rebuilding yourself from scratch is hard. I have come to learn that it is not the big picture that matters, but all the small things you can do to make yourself be you again.

START BY KNOWING YOUR SCENT

Or perhaps changing your old one? Your sense of smell is a powerful thing. Sometimes scents can bring you right back to a moment or memory.
Recreating yourself often starts with the purchase of a new signature scent.
Smell like a new you, but still, be you.

I loved the smell of sweet. All my life I’ve had a variety of sweet vanilla perfumes. Some more expensive than others, but always vanilla.
(below my most signature vanilla scents)

The scent of vanilla being so engraved in my being, that once people smelled it, they could tell I was in the room.

After it all ended, I remember going shopping. I did this twice and both time I could simply not find a new scent. Something that screamed ‘new me’. To be honest it took me a while and for a couple of months, I didn’t even wear any perfume anymore.

One day I was doing grocery shopping at my local food store and I saw that they were advertising this new vegan line. I had just run out of shower gel, so I decided to buy the whole line. Shower gel, conditioner, and shampoo.

I have never felt a scent that is more me. This sweet and fruity scent, something I never thought I’d end up liking ended up being my signature scent. Obsessed with this new line I got all my friends to try it out. To this day, when they smell the bottles of coconut in the store, they always think me. Cause I have claimed the scent as mine.

81hR4sURY2L._SY355_ Sometimes loving oneself doesn’t have to be a big thing. Sometimes finding who you are simply means taking extra care of your body, your skin, and along the way finding a scent so you, people around you think of you when they smelled it.

When I was younger, I liked the smell of vanilla. A sweet innocent scent, now that I am older I still enjoy the sweet innocent scent of vanilla, but I have now added coconut into the mix. A nice little twist to life.

The shower gel and moisturizer in itself is enough for me, so usually I would skip perfume in the morning. For a night out I like a little more sultry smell. So I always venture for my favorite night-time scent that I always keep in my purse.

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Black Opium has been my signature night-time smell ever since I was legal enough to have a night-time scent. I always loved the way it made me feel sexy and ready to dance the night away.

I guess what I am trying to say is that changing your scent, or getting a scent if you don’t have one from before is essential.  You will feel more powerful and a little sexier when you smell like a total temptress.

Whatever your style is sweetinnocent, strong, or fierce find it.. and wear it.
It makes a world of difference.

Have fun. Stay Curious.
– Tia ✨