Comfort Movies

Comfort Movies

anxiety

As I’m writing this, I’m having a bit of an anxious week. About…pretty much everything and anything. I grew up having extreme anxiety, mostly about things that I couldn’t control. Because if I could control them…well I’d fix it!

I quit a lot of social media as a way to be more productive, but if I’m honest a lot had to do with my anxiety. I’d read things that would make me anxious or sad and it would ruin my day, even though there was nothing I could do to fix it.

I don’t have anxiety nearly as bad nowadays but the way I cope is pretty much the same. Anytime that I’m having a particularly bad day, I spend most of my time in bed and tuning out the rest of the world. I will read, design, take many a shower, or my personal favorite: Watch all my favorite movies.

why and how they work

I love seeing movies in theaters. It’s the most in-depth I can get into a story with zero distractions. I can’t be on my phone, I’m shrouded in darkness, speakers blaring. I was transported and there was nothing else I could think about except what was happening on screen. And while watching movies at home doesn’t have the same in-depth effect, it still helps me tremendously.

Having something to focus on for an extended period allows my brain to stop wondering. And watching my favorite movies re-instills their values, hope, and beauty which I had felt I had lost when I was upset. Plus it’s generally a free remedy since I own all my favorite movies on DVD.

So, which movies do I turn to when I’m feeling particularly terrible?

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Target Natural Beauty Box Review

“natural”

Hey guys, I’m back today because I recently purchased the Target “Natural” Beauty box from their site. As of late I hadn’t been really doing subscription boxes, just because the waste of products seemed unecessary and since I was steering towards more healthy and natural products, I didn’t want brands that I knew I disliked.

However, Target recently put out their own “natural” beauty box and after looking at a few of the items, I decided to give it a shot. Something that’s been on my mind lately after listening to some podcasts is brands habits of trying to “greenwash” their products. Meaning they make them seem more natural or environmentally friendly with catch words when in reality they’re not much different from any other brands.

That’s not cool and some brands, like Tarte, I’ve learned really don’t have much going for them in the sustainable community. However, looking at a few of the brands in the box, I thought I would give it a try. I usually use Goodguide to debate and decide on certain products, so I will list the rating for each of these as I go…so long as they have them. So let’s get into the box!


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Florals & Fauna

The plants

Since I’m a new plant Mom, I thought it would be fun to chronicle my journey into gardening this Spring and Summer! Living in warm Florida, has made it so much easier to keep plants alive, but living in an apartment has made it a lot more difficult to find space. Right now I have a couple of plants growing and and a few flowers from Trader Joe’s that are coming to the end of their life.

Kalanchoe // Alfredo 

I bought this Kalanchoe plant from Flower and Garden at Epcot last year in 2016. I really didn’t know if it would grow very well, but they were set up in sterile containers to make it easier. A kalanchoe is a type of succulent which is great for Florida because it’s so hot and they don’t need a lot of water. I put the plant in a small cup in front of my window for a couple weeks before moving it to a larger pot. After only a few weeks it was even bigger and had to be moved to a real flower pot.

I think it has finished growing for now, it’s not flowered, but apparently it’s supposed to be kept in the dark for long periods of time in order to stimulate growth. I don’t really care too much whether it flowers or not so for now it just sits on my desk in front of my window. I’ve named him Alfredo simply because I can.

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April Faves

April Faves

The Little Prince

The Little Prince Movie The Little Prince Design

This is what Springboarded the whole April post because I watched the Netflix original movie of this a few months back and was crying by the end of it. Afterwards I knew I wanted to read the book which only took me about 30 minutes. The book and movie are both amazing, gorgeous, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. The animation from the movie is absolutely incredible and if you have a spare 2 hours please allow yourself to watch this movie. It’s also full of amazing quotes like the one above.

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Deep Work

Deep Work: Notes on Focus

prologue

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted about a book that I had read and taken notes on. I had this book by Cal Newport on order from the library for probably…2 months before I ever ended up getting it because the waitlist for it was SO long. But once it arrived at my door, I had sat down and read it within 2 days.

I decided I wanted to take notes on this one immediately for this blog, simply because it’s right up my alley and that even from the title I felt that it was blasphemous to NOT read it with a critical eye. Before we begin, I picked this book up because of a podcast I listened to from College Info Geek.

You can find that particular Podcast HERE.

Thomas also had an interview with Cal way back in episode 35 which I listened to long ago which you can find HERE.

Overview

Desk

There was a lot of great info in this book, but the beginning really dives into what Deep Work actually is. I took a few notes here as an overview of what was to come.

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When the Universe Talks

Conspiring Design

finding faith…in something

I have never regretted anything in my life. Every wrong turn, every “no”, every disappointment has brought me to where I am. It’s sometimes hard for me to say that I earned anything because while I worked day in and day out, there is always something that turns out in my favor that I had no part in. And I’m not talking about privilege (even though there is some of that).

I’m not religious…at all. And there are times I wish I was. To find comfort in someone beyond myself would be incredible. Some of the most incredible and kind people that I know, take their religion and mold in into goodness. They scream love and I love them. And of course, I also know some religious people, who do the opposite. Who judge, and hate, and are quick to think that the world owes them something because they “follow a religion of love”. But they never seem to get it right.

But even if I sometimes wish I was, I am content that I am. If anything, I think being non-religious has given me the ability to see the world at face value. I think my values align almost more to religion than a lot of people. I don’t smoke, I have never had alcohol, I’m a vegetarian, and I’m fighting my way to make a difference in the environment and my personal life. I try so hard everyday to become a better person and I don’t have a religion to attribute that to.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not spiritual. I feel like I see life in every corner. The sound the wind makes through the trees, the warm sun as I sit by the pool, all the plants filling up our balcony. Long walks through the busy shopping center or the park, the light music of a piano. Even though I don’t believe in God, I still feel the universe standing behind me. An invisible force saying “You’re doing great, you’re kind, you will succeed”.

Everytime I sit quietly during yoga, I feel it telling me that I am on my way. Everytime a child’s face lights up as I make a little bit of magic, I can see life smiling at me. And I can’t help but think the Universe was there for me at all times, but I never noticed it.

F&G

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Things I’m Digging – March 2017

Video killed the blogging star

I know I’ve been vacant from this blog here and there this year. Because I’ve started vlogging and making videos and taking more photos, I’ve kind of let this blog fall to the wayside. I love film and video much more than I do written word and while I wish I was as articulate as I used to be in high school, I’m not. I express myself better in photos and in clips and sounds and smiles rather than in writing nowadays. But that doesn’t mean I want this to become completely obsolete! So for now when I think of something good, here I’ll be.

But make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven’t already!

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Ethical & Green Living

interconnected

I feel like my decision to become more eco-friendly and sustainable was only a matter of time. Minimalism, vegetarianism, mindfulness, and green living fall into a giant circle, interconnected. But it’s been a slow and eye-opening journey, one that has only expanded since I moved 1,200 miles from home.

It’s also only been within the last year that I’ve started to move my beauty and cosmetics products to cruelty free and natural products. I’ve always wanted to make sure I took care of my planet, and I know that everyone cares about the environment. But it was only just recently that I took what I was hearing and tried to think how that applied to me. If I care about the environment, why do we not recycle in our apartment when it’s a viable and easy option? Why would I use plastic bags at the grocery store when I had cloth ones, or why would I throw away a product that I probably could’ve gotten at least one more use out of?

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My Yoga Routine

How I found yoga

I realized that even though Yoga is a big part of my life and something I try and do daily, I have never really talked about it on my blog! I did yoga for the first time in high school gym class, something which I hated because my physical ability was at about zero. It was the one thing I was good at because my flexibility was out of this world.

While everyone else was groaning I was just happy to be able to do any of it and then “relaxation time” was just a great time for a nap, but I still really enjoyed it. I didn’t start doing yoga personally until the summer of my junior year when I went hardcore into fitness and diet and lost 40 lbs in one summer. This was definitely unhealthy but I found a lot of great workouts and systems that I enjoyed and one was yoga.

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Currently Reading + Birthday

The big two four!

It’s true, I grew another year older this January but I definitely celebrated in style! My mom came to visit and I got to spend the entire day with her and Hillary. We opened Magic Kingdom with their new welcome show and closed out the night at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom before calling it an early night. So much more fun than laying on the couch all day like all my previous birthdays.

This year I was so thankful to have moved to Orlando, worked at Mousegear, move in with my best friends, and then FINALLY get to transfer to my favorite role: Photopass. I cannot explain how much fun I’ve had over the last year learning how to become a full adult. There is not a better place to grow old than the most magical place on earth.

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