Thinking Twice About my consumption: in my last blog I spoke about more sustainability in our closets. I’m taking this advice through all aspects of my life. I am slowly walking away from Trend fashion and more into the light of classic pieces that can be worn again and again. Quality over Quantity might sound cliche but it’s so needed.
I’m also saying no to plastic bags when I go to the supermarket: That includes my bottled water buying obsession. Another thing I’m doing is checking the bottoms of plastic containers for the “This was made from recycled material” inscription now more than ever. It’s not a deal breaker if I don’t see it, but I am looking for it and making a more conscious decision to buy more of those.
Social Media and Social Media Moments: More and more I’m having moments that don’t make it near social media. I’m drawn to people who don’t care about Instagram or even have Instagram, I never hang out with Influencers much. In my personal experience I have realized a lot of the “influencers” or budding Influencers that I’ve come across aren’t half as interested in creating real moments or making actual friends as they are with capturing “Instagramable” moments. When I have invited people to hang out they are less likely to come unless it’s going to benefit their instagram feed in some way. It puts me in a really depressed state when I realize that nothing seems quite real anymore. I find myself getting sucked in sometimes, but it’s about balance and aligning yourself with people who get it. I love Instagram and I love sharing my stories and moments with my followers. However I want those moments to happen with people I actually like and the moments have to be real moments. I would rather pause to take a picture, than create the picture from a moment that didn’t really exist to begin with.
My Mental Health: My anxiety and moments of depression was always something I ignored. But now I’m at a place in my life where I should be celebrating a little more. The fact that I continue to feel less of a person and more and more like a failure is a sign that maybe something isn’t right. At first I thought I was just being negative, but when negative thoughts crowd your brain and eat you alive 80% of the time. I don’t think that’s normal, Im working on getting this situation treated. But the first step is acknowledging that something is indeed wrong, now I’m moving forward with that.
Oil Pulling and Organic Toothpaste: I started Oil Pulling a week ago, I always wanted to try it but never got around to it. You can take a teaspoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 5 to 15 minutes, then spit it in the trash, never down your sink. I bought some premade packets from a brand I found in Anthropology called Keeko.
I’ve had teeth sensitivity for years and started using organic toothpaste for probably three years now and have seen a dramatic decrease in my teeth sensitivity. I love it and I’m never going back to regular toothpaste.
Sunblock and Sun exposure: Like I said in a recent Instagram video I had no idea I needed to wear sunscreen. But I started doing laser facials about three months ago, as well as started using chemical exfoliators like glycolic acid toners and over night serums. That’s when I realized I needed to protect my skin if I was trying to get to the bottom of it, did anybody else see what I just did there or just me? The fact is whether you are Black, Chinese or Mexican the sun can damage and cause premature aging so protect the only skin you get to live in.
Calling my friends instead of just texting them: It’s so easy to send a text message and more and more we are losing the human element that made life so much more livable. I prefer to call people that’s just me, I think texting for a while causes us to lose touch. I feel like my generation text our friends, like their instagram pictures and drop a few comments but we aren’t talking to each other like we used to. I never want to lose that human contact, ever.
xoxo Love Always, Lauren