Hello March! 🌼

Good morning!!

Happy Friday guys! 

I woke up this morning feeling very refreshed and looked outside my window only to find more ice on the ground. I had great sleep and then I realized it’s March and got super excited! The weather forecast is showing that it will get much warmer after the 8th of March. So glad the winter is finally going away and I can enjoy some fresh air. Speaking of a new month, that means we have some goals to write out! 

Goals for March:

  • Learn a new sport (already have one on mind, will make a video about it)
  • Lose 10-15 pounds 
  • Start vlogging – post first video on Youtube 
  • Be consistent with my blog posts
  • Make a laundry routine so we don’t fall behind on laundry
  • Share my blog, be more open about it 
  • Workout 5x a week
  • Sleep 8 hours every night and wake up at 5 am every morning
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Clear up my acne scarring/skin 
  • Spend time outdoors as much as I can as soon as it gets warmer outside
  • Read at least 1 book
  • Get back into writing my to-do lists
  • Save money from every paycheck for our future vacations
  • Buy our Disneyland and Universal Studios tickets before the end of the month
  • Work on myself, mentally and physically
  • Only buy new clothes if I lose weight 
  • Have at least 3 date nights with my husband 
  • Spend less time on my phone and more time with my husband 

That sounds like a pretty good list and things I can for sure accomplish! I didn’t want to make it too goal heavy because sometimes it gets unrealistic, but I know that I could do a bunch of these. And even if I only do 50% of this list, it’s still something! 

Do you have any goals for March? How do you write them out and make sure you get them done? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Creating a whole new routine for 2019! ⭐️

In 2018, I had a great routine set up and it was working well for me. By the end of 2018, I had NO routine. Maybe it was just because it was the end of the year and things were happening all over the place and maybe it was that I was just over my routine. Not following a routine caused everything else to go out of whack. For example, I lost track of when my bills were due at times and I stopped writing to-do lists during the week. This year, I want to create routines that stay throughout the whole year so things like that never happens and I can be as productive as possible. 

Starting with my morning routine. There was a time last year where I was able to wake up at 5am and get my day started before heading out for work. That lasted a good month and it went into the holidays which is where I think it all went downhill. I quit following my routine and I slept in longer than I should’ve. One of my goals this year is to wake up earlier and accomplish a lot of things before I go to work for 8 hours a day. I think the best way for me to follow this is by waking up at 5am and getting in at least 30 minutes of exercise. Our home gym is almost done so that means I literally will walk out my back door, into the garage, and will be able to work out in the comfort of my own house. No having to drive back and forth anywhere – easy. The hardest part will be getting my body to adjust to waking up so early. That means going to bed earlier which won’t be a problem for me since we get into bed by 9pm every night and even 8:30pm at times. So that’s the first step, which is why this week I’m going to train my body to wake up at 5am and just do things before work so it’ll help when the gym is done and I actually work out.

Aside from waking up early, I want to incorporate those things I want to do before going to work. I want to eat breakfast of course, get my lunch ready, drink coffee/tea with my husband, and blog. Blogging in the morning is the best for me because usually after work I have stuff to do and never have time to blog. On Monday mornings, I like to write out the things I have to do for the week and that way I know I won’t forget to do something. This would make be super productive in the morning and I would feel as if my day wasn’t wasted after working all day. 

Now, my skincare morning routine is something I am changing this year as well. My skin has been looking a lot better and I want to keep it that way. I cleanse my face every morning and put on moisturizer right after. Then comes makeup and whatever else. One of my skincare goals for this year is to go to a professional place to remove my acne scarring. That is the #1 thing that makes me insecure, the fact that it’s just around my cheeks and never goes away. Sometimes even makeup doesn’t fully cover it. Being comfortable in your own skin without makeup is something I’ve always dreamed of. I try to wear makeup only a bit during the week and it’s very hard for me to go to work without it, but it’s good for my skin. I was looking at buying the Clarisonic Mia, has anyone else used/tried this? Does it help and is it worth the price? Was thinking it might help with my completion and glow. It also would be nice to know I took all of the makeup off my face! 

So that’s the plan for my morning routine. My night time routine is a bit different. I’ve been doing a great job of going to bed early, it’s easy because I’m tired by 8pm, but sometimes I lay in bed for an hour or two not being able to fall asleep. So I use that time to browse Pinterest or Reddit. I tried melatonin and it helps a lot, but sometimes I forget to take it and I’m too lazy to get up. I also think my phone is a distraction at times, so putting that away and just clearing my head before sleep would be a better thing to do. I am also trying to limit the amount of time I spend on my phone overall, so this would be a big help. So top things I am adding to my routine: be in bed by 8:30-9pm so I can get 8 hours of sleep, take melatonin if needed and don’t be lazy about it, put away the phone, and make sure the room doesn’t have a lot of light. 

As for my night time routine, I am changing that up as well. 

  • remove any makeup using coconut oil like a cleanser instead of a coconut oil on a makeup remover wipe – the way I used to do it doesn’t work for me
  • after removing makeup with coconut oil, use a wet cloth to wipe down any coconut oil still left on my face 
  • wash face with moisturizing cleanser
  • put a face mask on (2-3x a week depending on how my skin is feeling)
  • add moisturizer and soft lip therapy on lips

My skin is usually very dry in the winter and I haven’t been very good at applying moisturizer before bed. On the days I don’t wear makeup, I’d skip the first two steps. 

2019 is going to be a great year and I plan to do a lot of things. I can’t do those things without a consistent routine, so let’s hope this will keep me going. 

How are your routines and how do you keep yourself motivated to keep them? 

Tuesday April 17, 2018 🌿

Good morning!

Happy Tuesday, it’s a much better day weather wise than this weekend and yesterday and it makes all the difference in everyones moods! I have lots to blog about which I am going to do in the next 2 1/2 hours before my class so be prepared for A LOT! As of right now, I am drinking coffee in my room and just having a good time. I cut up some bananas and oranges – these oranges I bought are like pink on the inside and no I didn’t accidentally buy grapefruit, but they’re actually pretty sweet!

So, yesterday I got everything done that needed to be done for my bridal shower, I’m going to post some pictures of what we did. It was a very long, tiring day honestly. That took FOREVER especially because we ran into some dilemmas, but in the end everything turned out so cute! So here are some pictures:

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So those little boxes have rose petals inside and then some little candies. We had to put the boxes together, fill them up, then close them back up and tie those little bows around the top. I think they look so adorable! Then we did these ribbons on the flower vases, well Sejla did because she made the best ribbons hahahah and real flowers will go in each of them (I think there’s like 7 or 8) and we will put them on each table. What I forgot to take a picture of was the props Sanela and I had to glue on a stick. There were a bunch! Medina was our little helper throughout this whole day, she gave us which prop to glue 😂 And omg I totally forgot to take a picture of the party favors… but I will add more pictures the actual day of my shower! They are little nail-polishes and they are soooo adorable because they look like they have veils on them. Anyways, that seems like it wouldn’t take a long time, but it took a couple hours. We also thought of some games, I think we’re going to do like 3-4 of them to take up the time. But yes, that’s all done with finally. Everything else is just decorating on Sunday. I also got my dress and shoes so I am set to go!!

Mirhad started packing up his stuff from his room, basically everything besides his clothes and I also need to start doing that soon. I think I’m going to need a couple storage containers to pack my stuff up because I have a bunch of small things and I think it would be best to do just 2-3 big containers. But OMG…. 29 more days till I move out and get married!!! WOOHOO!!! I can’t believe how fast time flew by… well not really but now that it’s getting closer and closer I feel so anxious. I know our parents will be sad, but I know we will see them a lot so it will be like we never left (kind of). Anywayssssss, I am so excited to have my own place and I can’t wait to start decorating. We will be looking at furniture a lot for the next 29 days so we can furnish this place!

I also need to get in touch with my future workplace so we can finalize stuff, they said around this time or end of April would be when we start doing the process. Oh, also…. Adisa will be working with me!!!!!! She got an offer and we are sooooo excited!!! I’m so happy for her and I think she really deserves this after a tough semester of searching for jobs and going to tons of interviews! I can’t wait to work with her, I think we will be in the same building so it will be fun! We can carpool, eat lunch together, go on breaks together, etc., I can’t wait 🙂 🙂

Just came back from driving Mirhad to school and now I am about to start getting ready for class. I need to make another to-do list today so I make sure I don’t forget to do the stuff I need to do. It just little things and some aren’t even pertaining to the shower, it’s just stuff I need to do for myself.

Today when Mirhad gets out of class, we’re going to go to Weekends Only to look at furniture. Hopefully we find something we like, it’s so hard for us to like the same couch apparently lol. —— Weekends Only is CLOSED bc it’s a weekends only store… dumb moment for me hahahaha. So instead we will go buy storage bins so I can start packing!

Meant to upload this post earlier today, but I went to school and didn’t bring my computer, so now I am at home finishing this before I leave to go pick up Mirhad. My mom went to SAMS the other day and I feel like she didn’t get anything good 😐 so I think at Walmart I’ll pick up some bagel thins and maybe one orange because Walmart’s is the BEST. So I didn’t get what I was hoping I’d get on the test, but I did really good on my homework so my grade basically stayed the same.. YAY! I also think if I do well on the quizzes and rest of the homework that I can pass with an okay grade which is just enough for me 🙂 That means I don’t have to stress too much about it. I have a micro test coming up and I don’t even know what I have in the class because he hasn’t posted any grades this semester at all.. eh, I think I’ll be okay with this one too.

I think we’re all going to go on a trip like after graduation and school ends in May probably for a week or so, it’ll most likely just be me, Mirhad, Ermin, Anel, and Sanela. We might go somewhere in the mountains which GETS ME SO EXCITED!!!!! It’s been way too long since I have hiked at the mountains and inhaled that fresh crisp air ❤ so I will probably get going on planning that too 😀 I don’t even care if it’s Colorado again… you know that’s my favorite place!! But just anywhere outside, maybe even Yosemite or Grand Canyon? Who knows?! But that means travel posts, woohoo!!

But yeah, that is pretty much everything I’ve needed to update on. Now that I am a little less stressed out, I can focus way more on blogging. See ya! 🙂