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My Go-To Sick & Self Care Bath Time Routine!

Ooooh boy, I’ve been trying to write this since February… how is that going for me?

Originally this was based off a night when I felt I really needed some self-care. A night when my face had been breaking out for weeks and my body was sore from the gym. But towards the end of March, I became extremely sick, more sick than I can remember in recent memory. I thought it would be a good time again to flex this new pamper routine in hopes of making myself feel better! I really wanted to get back into blogging and thought it would be nice to share it with you all.

Since the popular explosion of bath bombs, I’ve wanted to take baths more often for relaxation purposes. But I’ve also gotten pretty obsessed with face masks, candles and drinking tea (a routine I picked up while living with my Nana).

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The original night of much needed self-care looked a little bit like this:

This is the “Love Boat” bath bomb from Lush, and I’m super disappointed that it was only around for the Valentines season. The water was a pretty combo of cotton candy colours!img_4213-e1555885395564.jpg

 

Catch me taking it all in with a brand new candle from Bath & Body Works in a Rose Water & Ivy scent! Believe me, it’s my new favourite candle and I’d like to buy about 27 more of them… I keep forgetting to pick up one for my mum and I wonder if they have them in the wallflowers because I’m obsessed with those and use them in every room of my apartment.

In my Star Wars mug is pomegranate green tea! Another staple of my tea collection in my kitchen. Can you see it? Can you feel the vibe yet? How about can you hear it? Well, I’ll mention my newly discovered Spotify playlist down below that I had on!

Above is a jade roller I got in my FabFitFun box last year, along with the Blaq charcoal under-eye jellies! I hadn’t used under eye jellies yet, they’re so weird and slimy but I can’t lie when I say I really enjoyed them. Also pictured is a Sephora pearl face mask.

I used the jellies and the face mask (separate, obviously) after the bath and before I went to bed. I wasn’t sure how long I’d be in the bath and preferred to have my face free at the time!


 

Now, it’s time to revisit this little pamper session because I’d been nauseous for a few days, I couldn’t regulate body temperature, I couldn’t eat anything (nor was I hungry enough to try) and I started shaking uncontrollably because I felt like I was just THAT cold!

I looked under my sink to find the Submarine bath bomb from Lush! I also have a turtle jelly bomb but I figured I’d save that for another day.

This one started off a little foamy! But look at that orange colour! 🧡

Armed with my ‘Namast’ay in bed’ mug, appropriate because is there anywhere else you wanna be when you’re sick? I decided to have a peppermint tea, hoping the mint would help clear some of my congestion!

No face masks in this one and I felt so crappy and congested I decided against having the candle because I was worried having a stimulating scent might give me a headache.


 

What am I listening to?
THIS AMAZING SPOTIFY PLAYLIST!!

*Please ignore that at the time I took the screenshot, I wasn’t listening to this playlist. Steve Aoki and Kid Cudi are not what I’d consider relaxing and unwinding music…*

I stumbled upon this playlist during my first pamper sesh because I don’t want to shuffle my music (you’ll never know what genre you’re gonna get😅). This playlist has quickly become a go-to for not only these pamper sessions, but also background ambiance while I’m doing chores around my apartment or just something to listen to when I wanna keep it calm.

I’ve discovered some great songs on this playlist like:

Cologne – Haux
Motion Sickness – Phoebe Bridgers
Portland – Andrea von Kampen (No longer on the playlist)

It also features artists I already liked like Leon Bridges and The Lumineers and Jose Gonzalez!

 


 

I’m just finishing writing this on the day I leave for the UK. I have a little plan in my mind to maybe hit up a Lush store (or the equivalent) and maybe halfway through my trip I can have a bit of a down evening and flex this routine. Minus the candle obviously because hotel rooms and stuff. It bothers me that I took so long to write and post this. I hope you guys enjoyed the read and I think you deserve a self-care night wherever you are!

I have some more ideas for posts, just a matter of getting it down on here… cross your fingers for me

Much love xx

-J

I’m Not Cut Out For This Life, I Need a New One…

Taken by @d.balaskophotography

Forget about having a case of the Monday’s…
I have a case of a creative being suffocated in a noncreative environment!

Flashback to Friday for a second, it was 9:30am. I was at work and I was filled with restlessness. Restless like I could’ve run a marathon, written a novel and finished 10 paintings! Yet I was stuck at work. In the dirty, itchiness that is an insulation factory. Glamorous. Not to mention that a few hours later, someone asked me to do something and it instantly put me in a crappy mood.

Here it comes again. That arrogant and pessimistic attitude that used to surface as soon as I walked in my customer service job after 6 years. That mood that makes me hate everything and everyone. That “don’t tell me what to do” mood. That mood where I’ll talk back to my superiors and anyone who tests that nerve. That feeling like I’m just a cog in a machine and I have infinitely more potential to create beautiful things and make something of myself but I’m caged here. Terrified that this is what my life is going to be.

Now back to this morning.

Back to feeling the sudden blow of reality after an amazing weekend. I was so aware of how little I think I’m capable of handling this environment any more. I never usually take breaks, but this morning I did…

As I sat there I thought to myself, “how did I get here?”
Well I mean, I know how I got here. I was unemployed in 2016 when I got back from a trip to France and after zero luck with acting I had no choice but to sign up with a temp agency that ultimately landed me at Amazon and then here…

I mean how did I get here…
Here, in this mindset…
Here, where I walk into work and feel both mentally and physically violated by some of the people I work with and the environment I’m in…
Here, in these ugly green shirts and uncomfortable canvas pants that are halfway down my ass and chaffing my thighs and making me sweat in winter(don’t even get me started on how they feel in the summer when you don’t have AC indoors)…
Here, in this stagnant day to day work that sucks the life from me and ultimately leaves me having to go open a door by our product wrapper and stick my head outside in the -15° weather just to feel a rush of fresh air in my lungs because I can’t breathe and it feels like the walls are closing in around me…

How did I get here?

I almost walked out. I’ve never done that before…
If I even miss half a day of work, my paycheque is too tight to manage my bi-weekly bills. I literally can barely afford to call in sick!

I started getting lost in thoughts of bloggers, YouTubers, artists, photographers and the likes of those people who work for themselves. People who work on their own schedules (though I’m sure are filled with personal and professional deadlines). People who get to flex their creative soul as their profession!

From there it escalates to thoughts of actors and musicians (both fields I studied in post-secondary school. But the reasons I’m not currently pursuing either of these is a post for another day) and then I’ll go even further to just thinking about winning the lottery. Anything to get me out of there.

But the truth is, I could literally be doing anything else.
If I put in the effort required, which I seldom do, it would seem.
I could go back to school if I wanted to. I should be making connections and building relationships and working towards the creative things I enjoy.
*I already make YouTube videos and this is the restart on my blog, both of which are fields that everyone seems to want to venture into these days so they’re incredibly difficult*

I’m almost 26. My life is nowhere near over. I can literally create an entirely new life out of thin air if I wanted to. I can make choices to reshape my future at any given moment.

One of my best friends shared this text post on facebook that said:
“Six months of hardcore focus and alignment can put you five years ahead in life. Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire. You have what it takes to be the best that you can be. Don’t ever doubt yourself, harness your power, exceed your expectations.”

That’s all I need to close out my jumbled Monday thoughts.

Or as Britney said, “You better work b*tch”

-J