Spooky Season Thoughts

Hello my beautiful friends! The days are getting longer and the nights a little more chilly but I haven’t let this seasonal mood get to me just yet!

This week, I can’t shake the feeling of turning 21. It’s like my life is coming together but not really, when does it start?!

Turning 21 next month, I look back at my life and realize I’ve never really stood still and took life for the way it was. I just kept moving forward, thinking about the next step or next goal. ANXIETY MUCH?

My life has changed SO much since then. I feel energized with happiness and genuine thoughts. Maybe it’s the concept of maturing and taking responsibility for more things in your life, but nowadays I just feel so grown and enlightened.

Maybe it’s the gym. I’ve never felt lighter and more toned in my life. All this energy I’m getting from here keeps me awake and I rarely take naps anymore!

I’ve also been thinking about investing in protein shakes. Aside from keeping track of my calorie intake, they’re just such an easier way to fill up that meal in my day. It’s frustrating not eating and then realizing you’re starving yourself at the end of a long day. What have you guys experienced with shakes?

Or maybe it’s my new set of nails I just spoiled myself to, it’s a treatment called SNS that’s loaded with Vitamin E and hardens your nails! Having my nails done makes me feel like an angelic fairy. Heck yeah!

I’ve also been super into accessorizing my fingers with RINGS. It gives me that flare when I talk and unconsciously move my hands around. Does anyone else relate? LOL. My current rings aren’t featured here but Charlotte Russe has a large selection and deals like 2 for $10. That’s where I’ve been heading to!

Or the thrilling satisfaction of starting a new book, CRAZY RICH ASIANS! I saw the movie and was blown away by the amount of story and slight divide between Asians and Asian-Americans. A concept I never thought about but things like this intrigue me more!

One weird thing, I find myself reading more when I’m reading 2-3 books at the same time. Maybe not read all the same day, but just take turns on which days I read what. By the time I finish, I feel way more accomplished finishing with 3 and it gives me more of a push because I have a lot to read!

And how could I forget my brand new baby girl, Venom. I proudly bought this car a few weeks ago and am still getting used to all the new high tech-ness! She’s a dream and I’m so lucky to spend the next maybe 10 years of my life with her. She’s a beauty, ain’t she?

I’ve had this dream since I was 16 of adding a pink steering wheel cover. This cover was purchased at a local repair shop for $12, Amazon would be a good place to look too! Now I drive around with high spirits, it’s honestly the little things in life. I spend a lot of time in my car driving to work, school, the mall, might as well invest in the interior!

This week, the thought of life flying past by scared me. But it’s sort of like the wine glass half empty or half full, it’s just how you choose to look at it.

I chose to sit back and think of things I’ve done this week that make me genuinely HAPPY and plant my feet on the ground. This way, I’m READY to take on my 21st birthday next month with open arms and an open mind.

Can someone tell me, does turning 22 feel this way too?!

HAPPY SPOOOOOKY SEASON!

– Pauly ❤

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Happiness is a Ritual

The definition of the word, Ritual claimed by Google.

“A solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.”

Has anyone wondered the key to happiness? Those days when you ask yourself when will the good days EVER start?

I can’t help but sit in bed and wonder why I led myself to those questions. I should be cherishing life everyday!! Waking up at 7 a.m!! Going on a jog!! Buying some groceries!!

Shaving my legs!! And being the best student, daughter, friend, grandchild, mentor, leader and feminist ever possible for the sake of my sanity and approval of those I love.

Wow that sounds like a lot, right? But this is a pretty average list of the small but BIG roles we maintain everyday. And for that reason, I think it’s easy to lose track of that genuine feeling of life (happiness) everyday in our lives.

Happiness is a ritual. Not a group ritual necessarily either, you’ll be happy for that later. It’s a commitment you make amongst yourself to keep light inside you. Literally a set of actions you need to establish in your life to keep balance or to restore it when insanity breaks loose.

For a prescribed order. No one knows this correct order and every order is different. But whichever destiny you have faith in, this order is meant to stay as an order and keep us from evil versions of ourselves.

Billions of people going through this complex journey, no wonder the answer only resides in you. It’s you, it really depends on you and the actions being taken to keep a stable relationship within yourself (happiness) !!

Ever heard of self-care? Lately the things that have kept my spirit running are the purchase of my new car (BMW gang!), a new gym I’ve just subscribed to, and the sense of getting my money together (heck yeah for new credit card!).

It feels new, gives me motivation and it stops me in my track once in awhile and reminds me of the good things coming my way in life. That’s key. I know I’m never getting today back or reliving the moment I stepped in my new car, so this sensation has got to last. Not for those glam moments, but for the sake of my mind.

These actions I give myself is a recipe for happiness. I give full effort in these tasks because that’s what I deserve. Neglect your actions and you’ll neglect your happiness. Sounds familiar right?

Stop what you’re doing. Think about your past few days and remember what’s been keeping that smile alive. Now keep doing what you’re doing because you’re about to ride a happy wave. I’ll be riding this wave with a glass of wine in my hand.

comment below your successes this month ❤ -Pauly

Spring allergies: Give them your best fight

It’s that time of the year again and no, I don’t mean the beautiful side of Spring. I’m talking about the coughing sensation, runny nose and sore throat dilemma we face this time of the year. If you’re not prepared for the outdoors, consider trying my tips and good luck!

First, Spring means the flowers blooming into your favorite dandelions and the trees standing tall and green. April showers bring May flowers, right?

With all the wild-life blooming, that means pollen is growing and flying everywhere to fertilize other plants as far as the wind can push those small particles. So it’s no wonder you see everyone around you sneezing up a storm and grabbing the nearest tissues, it’s allergy season!

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Getting your allergies taken care of can save you the hassle of not being in bed all day. Allergies can affect your ability to work, study and even sleep. Especially this time of the semester for all my student readers, you can’t afford a sick day.

My first tip is to close your windows, especially at night before you fall asleep. Having your windows open gives any pollen or dust the opportunity to sneak in and disturb your breathing pattern. This tip is one of my favorites because from personal experience, if I leave the windows even cracked at night, my throat will suffer the consequences. I’ve even seen people use masks when they’re outside which doesn’t sound like a bad idea. You can’t escape the great indoors, so might as well work around it.

My next tip is to take a hot shower before you go to sleep. Although there are some suggestions saying you shouldn’t shower before you sleep, I think for allergy season it’s a must. Giving yourself a hot shower will allow the steamy temperature to relieve your dry pores and give your nostrils the necessary moisture it needs. After stepping out of the shower and hopping in bed, you can go to sleep in peace knowing your nose has been washed and revitalized for the next day.

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I’ve had numerous questions on how to get rid of a sore throat and since my allergies result in solely sore throats- yay me- I have a few tips for this one. I really recommend drinking water, and so will any other medical doctor advise too. Think of water as your body’s personal shower – moisturizing your throat after a rough day of mucus clogging your glands. Not only that but water is key to life, essentially. The water you drink today is the water your body will use tomorrow, so fuel up!

I also suggest trying salt and water gurgles, like mouthwash. You can use it at room temperature but I usually boil my water, add salt and then wait for it to cool down for use. After a few gurgles and spitting it out, my throat no longer feels raspy or even that insane itch no one seems to be able to reach with their tongue – we’re all guilty of that. My theory to this is the salt acts as an exfoliator on the throat, cleaning all the old, mucus cells away when you spit it out.

My last tip for a sore throat is purchasing Claritin ($19) or Zyrtec ($14)

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from your local drugstore. I’ve personally never tried either but there seems to be a rave about these two allergy-focused medications. They claim to last four to 12 hours when you’re outside in the pollen-infested fields and according to many reviews on Target and Walmart, it actually works. Now, in no way am I telling you to purchase it – I just gave you 2 D.I.Y tips at home so don’t waste money if it’s not necessary.

My last tip is probably the most important when it comes to things you can actually take care of. You can’t control the amount of pollen outside when you’re walking by your favorite florist shop, but you can control your space at home and keeping it clean. I’m not talking about the dinner table you clean every day after a good feast, I mean the furniture you haven’t moved in months – collecting dust and debris over time. Any furniture or fancy paintings you haven’t touched in ages need a good clean too. Even wetting a paper towel and swiping the dust away does just the trick.

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Now that we’re practically done with Winter, when was the last time you used your fan? You’re most likely going to start using it again as the weather gets warmer and more humid, but before you turn it on, stop and clean the wings of the fan before you start walking around in dust-infested air.

Lastly, if you truly do suffer from allergies with severe symptoms, consider visiting your doctor and have them test/diagnose you for allergy implications. Even if you don’t suffer from allergies all-year round, some bacteria build up from the pollen/dust can hide dormant in your system and cause serious allergy episodes later down the road, get that treated now instead of waiting for next Spring!

The good thing about getting ready now for Spring allergies is you’ll have a stronger immune system for Summer weather. Isn’t that what we’re all waiting for anyways?