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How to Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude makes us healthier and happier people. (It also makes us sleep better!)   The University of Texas Health Science Center reports that, "a growing body of research shows that gratitude is truly amazing in physical and psychosocial benefits." Such benefits include exercising more often, establishing and maintaining more meaningful relationships, and a reduction in "toxic emotions" like depression, anxiety, and more. Sounds good, right? With gratitude basically being the elixir of life — a key component in living a fuller, happier, and healthier existence — how could...

How to Improve Your Sleep

Sleep is supposed to be something that the body does naturally — so why does it seem so difficult to fall asleep sometimes? You can improve the quantity and quality of your sleep with a few valuable tips. But how?   According to NPR, 60 million Americans can't sleep, have trouble falling asleep, and/or experience difficulty staying asleep. There are so many factors that can keep the mind awake even when the body is sending it other messages, messages of sleepiness. When you throw blue-light electronics into the...

Tips: How to Beat Instagram’s New Algorithm

Let's hear a collective Internet sigh for all the users affected by Instagram's new algorithm.   We should have seen it coming, what with Facebook's myriad anti-business algorithms that it has been unveiling over the past few years. (In many ways, I did see it coming — was even warned by an Instagram insider that pretty soon, "promoted" posts were going to be a thing for businesses.) But even so, I wasn't prepared and I'm sure neither were you in recent weeks when Instagram completely changed things up...

What Is Makeup Baking?

Baking your makeup makes all the difference.   It's a term and technique originally used in drag but (of course) was popularized by Kim Kardashian, as well as Instagram and YouTube makeup artists. Baking — which is also referred to as "cooking" — refers to a technique in which a person applies translucent powder under the eyes (and anywhere else on the face that should be highlighted), letting it sit for five to 10 minutes. Baking is beloved by so many makeup artists because it uses the natural heat from your...

30 Ways to Self-Care

Empathy: I have a whole lot of it but at times, it can be both my strength and downfall. The caveat to being an empathic person is that we can get bogged down with the feelings of other people, to the point of ignoring our own feelings and needs. This is something that the people closest to me in my life have been pointing out to me recently: that I'm all 100% there for everyone else in my life, but 0% there for myself.   It's hard but this...

10 Journaling Prompts to Get You Writing Again

As I've grown older, I've evolved into a more clear version of me, a version that feels right in many ways. Not only am I more sure of who I am and my identity now that I hit the 25-year-old mark but I've also learned how to better embrace that true me. One of the things that has become integral to this growth process is journaling.   There are a lot of things that happened this past year that have changed me. Ironically, it's actually a lot...

How to Organize Your Life: 30 Days to Declutter

This year has been different for me in many ways. One of the changes that has changed my life in 2017 is committing to organization. If you're looking to garner more control over your apartment, room, or house, and in turn, your life, keeping reading to check out my How To Organize Your Life in 30 Days guide. Week 1: The Bedroom Day 1: Wardrobe Day 2: Drawers Day 3: Shoes Day 4: Seasonal clothing Day 5: Jewelry Day 6: Underwear drawer/socks Day 7: Bathing suits Week 2: The Bathroom Day 8: Storage Day 9: Medicine cabinet Day 10:...