Hi everyone, nakanit here. I’m sorry it’s been (pretty much) two months since I last posted – it’s been a whirlwind for me on all levels of being, and I’m finally taking some time to slow down enough to write a post. What kind of crazy? More below.
December. This month involved a lot of baking, weight gaining, Christmas, Drake, working at the hospital, and visiting with friends and family. I didn’t take any extra steps to take care of my skin this month unfortunately, so no new finds here. *sadface*
January. I transitioned into a different job as I wasn’t getting too many shifts at the hospital, and I was looking for better work-life balance. I tweaked my back (herniated disk! ugh!) first week into the new year, so I was in pain for 3 weeks and had a few physio appointments. I’m glad to announce that I am A-OK now though (and totally working on strengthening supportive spine muscles). In other news, Chinese New Year happened (have a lucky Rooster year guys!) and the hubster and I gave out our first red envelopes as a married couple. An interesting change in duties, but didn’t feel anything too out of the ordinary – just comes with the upgrade in status I guess.
Skincare wise: I finished using my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum, which I somehow went through a lot quicker than my last bottle. I’m sad that I couldn’t write a review on it before finishing it, so I’ve got no pics to cover it. However if any lovely reader wants a quick recap, I’d be happy to share my thoughts on it!
February. I’m also taking some online courses, part-time, which started in January. This month involves a lot of getting my butt into gear for finals first weekend of March and getting hosed with information at my new job. I’m experiencing a major shock to the system – nothing I’m currently doing is familiar so it’s a bit overwhelming. And this brings me to the topic of…
Transitions (just some thoughts on how to deal and such)
When times get tough, everyone deals with things a little differently. These are just some things I’m noticing as I’m going through some sh*t, and more of a holding place for my thoughts than anything… instructive. Take it or leave it, no offense taken 🙂
- Self-love is majorly important. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how important this was in helping a person get through the day. Traditionally I would allow myself to not eat, sleep and cry my day away… but these days (and largely with the help my great support group) it’s helpful to
- Keep doing the sh*t that makes you happy. And I mean sh*t like, that skincare routine you’ve built up that’s rock solid, doing your makeup, cooking your meals. Just because you feel like a sack of poo does NOT mean you aren’t allowed to do things that make you happy. Seems sort of intuitive but it wasn’t like that for me for a long time.
- Tell yourself that IT’S OKAY to feel bad. Your feelings are yours and no one can judge you for feeling a certain way. Be kind to yourself.
- Let yourself rejoice in the seemingly small successes. You haven’t done this before. You’re in a new environment. You’re doing fine.
- Find a healthy way to channel your energy. I’ve set myself back so many times with terrible skin, unhealthy weight, unhealthy eating. So instead of letting myself get to a point where I’d have to start from the bottom again, I’m just going to keep trying to hold the fort down while my mental and emotional status sorts their sh*t out – like working out, taking walks, washing my face, etc.
- Your circle. I’m a pretty independent person, so reaching out for help is pretty rare. It’s not easy for me to admit that I’m in a vulnerable spot and need help. They say that communicating is better than not, even if it comes out all mumbo-jumbo’d. Sometimes all you need is someone to acknowledge that things are tough, or to show you a perspective you’ve never considered.
- And finally, just know that everything can change yet again… even if today sucks, tomorrow might be better. After all, you came from a place where situations changed and brought you here right now. Take a deep breath and own the discomfort, it’s a part of your legacy.
Thoughts or comments? Let us know!