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10 Things That Make Me Happy

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Hello readers, happy Monday and Happy March! Today is the FIRST DAY of the March Writing Challenge! To kick off the month, today’s prompt is:

What are 10 things that make you happy?

To be honest, this question isn’t as easy as I thought. Because, like, am I supposed to mention just tangible, actual objects that bring me joy? Or, can I include a more abstract-type “the feeling of…”; also, can I include people? (since they’re not technically things…).

Anyway, I need to stop over-thinking this activity and just go for it. So, in no particular order, here are 10 of a lot of things that never fail to make me happy:

Let’s type this up, since I don’t have the neatest handwriting.

1. Walking my dog.

Although it’s really him walking me most of the time (LOL).

2. Charcuterie boards.

With lots of spread & fresh grapes that pop in your mouth.

One of the boards I managed to put together despite “limited” ingredients 😍

3. Freshly-cleaned bedsheets.

You know, you just get that feeling as you climb under the sheets, especially after a hot shower. It’s like Heaven on Earth. Who’s with me?

black and beige book on white bed sheet
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4. Tarot card readings.

Honestly, whether it’s bluff or not, nothing can change my mind on this 😂 (trust me, ask my friends/my BF has tried). They’re just fun, to give and to receive. Sometimes they’re weirdly accurate, while at other times, you get a freaky card and are like WTF. But it’s all part of the process – just sit back, relax, and have your question ready.

You do Tarot readings in the library TOO?

5. My tattoo.

It hurt a little bit.

It says Sandra in Arabic, located (privately) on the side of my ribcage (sorry, not pics to publish). I tattooed the name in Arabic because it is my late sister’s name, who passed away when I was around 16 years old, and because Arabic is the language of my culture/heritage in Syria. I am always happy when I see the tattoo. Sandra will always be a source of inspiration for my life goals, and I am so glad to have her on my side (literally).

6. Wine.

Nothing like a fresh, cold glass of Pinot Grigio on a warm day, or the sweet, cinnamon-y taste of mauled wine during the winter holidays. I’m no connoisseur by any means, although I’m not opposed to the idea.

7. Skincare.

Not only does this help with me a morning/evening routine (which I need and love), but who doesn’t like healthy, vibrant skin? (I’ve been using these three products forever and truly can’t get enough.)

Also, face masks are a great way to relax at the end of the day and incorporate some self-care into a busy schedule.

Sulfur mask by ZO Skin

8. Traveling.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

9. Sunsets & sunrises.

There’s something always so calming about them…

10. My family & friends.

Duh! (Below is a non-exhaustive collection of said persons.)

It was a fun mental exercise to reflect on some things that genuinely make me happy. I don’t think I’ve ever done something like this activity before, and it was a great way to experience something new and challenge myself. I highly recommend you make a similar list, as well as leave any thoughts or questions below!

Until Day 2 tomorrow,

31 Ways To Challenge Yourself this March (Number 2 Is My Favorite)

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Writing is good for the mind and soul. I’ve wanted to challenge myself lately, and because March is coming up soon, why not create my own set of prompts and hop on the Writing Challenge train?

Alas, after coming up with a balance of thought-provoking + entertaining questions, I present to you my very first 31-day March writing challenge!

(Pssst: downloadable PDFs at the bottom of the page!)
(Pssst: downloadable PDFs at the bottom of the page!)

In short, I challenge you to answer each of these 31 prompts every day during March. You may spend at most 1 hour, but no less than 10 minutes, per day answering these questions. You can either type them or hand-write them, whatever you prefer!

(Of course, I’m doing this too.)

What’s the catch?

  • You are not allowed to think about your answers ahead of time.
  • There is no “right” answer.
  • No skipping days (unless it’s an emergency).

Why the 31-Day Writing Challenge?

Well, besides the obvious getting to know yourself better, it’ll enhance focus, expand vocabulary, refine communication, improve contemplation, and revamp your brain activity! (AND we’re doing it together.)

Be sure to come back on March 1st to read my entries and follow along!

Are you ready?

Sign up here!

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Self-Care 101: What, When, Why & How

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Get your pen and paper out, folks. It’s time to take some notes.

Now more than ever, we are putting so much time and energy into everything but ourselves. But we can’t keep this up forever! Without a proper self-care routine in place, one is bound to explode at some point or another. So don’t take these tips lightly or make self-care anything but your top priority. After all, how can you take care of things if you aren’t cared for first? 

First, let’s debunk 4 self-care myths:

1. Self-care is an indulgence.

No. Meaningful self-care includes making mindful changes in patterns of thoughts and behaviors that do not contribute to your wellbeing.

2. Self-care is selfish.

Nope. When you make time for yourself and get sufficient rest & exercise, you feel more energetic and will be able to do more – for yourself as well as for those around you.

3. Self-care is a one-time experience.

Wrong again. Looking after yourself is an ongoing practice in building resilience to face hardships and in preventing burnout.

4. Self-care is time-consuming.

False. Self-care does not require you to take out a huge chunk of time from your busy day.

Now, with that in mind, please feel free to try out some of the activities mentioned below the next time you have an hour, day, or weekend off!

1. Try a homemade face mask.

After washing your face, gather the ingredients, mix, and leave them on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing off. Your skin will feel rejuvenated, and your mind will feel more relaxed.

  • Option 1 (hydrating): honey + avocado + banana + yogurt
  • Option 2 (brightening): honey + baking soda + lemon juice + turmeric
  • Option 3 (anti-inflammatory): honey + matcha + coconut oil

If you’re looking for something more commercial, I recommend this complexion clearing mask.

healthy light dawn people

2. Paint your nails.

Doing your nails is extremely relaxing and refreshing. Whether you are doing them yourself or going to a salon, this activity is considered self-care, and your hands will look great as a plus. You honestly feel like a new woman (or man) once you’ve finished painting them, chip-free, with that air of confidence and relief from the previous horror. Although we’re in quarantine, there might be nail salons near you that are open with safety measures in practice. Check your Yelp app and perhaps call ahead. 

client in a beauty salon
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3. Watch your favorite TV show.

If you need some suggestions, check out this article.

happy young relaxed woman watching tv at home

4. Go for a walk.

Even walking for as little as 30 minutes enormously boosts your overall mental and physical health. The fresh air, outdoor environment, and low-intensity aerobics will make you feel so good during and afterward.

smiling man walking on a sidewalk

5. Play a board game.

You can play online with your friends or go solo. Scrabble, chess, a puzzle…

battle black blur board game

6. Take a hot shower or bath.

For a bath: I recommend incorporating bath bombs (s/o to Lush), candles, a glass of Pinot, and some relaxing music.
For a shower: I recommend exfoliating, conditioning, singing, and repeating until relaxation kicks in.

a romantic setting in the bathroom

7. Try out a new recipe.

If you need some inspiration, check out our recipes for whipped coffee, charcuterie, foul, and apple sangria,

fruit salads in plate

It’s time to get your self-care on! #TreatYourself.

My 3 Skincare Essentials

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A good thing about quarantine lockdown is the extra time at home that we can spend on ourselves. Now is the perfect time to begin a new skincare regimen. With that said, I love these products by ZO Skin. Use them 2x a day (AM and PM); although a bit on the pricier side, trust me, they’re entirely well worth the investment. You’re paying for quality! The products mentioned are the essential basic wash, scrub, and toning pads.

1. Gentle Cleanser:

This wash is great for all skin types and should be used first in the order of skincare products. Use in the morning after waking up and at night before going to sleep. It doubles as a makeup remover, so goodbye to the extra $ spent on Maybelline wipes!

2. Exfoliating Polish:

This scrub is absolutely divine! Use after the wash above, in the morning, and at night (or just once a day if you want to be less aggressive with your skin). What makes this scrub different from others – and therefore effective- is that it contains circular beads instead of square ones, so it’s easier on the skin and not irritating. You’re welcome! 

3. Complexion Renewal Pads:

These pads should be used after the scrub above, twice a day. If you decide to scrub once daily instead, you can use these pads after the wash also. Your skin will glow and feel extremely clean.

Last but not least, don’t forget to top off your morning skincare routine with sunscreen. say goodbye, premature wrinkles. I hope this inspired you to develop a skincare routine that works for you.

What is your current skincare routine? Let me know in the comments!