What to do When I Feel Insecure

1. Prioritize – Realize insecurities are not the end of the world (good way to do this is to watch the news and realize what is going on in the world)

2. Do something special for myself

3. Exercise 

4. Try something new (ex: hairstyle, food, book, etc.)

5. Watch a feel good movie

6. Talk to someone

7. Play piano

8. Eat something delicious

9. Think of things I am thankful for

10. Do something nice for someone else

11. Clean

12. Let it out

13. Wear comfy clothes

14. Wear my favourite outfit

15. Sleep

16. Have a fresh start

17. Come up with a mantra

18. Think of my role models

19. Do something fun

20. Learn to love myself

 

Tips to Feel Naturally Beautiful: Part II The Look

I think that looking good can give you a boost of confidence. I know that when I have a new outfit on or my hair looks great, that I feel good.
Now, I never wear makeup. The only time is wearing a bit of tinted moisturizer and/or blush, and I almost always curl my eyelashes (they are really long and the ones in the edge of my eye get tangled – OUCH). I am actually incredibly happy that I don’t wear makeup at my age. I’ve heard so many girls say that they feel like they can’t even leave the house without makeup and that they don’t feel comfortable without it. I am not saying that makeup is bad. I think it’s its own art medium and can give you a serious confidence boost. It’s also a pretty fun way to express yourself! My issue with today’s society is that so many people can’t seem to love themselves in their own skin. That’s these tips are for: some easy ways to maintain your natural beauty!

Natural Beauty

1) Skin Care – Whenever I see someone who has truly radiant skin, I think they are absolutely beautiful and get jealous immediately. I have very large pores and blackheads and the occasionally pimple (I think I’ve really ‘outgrown’ my acne stage, thank goodness). My skin care routine has been the same for quite a few years.
I don’t cleanse my face in the morning, I just splash some cold water on it. Then I follow up with a moisturizer with SPF.
In the evening, I use a cleanser and then a light moisturizer. Once or twice a week I’ll use a clay mask or exfoliator. I try to keep my routine simple.
I always put on hand cream before bed, and if I remember I’ll moisturize my arms and legs.
I also put on a soothing lip balm.
Your skin care could differ completely from mine. Experiment until you find something that works for you.

2) Eyebrows – I have naturally thick eyebrows (both a blessing and a curse). I am constantly tweezing and getting them waxed. Personally, I find nothing can make my face look better than having nicely shaped eyebrows. Filling in my eyebrows with makeup has never really been an option for me so I’m not really sure what to tell you about that idea. I think just having them nicely shaped and cleaned up from stray hairs is perfect. If you have never tweeted your eyebrows before, go to a professional. At least for the first time, and they should be able to give you some good tips.

3) Hair – I wash my hair every other day. I only really have two guidelines for hair: it should be clean and out of your face. Experiment with products (I use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner because I like to keep my hair healthy) and develop a solid routine. Sometimes I also use hair oil on the ends.
When it comes to styling your hair, I like to limit myself to fifteen minutes (I normally never reach that, but I think it keeps you prioritizing that your hair isn’t that important). I love styling my hair because there are so many different things to do. Your hair is unique, just like you. I normally straighten my hair (my hair is straight, so I just have a few kinks to work out) and always pull back the front somehow. I really like French braiding one side back or wearing headbands. I also use classic ponytail. My hair is currently at a growing out stage, but when it was longer, I did lots of braids and buns.

4) Shave – I believe this is totally optional, depending on your views, but being from Canada and just not liking body hair in general, my razor is used quite often. Legs, armpits, bikini line (if that’s your thing), I think are all musts. Nothing makes me feel more uncomfortable as walking out in shorts with hairy legs. Just pick up a razor and some shading cream and follow up with moisturizer after. Super easy.

5) Nails – I really like painting my nails, because it makes me not chew them (I have a really bad habit here, guys), but i think it’s most important to have your finger and toenails be clean and trimmed. Nothing else I think is really that important. Invest in a pair of good quality trimmers and maybe a nail file. Just be careful doing this! You don’t want to cut your nails too short.

That’s pretty much all I can think of. Notice there was nothing like, contour you nose or wear colored contact lenses, because that’s not naturally you! If you like that stuff then that’s fine and dandy, but it think it’s always important to learn to love and accept yourself as who you are.

For part I click HERE

My Goals for Summer

I just out of school and one of my favourite things to do is to write down the things I want to accomplish for summer. I’ve done this past years and think that it’s really fun and helpful. If you write something down I find it is so much easier to follow through with it.

1) Stretch, stretch, stretch! – I want to have a good over split in both sides, get my middle splits, and have a good scorpion by the time dance starts again in September.

2) Make money – At the moment I do not have a summer job so I will probably end up working on the farm for my dad. I really want to make money this year and work hard to get it.

3) Spend time with family – I hope to make some new memories and I want to take my little cousin swimming a few days.

4) Be more grateful – I want to look at the bigger picture and be more thankful for what I had and get to do.

5) Read

6) Be responsible and trustworthy – This is referring to any parties I may or may not go to. I want my parents to know that they can trust me and I won’t abuse their trust.

7) Try something new – This could be a yoga class or biking to town or just getting out of my comfort zone

8) Make the most out of my time – I don’t want to spend the whole summer inside watching tv. I want to make memories!

9) Slap on the sunscreen – No burns for me

10) Be more considerate – I want to be friendlier and listen more and be more approachable.

11) Be healthy – I want to go for runs, swim for endurance, ride my bike, you name it! I also want to eat very healthy!

What are your goals for the summer?

Last Few Days of School…and How to Survive Them

I’m down to my last couple of weeks of school, and while the excitement that you’re almost done and summers around the corner is here, so is the brutally exhausting week of studying and final exams.  With my school if you are above a mark of 80, then you automatically get a recommend and don’t have to write a final for that class.  I am above 80’s in all of my classes this year so I then have to write whatever was my lowest mark.  I don’t really have much to complain about.  One exam?  That’s nothing compared to what some of you have to go through!  Only problem for me is that some of my teachers are so unorganized is that we have to cram to get the last three months of work finished in one week (Yes English class, I’m talking about you.).  I would be just fine actually doing work in class, but lately we’ve gotten so slack that it seems like a colossal waste to go to school and learn absolutely nothing.  So here we are to cram it in.  Still, I don’t have it very bad.

Here’s my list of tips to help survive these last few weeks!

Harper’s Tips and Tricks on Surviving the Last Days of School

  1. Write everything down – We all have those last few assignments in every class that we scramble to get finished before time’s up.  Write them down.  Whether it’s on your iPhone, a notepad, or a planner.  Keep a list of everything you have to do.  When you finish, cross it off (P.S. That’s the best feeling ever – crossing stuff off your list)
  2. Now that everything is written down, do it – Don’t wait to the last minute.  Use your will power and get started as soon as possible.  This will be a life saver so that when it comes time to study for exams, you can put all of your attention on that.
  3. Make your studying worthwhile – Do you learn better reading everything?  Or copying your notes down?  Maybe you like finding quizzes on the Internet or having your parents ask you questions.  Whatever way you feel helps you study best, do it.  Because if you can retain information in 20 minutes one way compared to 8 hours another way, that is a whole lot easier!  Also sort out what is the most important to learn and go over that more.
  4. Don’t be afraid to take a break – While you have to study, don’t let it completely consume you.  If you are feeling wiped or like your brain is fried, take a break and do something you like for a bit.  Maybe you want to take your dog out for a walk or paint your nails?  You will feel much more refreshed and energized when you get back to the books.
  5. Have a nice, quiet place to study – Me? I have a great big desk in my room.  I close my door and light my favourite candle (currently Bourbon Vanilla!).  I try to be very relaxed when I’m studying.  I can’t concentrate if there is a speck of noise so I always make sure to study in a quiet place.  Find your place.  If home isn’t an option, go to your local library!
  6. Remember to ask for help – If you are still having trouble remembering the difference between parallel and series circuits, don’t be afraid to ask!  It’s what your teacher get paid to do.  If you need a little more help than in the classroom, organize a time to come in before or after school.  You’ll feel way better than getting frustrated trying to figure it out by yourself.
  7. Keep things in perspective – Will this test really determine the rest of your life?  No.  So don’t get super stressed over it.  Do your best job and study hard, but keep in mind that this isn’t going to make or break you.
  8. Reward yourself – Have you been waiting to go to the beach for months?  When you finish studying, give yourself a reward.  Plan the reward ahead of time so it gives you something to look forward to.

Good luck!

Do you have any tips for surviving the last few days of school?

Why I’m so Sad that The Carrie Diaries was Cancelled

For though of you who don’t know, The Carrie Diaries has been cancelled. Possibly one of my favourite tv shows of all time has been destroyed after only two seasons. Here are some of the things I am going to miss about TCD.

1) Carrie – I feel like she is one character on TV I can connect with. Especially in the early first season. She’s just discovering the world and has so many darn thoughts in her head at all time! Plus, her wardrobe is to die for. Plus she is played by one of my biggest role models, Annasophia Robb.

2) The 80-ness – Probably my favourite parts. The clothes, the music, the furniture and cute quirks like their phones! I love the music so much. It just puts me in a TCD mood.

3) Sebastian Kydd – Have you seen his hair? Enough said.

4) Dorrit and Mouse – I love Dorrit. She is so rebellious and hilarious, but such a teddy bear inside. And Mouse is just awesome. She shows girls that being smart can get you guys and doesn’t intimidate the good ones.

5) The cheesy but completely relatable and heartfelt morals at the end of each episode

Did you watch TCD? What are you going to miss?