Five Ways to Stop Living for The Weekend

It’s Monday.

My guess is that you woke up later than you had intended. Garfield, GrumpyCat, that one Olan Rogers video, and other cheesy “I Hate Mondays” memes are probably circulating on your Facebook timeline courtesy of your slightly odd family members. You most likely have already had that same old forced “How was your weekend?” “Good. How was yours?” “Good.” conversation with your coworkers (it seriously goes that way every time, yet you still have that exchange at the beginning of every week). You’re still sipping coffee and trying to wake up even though it’s almost noon. The ole Monday routine, right? Right.

Everybody’s working for the weekend (Thank you for that truth, Loverboy).
But really. Somehow, sadly, our culture has got to the point where we have been taught to dread the week ahead, looking forward only to the next day off, whether that’s the weekend or Thursday or whenever your work schedule allows.

But who said it has to be that way? Who said we can’t love the everyday? Well, I don’t know who said those things, but I do know that you don’t have to live by what they said.

We are called to an abundant life, and I hope a few of these tips will help you learn how to stop living for the weekend – and start living for all the days in between, too.

 

 

 

1. Find your work/life balance and practice self-care each day.

In past posts I have mentioned both of these things (click here to read about finding your work/life balance and here to find ten steps for self-care!)

Unless you are intentional about achieving an equilibrium with your work and your life, you will always feel consumed by your job. Boundaries are an essential part of life, and you have to set them and stick to them to feel better about your week.

Living life without first setting limits for yourself will leave you feeling overwhelmed, drained, and taken advantage of. On top of that, when you neglect yourself and practicing self-care, it can also take a toll on your relationships with others! Take time each day to take care of yourself so your week doesn’t feel as dreadful, and you can be the best version of yourself for others, too!

 

2. Stop keeping count of the days until Friday.

Seriously. Blessings don’t have a schedule. Keeping count of the days until your next off day is ruining the week before it even begins! Be present in each day and make the most of it, no matter if it’s a Monday morning or a Thursday at 2pm.

One of the best days of your life could happen in the middle of your work day, but we all too often rule out the possibility and prevent it from happening. As long as you believe it, good things don’t always have to happen on the weekends. Stop keeping track of your next day off and you’ll discover that each day is a blessing.

 

3. Be thankful.

It’s all about your perspective when it comes to how a week is going to go – if you think the week is going to be crap, it’s going to be crap.

At the end of each day, try to make a mental list in your head of all the good things that happened. Practice gratefulness and express thanks for those things. Stop setting yourself up for failure by overlooking the positive things that happen every day!

 

4. Stop saving things just for the weekend.

A big thing that keeps people looking forward to the weekend is neglecting a daily hobby. This perpetuates the mentality that the week sucks because all you’re doing is going to work, going home, and going to sleep only to wake up and do it all over again.

To combat that, try to keep up with a daily hobby. Find what you’re passionate about and start making a habit of working on it during the week. Stop thinking you’re too busy! Also, make plans with friends during the week. Schedule a game night, afternoon hike, or fancy dinner. Like I said, not all the fun things have to happen on the weekend! Treat yoself!

 

5. Make the necessary changes.

If you do all of these things and you still hate your work week because you hate your job that much, maybe it’s time to make a change. I totally understand that for some people that option may not be a reality just yet, and I’m not saying you have to quit your job right now and go find something else. Sometimes it takes a little longer to accomplish, and I totally get it.

The reality is that you will be spending the vast majority of your life working – why not work at a job that you love? Life is too short. I know it’s not that simple, but it’s worth thinking about.

 

It’s so easy to get caught in the routine of hating the week and hoping to survive until Friday. I know. But we aren’t promised tomorrow. Why not make the most of your everyday life instead of just working for the weekend?

What are some ways that you make the most of every day? Share in the comments!

Five Eyeshadow Palettes Worth the Splurge

When it comes to high-end makeup, it gets confusing. If you’re new to the makeup world, you have no idea which brands are good, which ones aren’t, and not the slightest clue if any of this stuff is actually worth your money. Like, who’s gonna spend $54 on an eyeshadow palette when you can get the same amount of makeup for $10 at the drugstore? Isn’t it all the same?

No. Nope. it’s not the same, I promise.

Ever since trying the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette years ago as a makeup baby, I have maybe purchased two drugstore brand eyeshadow palettes that were comparable to the high-end ones I owned. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bargain and I am always looking to find drugstore brand makeup products that are similar to their high-end counterparts (keep a lookout for a post soon on drugstore dupes for high-end products, by the way!). Eyeshadow is the one makeup product that I believe is worth only buying high-end and encourage others to do the same because the formulas are so much better!

If you are new to makeup and want to take the dive into the beautiful sea of high-end eyeshadows, or if you are just looking for a new palette to add to your ever-growing collection, here are five palettes that are definitely worth your money!

 

 

1. URBAN DECAY NAKED 2, $54

 

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Most people I know already know how wonderful UD eyeshadows are. They’re so buttery and smooth and incredibly pigmented, it’s no wonder their Naked palettes are so talked about! The Naked 2 palette is my personal favorite and is better than the others because the colors in the palette are much more versatile. The Naked 2 has lighter matte shades that are great for when you’re going for a natural look, and it also has darker and shimmery shades for when you’re going out.

 

2. TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR, $49

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Basically every YouTube makeup guru has talked about this palette, and for good reason. I personally haven’t purchased Chocolate Bar for myself yet, but I have definitely swatched the shades in Sephora like eight times and have talked myself out of buying it each time. I have tried the Natural Matte palette and if Chocolate Bar is anything like it (it is), it’s amazing. And on top of it having really blendable, natural shades, this palette smells SO GOOD. After all, they’re made with actual cocoa powder, so if you’re a chocolate lover, definitely check out this palette.

 

3. LORAC PRO MATTE PALETTE, $28

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This palette. Guys. Velvety smooth and incredibly pigmented. That’s all I really need to say. If you’re like me and you tend to only wear matte natural shades, or if you don’t want to take the leap and spend $44 on one of the original Pro palettes yet, this one is a happy medium! It’s also super travel-friendly because of how small it is – a lot of great palettes seem too bulky to carry around, but this one is the perfect size. I also have used the darker shades to double as eyebrow powder!

 

4. TARTE TARTELETTE IN BLOOM CLAY PALETTE, $45

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To be honest, at first I was skeptical of Tarte’s eyeshadows because I had tried their face products before and they didn’t work for me. Their powders had too much fallout and looked cakey on my skin, so I hesitated when trying out this palette. I wish I had got this sooner! Tarte’s eyeshadows are super nice and the color payoff is really satisfying (and they smell good too, not kidding). The shades in this palette are really versatile and can create looks from romantic and light to smokey and sultry. Also, the packaging. I’m a sucker for good packaging.

 

5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MODERN RENAISSANCE PALETTE , $42

I have been a huge fan of their single eyeshadows for a while, but Anastasia Beverly Hills’ first permanent palette definitely does not disappoint! It has a beautifully unique selection of neutral and berry shades to choose from with mattes and metallics throughout, making the look possibilities endless – Warm Taupe is one of my all-time favorite shades! The pigmentation and blendability of this palette is an actual dream, too. Totally worth the money.

 

Happy shopping!

 


What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes (drugstore or high-end)? Share in the comments below!

10 Practical Steps for Self-Care (Plus a Free Printable Checklist!)

I’ve seen self-care guide after self-care guide with tons of awesome tips – the issue is that so many of these tips aren’t that practical for the busy folk. Ain’t nobody got time to “look through a photo album and admire what you have done with your life.” Or make a green smoothie. Or do a full yoga session. With that said, here are a few of my favorite ways I like to take care of myself that can be done almost anywhere and anytime. I hope they help you!

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Trying + Loving : June

Alright, two things. First, sorry for the impromptu hiatus these past two weeks! I was on vacation the week before last and forgot to schedule posts, then last week I wrapped up things at my job, so I haven’t had time to post! Second, happy fourth of July! This holiday isn’t my thing (why are fireworks a thing?!), but I hope yours was fun and safe!

Now that we have those two things out of the way, here we go. You know the drill by now. In no particular order, here are my favorite beauty products from the month of June that I wanted to share with you!

 

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5 Small Changes You Can Make to Up Your Coffee Game at Home

Coffee. Admit it, we all depend on it to some degree. Some of us only like it for the energy it gives us. Others like it more for the taste. No matter why you drink it, we’re always wanting to have the best tasting coffee, but you never know why the coffee always tastes better at the coffee shop than at home. How can we make it so that our coffee may even taste BETTER than the airpots at the cafe? Actually, it’s not that hard. The truth is, you don’t have to be a dreamy barista with thousands of bucks to spend in order to bring your coffee game to the next level. Though I am always pro-manual brew methods, here are a few tips for better coffee that will improve even the simplest automatic drip coffeemakers!

 

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