When You’re Stressed the F**k Out…

Hey everyone hope you’re doing well. Let me ask you something:

Have you ever felt like this?

Or this?

Or maybe even this?

Have you felt the urge to do this:

If so then you’re not alone.  Welcome to the stressed out club. I’ve been stressed out for a few weeks-no scratch that-months now. My current state of oblivion is due to a combination of things: life, family, work, etc… Stress is one of those unfortunate things about life and there are many ways to deal with it-both positive and negative and we don’t want the latter.

So here are five positive ways to relieve stress and anxiety.

Exercise

This is a good way to relieve mental stress.  If you exercise regularly you’ll lower your stress hormones, improve your sleep quality and gain more confidence.

Aromatherapy

Light a scented candle  or Use essential oils. According to Healthline.com, these are some of the most common scents:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Vetiver
  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Neroli
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang ylang
  • Orange or orange blossom
  • Geranium
Write

Jot your thoughts down in a journal. Whether it’s a notebook from Dollar Tree or a kawaii stationary journal, writing can help relieve stress.  Focus on what you’re grateful for or write about what’s troubling you.

Mindfulness

This is an excellent way of combating anxiety-inducing effects of negative thinking. Mindfulness is a series of practices that keep you anchored to the present moment.  Ways to practice mindfulness include yoga and meditation. Here’s a brief list of resources:

Free Audio Resources for Mindfulness Meditation via Mindful magazine

Mindfulness Resources [pdf] via Stanford

Free Resources via The Free Mindfulness Project 

Listen to Relaxing Music

Music is another method to help relieve stress as it can have a very relaxing effect on the body. Slow paced instrumental music is highly recommended.  Here’s a few playlists via Spotify:

Best Relaxation Music

Calming Music

The Most Relaxing Playlist in the World

So how to do you feel? Still stressed? No matter here’s a few more resources for you:

16 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety via Healthline.com

Stress and How to Lower It via Center For Young Women’s Health

1o1 Things To Do When You’re Stressed via Care.com

18 Ways to Calm Down When You’re Stressed – Entrepreneur

I hope this helps.  Have a wonderful weekend and please remember your existence is important. I’ll see you soon..

Three Tips For Dealing With Disappointment

Well folks we’ve finally made it. Tonight 2018 comes to an end and we’ll have survived the second year of the orange troll’s reign in one piece more or less. This year was one full of disappointment in numerous ways.

  • A few of those we stan shocked us with their dismal words and actions, while other people’s problematic faves proved to be too problematic and entered the sunken place choosing to be enslaved to ignorance and mediocrity.
  • A segment of society showed their ass by continuing to act out their racism at the polls while another segment remained shocked and in denial that this was America-even though we know this IS America.  Children and their families have been tear gassed, separated, and abused.
  • Our actions have resulted in Mother Nature giving us wildfires, horrible hurricanes, and other turbulent natural disasters. And we lost some of the best among us great and small…
I miss him.

I could go on but it’s not my intention to sink you further into the mire of this disappointing year. What I want to know is…How are ya’ll feeling? 

Mood

Like it or not disappointment is part of life. Doesn’t matter  whether it’s personal, professional, relationship, etc.  It exists (Read this infographic from  bestpsychologydegrees.org on the psychology of disappointment).  As I stated three sentences ago, disappointment is an inevitable part of our lives, there’s no avoiding it.

So with 2019 looming around the corner, I wanted to  give you a three tips on how to handle disappointment.

1.Understand what’s taken place.

  • Disappointment can either be predictable and preventable or unavoidable and beyond our control.

2. Were our expectations reasonable?

  • Keep it realistic.
  • Did we set the bar too high or too low?
  • Is the outcome what we want?

3. Cope with it in a positive way

  • Channel your energy into other endeavors
  • Reevaluate perception and behavior
  • Redirect our energy and focus on positive solutions
  • Avoid self-loathing, blaming yourself, or blaming others
Here are a few helpful links:

How to Get Back on Track After Disappointing Yourself

4 Steps to Deal with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment in Life

11 Ways Emotionally Intelligent People Overcome Disappointment

A Letter To INFJs About Dealing With The Pain Of Disappointment

Feeling better? 

That’s pretty much what I expected. But don’t worry we’ll get there. It might take a while but we’ll get there, I promise.

Whether great or small, when life disappointments come at us how we choose to respond is vital in becoming better people and improving our lives and the world.  As we enter 2019 I hope that when disappointment comes knocking at your door-cause it will come-you’ll be able to weather the storm.  And when you’re feeling down remember:

Until we meet again…

 

 

 

My Year In Books: 2018

Welcome back to another annual post of my year in books!

As I’ve stated multiple times in the past, each year since 2013 I’ve participated in GoodReads reading challenge and 2018 was no different. What was different was my reading goal. With each passing year I often double the number of books that I want to read.  That was not the case this year.  Instead I slimmed down my goal to only 10 books for the year.

You may ask. The answer is that my life’s getting busier and I wasn’t sure I could read a large number of books.  But guess what?

While my reading goal was 10 books I ended up reading  45 books for the year. 

What can I say,

Now I know compared to other folks the number of books I’ve read for the year pales in comparison but I’m happy to that I accomplished my reading goal again. I’ll give a brief breakdown of the stats but you can view the full report here. Why don’t we take a closer look at what I read shall we?

A couple of the books I read this year were written by first time authors and guess what? They were excellent! Three of my favorites were One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus , The Beauty That Remains by  Ashley Woodfolk  and Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry .  I loved The Beauty That Remains so much I’m going to purchase a copy.  The number of pages that I read was 11,119 across 45 books!

 

Like previous years, graphic novels and trades were prominent among my reading selections, as were Star Wars books. Last year I wanted to read more books by people of color, I did but not to the extent I wanted to.  This year I didn’t read The Outsiders like I’ve done in the past. It remains a favorite book but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Perhaps next year…

Speaking of which, in regards to my 2019 reading goal I have a few things in mind for what I would like to accomplish.  If things go according to plan, next year I’ll be extremely busy working on something that’ll stir me forward in my professional career (more on that later), so I might not have time to read books that interest me as much as I would like to.  With that in mind, here are my goals for my 2019 year in books.

  1. Read at least 15 books for the year.
  2. Read the entire original Sailor Moon Manga Series.
  3. Read books by authors of color.

When the end of the year comes around again, I hope to accomplish these three goals. What are your reading goals for 2019? Did you accomplish what you set out to read this year? Let me know in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.

Until we meet again my wondrous readers!

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display Review

Hello my fellow Beauty Kings and Queens!

Welcome to another entry in my Diving Into Cosmetics series. Today I have a review. If you haven’t gathered from my previous entries, I’ve acquired a lot of makeup-lipstick to be exact-so much so I needed an effective way of storing it all.  Enter Amazon once again to save the day with my first makeup storage case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product: Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display, Purple (4 Large, 2 Small Drawers)

Manufacturer: Sorbus

Purchased from: Amazon.com; 88% positive reviews

Price: List price is $49.99, but I paid $31.99 with free shipping via Amazon Prime.

Remarks:

After keeping tabs on the price point since January, I finally purchased the product last month.  As I embarked on my search to locate a make up storage item within my budget, my eyes set their sights on Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display.  The things that appealed to me were storage space and the color options-7 to be exact varying a bit in price-available for the product.

Storage wise, this product is excellent. It fits all of my lipstick, lip gloss, lip linear, nail polish, etc. And there’s still room for more items.  I ordered my storage unit in purple with the option of 4 large and 2 small drawers. There’s also an option for 3 large, 4 small drawers which is available in the 7 colors.  The top part of the storage unit fits neatly on top but it can also stand aside on its own.

So far I have no issues with the product, though the negative reviews (3%) have stated that the product may crumble and fall apart due to being damaged. I’ll keep my eye on that for future reference.

Overall the Sorbus Acrylic Cosmetic Makeup and Jewelry Storage Case Display, Purple (4 Large, 2 Small Drawers) meets my expectations and is a good quality product.  4/5  stars

 

Diving Into Cosmetics: The Return

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written about my journey into the world of makeup… it’s been three whole years since I last made a Diving Into Cosmetics post…

Well life got in the way and my focus was on other things, but my resolve to learn more about makeup remains and I’ve decided to bring back this feature on my site! As I play catch up you can play along and read my three previous posts below.

All caught up? Good.

Stay tuned for new posts coming soon.  Until then take care.

 

5 Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio Flims

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors.  I was first introduced to him on the TV show Growing Pains where he played Luke Brower, but I became a huge fan after watching his performances on film. Today marks the actor’s 44th birthday so in honor of his birthd, here are five of my favorite Leonardo DiCaprio films.

5. Inception

I’ve mentioned this sci-fi heist thriller before. In the film DiCaprio plays Dominick “Dom” Cobb, a professional thief who steals secrets by infiltrating the dreams of his victims. He’s facing a murder charge due to his wife’s demise and as a result, is separated from his children.

DiCaprio brilliantly captures the emotions of the character. I’m glad that director Christopher Nolan didn’t give up on asking the actor to appear in the film. For years Nolan had been trying to work with the actor and met him several times, but was unable to convince him to appear in any of his films until this one. I hope that there will be more collaboration between the two of them.

4. Django Unchained (2014)

I’ve always wondered if DiCaprio would ever be in a Quentin Tarantino film, and I finally got my answer when this movie arrived. In it, the actor plays the main villain, “Monsieur” Calvin J. Candie, a charming and brutal owner of the Candyland plantation. This was the first time I watched the actor play a villain and he did an excellent job of portraying this character who appeared to be somewhat angelic on the outside but was the devil on the inside.

One scene in which DiCaprio shines is when Candie confronts Django and Dr. Shultz after learning that the pair have pulled an elaborate scam on him in order to retrieve Django’s wife Broomhilda. During the scene, the actor cuts his hand as the cameras rolled. But that didn’t phase him, as he continued through the scene, never breaking character. As a result, his real-life, bloodied hand made it into the final cut of the film, as you can see above.

3. The Departed (2006)

I enjoy Martin Scorsese-directed films and I love it even more when DiCaprio partners up with the director, specifically in The Departed. The actor plays Billy Costigan, an agent for the Massachusetts State Police who is deep undercover in the Irish-American mob in South Boston. After discovering that there’s a mole (played by Matt Damon) in the police force employed by the criminal organization, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues and the tension mounts leading to an awesome, climatic, ending.

2. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

This film is an adaptation of poet Jim Carroll’s juvenile diaries that chronicle his fall from a promising basketball player into the world of drug addiction. DiCaprio portrays Carroll in the film and it is his riveting performance that captures the poet’s fall from grace down into the rabbit hole and back to a sane existence.

1. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This was the first Leonardo DiCaprio movie that I saw. I was in ninth grade at the time and in my English Honors class we were discussing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet! I loved the modern, yet still classic, take of the film and the actors did a fantastic job. I still have the two film soundtracks and the film on VHS. This remains one of my all time favorite movies.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting is amazing, showing that he has an immense range giving the variety of roles he’s portrayed throughout the years. It’s a wonder he has yet to win an Oscar. Regardless of awards, DiCaprio has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with onscreen.  What are your favorite films? Leave a comment below or on my Facebook page.

Horror On the Radio: 31 Favorite Inner Sanctum Mysteries Episodes

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

As we celebrate this spooktacular day, I wanted to share 31 of my favorite episodes from the classic horror radio show Inner Sanctum Mysteries.  The show originally aired on the Blue Network from January 7, 1941 to  October 5, 1952.  Listeners entered the creaking door and were welcomed by the show’s host Raymond Edward Johnson who acted as “Raymond” a character known for his chilling introductions and morbid puns, and his infamous closing “Pleasant dreaaaams, hmmmmmmm?”  He was often accompanied by the bouncy Lipton Tea representative Mary Bennett.

While there were a total of 527 episodes, a good number of them are missing from the archives.  However what remains doesn’t disappoint. It’s from the surviving episodes that I pull my 31 favorites that I hope you enjoy.

1.The Voice On The Wire

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2. The Black Seagull

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3. A Corpse For Halloween

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4.  The Corpse In The Taxi

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5. The Corpse Laughs Last

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6. Dead Man’s Deal

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7.  The Deadly Dummy

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8. Death Has Claws

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9. Eight Steps To Murder

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10.  House of Doom

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11. The Judas Clock

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12.  The Edge of Death

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13.  A Lady With A Plan

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14. The Magic Tile

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15. Murder Comes At  Midnight

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16. Musical Score

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17. Night is my Shroud

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18. No Coffin for The Dead

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19. Over My Dead Body

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20. The  Silent Hands

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21. Skeleton Bay

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22.  The Song of the Slasher

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23. Strands of Death

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24. Study for Murder

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25. Terror by Night

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26. Till Death Do Us Part

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27. The Undead

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28.  The Wailing Wall

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29. Make Ready My Grave

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30. The Lonely Sleep

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31. Dead Man’s Vengeance

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