Stream Of Consciousness💭|2/5/18

A stream of consciousness entry from my journal:
2/5/18

Early morning writings.
There’s beauty and magic in that. There’s beauty and magic in our thoughts, in our hearts. For some reason I want to say but not in our pockets or wallets.
Maybe there’s no beauty or magic in money. Many of us believe otherwise. Money can get us so many things in life, materialistic things. We don’t have enough money but don’t we have enough of the materialistic things? Yes? No? Maybe so…
Pink. Pink is a pretty color. This is a random thought, I know.
What makes a color pretty? What makes anything pretty, or beautiful? They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So we have the right to say what is beautiful or not? We have opinions and that’s that. There’s beauty all around, beauty can be found in almost anything, anywhere. Even in the ugly. Ugly is an opinion also. What may be ugly to you might be beautiful to someone else.
I wonder how many times I’ve said beautiful? I’m not counting. I’ve only said ugly once… Now twice. It’s not that important.

It’s worthless. It’s wrotten…? (When the mind moves faster than your hand, and you begin writing things exactly how it sounds…Or your hand thinks you are writing a different word, like “written” and that’s definitely not what I meant lol)
Rotten.
The word, the thought. Throw it away and replace it with pretty, beautiful, lovely thoughts. I’m not talking about people and how they look. It’s all about how we think. Good over evil. Positive over negative. Love over hate.💖

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Natural Hair Tag!✨

Last summer I did a natural hair series documenting my journey while inspiring others with confidence and tips along the way. I’ve been mentioning doing more posts on the subject so I’ve been planning and brainstorming ideas behind the scenes but recently, I came across a natural hair tag that I couldn’t pass up on. I came across this tag on kozdiaries and thought it would be the perfect way to introduce natural hair to my blog again. Be sure to visit kozdiaries after reading!

Let’s get started!

When did you start taking better care of your hair? 

Back in 2015 is when I knew I needed to take better care because my hair was starting to thin and break off. I went to the bathroom and chopped off a significant amount leaving me with the Dora cut. I wasn’t really getting relaxers anymore at the time, twice a year at most but I was still getting my hair flat ironed, which of course causes heat damage. I didn’t start my official journey until June of 2016 when I got the big chop. I haven’t used a relaxer or heat since January or February of 2016.

What’s your two favorite natural hair products?

This was hard, I think I’m still testing products out lol. Any good conditioner or moisturizer is a favorite of mine but if I have to just pick two things and be specific I’d say True By Made Beautiful Nourishing Leave-In Conditioner and my Denman brush. JBCO came very close!

What’s your ultimate goal length? 

If my hair grows past mid-back length (when stretched) I’ll probably cut it. Nothing longer than that.

Which do you prefer healthy or long? 

Healthy. If it is healthy most likely the length will come also.

What’s your favorite part of your hair regimen? 

Conditioning! Oh, and when I’m finished with the whole process lol.

The most annoying part of regimen? 

Detangling and styling. When I’m having a bad wash day this is what makes me rethink my whole journey and lately, I’ve been getting lazy with styling. But I always get over it, I never regret making the decision.

Oils or Butter? 

I use both occasionally. But lately, I’ve just been using JBCO.

Wigs or weaves?

I’ll say a good wig because when I’m tired of it, need to wash or miss my natural hair I can just pull it right off. Yes, I’m wearing a wig pictured below and it was my favorite. I’ve had two.

What’s your take on growth aids? 

In the beginning of my journey, I really wanted that quick growth so I added Wild Growth hair oil to my regimen. It may or may not have worked, I didn’t really keep track because I didn’t use it consistently. I didn’t like the smell. Now in my journey, I won’t be buying any products made specifically for growth aid. I’ll just take care of my hair with a good regimen, live a healthier lifestyle and let it do its thing.

What’s your take on salons? 

During school, my dad would take me to the salon once every two weeks. I do believe that my stylist helped keep my hair healthy (while relaxed) but with our natural hair, some stylists just don’t know what they’re doing- or there’s that evil chance that they do. Either way, I prefer to take care of my hair myself now. If I want something done that I can’t do myself, I’ll go to a close family member I can trust. Usually, one that has done my hair before.

What product do you feel is underrated?

I think aloe vera gel is quite underrated. Most people use or started with eco styler gel, myself included. But I have been using aloe vera gel lately which I now prefer.

What do you dislike about your hair?

My hair is very thick, and while that is a good thing it can also come with negative experiences. I go through products very quickly, I have to use so much to cover each section. I also dislike that it can get extremely dry. Detangling and styling can also be a pain but other than that I love my hair.

I hope you love yours as well and have enjoyed this tag, I am tagging any naturalist that wants to participate. Stay tuned for more natural hair posts, an update on my journey coming soon. Thanks for reading!

Describing Each Zodiac Sign (in my opinion)✨

Happy Friday everyone! I am slowly but surely getting back into Fun Friday, I know it’s been a while and I’ve missed sharing these kinds of posts. Today I am going to be describing each zodiac sign according to my own experiences with them, and sharing a few celebrities of each sign.

Disclaimer: I am not an astrologer or psychic. This post is intended for fun and is based on my own opinions, from my own experiences. May or may not apply to you.

Let’s get started!

Aries| Element: Fire (Mar 21-Apr 19)
Symbol: The Ram
Ruling Planet Mars, the planet of war and energy
Celebrities: Lady Gaga, Selena Quintanilla, Mariah Carey, Chance The Rapper, Kyrie Irving

I’ve always known this sign to be very confident, passionate, and fun. Also very active and they rarely like sitting around doing nothing. Not afraid to try new things. They can be a bit crazy and wild at times and if you get them angry it’s usually not pretty. When jealous or angry they can be reckless, even violent in my experience. I had a best friend that was an Aries, and a guy best friend that was an Aries and we eventually dated. Things didn’t end well with either but I have no hard feelings towards them because they were both great friends. I also think they are very determined individuals. If they really want something they won’t hesitate to go after it and will get it. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac so no wonder they have a certain leadership skill and determination about them. They can be creative but I think their best trait is the determination and ambition they have, it’s almost as if they can achieve anything they set their minds out to do. I don’t usually have the greatest experiences with the fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) but I’d say Aries is my favorite of the three.

Taurus| Element: Earth (Apr 20-May 20)
Symbol: The Bull
Ruling Planet: Venus, the planet of beauty and love
Celebrities: Chris Brown, Channing Tatum, Gigi Hadid, Adele, Megan Fox, Blac Chyna

One of the signs that I don’t know too well but the few people under this sign I have met or know speak their mind, even if it’s quite depressing sometimes or someone wrongs them, they have a lot to say. They’ll keep talking about the situation over and over again. Stubborn, they won’t really take advice but they give great advice. Also blunt. If they have a problem with something they will have a definite way of letting you know. I think sometimes they can seem a bit bossy but they’re very supportive of loved ones, grounded. They like for things to be a certain way. I’ve noticed all the Taurus people I know laugh a lot and it’s quite contagious. They also have a fine taste and love of food.

Gemini| Element: Air (May 21-Jun 20)
Symbol: The Twins
Ruling Planet: Mercury, the planet of communication
Celebrities: Kanye West, Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, G-Eazy, Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe

Gemini, the twins. I always compare Gemini to Pisces for one certain reason. The Gemini has those two sides everyone mentions because of it being the twin sign, and Pisces is 2 fish swimming in different directions. They have that part in common but other than that they do things very differently. Gemini likes to keep busy, and they can be a know it all at times. Very talkative and loves to debate. Sometimes they may also be a bit reserved in such an outgoing way if that makes sense. Basically, they are outgoing but they don’t let people in easily as far as relationships. They can start a relationship slowly but get out of one quickly. You never know which side you could be dealing with. They also like to focus on work or school. Intellectual. I found that with a Gemini ex of mine, I’d always think to myself “oh now he’s gonna get all smart on me.” The same with a Gemini friend but instead of smart, practical. For me, this is not the easiest sign to communicate with. I think their best trait is their intellect.

Cancer| Element: Water (Jun 21- Jul 22)
Symbol: The Crab
Ruling Planet: Moon, of moods and emotions
Celebrities: Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Kevin Hart, Alessia Cara, Tom Cruise

Cancer is one of my favorite signs. I have a few that are my favorites including my own of course. I find that I can bond with Cancer very easily and even come out of my shell easily with them. They’re just easy to get along with. I’ve also had a best friend cancer and a relationship that I was so open in that I was shocked. I often see them smiling, and seeming cheerful but underneath that, they are very emotional. You just usually wouldn’t notice because they’re good at hiding it. I find them to be highly confident, sexual, and creative as well. They are deep thinkers but are mostly set in their own beliefs. Homebodies, but outgoing as well.

Leo|Element: Fire (Jul 23- Aug 22)
Symbol: The Lion
Ruling Planet: The Sun, ego
Celebrities: Barack Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Meagan Good, Demi Lovato, Kylie Jenner

Leo is another sign I feel has great leadership skills but is crazy and wild at times. Fierce they are. They can be arrogant. When I think of Aries I think of Leo also. I’ve even seen these 2 signs in a relationship and let me tell you- it was really on fire. When it’s good it’s really good but when it’s bad it’s really bad. They love hard. They don’t take any BS but when they’re in love it’s hard for them to let go right away even if that may be best. They’ll fight first. They are loyal and would rather work it out if it can be worked out but it can come off ass possessive and obsessive. They love to have the spotlight on them. Sometimes the Leo can seem really full and into themselves but not in a conceited way, just confident in themselves. They sometimes don’t know how to control their temper. When they’re angry they’re really f*cking angry, they’ll probably say or do almost anything to have it their way. Assertive. They like to be in control. That’s just a fire sign for ya.

Virgo| Element: Earth (Aug 23, Sept 22)
Symbol: The Virgin
Ruling Planet: Mercury, planet of communication
Celebrities: Beyonce, Zendaya, Michael Jackson, Nick Jonas, Adam Sandler, China Anne McClain

I don’t think I actually know any Virgos personally but I do know of a few celebrities born under the sign including Beyoncé, Zendaya, and Michael Jackson. Their physical structure is as neat and kept as the image they project is an accurate statement. They have an elegant sense of fashion and they mind their business, aren’t really flashy behind the scenes of projects but expect that when a project is dropped it is perfected and successful. Not to say the Virgo never fails.

Libra| Element: Air (Sept 23- Oct 22)
Symbol: The Scales
Ruling Planet: Venus, planet of beauty and love
Celebrities: Will Smith, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Gwen Stefani

They are fair, and love life to be balanced. If you want a fair unbiased opinion on something I believe this is the sign to go to. The ones I know are very good at settling conflicts. on the contrary, they can come off a bit strong with their opinions and beliefs and thus easy to argue with but you probably won’t get far, you will not change their mind. In my experience, you can’t really tell a Libra how, or when to do things because they already have their own balanced way of doing things. I find them to also be good leaders. They can come up with great ideas, are very organized, good at planning things. Smooth with their actions and how they speak. Can be OCD. Another thing I’ve noticed is that they don’t play about their rest lol they love sleeping.

Scorpio| Element: Water (Oct 23-Nov 21)
Symbol: The Scorpion
Ruling Planet: Pluto, the planet of power and regeneration
Celebrities: Drake, Willow Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorde, Ciara, Ryan Gosling

Scorpio is one of my favorite signs. I can bond with them easily and I’ve always loved talking with them much like with Cancer, I guess it’s just a thing with the water signs although I feel Scorpio is the least sensitive of the three. They are very emotional though. My longest relationship so far was with a Scorpio lasting almost 5 years and there was never any hard feelings after the breakup. We are still close now. They are strong, protective, and determined. They take charge. They are laid back. Don’t get on their bad side because they can also be revengeful. They can be dark and mysterious, into the deeper meanings of things that most people wouldn’t care about, much like Pisces. I’ve known them to be artistic as well, they’re just so interesting to me in ways I can’t fully explain. This is an intense sign and there’s something about their eyes and the way they look at you I can’t quite put a finger on. I also want to say that they are ruled by the genitals and many Scorpio’s I know are somewhat… highly sexual👀😂 now this may not be true for all but I’d love to know your thoughts on that.

Sagittarius| Element: Fire (Nov 22-Dec 21)
Symbol: The Archer
Ruling Planet: Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion
Celebrities: Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Brad Pitt

Honestly, this is the sign I’ve had some of the worst experiences and first impressions with. I love that they can be so adventurous and the life of the party, but sometimes they are way too blunt. They don’t bite their tongue for anything or anyone in the experiences I’ve had, even when it’s something they should keep to themselves because it will come off as rude. I don’t think they do it on purpose, they probably don’t think they’re being rude. You know how you have that friend who tells you what you want to hear and offers emotional support, and then that other friend who is blunt… Don’t expect Sagittarius to tell you what you want to hear, they would be the blunt friend, which I understand can be a good thing at times. When you’re looking for someone to have a great time with, someone to party with all night or travel with the Sagittarius friend is a good choice. I also find them to be daring, sometimes reckless in life but to them, they’re just having fun, living life to the fullest and I admire that. They hate to be sitting around bored, they hate following rules and they hate taking things too seriously. Those I know often say things like, “It’s not that serious.” Or question why someone did what they did because they don’t think it was necessary.

Capricorn| Element: Earth (Dec 22-Jan 19)
Symbol: The Goat
Ruling Planet: Saturn, the planet of discipline and maturity
Celebrities: Denzel Washington, Zayn Malik, Martin Luther King Jr, Meghan Trainor, Michelle Obama

Capricorns work a lot and they work hard. My dad is a Capricorn and he has always been about work. I think they are creative when it comes to building and putting things together. They can be the boss or run great businesses from my experiences but sometimes they can also be a know it all which is pretty annoying. Sometimes I feel like the Capricorn’s in my life need to spend time fixing other things in their life rather than being focused on their job or running away from problems by running to work. They’re really good at providing for the family I’ll say that. Work is fine but sometimes you just need to relax. They can be way too serious. In relationships, they can come off as cold and emotionless due to their passion for work and structure. The Capricorns I know struggle with being in relationships. They say that this sign comes with a lot of hardships, hence the ruling Planet Saturn, discipline and maturity. I believe it. The Capricorn’s in my life do tend to have many hardships. To me, their best trait is their work ethic. I admire it.

Aquarius| Element: Air (Jan 20-Feb 18)
Symbol: The Water Bearer
Ruling Planet- Uranus, the planet of originality
Celebrities: The Weeknd, Taylor Lautner, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Marley, Ellen DeGeneres

I actually don’t know any Aquarians on a personal level but again I know of celebrities and other public figures of the sign. The few I’ve encountered have been flirtatious, free-spirited, have a unique personality and can be outgoing/friendly but they seem to be detached and stay to themselves also. They’re creative. Humanitarians. Eccentric is a great word for them. I usually see them having a gorgeous smile. They can be misunderstood, and seem cold in relationships. Not publicly affectionate. Sometimes I feel like they are very similar to the next sign. Let me know if you’re an Aquarius because I need to know more about you lol.

Pisces| Element: Water (Feb 19-Mar 20)
Symbol: The Fish
Ruling Planet: Neptune, the planet of fantasy
Celebrities: Rihanna, Jhene Aiko, Justin Bieber, Dr. Seuss, Adam Levine, Drew Barrymore

This is my sign so I think I’ll be accurate but of course, everyone is different. For me, It’s a love-hate thing. Pisces are very sensitive and hard to pin down, being the last zodiac sign, Pisces is said to have characteristics of all the other signs. Mysterious. Secretive but surprisingly open when expressing our feelings. We often move from place to place and need alone time. We seem to swim in and out of lives and reality. Don’t see it as us being flaky, sometimes being around crowds or people, in general, can overwhelm us and we need time to recharge. Aside from that, we’re really great friends and lovers. We often put others needs before our own and try to avoid conflict as best we can, which can be both good and bad. Mistaking kindness for weakness is what I feel people do towards Pisces often. Don’t underestimate because once you push one far enough you’ll see a side of them you never imagined. We tend to pick up on others emotions, very empathetic. We can sometimes spiral out or develop addictions. We often have our head in the clouds daydreaming and are quite reserved. Soft-spoken soothing voices. Intuitive and imaginative I always love to get inside another Pisces mind. Every Pisces I know is artistic in some way or several, especially in poetry, art, or designing. Highly creative.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments what your zodiac sign is and if I described you at all. I’d even love to know if you think I didn’t describe you at all. What characteristics best describe you?writtenwithlovegpj

Myers-Briggs Personality Type|My Results!✨

According to the Myers-Briggs test (MBTI), there are 16 different types of personalities. The assessment is believed to measure psychological preferences in how an individual perceives the world and makes decisions.

The first time I took the assessment was back in high school, I can’t remember what grade but I remember getting INFJ as my personality type. I recently revisited Myers-Briggs once back in October 2017, and more recently… Today (Jan 28)

Were my results the same???

Not quite, but for the most part yes. In October, my results were INFP instead of INFJ:

The Mediator
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Today, my results are still the same, INFP with slight changes in percentages. In my opinion, it is thoroughly accurate.

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Fantasy worlds, in particular, fascinate Mediators, more than any other personality type. The strength of their visionary communication style lends itself well to creative works, and it comes as no surprise that many famous Mediators are poets, writers, and actors. Mediators have a talent for self-expression, revealing their beauty and their secrets through metaphors and fictional characters.”

In the “Explore Your Type” section, you can get insight on your strengths and weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, parenthood, career paths, and work habits.

“First and foremost is seemingly every Mediators’ dream growing up – to become an author. While a novel is a classic choice, it is rarely an accessible one, and there are many viable options for freedom-loving Mediators. The internet brings to the world the opportunities of blogging and freelance work – as organizations expand their reach beyond their native tongues, they will come to depend on Mediator personality types, with their gift for language and written expression, to take their rougher translations and stale pitches and inject them with a sense of beauty and poetry. Some Mediators will prefer a still more personal touch, being able to work face-to-face with clients, seeing that their personal effort really impacts another’s quality of life. Service careers such as massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, counseling, social work, psychology and even academic roles and retraining can be exceptionally rewarding for Mediators.”

Have you taken the Myers-Briggs personality test before? What were your results? Did you find it to be accurate?

You can find out your personality type by taking the assessment at 16personalities.com

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Has It Been A Year Already?|My One Year Blogiversary!💖

Blogiversary
A year ago today my blog journey began. I had always loved writing but I never thought I would one day consider myself a blogger. For a while, before I started I was trying to build up enough confidence to put myself out there. I would visit different blogs and often think to myself wow I’d love to do something like this but nobody really blogs anymore and people will think it’s weird/lame. A good friend of mine told me I should definitely give it a try because she believed I’d be good at it. I guess that was enough of a push because I began researching all about blogging and finally set Golden Pink Journal up. It’s going to be exciting looking back on my journey, I hope you’ll join me. Are you ready?

My First Post: (I posted twice my first day)
Nice To Meet Me?

Preview…
Hi. I’m Anonymous, and you are?

Lol, JK! Not really anonymous but for now let’s call me Lee. I’m 22 years old and this is..(drum roll please)

MY VERY FIRST BLOG!

(Currently thinking, wow… LOL, that introduction…)

Behind The Name

Preview…
Golden Pink Journal. What does that even mean? While it seems pretty obvious, the name does actually have a specific meaning behind it. Choosing a name is something we all love to do, even though it takes time and can get frustrating. Whether it be a title, username, or even for a new baby. You can’t just pick anything…

First Comment:
Sasha/TheStylishDreamer
Thank you so much, Sasha, for being my first comment!
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Blog Changes: (Appearance)
Throughout the year my blog has gone through so many changes, actually, she’s still going through changes. Let’s take a look at some of my headers and signatures…

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I’m still trying things out but the last few are my favorite of course. Which one is your favorite?

Most popular post: (Top 2)
10 Reasons I Might Follow Your Blog

Natural Hair Terms (Part 1 of Series)

Some of my favorites:
Better Sleep Better Me, Better Snooze Better You

500 Follower Q&A Game

20 Names I Love But Won’t Be Using

Behind The Name: SheLivesLove

Series:
Fun Friday (Coming back soon)
Short Story Saturday
Golden Pink Dairy>Stream of Consciousness Journaling
Golden Comments (I am bringing this back!)
Words of the week
Today’s To Do
Natural Hair Series (more coming)
Inspiration of the day (something similar moving to sheliveslove)
Blogmas (turned out to be more like 5 days of Christmas)

Friends:
First friend: Cheila/PinkForDays has also been blogging sis. We bonded first over the “pink” in our names lol but we related in so many other ways.
I consider many of my readers as blog friends. Even if we only talk every now and then in the comments or haven’t talked in a while. But a few that I could name are Maggie, Lyz, Hunida, Laura, Angela, and Cher.

Starting A New Journey/Blog:
Back in August 2017 I began a new journey and started a new blog. The initial idea came from me wanting to change my name (GoldenPinkJournal) I didn’t feel like it fit the true purpose of my blog. But I wanted to keep this blog fun, free, and as a learning experience, so I finally decided to create a new one for the purpose I intended in mind.
SheLivesLove was born. I have neglected it lately but I haven’t forgotten about it, I’ve been working on some posts to upload soon. Stay tuned!

Awards&Tags/Milestones:
First Award: Liebster, (I’m not sure if this is my first ever blog award, I had a few at the time but it was the first one I posted) nominated by Cheila/PinkForDays
Thank you to everyone who has ever nominated me for an award, even if I was not able to get to them I appreciate them all. As a blogger, things like that keep us going.
The Awesome Blogger Award
A Passion For The World
Judy The Bunny Tag
The Versatile Blogger Award

Friends For Days Tag
The Mystery Blogger Award
One Lovely Blog Award
The Smile Tag
Sunshine Blogger Award
The Blue Sky Tag
Dawn Dagger Challenge
The Cramm Award
Golden BloggerPass: I was very proud of this award I created. It didn’t get popular or anything but I’d love to bring it back. Do you think awards/tags are starting to be overused?
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100th Post: May 2017

Stat Goals:
These aren’t the greatest stats but they are exceptional and I’m proud nonetheless. As with followers, stats are not something to be obsessed with but they are encouraging as the numbers increase. I wasn’t very consistent during my first year of blogging, there were months I didn’t post at all and months I only posted a few times. I’m confident that my second year will be much better now that I know more of what not to do.
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By the end of 2018, I would like to be at 300 posts (at least)
20K views by Summer 2018
10K Visitors by Summer 2018
I would also love my Best Views Ever day to improve to a more recent date. (Post on how I will achieve this later)

As of today…January 30, 2018

902 followers

The Road To 1K:
As I type this post (Jan 27, 2018) I currently have 896 followers. I am calling this the road to 1K and I plan to achieve this goal by the end of March 2018. March is my birthday month so that would be pretty cool, but of course, blogging is not just about how many followers you have and I will be thankful if I achieve it earlier, and thankful if I achieve it later. I’m not sure what I’ll do for my 1K milestone but I’ll be brainstorming fun unique ideas. You can also leave suggestions for me in the comment section.

Thank you all who have been here from the beginning, and to those of you who are new. There’s room enough for us all on this journey.✨

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Stream Of Consciousness💭|1/27/18

A stream of consciousness entry from my journal:
1/27/18

Lost but found all at once.
I am thinking, I am creating. I am trying to keep up with my own thoughts that speed past my mind and change their mind so quickly. I am not home, I am searching and I feel alone
I feel…
I feel…
I feel so much too much always. I feel what others feel around me and it’s often overwhelming. I need to recharge. I need to get away. I need a vacation. I haven’t been to many places… In the physical world…
Realm.
Thinking again
Sinking again.
I put 10 minutes on the clock to record all these thoughts. I’m glad to be off the bottom of the page. Writing there is the worst. My handwriting is a mess. My hand is starting to cramp. I think it’s trying to record my thoughts too fast. Brain fart? Writers’ block.
Make it stop.
I feel the best, happy, and more content with life when I write.
What to say next?
I’m not sure, is this writers’ block again already? I’m almost at the bottom of the page…
The timer just went off..

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What I Got For Christmas 2017✨

What I Got For Christmas 2017

This post was originally supposed to go up back in December as one of my Blogmas posts but due to the fact that I didn’t continue, I’d like to post it before February arrives at least lol.

Christmas wasn’t very eventful, I was alone until later that night and was pretty annoyed. Things didn’t go as planned but I was able to visit my sisters, have dinner, and meet up with my dad. It was nice seeing them since I don’t get to that often. I didn’t expect any gifts, and I wasn’t able to get anyone anything this time around but I know that’s not the meaning of Christmas anyway. Everyone had a wonderful time catching up, enjoying the holiday with family and that’s all that mattered.

Now let’s open some gifts☺️

The first gift I received, from one of my sisters (I have 3) is a set of body creams from Bath & Body Works. You can never go wrong with Bath & Bodyworks, in my opinion, it’s one of my favorite places to shop for gifts and I’m sure it’s a favorite for others as well. I couldn’t pick a favorite between the two, I like them both. They each have a light scent, At The Beach definitely reminds me of summer. I LOVE the design on Hello Beautiful it’s a lot prettier in person, and like the design, the scent is a bit floral. Okay, this is not a review…


Another gift I received from another sister… L.A. Colors Fabu Lips 14 piece set. 14! It comes with 4 lip glosses, 3 matte lip colors, 2 jelly lip shines, and a tutorial booklet that I may or may not use. I’m not that into makeup, I only wear lipstick for the most part and my sister knows that so this is perfect for me. I can’t wait to try them out.


I also got these really cute journals but I picked them up myself. You all know I can’t pass up journals to add to my collection.


My dad gave me $40, he usually does give me a little money or a gift card so I guess I did expect that. I bought myself 2 poetry books that I love so much already. I went to Barnes & Noble and there were just so many books I wanted to pick up, I’ll have to go back soon! Rupi Kaur’s The Sun And Her Flowers was on my Christmas wishlist. Some of you may know that Jhene Aiko is one of my favorite singers so it’s no surprise that I had to grab her first book, 2Fish. She is a Pisces (like myself) if you are wondering what kind of title that is lol but that’s not what the book is about if you were also wondering. Both poetry books have a collection of different poems and short stories, they even include little illustrations, which I really like. 2Fish also includes copies from Jhene’s actual notebooks. I’ve mentioned working on my own… I am more inspired now than ever.

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Oblivion is one of Jhene’s songs from her new album Trip if you’re interested in listening click here.

I also got a few tops and accessories for Christmas that I just didn’t take pictures of. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Sorry if this post is messed up, I am on the mobile app and it’s really frustrating trying to fix the problem…

What did you get for Christmas, did you make a post about it? Feel free to include a link. Have you read either poetry book? Comment below

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