How I unwind at the end of the day

IMG_0086

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you all how I unwind at the end of a stressful day. I have adapted a routine that truly works at helping me lower my stress and my anxiety and I owe it to these simple steps.

One.  Diffuse Lavender about two hours prior to falling asleep.

Two. Brew a cup of my favorite tea.

Three. Apply Valor Essential oil on the bottom of my feet as I am jumping into bed.

Four. Apply Panaway essential oil to my knees and sore muscles.

IMG_0090

IMG_0089

I have been loving adding these essential oils to my daily evening routine. Even just the simple routine of making a cup of tea has been such a relaxing experience. Even if you aren’t into essential oils taking time for you is such a important of your self-care. I am a firm believer of taking time for yourself.

What is your evening routine? How do you unwind after a stressful day? 

Have a great Friday! I will see you on Monday.

-M

Advertisements

Thru My Eyes #5

IMG_0039

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you another through my eyes. You can check out my previous post here if you are curious. In summary these are pictures that didn’t really fit all of my old blog post or are pictures I have captured just because they catch my eye. I hope you enjoy them.

IMG_0049

IMG_0047

IMG_9803

IMG_9806

I hope you enjoy this random post of my extra pictures. I need to remember to do these post more often so my pictures don’t go to waste.

Have a great Day! See you all on Friday. 

-M

Get To Know Me

nyrmirez

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I am sharing a fun tag I found on the inter webs. You can find the original post here. Many of you are new followers so why not take a moment and get to know me a little bit better with 30 questions and answers.

  1. Are you named after anyone?   Yes, my mom use to babysit a girl named Michelle and the little girl made my mom promise that if she ever had a daughter that she had to name her Michelle 
  2. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday night, watching This is Us – The Season Finally
  3. Do you have kids? Nope. 
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Probably, depends on my new personality. 
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Do I use it? I can’t stop it from flowing out of me.
  6. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Their facial features.
  7. What is your eye color? Brown. 
  8. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings. 
  9. Favorite smells? Lilly and Jasmine 
  10. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? I was in Nepal and India.
  11. Do you have any special talents? Not really. 
  12. Where were you born? Los Angeles, California. 
  13. What are your hobbies? Photography, Dancing, Eating and Baking .
  14. Do you have any pets? Nope.
  15. Do you have any siblings? Yes, a younger brother.
  16. What do you want to be when you grow up? A therapist or maybe a travel guide. 
  17. Who was your first best friend? Oh umm…. I don’t remember her name, whoops!
  18. How tall are you? 5’0, I’m short. 
  19. Funniest moment throughout School? I took my bottle to Kindergarten. 
  20. How many countries have you visited? 9 and counting. 
  21. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School? Science and English. 
  22. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume? Lemonade, Giraffe, Juicy Couture.
  23. What would you (or have you) name your children? Elizabeth aka Liz and Christopher. 
  24. What Sports do you play/Have you played? I ran track in High School. 
  25. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?  Kalyn Nicholson, Rachhloves, Desi Perkins, Allegra Shaw, The Sorry Girls.
  26. How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had? 2 boyfriends.
  27. Favorite memory from childhood? Traveling to El Salvador and visiting my grandparents for two weeks. 
  28. How would you describe your fashion sense? Chic, but casual. 
  29. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?) iPhone. 
  30. Tell us one of your bad habits! I procrastinate all the time. 

I hope you all enjoyed this get to know me post. If you feel inclined please comment your answer to your favorite questions down below in the comments section.

Have a great day and I will see you on Wednesday!

-M

 

Update + Future Giveaway

IMG_9752

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

2018 has been such a interesting year for me. I learned such a valuable lesson straight off the bat that has shaped who I am becoming. It wasn’t anything earth shattering it was a lesson I was avoiding all of last year. I kept putting my head in the sand and just pretending it wasn’t meant for me. Life took the veil off my eyes and here I am today feeling like the same old me, but with more life bruises than I would have liked. I have learned to accept that I will get scrapes, bruises and scars during this journey called life and you can either embrace them or continue to sit with your head under the sand and ignore them.

These upcoming weeks are going to be crucial because I took a huge step towards my own happiness and better mental health. If all pans out I will be writing a follow-up blog post explaining a bit about what I am referring to. I think others like myself may find it helpful. As vague as I am currently being I just want to let you know you always have a option, even if it’s not convenient at the moment life has a way of figuring things out to give you a way out of any tough situation you may be in.

IMG_9763

Okay… Enough emotional stuff let’s talk about my future giveaway. I have decided that once I hit 700 followers on my blog I will be doing a exciting giveaway for you all. I want to give back to all of you who have supported me and have stuck by me through the good and the bad.

With a grateful heart I want to say thank you!

Stay tune for the giveaway and make sure you share my page if you think this may help someone.

Have a beautiful day!

-M

The Meaning Behind My Tattoo

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I am sharing the story of how I got my first tattoo. I think I lightly touched based on it on this blog post. I wanted to take the time and explain why I decided to get my tattoo and what it means to me.

img_3358

On April 7th, 2017 I went with one of my friends from grad school to get a tattoo. She was getting something on her ribs and I was getting mine on my arm. I had contemplated a tattoo since 2012 and had held of because I wasn’t sure what I would want. I had decided that it had to do something with traveling, adventure, or something all encompassing with how I am. I searched on Pinterest for travel tattoos and I found many that I liked, but not necessary in love with. I finally looked at different words that caught my attention. Explore was one that I gravitated towards immediately.

img_3363

Explore

Verb (Used with object), ex·plored, ex·plor·ing. to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discover.

img_3360

My actual experience getting my tattoo wasn’t the best. We had a tattoo artist who was relatively new to the shop and to the area. He did a great job with the tattoo, but he decided that he would hit on me while he was finishing up my tattoo which made me uncomfortable. He proceeded to ask for my number and I quickly dodged his questions by focusing on  my friend. I highly recommend you do your research on the shop and the tattoo artist. If you have time meet with the artist to make sure you are comfortable with them. I don’t regret getting my tattoo one bit. I just wish that I would have done more research on the tattoo artist.

Do any of you have any tattoos? If so what are they and do you mind sharing their meaning with me?

Have a great day and I will see you on Wednesday.

-M

17 things I learned in 2017

IMG_1524

Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since the start to 2018 and I’ve had a lot of time to think about what 2017 taught me. What lessons I learned that I want to apply to this new year. Coming into this year I am determined  to keep that growth going. I truly believe 2018 is going to be an amazing year for me and I hope for you all as well.

IMG_9048

  1. It’s okay to be scared. Life will through you curve balls and it’s okay to be afraid of what can happen. Just remember that everything happens for a reason and that one day you will look back and be thankful for how those things that you are scared of ended up shaping you.
  2. Love yourself. I spent most of my year focusing on others and putting myself on the back burner. I completely crumbled at the end of the year because I did not know how to love myself. The relationships I had built started to fall apart because something was missing, and that was knowing what I wanted and being okay with myself.
  3.  It’s okay to not be okay. The last 7 months of 2017. I was hanging on by a thread and I was faking being okay and having my sh*t in order only to fall apart behind closed door. I learned that it’s okay to not be okay and that everything will be okay if you decide to take care of yourself.
  4. Nothing is permanent. 2017 taught me that you have the power to change your situation. I also know you have to want to change your situation, but don’t let yourself thing you are stuck in a situation forever. You can control where you stand in your life.
  5. Wear Makeup if you want to. For the majority of the year I focused every morning on creating a beauty routine that would make me feel beautiful no matter what I was doing. I am so proud I took the time to do this because it has helped with my own self-esteem overall. I do have days where I don’t wear makeup, but I have realized that my morning routine is essential part of my day IMG_2287
  6. Travel more. This year I decide to travel and I cannot recommend this enough. I decide to treat myself to a big trip overseas and three smaller trips within the U.S and I am so glad I was able to do so. I learned so much and got to enjoy myself.
  7. Hustle. In 2017 I learned that when you want something you have to work really hard on achieving your dreams. So I hustle twice as hard as those around me. I currently have two jobs and I am planning on accomplishing big things this year.
  8. Spend more time with your loved ones. For the past two years I have made sure that I spend time with my parents and loved ones as often as I can. You never know when they won’t be here any more and you won’t be able to see them.
  9. Take more pictures. Capture more memories you won’t regret this.
  10. Take time to see the beauty around you. This past year I stopped to look at all the beauty that surrounded me; the sunsets, the moon, the stars, the faces of all of the people that surround me. I truly stopped and soaked it all in.IMG_0841
  11. I got creative. This past year I focused on more of my creative side. I baked, I drew, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started taking more pictures.
  12. I can do anything I set my mind to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate with my MSW. This was something I did not think I was able to accomplish. It was hard and one of the most difficulty things I have ever done. At the end of it all I did it and no one can take that away from me.
  13. I learned to be okay with my sarcastic self. I realized that those who love me love that I can be sarcastic and I don’t need to hide that side of me.
  14. Do things that make you happy. Life is too short to not do what makes you happy. This past year I explored places I wanted to visit, I listened to more music, I created things I wanted to create and I listened to my heart.
  15. I let go of relationships that weren’t helping me grow. I stuck to my guns and removed those that did not add anything valuable to my life. I stopped begging for people’s time and attention. IMG_1086
  16. Red Lipstick. I started wearing more red lipstick because I can!
  17. Take a moment. Last but not least I learned to take a moment each day to reflect on just how wonderful I am. Even on the worst days I still managed to get out of bed and  that’s an accomplishment on it’s own.IMG_9291I hope that 2018 is filled with many more exciting adventures and that I continue to figure out who I am and what brings joy and happiness to my world.

    What are some things you learned in 2017?

    Have a great weekend! I will see you on Monday

    -M

30 Things Before I Turn 30.

30before30

Happy Wednesday Everyone! 

As you all know I love making bucket lists. If you haven’t checked out my on going bucket list on my blog click here. With that being said I wanted to focus on the next 3 years of my life and a couple of things I want to achieve before I turn 30. I saw this tag go around on youtube and I wanted to do a blog version of it. So with that being said here are 30 things I think I can accomplish before the age of 30.

 

One: Go on a hot air balloon ride.

Two: Visit Canada.

Three: Visit Costa Rica.

Four: Travel to a country over seas (yet to be determined).

Five: Take at least two cooking classes.

Six: Take at least two trips within the US a year.

Seven: Have my name on a title of a car/Buy my very own car.

Eight: Take a painting course.

Nine: Change Jobs within my agency.

Ten: Travel with my Mom and Dad.

Eleven: Go to El Salvador and visit my grandfather.

Twelve: Become a godmother (if you are catholic you will understand this).

Thirteen: Volunteer for a non-profit.

Fourteen: Buy a House.

Fifteen: Make my own candle.

Sixteen: Go to yoga regularly.

Seventeen: Own a dog.

Eighteen: Go to Disney World.

Nineteen: Continue to collect more vintage cameras.

Twenty: Get my Zumba Instructor certification.

Twenty One: Go Zip Lining.

Twenty Two: Go apple picking.

Twenty Three:  Carve a pumpkin all by myself (J/K I would need help).

Twenty Four: Change a tire (One day I will be Strong lol).

Twenty Five: Get another Tattoo.

Twenty Six: Go camping

Twenty Seven: Continue to Blog about makeup and random things in my life.

Twenty Eight: Grow my hair out again.

Twenty Nine: Take a fondant class for cake decorating.

Thirty: Be Happy on my 30th birthday.

I challenge you to come up with 30 things you want to do before you turn 30. They can be anything, as long as they are special to you.

Let me know what some of those things are? and how long you have to complete them?

Have a great day and I will see you on Friday!

-M