5 summer essentials for the minimalist

IMG_3392 (2)Summer 2017 is fast approaching so I thought I’d share my summer essentials with you. I usually see that people have so many items on their list but I just want to keep things simple and on an as needed basis. Here is my list:

  1. Deodorant- You should be using deodorant all year around but summer time is the most important season to make sure you are using it. If you are like me, you sweat like crazy in the hotter seasons and when sweat settles, it smells. So, take my advice and  protect your reputation and other people’s noses. Just kidding.
  2. Sun glasses- Because it’s stylish and protects your eyes. Need I say more?
  3. Body Spray or Perfume- Going with the smelling nice theme. I use body sprays in the summer because it lighter and carries a freshness with it, so it can be used through out the day.
  4. Tumbler cups- Because you need to be hydrated. I love these cups because it protects the cold beverage for a longer period. It’s also nice to have your own cup you carry as you go about the day so you can get a refill of water anywhere.
  5. Make-up removers- This may not apply to everyone but I keep make-up removers around just to wipe the sweat of my face, not make-up. haha. I am sweat monster, hence why most of essentials are chosen to combat sweat.

What is a summer essential for you?

Selah 2017: Life Lately

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It is nearing 6 months into 2017. Wow!

I thought it would be best if I just reflect on how the year is going in terms of my word of the year, SELAH- pause and praise. You can read all about it HERE.

When I was choosing this word, I wanted something that would reflect how I wanted to live, how I wanted my life to be. A life full of gratitude, smallness, intentionality and simpleness. I’m here to inform you, I have done the exact opposite the last 6 months.

I am covetting more and more things as I have began to actively engage in instagram more, I am doing something everyday of the week, my feelings are out of control, I am spending unnecessarily, I am saying yes to everything, I feel a lot of guilt and anxiety and a lot instability.

I came into this year thinking that having a word instead of a list of goals will make accomplishing it or living it easy. Plus, I didn’t pick a word that would require a lot of me, like ADVENTURE, or so I thought, but SELAH is requiring a lot out of me. Pausing for me has meant unlearning a lot of things, which is ridiculously difficult for me because I’ve been one way for so long. I’m still struggling internally with many things, so to be grateful and having a praiseful posture is hardly coming by. I simply cannot do it. It is so hard for me to find gratitude in my life and it is spilling into to areas I very much cherish. I’m learning that an ungrateful heart ruins good things or things that can potentially be good.

To conclude this post, I have NOT been pausing and most importantly praising. Lets see how the next few months go.

If you made a New Year’s resolutions, how is it going?

5 Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Funk

aqua safari GhanaSome of you may know know that the last 2 years have been tough for your girl, and if you don’t know, it’s written all over this blog. So it may not surprise you that I’ve HAD to come with ways to get through these rough times. I’ve HAD to y’all.

I think we will all agree that there is nothing tougher than going through hard times when hope seems far away. But let me tell you something that I think is even tougher. Picking yourself up out of the funk. Literally bending down with your aching back, tired arms, bruised hands, holding on and DRAGGING yourself back up. THAT is hard. It’s less painful and much easier to drown in your sorrows. Today, I will be sharing my tips on how to get through the pain and pick yourself up. Definitely easier said than done but it works.

  • Having quiet time

For me, the most effective way to pick myself up from the dump is some alone time. My alone time consists of sleeping, reading and praying and it HAS to happen in a clean space. I just use this time to sit with my thoughts about the situation that has left me in this state and really listen… I think when you are in pain and you have people around you, in their attempt to console you, plenty advice is dispelled and I just think is is hard to take it all in. But I think praying or reading your bible and sitting in silence allows you to clear your mind. Also a really good book or even a bad one can help you clear your head. I’m also all about journaling, its one of my favorite outlets.

  • Taking long aimless walks

I don’t think there is anything that can remind you of how small you are like nature. When I go on my walks and I see everything and everyone around me, I am reminded of how I play a very small role in this big big world. Not trying to invalidate anyone’s problems but I think sometime the world outside ourselves let us know of how small our our problems really are.   img_9808

  • Working out

I do not like working out. In fact it is something I can say I hate. But it makes me feel so light, emotionally. When I am struggling with feeling good, working out has a way of relieving me of the pain or stress I am feeling. I know there is a scientific word for it but I can’t be bothered right now. But seriously, I think doing some kind of exercise allows you to release the tension and emotions from your body. Also, you sleep really well when you are sore.

  • Hanging out with people

This year, I’ve learned the importance of hanging out with people, friends. Last year, I joined a small group- a small community of Christians who meet to talk about GOd and life- but I never really did anything with them. I would go to the bible studies alright but I wouldn’t partake in any of the activities held outside of bible studies. In contrast, this year, I have been involved and really made a decision to go out with my small group and get to know some of the people I pray with or hang with. it has been such an escape for me and I am absolutely glad that I’ve been making the decision to go out more.

  • Taking extra time to get ready

I’m my most put together, when I don’t really feel “put together” on the inside. I think for me, the effort it takes to put on make up, wear clothes that require ironing and maybe some heels, make me feel like not everything is lost. And they say if you look good, you feel good, or something like that.

What do you do to get out of the funk? I could use it