The Life You Love

3 Things No One Tells You About Graduate School

As I'm writing this, I just finished my 2nd year of my master's program and I have one more year left.  If I'm being honest, I'm basically just going through the motions so I can get the degree.  I've been learning a lot from my internship, but not so much from my classes.  Of course, each person and each program is different.  There are some things, however, that I think might be the same for anyone regardless of where they are in their program or what program they're in.

1. If you don't make time for what you value, it could suffer.

Your health, your relationships, your self-care... all of those important parts of your life may come second to graduate school if you don't tend to them.  While some people might think that school needs to come first, I completely disagree.  If you don't have a strong foundation, everything else will come crumbling down.  Make time for yourself.  Make time for the people you care about.  Learn how to be more intentional with your time.

2. You'll probably feel like quitting at least once.

Notice how I said at least.  Some people might feel like dropping out once during their program, others - like me - might feel like dropping out at least once per week.  Why?  Because it's exhausting and it's challenging.  I don't find my program particularly challenging, but it is draining.  Just remind yourself why you began the program and what you want to do after you graduate.  If that doesn't work, remind yourself how much time and money you've already poured into the program.

3. You'll feel close to the people in your cohort.

Regardless of whether or not you hang out with your classmates, there is a certain feeling of closeness that you may experience.  Think about all of the projects, papers, and late nights that you've all had.  Think of all of the texts about what's due when and what they got for #4.  Your classmates understand what you dealt with and that's something special.

If the job that you want requires a master's degree, go for it.  If you'll get higher pay for having a master's degree, go for it.  If you just want a master's degree, go for it.  Just prepare yourself for some difficulties and try to stay positive.  And don't forget to take care of yourself!

My Morning Skincare Routine

For the past... my entire life... I've told myself that I was going to figure out a morning routine that helps me feel refreshed and ready to go.  I'm still working on part of it, but I finally have the skincare part down.  I've been using this routine for a few days and my skin is so thankful haha! I have a few more skincare products coming my way and I'll update this when I start using them!

STEP 1 | Cleanser | Find a cleanser that fits your needs. People with oily skin will need different ingredients than someone with dry skin. I use our Normal-to-Dry 3-in-1 Cleanser. Once summer hits, I'll start using our Normal-to-Oily 3-in-1 Cleanser. Your skin care needs change with the seasons.  I use just a small amount, maybe a dime size.

STEP 2 | LashExtend | I use our black LashExtend to help my lashes grow longer, thicker, and stronger. I will also start using clear LashExtend at night. I use black during the day because eyeliner gives the appearance of longer, thicker lashes. Just a small bit at the base of your lashes is all you need!

STEP 3 | Climate Control | This product helps moisturize your skin to provide the best hydration it'll ever get! It also works with the rest of our products with SenePlex to help aid in cell renewal. You MUST use SeneSerum-C and/or moisturizer after using this product to help seal it in. I use 3 spritzes. One on the left side of my face, one on the right side of my face, and one on my forehead.

STEP 4 | SeneSerum-C | This 100% natural product works to repair damaged cells and protect your cells from further damage. It also works as a shield to protect you from pollutants. And like most of our products, it contains SenePlex to help your skin appear firmer, younger, and healthier. I use just 1 pump of this product and massage it into my skin for about 30 seconds.

I had to include this before and after photo because WOW!  It really shows just how amazing these products are.  I was skeptical when I first started using them because it sounds too good to be true, but it's not!  It's too good AND true!

STEP 5 | Nangai Oil | I'm 99% sure this is the remedy for any problem that you're facing. I'm currently using it to help fade a scar that I've had since I was about 10 years old AND to help erase stretch marks. It's also been used for eczema, dry skin, rashes, and more. Seriously, it can be used for anything. It's also super hydrating and helps lock in moisture without making your skin feel oily or greasy. I use just a couple drops on my stretch marks and a drop on my scar.

STEP 6 | Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer | As soon as I tried this product, I immediately knew why everyone loves it. Not only is it super moisturizing, but it also offers a mechanical shield to protect your skin from the sun while also correcting redness, age spots, and sun damage. This product is suitable for ALL skin types, even if you're prone to acne! It comes in Light or Medium. I use just 1 pump for my entire face!

STEP 7 | EyeCreme | Did you know that your eyes are one of the first places to show aging? Think about it: the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body and your eyes are constantly moving! This product helps fill in lines and wrinkles while also improving cellular renewal with SenePlex! Just like all of our products, a little goes a long way.

And there ya have it! My morning skincare routine. It seems like a lot, but I promise it goes by quickly and it's totally worth it. If you really don't have time or money to do all of these steps, I for sure recommend using SeneSerum-C, Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer, and EyeCreme. Any combination of our products is great, though!

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Worst Case Scenario

"What's the worst thing that can happen?" can either be your famous last words or the question that finally gets your butt in gear.  I want you to think of something right now that you've thought about doing, saying, or trying.  Anything that you haven't done yet because you're afraid of what might happen  In fact, let's make this a little journaling prompt.

Take out one of those journals that you've been hoarding for "a special occasion" and don't pretend you don't have at least 10 of them right now.  Flip it open and write down something that you've always wanted to do, but haven't done because you're scared.

Now below it, I want to write down the worst possible things that could happen to you.  And be realistic.  Unless you're doing something dangerous or life-threatening, death probably is not the worst thing that can happen to you.

Do you see where I'm going with this?  Most of the time, we're afraid of something and we don't even know why.  We're afraid to speak our minds, even though the worst thing that can happen is that someone disagrees with us (or you lose your job... be smart, y'all).  We're afraid to start a blog, but the worst thing that could happen is that only your mom reads it.  Isn't mom the best?!  We're afraid to open up our own business because holy shit we could lose money?!  As if I haven't already wasted thousands of dollars at Starbucks.

Alright, one more time... next I want you to write down everything GOOD that could happen if you finally did that thing that scared you.  Seriously.  Go for the best possible scenario.  Most of the time, we find that the good possibilities outweigh the bad.  Sure, they require a lot of time and energy.  But aren't they worth trying for?!

So again, take out that brand-new journal (you stationary hoarder) and write about the following:
1. What's one thing that I've always wanted to do that terrifies me?
2. What's the worst thing that could happen if I went for it?  List them all until you've gotten to the worst possible scenario.
3. What's the best thing that could happen if I went for it?  Again, list them all!

As a bonus, I want you to envision life after you've finally gone for your goal and reached your best case scenario.  Write about what your life looks like now, who you are now that you've reached your goal, and how you feel that you're finally there.  Don't just write this, but really envision it and feel it. Give yourself permission to play pretend in the most exciting and motivating way possible!

Make 2018 the year that you push yourself until you reach your best case scenario.