Beginners Guide to Manifestation

Hi Everyone ~

I hope you all have been having a good week. It is so close to the weekend and I am very excited to do the same thing I have been doing all week, which is not much. I have been better about posting more consistent content during the week, which has kept me pretty busy, but I’m not gonna lie, I kinda miss working. I have been reminded, constantly, by my mom that everything will happen when it’s meant to happen. And she is 100% right. I can’t rush the things that are meant to happen in their own respective time. All I can do is take it day by day. On that note, I have been taking more of an interest in the theory of manifestation. I have always believed that the universe works in our favor, and if we put out the idea of this perfect life we want to live, then the universe can help put us in that direction we are striving for. That being said, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have to put in any work to achieve this dream. Manifestation is all about taking real steps to move towards that goal, but with the idea in mind that the universe is there to help guide you in that direction. I know this is a lot of confusing information to take in so, I listed out a few beginner steps to help you manifest the life that you are desiring to live.

Be Specific

Whenever you are setting goals for yourself, it’s important to keep your goals specific. For example, if you are wanting to lose weight, don’t just write down “I will workout.” Maybe try writing it like this, “I will workout Monday through Friday at 7 am for 4 weeks straight.” This makes your goal specific and helps you to to better visualize exactly what you are wanting to accomplish. Vague goals don’t get you anywhere. You need specifics to better guide each day to one day accomplish that goal.

Be Realistic

Now I would love to be as famous as the Kardashians and have my own reality TV show, but maybe that’s not exactly realistic. When coming up with goals, it’s important to keep your dream goals, in perspective and make them accomplishable. If you are manifesting 1 million dollars in the next 24 hours, maybe that’s not the most realistic thing to manifest. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try and manifest your dream of one day having 1 million dollars, but make that dream more achievable. You can manifest these goals to become reality, but you have to understand that it takes a lot of inner work to make that happen.

Align Yourself

This is the classic, saying one thing and then doing the exact opposite. Going back to my example about losing weight, you can’t say that you want to lose weight and then you can’t turn around and eat a bunch of junk food and expect the same results. To achieve the goals and life you want, you need to align your everyday life with those goals. Take a moment to imagine the life you are trying to manifest for yourself. What are you feeling? What are you doing? What’s different compared to your current life? Focus on those details because those are what are going to help you build that dream. To achieve that “dream” you need to change certain aspects of your life. Thoughts, feelings, actions, and all!

Put in the Effort

One of the common misconceptions of manifestation is the belief that you just sit back and wait for the good things to come into your life. Hate to break it to you, but getting to your desired life is going to take a lot of effort on your part to happen. Change starts with you. You don’t wait on anyone else to get things started. Only you can show up for yourself every day. I learned this through my “journey” with BeachBody. No one else can make me workout or work hard to lose weight or feel more confident in myself. Only I can make that change and push myself to accomplish that goal. If you want to be happy, then you need to step up and start making yourself happy.

Be Aware for Signs

I am a big believer in signs from the universe. Obviously, you need to put in the work for whatever it is you are wanting to accomplish, but that doesn’t mean that the universe doesn’t throw you signs every now and again to show that you are on the right (or wrong) path. It’s not exactly a step-by-step game plan that is brought to your attention. However, each moment in our lives is meant to teach us something or direct us in a specific direction. If I hadn’t been let go from my position, I probably wouldn’t be writing this blog for you all to read or creating fun content on my other social platforms. There are reasons for everything, so don’t ignore those signs because they are helping to guide you to the path you are meant to be on.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this post. I know manifestation can be a bit confusing and to be honest, I’m not 100% sure if I fully understand it either. The main point I want to get across is, your dream life doesn’t work unless you do. There are signs that are helping to guide you, but unless you put in the work then nothing will progress the way it’s supposed to. I will talk to you all again soon!

XX,

Hannah Rose

Latest Obsessions + July Goals 2020

Hi Everyone ~

Man it seems like a hot minute since I have last posted one of these. The beginning of June had a lot happening, so I wasn’t posting a lot and didn’t get a chance to share this series with you last month. I have a lot of new obsessions to share and the goals this month have me super excited and motivated to accomplish them this month. In other news, I am super excited to be going home to Michigan this Saturday for 2 weeks! Nick and I have visited home to see family and friends before but it was only for a long weekend. So this is the first time that Nick and I will be home for longer than 3 days since we moved here last August. We are super excited and I can’t wait to share our trip back home to the mitten with all of you. That’s really the only life update I have for you all, so please enjoy this months latest obsessions and goals!

Sex & The City TV Show

Since moving closer to NYC, I’ve had the sudden urge to binge all 6 seasons of Sex and the City. I have always had a love for the show, so I’ve really loved re-watching the show! Who do you identify as: Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha?

Nintendo Switch Lite

Last month Nick and I bought a Nintendo Switch Lite to share and believe me when I say this has me gaming more than ever. I did cave in and buy Animal Crossings: New Horizons which has me addicted on growing my island! This has been amazing on the days that I am bored and have finished scrolling through all social media and TikTok because it gives me something to work on and build while being stuck in home most of my days.

Home Chef

Nick and I have been cooking half our meals with Home Chef for a little over a month now and I cannot rave about it enough! I was a little nervous whether or not I would like the the meals because some of them looked a little boring to me, but after cooking with Home Chef for a while now, I can honestly say that almost all the meals hit it out of the park. I believe it is a hair more expensive than Hello Fresh, but I will say it is totally worth trying out! We also wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of Nick’s family which is so appreciated while we are in this weird time nationally.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Olive Fruit Oil Repairative Hair Mask

I’m not usually one to say that a product is life changing, however I’m going to break my own rule and tell you that you need to buy this now! Years of applying direct heat to my hair has done a good amount of damage and I have tried lots of different shampoos and conditioners to help with this problem and most of them have fallen a bit flat. However this hair mask, hits it out of the park. I believe this works on just about every hair type, it’s super gentle and deeply nourishes your hair. I don’t use it every day, but I try to use it a few times a week to help heal my hair throughout the week! I linked it here for you to check out and I believe it’s only $25 on Sephora’s website!

Sudio Headphones

I recently heard about the company Sudio and their luxury earphones and knew that I needed to try them out. Not only are they super comfortable to wear, but they have a noise cancelling option that is super helpful when working out or focusing on a project for work. I have always loved my airpods, but these definitely are on a whole new level. I linked their website above if you’d like to learn more about this brand and I definitely hope you consider buying some new earphones!

Brimm Boutique

I may have found a new love for this boutique! I recently bought some shoes and a few tops from this boutique and I have absolutely fallen in love with everything I received. Their products are pretty reasonably priced for a boutique and the quality is amazing. They also have really great things on SALE all the time! I linked their website above and I highly recommend you check them out. I love supporting small businesses and if you feel the same way, then you definitely need to shop their website!

Now time for some goals:

  • Stay consistent with my new training routine
  • Complete this months to-do’s for the Wedding
  • Finish one new book
  • Get back into and commit to a solid morning routine
  • Clean out/sell items in storage and closet

I hope you all enjoyed this months installment of my latest obsessions and goals for this month. I wanted to keep it short and to the point today, but I have some new and exciting content ready to post for the upcoming weeks. Thank you so much for reading and I will talk to you all again next Tuesday!

XX,

Hannah Rose

15 Tips to Help Boost Your Self Confidence

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are doing amazing given the circumstances. Life here in Jersey City has been going okay. The weekend here was gorgeous so needless to say we were spending as much time as we could outside! I have been doing a lot of self-reflection about confidence especially since I have been living in leggings with my hair in a bun for the past 2 months. I thought we could all use a little confidence boost to brighten our spirits especially during this weird time when we are all feeling like hermits staying inside all day. I know some of these tips might sound repetitive or maybe a little cliche but these are just some little things you can do to help boost your self-confidence every day!

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1. Dress Up

You don’t have to go full suit and tie or anything, but changing out of your sweatpants and hoodie can really make an impact on how you see yourself. Throwing on a pair of high-waisted loose fit jeans and a cute t-shirt and you’ll see yourself in a whole new light!

2. Positive Affirmations

I know every article you have probably been reading always says this, but it’s crazy what a little positive talk can do to help boost your confidence on days where you feel at a new low. Some examples can include, ” I love my body and everything it does for me,” or ” I am a fearless woman,” or ” I will do amazing things today.” Saying a few small phrases before starting your day or throughout the day can really bring a boost to your mood throughout the day.

3. Kill the negativity

I can be the worst offender when it comes to saying negative things about myself. When you surround yourself with negative images or people you can start to feel less confident in who you are. Try unfollowing accounts on IG who make you feel self-conscious about your body/personality or cut ties with people in your life who put a damper on your confidence. As a blogger, I follow a lot of people with perfectly curated Instagram posts, but I have chosen to unfollow those accounts who promote an image that I don’t necessarily want to see every day on my feed. Nothing against those other influencers, but I have personally found it to be better for my confidence to follow accounts who promote body positivity or fun/positive vibes on their page. The same thing goes for people, if you want to live in confidence, then you need to surround yourself with influences who build you up instead of making you feel inferior!

4. You can change your perspective

Maybe there are some things about yourself that you would love to change whether it be physically or personality-wise but you may not be able to change those things in real life. I know this might sound crazy, but I read an article that said to mentally photoshop yourself and it really stuck with me. If you are unable to physically change the way you see yourself, then why not try and mentally make yourself the “perfect” version of yourself.

5. Be kind and generous

When you give to other people who are in need, it definitely has an impact on how you will see yourself. Giving back is good for the soul so go out there and make someone’s day!

6. Accept your “imperfections”

Are there things I wish I could change about myself? Absolutely! But I have come to accept the parts of myself that I may not be able to change. Any time I am feeling down about myself whether it’s physically or personality-wise, Nick always reminds me to “rock what I got,” so that’s exactly what I do! Speaking on a physical note, I may never be able to change my wide hips, but I will rock what I got and love my body for everything it does for me.

7. Surround yourself with positive influences

This basically goes with getting rid of the point of the negative influence point I made earlier. When you surround yourself with positive influencers on social media or in real life, you feel better about yourself because of the good influence they give you!

8. Power pose it up!

You probably feel silly standing in front of a mirror and striking a pose to make you feel confident, but it has been proven to work in many situations when it comes to boosting self-confidence. Doing this can help you feel more aware of how you come across to others in your path. Maybe if power posing isn’t for you, the next time you are out and about, maybe try being more self-aware of your body language in certain situations can be a helpful tactic in giving you more confidence throughout your day!

9. Jam out

Every day before work (before quarantine) I always make it a must to play confidence generating playlist or podcasts in the morning. Dancing and jamming out to music that makes you feel excited and ready to attack the day just puts you in a confident mindset. Some of my favorite playlists are Confidence Boost, Mood Booster, or any playlist under the Mood category in Spotify!

10. Sweat out any frustrations

Whenever I’m feeling down about myself, the one thing that always helps is to do some form of physical activity. This could be anything from doing a full-body sweat sesh or going for a walk around your neighborhood. After you sweat out your discomforts, it can be a huge mood booster for the rest of your day.

11. Just say F*** it!

One thing that has really helped me with my confidence is just learning to not give a f*** about what people think about me! I know that it can be easier said than done and believe me there are some days where I can’t help but compare myself to others, but you are perfect the way you are and you are uniquely you. So don’t worry about what others are thinking about you because it’s not worth your time or energy!

12. Groom Yourself

When you walk around feeling gross then obviously your confidence isn’t going to be super high because you probably aren’t feeling your best. A small disclaimer, I think all of you reading this are beautiful just the way you are and you don’t need makeup or a fresh blowout every day to feel confident and beautiful. All I’m saying is that when you put a little effort into your appearance it can make all the difference compared to if you were just sitting lounging around all day in nothing but sweats and your hair in a knotted bun. There is no better feeling than walking around after just getting your hair done, eyebrows waxed, or throw on a little bit of makeup just to make yourself feel like a new human!

13. Do some soul searching

Last year I did some “soul searching” to try and figure out why I was feeling so down about myself and why little things that would happen would completely deplete my confidence. I really got to the root of all my insecurities and tried focused on trying to slowly heal myself from the inside out in order to help myself feel more naturally confident in my day to day life. This was definitely not an easy process and I am still working on it every day, but once you get to a root of a problem, it can be a little bit easier to build up your confidence every day!

14. Quit comparing yourself

This kind of goes hand in hand with the “just say f*** it” point I made. Once you stop comparing yourself to other people, you will be that much happier with yourself. Especially as females, we should be bringing each other up instead of judging and comparing one another.

15. You’re awesome, never forget that

Plain and simple! No one is ever allowed to dull your shine, so go out in the world and be the amazing person you are.

Again, I know that some of these points can sound a little cliche, but if any one of these points is something that you needed to hear today, then that is all the satisfaction I need from you reading this post. Confidence can come in waves, some days you are just going to be more confident than others, but I hope that some of these tips can help you get you to a place where you feel amazing about yourself in every aspect of the word. Share some of your tips and tricks below in the comments & I can’t wait to talk again next Tuesday!

XX,

Hannah Rose 

Quarantine Activities to Keep You Sane + Life Update

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all are hanging in there. I feel like I am starting to lose track of the days that we are stuck inside, which has been an odd feeling. Needless to say the binging of shows and movies is at an all-time high for me at the moment. Now that we are in week 6 of working from home and being inside all the time, I thought it would be nice to share some activities that you can do while staying inside or things you can do outside in a safe environment. Some of these activities I am sharing with you I have not personally done yet, but are things I am definitely thinking about trying! I am open to trying and doing new things and now I kinda have an excuse to do all these new activities that maybe I wouldn’t have a chance to do back in my normal routine.

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Puzzles

My family is notorious for sending puzzles to Nick and me to drive us crazy, but I have to admit that has been a little fun while we are locked in our apartment most of the time! Yes, puzzles can still be frustrating at times, but the sense of accomplishment you get after completing one is like nothing else.

Paint By Numbers/Crafts in General 

I honestly haven’t done paint by number or a craft in god knows how long, but I figured hey while in quarantine why not?! It has actually been super relaxing and fun to just sit, watch a movie, paint and drink wine. I highly recommend if you are a crafty person looking for something to do. Who knows you may end up with a new piece of art to hang in your home!

Selfcare Nights

If you know me, you know that I am a HUGE self-care nut, so needless to say I have been taking advantage of my time during my morning and night routines. I love putting essential oils in my shower to help me cleanse morning and night. Throw on a face mask, start yourself a bath/shower, light a few candles and relax/

Yoga/Workouts

This is dependent on how I am feeling for the day, but I have come to the realization that staying semi-active during quarantine is important for my sanity. I have not been super perfect about this because most days it is easier to just lay around all day, but find a workout routine to do inside, do some yoga in the morning or get some fresh air and go for a run. Whatever it may be, just get your body moving!

Read that book you have been meaning to read

I need to be better with this because lord knows it can be really tempting to sit and scroll through Tik Toks most nights, but now that I have more time after work and in the morning, I am working to try and read one of my many books for 30 minutes. Now that I have more time on my hands, why not make more of an effort to sit with a good book and read!

Try some new recipes 

Since moving, Nick and I have gotten more into cooking and trying different recipes. Now that we are in quarantine, the love for cooking and trying new things has only gotten stronger! Now that we are stuck inside why not try and learn a new skill. So order your Hello Fresh or pick up some fresh groceries (stay safe while doing so) and get cooking!

Rearrange/Reorganize your space 

Spring cleaning is among us and there is no better time to refresh, clean maybe even rearrange your space.  Now that we are spending more time inside, sometimes looking at the same space can be a little triggering. So try something new, move some things around or just clean around your space. On a normal day, it can seem like a chore, but now that we have more time on our hands, there is actually something therapeutic and relaxing about refreshing your space!

Go for a long walk 

Unfortunately, Nick and I do not have a backyard space for our apartment and all of our local parks have been shut down due to this pandemic. So we have been trying to go for walks around our neighborhood to try and get some exercise and fresh air outside of our apartment. If it’s a beautiful day outside, then get your butt off the couch and walk around your neighborhood for a while.

Videogames

Nick has been doing this more than I have, but if you love videogames then now is the time for you to boost your skills at playing a game you just bought.

Try some trending TikToks 

TikTok has become a bit of an obsession for Nick and I. We just love to watch people being creative and funny on the app and it helps the time go by while we are stuck in our teeny tiny apartment. We have been trying a few TikTok trends that we have seen circulating on our ‘For You’ pages which have been another fun way to pass the time. Whipped Coffee is a 100/10, if you haven’t tried it yet, it literally took us 10 minutes and it was such a fun treat in the morning. If you have a TikTok and you have seen new products, recipes or dances that you never in a million years thought you’d do, well nows your chance to step outside your comfort zone and try something new!

Movie Nights 

I’m not just saying throw on a movie and watch it like you would do any other normal night, I’m saying go all out! Make it like a movie theater experience for you and your family or you and your significant other you are quarantined with. Make the popcorn, grab some sweets, pour yourself a drink and make your self comfortable for a fun new feature right in your home! You can even invite your family and friends to watch the movie with you on a Zoom call or the new video share thing that Netflix is doing. Make it a fun night for you and your family!

Throw a Zoom Happy Hour with family and friends 

My work team and I have been throwing SO many happy hour Zoom calls, it’s crazy but also so fun! It’s nice to talk with everyone in a casual setting and just talk about life (even though there may not be much going on). Staying connected with friends and family has been super important for Nick and me because we just recently moved and it’s hard not being able to go see anyone or have people come out to visit us. So, being connected with everyone as much as we can have been a big priority for us and it really perks up our moods when we get to talk with everyone we love!

Do something fun with your appearance 

Now that we are stuck inside our appearance can be changed without fear of people seeing it. I have seen people temporarily dying their hair or experimenting with different makeup looks. DO NOT CUT YOUR BANGS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! I have seen way too many people cutting their own bangs and the results are not the best, so just avoid that. Nick wanted me to give him highlights one night because he wanted to try something different, so we got some box dye and had a fun little salon night in our place! I mean we’re both getting our haircut after quarantine is done, so why not experiment with something new?

Obviously, there are a lot more fun activities you could do while in quarantine, these are just some activities I have either personally tried or want to try in the time we are stuck inside. Let me know if you have any fun activities that you have been doing in quarantine and share them in the comments! I’m always open to new fun things to try and lord knows we have the time. I hope you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to talk to you all again next week!

XX,

Hannah Rose

 

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Latest Obsessions + April Goals 2020

Hey everyone!

Well, another day stuck inside, but hey we are working to stay safe and healthy during this time. Nick and I are doing well here in Jersey City, staying sane and trying hard not to get on each other’s nerves. We have finally made it to April, which is my birthday month and I am excited to turn 23 this year. I have no clue what my day will bring considering we are still in this unexpected time, but I am maintaining a positive outlook and am looking forward to spending my birthday here on the east coast! I am so pumped to share my latest obsessions and goals for this month. The online shopping and show binging has been real while we’ve been in quarantine so needless to say I have been trying lots of new products and shows out to share with all of you!

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Love Is Blind 

THIS SHOW. I am a sucker for dumb, mindless drama-filled shows and this one takes the cake. I honestly didn’t think I would be so invested in this show, the couples or the drama (#cam&lauren4eva and #Im34) but I absolutely 100% love this show. I believe I binged it in 2 days, maybe less than that? If you have not watched Love is Blind yet, you definitely need to check it out because it’s amazing! 

Murad Collagen Infusion Cream

I recently received this product in my last FabFitFun unboxing and I have loved using it. Murad’s products are somewhat of a hit or miss for me, but this one is one of my new favorites. It’s so gentle on the skin and I definitely have been noticing a difference in my skin texture. So 10/10 would recommend it to you! 

BootayBag 

I recently fell back in love with the Bootay Bag brand again! For those of you who don’t know, this brand is a monthly underwear subscription service for females that only costs $10/month. You sign up, answer a short little questionnaire and every month you will receive two cute pieces to try! They are super comfortable, very modern and fun. I can’t wait to receive more next month. I linked their website for you to check out if you are interested!

Lavender + Eucalyptus Room Spray 

I actually saw this product on a TikTok binge. I believe the video was one of those ‘must-haves from Target’ videos? Anyways, this is definitely a must-have for your apartment. Nick and I live in a much older apartment building so sometimes it can smell a little musty (which is not a vibe at all), so I picked up this spray from Target and it has definitely helped lighten any smells through our apartment! It’s a very simple smell that is very relaxing, which I love and it only takes around 2-3 sprays to rid any smells from your space. Definitely impressed and I will link the product for you to check out! 

Target Two Piece Set 

Since I have started working from home I have been on the hunt for a comfy two-piece set to cozy up in while I get sh*t done. I never used to think of Target as a place where I could pick up quality clothing, let alone stylish clothing, but low and behold, I found this amazing two-piece jogger set and it is on a whole other level of comfy! I linked it to this post for you to check out if you’d like to own one as well. If you don’t like the nude/white tie-dye look, Target has TONS of other options for you to choose from!

Static Nails 

 So since everything has basically closed down since COVID-19, the nail salon that I have been going to since we moved to Jersey City has unfortunately been closed as well. I hate the way my nails look because I am a notorious nervous nail-picker. However, I found a solution that may not only help me not pick, but also save a lot of money on my nails in the future! Static nails are a super easy nail kit that mimics the look of gel nails but without the destruction of your actual nail. It also only cost me $16!! Like, excuse me? Heck yeah, I’m going to do this instead! They felt a little weird in the beginning, but after wearing them for a little bit, they definitely became more natural. 

Now time for some goals: 

  • Do something fun for my birthday in spite of quarantine 
  • Master another program at work 
  • Grow my following on IG to 1,050 
  • Get back into an at-home workout routine 
  • Have at least 2 romantic date nights in our apartment 
  • Finish reading half of The Testaments book 

I’m sending you all my positive vibes and love that I can during this weird time we are in at the moment. I hope reading these posts that I have been putting out has been a nice break away from reality. I hope you all stay safe and healthy and I can’t wait to talk to you all again soon. ALSO, I’d love to hear your goals and obsessions for this month, so share some of them below! 

XX,

Hannah Rose

 

Productive Work/Study From Home Tips + Tricks

Hey everyone! 

I hope everyone is staying safe and sane throughout this whole crazy environment we are living in. This week is the 3rd week I have been working from home and I can’t lie, there are some days where it has been relaxing and other days where I definitely miss being at the office. But nonetheless, it’s the situation we are in right now which is why I’m sharing my tips on how to make the best of it! Comment below your favorite tips & tricks on how you manage to work or study from home. 

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Change out of your Pajamas 

I find myself being more productive when I actually feel like a human being. The first day I started working from home, I stayed in my PJ’s all day and for the life of me, I could not focus 100% on what needed to get done that day. I found myself too distracted by every little thing, I just felt the urge to want to cuddle up and just relax. I’m not saying that you need to get all dressed up to work from your couch, but I do recommend showing, throw on some leggings and an oversized sweater of some sort and feel like a human! I definitely feel more productive when I make an attempt to be showered and dressed overstaying in my PJ’s while I work. 

Make your bed & leave your bed for sleeping

Once Nick is up and out of bed, the first thing I do is go into our room and make the bed. This has helped me feel more at ease during the day and has decreased my desire to crawl back into bed during the day. The way our apartment is laid out, I can see the bed from our couch. It’s weird, but if the bed is not made and I’m working in our living room, I can’t help but keep eyeing it if it’s not made, which in turn creates more distraction throughout my day. So the moral of the story is, make your bed in the morning! Just do it. 

Wake up earlier than your designated work time

 I have talked about this extensively on my blog about the importance of waking up earlier and trying to start my day earlier even though I may not have to log in on my computer till 9 am. The first day I worked from home, I slept until 8am or close to 8:30 because I thought, “this is great, I can wake up a little later and not have to worry about getting ready.” Boy was I wrong. I felt sluggish all day, my mind was not 100% ready to work just yet when I had to log on. Long story short it was a struggle! Some of you may think I’m crazy for waking up at 7 to start my day before working at 9 am, but truth be told, not all of us will be working from home forever. So I found it important for me to still wake up semi-early to try and maintain my normal routine when I have to commute and go back to work in our office. Waking up early allows me time to sit with my cup of coffee, sit and unwind, and just allow myself to wake up at my own pace!

Create a designated workspace

Since Nick and I have a very small 480sqft apartment, there was not a lot of room for a desk, which has made working from home a little difficult. But, we are adjusting and making it work while we are self quarantined at home. My advice to you is to find a designated workspace where you feel like you can sit and get work done in a productive way. Since we don’t have a desk, I have opted for our couch. My bed is meant for sleeping and I try to keep my bed as my relaxing space over my productive space! Every day, I burn a candle, set up my work station at my coffee table and I focus on what needs to get done for the day. 

Have a set plan for the day 

I try my best to have a plan of action set for my day. I typically split my to-do list into ‘work’ and ‘personal’ to-dos in order to separate the important things that need to get done for my job and the personal things that can wait until I have a break or once I have logged off for the night. I also write out the 3 most important things that need to get done first and foremost for both work and personal and start there, instead of writing out 10 things that need to get done for each and end up not focusing on the most important tasks at hand. I also aim to schedule everything out for the day. Not just to-do’s but also my lunch breaks so my team knows when I plan to take a lunch, schedule time to do small chores around the apartment (if my day allows me to), etc. Mapping out every aspect of your day definitely sets you up to have the best productive day you can have and I highly recommend doing it! 

Put on some tunes or podcasts that help you focus 

When I really need to focus on something, I love to put on music to listen to. It helps me get in the right focused mindset for the day. My top focus playlists or motivating podcasts would be The Goal Digger Podcast, RISE Podcast, That Creative Life Podcast, Lo-Fi Beats Playlist or the Productive Morning Playlist all on Spotify! 

Take 10-minute breaks throughout your day 

Something I have learned while working from home has been the importance of taking time for yourself and taking breaks away from your computer for a few minutes at a time. For the sake of your sanity and wellbeing, be sure to take a break away from staring at your computer screen and go for a short walk or do a few yoga stretches to unwind!

Stay active throughout your day 

This kind of goes hand in hand with my last point about taking breaks throughout the day. Especially with everything going on in the world, and a lot of places closing temporarily it can be difficult to go to the gym nowadays. I also believe that because I am not walking every day to work for the time being, I have found myself becoming lazier when it comes to keeping active. You almost have to force yourself to get up and get moving throughout the day to keep semi-active for the time being. Whether you get up and walk, run, do yoga, or do a quick ab workout in your living room, you want to make sure you are keeping your activities up while we are inside!

Manage your time on your phone/social media

On the first day working from home, I definitely found myself more distracted from my phone than normal, which did not do great things for my productivity. So I decided to designate specific times where I can check my phone for a social media break and when I need to put it away and use it only for music. There is also using your phone in a productive way over just using it as a form of distraction. If you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through your phone and you have refreshed your Twitter or Instagram multiple times, then you probably are not using your phone productively. Sometimes it’s best to just put it away and only break it out during a break or for music!

I hope this post gives you some ideas to incorporate into your own routines while you are working or studying from home. I can’t wait to talk to you all again soon and I hope you are all staying safe and healthy out there!

XX,

Hannah Rose

 

FabFitFun Unboxing + Review 2020

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are doing well and staying safe out there. The social distancing and working from home 24/7 has really been taking a toll on Nick and I lately, but we are doing our best to remain positive and not allow our selves to feel defeated during this time of uncertainty. On a more positive note, I received my latest FabFitFun box which is exciting! As you probably all know I have been sharing the FabFitFun boxes with you for a little over 2 years (I think) and I still love them so much. Honestly, you can’t beat the price for all the quality products you receive! It’s a 250+ value for only $49.99 which is incredible. Over the past few years, I have received lots of high-quality products from Tarte Cosmetics, Ouai hair products, Kate Spade, etc. If you are like me and love trying new products, then you should definitely try these boxes out. I will share my link below where you can get $10 off your first box (which again is a STEAL)! So when I do these box reviews, I typically try out all the products in my box for a week to get a thorough understanding of how the products worked for me personally and how well the box captured my personality by using the results from the quiz I took in the beginning. I won’t keep you guys in suspense any longer, so here is my review!

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DONNI Ribbed Seater Coat 

This was one of my add on choices and honestly, it is so cozy and comfortable! It’s a very lightweight long knitted sweater that makes the perfect morning robe or a work from home addition to my wardrobe. I tried to find a link for this sweater, unfortunately I was not able to, but if I end up finding one, I will be sure to let you know if you are interested in this sweater!

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Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask

This is such a game-changing product that I have fallen in love with! No joke, I have been using this product every night since I received it. I think it has honestly been helping me sleep A LOT better because it’s blocking out any light that could be coming from the street and the weighted aspect of the mask I believe has helped calm my mind and has actually helped me fall asleep a lot faster. This product is a 10/10 for me and I would absolutely recommend this for anyone who loves weighted blankets and masks as much as I do!

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Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

It is taking everything in me not to go through this product so fast because I have been using it almost every morning and night. I love the Murad brand and their skincare products have been so good for my skin and this infusion mask has been my new favorite addition to my morning and night skincare routine. The collagen is meant to help minimize the looks of lines and wrinkles on your face. Now I know I don’t have any crazy wrinkles or lines on my face, but hey no harm in starting to maintain those early on! After using it a few times, I have noticed a big difference in my skin and it actually appears to be more hydrated and smooth. I 100% recommend it to you!

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Aria Beauty Luxe Detangling Electroplated Brush

I have been in the market for a new brush and the fact that I received one in this box, was a god sent. The thing that makes this brush different from other brushes, is its extended bristles to help easily detangle your hair and reduce stress on your hair. Having super thick hair can make it difficult to detangle your hair without feeling like you are ripping your hair from your head, so this brush has been truly a lifesaver for my hair!

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This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon

Along with the weighted sleep mask, this is another product I have been using every night since I received the box last week! A couple boxes back, I received a deep sleep spray which I used basically every night because it smelled amazing and it helped me relax and fall asleep. This lotion is made by the same brand and is basically the spray, just in lotion form. I have been running it on my hands, arms and on my chest to make sure I get the full effect of the product. It definitely helps you fall asleep a little quicker and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to attack your day!

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Winky Lux Rainbow Lip Balm

I liked the idea of this lip balm with the rainbow pattern, however this didn’t really work for me. I am a person who loves simplicity and has a very neutral aesthetic, so the fact that this lip balm left a very vibrant pink stain on my lips, didn’t really work for my personal style. Now if you love bright and vibrant lip balms, then this brand and product are for you! Even if the color didn’t work for me, the formula was really great and hydrating. So not a hit for me personally, but if you love vibrant lip colors, then absolutely check out this brand!

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Chic & Tonic Set of 4 Silicone Straws + Brush Cleaner

I have been wanting to jump on the metallic/silicone straw trend for quite a while now, so I was very excited to receive this product in my box this season! Not only are these great for the environment, but they are also super easy to clean and pack away for traveling purposes. Definitely be sure to check out this brand if you have been looking for some new reusable straws!

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The Better Skin Co. Epic C Serum

This is another product I received that I have been using almost every day. This serum is meant to tighten, brighten and revitalize your skin which I can definitely confirm that it does just that. It is so gentle on the skin and you can use it in the morning or at night. Personally, I have been using this product in the morning to give my skin the appearance that it is brighter and tighter than it appears when I first wake up in the morning!

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Overall, I think this season’s box was a success! I still highly recommend these boxes to anyone who is looking to try out new products or brands. Most of the brands I receive I have never heard of, so it’s always exciting to try something new and possibly fall in love with a new brand you may have never previously been aware of. Just so you all know, all products are full size (which is great) and you really can’t beat the value of the products you receive in the box for only $49.99. I shared a link for you to use if you want $10 off your first box. I will talk to you all again soon and make sure you are staying safe and healthy!

 

 

 

 

My 9-5 Morning + Night Routine

Hey everyone!

Needless to say, the past couple of weeks have been a little crazy amidst the COVID-19 virus that has been affecting the US. I hope you all are staying safe and cautious with everything you are doing. I have been working from home the past few workdays, which has been nice not having to wake up so early, but I’m definitely missing working in an actual office at a desk as opposed to working from my couch. I am trying to keep the positive vibes alive because I know how much we need them in these times of uncertainty. I will be continuously posting as much content as I can to keep things as normal as they can be. With all that being said, I’m actually really excited to share this new post with all of you. So as some of you may know, I am actually a morning person. There is something about getting up early and starting your day on the right foot. I have found over the past few years that I am actually more productive in the morning when I can sit enjoy a cup of warm coffee and plan out the rest of my day or week! Now that Nick and I have moved closer to the city, I’m able to actually enjoy my morning routine and now we have a night routine now that I am not getting home at 9pm at night. Since I have started working full time in the city, I have found that having a good routine to follow is the key to having strong success in life. I truly love a good routine, which is why I’m so excited to share my morning and night routine and maybe give you guys some ideas to adapt to your own routine!

 

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So let’s start with my morning routine: 

 Wake up between 6:30 and 7 am

Some of you may be thinking I’m insane and why would you wake up this early and, to be honest, I can’t really sleep past this time anyways. Once I’m awake, I’m awake and my day has started. Now obviously on weekends, I sleep in till around 8:30 or 9am, but on days where I have to go to work or work from home in this case, my goal is to be up as early as humanly possible. Over the past few years, I have found that I am much more productive in the morning when I can sit and have a warm cup of coffee and mentally start to wake myself up. If you are longing to feel more productive throughout your day, try waking up early and see how your day changes. I know that not everyone is a morning person. For instance, Nick is more productive at night and tends to like working on things later in the day which is great for him. My suggestion is to find what time of day are you feeling most awake and use that time to get sh*t done!

Shower + prep for the day

This honestly depends on the morning and what I have going on that day, but most days, I shower in the morning. I know that some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy for wanting to shower and have to spend some extra time getting ready in the morning, but I honestly love showering in the morning. It wakes me up and helps me feel clean throughout the day which is especially helpful when working from home. After showering I work on my skincare and makeup routine for the day. Now that I have been working from home I have not been wearing any sort of makeup, which my skin has been thanking me for! If you’d like to see my skincare routine or makeup routine, let me know in the comments and I’ll share what I use.

Make the bed

Growing up my mom always stressed the importance of making my bed and now that I am a grown adult, I can’t imagine a day where my bed is not made first thing in the morning. Nick sleeps in longer than I do, so sometimes it’s not first thing in the morning, but typically once we are both up and around, we both go in and make our bed. There is just something about making your bed that actually makes you feel like you have everything together. Maybe? Let me know if that makes sense or not. I like to have a clean space, especially if I have to be working in the space, so making the bed in the morning definitely makes me feel more at ease during my day knowing that my space is put together.

Eat a good breakfast

Honestly, this is dependent on the morning and how fast I need to get to work. Typically this consists of me eating some cereal or toast because I am not much of a breakfast person. I am working towards trying to take more time in the morning to sit and eat a more hearty breakfast instead of walking out the door with a coffee and granola bar in hand. Now that I am in this working from home routine, I have had more of an opportunity to spend more time in the morning to make something more filling to get me through my morning!

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Now time for my night routine: 

Make dinner with Nick

Since we’ve moved into our new apartment, cooking dinner together has become one of our new favorite activities. We like learning new skills and recipes together, so this has become a new fun nightly routine for us to do and talk about our day!

Watch an episode (or two) of a show

Right now Nick and I are in the middle of watching Westworld (which is amazing) or watching Ghost Adventures. This has become something I love to do with him. We both work a lot during the day so being able to come home, cuddle up on the couch and catch up on some of our shows has been a huge de-stressor on the two of us!

Plan out tomorrows agenda

I am a planner through and through, so I like to have a list of things that need to get done the next day for work, for the blog or just in general. This definitely helps me get a clear vision of what my day will hold tomorrow and how much coffee I’ll need to get me through the day!

Do some night time stretches

This doesn’t happen EVERY single night, but I will do some stretches to help me loosen up any tension from the day. Especially now that I am working from my couch (which contrary to popular belief, is not as comfortable as you may think) it’s become more important for me to stay loose and stretch before going to bed.

Skincare routine + layout tomorrows outfit

My skincare routine basically consists of me just washing my face with my Mary Kay Clearproof Cleanser, moisturizer, some of my Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion cream and some Vitamin C serum. It honestly has worked wonders on my skin and I am so blessed to have the clear skin I do. After I do my skincare, then I just go through my closet and hang up whatever I am planning to wear to work the next day. Now obviously I am working from home, so for the time being my outfit typically consists of some leggings and a sweater, but you get a gist of what my normal routine would be like for my 9-5 work week!

I just want to share a few things I would like to start incorporating in my routine (thank you for reading this far): 

  • Start an easy workout routine at home (in the morning or at night)
  • Eat a more hearty breakfast to kickstart the day
  • Start reading more affirmations in the morning to set a positive tone for my day

If you made it to the end of this post, then congratulations! I know this was a crazy long blog for you to read, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to go through it all. I hope you all are staying strong and healthy during this time. I’ve been praying for things to change and get better for everyone who is affected or living in a state of fear. I’m sending you ALL the positive vibes and I can’t wait to talk to you all again soon!

XX,

Hannah Rose 

 

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Work Hustle + Side Hustle Balance

Hello Beautiful Babes,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous over the weekend in NYC and Jersey City which has been such a mood lifter! Officially been in the new apartment for a few weeks now and things are really starting to come together and look like an actual home, which has been really fun. So far no complaints about living with Nick, we are truly enjoying spending our time together and just love doing life together, which I guess you can say is a good sign! Lately, I have been watching a lot of YouTube and keeping up to date with a lot of different ‘influencers’ I follow and it got me thinking a lot about the term ‘side hustle.’ When I started this blog, I really started it as a hobby and now that I am out of school and working full time, I know lots of people my age who have a side hustle or side passion that they have as another stream of income. This intrigued me because I thought, why not make a little money on the side, doing something I love so much? I started compiling ideas and consulted a book that I have been reading titled, “Girl, Stop Apologizing,” by Rachel Hollis and I collected a few practices that I would like to incorporate in my daily life and hopefully turn my passion project into a side hustle! 

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Wake up earlier 

I swear, waking up early even though I really don’t have to be into my full-time job until 9, has been such a great new addition to my routine. I’m actually writing this post sitting on my couch with a cup of coffee at 6:45 am. For me personally, waking up early has never truly been an issue. Do I like sleeping in? DUH! But, within the past few years, I found that I am way more productive in the morning than I am at 7pm at night. Especially now that I am working full time, most days I get home and just want to turn my brain off, instead of staring at a laptop and write. For myself the peaceful nature of mornings, makes me feel energized and ready to tackle any task!

Get yourself a planner + color code 

When you have a busy schedule, then the organization is KEY. I have always had this infinite love for my planner and everything it contains and honestly, if I didn’t have it on me at all times, then I would probably be lost in my day to day life. One of the many comments I read talks about organization being key, so let’s bust out our colored pens and get sh*t done!

Set aside time for your passion project 

In the book I read from Rachel Hollis, she talked about setting aside time for your side business. She said to set aside 5 hours spread throughout the week and block out an amount of time every day to work on your side hustle. I thought this was a brilliant idea and I have to say, setting aside an hour to write, edit photos, or reach out to local content creators in the area has really started to make an impact on how I am moving things forward. Again, I have only just started this, but it has definitely made a difference in my routine!  

Burnout can be REAL 

Every article or influencer I have been following has talked about burnout when you are juggling multiple different things. Mentally you will most likely feel drained and exhausted, but it’s what happens when you are working towards a larger goal for yourself. Some advice I have for you is to be sure to take a minute for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed with numerous things, go take a walk or take some time to yourself for 30 minutes, whatever you need to do in order to avoid feeling burned out, will overall be a good mental refresher! 

Outsource your tasks 

I find myself doing this a lot now that I am working full time and balancing the blog and such, but outsourcing my daily tasks, has been really helpful at maintaining balance. When you have a lot of different activities or passions that you are juggling, it can be really helpful to handle some tasks while you are in the middle of doing something else. Kinda confusing? So for example, when I am commuting to work, I am writing topic ideas for future posts or planning things in my schedule for meetups with other bloggers in the area. Instead of just standing on the train listening to music and staring at my feet, I am trying to work on a task that benefits my side hustle. Make more sense?

I hope if you have a passion that you are working towards making a career someday, I hope some of this advice can help you push it forward. My last piece of advice is if you are going to do anything, do it wholeheartedly and with no fear of failure. We all have something we are passionate about and I hope you go for whatever it may be, with everything you got!

XX,

Hannah Rose 

 

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