Good morning! :)
I've been sick these past few days (again!) but I'm starting to feel much better. I have one more dance to compete at a festival this weekend. I competed my lyrical trio on Thursday and my jazz group yesterday, which we received silver for in both. Silver's been the colour of the weekend; golds have been rare and platinums even rarer! It's the new gold ;). Today, we had acro group and we did really well although it was a bit crazy onstage. Good news is we received gold and an "Outstanding Performance" award, but bad news is the younger girls' acro beat us haha.. They really did look fabulous though, and they're such sweethearts! Their little number to "Sugar Sugar" was the cutest and I'm happy for them :) They rocked it and deserve the recognition. Now, I just have lyrical left tonight. The fact that I'm feeling significantly more alive makes me that much more excited!
Anyways, that wasn't the point of this post. If you've read my past posts, you might know that I've been using coconut oil on my skin to cleanse and moisturize. Although I still use it on my body, I've stopped putting it on my face.
I've never had too many issues with my skin, but starting this year it started to break out constantly. Mainly on one side of my forehead and then sometimes beside my mouth and on my chin. My mom noticed and asked me several times if I wanted something for it, but I just brushed her off, because I believed my natural ways would solve my issues. At the time I was using coconut oil, tea tree oil, and witch hazel. (The witch hazel rarely, though. I kept forgetting about it). I was on a no-parabens frenze, and I didn't let my acne bother me, because I was all "pro-natural."
However, last week I finally reached my breaking point, and I blew up after I got two gross under the skin pimples, because I finally realized my situation was only getting worse. I was definitely over-dramatic about it, but I was just so fed up with my skin freaking out at me and having to wear makeup to feel secure about myself. I just kept thinking, "Why me!? Why do I only have issues, Airlie doesn't!" I'm not giving my meltdown any justice so let's just say I was quite frustrated and unhappy last week. Picture that, then multiply it by 20 and that's how I was acting.
So on Wednesday, my mom took me to my doctor to see what he had to say, and it was pretty cool because I talked to him through video because he's in England right now. I pretty much skyped my doctor haha. The nurse that was in the room woth me zoomed right up to my face though so he could see my skin in HD, which I saw on the screen as well. Yuck :( but my doctor's fab so it wasn't that bad, I just felt disgusting and I didn't want to see my skin so up close!
He ended up prescribing me some antibiotics and a topical cream, and then I also picked up a new cleanser and moisturizer at Superstore while my prescription was being filled. Sadly, at this point I didn't care what ingredients were in the products as long as they cleared my skin. I ended up choosing Spectro, because it's dermatologist recommended and for sensitive skin. And the ingredients aren't all that bad :)! So far it's been good for my skin. As for the antibiotics, I won't know for awhile how effective they are because I only just started them. I'm a little scared of antibiotics..but if it's going to help my skin then it's worth a shot. I just don't want my skin to relapse once I'm off them if my body builds up a resistance.
So, in order to keep my skin clear once I'm finished, I've decided to experiment with my diet. Starting today, I'm cutting back on/cutting out dairy (I'm still eating eggs) for a month, and I'll see where that takes me. It's worked for other people, so maybe it will work for me. I really hope these new changes work! I need to listen to my body. Although I'm all for natural living, it's not necessarily always the best thing. Ahh the joys of being a teenager. Ha..
Hope you've been wonderful xx
Sometimes, you just have to put on your runners, turn on your music, and let your thoughts fly. A sweaty body and a clear head makes for a happy me, and it was just what I needed today. I decided on running stairs, spontaneously and because I can. I have legs, why not use them? It was out of boredom, and it led to pure enjoyment rather than resentment. It triggered thoughts on life, so right after I finished my workout of course I had to write them all down.. :)
I'm a firm believer in the notion that everything happens for a reason. I like to think of myself as a philosopher when I think about life and how I'm living mine... Haha. I free myself when I peer in at my actions with the perspective of an outsider. Even the messy, ugly, repulsive things that make me want to run and hide hold value, because ultimately, they happened for a reason and they've taught me lessons I will carry all through the rest of my life. Every horrible situation is unique, so of course each shape the "victim" uniquely. Life is your biggest teacher. Is that not beautiful?! The fact that there are millions of different thoughts running through a million different brains right now is amazing. Some of us are making bad decisions, regretting past actions, or messing up things that have been going well. But some of us our also celebrating a job well done, falling in love, or finding courage to walk away from a bad situation. Every aspect of life; the good, the bad, and the ugly, teach us. Embrace it, learn from it, and fly. You deserve happiness, but sadness is unavoidable and you just have to face it and remind yourself that this is happening for a reason, and things will look up. Sometimes I feel like I need to free myself from myself, and thinking this way helps. Through icky times, always remember to LOVE yourself. I'm getting a bit ahead of myself here, but I want to share ten lessons I've learned in the past couple of months. This is actually a future family studies assignment, but after thinking about life like I do, I have ten that I find valuable so I thought I'd share.. :)
Lots of love,
Hi everyone! :)
Once again, it's been awhile since I've posted, and I apologize! Things have been crazy lately and I haven't been feeling my healthiest. Lent was going so well until recently, and then I crashed hard. I'm getting back on track though; I definitely realized the power of moderation. I'm the kind of person who thinks going cold turkey is the best option, but maybe not so much anymore... I tested my willpower and honestly, I failed. But, I might as well fail gracefully, so I'm having chocolate in moderation instead of cutting it out completely. It's my weakness and I'm not proud of it. So these cookies do have chocolate in them, but that and the brown sugar are the only "bad" ingredients, in my opinion. :)
"Katty" requested a healthy cookie recipe when I first started this blog, so sorry Katty for taking so long to get to it! Hopefully you still read my blog haha. I attempted to come up with a recipe a couple months ago and I wasn't happy with the result, so tonight I decided to try again. Experimenting in the kitchen is fun, but it can be discouraging if it doesn't turn out right. My new, improved recipe turned out much better than my last try, so I'm happy to share it with you guys. :)
(Makes about 2 dozen)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flax meal with water and refrigerate for 15 minutes to create 2 flax "eggs."
3. Mix all of the ingredients together. Professionals would probably say to mix certain ingredients separately first, but I found this was fine. After all, you'll have one less bowl to wash! :)
4. Lightly grease cookie sheets with coconut oil or another vegetable oil to prevent the cookies from sticking.
5. Drop mounds of dough (about 1 tbsp) onto the sheets.
6. Bake cookies for 11-15 minutes.
7. Eat your cookies, happily and guilt-free! :)
Remember, life is beautiful even when it seems like everything is turning ugly. Don't forget to be happy :)