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November 20, 2015

Are you hydrated? If not, have a glass of water.

Have you eaten in the past three hours? If not, get some foodsomething with protein, not simple carbs. Perhaps some nuts or hummus?

Have you showered in the past day? If not, take a shower right now.

If daytime: are you dressed? If not, put on clean clothes that aren't pajamas. Give yourself permission to wear something special, whether it's a funny t-shirt or a pretty dress.

If nighttime: are you sleepy and fatigued but resisting to sleep? Put on pajamas, make yourself cozy in bed with a teddy bear and the sound of falling rain, and close your eyes for fifteen minutes—no electronic screens allowed. If you're still awake after that, you can get up again; no pressure.

Have you stretched your legs in the past day? If not, do so right now. If you don't have the spoons for a run or trip to the gym, just walk around the block, then keep walking as long as you please. If the weather's crap, drive to a big box store (e.g. Target) and go on a brisk walk through the aisles you normally skip.

Have you said something nice to someone in the past day? Do so, whether online or in person. Make it genuine; wait until you see something really wonderful about someone, and then tell them about it.

Have you moved your body to music in the past day? If not, do so—jog for the length of an EDM song at your favorite BPM, or just dance around the room for the length of an upbeat song.

Have you cuddled a living being in the past two days? If not, do so. Don't be afraid to ask for hugs from friends or friends' pets. Most of them will enjoy the cuddles too; you're not imposing on them.

Do you feel ineffective? Pause right now and get something small completed, whether it's responding to an email, loading up the dishwasher, or packing your gym bag for your next trip. Good job!

Do you feel unattractive? Take a goddamn selfie. Your friends will remind you how great you look, and you'll fight society's restrictions on what beauty can look like.

Do you feel paralyzed by indecision? Give yourself ten minutes to sit back and figure out a game plan for the day. If a particular decision or problem is still being a roadblock, simply set it aside for now, and pick something else that seems doable. Right now, the important part is to break through that stasis even if it means doing something trivial.

Have you seen a therapist in the past few days? If not, hang on until your next therapy visit and talk through things then.

Have you been over-exerting yourself lately—physically, emotionally, socially, or intellectually? That can take a toll that lingers for days. Give yourself a break in that area, whether it's physical rest, taking time alone, or relaxing with some silly entertainment.

Have you waited a week? Sometimes our perception of life is skewed, and we can't even tell that we're not thinking clearly, and there's no obvious external cause. It happens. Keep yourself going for a full week, whatever it takes, and see if you still feel the same way then.

You've made it this far, and you will make it through. You are stronger than you think.

November 10, 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2X Volume Topcoat

+ Thick formula with a lacquer-like finish
+ Large squared brush for smooth application
+ Extends a perfect manicure for over 5 days
+ Can last up to 14 days when paired with Miracle Gel Nail Polish
+ Only $8 at the local drugstore
- Relatively long drying time compared to other top coats

After many years of mild frustration due to unsightly chipped manicures, my nail polish prayers have finally been answered. Recently I picked up the somewhat new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel 2X Volume Top Coat on a whim at the drugstore not knowing that it would become one of my favorite nail products that I have ever tried. From what I have read online, the bottle I bought contains the new formulation which can best be described as a UV-less gel lacquer. As I tend to go a little heavy on my top coat, it left a thick, shiny layer that looked very similar to the finish of a traditional gel manicure.

Although I experienced the inevitable slight wear at the tips, after applying one coat of the Miracle Gel and letting it dry for a good half hour, it kept my polish in tact for a solid five days. Between work and general tasks around the house, I was impressed with how well it protected my nails as I usually see at least one chip by day three. The only downfall could be the drying time as it is a more viscous formula, however it is definitely worth the wait for the extended wear.

October 23, 2015

Melnikov House

I've found that growing up means being honest. About what I want. What I need. What I feel. Who I am.
If you ever feel like you are stuck with whatever choices you make when you're young, please remember that: Van Gogh didn't start painting until his 20′s, Alan Rickman got his first movie role at age 46, Kentucky Fried Chicken was launched when Colonel Sanders was 65, Charles Darwin was going to be a preacher, Mick Jagger studied accounting and finance, J.K. Rowling was 32 when Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published.
- yackalope

12 years of school, 4 years of uni, and more to come for Masters and Ph.D. I don't educate myself to end up cooking for you. #wouldyoumarryagirlwhocan'tcook

People tell me I'm lucky. I'm like, you don't even know what I had to go through to get here.

My 20's aren't my selfish years. My 20's are my hustle decade. Finish school, get money, pay back my loans, establish myself, work hard to create the foundation of a good life so that I can enjoy what's coming next. Like yes, I'd love to backpack across India or something, but I'm broke! I have bills! I could quit my job, take my meager savings and go on a 2 month trip, and then what? No job, no home cause I got kicked out for not paying rent, lmao. Enough. Maybe your 20's were the fun-time years decades ago but not anymore. Don't feel like you're wasting your life because you're not hitchhiking in Europe or something. You're doing fine. You're doing what you can, and that's all that matters.

You ask what I have done with my life. Why I am 22 with so many unfinished selves. So many futures I could not commit to. But you don't know how much of my time has been spent keeping myself alive.

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