I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism after being misdiagnosed over the last 10+ years. I have battled with anxiety, low energy, hair loss, amongst many other things over the last decade and I am on a path to get healthy and happy by staying as natural as possible.
I always had pretty thick, long hair as a child but as I age, my hair has gotten thinner and thinner. I now know the root cause was from not treating my thyroid levels. Along with my thyroid medication, I have also been trying another product which has appeared to boost my hair growth and help with my stubborn baby hairs.
I was sent a complimentary Nioxin kit that is exclusively sold at Ulta to try out. I have been using it for a little over a month and the results have been pretty amazing. I have noticed new hair growth at the root and it’s been a game changer in my hair styling routine.
If you suffer from hair loss due to hypothyroidism or any other disorder, this may be an option for you to try. Keep in mind that nothing happens over night and results will be different for each person. If you stick with using the products, I think you will notice a difference after a few months. If you are on the fence, take a look at my before and after from just a month of using the Nioxin.
I want to make it clear that this post is not sponsored. If you are having a hard time with thinning hair, you may want to give this a try. Nioxin also has supplements to help support hair growth but I did not try those as I did not want them to interact with my other supplements. Let me know if you have tried this product and how it works for you!
Alright, so I came across an Ad on Instagram for a new brand of makeup I hadn’t heard of before. Something about the Ad drew me in and I thought it would be great product for me to try. It could also be the fact that I had a daunting week at work and thought I needed to treat myself.
This foundation comes in 50 shades, so you are bound to find a great match. I was matched with shade 085. I was hesitant about buying online without being able to swatch it first but they have a fantastic try before you buy program. You pay for the shipping and if you don’t like it, send
it back within 14 days. After 14 days, if you haven’t sent it back, that’s when you get charged the remaining price. They have a great quiz that helps you pick your perfect shade which even takes into consideration if you get a little tanner in the summer and what your skin type is. Now I will admit, this shade is a little on the yellow side for me but it does blend in well and I use a lighter powder to set it.
Day 1 (Brush):
I used a slightly rounded flat top brush which I use for other liquid foundations. The application went well and did not notice any streaking with this foundation. I set the foundation with my normal powder and didn’t notice much in terms of breaking up. I was outside for a while and it was humid and everything stayed in place fairly well. I only had this foundation on for about 4 hours and it stayed in place nicely.
Day 2 (Sponge):
I used a damp beauty blender/makeup sponge. The coverage was about the same and again didn’t notice any initial patchiness. The product blended in well and I was able to go back through for a second application in my cheek/nose area where I tend to get redness. In total I wore this makeup at work all day for about 12 hours. Towards hour 5 I started noticing the makeup was not providing the coverage I had in the morning. I was noticing freckles and blemishes coming through in my t zone/chin area. Hour 6 I was starting to look greasy in the t zone.
Day 3 (brush again):
I used the same rounded brush that I used on day 1 because I think the overall coverage and application was better than with the sponge. It has been equally humid the last few days and today was the final test. Overall by lunchtime, I was pretty oily and needing a touch up. I went home for lunch and used a little powder to touch up in the tzone. It helped a little bit but by the end of the day my makeup was pretty much worn off in those areas.
Here is day 3 at 5:30 am when I applied the makeup
Overall Wear Test:
Light to Medium coverage. Would not recommend this for a long event as the lasting power just wasn’t there. It is very lightweight on the skin and feels like my skin can actually breathe while I am wearing it. My skin tends to be combination
and my chin and T zone is usually where I will notice redness, breakouts and oil. The overall texture is very natural looking and blends in very well with my skin tone. Another plus is that it does not appear to oxidize which is one of my major complaints about other liquid foundations I have used. Would say this is a good 6 hr lasting power although this could increase in the dryer months or a dryer climate.
7.5/10- I tend to like more full coverage as I get blemishes and have redness on my face. Long lasting is also a must have for me and affordability. With that being said, this is a decent everyday foundation for work or when you will only be out and about for a few hours due to the lightweight feel. One thing it is missing vs other popular foundations is SPF so you would need to make sure you are wearing a primer or face lotion with SPF before you apply your foundation. The biggest concern for me is price. It was $8 for shipping and will be charged the full $44 after 14 days. There are plenty of drugstore foundations that can compete with this product and are more affordable and easier to access. Overall, I would recommend this foundation if you want something light weight and want to try something new.
(My husband and I on our honeymoon March 2018- Ambergris Caye, Belize)
Have you ever Googled “happiest places to live”? I have! Have you thought to yourself, maybe if I just moved somewhere warmer or sunnier or out in the mountains, that I would be happier? We run into stressful things everyday and we think that a change of scenery might wipe it all away. Yes, I do believe in seasonal depression and if you’ve never lived somewhere (like Wisconsin) where its cold/cloudy a lot of the year, then you may or may not have experienced it. Yes, I have also Googled the sunniest paces to live in the US!
I’ve started coming to the realization that picking up and moving wouldn’t solve all of your problems though. If you’re dealing with body image issues or struggling with what career path you should take, moving could cause even more turmoil. So what can you do? Things I have done so far to combat seasonal depression and embrace the sunshine is by taking trips. When is the last time you planned a vacation based off of your mental needs? Picking a destination that provides some tranquility if you are dealing with anxiety is very important. Not all vacations are created equal and this is something that my husband and I have learned.
On a side note: For anyone looking for a relaxing, stress free and safe vacation abroad, I highly recommend Barefoot Vacation Villas in Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica. We stayed in Villa Cascada and it was so relaxing! link to villa
It is important to find a location that will help you relax if you suffer from anxiety. For example, it may be less stressful to stay at an all-inclusive hotel vs. a rental where you have to figure out all of your meals. Other things that have helped me is staying at places that offer assistance booking excursions or transportation to and from the airport.
This is all relevant information when thinking of your next career move too. Which environment would best fit your emotional needs? A work from home position may be just the right amount of work life balance for you vs being in an office environment. Maybe a position that offers your own office vs a cubicle style arrangement to help minimize distractions caused by noise around you. These are all things to think about before planning your next vacation or career move. There is no point in living a life filled with unhappiness if you can make accommodations that benefit your mental health. What is most important to you?
“I met you in the dark, you lit me up. You made me feel as though I was enough“
– James Arthur
Do you ever feel as though things happen for a reason? That we meet the people we are supposed to because of fate or maybe some other higher power? That is the feeling I get when I look back at my relationship with my husband and how it formed to where we are now.
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When we first started talking, we were friends. I was still attending college about 2 hours away from our hometown and at that point, I was 4 1/2 years into my college career with no clue what I was doing. What I did know, was that I didn’t want to be stuck in the city I was attending school in any longer than I had to. I had already missed my chance of graduating in the “traditional” 4 years and was pretty bruised and battered over some other relationships that occurred in those last 4+ years (maybe some day I can elaborate on that further).
At this point I was battling depression, an eating disorder and just a general self hate. I felt as though I had no “real” friends to count on which left me feeling pretty alone in a pretty large city. How can you feel alone with so many people around you? It’s easy, when the relationships around you are not sincere and not at all supportive.
Little did I know that my husband would soon be there to help me out of the hole I had dug myself so deep into. At that point in my life I was really good at letting people, (especially men/boys) walk all over me and not do a damn thing about it. I would just take the hurtful words and cruel things they would do to me and use that as an excuse for why I wasn’t good enough for anyone. Mind and body, I was pretty messed up.
Our relationship started out as a friendship which was already different than previous boyfriend’s. With the distance between us, we had a chance to slowly get to know each other and develop the friendship from the ground up. I would go home on weekends from time to time and he would take me fishing or we would go to a country concert. He would visit me in the big city of Milwaukee where we would walk 15 blocks from campus to Whole Foods only to accidentally have ordered way TOO MUCH sushi grade salmon for our diy sushi rolls we would make.
He got me through those final months of college and helped me move out after graduating in December of 2012. I didn’t know what I was going to do at that time but knew that I didn’t belong in Milwaukee for another minute. We packed the Uhaul and I headed back home to live with my parents for a while and try to get on stable ground.
We eventually started dating and became “official” that summer of 2013. It is pretty memorable because he asked me to be his girlfriend while we were digging for worms behind his grandpa’s cabin up north. I bet you’re thinking, how romantic?! It was sweet but at that moment I knew I wasn’t quite ready. I needed to be comfortable in my own life before I could accept someone fully in a relationship. After taking temporary jobs and applying for every job under the sun and being rejected, I finally landed a corporate job. That was a big turning point for my self esteem at the time. I was beginning to feel unworthy after each rejection letter so it was amazing to finally be accepted by “someone”.
That summer, after touring a few wineries in Door County he asked me again to be his girlfriend. This time we were at the end of my parents driveway at the house I grew up in. I said yes because at that moment I felt safe and knew I could trust him. I should be also mention that he was the ONLY boyfriend of mine that my two older brothers ever approved of.
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Fast forward to spring of 2016 when he popped the question. We were on a family fly fishing trip for opening weekend of trout fishing with my dad, his sister and her boyfriend. We walked down to the river with our waders on and he stopped on the side of the river bank to change the lure he just put on his pole at the campsite. I have to admit I was a little annoyed and confused. I was even more confused when he took out his tackle box and asked if “I would pick a lucky one out for him”. That’s when I looked down and he simultaneously got down on one knee in the mud and held out the clear tackle box. Inside, intertwined with some flies we tied was a big bright beautiful engagement ring.
I of course said yes in a really awkward fashion. I proceeded to ask everyone around if they knew this would be happening and everyone said yes but his sister. I almost forgot to mention that this was all captured with my GoPro that he had strapped to the chest of his waders. Smart? The only unfortunate part is that when he got down on his knees, the camera was now at perfect level with my wader-crotch. Yes, that’s a word I came up with. Let’s just say, noone besides close family has seen that footage!
To be continued…
Ok, so everyone says you should “just be happy”. You have a great life, so why aren’t you happy? Sometimes it’s not that simple. If happiness is a choice, then why do we feel so hopeless at times?
Is it because we choose to be sad, anxious or depressed? Is it the fact that maybe we don’t have the proper tools to find our happiness? Is it sad that other people would kill to have your life, your body, your job, but to you, you just see failure and hopelessness?
Do you ever feel like you aren’t smart enough, not pretty enough, not skinny enough and just settling in life? Staying at your current job because you have been made to feel as though that’s as good as you’re going to get.
Is it our schooling or society that has failed us? When we have to explain to our friends, family, teachers, co-workers as to why something upsets us and we are told we are taking it the wrong way. Why are we forced to struggle to figure it all out on our own? Should we be designing courses in middle school, high school and college to ease people into the harsh realities of adulthood. Tools on how to holistically treat ourselves for anxiety and depression so that we don’t have to experiment with dangerous antidepressants. Tools that allow us to better understand ourselves and the emotional strength of others? How to cope and overcome the daily struggles we encounter?
If you are struggling right now, know that you are not alone. Know that you are worthy, you are smart and YOU have so much to offer the world. Sometimes it takes us longer to reach the right people and truly make an impact. Sometimes it takes a while to truly see our worth and realize that we are our biggest enemy and greatest advocate.
Don’t give up yet…
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley
Some things that have helped me…
1.Taking time to do things that relax me (soaking in the bath, snuggling with my pups, getting outside.)
2. Reading self help books or listening to podcasts that radiate positivity and lift you up.
I recently purchased Zen as F*ck off of Amazon and have really been enjoying the interactive journaling. It gives you a chance to get creative, visualize and write down your daily struggles while helping you turn them into positive visions.
I am one of a kind…
I was given vision to see clarity in my passions, hopes and dreams.
I was given courage to love myself unconditionally through my successes and my failures.
I was given a personality to show the world everything that I am capable of physically and emotionally.
I was given a family who love and support me in every step that I take in my mental and physical journey.
I am one of a kind because no one else can be ME, and that is pretty unique.
What makes you, you? Pick out that something that makes you unique and rock it!
Has anyone ever said to you, “Wow, you look great, it looks like you’ve lost weight” or “wow, you look so skinny today” or “those jeans make your legs look so thin”? Perhaps you have said this to someone not knowing that it can do more harm than good.
The fact is, when you put so much focus and importance on how someone looks, it can be extremely damaging to their self-esteem in the long run. In reality, most of us are self-conscious about some part of our body, so when you comment on someone’s appearance, you could be casting a very bright light on one of their biggest mental struggles. By focusing solely on their physical appearance, you take away some of their value as an individual and what they truly have to offer.
“The cloth of a person is never a true measure of his wisdom and understanding.”
When you think of it that way, it sounds pretty shallow doesn’t it?
A caution to mother’s: Do you stop to think when you make that comment to your daughter about how fat you feel today? By cutting yourself down, you are telling her that it is ok to hate yourself. Self-Love needs to start at a young age and is most critical in an adolescent girls elementary and middle school years. Help be the change our society needs.
If you are going to compliment someone, make it more than just something superficial. What do they have to offer the world beyond their looks? If we help bring each other up, and start empowerment at a young age, we will raise strong men and women that respect and care for eachother.
What will you do this week to make a difference?