Incognito/Lingual | 2 Month Update

April 10 marked 2 months since I got my Incognito/lingual braces put on. Overall I’ve been ecstatic about my progress so far! Although pretty subtle, they are still considered big changes for me! Feeling so grateful that I have these babies on and progressing every day. Check out my video where I discuss about food, pain, and speech here!

Current shot of my teeth –

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Check out my video for more before and after pictures 🙂

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Start Living Freely! How to Deal with Insecurity

We all know what being insecure feels like. It prevents us from being the genuine, fun, loving people we really are because we’re all in our heads. Today we’re talking about 4 ways to not care about what others think of us so we can live more freely!

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  1. Love Yourself

Get to know yourself, both your strengths and your weaknesses. Once you’re able to fully accept yourself, then you can have unwavering belief that, despite your flaws, you are currently living life the best way you know how to right now. We can always be richer, smarter, prettier, etc. but things can also be a lot worse. Trust yourself that you’re currently living life to the best of your ability. No one can take that from you. And anyone who wants to judge your life decisions can skedaddle ✌🏼

2. Don’t Take Things Personally

When we feel like we’re being insulted, we immediately jump into defense mode. We have such a strong desire to prove someone else wrong until we can “win.” But know that whatever someone says to you or about you is a direct reflection of them. If they say something hurtful, it goes to show the possible discontentment, jealousy, or unhappiness that they’re currently experiencing. Whatever someone says about you actually has nothing to do with you at all.

Check out my video where I go more in-depth with this one 🙂

3. Life is Temporary

Sometimes we forget that life is temporary, therefore precious. Spend your time wisely pursuing things that make your life more vivid and passionate instead of caring what others think. Because again, what others think of you is a reflection of them. Not you. Take risks and be bold for things that make you feel alive. And if you’re scared, then ask yourself, “what is the worst that can happen?” The answer is probably tiny compared to the possible reward of that action 🙂

4. Insecurity is Invisible

Insecurity is simply a feeling we create and then build up in our heads. Remember that no one can see it. No one knows you have it. This is where “fake it until you become it” can be applied. Next time you’re walking into a party where you don’t know anybody and are super nervous, just walk in there pretending you know exactly who you’re looking for. And chances are – people are just as nervous as you if not more.

I made a video on these 4 tips and went a little more in depth. I’d so appreciate it if you checked it out here! ❤

Why I Yoga

When I was first introduced to yoga at the beginning of college, I saw it as a way to workout and nothing more. I left my first class feeling achey, confused (like who thought it was a good idea to balance on their triceps..?), and not “zen” as everyone makes it out to be. Even though I didn’t really enjoy it, I kept on taking classes off and on because I always heard about how “good” it was for us. With a more consistent practice in the past 10 months, I’ve grasped something invaluable: to live with mindfulness.

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With each conscious and deliberate inhale and exhale, we become that much more mindful and in control. I’ve learned to become present by matching movement to breath.

There tends to be two type of people in this world: one who is running around like a chicken with its head cut off or one who is living out a mundane routine everyday. I fall more on the latter. It can suck to be a creature of habit because you start to look at life through dull eyes. But yoga has taught me to be still, acknowledge, and appreciate. Even if it’s for a second, stop to genuinely enjoy the beautiful crisp autumn air. Stop to watch the squirrels playfully chase each other around a tree. Stop mindlessly scrolling through your phone while waiting in line and compliment the stranger behind you. Continuously be in awe of the seemingly “little” things in life because only then will you begin to see the “bigger” blessings appear.

We are often focused on figuring out the future or dwelling on the past that we don’t recognize the precious blessings in front of us at this very moment.

Just remember – What’s in the past has passed. What’s in the future is written. Let go of things you can’t control. Have unwavering faith that the universe will always be there to support and guide you through this crazy ride called life, as long as you call onto it. As Paulo Coelho said, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

So many jumbled thoughts that I have in my head, so apologies if this post sounds like nonsense. If you liked this post, make sure to check out my 30 Days of Yoga: What I’ve Learned post!

Happy Sunday! Hope we all have a productive yet mindful week ahead.

14 weeks until graduation!

I want to quickly document a very special day: January 30, 2016. On that Saturday morning, I officially made my very last college tuition payment and applied for graduation this coming spring.

I’m ready to say goodbye to late night studying and watching an unhealthy amount of Chopped instead. Although I may have done more whining and moaning than necessary these past 5 years, I will never forget how blessed I am to receive this education. My mom (aka my hero/roommate/personal chef) works incredibly hard everyday to make sure I never stress about paying a single dollar of tuition. How lucky I am. It’s a shame I can sometimes take my education and financial security for granted.

My intention for this last semester is to savor all of the good and bad that may come, especially bad. There will be all-nighters and it will take me 30 minutes to find parking some days, but I will try and be grateful for it all (might regret saying this). It’s all a part of the experience, right?

But more than anything, I want to make my mama proud. Can’t wait to see her in the crowd smiling and cheering for me on May 13th (:

98 days to go! 

Creating a Vision Board on Instagram

At the beginning of the year, I was so pumped to start a vision board that I rushed to Target to buy a cork board and some push pins. But I ran into a problem of not finding magazine clippings that truly captured the goals/visions/mantras I had envisioned for my life. If I was going to stare at this board every day for motivation, the images and words need to be spot on.

My solution? Create a vision board on Instagram! Here’s a glimpse of mine:  

It’s a bit personal for me to share mine as I’m a naturally private person, buuuuut why not. I have a mix of some quotes, my blog of course, and my dream family car: a black Jeep Grand Cherokee! The possibilities are endless for your board!

Reasons why this board works well:

  1. The chances of finding an inspirational photo or quote on your phone through social media and the internet is far far greater than running across one in a magazine.
  2. You get to caption each photo with your thoughts on what the vision means to you, what inspires you to achieve it, when you will accomplish it by, etc. Putting words behind your vision makes it stronger.
  3.  Your vision board is portable! Whenever you need a pick-me-up in the middle of work or school, just open your Instagram and look at your board. The more you see it, the more you’re inspired to achieve it.
  4. Your photos are perfectly displayed in nice little squares

My favorite part is reading my captions. Sometimes I get out of touch with my desired goals and mantras that reading back on the “why” keeps me grounded. It adds that much more encouragement to meet that vision.

I created a separate Instagram account from my personal one for the board. I set it to private (unless you want to share with the world) and follow it from my personal account.

I hope you may find this helpful and let me know if you try it out! Any and all questions are welcome.

Cheers to always seeking self-improvement (:

-Julie

My first post. Ever.

Hi there!

This is the part where I tell you (and also remind myself) why I’m starting this blog. Simply put, I’m here to connect with other like-minded individuals, to inspire and be inspired, and document my random thoughts as a 22 year old.

This blog is the beginning of something great.