31 March 2020

Embracing New Routines | 4 Changes I'm Making


What a whirlwind the first quarter of 2020 has been, and will continue to be for much for the year I envision. 

Chaos has ensued as people fear living the slower existence I've been striving within for years. Fear of the unknown is a scary thing of course. We have no idea how life is going to continue to play out for us and we have no control, but I'm trying to take back a little where I can by making four necessary changes in order to live a peaceful existence throughout this madness.

1. Saying goodbye to any form of hair care or skin routine

I've debated whether this bullet point alone should be an entire blog post, which stressed me out more than it should have. Yet here we are. I'm truly entering an entirely new phase of laid-back and I'm totally here for it! 

I'm very easy-going when it comes to my skin. I've never been someone who had specific skin care products and a routine they loved, never have I been someone who have bad skin as a result. In fact, my relatively clear skin is probably because I'm mostly product free apart from the odd clay mask. 

More importantly, I love wearing makeup and the confidence that comes with however; I usually only wear makeup once a week or less - which is exactly why I'm making the transition to stop wearing makeup all together now. Why have I decided to do this?... Primarily because I love the feeling of being product free, especially during the warmer months, and although I'll still be working throughout this situation, wearing makeup has never been part of my getting ready for work routine. 

Alongside making minimal effort with my skin, I need to address my hair situation. Basically, I haven't bleached my hair since October, so my roots are already hideous, but I'm embracing it. 

I'm usually the kind of person who washes their hair everyday (yes I know I'm terrible), but in recent weeks I've stepped back and admitted it's not necessary. Keeping on top of the lilac shade I'm currently rocking is a priority in which I already have dye leftover to use, but any other form of maintenance is off the cards. 

What I'm more concerned about above all else is my eyebrows - that's terribly superficial right? Its just that I'm pretty late to the eyebrow game as it is. I only realised last year the importance a strong brow can have on your overall look, and dying them a much darker shade away from my natural basically invisible blonde is imperative to me feeling like me.  I'm sad to think about the state they might turn in to. I must work on my plucking skills asap and order myself an eyebrow dye kit! I must. I must I must.

2. Saving electricity 

Goodbye beautifully blow-dried hair. Goodbye central heating. Goodbye tumble drier. Goodbye showering everyday.

The electricity in my home is operated through an electric key meter, which I'm completely fine with. However, the fear of running out of electric and our local corner shop closing (where we top up said meter) is real - that is what I'm not fine with.

Thankfully with the warmer months approaching I can happily hang my laundry out to dry in our lovely garden and job done. Never have I been so grateful to have moved out of my box flat last September and into a gorgeous little home with a garden. New levels of adulthood have been unlocked.

Another reason I won't be washing my hair everyday is because of said key meter. Our shower is electric and realistically, I don't need to shower everyday. Yes, I definitely need to shower after a 12-hour shift at work, but not the following day unless I'm again coming home from work. Less hair washing also equals less blow-drier time, so it's a win win. Plus, if I really really want to be surrounded by warm water (literally all the time - I'm a water baby), I have a glorious bath which our immersion water tack is responsible for.

3. Eating more feel good food & staying hydrated

Right now during days of uncertainty and with myself and my partner still working, it's more important than ever before to eat the food we love, and with warmer months approaching hydration is key. With that in mind, I've been making my way through these marvellous little Microdrinks (gifted* ~ with no obligation to feature) from Waterdrop, eating fresh fruit every day and creating tasty lunches to enjoy whilst basking in Spring sunshine.

Food has always been my joy. I feel creative when I'm listening to good music and cooking away in my humble sized kitchen. I've been getting especially creative recently, as I haven't been able to necessarily buy the ingredients I like to enjoy, and have had to adjust some beloved recipes as a result. It's been fun experimenting so far though and recently I've found a love for Orzo and pears - two foods I never paid much attention to before. 

4. Spending less time on my phone 

Before I knew anything about the situation in which we find ourselves today, I wrote a blog post about being addicted to my phone. After putting thoughts into words, I decided to actively spend less time clutching my iPhone. Primarily my goal is to make sure the minutes I spend on social media are less frequent, but more worthwhile and meaningful. 

For my own sanity and love life, I think it was important for me to address the issue and get a grip to be honest. This little world I'm striving to create online is so important to me, but there are lots of other aspects of my life that deserve attention too. This pandemic has made me realise that more so than ever, as my priorities have shifted almost entirely. 

Nonetheless, although I might promote my own blog posts less and tweet less, I try to support other bloggers by sharing, commenting and liking their content when I'm online. I'm always incredibly inspired by all the creatives I follow and, I feel proud knowing that I have a small community of other bloggers and loved ones who enjoy reading my content. That's enough motivation to keep me writing. Reducing the hours I spend online particularly during the evenings hasn't actually reduced my blog traffic as such either, so the FOMO I was feeling before was really over dramatized, but all too real.




20 comments

  1. Great post about the changes you are making. I am spending less time on my phone too as I was blocked from Instagram so think it is a sign to come off for a while. Hope you are well xx

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    1. Thank you for reading. I'm so pleased you can relate but sad you have been banned from Instagram - hopefully one day you might be able to return. In the meantime I'm glad you're seeing the experience as a positive and are spending less time on your phone too.

      Take care x

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  2. I love these changes - I think most people are with you on the makeup & hair point!

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    1. Thank you for reading. I've spoken to a few people recently, laughing lots about the state we might find ourselves in at the end of all this, and worrying about not being able to buy the products some love so much. I'm hoping this situation makes us realise how privileged we have been and helps us create healthy changes.

      Hope you're well x

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  3. Good luck with it all :) I couldn't drop my makeup or skin care completely. Though I don't use that much makeup. The skin care is needed as I have naturally dry and sensitive skin and just a day without applying creams make it dry up and get red and itchy... sigh.

    The rest souds real good.

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    1. Thank you for reading. I love the idea of having a specific skin routine and love doing my makeup, but with less and less to dress up for recently, I'm embracing wearing as littler as possible. I'm glad you have a routine that works for you however and that you're able to continue under the circumstances x

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  4. Great post babe! We also have an electric key meter and the fear is real �� definitely going to do more eating in the sunshine when it shows it’s face, great plan. Lots of love, K x

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    1. Wow, I'm so pleased you can relate. I thought I was one of few left with one with a key meter. I wish we could upgrade ours to a smart meter so that I can use an app to put money on, but I feel like now is the wrong time to ask my landlord. Hope working from home is going okay Kirstie - definitely enjoy that sunshine when you can! Thanks for reading lovely x

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  5. Great article on the changes you are making - I applaud your approach and goals!!

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  6. I'm the same! I haven't worn makeup for a week or two now, and haven't really used many skincare products either, I'm surprised my skin is looking okay, maybe the natural approach is better after all. I'm also spending less time online, social media and the news can be so overwhelming, I feel much calmer when I'm not on my phone. Thanks for sharing Kate, hope you are staying safe and well <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. I think it might be! I occasionally use a clay mask and micellar water to give my skin a freshen up, but I don't use any skin creams or serums and it's been paying off so far. Maybe when I'm older I'll regret not taking more care, but at the age of 27 I'm pretty happy with my skin condition. So pleased to hear that you've stepped back from social media / the news etc when it feels overwhelming too. I think it's so important to acknowledge that having we have a choice in what we want to see / hear and when. Thanks for reading Bexa. Take care x

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  7. These are all such great new routines. I am also loving not wearing make up currently. I haven't really put any on since being at home all day makes it kinda pointless to do so. It's always nice embracing new routines during a different season in life such as this!
    -Charity, Mornings on Macedonia

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    1. Thank you for reading Charity. I'm so pleased you can relate and are taking a laid-back approach to your skin recently too. It's nice to dress up sometimes, but looking / feeling good comes from within. Take care x

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  8. These are really good changes. Stay safe and healthy ��

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  9. These are amazing, I've been embracing new routines, and honestly it has been so hard.

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

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    1. All new routines take time to get used to and I hope you find things easier during the coming weeks. Thanks for reading x

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  10. These are all wonderful changes to be making. I love that you are hanging out your clothes; something about the sunny smell in them after taking clothes off a clothesline always makes me love it, and it is great to hang clothes out even if you do have a drier.

    We have gone on two picnics in the past week, out in the woods around our home, and eating outdoors is such a pleasant experience. It is colder where I am now, and rainy, so enjoy that sunshine and stay safe!

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    1. Thank you. I'm so pleased you can relate and are embracing making the most of your surroundings. A picnic sounds perfect, in fact I've been having small picnics in my garden almost everyday. Take care x

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  11. Fear of the unknown is indeed scary. I try to do what I can right now to keep myself healthy. Good luck to all these changes. Stay safe and healthy!

    www.lifetravelsoul.com

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