The Seasons Have Changed

27 September 2017

...and so have we. 

It is officially my favourite season--autumn! Although the beginnings of autumn in San Francisco aren't exactly enjoyable (today it got up to 115º!), I look forward to the cooler nights to come, when I can see my breath and bundle up in oversized scarves and sweaters.

As we approach October, I can't help but reflect on how far I've come since October last. Around this time of year in 2016 was definitely when my mental health hit rock bottom. Of course, I don't remember those days (or, nights, rather) in especially fond light, but it is comforting to see where I am now and how much my overall happiness has improved since then. This is also the same time I was diagnosed with BPD, which marks the starting point to my road to recovery and newfound happiness. Although I am not in perfect shape, I am the most stable I've been in years.

Despite all of that, I still have bad days. If you suffer from mental illness and have been doing well for a while and fall back every now and then, you know how it feels. I find it's really important to forgive yourself and remember that just because you have a few bad days where it feels like everything is spiralling back to the way it used to be, doesn't mean that your work thus far was in vain. Keeping track of these patterns and what triggers them, however, is equally important. Personally, my anxiety has been worse than usual, which I've targeted to be a result of financial and organisation issues. The best thing to do in this case to relieve my anxiety is tackle those specific problems at hand currently. It doesn't mean I will be curing my anxiety, as it will always be a part of me, but making small changes to soften the blow of the symptoms is what can make living with mental illness feel slightly more possible. 

I think the new season is great motivation to kick yourself into shape and develop new healthy habits in areas of your life you'd like to improve! For example, here are some things I'll work on for the autumn season:
  • Decluttering my home
  • Healthier eating habits
  • Financial management & budgeting
  • Hydration
  • Getting on a regular sleeping schedule
Having too long of a list can seem overwhelming, so just focusing on one point each week is a great way to relieve that stress and still work towards your goal! If you feel mentally healthy and don't have concerns like these, try setting a life goal and coming up with a list of actions or improvements you can make to reach that goal! Feeling productive and busy is what helps me to not dwell on the stress and anxieties in my life.

One of my biggest struggles is feeling as though I have to spend every spare minute freely available on being productive, which only causes me more anxiety and stress! Keep in mind that it's okay to take a day off where you just relax all day, especially if you had a really busy week. Sometimes overworking and not taking a breather can be worse for you in the end, so you deserve to rest every now and then! I like to treat myself with a nap, a bubble bath, or a face mask.

What are some things on your list of what to focus on/change this coming season? What do you do to unwind on your days off? Let me know in the comments! Always looking for more inspiration & motivation!

x Sarah

  • blouse: vintage
  • trousers: vintage
  • hat: vintage                        
  • coat: h&m (old)                      
  • shoes: primark (old)
  • handbag: vintage
  • belt: vintage
  • lips: nars
  • eyeliner: nyx 
  • brows: anastasia beverly hills
  • Heat Wave Essentials

    01 September 2017

    The San Francisco summer has officially arrived! For those of you who don't live in the Bay Area, the months of September and October are the absolute hottest up here, and today, being the first day of September, was no exception, with temperatures reaching up to 102º F (unheard of!). I find myself envious of people who are beginning to see fall colours and wear more layers, especially on a day as hot as today. I can't help but feel angry at myself for not taking advantage of the times I was cold, that's just how miserable it feels today!

    Thankfully, growing up on a tropical island with year-round heat and humidity provided me with a bit of expertise in surviving the scorching heat, and for those of you still experiencing it, I thought I'd share my heat wave essentials that I carried with me today. Although these products aren't the cure to the inevitable sweaty, stickiness, they do contribute somewhat of a solution to the symptoms of a sweltering day in the city, apart from lots (and I mean lots) of ice cream. Other than consuming said ice cream alongside gallons of water to stay hydrated and cool, these six things really helped get me through the day the most comfortably I could. 

    1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe • Spritz for a cooling and calming burst to the skin! I spray it before I apply my makeup and then throughout the day to refreshen my skin.
    2. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer • A light, moisturising primer that feels light and cool to the touch! Perfect for keeping my makeup from melting away.
    3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen (SPF 100+) • As a fair skinned redhead, it's important to protect my delicate skin! This sunblock is easy to self-apply and works like a charm.
    4. Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes • There's nothing worse to me than the feeling of sticky, dirty hands. Carrying these around was a must with today's mugginess.
    5. Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen • An excellent oil-free sunscreen that wears expertly under my foundation and protects my face from harmful UV rays.
    6. Kate Spade New York Kandi Cat Eye Sunglasses • Light eyes are the most sensitive to light! With the amount of sunlight and reflections (and easily triggered migraines) I would be nothing without my sunnies!

    For those of you enduring the heat alongside me, we can get through this together! It's days like today that make me wonder why anyone enjoys being out in the sun. San Francisco homes are scarcely equipped with AC, so even being indoors has been exceptionally uncomfortable. I am looking forward to next week when I'll be heading to a cooler climate, but more on that later!

    Do you have any further advice for surviving hot weather? I know it won't last forever, but I am at my wit's end! It's hard to believe I survived living in Hawaii for eleven years now that I've grown so accustomed to the crisp San Francisco air.

    x Sarah

  • playsuit: anthropologie
  • shoes: steve madden
  • brows: anastasia beverley hills (in auburn)                         
  • foundation: kat von d (in light 42 neutral)
  • blush: tarte (in paaarty)

  • handbag: anthropologie
  • sunnies: kate spade
  • lips: bobbi brown (in orange)
  • eyeliner: nyx 

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