Winter Mornings

In the winter I get really lazy, no denying that. If it wasn’t for Andrew I’d never leave the house. I’d be sitting inside all day, eating chicken nuggets, watching tv and sleeping. When winter comes I’m kinda like a bear. I hibernate all winter, then show my face again in the spring. This winter I want to be a little more productive with my mornings to get me in a better mood, so I’ll tell you all about what I TRY to do in the mornings.

The first thing I do in the mornings is check my phone. I do this because I always fall asleep texting people, then I feel bad when I fall asleep. Especially with all my friends overseas. Their morning is my night time so I always end up not responding because I fell asleep. I then have to apologize 290 times.

After I get the courage to get out of bed, I have to put my contacts in because I’m so blind without them. Then I make my way into the kitchen to make some coffee. You know the saying “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee”? That’s me. Seriously guys. Don’t talk to me until after I’ve had my favorite coffee which is the McDonald’s French vanilla K Cups.

Then I tell my mom all the drama from the previous night because my mom loves to be on the upbeat with all the drama in this town. So I gotta fill her in for an hour. Then normally I’m playing with my cat before he goes outside to hunt for mice.

Sometimes my brother will come over in the mornings and hangout with me for a bit. (I think he just shows up to steal all my soda.)

I then reside to my room for a few hours where I read/check up on my blog and end up falling down a Youtube hole. I somehow find myself watching America’s Got Talent and food videos.

That pretty much sums up my morning. Lazy days. The afternoon is when I actually start to do things. I’m not a morning person at all. I stay up pretty late, so I normally don’t get up until about 9 anyway. I hope you all liked reading! 💙

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Summertime Sadness

 

I’m in denial that it’s getting cold out. Yesterday, it was 25 degrees outside and there I was, standing outside in a t-shirt, sweats, and my Nike slides, trying to get my cat out of a bush. I miss the summer heat.

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I like the winter, don’t get me wrong. The snow is beautiful and I love hot chocolate. But I don’t like the cold. I get cold very easily and I don’t like that. I haven’t been able to feel my fingers all morning. It’s freezing in my room. Perfect. Can I go South with the geese?

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It’s days like this when I really miss summer. I miss swimming at the lake, getting ice cream late at night with old friends, tanning on my trampoline, driving around with all the windows down while blaring music. I’m depressed.

Fall is pretty much over now. Almost all the trees have lost their leaves, it’s getting below freezing at night, and I’m cold. Depressing. At least there’s football to look forward to. Go Seahawks!

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Soon it’ll be spring once again and everything will slowly start to thaw out. The million shades of green will come back and so will all the animals. I’ll be warm again and the happiness will return. For now, I’ll be in my room under 20 blankets, eating thousands of chicken nuggets with my space heater on, and watching SpongeBob. Oh, my cat will be there too. Can’t forget about him.

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Winter Haircare

Most of you who know me wonder how the hell do I keep my hair looking healthy since I treat it like crap by bleaching it all the time. Well, other than the fact that I’m balding from all the anxiety I’m doing pretty good at keeping my hair looking socially acceptable.

In the winter, I only wash my hair twice a week. No more, no less. It gets really cold here and when it gets cold, my hair gets really dry, so maintaining some level of natural oils in my hair is really important. Plus, I’m not sweating in the winter to get my hair greasy. It stays pretty clean between washings.

If I do happen to do something that involves sweating, I use dry shampoo. It makes my hair less greasy looking without drying it out to make it fall out. Just spray it on, style it and comb it out. Everything works out just fine.

Next, I NEVER use a brush. I have pretty thin hair, but it’s really long so it takes forever to comb out. I noticed when I brushed my hair, it would fall out more and I’d have twice as many split ends. When I use a comb, my hair hardly falls out and there’s barely any split ends.

Using heat is also a big no no for me. I let my hair air dry after I wash it. Maybe once a month I’ll blow dry just the roots if I have to go somewhere in a hurry and it’s cold outside. If I want my hair wavy, I’ll put it in braids. If I want my hair curled, I won’t do anything because I don’t like my hair with curls. If I want straight hair I leave my hair as it is because it’s already naturally straight.

Coconut oil is my hairs best friend. In the winter, my hair gets really dry and itchy. Then the dandruff comes. That’s a big NO for me. I don’t need to walk around looking like Mt. Everest. Once a week I try to use a coconut oil hair mask before I wash my hair. It moisturizes my scalp and makes my hair feel so soft after I wash it.

I know I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I also use Hair, Skin & Nails vitamins every day so that helps a lot. I never bleach or dye my hair in the winter either. I let the brown grow out and let my roots become healthy again. Then in the spring I start bleaching again until the fall.

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There you have it! What do you do to keep your hair under control?

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Seasonal Depression

Seasonal Depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

Thank you Google. What would I do without you?

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When I was in high school, I was in group counseling with a few other girls who had similar “problems” as me. We called it “Girls Group” to make us feel a little better about ourselves. I was 16 when I figured out I had seasonal depression. I would always wonder why I got really sad during the fall/winter. My grades would drop, I would be in a crappy mood and I would constantly be sad.

All my life it was that way. I thought it was normal to feel that way. It is, but not continuously for four months until Spring came. My parents, teachers, and even my one friend would notice a difference in me. I would go from always being energetic and wanting to do things to sleeping all the time and never leaving my house. Any motivation I had to do anything left my mind and it felt like the life was sucked out of me. I became a walking zombie from November until March.

Guess what. It’s December.

 “Hello depression, lovely to see you again,” said nobody. 

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Now that I’m not in school or anything, it hasn’t been too bad. This is the second year of dealing with it without being in school. I can handle it better because I don’t have to stress myself out so much, but now I can lock myself away for days at a time. Which isn’t much better.

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I know I like to joke around on here and make fun of myself, but out of all seriousness, this is something I do suffer from. And it gives me a pretty hard time around this time of year. This is something I’m very insecure about and have a hard time opening up about. But having a platform like this I feel like I need to talk about it not just so people know about me, but they know they aren’t alone. There’s others out there and there’s help available. I am one of the people who don’t have it extremely bad, but others can have it quite worse than me.
So I’m asking all of you, if you know somebody who seems depressed or is having anxiety, sit down with them or text them. A simple “Hey”, or “How are you today?”, can go a long way and change the outlook on somebody’s day. You could be the reason somebody doesn’t commit suicide that day. Sometimes you don’t know everything a person is going through. You don’t know what it’s like to walk in their shoes. So BE KIND to everybody you see.  💙

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Snow

Snow is a big part of the end of the year here. It signifies the beginning of winter, saying a final goodbye to the warm weather of the summer and saying hello to a few months of brutally cold weather. Christmas is on it’s way. Not to mention it gets dark super early now. Then here comes the seasonal depression. I’ll save that for a later post.

The first snow has always given me a sense of happiness. Seeing the first flurries of snow fall from the sky makes me want to run outside and enjoy the snow, then come inside and drink hot chocolate. After awhile the cold gets annoying and I want the summer heat back. But I’m one of the fortunate ones who gets all four seasons… and gets them hard. This is what I’m talking about:

Monday: 70 Degrees, sunny.

Tuesday: 55 Degrees, tornadoes.

Wednesday: 60 Degrees, sunny but windy.

Thursday: 42.8 Degrees, cloudy, getting sick from the sudden temperature changes.

Friday: 30 Degrees, sunny.

Saturday: 20 Degrees, snowstorm, dying of pneumonia from the cold.

Time to pack my bags and move to Cali!

Okay, that might have been a little exaggerated, but that’s what it feels like.

As much as I hate all the sporadic temperature changes, it’s nice to be able to experience all four seasons. I couldn’t imagine a winter without snow. That seems so unreal to me. Which makes the think of the song that goes “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”. I don’t really have to dream of a white Christmas. It has always been a thing.

I love snow. I love building snowmen, having snowball fights, making snow angels, and simply watching the snow fall onto the ground while sitting in my warm house. But, I DO NOT like the cold weather. I’m a little 100 pound girl. I have absolutely no fat on my body to keep me warm. So most of the winter I can’t feel my fingers or toes. I have a space heater in my room because it’s too cold for me. Even thinking about the cold makes me cold. Being cold is a small price to pay when you get to wake up in the morning to a winter wonderland.

This year will be the first time Smokey, my 10 month old kitten will get to see snow. It snowed here once this year, a week before Thanksgiving. He got to see it. The snow didn’t stick to the ground, or last very long, but he looked so cute looking at it.

Ain’t he just the cutest little thing?

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