My 2019 Vision Board

Hey everyone!

I am back after a very long writing break. I just needed some time to recharge. I think I will write a post about it sometime soon but for now, we are taking 2019 in stride and talking about my goals!

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I decided to make a vision board because every successful blogger or Youtuber I’ve seen has made one. I thought I may as well make one. Not only to mooch off the success of way more talented people but also because maybe it will work? If I have to see what I want in life every day maybe it will kick my ass into gear to actually do things. We’ll see.

I also made a video of me making this vision board and explaining it if you want to see it. I also have a Youtube channel and would love if you guys checked it out. I posted every day during the month of December for Vlogmas this year.

Let’s get started on what my goals are for this year. At the end of December, I had an overwhelming feeling of need for change. I really wanted 2019 to be better than 2018. I was feeling motivated and like I had the world at my feet. I can do anything and all I need to do is set my mind to it.

  1. Going Vegan

One of my top goals for this year is to go Vegan. I have always wanted to go Vegan. I actually was a vegetarian for about 2 years and then I met my boyfriend. My boyfriend is not vegetarian so I ended up eating meat and meat products with him. I also grew up in a meat-eating family so it wasn’t much of a foreign concept. After eating not very healthy for the last few months I decided I wanted a change. I honestly believe going Vegan is better for you and so does my boyfriend so he is joining me with this goal. There are a lot of people that will disagree with me. That’s okay. I just have done research and now know that eating plant-based it just what I want to do in life. So on January 1st, it started. We have cheated a few times since starting but it’s mostly in terms of cheese haha. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as going cold turkey but I hope by the end of 2019 we will be fully Vegan.

2. Mental Health

I had a rough time in my first year of college. I have talked about this on multiple occasions. I skip school and get sick a lot. I decided that I was not doing that anymore. I was tired of ruining my own chances in life. I decided that I was taking 2019 to heal myself. I am working on my anxiety always. I just want 2019 to be the year where I get everything under control. I am tired of feeling sick and like I can’t leave my home. I’m not saying that I will be perfect. I am sure I will still get days where I can’t leave the house. I want to make it less than last semester though. That is my goal! I also want to meditate more and do yoga. I want to be more in touch with myself and put my feelings first and needs first.

3. Weight Loss

I want to lose weight. This is one of the biggest new years resolutions of all time. I believe in my heart that 2019 is the year for me to heal myself both mentally, physically and spiritually. Eating better and focusing on my mental health are the stepping stones for weight loss I think. I am at the heaviest I’ve ever been. I actually talk about this in a blog post from a few months ago. I don’t hate how I look per se but I do feel unhealthy and would like to tone up.  So I got a gym membership (who am I kidding? I’ve been paying for it for 6 months and have never gone) and I stopped buying UberEats. Hopefully, by the end of 2019, I will be in a healthier space.

4. Travelling + Seeing My Bestie!

I didn’t get to travel much in 2018. Travelling is one of those things I love the most in the world but I don’t get to do it too often. My goal this year is to really take the leap and go on as many trips as I can. I actually bought a passport holder that I leave on my desk. I believe in putting out into the universe what you want. I want to travel so I bought a passport holder to motivate me to save and plan more trips. Travelling is also important because my best friend lives like over 8 hours away. I miss her so much and really want to make more time to see her this year. There is no excuse. There are enough days in a year to make something work.

5. “Don’t stop until you’re proud”

My quote for this year is the one above. I really want to make this blog and my YouTube channel a full-time income. I hate working for other people and really just want to be my own boss. I actually photoshopped 1000 subscribers under my YouTube channel because I hope that this year will be the year that I will finally be qualified for Ads. I keep saying that I want to prioritize my blog and YouTube as a business but there’s always something that gets away, you guessed it, it’s myself! So this year I created a what I like to call a “content creating schedule” I literally bought an agenda and started scheduling in when things need to be done. It’s keeping my accountable. I want to say it’s working so far, I mean this blog post is up isn’t it?

So those are my 5 goals or New Year’s resolutions or habits or whatever you want to call them for 2019. I thought this was the best way to jump into 2019 with new content for you guys! I will be seeing you guys every Tuesday and Thursday! I hope you liked this post. I would really love to know if you guys have any goals for 2019? Or do you not believe in making goals?

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My Seasonal Depression Tips // Blogtober Day #7

Hey everyone!

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but I thought I would dedicate a whole post about this. The colder weather is coming and so is my seasonal depression. I have suffered with depression on and off for a few years now. I know when winter comes along it really starts to manifest in my life. I have a post talking about season depression if you’d like to read it. This post is about preventing things like season depression, anxiety and all around having good mental health this fall.

I know a lot about mental health and now to take care of it. Like everyone though, I am a normal person and I slip up sometimes. Sometimes I feel myself not feeling too great and then I realize that there are things that I can do to prevent feeling yucky. Here are some of my tips on how to stay feeling happy through the fall and winter seasons.

  1. Cut out unhealthy things

I don’t mean unhealthy foods per say but every now and again take a second to look around and reflect on the things that are making you unhappy. Whether it be a friend, your job, school whatever it is, pin it down. If you can’t pin it down maybe, it’s time to get external help and talk to a professional. If you can pin it down cut it out. I know that can be scary or difficult but it’s worth it. If it’s a friend, you will find other friends. If it’s your job, apply to other jobs. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and get rid of the things that are dragging you down.

  1. Self-care

Take time for self-care. Self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and painting your nails if that’s not your thing. Take time to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are clean, this helps a lot with self-esteem. Self-care is also doing your favourite hobby, eating your favourite food, watching your favourite movie. It is whatever makes you feel happy inside. Do things that bring you job even if it seems selfish. Self-care is also learning to say no to things that you don’t want to do and yes to the things you do. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and doing things for you.

  1. See professional help

This is a very scary one for most people. Seeking help is like admitting there is something wrong or that you are not strong enough to do it by yourself. I am here to tell you that that isn’t true. Seeking help does not mean there is something wrong with you. Just talking to a therapist can help so much. There are a lot of people that have a therapist or see professionals for other things just to have someone to talk to. You don’t tell people that see a doctor a failure because they couldn’t fix themselves. So, don’t say that about yourself.

  1. See the good in things

Every day I try to take a moment and write down what I am grateful for. I also write down the things that I am unhappy about. I just let myself write and see what it brings me. Sometimes it can be hurtful to see the things I have to say, yet it’s therapeutic. I feel good. I also love to take time to force myself to find something in my day that made me happy. It is impossible that nothing in your day made you happy. There is always something to be grateful for or happy about. Some people call this gratitude writing I just call it journaling. It really is nice, and I suggest everyone to try it.

These are some of my favourite tips for the upcoming months. Putting yourself first and thinking about yourself is not selfish. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is a really incredible book and suggest everyone who is struggling to read it. It talks about letting go of the things that make you unhappy and putting yourself first. Stop caring about what others think and just be you. You can get it here!

Are there any other tips you guys have for dealing with your mental health during the colder months? Do you guys struggle with your mental health? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you tomorrow.

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Let’s Talk About Addiction – Day #25

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I was not planning on writing this post at all during July but in light of Demi Lovato’s overdose, I thought it would be important to talk about. I feel like addiction is a very hard topic and maybe even taboo.

I am not a huge fan of Demi Lovato I will state that first. After she came out with her whole Stay Strong campaign something was just off for me. I just felt like it was not completely genuine. After her documentary, Simply Complicated came out my suspicions were proven right. She said so herself that she was not ready to get sober.

So how does this relate to me? I have seen addiction first hand. I know what addiction looks like. I know how it lies and manipulates. So that is how I saw the warning signs in Demi. Now, I’m not saying am an export or a fortune teller but I had a feeling.

I think this blog post really manifested and needed to be written due to my anger. I have been so angry and just all around annoyed with how Demi’s overdose has been treated. Suddenly every artist under the sun no matter how famous has been Tweeting and Instagraming and Snapchating wherever they can get some clout have been saying “Addiction isn’t a choice!!”

Why does that annoy me? Well, us normal people aren’t allowed to say that addiction isn’t a choice. We are expected to pay for the consequences of addiction. Being labelled a bum or even facing jail time is left for people who aren’t part of the 1%.

Now, I’m not trying to be an activist or anything. I’m just slightly frustrated with the fact that being rich excuses you from your own demons. I just don’t agree with the statement “addiction isn’t a choice!!” with the sole reason that addicts know what they are addicted to. Addicts know when they are going on a bender, they know when they are giving in and that is, in fact, a choice.

Anyways, I think I will just leave this here. This is my mini-rant about everything that has been going on lately. It’s like you can’t get away from it either. I would like to know what your thoughts are. Do you know someone that has suffered from addiction? Do you feel like this situation doesn’t deserve as much attention as it’s getting? Let me know!

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My Tried and True Travel Tips – Day #23

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Since I am a seasoned professional who knows how to travel I thought I would share with you guys my tips. Okay, that’s a lie but I do have a hard time travelling. So, I have a bunch of tips to help uneasy travellers. The thing with travelling is that you have to find your comfortable so without further ado here are some of my tips.

Water

One of the most important things ever and I mean ever is to stay hydrated. I’m sure there is a scientific reason behind this but I have no clue what it is. Travelling is very dehydrating. Whether you’re taking a plane or a train or even a car, your skin and body will suffer. I am always thirsty during a trip so I bring a refillable water bottle. I know a lot of people worry about having to stop to pee but I’ve never had problems with that. Maybe I’m superhuman and know how to control my bladder really well, I don’t know. I just don’t think worrying about having to pee is a huge concern. If you’re on a plane, train or bus most times than not there is a bathroom. (Even if it’s covered in poop) If you’re in a car every couple of miles there is a rest stop. If you’re really in the middle of nowhere, it’s time to pop a squat on the side of the road. Don’t worry, we’ve all done it.

A Book (Entertainment) 

I read. So this tip can be open to interpretation. I like to call this tip “distract yourself as best you can”. For anxious travellers like myself, it’s easier if I am distracted by something so I don’t feel trapped. That is my number one panic attack trigger when I travel, entrapment. This tip can also manifest in the form of a movie, music, or even a little game on your phone. This can be whatever you know that will distract yourself. You know yourselves better than I know you. Grab something and make sure it’s close that will be a quick boredom reliever.

Have All Your Documents

This may sound stupid but honestly, you’d be surprised. I have seen it first hand, getting to the border or getting onto a train and realizing…an important thing is missing. Why would you leave without your tickets, passport, or wallet? It happens. Things stay on counters and in bags that were changed out last minute. If you’re an anxious traveller I suggest making sure everything is together the night before. I also like being the one in charge of everyone’s things. If I’m travelling in a group for whatever reason I feel less stressed if I’m in charge of other people. I guess in some twisted way if I have to take care of someone else my anxiety has to go away because I have to be strong and in control for others. If that is for sure not for you, do the opposite, make sure someone else is in charge of you.

A Good Pair Of Sneakers

The only thing I travel in is sneakers. No flip-flops, no heals (Jenna Marbles anyone? Is that too old of a reference?) no anything. If you don’t have a comfortable pair of ugly sneakers or cute workout ones pick some up. They’re like 20$ at Walmart or Target. You will never thank anyone more. Wear something comfortable especially if you know you’ll have a lot of transfers and moving around you’ll have to do. I had a couple of transfers on my last trip and it helped so much to be in sensible shoes.

So here you have it, 4 of my tried and true tips for travel. There are plenty more I could share but I had to end somewhere. If you want to know more trips for anxious travellers tell me! Do you guys have any tips and tricks yourselves?

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Mental Health Awareness Month // 2018

Dear Everyone!

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA and I thought I would talk about it. For all of you who know that I live in Canada, our celebration of Mental Health Awareness is actually from September 30th to October 6th, 2018. Even though we are aren’t technically talking about it here, there is never a bad time to talk about mental health. Talking and sharing our struggles with our mental health is very important to keep the stigma and stereotypes away.

I thought I would share a bit of my story briefly and I have a few words for everyone struggling with anxiety. I have anxiety basically my whole life and it has kept me from doing things for a very long time. It has been a big problem in my life and as of last year, I have started to tackle it head on and make sure I am in a better mental space. If you want to read more about my anxiety I have two posts about it where I talk about it and then an update a few weeks later.

Anxiety has been such a big part of my life and it took me a long time to realize that I am not my anxiety. Anxiety is something that makes me feel like I am not in control of my own life and no one should have to suffer from it. For all those who are wondering, I am not medicated and that is a choice that I have made for myself. I don’t have anything against people who are medicated but I just don’t believe in it for myself. From watching some of the people I am close to, to research I have determined that it was better to fight anxiety rather than mask the symptoms of it. For everyone who does take medication, there should be no shame or stigma towards it. I don’t believe in shaming anyone for taking medication to help.

I have also struggled with depression in my life and I do want to tell people it gets better. I know that sounds cliche and even wrong but it does. I think things got better when I realized that it was for me to make a change not the world around me. I think one day I just woke up and said I didn’t want to be depressed anymore and I was willing to do and change whatever it was I had to change so I wasn’t feeling the way I was feeling any longer. I cut out people who didn’t make me happy, I stopped doing things that made me sad and focused on the positive and just changing my mindset on life. I had an easy time and really transformed my life out of sheer willpower not everyone can do that I can recognize that. Keep fighting and doing what you are doing to feel better.

I think the most important thing that people who don’t suffer from mental disorders is that we who suffer are not our disorder. We are not anxiety or depression, etc. My anxiety can make me a who different person than who I really am. When I am getting anxious and having panic attacks it’s not because I want to it’s because something is wrong with my brain.

I really hope that people can come forward more and talk about how they are feeling without fear of judgment. My blog is a safe place to talk and always will be. If you ever need someone feel free to email me at collectingglitter@outlook.com or through my contact page.

Much love,

Collecting Glitter – Clara Le Bel

A Trip to The Art Museum

So I am the worst vlogger so I decided to write a bit more about my trip here on my blog. I had to go to the art museum again for school in the city. I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend here this week so I dragged him along.

We woke up to lots of rain but that didn’t dent our plans. For all those who read my anxiety post, this will be a mini update for you guys. I had no anxiety taking the train today, not even a little bit. I had to tell my boyfriend what to do so I think that’s why I wasn’t nervous. Also, my boyfriend keeps me calm. He is very much a go with the flow kind of person. If things go wrong, there’s always a way to get out of it. His presence just makes me feel safe. I love that he can be my anchor without him even knowing or trying. It’s good to have people around that make me feel good.

We had to walk on one of the businesses streets in the rain. It was miserable, to say the least. As much as it sucked I do love visiting the city. When we saw the museum in the distance it was like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

When we went to buy our tickets we found out the worst news, the majority of the museum was closed. Now, I had to go for a project so that really angered me. It took us all about 20 minutes to look at all 20 pieces. It was gorgeous but a “waste of time”. We giggled about it after and went to go eat.

All in all, it was a fun little day with my boyfriend. Even if the museum was a waste and not as grand as I thought it would be I love spending time with him. We laughed a lot and were soaking wet.

You can see my vlog of our day here:

 

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I Wish I Was a Travel Blogger but…an Update

I did something! I did something big! I took that stupid train to Montreal. I thought I would update all of you guys who showed love and encouragement on my last post about anxiety. I did something that scared the hell out of me and I feel so good.

Just a quick recap, I’ve had anxiety my whole life and it’s prevented me from doing that I want to do in life. I want to travel more than anything in the world. I want to be able to take a plane and just go, no worry and no fuss. The only problem, I get crippling travel anxiety amongst other anxiety triggers.

I did it, I took that train! I have never been so proud of myself. I was worried and got a bit panicky, but I pushed through it. On the train back from the trip I felt like I was walking on air. I felt accomplished and independent and like a bad ass bitch. I had finally done something that would get me in the right direction to my dream. I am now planning other trips to Montreal in the near future. I have caught the train bug.

How did I get to this point you may be asking? It’s only been two weeks since I posted my original post. First, I had a project that was due that kicked my ass into gear. I had to go to the city and I have no one to get me there. So that was less about bravery and more I didn’t want to fail my class because of anxiety. The second is writing in my journal. I have been writing religiously in my anxiety journal every day. Every time I feel a bit nervous about something, I write in it. I bring it with me everywhere. I find this is the one thing I need. I find it so funny how I never thought to do this before.

I am hoping to be able to grow and do even bigger things the more confident I get. I may be going to Disney World or down south. I really want to be able to blog about it.

If really hope this helps people. I know my vulnerability helps me. The more honest I am the more I feel better about my anxiety.

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