Realizing you’re not alone in your struggle

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When I’m upset I hermit. A lot of us do that. We obsess over our own issues and build them up to be these mountains that we have to climb, and we feel we have to climb them alone. We become haunted by the things that stress us out and isolate ourselves from the people around us because we don’t think they could understand what we’re going through — the very unique burden that we carry — or we don’t want to put that weight on them. They’re fine. They’re happy. Our issues are not relatable. We are the very first to ever experience struggle.

No one? Just me?

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The First Time I Really Felt Self-Love

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On a recent morning, I woke up and noticed I felt happy, which is not such a familiar feeling to me. I usually experience moments of joy directly related to bliss-inducing events but I live somewhere in a melancholic and nostalgic state riddled with anxiety about the future and reflection of the past. Although I’m certain the seed was planted earlier, it wasn’t until my early 20s that I began to experience a sort of self-loathing.

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The Electric Toothbrush That Changed My Beauty Ritual

electric toothbrush

My entire beauty routine, including brushing my teeth, has always been a ritual to me. As someone who had braces as a teenager and cystic acne until my mid-twenties, I understand that your beauty is dependent on the healthy habits that your form. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t feel like a chore or a financial extravagance. It’s about taking those small moments throughout your day and making that time sacred.

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The Essential Oil That Will Change Your Skin Care Game

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Since switching to a more natural skin care routine, I don’t have too many issues with breakouts, a lot of which I attribute to my holy grail essential oil for skin care, tea tree oil. Don’t let the strong smell put you off, this oil has changed the entire game for me.

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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

not okay

The sunken place is real. For me, it looks a lot like paradise but in slow motion. It’s drenched in a cold color palette like in Ozark but with palm trees swaying in the background as if stuck in molasses. I can’t say definitively that I’ve been here before.

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