video: 2010 – 2020 | 10 year retrospective 🌟 goals and achievements

Looking back on the last ten years: moving forward, growing in my field, and considering non-traditional markers of success.

How do you measure success?

Take 5 minutes to write what you did in the last ten years, you’ll probably surprise yourself.

MENTIONED

Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Episode 386: High Fives and Forget ‘Should:’ Talking Goals and Resolutions with Scarlett Cole

 

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makeup capsule: week of 1.27.20

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A new series for 2020! Part of my #projectuseitup and #projectpan

I committed to panning several of my products in 2019, to limited success, so this year I’ve started working on a weekly capsule to make regular use of what I own and determine what needs to go. My collection is fairly tame compared to some, but I still have more than I can use up in a year. My goal is something similar to the #30wears concept for clothing–making regular use of my makeup through intentional wear.

If I buy it, I have to use it.

(I’m also including scent as part of the capsule.)

This week, I’ll be using:

  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC cream in Light (soon to be an empty!)
  • Sappho New Paradigm mascara in Black
  • Wet n’ Wild Retractable brow pencil in Medium Brown
  • RMS concealer in 22
  • Twinkle * Apothecary’s the Stain
  • Twinkle * Apothecary’s Bronzing Balm
  • Kosas Rosewater (it has a few uses left – this was 2019’s project pan) and Royal
  • Smith’s Rosebud Salve (I use this every morning and have for years)
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics (this palette has weird aspirational vibes for my 2010 self who wanted but couldn’t splurge on the original)
  • Kuumba Made Egyptian Musk fragrance oil

I post #motd stories on my capsule closet insta @emilia____grace

 

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video: chatty life update, seeking happiness, 2020 intentions

Where I’ve been, working on a new writing project, putting querying on hold to rewrite, my thoughts on book twitter and staying out of it, #projectpan love, future plans for this channel, and more as I try to catch up and re-invigorate.

What are you doing to seek happiness in 2020?

 

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life: 2020 intentions

2020-intentions

More tarot practice

More daily yoga

More walking in general

More adventuring and “flaneuring

More cooking

More personal and professional development

More [herbal] tea

More joy

Less twitter

Less self-criticism

Less coffee

Less distraction

Less of the stuff that saps my energy

 

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the view from Sunday: lazy, productive day

Trying to get back to a regular routine after a few weeks of unscheduled life. I’ve noticed  that I get particularly depressed during the summer, especially when it comes to staying productive and taking care of myself. It’s too hot and it makes me miserable. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve stayed home for most of the day and just lived.

Tidied, vacuumed, meal-planned, and worked on the current draft.

I even burned a candle.

Feels pretty good.

video: 6-month budget-tracking update

6 months ago, I buckled down and got serious about examining my spending, tracking my money, and saving for REASONS.

Here’s what worked, what didn’t, and what I learned.

Also: how I budget | cash envelope, EveryDollar, Happy Planner budget tracker

Are you on a no-spend or #debtfreejourney? Share your thoughts!

 

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video: makeup declutter & project pan

Products I don’t like, products that make my eyes hurt, regrets, lessons learned, and an update on my #ProjectPan!

My first makeup #declutter of 2019 (likely, not the last).

Progress.

Are you doing a project pan? How’s it going?

life: April – month in review

Month in review april

Met my Camp NaNo goal! 30k words = a solid start.

Tried my hand at 1st person POV and did not hate it.

Took a writing retreat (technically, still on a writing retreat).

Found myself an amazing vintage bag c. 1994 and am loving it. It’s classic, mahogany leather, and holds all the essentials.

Finally created my author website. It’s just a placeholder, but it’s a start – gdcowan.com

Set up a coffee budget and it’s been pretty life changing (video to come).

 

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video – sh*t people say when you have hypo

In which I share actual things people have said to me after learning I have hypo, assumptions they’ve made, and absurd conclusions they’ve reached.

Somewhat silly, mostly ranty.

What weird things have you heard about your health or chronic illness? Let’s commiserate!