My Wellness Journal 

Hey y’all!!! It’s been a while… So, a little back story to this blog post:
I love love love stationary, office supplies, stickers, planners and lately, journals. I’ve never been one of those girls who has a diary, I mean yes, I’ve had diaries that I would start and two days later abandon because like, who even has time to write when you have friends you can talk to? Well, as you may know, I have been battling depression and anxiety for a long long looooong time now as well as some other stuff. Ever since I finished college it has kind of gotten worse, then it got better; journaling was a big part of the getting better process. I’ve been journaling for about five months now and I wanted to share what has worked for me.

First, let me start with my planner. I use it just like you would use your cellphone calendar but I get to decorate it and make it look super pretty every month. My journal, on the other hand, is something I get to play around with every day. It is not perfect, and I try to write in it every single day.  I am starting my new journal for September through December 2016, and I thought it would be a good idea to share my technique. Rule number one: it is YOURS and yours only. NO ONE has to see it or read it or anything. Be straight forward. Be honest with yourself. No one gets to judge you but you.

The most fundamental thing is to get a journal. Any will do, it depends on what you like. I picked this one because the quote makes me laugh and it’s like, low key, totally me. Haha.

Disclaimer** Most of these ideas I got from reading things on the Internet and making them my own. [thank you buzzfeed, lol]

Next, I leave a blank page and write that it’s my journal… Which can be seen in the featured image of this blog post. Not necessary, but I like to do it.

I then leave a page for the index, so I know where everything is located.

I write in my key for my logs.

I write in my overview for the next quarter of the year. This can include goals, birthdays, special events that are coming up, tasks, anything that you may want to see at a glance.

Then is my goal setting guidelines. I got this off a website a really long time ago, when I was searching for how to set goals in my life. I try to answer these three questions every time I set a goal.

Then, it is my monthly habits. I usually have a routine going, so I like to keep track of how many times in the month I do certain things. You can write down whatever you want on this page. 

I set different goals each month, in order to keep myself in check. I strive to finish each of these goals sets. The six categories I use are:
– Personal Goals: how I want to better myself this month.
– Relational Goals: these have to do with my relationships, including but not limited to friends, boyfriend, sisters, parents, etc.
– Professional Goals: how I want to better myself in my career this month.
– Health Goals: what I will do to maintain a healthy lifestyle, for example, weight loss, healthy eating, exercise…
– Blog Goals: what I want to do about this blog. Prompts I may want to write about during the month.
– Extra Goals: those that do not fit into the first five categories. 

I have a thing about quotes, I love them. If you check out my Instagram, almost every photo caption is a quote or a song lyric, which is technically a quote. I like having them down in one place so I can remember what I happened to like that month. 

I have an obsession with all things Disney. Disneyland, Disney movies, everything. I like to log what I loved about Disney during that month.

I keep a page so I can jot down what I have been grateful for that month, because reflecting on one’s good fortune makes you realize how good you have it. I also like to write down my “planning routine” which is basically how I keep myself organized daily and weekly. This works for me because then I don’t forget what I have to write down at the end of the day. 

Then, comes the daily log. I like to write down what I at that day, my daily fitness, my to do list, any news that may have popped up during the day and of course my venting of the day. 

I usually have a couple of pages about my therapy sessions: what I liked, didn’t like, hurt to hear, need to change, etc., but since I haven’t gone to a therapy session yet this month I will not be writing about that until the near future.

I hope you guys liked this post. I hope that maybe this will help some of you, maybe in organizing yourself or maybe in bettering your life.

xoxo, elia.

 

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
– Robert Urich

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I’m baaaaaaaack!

I just realized that I haven’t posted since basically the end of October of last year. I had to take a little break to be able to work on myself.

Quick update:
-my anti-depressant / anxiety pills are working.
– fam is doing great. They’ve been helping me out a lot, especially with being so understanding when I opened up to them in December and basically word – vomited everything that I was feeling.
– boyfriend is amazing, even with school, work, keeping up with his family and everything he always makes time for me, which I really appreciate.
– best friends are amazing, duh. I’ve gotten really close to my friend LeAnne; we spend a lot of time together, she’s always there for me and we have constant sleepovers. Brian, Blanca, Toto, Andi are just as amazing as always. I’ve found a lot of Disney friends from my recent trips to Disneyland, which brings me into my next point.

I realized that Disney is my special place, even if I go alone. I was able to go alone for the first time ever a couple months ago, and it was seriously the best experience ever. I’m not sure if I shared the fact that a year ago I couldn’t even go to the gas station to pump gas by myself… but now, I can go places alone, I have less anxiety about spending time alone. I’m happy. I’ve been meeting a lot of new friends at Disney and decided that I will be posting my disney photos on my other instagram account. For now the name is @PrincessEliaDisney , I’m not sure if I will change the name later but if I do I will let you know. Please go ahead and follow me there. I will write posts more often, pinky promise!

I apologize for not spending more time here, but I really had to take a break from life and recoup. I love you guys!!!

“Just keep swimming” -Dory from Finding Nemo

 

 

Disneyland Forever Fireworks

So, as you all may or may not know, I’m completely obsessed with Disney. Like all things Disney. I love Disneyland. Last week, Lucas and I went twice in two days. On Thursday, I spent the day park hopping between California Adventure and Disneyland because Lucas took his cousin to CA Adventure and my uncle, aunt and cousins were at Disneyland, so I tried hopping between the parks.

It took us from about 9:30 am to 2:30 pm to do all the big rides at California Adventure, or at least get fast passes to the rides, even though some we couldn’t go back to ride right away. On the other hand, I got to experience both parades at Disneyland that day. The Soundsational Parade [which is so so so amazing, it’s really worth the wait], and the Paint the Night Parade [ which is too short for my liking, it’s not worth the wait]. So that day I got to do a lot at both parks.

The next day, Friday, Lucas and I went by ourselves. We arrived fairly late, but the whole point of going this time around was to watch the fireworks from a decent place in the park. During the 24 hour day at Disneyland, we were able to experience the Disneyland Forever Fireworks, but mostly just the projections that are up on Main Street. It was amazing. Friday, on the other hand, we found a spot right in front of the castle about an hour and a half before the fireworks started. This is not a place for you to be able to watch the Paint the Night Parade comfortably, or at all, since there are many people in the way.

We sat down, and as time got closer and closer to the fireworks starting, more and more people tried to shove their way into our personal space, so I recommend you bring a blanket or something to mark your territory.

We were able to sit for most of the time, but as soon as the fireworks and the display on the castle started, everyone began standing up, so we did too.

The whole show was amazing and it definitely makes your cry, or at least gives you goosebumps. Like a whole lot of them. If you don’t believe me read this.

One of my favorite things was that I was able to take photos in front of the castle with no other people in them. It was amazing (:

Here are some photos from the show:

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“To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

– Walt Disney

Snapchat Geotags

I love Snapchat. I’m just going to throw that out there. If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with finding new Geotags through Snapchat. I’ve found many Geotags, these are some of the ones I’ve been able to get throughout the last couple of months. I decided to make this post after getting really frustrated that I couldn’t find any actual posts about these geotags. Stay tune for more. I’ll put up some that aren’t on my phone anymore, and every time I find a new one I will update this post. Keep in mind, these are the ones I’ve found mostly around Los Angeles.

Beware… SO. MANY. SELFIES…

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Guilty Pleasures

So, I’ve been trying to catch up on Glee and there was an episode (Season Four, Episode 17) where they talk all about their guilty pleasures. I started thinking about my guilty pleasures and realized that Glee IS a guilty pleasure. OMG. I just realized that Idina Menzel plays Rachel’s mom. IM SO EXCITED!

I keep trying to think about what I like that people would think is weird but it’s so hard, because honestly? How exactly do you know that something is weird to others? Is it what society deems is okay? Or what? It’s just confusing…

I mean, I’m 23 now but up until I was 19 I still slept with my stuffed bear; even now, it lies on my floor just close enough for me to grab him if I have a nightmare.

Bath and Body Works is another one of my guilty pleasures. I like being able to go into the store and try on different things then wash my hands and do it all over again! My favorite things to buy are body sprays and hand sanitizers, because well, I hate germs and smelling yucky!

Disneyland is my go-to relaxation place. When people think Disneyland, they think Disney characters and ridiculous amounts of people. Since I have an annual pass, I don’t mind going just to walk around and ride a couple of rides. I love love love Disneyland. It really is the happiest place on earth. As soon as I board the tram, my issues fall away.

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Starbucks is my biggest guilty pleasure. I love the taste of the coffee, I love how you can customize it to make it your own drink. I really enjoy most of the drinks there, but I’m now trying to get back into just plain old coffee. Before, I would ask for Caramel Macchiatos or something, now I just drink Iced coffee and teas. No one understands my love for Starbucks!!!

Ok, I lied. Instagram is my guiltiest of pleasures. I LOVE putting up photos on instagram. I love editing and taking photos.

What’re your guilty pleasures?

 

Places I want to revisit…

I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit many places growing up. I hope to be able to revisit these at some point in my life.

  1. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  2. Ixtapa/ Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
  3. Quebec, Quebec, Canada
  4. Toronto, Ontario, Canada (more specifically the CN tower)
  5. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  6. Chicago, Illinois, USA
  7. Puerto Vallarta/Nuevo Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico  
  8. Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
  9. Notre Dame / South Bend, Indiana, USA
  10. Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  11. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  12. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
  13. Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
  14. San Antonio, Texas, USA
  15. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  16. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  17. Greenbay, Wisconsin, USA
  18. Austin, Texas, USA
  19. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 
  20. Orlando, Florida, USA
  21. Denver, Colorado, USA
  22. Collingwood, Ontario, Canada (Blue Mountains)
  23. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan, USA
  24. Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico
  25. San Francisco, California, Mexico

Those are just some of the places I’d like to revisit. Maybe one day I will (: