2017 In Review – My 1SE

Happy new year everyone! Wow. Can you believe it? We made it through another rotation around the sun. It couldn’t have come soon enough, if you ask me. I look back at the year and it made me realize just how fast it has passed, and it makes me think about everything that I have learned and experienced in the past 365 days. It also makes me very glad that I took on a 1 Second Everyday and a Project 365, because I’m always going to be able to remember this year of my life.

This wasn’t necessarily the easiest year of my life (in fact, I would say that 2017 is up there on the list of difficult, trying years), but if there was one thing I could take away from it, was that I learned a lot. This year tested me in so many ways, and some times I thought I would burst from the stress and anxiety I felt during the difficult times of this year. But I made it out alive, and I’m still trying to learn how to find the balance in my life. And if there is one thing I can take away from 2017 is the amount of lessons I’ve learned – about myself and about life in general.

I hope this year treated you well, and if it didn’t then, good news! It’s a new year haha. May 2018 be everything you want it to be and more. Remember that you cannot control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it!

💖, B

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RIP Jonghyun

Originally, I didn’t know if this would be appropriate to post on here. But I wanted to briefly talk about it because I was shocked at how much this situation impacted me, and as someone who wants to pursue a career in social/mental health services, I feel as if I have an obligation to talk about it.

Many of you probably already know that at one point in my life, I was obsessed with kpop. While many girls my age were crazy over the Jonas Brothers and whoever else was culturally relevant in 2009, my friends and I were busy fangirling over kpop bands. SHINee was one of the bands that fuelled my obsession. Even though I mostly stopped listening to kpop near the end of high school, the news of Jonghyun’s death had my friends and I (as well as the rest of the world) feeling completely shocked and heartbroken. As more details came out about his death, it made me feel frustrated and angry about the situations surrounding his death, but also deeply sad for the struggles that Jonghyun must have gone through.

It saddens me that depression and mental health still isn’t something that people take seriously. I’m not trying to downplay that though, I realize we are making strides towards ending that stigma, but I personally feel as if we still have a long way to go. Jonghyun had opened up to his doctor about depression and the doctor just told him it was a voice in his head that would go away. No!! Of course, I definitely don’t know Jonghyun personally, but I feel as angry as I would if someone I loved had received the same treatment. It angers me that someone would even think it’s okay to tell someone else that, when they came to you in confidence and trust! It is very sad that Jonghyun’s death was needed as a sort of wake up call to the nation that a person’s mental health is so important and central to everything else in their life.

I am not a trained professional by any means, but it doesn’t take someone with a doctorate degree to reach out to someone who is in trouble. Look for warning signs in your loved ones. Don’t just let them know you are there for them. Actively check up on them if you are concerned with their words or actions. Help them get help. And don’t wait to let the people in your life know how important they are to you. Tell them now. Tell people you love and care for them and that they make a difference in your life, because life is too short to be full of pride.

I just wanted to share something I learned in one of my classes this semester. It is called Mental Health First Aid, and I feel like they are just basic steps that anyone can use to help them approach someone they are concerned about, or the first steps that can help someone who has asked you for help. The steps are remembered by the acronym ALGEE, but they don’t have to be performed in that order.

  • Assess the risk
  • Listen non-judgementally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help strategies

Please know that you are important and that you matter. The world would not be what it is today if it was not for you. Rest in peace Kim Jonghyun. Thank you for giving me years of happiness, even when you were suffering. You did well.

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💖, B

Sephora VIB Sale Haul!

First of all, let’s ignore the fact that I’ve been missing for three months. That’s a story for another post. I wanted to show you guys the things I got from the Sephora VIB sale! I’m actually super pleased with everything I managed to grab, despite some of the things I had my eye on selling out (ie: the four pack of Clarisonic brush heads for $80… til next time I guess 😢). We all know that ya girl LOVES a good deal, and I can confidently say that I got my money’s worth this time around! I saved $45 on everything, which is pretty good considering I got a lot of things.

Also, something that I learned this time around is that the Sephora app and website are not that accurate when it comes to stock in store.

  1. Some things I wanted on the app said that no store in my area had the item in stock. Which was a lie because I went to two different stores on two different occasions, and they still had the items.
  2. Also, I found an item in store that had the “online only” label on it on the app/website

Trust no one!!! Jokes. Don’t go to those extremes. But from my experience, I’m probably just going to do my VIB sale shopping in store from now on.

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ALittleBrittofSummer: Mexico 2017!!

This trip was hands down the highlight of my summer. This was my first time in Mexico, and it was a great first experience. Everyone was so friendly, the food was amazing and authentic, the weather was beautiful, we were near the beach and Puerto Vallarta (and the surrounding area) itself was so beautiful. Our resort was so nice, clean and there was so much to do when we weren’t out on one of our excursions. I would 100% come back here again. If anyone is planning on going to Mexico anytime soon, definitely consider visiting Puerto Vallarta, and look up Grand Fiesta Americana Resort!

To be honest though, I’m surprised this vlog is as short as it is, because I felt like we did so much on our trip. Our days pretty much consisted of eating, drinking, swimming and napping, when we weren’t on excursions and it felt so nice to chill! If you’re interested in seeing what we got up too, then definitely check out my vlog 🙂

This also marks the end of my ALittleBrittOfSummerSeries! Thank you to everyone who kept up with it, and I’ll see you guys back again for Vlogmas!

💖, B

Goodbye Summer ’17 – 9:49PM Update

Today is my last official day of summer.

I remember my last day of school last year, thinking to myself how long a four month summer seemed. But it flew by in a flash and now it’s over.

Normally, school is something that has just always been there. Going back to school each year has never really evoked any strong emotions in me. But this time around, I have been feeling pretty nervous the closer back to school comes up.

This year is my last year. When I made my schedule last spring, I made a couple errors, which pushed back my graduation date. By some sort of crazy coincidence, I managed to get a spot in the two classes I needed as prerequisites for two other classes I can take next semester. That also means I will be in five classes each semester, which is technically normal, but I’ve only ever taken four classes each semester. So I’m scared I’m going to be very overwhelmed and struggle really hard.

I guess I can’t (and shouldn’t) sike myself out because I literally haven’t even started classes yet. I’m just going to keep reminding myself that this is the last push. I feel like the fact that I randomly checked the courses, and there just so happened to be one spot left in each class I needed, should be a good sign that this is what was meant to be. If you believe in that kind of stuff.

As I look back on my summer, I’m very grateful. I can’t help but smile because I got the chance to do so much in those four months. I made new friends, I got a new job, I went to the concerts of some of my favourite artists ever, I celebrated new milestones, I experienced fun and exciting things, cross items off my bucket list and I got to travel with my best friends and the love of my life! I have nothing to complain about this summer.

If you’re reading this, I hope your summer was as eventful as mine was. And if you’re going back to school – best of luck to the both of us! Let’s make the best of the remaining months of 2017. Stay strong, focused and determined. Let’s achieve these goals together yall! We got this.

💖, B

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Mexico vlog is coming soon – bear with me!

ALittleBrittOfSummer: Vlog 7!

Hey hey heyyyy! This vlog consists of a bunch of things I’ve been doing in August. It’s not that eventful because I started my new job this month, so I haven’t been able to go and do a lot. But I’m glad I’ve still been able to vlog a little bit. I wanted to get this up before I leave to Mexico (tomorrow!! aahhh!!) because I want my Mexico vlog to be it’s own thing.

With the summer coming to an end, I just wanted to thank everyone who watches these regularly! I have a lot of fun vlogging and editing, and it’s pretty rewarding to know that others enjoy what I do. So anyways, enjoy!

💖, B

My Current Beauty Faves!

Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a monthly favourites post. With everything going on this summer, I feel like I haven’t had enough products to include in a single favourites post, and I wasn’t trying to waste your time by having you guys only read about a single product. So I’ve compiled a list of beauty products that I have been loving over the past couple of months and put them all in one post. Enjoy!

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