Of Beauty and Self-Care Boxes

One thing that piques my interest lately is beauty and self-care boxes! I would very much like to get one! 🙂

Imagine you’re PMs-ing – you’re feeling all those aches and pains and those unexplainable feelings of just being sad and blue. Well, because you’re having your period, that’s why. And the fluctuation of your hormones is the culprit why you’re feeling like everything in this world is just so wrong and you want to cry.

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This is one of those days every month when all we want to do is just lie down in bed and curl and wallow. This is one of those days when we want to be taken care of with lots of hugs and kisses and tender, loving care of our beloved. And then, you try to get up, open your fridge, and reach out for a tub of vanilla ice cream – voila! the world feels better again! And then the cycle goes. Every. Single. Month. Sigh!

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Cry no more, my fellow daughters of Eve. As fate would have it and as they say “Necessity is the mother of invention”, subscription boxes were created like magic. Beauty and self-care boxes in different sizes and contents were formed by people who cared enough to come up with something to alleviate the discomfort we face perennially every month.

The internet is replete with so many things and stumbling upon these beauty boxes and period boxes are I think one of the best A-ha moments for me.

I can’t wait to try these boxes!

Life is good, literally!

We Are Transients

We are all but fleeting energies in this world. As the pandemic has taught us, the world will be fine without us.

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So, we think that we are superior among all living creatures; we think we are superior among our peers; we think so highly of ourselves that we oftentimes forget to be kind. And we become mean. Because we think that we are entitled to hurt other people’s feelings – just because we think we are better than them. It’s a mindset we collectively tell ourselves to be a fact – then we hand it down to our children who, of course, believe in it, too! Then, the latter hands it down to the next generation. And it comes in a full circle. Another set of generations secured. 

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Is it just natural selection at play? Survival of the fittest? Or is there something more sinister?

Whatever it is, one thing is certain: we are just transient in this world. Sooner or later, we hand it down to the next generation. So, would it be beneficial to our offspring if we go through life mindful of other living creatures? Or will it affect our own specie’s survival? 

A World Beyond

What is life beyond? What is beyond your world at the present moment; beyond your horizon; beyond your job right now; beyond your comfort zone?

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Closing my eyes from the quiet of my room (err…not really quiet because I can hear the vacuum humming from my landlord’s unit), I imagine myself zooming out of my house, seeing the cluster of my neighborhood street, the whole neighborhood area, the whole community, then the whole city, then all the way up….

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It’s an out-of-body experience. I used to do it when I was a kid. I just perfected it with a google-map like precision. I always dreamed of being able to go somewhere else whenever I can (and be able to come back wherever I am).

It is rather inane but I take it seriously. I have always been a dreamer. I decide with my heart. My brother who is a lawyer would always question my decisions – he is very pragmatic and he always has a practical solution to everything as opposed to my emotional view of things. So, when I was a kid, I would always dream of beautiful things that I see in my grandfather’s glossy Time magazines. While doing household chores and growing up under the sun and salty coastal air in the Philippines, I would weave dreams of a world beyond. Beautiful places!

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Fast forward to now! With all the anxiety-laden events that are happening around the world right now, the question is: what awaits us from beyond? The idea of the unknown always scares and excites me at the same time. Because we don’t know what will happen. These series of events put the majority of people ill at ease. As history has it when people are anxious, tired, and hungry, they resort to violence and hatred.

I just hope that we will learn from history and be able to see what’s BEYOND!

Time and Tide

Time and tide wait for no man. Indeed.

We are constantly in pursuit of something. The moment we wake up, our minds are full of things to do and places to go. Always hurrying – always busy. We pack every task into one day, squeezes in one more task along the way. At the end of the day, exhausted and spent, we pat ourselves in the back – we did well today!

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How valuable is time? Is it valued on how much we accomplish at the end of the day? Or is it measured by how many lives we touched? Is it how far are we in our career path? Or how successful our business is? Or how happy our family life is?

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I ask because I am at the point in my life where I want to make use of my precious time. Because time is of the essence now. I realized that it’s not about being able to survive lately, it is about managing time relatively well to make the most out of it. It is now a matter of delaying the greying of hair, the onset of wrinkles, the stiffening of knee joints, and the list go on.

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Ah! Time and tide of life really waits for no one!

Into The Rabbit Hole

It’s easy to fall into the rabbit hole.

One day, you’re here just minding your own business and then, you’re falling into an abyss the next. That’s how I feel nowadays that I’m always online.

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I would sit in front of my computer because I need to do some journals. Then, I would click on YouTube to have my favorite relaxing music on. along the way, I would click on the news to see what is going on, then I’ll find other things – click on it, too! Before I know it, I’ll be spending hours and hours online but realizing that nothing has been accomplished!

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Now that we need to go back to work again, I am hurrying so I can finish the online courses I enrolled in; the books I need to finish; some assignments for my course; and some certifications I need to get online! I have to resist the temptation of clicking YouTube and other websites that are beckoning me to hover on them and click!

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The internet is replete with so much information at the tip of our fingers and it’s wonderful! But, if we don’t manage our time well, we will always find ourselves falling into the rabbit hole!

Today, It Rained

Ever wonder why some days are gray and gloomy? Why there are some days when you wanted to see the rays of the sun but it turns out to be rainy? And why there are some days where you would like to be as happy as you can possibly be but you can’t?

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Because for some reason, your plans don’t materialize; the dreams you still hope for start to crumble; the universe doesn’t seem to align the way you want it to be.

What do you do?

You just wallow in anguish. You just let it seep into your being with the hope that things will eventually be alright. You just let your soul soar in this emotional maelstrom.

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You just let this cathartic phase run its own course.

Until you’re back whole again.

Let me wish you beautiful things….

Let me wish you beautiful things….let me blow a kiss your way….let me soothe your shaky self because you’re as scared as can be.

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Let us live in this wonderful place for a while. Let us savor this incredible feeling that nothing is wrong. Let us pretend that we are living in a paradise where everything is just right.

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Let’s drown the noise that unrest makes – the cries of outrage; of protests of inequality; of racism; of poverty; of hunger; and of everything that is wrong in our lives.

For just one more moment, let’s put ourselves on mute and wonder. Let’s ask ourselves if it would do the world good if we fan the fire of chaos by letting negative energy flow from ourselves into one big ball of negativity – negativity that may consume us and the whole humanity. Please, pause for one moment and picture it: a whole world full of people hating each other just because everyone is forced to have a stance – to take sides. One against each other. Would it do our world good?

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The last few days have been shocking to all of us. As if the anxiety and horror brought by a pandemic is not enough, we have been witnessing the chaos and utter disregard of peace in the States and all over the world. My heart bleeds.

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Why don’t we take a deep breath, close our eyes, and for a moment try to understand each other? Let’s try to restrain ourselves from being another tool of hate. Let’s wish each other well. One small seed of positivity. Let’s flood the world with beautiful and peaceful energy. Let me – let me wish you beautiful things….!

Let’s Do The Right Thing

Are we doing the right thing to save our specie? Because as we have seen in the past few months, our dear planet Earth showed us that it’s fine even without us.

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Shortly after the quarantine – when we all stayed locked down in our homes, nature started to bloom. As if being set free from being constrained, the polluted skies cleared up; wild animals started wandering in our streets and highways; for the first time in decades, our planet was able to breathe.

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It’s just staggering on how a minute virus could put humanity in isolation after proving to the whole Animal kingdom its dominance. Immediately after the First Industrial Revolution, when Great Britain was able to invent machines to replace human hands in factories, there is no stopping for man’s dominance over the rest of the living things.

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Or so, we thought. Because, as the recent pandemic has proven, other living things, e.g. viruses/bacteria are also forging on: jumping from animals to humans (zoonosis), mutating, being more resilient to drugs, and proving its existence. And its potency!

Humankind is being battered in all aspects. Health-wise, financially, socially, even our faith is being tested. We need to collectively heighten our senses – put our survival gear on, and hope and pray that we are doing the right thing!

sine qua non

Knowing oneself is essential. It is a sine qua non for a happy and peaceful life. Close your eyes and really get to know who you really are. Touch your innermost being to be able to grasp what makes you feel sad, afraid, driven, defeated, victorious, and happy. Acknowledge who you really are. Squeeze your gut out to bring that raw emotion that makes you accept who you truly are. When you do that, then and only then will you feel at peace.

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We wake up one-day huffing and puffing after having a race with life. We come to realize that we have been trying to compete with time – racing with it every day doing the commute; rush hours; deadlines; due dates; meetings; dinner dates with friends; and so on. We responsibly fulfill those obligations obliterating the SELF. We unwittingly destroy that essential part within ourselves.

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Life is so short to be wasted on meaningless strife. True, being able to get what we want in life is necessary, but it should not be the only reason for our existence. Our knowledge of ourselves should serve as an inner light that glows from within – an elixir that is essential for our existence. A sine qua non!

A Kaleidoscope

Here, in my little corner I exist. Here, I sit in my favorite chair with my eyes closed, taking the quiet of the day amid the hustle and bustle of a typical Vancouver day.

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I jump out of bed every morning and remind myself not to be enslaved by time and by how the world runs. I go about my day savoring life. I take time to drink my first-morning coffee – which tastes so good especially after several days of intermittent fasting. I take time to take a deep, long breath. I take my time because it is life’s greatest luxury – to be able to enjoy your days in your own quiet time.

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For some, happiness means a new pair of shoes; for some, it is the much-coveted jewelry; for some, an avalanche of money; but for me, just give me two peaceful days (my full weekend) lounging in my pajamas at home. I will love you to bits!

Be careful with what you wish for – because it just might come true! So, when COVID-19 spread its horrific tentacles that drove people into quarantine, I obliged to do so without qualms! I happily isolated at home doing what I do best – be at home. Then, I wrote my blogs!

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So, here I am in my quiet little corner bathing in my solitude – soaking in its mysteries; seeing life through a kaleidoscope that only a quiet soul can make.