Life Lately | January Round Up

Between a successful January here at The Magical Thinker and a stressful month with unexpected events, life always surprises me with its twists and turns. Here's my January life lately.

Seriously? Where does the time go? I realized last week that I had this post on my calendar, and I hadn’t even thought about it. I’m surprised how crazy January became. It was probably the longest month in recorded history. Hopefully, you understand what I mean. I know a lot of people agree with me. I felt like it was never-ending, like the number of expenses that crept out of nowhere. I was starting to feel like the year as starting on the wrong foot. But I wasn’t about to let a few unexpected events get me down.

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5 Tips for Beautiful Blog Photography

Six months ago, my photography skills were all out of whack. I couldn't take blog photos to save my life. Now I get compliments on how gorgeous my blog photos look. I want you to be able to do the same! Because of that, I'm sharing my tips for beautiful blog photography.

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Six months ago, I couldn’t take a picture for my blog if my life depended on it. My photography skills were all out of whack and nothing I did could make me happy. That’s when I started reading up on how to improve my photos. I even made a section on Pinterest dedicated to it. While doing research, I learned about different tricks and tools to brighten and bring my photos to life. Now, I get compliments on how gorgeous my blog photos look. It’s a great accomplishment, and I want you to be able to do the same!

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10 Beauty Hacks, Tips, and Tricks for Beginners

The dos and don'ts of the beauty industry are hard to navigate. Here are my ten beauty hacks, tips, and tricks for beginners.

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A little over a year ago I dived into beauty and makeup head first with no life preserver. Learning about the beauty world was something I’d wanted to do for years but never had the courage. When it came to makeup, all I did was a bit of powder foundation, eyeliner, and mascara. I was minimalist but put together. At least that’s what I told myself. In the last year, I’ve learned so much about makeup and beauty. The dos and don’ts of the beauty industry are hard to navigate when you’re first learning. It’s a lot of trial and error, but we all have to learn it at some point. 

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Ways to Calm Anxiety

We all have those moments. Our chest tightens. The air around us feels a bit thinner. Our hands shake. Having anxiety is a terrible and suffocating feeling. You feel helpless to control your reactions. Unfortunately, a lot of times it comes on without warning. You’re left wondering what is wrong with you. You can feel everyone’s eyes on you. Your mind is racing, but you can’t seem to slow it. It’s a nightmare. But you have the power to bring yourself out of that nightmare.

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Top 5 Favorite Lip Products

The top 5 lip products you need to try now.
 In the year past, I fell in love with lipsticks. It’s something I enjoy wearing, and it gives me that extra dose of confidence I need to kill it. Whether it’s a simple nude or a perfect red, I get excited when I find a new lip product to love. While I don’t wear lipstick every day, there are a few lip products that I reach for each time I’m feeling a bit extra girly. Some of these never even leave my purse. That’s how much I love them
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Productivity Apps You Shouldn’t Live Without

As a busy woman in her mid-twenties, I’m always looking for ways to manage my time better and boost my productivity. Sometimes I feel like I have thirty tasks that need to get done in one singular day. And if I’m not organized and using the best possible tools, I get overwhelmed. Then I thought to myself, why take twenty steps when I can jump and get there faster?

Because I like being as productive as possible, I’m always on the hunt for new ways to keep me on track. Between working full time, finding time to write, and trying to lead a social life, any help goes a long way. In the last few weeks, I started thinking about the apps I can’t live without. The ones that I use on a weekly or even daily basis. The ones that make my life as a writer one hundred percent easier. These are the apps I couldn’t live without.

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