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TGIF, PEEPS. And hello from HOT-lanta! AKA Atlanta, Georgia, where it is V HOT right about now. And humid. And rainy. Basically dream weather amiright? 😉 I’m here for a lil’ weekend conference before jetting off on another trip next week. It’s a blogging conference, so it’s also basically a dream any time I get to have some solid girl time catching up with girlfriends I’ve known from the internet for basically ever.
In other news, it has been a HOT SEC since our last #AskE post! No bueno, yo. It feels like I’ve been hoarding Q’s for months now (I have), so it’s about dang time we have some chit chat. Grab yo’ coffee + let’s hop right in!
“You Go Girl” tee (here’s a plain white tee favorite of mine, with more favorites here!) // Red skirt (only $17!!! I’m wearing size S) // Studded flip flops ($10 designer dupes of these $345 Valentino flip flops!) // Sunglasses ($16.99 designer dupes of these $250 Karen Walker sunnies!) // Physicians Formula Healthy Lip Liquid Lipstick (in Tu-Lip Treatment)
In one of your last Q&A posts, you mentioned how you wash your hair not often! I need your secrets. I’ve been dealing with horrible dry scalp because of hard winter and the winter weather. What kind of products do you use to keep your hair looking clean?!
How do you combat burnout & overwhelm?
First thing’s first, wrote a biga$$ blog post about that some time ago – and much of it still holds true to this day 100%. So, I’d recommend!
Combatting burnout/overwhelm is really twofold: Prevention + Elimination. Preventing it from happening in the first place (important), and eliminating it if/when it shows up on your doorstep uninvited (also important).
The short version: I first get down to the why. WHY am I feeling burnt out and/or overwhelmed? If you treat just the symptoms and not the underlying disease, you risk it getting worse…or just repeating itself in the future. No bueno, yo. So really get real with yourself to figure out what specific circumstances or situations are contributing to the negativity you’re currently experiencing.
Next, get disciplined. I HAVE to set strict rules for myself, *especially* in any period of time that happens to be busier than usual. Otherwise, I risk my schedule running me instead of me running it! If I look at my calendar and my gut reaction is to groan in horror, I know it’s time to either a.) buckle down + get strict in balancing my own time management with self care, and/or b.) give myself grace and let some things off of it for the time being.
Through it all, it’s important to know thyself. What are your triggers? What sends you over the edge? What do you NEED in your daily routines to feel inspired + healthy? What people should be surrounding you, versus who shouldn’t be near your energy field with a 9-foot pole? How much “me time” do you need? What’s your creative outlet, and how often should you be flexing those muscles? How much tech time is too much tech time for your brain?
Dig deep, A those Q’s for yourself, and remember your own answers for future reference.
If I’m already at the point of burnout (#BeenThereDoneThat), I HAVE to have to have to cut back immediately to get back to the good feels. Pushing through burnout just leads to…worse burns. Gotta heal first, yo! So if I find myself at Burnout Station, it’s time to put a halt to any non-essential things on my calendar for the foreseeable future. If it’s not absolutely mandatory, it’s not happening. Not until I a.) brain dump, b.) get a workout in, c.) get a good night’s sleep, d.) have some solid Bible time, e.) organize something in my house, and f.) rinse + repeat the above steps.
Hey girl! I am looking for great skin products that you could recommend. I already use the Mario Badescu toning spray, which I love, but I’m looking for a great cleanser and I’m prone to acne. I saw you like Tula, but is that your favorite?
Hey girl hey – funny you should ask! I just posted this humdinger of a post sharing both my morning AND nighttime skincare routine of the past month-ish. Check it out, yo!
But to A the specific Q’s here…1.) Yes, Tula is my favorite face cleanser. Their Purifying Cleanser just can’t be beat. I have 3-4 tubes on stock at my house at all times. It’s my go-to for WHENEVER, and it’s the one I go back to if/when I’m having any sorta flare up of any kind, be that a breakout or redness or just a reaction to a product I’ve been testing. The fact that it balances out your pH + works with *your* skin is so so so good. AND it’s a cleanser that truly works on all skin types – oily, dry, older skin, younger skin, you name it!
If I need a deeper cleanse from a heavier makeup day or am specifically spot targeting, I might do a combo of a mud cleanser with something that’s a gentle exfoliant (chemical or physical, either or!). Some current favorites for that are the ones I mentioned in that most recent skincare roundup (so check that out here!) – this mud cleanser + this exfoliant!
ALSO, worth noting that I lovelovelove using my FOREO Luna Go with my Tula cleanser to get a little deeper with that clean. My Clarisonic is reserve for the deepest of cleaning days – my FOREO is like the perfect in-between (say, for nighttime before bed), and my Dew Puff is what I use in the morning in the shower for a really light, gentle cleanse.
P.S. I do have discount codes for some of my fave products, since the companies know how much I lovelovelove their stuff and wanted me to able to spread the lovelovelove to YOU guys if you’re interested in trying any of my personal faves. SO.
COMINGUPROSES gets you 20% off anything at Tula (+ FREE shipping over $50!)
ERICA20 gets you 20% off at FOREO!
What are you watching/reading/enjoying nowadays?
What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a kid?
Got any Q’s you wanna see A’d in a future #AskE post?
I’d lovelovelove to hear ’em all! Anything goes. 😉 Feel free to comment down below, email me, or just drop ’em in this handy dandy form right here!
Past #AskE posts are here, if ya wanna peep through the archives!