Goals and Intentions for 2018

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Happy 2018 everyone! As we move into the new year, I thought I’d share some of my goals and intentions. While resolutions may work for some people, they don’t really work for me, as they make me feel like I’m being forced to do something. I can work towards goals and use intentions to change my mindset for the better.

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Cruisin’ the Mediterranean | Malta

Cruisin’ the Mediterranean | Malta
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Port of Valletta from the ship
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Port of Valletta
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Port of Valletta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a bit ashamed to say that I didn’t know Malta existed until this trip, which really goes to show how educational travel can be 🙂 I’ve probably already said this about other destinations, but Malta was probably my favorite, and I would want to visit again and marvel at the beautiful architecture.

This post will mainly be me sharing all the pictures that I took of Malta, with a few descriptions of certain places.

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PODCAST SPOTLIGHT | Cults

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I had originally planned to do another SKINFOOD product review, but I had just written one last week, and I recently got into this new podcast that I wanted to share with you guys.

My interest in podcasts comes and goes. I really got into listening to them on my daily work commute and whenever I was driving, but then the interest died again after a few months. A recent conversation with coworkers about audio books once again sparked my interest, so I went on the Podcasts app and downloaded a bunch of different ones that I thought I would like. I decided to start with Cults, hosted by Greg Polcyn & Vanessa Richardson.

Before I continue, I would say you shouldn’t watch this if you get triggered by descriptions of violence or abuse, as the cults that this podcast covers usually have committed violence or abuse of some kind to its own members or other victims.

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Cruisin’ the Mediterranean | Rome

Cruisin’ the Mediterranean | Rome

Next up in this series, Rome! Up to this point in the cruise, Rome was by far my favorite destination, for many reasons. The excursion just felt better planned, and consequently, it felt like we got to do and see more. The architecture and historical monuments we got to visit were also by far my favorite in the trip thus far and were even perhaps my most favorite throughout the whole trip.

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BOOK REVIEW | Stillhouse Lake

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Reading crime/thriller novels is my guilty pleasure. When I’m in the mood to read but don’t really want to use my brain, I love diving into these novels, where the most I have to think about is whether the protagonist is going to survive or who is the killer. These are especially nice to read when I’m traveling, and, on my most recent trip, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine was the book of choice.

(No spoilers ahead, because it’s that type of book 🙂 )

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AT A GLANCE | The Ordinary

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From top down, left to right: (1) High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, (2) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, (3) Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, (4) Magnesium Ascorbyl Phospate 10%, (5) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, (6) “Buffet”, (7) Serum Foundation in 2.1 Y

The Ordinary has been all over the internet, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s an affordable, cruelty-free skincare line under the Canadian company Deciem, which is “an umbrella of brands focused on advanced functional beauty”.

My brother had been pushing me to try The Ordinary products for a while, but I never really kept his recommendation in mind. Then, a couple months ago I went to visit him for his graduation, I got to see and hear about the products in person. They finally caught my attention, and when I came back from my trip, I took the plunge and bought quite a handful of their products to try.

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