@CALM Giveaway

Hi Sweet Souls – Happy Wednesday!

If you head to my Facebook & Instagram, I’m giving you the chance to win a 1 year @Calm membership! Calm is an app that teaches mindfulness techniques, meditation, body scans, stress reduction etc.

And if you head to my Instagram account (@AnxiouslyAwesome) look for the above picture to enter .. or click here!

Good Luck ♥

 

 

 

Affirmation

I’ve been reading all of your responses to my survey.. Thank you SO much by the way! Your feedback has been incredibly helpful & supportive ♥ You can take my survey here if you haven’t yet. Because of someone’s comment, I wanted to take a moment and talk about my username and how I came up with the affirmation.

When I started this account, I presented myself as Anxiously Awesome, a name that took me months to come up with. I never posted pictures of myself, never talked about self love or body image and I was constantly making things up as my account grew.

Today, my account has evolved into something much bigger … so have I! Over the past couple years, I’ve grown a lot .. I’m not the same person I was 2 years ago. As I’ve grown, my account has grown alongside me. I’ve opened myself up to the world and I talk about a lot of different things, some with ease and some with shaky fingers.

Someone mentioned in a comment that they want to see more of an example from my username. When I have writer’s block, am lost for words, or have no idea what to post or talk about next… I forget to go back to where it all began. I forget to think about why I created this account in the first place and I forget to draw from an important affirmation: I am Anxiously Awesome.

I want to know!

  • Do you resonate with the affirmation Anxiously Awesome?
  • What does being anxiously awesome mean to you?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Unplugged

Recently, I announced on Instagram that I would be taking an (almost) week long break. I enjoyed it so much that I actually extended it for a few more days. I’m still not completely back on Instagram … I’m hesitant to jump fully back into things.

WHY DID I TAKE a SOCIAL MEDIA BREAK?

I booked 2 days off of work because I was travelling to Toronto for the weekend to visit my aunt and goddaughter. I really wanted to take the opportunity to shut off my phone and focus on the world in front of me. I don’t see my goddaughter often, so I wanted to take in every moment possible and not be distracted by my phone.

HOW DID IT FEEL

It was a lot easier than expected. I felt relieved and like a weight had been lifted off of me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my account; what it all means, if it’s worth it, if people are listening etc. Most importantly, who am I posting for? Myself or other people? I don’t run my account for the “likes”.. I run it to share my story, to act as a journal of my thoughts and to connect to others who are going through similar struggles. With that being said, it’s super discouraging when I pour my heart into my account and it seems like no one is listening. Lately, more than ever, I’ve been questioning everything. 

WHAT I DID INSTEAD

There is so much more I could be doing with my days instead of constantly being on my phone: cooking, going for walks outside, spending time with my girlfriend .. enjoying what’s right in front of me and being in the moment. I think sometimes it’s good to take a social media break and to step away from your phone. 

AUTHENTICITY

There are certain things that I’m afraid to talk about because I’ve labelled myself to be apart of the mental health community/mental health advocacy community. I feel like I have limited myself, in a way, to what I can post about. I decided to change up my instagram bio because the person I was when I started my account isn’t the person I am today. 

MOVING FORWARD

I think it’s in my best personal interest to take a step back from my account. That doesn’t mean shutting down my account or anything like that… I just need to limit myself in terms of how much time I spend on Instagram. I need to figure out some things and until I do, its best that I take a step back. I don’t know where exactly Anxiously Awesome is headed but I do know that I need some time to think about it.

I’ve created a short survey and it would honestly mean the world to me if you could fill it out. You can find it here.

Sunday Night

Hi Sweet Souls,

It’s Sunday night, It’s been an emotional weekend, I’m feeling a lot of different things right now.. So I thought I would write a quick post to get a couple things off my chest.

  1. Not sure if anyone else can relate, but my mood is already unstable as it is and when I’m on my period, my mood & emotions just get so much more out of control. I’m a mess atm!
  2. I’ve been having a lot of existential thoughts lately that have been taking up space in my mind. Things have slowly come together in my life, for the better .. but I’m still questioning so much in my life and what it all means.
  3. I found out today that my little sister has panic attacks. She’s 13 years old (and I’m going to feel old by saying this) but I remember when I was her age and it seems like a completely different life then the life I’m living now. I grew up, with what I know now, as mental illnesses. I had severe anxiety, obsessions, depression etc. Knowing that my sister has panic attacks makes me realize that there is obviously something more going on with her
  4. Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, I’m having so much anxiety and negative thoughts about my body. I have no summer clothes that fit and i’ve been so used to covering up my body in the winter months, I’m terrified of showing my body.

I hope you find some peace in this upcoming week

My First VoxBox

Happy Thursday!

I received my first Influenster VoxBox a few weeks ago and wanted to share my experience with you!

I created my account on https://www.influenster.com a couple months ago and filled out all of my surveys, called “snaps”. An email was sent to me with another survey about this particular box and the following email said the VoxBox would be mailed within a few weeks. I got the box in the mail a few weeks later!

As an influencer, I appreciate that I’m allowed to be honest. Although I disclose in posts that I received the products complimentary & free, I’m able to review the products, try them out and give my honest feedback.

My favourite product was the Shower Burst by Being by Sanctuary. Here’s a snapshot of my review:

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes* I was really happy with this product! The smell was lovely but it wasn’t overpowering (which is great!). When applied, it made skin really soft and it came off nicely with water. It didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky, which I find some other products do. Also, it’s great that the company personally responded to my inquiry about weather or not they test on animals… they don’t! The product label is unique. The only downside is that it doesn’t go a long way…  you would have to use a few big pumps to cover your entire body.

I was also completely honest about a product I didn’t really like: the Clean and Clear face scrub.

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Honestly, I was not impressed with this product. I’ve been suffering from acne for many years and I am very careful about what I put on my face. When I use an exfoliator on my face, it’s to really dig deep into my pores and remove impurities. The beads were somewhat harsh and felt artificial. It didn’t really feel like it did a good job at exfoliating my face. One thing I will say is that a small dab goes a long way; it really foams up and covered my entire face. Also, the inactive ingredient list was a little too long with unfamiliar products, for my liking.

Trying out the products was fun and I hope to get another box soon! 

When Anxiety Stops you from Celebrating your Birthday

It’s Thursday night and my anxiety is starting to kick in full speed. I’m leaving Friday after work for my sister’s dance competition in Collingwood and my birthday is Saturday.

As always, my feelings are all over the place. In highschool, I couldn’t wait until I was older. I wanted to be a true adult so badly; I wanted to to leave my teenager years behind and move on to adult life.

As I’m about to turn 23, I have mixed feelings. My anxiety tells me the long list of things I should have done by now. For a second, I wish I could go back and become a pure and free child again.

My self-esteem and body image is especially negative right now. There’s an outdoor pool and hot tub at the resort were staying at. I know without a doubt that I’ll never enter that pool. Why? I haven’t owned or worn a bathing suit in … I can’t even remember the last time. Four years maybe?

I’m turning 23 in two days and that scares the crap out of me.

My anxiety tells me all the things I should have accomplished by now.

Yet, my soul knows all of the things I have accomplished this past year.

Soul Stamps

Hi Lovelies,

I decided to do an interview with Elizabeth from Soul Stamps! Make sure to read until the end for a chance to win one of her temporary tattoo sets. 

Elizabeth creates temporary tattoos to help encourage and inspire women of their worth and value.

A temporary reminder, A permanent promise

How did you come up with the name?

I came up with the concept first and knew I had to come up with a great name! Instead of rushing it I told myself I would take my time and it would come to me. And it did! I was reading a book and read the word “soul” and Soul Stamps just popped in my head.

It was absolutely perfect because the affirmations are parts of who we are that are already always “stamped” on our souls. Loved, worthy, enough, etc…we just have to be reminded.

How did you come up with the idea for Soul Stamps? 

When I graduated college I got a permanent tattoo on my wrist that says, Let Go. It was the reminder I needed when I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life and helped me to remember to let go and give my anxieties to God. I wanted these tattoos to be the reminder for people to get through a tough day or hard time.

How do you use your personal experiences to inspire and   encourage women?

The tattoos that I sell help and encourage me as much as they help and encourage others! I know that the insecurities I face are the same as so many women (and men!).  Soul Stamp followers are watching me walk through a journey of regaining my identity through these tattoos and I try to make that as vulnerable as possible so they can be inspired.

What is your favorite temporary tattoo and why?

Either One Day At A Time or I am loved. Both I need to be reminded of the most!! 

Tell me about your future plans for Soul Stamps. 

You know, I am trying to figure that out now! I would love to have them sold in more retail stores and used for students in middle school & high school. Those are prime times for needing security in your identity & the times I remember struggling the most with mine.


GIVEAWAY Elizabeth is giving away one of her Temporary Tattoo Sets; Head over to Instagram and find this picture on @anxiouslyawesome and @soulstamps to enter. 

Check out Soul Stamps ahttps://www.soulstampsshop.com

 

Self Care with Samantha

*As seen on Self Love Supply 

I couple days ago I asked my followers what self care meant to them. So many people responded with some really great answers, otherwise known as Self-Care Tips. What stood out was the idea that Self-Care is individual to everyone, yet a universal term.

MY SELF-CARE

Self-Care has been a work in progress for me. I’ve had a history of worrying about others way too much and not enough about myself. When I created my blog and Instagram account under the name Anxiously Awesome two years ago, I entered a community in which I was always learning something new. One of those things was Self-Care. I never learnt how to properly take care of myself and I didn’t know how to put myself first.

Self care has been a work in progress and I’m slowly learning what self care means to me and how I can apply it to my everyday life. So, I am going to share some of my own self care tips with you!

Taking a hot shower
Saying no
An appointment with my counsellor
Writing a blog post
Sleeping in
Wearing clothes that are comfortable

SELF-CARE TIPS FROM MY FOLLOWERS:
Cleaning my apartment
Positive acts that improve my life
Doing what feels good
Keeping a balance in my life
Drinking enough water and eating enough food
Taking care of the basics
Recharging my spiritSelf-Care means doing something for yourself that will make you feel better. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Some days, it’s an accomplishment to do the tiny things, like showering, getting dressed or going grocery shopping. Learning how to take care of myself has been a journey; I have slowly learnt to say no to people and how to put my mental and physical health first.

Self-Care is not selfish; we deserve to care for ourselves as much as we would care for others. I hope reading this blog post has helped you to create some of your own Self Care Tips.

Happy Self Care Sunday!

~ Samantha

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World Bipolar Day

Today, March 30th, is World Bipolar Day. I barely saw any posts on Instagram talking about it which was weird because usually there are always a ton of posts about specific mental illness days. BUT then I realized that a lot of people don’t exactly know what “bipolar” means because truth be told … I never did either until I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. It’s a complicated illness to explain and there are several different types of bipolar disorder.

Anyways … I want this post to be educational and informative rather than me just talking about my own experience. The Mental Health Foundation created these really great pictures on Instagram that I wanted to share with you.

They also did a great job at explaining the types of bipolar disorder:

I encourage you to comment below so we can create a conversation together ♥