Monday, April 17, 2017

Mystery Blogger Awards (blast from the past)

So I completely didn't realize these were still a thing but I was nominated by the lovely Cait and I remember a good blogger "award" being a rather ace time. However, the last occasion I did one of these was when I got a Liebster in 2014 (it's SO cringey oh my god) so who knows??

Part One: Three Facts About Me
1. I have a black Siamese cat named Nova who I genuinely believe has some form of mystical properties.
2. I'm horribly superstitious and have developed the odd habit here and there due to this that I have obviously normalized in my own brain.
3. I have a deep and ongoing love for flowers, specially hyacinths. My biggest desire is to open a flower shop somewhere lonely and hot like Arizona.

Part Two: Cait's Questions

-Does pineapple belong on pizza?
I actually hadn't tried pineapple pizza until a good week ago in which I was about to get on a train back from Northampton and was at this really overpriced pizzeria with this inconveniently large slices and impulsively asked for the controversial topping to feel like I was getting my moneys worth. Final answer: No. It doesn't.

-Do you think you can have breakfast food for dinner?
OK first off, why do I always get landed with questions involving breakfast food when I do one of these? Final answer: yes. Of course. Pancakes for every meal.

-If you could pick one film to watch for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Rather hard question in that my answer isn't essentially my favorite film of all time (it's Almost Famous if you were really dying of anticipation) but I'd have to choose Superbad just because of the entertainment value and that I've essentially tested this theory already through having watched it too many times to count and still finding humor within it. They Came Together is a close second for the same reasoning.

-Do you have a favorite makeup brand?
Though my makeup routine has been reduced to a good two steps, due to my lack of interest in cosmetics at the moment, I'd have to say NYX since their eyeliner is killer and they don't test on animals.

-What're a few things you're excited for in the next few months?
Probably the weather getting warmer, ending my junior year, and Pageant by PWR BTTM coming out next month. Also my e-book should be released sometime in the fall which is overwhelmingly cool.

Part Three: Favorite Blog Post You've Written
Ugh I wish this one was harder. Undoubtedly One Direction (and other): Why I Need Feminism. Kind of depressing since I wrote it nearly two years ago but I really went for it and it got such an intense response- exciting stuff.

Part Four: Pass It On! My Questions:
1. What are some of your superstitions?
2. What was the last show you went to? Do tell.
3. Least favorite trend?
4. Is 13 Reasons Why an unrealistic and offensive depiction of mental illness?
5. Do you believe in the law of attraction?

Kind of embarrassing in that I can't even think of anyone to tag due to being so out of touch with the main blogging community (my attention has been diverted more so to the online publication crowd lately- lovely people. Truly.) And I guess that's a good segue as any into a request for bloggers to leave their links below/ PLEASE rec me some good bloggers (esp. those that are into sustainable fashion/mindfulness/ethical shopping) I could really use a refresher.
Anyways, thank you to Cait for tagging me- it a pretty gr8 throwback and I love the nurturing and positive side of blogging like these tags. Good stuff.
-Annie 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Healing Properties: Starting to Harness Crystals

my crystal altar 

When I was first told by a friend who has similar anxiety patterns that howlite changed his life, I was all over how fake that came off. The immediate image that came to my head was a LA hipster drinking matcha and wearing hemp clothing telling me some rock could cure years upon years of spiraling like thank you but no. Melissa Broder said it best, "I know that I officially live in California because I'm carrying around a crystal in my bra". I was, however, persuaded to get into this form of healing after my anxiety and depression began spiking erratically and I was just kind of at that point of desperation in which I was willing to throw money at pretty much anything that would give me some sense of calm. You can't knock it till you try it right?? Right?? 

Before hitting your local crystal shop, here are a few things to consider:
-what do you feel you need crystals for? there's a huge variety of healing powers crystals have and though you can throw down on pretty much any one of them, understanding what you feel you need assistance on before even researching the stones themselves can save you a lot of time and money. 
-do your research! figure out how to exactly use the crystals you're interested in and how to use them. I've come across tons of crystal books in used bookstores for cheap but Crystal Vaults  works rather well also. 
-though crystals are known for their healing powers, relying solely on a stone isn't going to cure anything. think of crystals as a guide to helping you achieve mindfulness instead of a direct vehicle. 
Jade I keep by my bedside (along with my healing candle and jade ring)

When I first started getting into crystal use, I hit up a small shop on St. Marks (it's called Unique Collection- basically anywhere that sells crystals will do, I just really like going to the same place every time) and got  what I'd say are the best starters: rose quartz, jade, black onyx, and citrine. 
Shortly after, I ended up in Northampton and visited Inspirit Crystals (highly recommend- super fairly priced) where I picked up pale lavender obsidian, howlite, snow quartz, red aventurine, agate, and pink agate- all stones I find to be heavily important.
Once you've got yourself started, (no need to buy tons at once, I'd actually recommend simply getting 1-3 to start yourself off), it's time to actually practice. What I love about crystals is how accessible they are; no need for fancy ceremonies or rituals. Though I use each of my crystals when I meditate, it's important to look up each of the individual uses for your stones, to fully get the most out of their powers. Another way to harness their healing properties is simply bringing whatever crystal you feel is needed most in your bag/purse/I'd also rec. jewelry (hence the jade ring I wear at all times for balance and the howlite I keep in my purse for anti-anxiety).
Yet another concern is storage; I'd highly suggest putting your crystals on a window sill or a place with direct sunlight, as to let them charge. I've created an altar situation on my dresser where the sun hits them and I can easily meditate near them (though I'll usually hold my howlite and rose quartz whilst actually doing so).
Jewelry I wear practically everyday (rose quartz, tiger's eye, amethyst, and lapis lazuli)

Saying that crystals have mystically cured all my problems would be a hard no. Simply purchasing something, not matter what it is, for $5 really can't do much. However, developing these meditation routines and practices have definitely improved my skills in mindfulness and self tolerance, placebo effect or not, it's worked on me and I see no harm within that.
-Annie