Trying Meditation

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A few weeks ago I started to include meditation with my workout routine to help mental health along with physical.

How to get started

Step 1 – find an app or videos

I tried several apps at the same time ( got to check out all the options ) to try to find one that I liked the best. It’s good to have one that has topics that are applicable to you and if they’re guided meditations, with someone who has a voice that you can listen to for a bit.  My favourite apps were Simple Habit Meditation – it costs money to subscribe but my friend gave me a free trial – and HeadSpace. HeadSpace is a good starting off point to learn the basics. After using the apps for a bit and once I felt like I knew what I was doing I went to YouTube videos for more options. My favourite has been Boho Beautiful ( it sounds cheesy but she has a very calming voice ), there is a daily meditation playlist which focuses on self-acceptance and love.

Step 2 – fit it into your daily routine

At first, I tried to work meditation in 3 places in my routine, to see if I could do it that often and to find when worked best. First thing in the morning, while stretching post-workout and right before bed. In the morning it’s a good way to start the day being calm and having a clear mind. I find it allows me to stretch better because of being relaxed and focused in the moment. Right before bed is a great way to sleep better and calm yourself down.

Step 3 – be consistent!

Best way to form a habit is to stick with it until it becomes part of your day. This can be hard on days when your mind is racing and it feels difficult to calm it, but that’s when you need it most.

Some benefits I’ve found

  • My mind feels calmer. The main reason to start meditation. It really helps with anxiety and sleep.
  • Less negative thoughts, more appreciative, more positive. I’ve been trying to consciously work on this, too, so the meditation didn’t magically solve this, but it has helped. Especially with being present and trying not to worry.
  • More focus, which also helps during workouts. If you try to incorporate meditation into something you need a lot of focus for or during your workouts it can improve your performance because you’re living in the moment and your mind is either clear on thinking about whatever it is you need focus for.
  • Feels like you have more control over your mind. If you start thinking negatively you can use meditation as a tool to stop it or at least redirect.

It seems so simple yet it feels like it’s made a substantial difference in how I think and I would highly recommend learning how to meditate. Have you tried meditation?

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Seeking Style 5 – Outfit Planning

This instalment of the Seeking Style Series will be on how to streamline your outfit choices and make sure you’re using all of the clothes you own.

Get everything out and ready

The first thing I do is take all of the clothes out where I can see them so I know what I’m working with. It’s pretty messy and could probably be done in a neater way, but this is what I do. I find that I often forget things that I have or there’ll be a shirt that I don’t enjoy wearing, but once it’s put together with something else I might like it a lot more and start wearing it often. The main point is to get the most out of what you own.

 

Putting things together

Once everything is out, it’s time to start putting outfits together and taking pictures. I start with outfits I usually wear and from there switch a piece out and see how it looks, sometimes trying on the new combos to see how it feels and if I like it. This way you can get more outfit options out of what you have. I will also look up things like “how to style utility jacket” to get more inspiration and ideas for things to go together that I would have never thought of.

 

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My phone’s camera roll after putting outfits together 

 

 

 

Using Pinterest

Once there are some outfit combinations, I lay everything out and take pictures of them. Then I create a secret Pinterest board where I pin all of the photos I’ve taken of my outfits. The board can be sorted by season or weather to make finding outfits even easier. With a bit of initial time commitment, you can have quick and easy outfits and not have to think about them!

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Exposing my secret Pinterest board

 

 

 

 

 

Read the previous Seeking Style posts here: 1 – Stalking, 2 – “Uniform”, 3 – Closet Clearing, 4 – Shop Online 

Do you like to wear different outfits or do you have a few favourites you stick with?

 

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Scholarship Struggles

Scholarships have been a bit of a struggle in the journey to university. They either require you to have done something very extraordinary ( which is definitely justifiable! ) or it seems like the places are just getting you to do their work for them. It’s been overwhelming with the amounts of scholarships available and trying to figure out what ones are actually worth pursuing.

 

Scholarships in Canada and some websites to find them

It’s worth looking around as early as possible for scholarships. I started looking into them last fall and most of the smaller ( about $1000 and under ) scholarships required it to be the year in which you’d be attending university. I would thoroughly check out the major scholarships but if you haven’t done anything too crazy it’s not worth spending a lot of time trying to find huge scholarships.  Apply instead for as many smaller ones as possible! When you apply to universities and if you meet the scholarship requirements, schools will automatically consider you for some of their scholarships.

Scholarship sites for Canada

I’ve been using yconic.com which I like because they send emails with contests in which  you can win money for university. Contests are a good, easy and a generally pretty hassle-free way to try and get some school money. I also use scholarshipscanada.com.  They do not send email updates of scholarships I qualify for, which would be nice. Generally, you fill out a very detailed profile and they match you to any available scholarships. It’s not too overwhelming and there are quite a few options out there.

 

Not finding any

I haven’t actually applied for any yet! There doesn’t seem to be a lot of Applied Health specific ones, nor has there been any school-specific ones. The only scholarships I have found so far have been things like “design 3 T-shirts and you can win $25” ( that was legit one of them! ), or a lot of work for very little money. Once I have finished my schoolwork I will spend a lot more time on scholarships, though, because offsetting costs will be worth it!

 

Are there any fellow Canadians out there looking for scholarships, what sites do you use? Any other homeschoolers struggling with finding good scholarships?

 

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Young Adult Travel Bucket List – European Tour

In my young adult years, it’s my goal to gain as many experiences and learn as much as I can, mostly through travel and whatever path of school and work I will be in. The schools I’ve applied to are nearby so I will be living at home, which will provide me with a good home base without having to have my own place to worry about ( or the added cost of living ) so I can travel more freely. The schools also offer several different programs for travelling abroad:

  • Co-op where you can be hired abroad for a school term and get to work as part of your education.
  • The exchange program where you can take some of your courses at a school abroad.

With the opportunities the school provides and on my own, there are lots of places I’m hoping to explore in my young adult years. This post will be about Europe!

 

Where to?

I’ve been working on a list that is more in detail but right now I just have a bit figured out.

European tour

First stop – Iceland on the way to Europe.

It seems to be not too uncommon to stop and stay in Reykjavik for a day or 2.

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From reykjavik.com

What I would do

  • See around the city
  • Go to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal pool. It’s naturally very warm water and they have places where you can swim in it. Even if I wasn’t swimming, it’s very beautiful.
  • Take an Icelandic pony tour of either the volcanoes or some of the historical sights. Pretty much anywhere just as long as I can ride one of the ponies.

 

The UK

What I would do

The list for the UK could go on forever, but these are the things I would want to do the most.

  • Explore London, maybe take a bus tour.
  • Go to the baths in Bath.
  • Explore Edinburgh.
  • See some of the major historical sights.
  • Visit Buckingham Palace.

 

Amsterdam

  • Probably bike throughout.
  • Visit some of their cool coffee shops.
  • Explore the city because it looks like a really interesting place.
  • Go to the Van Gogh Museum
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum Library

 

Spain

  • Learn to Salsa dance
  • Visit a colourful market
  • Explore the place

 

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Picture off of Pinterest

 

Italy

There is so much to see in Italy I would be happy to go anywhere. So far the list is just one thing, though.

  • Spend a day in Rome.

 

Greece

I would probably only want to spend a weekend at most in Athens and that would be it.

  • Take a tour through Acropolis
  • See all of the famous ancient places
  • EAT!

 

Where would you go in Europe?

 

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Summer Clothes Haul ( H&M, Ardene, Forever 21, aerie )


For most of my teenage years, I’ve found it hard to find clothing that I liked. They were either not in my style ( I didn’t really know what style I liked until recently ), they were poor quality or too expensive, so I ended up leaving stores empty-handed or returning purchases shortly thereafter. I came up with a plan ( Seeking Style! ) for myself to find clothes that were 1) reasonably priced,  2) fit in my style and I would actually wear,  3) looked good and were not terrible quality. This has been the most successful shop in awhile and I’m very happy with what I bought!

 

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Floral T-Shirt – Forever 21, Lemon Print T-Shirt – Forever 21, Burgundy Striped T-Shirt – Forever 21, Black & White Striped T-Shirt – Forever 21.

T-shirts for summer when it’s hot and I mostly wear sweaters so I needed something a bit cooler for the warmer months. I tried to get more classic patterns ( can never have too many stripes! ) to go with my style and give a bit of a vintage feel. Floral is everywhere right now and I’m so happy about it. Lemons because why not?! ( also like Lemonade ) And stripes because you can never go wrong with stripes.

 

 

 

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Red Sweatshirt – H&M, Black Sweatshirt – Ardene.

 

There is nothing better than an oversized, warm and cozy sweatshirt. It’s like a constant hug. The red one is for everyday wear and says “true happiness” along the back, which I think is letting you know that it would bring happiness. The black one is not as heavy so I got it for wearing post-workout over my workout tanks.

 

Light Jeans – Forever 21, Black Leggings – Forever 21, Black Shorts – Ardene, Denim Shorts – Forever 21.

The light jeans are to embrace my inner hipster, sort of like the mom jean trend but I got them in skinny jeans because I like those more and high waisted which makes them more flattering and I think more comfortable. Black leggings with some detail so they don’t look too plain. The fabric is thicker so they don’t end up being see-through or anything and there are zippers on the ankles to make them less plain. Black leggings are a must have since they are super comfortable and can be worn with anything. Denim shorts are the warm weather alternative to the jeans because they’re basically the exact same thing but shorter. These were one of the few pairs that I could find that wasn’t incredibly short or somehow “distressed”. The black shorts I got so my purchase from Ardenes would get to the free shipping minimum, to be honest, but they are actually pretty comfortable and I will always wear new workout clothing!

 

Maxi Dress – Forever 21 ( they don’t have it in stock to link  ), Dark Blue Floral Dress – H&M, Chambray Romper – Ardene, Striped T-Shirt Dress – H&M, Red Floral Dress – H&M.

This is my favourite part of this haul, DRESSES! Summer and warm weather is the best because of summer dresses being so pretty and comfortable. I could not get the maxi dress to unwrinkle so please excuse that, it’s not that wrinkly when it’s not laying down. The maxi dress is my favourite thing that I bought, it’s made from t-shirt material ( super soft and comfy ) with a halter neck and feels like something a Greek goddess would wear. Forever 21 is almost constantly out of stock of these but once you see them I would buy it immediately since their stock goes fast! The red and the blue dress are both made of similar material and both have slightly flowy skirts. They’re very comfortable and cute, I feel like I will only wear these all summer. The T-shirt was soooo soft and easy since you just slide it on and it’s a full outfit. This is the first time I’ve had a romper, I felt like a doll with the puff around the neckline, but it’s great! I have a very long torso, though, so if I were to get other rompers they would probably also have to be off the shoulder in order for them to be comfortable.

 

 

 

 

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Swimsuit Top – aerie, Bottom – aerie, Sports Bra – Forever 21, Bralette – aerie.

 

I had been wanting a vintage style bathing suit for awhile and had been keeping an eye out for places selling ones that weren’t so vintage that they looked like a costume, but still had the classic feel to them. I noticed aerie had them last year but didn’t get any because I haven’t gone swimming or anything in a while. This year I decided to just get it because it’s not very often that they’re in style and I knew I would get my money’s worth of enjoyment out of it. Also at aerie, I got a bralette which I had heard was really great and now I fully agree, it’s much prettier in person, super comfortable and looks nice enough that it can be worn under things and it’s not a huge deal if you can see straps or anything. I would get about 100 more. Aerie has lots of sales and things are pretty reasonably priced when they’re on sale, I also like their body positive campaign #aerieREAL, it’s also helpful to see how things would look on you because there are so many other people with different body types. The sports bra was on clearance at Forever 21 and I can also never have enough of those for working out.

What’s your favourite piece of summer clothing?

 

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New Blog Home!

Welcome to the new and improved P.S. It’s Peri! The blog has moved to psitsperi.com where I’ll be able to grow it more than before.

What’s new and what is the same?

Subscriptions are the same, all of the previous posts are the same, tags and comments are all the exact same as before. There is a bit of a new colour pallet, a new look for the blog! It will no longer be able to be reached at psitsperi.wordpress.com and only at psitsperi.com. And that’s it for the changes! Bear with me as I figure this out, but everything should run smoothly.

 

Thank you, everyone, for following along on my blog journey and helping it grow to new heights! And if you find anything that isn’t working right, please let me know in the comments or by contacting me and I will do my best to fix it.

 

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Motivation To Do Schoolwork In Grade 12

The motivation for doing schoolwork can be so hard, especially during the winter when the days a dreary and the last thing you want to do is school.

 

Grade 11 vs 12 motivation

Last year, motivation was pretty low around this time of year since it was post-winter break and everything seems dull until spring starts to pop up. This year, I feel pretty highly motivated to get school done, so much so I’ve been getting done a week’s worth of work in a couple days.

 

Highly motivated in grade 12

I think the motivation to get schoolwork done gets easier when there’s an end in sight and once I’m done this grade it’ll be done for high school. In previous years I have not taken summers off, instead, I took off a few days here and there when I felt like it. That can be very good for when you feel like you really can’t do schoolwork and need a break. But, having a set “I will be done school” point helps to motivate to get to that point. I’m trying to have a combination of both, do as much school as I can while I’m feeling super motivated then taking a few days off ( weekends or days when I’m busy doing other things ) with the end point of whenever all of my courses are finished. The end feels close enough that I’m trying my best to get to that point as soon as I can with still learning everything. The downside of the days when I get lots of schoolwork done is there is sometimes a “crash” day where my brain is mush, that’s when it should be a break or an easier work day. Overall, I’m just looking forward to having all of the work done and that’s motivation enough to keep going.

 

How do you keep motivated during these dull months?

 

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Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick Review

Liquid lipsticks are my favourite because they go on very smoothly and last a very long time. Here are 3 of the brands that I’ve tried

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick-Prized Peach (065)
I really did not like this one, so much that I threw it out and didn’t take a picture. It did last a while but it got almost crumbly, it flaked off throughout the day. The flakes would smear all over, too, so it was not pleasant.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16-Hour Kiss Proof Lip Color, Just Teasing, 1-Count
These have been some of my favourites for awhile and I’ve had lots of people ask me about them. It comes in 2 parts, one with the colour that is matte and one that’s a gloss to go over the top if you want a shine. I find it lasts longer without the gloss and I like matte lips better so I just use the colour portion. Each colour is very opaque and lasts so long that it won’t need any touching up after eating and having it on all day. The downside is, it’s really hard to get off at the end of the day, but that’s the price you pay for long-lasting colour.

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Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color, Dreamer, 0.17 fl. Oz.
I just bought this and it is my new favourite! It’s very smooth and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any lipstick. It lasts so long and doesn’t flake or need touching up. I would highly recommend this. The colours are very bright and you get more product for the price compared to the Rimmel ones where it’s only partially the lipstick.

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The cat really enjoyed this photo shoot.

Are there more liquid lipsticks I should try?

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I Survived The SATs!

The universities that I would like to go to recommended that homeschool students take a standardized test to apply ( why? ) and I chose the SAT without the essay.

 

Preparing

Taking as many practice test as you possibly can ( it sounds extreme but I think lots of practice tests are very important ) help so much! Khan Academy Official Practice made the whole test experience a lot easier. Around 2 months before the test date, I took the first full-length practice test on Khan Academy so it could see where I struggled and where I excelled to make a plan. It recommends what subjects need to be worked on based on the previous practice tests’ scores. Screenshot 2018-01-15 at 1.08.44 PM

Every day up until the test day I spent about 20 minutes – so I didn’t get overwhelmed or burnt out – working on the topics it recommended and every other week I took a full-length practice test to pretend it was the real test day. The week of the actual test I took full-length practice tests every other day because I wanted to get the nerves of the test out a bit. At some point, test scores seem to stop varying much and stick within a range. I had a 90 point range with all of the practice tests. I got around the same score every time except for a few really bad days and one really great score day. My final score ended up being right in this range and the official score had a 70 point range predicting that if I retook the test it would also fall within the same range.

Khan Academy also has lots of tips and tricks on how to take the test. In the comments on their pages, people have shared things about their experiences and lots of helpful tips, too.

 

Registering

All SAT test registration is done through the CollegeBoard. As I had said in the previous post on SATs, it is good to sign up well in advance to get a test centre close by. My uni applications all have a deadline of March 1st for getting the docs in, so this was my only chance to take the test and do well. If I were to do it again, I would take the SATs a little earlier in case my score wasn’t a good representation of my skills. But the benefit is I knew I did my very best this time and it probably wouldn’t be much better if I had taken the test again.

I didn’t do my full registration, I had my mom do it because I was afraid I would miss something. They require a photo which they seem very picky about but really as long as you can tell who you are from the picture it is fine. There is a fee for the test and it is more for those outside of the US. They also want you to fill out info forms for scholarships but those scholarships are just for the US, so I did not fill them out.

 

Test day

I had to get up at 6am, which, as a homeschooler that doesn’t usually have to wake up very early, was the worst part of the whole test, I also didn’t fall asleep until late so that didn’t help, but that’s why coffee exists! The first thing that happens when you arrive at the Test Centre is the check your ID and admission ticket. I went in before it was technically open but that also meant I was one of the first people out once the test was done. After getting ID checked, I went to the Test Room where everyone was lined up and handing in their phones to be set aside during the test, I did not take my phone with me. There was quite a bit of waiting for everyone to get in, which I didn’t really mind since it was my first time ever in a non-university classroom, I liked looking around at everything. The test supervisor handed out test booklets and workbooks, explained the rules and there was signing to agree that you weren’t cheating or anything, and then the first part of the test began. Each part passed by with breaks in between, I made the mistake of not standing up when it was break time and sitting in the chair for 4 hours got very uncomfortable. It was very nice once the test was over and the relief of it being done, and I could get out of the chair.

 

Scores

The scores were sent out about a week later. They email to tell you they have arrived and you can view them through the CollegeBoard website, where they also heavily break the scores down and explain where points came from and where you did well. I was satisfied with my score but I know I could have done better with timing. The time flies by during the actual test.

Official scores are sent to the schools you’ve applied to through the CollegeBoard for a fee to ship them. It took awhile to find the code for the schools since they’re outside of the US but with some searching around they were found. Scores were sent off and that’s it for the standardized test part of the application!

 

 

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I Changed My Hair?!

Changing up hairstyles or colour is a lot of fun. It can be a huge change and make you feel 100x more confident and it makes life a little more exciting by changing up hair. I’ve done purple ends, multicoloured ends, blonde ends and almost ombre, and a few other colours on the ends, but this is the first time I’ve dyed my full hair! It took a lot of YouTube videos and reading about how to DIY your own hair to do these, but definitely worth the research!

 

Getting to blonde

At the start of 2017, I had the ends of my hair dyed a turquoise that wouldn’t come out, apparently blue toned colours are very long lasting. It took several rounds of bleaching but, eventually, the ends became very white and I kept that for a while as almost an ombre. In the summer I dyed a bit more blonde and decided that I would go fully blonde later on in the fall. The first round of dying all of my hair turned out pretty well, but now I’m changing it to make it even better.

 

The process and products used

What I’m doing in these steps is taking my yellow-ish platinum blonde to a cooler blonde that will look more natural and re-dying the roots.

I used Argan Oil Powder Lightener from Sally’s Beauty, it doesn’t smell too bad or burn your eyes when it’s in the air so I quite like it, it’s also super strong and lifts colour off nicely. Lightener powder must be mixed with a developer, I used Argan Oil Cream Developer in volume 20. It also doesn’t smell too bad and it goes on very nicely, I just chose 20 because it was in the middle of the volume options but it works really well. I mixed a little bit together and kept adding more powder and cream as I went because if it sits in the bowl for too long it all dries up, then I applied it all over my hair with my hands while wearing rubber gloves. Personally, I find just using my hands works a lot better than the little brushes or combs, you just have to make sure that you’ve massaged the colour in and it is blended nicely.

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Waiting for the bleach.

 

Then it’s waiting time. I’m really bad at keeping track of how long the bleach has been on for, they recommend 30 minutes, but I ended up leaving it for much longer in order to get all of the colour out and the blonde that I was going for. After it had sat for awhile, I washed it all out and let my hair dry naturally for a bit while I ate lunch, then blow dried it until it was completely dry.

At this point, you can just leave it, but that’s when the blonde has yellow tones to it making it look less natural. So I decided to tone it. Toner is a mix of very light purple, blue or pink-ish dye and a little bleach. When you first apply it, it is white then it changes to the colour you wish to tone your hair after it sits. I used Blond Brilliance Lilac Toner, I let it sit for around 45 minutes to an hour then washed it all out and applied a hair mask.

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Lilac toner in and waiting for it.

 

After bleaching your hair it helps so much to use a hair mask to seal in the colour you apply ( or in this case tone ) and help heal the hair again. I used Inebrya Ice Cream Color Mask Tuttifrutti ( I couldn’t find any links to this so they might not make it anymore?? )  and let it sit for 5 minutes then once my hair was dry it was very soft, so I highly recommend this one! And that’s it for dying my hair! It turned out almost grey at first and after washing my hair for the first time after the toner it settled out to a white-blonde.

 

 

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The final product – white blonde!

 

 

Have you DIYed your hair or want to try any fun colours?

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