Blog #4: Drugstore Cruelty-Free Makeup.

Welcome back beauties! Today we will continue our look into the cruelty-free options in makeup. Last time we went over the more expensive makeup, the high-end makeup. Today we will look at more affordable makeup that is cruelty-free. Unfortunately, I will not be able to name all cruelty-free makeup brands because it is a huge list that continues to grow each day. In addition, I will also be mentioning products I have personally tried in order to give a more detailed review.

 

As a refresher of last weeks post, cruelty-free is a label used in products and activities that do not harm or kill animals. Makeup companies that test their products on animals are not included. Makeup testing on animals can be very harmful/painful to animals and cause the death of millions of animals every year. There are various companies that might say they do not harm animals but they might still test their products on animals, therefore it’s important to know which products are actually cruelty-free. We are able to know which products are on sale based on the logo on the product. This logo is shown below.

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E.L.F

This is a makeup brand that have some great products and some not so great products. Their prices range from $1 upwards depending where it is being sold. Although some of their makeup is not up to standards with high end makeup it is a great brand for those that want to stay on a budget or are starting to experiment with makeup.  They also have some great affordable brushes, be advised not all their brushes are cruelty-free since some are made of natural animal hair. Some of their most popular makeup products are:

  • Baked Highlighter ($4). This is a cute little highlighter that comes in various shades such as Moonlight Pearls, Blush Gems, Apricot Glow, Pink Diamonds. This is a highlighter that gives off a great shine and the price is amazing for that color payoff. Pro tip: scrape the top of the highlighter and then go nuts.

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  • Eyeshadow Palettes ($10). These makeup palettes are quite amazing for the price. Some of their palettes are Rose Gold, and Mad for Matte. The colors are amazing and they can be used to create the most amazing looks.

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  • Clear Brow and Lash Mascara ($2). This is one of my favorite gels to set my eyebrows, I recently just purchased a new one and with this price who wouldn’t? This is a gel that can be used on brows and lashes since it is double sided and brings a little spoolie (brow and mascara brush). The gel is a clear color that helps your brow hairs stay in place, the other side is a clear mascara that helps you get a natural lift to your lashes.

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Physicians Formula

This is a makeup brand that focuses on makeup for those with sensitive skin, it is “hypoallergenic” making it mostly paraben-free. Some of their do contain some products that might cause an allergic reaction so please always check their ingredient lists before purchasing. I have personally tried many of their products as it is very nice on my skin. They have recently expanded their collection to include liquid lipsticks, foundation, and serums. Some of their most popular products include:

  • Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick ($8). This is a long-wearing velvety texture lipsticks. The colors are amazing and offers 13 great selections from nude to bold colors. Their ingredients include Avocado Oil, Vitamins A & E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Anti-aging Peptides. This is a wonderful formulate that does not dry out your lips and actually hydrates and moisturizes your lips.

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  • The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 ($15). This is their new foundation, it is a long-wearing, breathable, and comes in 15 shades. It is a quite sheer foundation but can be buildable, it also offers a healthy satin finish. Some of their key ingredients are Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin A, C & E, Brightening Complex (Chinese Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract). It also has an SPF 20 which is very important to keeping your skin healthy and protects it from harmful sun rays. This is a great foundation for a subtle cover, it does not build to a full coverage so this is a foundation for a more natural everyday look. It also does not dry you out and actually feels quite light on the face.

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  • Butter Highlighter ($11). This is a long-wearing, cream-to-powder formula that has a unique soft texture. It leaves a gorgeous highlighted finish to the skin that can be natural but it can be buildable to a more opaque tone. They offer five different colors for all skin tones and is a beautiful highlight for anyone. My favorite color is Champagne which is an amazing gold tone highlighter that makes me feel glamorous.

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  • Butter Bronzer ($15). One of their most famous products is their bronzer. This bronzer comes in an incredibly creamy and soft formula, it combines the best of a powder and cream bronzer for your daily needs. It is also infused with a blend of Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Tucuma Butter that come from the Amazon. All of these butters come together to make a soft bronzer that gives a natural sun kissed look to your skin. The bronzer also smells wonderfully, it’s like paradise in a dish! I love this bronzer and it can be quite sheer but it is buildable. Unfortunately it only comes in four shades which make it hard for darker skin tones.  

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Wet n Wild

This is a makeup brand that is very widely available in many drugstores. Their prices are also quite inexpensive with great products. Some of their products might not be as great but many are wonderful additions to any makeup collection. Their makeup offers a great variety of colors and products. Their shade range in their makeup is also a little wider than regularly seen at drugtores. Some of their most popular products are:

  • Eyeshadow palettes ($5). For this price these eyeshadows are amazing! The company has redesigned their palettes. There are many nude and colorful palettes which can be used to create amazing eye looks. These palettes have 10 shadows, the colors are opaque and vibrant. They also have single-pan eyeshadows and four-pan eyeshadows. I really love their colors and their payoff and with that price it is quite unbeatable.

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  • MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($5). This is a highlight that can be seen for miles! Now this company is famous for their affordable highlights. Their highlighters come in a wide selection of colors for pale and dark skin tones, for the price you also get a huge amount of product that can last for months. Each new launch of makeup brings new wonderful colors to their collection giving us many more options to choose from. Their highlight is wonderful and I love the color payoff for their price.

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NYX

This makeup brand offers highly pigmented products in bold and natural shades. Their prices are also quite affordable and give many different wonderful products. Their shade ranges are also quite inclusive for pale and dark skin tones. They have a lot of favorites in their products so I will only mention some of the very best and most affordable. These products are as follows:

  • Slim Lip Pencil ($4). These lip liners glide on smoothly and accurately. For this low price it has a great payoff and helps you keep your lipstick in place. Their shade range is also wonderful! There are a lot of bold and neutral colors to choose from. It also comes with a lot of product which helps it to last longer as well. The pencils also come in different finishes like matte, and metallic. 

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  • Jumbo Eye Pencil ($3-5). These are eyeliners that can also be used as an eyeshadow. They come in amazing colors that range from neutral colors to bold ones. They are great for adding a pop of color to the inner part of your eye or as eyeshadow all over the lid. My favorite colors are Cobalt (dark blue with glitter), Pure Gold (Yellow-Gold), Strawberry Milk (Pearly Pink), and Rust (Rusted Red). Honestly I have all the color and they truly are amazing, they last a super long time, they never dry out, and there is a great amount of product in those pencils. They truly are amazing and opaque colors.

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  • Micro Brow Pencil ($10). These are a brow pencil that can help you build beautiful brows in no time. The pencil is smooth and helps you create the best eyebrows ever. I really like how thin the pencil itself is because it helps you be very precise with your brows. It also makes it easier to shape your eyebrows, it almost feels like you are wrtting on your face but it is a wonderful product.

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There are many other great makeup companies that are cruelty-free at the drugstore, sadly not all can be mentioned. These are some of the brands that I personally adore and are also more readily available for all. These companies also have a lot of great products and although they are not mentioned I do encourage you all to look into these companies. I hope you have all found something interesting that you might try or have found something new. Thank you for your time. Until next week when we will be looking into my October Favorites.

 

A remember stay classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

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Vitamin a day keeps the Nags away

Hey guys it’s Saturday and you know what time it is let’s get into the world of health again. So today we’re going explore the importance of vitamins and/or ways around vitamins. Sometimes parents and doctors can nag us about taking vitamins because it’s great for our bodies like the muscles, bones, and of our course health. Let’s start with Vitamin A which is supposed to help protect the teeth, help with vision, lungs, kidneys, the heart, and the immune system. Instead of having to take a pill or liquid version you can eat fruits or vegetables. In my case I tend to wear jeans a lot in the summer, don’t eat red meat consistently, nor drink/like orange juice, and I also don’t drink milk. This limits my supply of iron, vitamin c, vitamin d, and calcium in general. But I realized I love vegetables and some fruits but mainly green vegetables and certain others. When you don’t want to take supplements, gel capsules/pill, or powder to gain those nutrients then try some vegetables or even fruit snacks. For example I love spinach, collard greens, string beans, kale, and even asparagus some of those are high in vitamin A. I like carrots and cantaloupe when it’s sweet this stuff plus spinach, collard greens, and kale are very high in vitamin A. As for vitamin C that’s pretty easy because oranges and of course orange juice are two of the biggest sources for this. For this common vitamin you can eat papayas, broccoli, strawberry, lemons, persimmons, and this will help the immune system, blood vessels, and connective tissues in the body. Just think citrus we all need at least a little bit of it especially if we don’t want to have health issues in the future plus the stronger your immune system the lesser chance of catching colds or flu. Let’s say you do catch it drinking orange juice and keeping fluids in your body along with medicine helps knock it our faster than Mike Tyson. Vitamin D you could gain that from getting sunlight or drinking and eating things with lots of calcium sadly ice cream doesn’t count. This is super important because when we ignore this there’s going to a lot of bone and muscles aches or pain to come whether it’s in early sage or late. Some people are lactose intolerant but you might be able to eat small amounts of cheese but have to drink lactose free milk. Also my readers if you’re not a fan of milk like me there’s also cereals, eating salmon, tuna, orange juice, soy milk, beef liver. It sounds weird to eat liver but it’s a suggestion because honestly guys I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t eat I just want you guys to be mindful about what goes inside your body and know the way some of our foods are cooked can have a positive or negative effect on food. I personally don’t drink milk, I’m not allergic to it I just don’t like the way all milks taste and I eat but in certain ways. Plus I eat more meat, carbs,  veggies, and sometimes fruits because that’s what I grew up on and what I can afford at times. I sometimes snack on seaweed. I am on and off anemic because sometimes I wouldn’t eat a lot of red meats like burgers, steak, or if I am eating something with iron in it the amount wasn’t very high. Now I take iron vitamins, vitamin d gel pill, and calcium pills to try to prevent myself from having bad eye sight, low iron levels, and bad bones. Also for my readers that use contraceptives besides condoms sometimes that can also mess with our energy levels, immune system, and vitamin levels so it’s important to read the nutrition facts. Plus just like in my title it stops the nagging because I highly dislike people nagging me. Also if you like gummy or chewable vitamins there is adult version such as One A Day Women/Men, Multipurpose, Biotin, and more. Definitely do your research first and see what you like, for me personally I like gummy vitamins because, sometimes I gag when swallowing pills and gummies are just yummy. Also in case you don’t know the vitamins are things we’ve learned about in science during middle school, high school, and/or college. Like vitamin K that’s potassium which you can gain from avocados, guacamole, bananas which is part of protein too. Now for nuts, greens, and sunflower seed lovers like myself here’s how you get your vitamin e. All I want you guys to know even when you eat meats, fish, vegetables, or peanuts a few times you’re helping your body more than you know because each vitamin builds upon their self because as you can see greens pretty much helps with all vitamins. Vitamins are one of the many building blocks that helps prevent or slow down risks of bad/high cholesterol, glaucoma, osteoporosis, heart disease, and immune problems. Thankyou you guys for reading I hope you all learned a lot and feel inspired to try different kinds of foods, fruits, vegetables, and/or even vitamins. See you next Saturday guys and always feel free to leave me comments or questions.

#3 Pour Your Heart with Art: Paint and Pen as Positive Mental Health Tools

It’s not uncommon to utter the words “I’m not good at art” or “I can’t draw for my life” or “I’m not the artistic type” when someone asks you to join in an artistic activity. But don’t be fooled by your own inexperience and self-doubt, you can create something beautiful or something that helps you find something beautiful within through art! Often times the world may feel gray and dull, especially for those struggling with depression, which is the worst around the holidays, which are soon approaching. It will soon be a time when people may be unfortunate to not be around friends and family or it may even be seasonal depression that comes in waves. This might even bring about crippling anxiety due to fear of how a person may not be able to handle the holidays alone. So as Christmas and New Years approaches, it’s best to be equipped with a helpful tool like art to calm the anxious spirit.

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Throughout my time exploring the different mediums and forms of art, I’ve encountered many people who have been turned away from art because of trauma from not having their art be recognized or praised, but what people may not know is that art can be a cleansing and healing practice, that helps remove those old ideas in our brains that prevented us from growing through our own creativity. Some people have even had their art criticized at a cruel level causing negative self-criticism and a low sense of self-worth, but this is not how things actually are. We must remove ourselves from those negative people and voices into better environments that will allow us to flourish.

So the best spaces for creating art are well-lit (best by natural sunlight) spaces that are comfortably cool and quiet, kind of like spaces that are good for writing but with more flat space for drawing, painting or whichever art form you decide to tackle. Once you’ve prepared the space then you want to lay out your materials which can be things you find from home like magazines for collages or paper clips for DIY jewelry. Then you can play relaxing music like a favorite song or begin to create in silence.

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Here are some activities that you might want to explore your artsy side with:

  1. Dream board making. You can drop by your local 99 cent store and pick up some poster board then use old magazines at home or print out pictures to create a visualization of your goals and aspirations.
  2. Photo collage. If you have old photos in shoe boxes that are collecting dust, you can take them out and cut them out to make into cool photo collages to use as room decor or a scrapbook memory.
  3. Paint or draw swirls. This movement is relaxing on the hands and soothes the mind.
  4. Friend portraits. Pick a friend and draw/paint each other to do a bonding and self-image building activity, where you can create drawings/paintings based on the beauty you see in each other to learn how to be less critical of the self.

These and other activities can surprise you and by exploring your inner artist you can unlock a calm way to create and clear the mind.

Having gone through art therapy, I must say that it is a healing and relaxing way to travel through the mind as well what it has been and is going through. Art therapists are professionals who are excellent at exploring the hidden meanings behind your art but you yourself might be pleasantly attuned to your own mental space when looking at your own artwork and exploring your own capabilities. 

Be Kind to the artist within your Mind, readers, and try to create to ease the anxious, worried mind.

– Kat

​Blog #3: Cruelty-Free High End makeup

Welcome Back my Beauties! Sorry for the late post midterms have arrived and it has made my life hectic. Anyways now let’s dive into the makeup. For this blog I would like to shine light into makeup brands that are cruelty-free. I will not be able to name all because it is an ever growing list but I will name some that are most accessible to everyone. I will also be listing products and brands I have personally tried in order to give some recommendations as well.

What does cruelty-free mean? This is a label used in products and activities that do not harm or kill animals. Makeup companies that test their products on animals are not included. Makeup testing on animals can be very harmful/painful to animals and cause the death of millions of animals every year. There are various companies that might say they do not harm animals but they might still test their products on animals, therefore it’s important to know which products are actually cruelty-free. We are able to know which products are in fact cruelty-free based on the logo on the product. The cruelty-free logo is shown below.

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These are high end makeup, these are the products that are the most expensive in stores.

Kat Von D Beauty

This is a makeup brand started by the tattoo artist Kat von D. Her line of makeup offers everything from neutral and nude colors to bold and colourful makeup. One of her best known products are:

  • Tattoo Liner ($21), this is a liquid eyeliner which allows you to make the best wing you can. The formula is not actually waterproof as it says on the packaging but it is long lasting and matte.

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  • Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($21) is also a cult favorite offering various matte liquid lipsticks for your daily needs. This is one of my favorite liquid lipsticks, they have amazing colors, they last quite a while but not if you eat anything oily, the packaging is quite captivating.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

This is a brand that mainly focuses on brow products but has expanded their line into eyeshadows, lipsticks, highlighters, and other products. Some of their more popular products are:

  • Dipbrow Pomade ($18), this is one of my favorite brow products, it helps you create the eyebrows of your dreams. Their Dipbrow is also long lasting on you and it also last for quite a few months before needing to be replaced. Pro tip: if your Dipbrow is a little dry just wet it with a makeup mist.

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  • Eyeshadow palettes ($42-45), they now have six different palettes with a wide selection of colors. Their palettes are as follows; Modern Renaissance, Subculture, Soft Glam, Prism, Soft Glam, Norvina, Sultry. In my own personal collection I am missing two of their eyeshadow palettes but I have no doubt that when I get my hands on them they will also make my list.

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Urban Decay

Now this is a makeup brand that you might have seen browsing around. They have a wide range of products like eyeshadows, lipsticks, setting spray, highlighters, brushes, and many more. Some of their most popular products are:

  • Eyeshadow palettes ($49-54). Their collection includes nine palettes, previously ten palettes (they have now discontinued their Smoky eyeshadow palette). Their palettes are Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Heat, Naked Cherry (their newest release), Born to Run, Elements, Moondust, Ultimate Basics, and Distortion. Their palettes have many great colors and their payoff is great. My favorites are their Naked Heat palette which offer a lot of warm orange and brown colors, and the Naked 3 which has a lot of pink nude colors for a cute everyday look.

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  • All Nighter Setting Spray ($15-39). This is a setting spray which is used at the end of makeup application, it helps to keep your makeup on your face longer. I really like this spray it does help my makeup stay longer but because I have dry skin I only use a few sprays.

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  • Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($13-24). This is a primer that helps to keep your eyeshadows more vibrant and longwearing. This is a really good primer for your eyes it keeps my eyeshadows from creasing and helps me have a smoother application.

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Too Faced

This is a makeup brand that offers great options for those that want a little edge in their natural-looking makeup. Their makeup line is amazing and offers a wide variety of products, it also doesn’t hurt that their packaging is adorable. Some their most popular products are:

  • Eyeshadow palettes ($49). They have a lot of eyeshadow palettes with many beautiful neutral colors as well as colourful ones. Since they have so many I will only be mentioning some I have tried myself and their new one. Some of their palettes are; Chocolate Gold, Chocolate Bar, Sweet Peach, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, Chocolate Bon-Bons, Gingerbread (special holiday release). These palettes are mostly on the neutral side but they do have some colourful colors included, they are long lasting and my favorite are their metallic eyeshadows which look great on many.

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  • Better Than Sex Mascara ($12-24). This mascara is a cult favorite for many makeup wearers. It is a long lasting mascara that gives volume and color to your lashes. It has an hourglass shape that helps to separate, curl, and coat your lashes to perfection.

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That is all for today, there are a lot more makeup brands that offer cruelty-free makeup but there can only be so many mentioned. Next week we will be looking at cruelty-free makeup at the Drugstore. Thank you for your time and see you next week.

And remember stay classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

The Curtain Call with JRC 10_21_18

JesusHHola a todos/Hello All/اهلا جميعا,

…and welcome to another installment of The Curtain Call.  This week we are bringing a review of the Lehman College production of Jesus Hopped the A Train.  This production is one of redemption and true reflection. We are first introduced to Angel Cruz, played by Giovanni Ortiz, as he is attempting to recite the Our Father.  He stumbles in decided if it is said are or art. As he is contemplating this, he is reminded to Shut the F*#k up. This sentiment is echoed by two other inmates. Angel’s reflection is broken as he repeats the statement back to the inmates.

The set for this production offers a very less is more vibe.  There are two large cells parallel from one another. The majority of the plays action takes place within this two cells revolving around Angel and Lucius.  In an age were instant gratification and more is more, it’s refreshing to see a minimalist attitude to truly force the action to captivate the audience. We are then introduced to the protagonist of the story, Lucius Jenkins.  A convict that admits to murdering multiple innocent people. The character offers an upbeat attitude that is at times alarming and disarming at the same time.

How can a person that is responsible for the death of so many be so positive and cheerful.  The audience is drawn into characters charm which is strongly because of the amazing job done by Jonathan Carter.  His command of his mannerisms offers the audience the luxury being guided into the story by a masterful pilot. We are given a glimpse Lucius and his relationships with the guards and the other inmates.

Jenkin’s relationship with Cruz offer the true heart of author, we are offered glimpses of the inner struggle of two men who have committed the crime of murder.  One whom has accepted the immensity of his actions and has accepted God and his mission, the other who is struggling to decide his role and actions in this new environment.

Veteran actor and Assistant Professor Jennifer McCabe is the director for this production and has offered a genuine look into two characters that have true reflection and eventually accept the ramifications of their actions.  McCabe has taken people and made them true players on a stage that can often be misinterpreted as an amateur forum for student actors. The entire ensemble offer very genuine portrayals of their characters. The audience was on their seats and truly enjoyed the journey that Ortiz, Carter and the entire cast took them on.  Lehman Theatre alum Cynthia LaCruz said, “It was truly amazing.” LaCruz exclaimed, “Lucius was amazing…I was so…he is so good!” Her sentiment was universal as the majority of the audience gave the cast a standing ovation during their curtain call.

This production harkens the beginning of the MMTM department.  If this is a preview of what they have in store, this looks to be a year of truly amazing, theatre, dance and the arts.

As I leave you, I bid you…The ideas in your mind are not yours, as soon as you have an idea or notion it no longer belongs to you, it is your duty to share it with the world.

Next week, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Halloween in theaters by reviewing the latest installment.

 

Your Humble servant,

JRC

#2 Write to Make Things Right: Using Words to Heal the Mind

Do you ever have so many thoughts racing through your head at night that you’re kept from sleeping? Or have you ever felt so awkward that you felt you needed to prepare note card topics before entering a conversation with a person, in fear of an unsettling silence? From my experience, as a sufferer of both depression and anxiety, as well as other mental disabilities, it may be difficult to express all those feelings that we internalize which eventually cause us pain that no one may ever know about or even notice. This is why it is important to consult someone when we feel this way, whether it be healthcare professionals like a psychiatrist and a therapist or the people closest to you like your friends and family. But it is true that there are times when words cannot escape the mouth and we need a place to put them. That’s where writing can be a very therapeutic activity that can help with mental health.

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Often overlooked as a chore on a laundry list of school assignments, writing is something that can offer healing for and insight into the mind. It may seem kind of intimidating for those who have never kept a diary or journal or little notebook with them, but whether you’re a beginner or experienced in writing, this is something that does not require much skill and is available for all to try and use in their daily lives. You don’t need to write essays or paragraphs, or even form sentences. There are a lot of forms of healing writing such as:

  1. List making. Not just for groceries. Could be a list of people you wish to call or celebrities you wish you could have met. The possibilities are endless.
  2. Small observations. You could go out in nature or somewhere indoors that you don’t usually go and watch your surroundings, then make short comments about what you’re seeing.
  3. Short story writing. Pulling the strings to your own characters and doing things you could only write about rather than do in a limited reality can shift the weight of pressure from yourself into a fictional world.
  4. Gratitudes. We all have some form of support system. Whether it be our weekly therapist or our best friend, but it is nice to have written reminders of things we often forget to appreciate.

And those are just a few of the kinds of ways writing can be used to combat mental disabilities!

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When I was in the hospital, I was advised by psychiatrists and therapists to write my experience down. I believe that was when my in-psych experience completely changed and I found the balance within to handle the stress of being away from home and deal with the mental pressures of being diagnosed with something I didn’t know much about. These health professionals suggested writing to me because it was something already familiar to me and something that I didn’t need to learn to do. It was a way to keep track of my life and not lose my way in the humdrum and chaos of everyday life, which I feel many young adults especially tend to feel and do. It definitely both helped and healed me, which is why I recommend it for those who also struggle with mental disabilities. Write to make things right and balanced within ourselves, Kind Minds.

I hope this blog entry inspired the writer in you and you pick up a journal to begin your journey to self-healing! See you next week for a new blog post!

– Kat

Live stitch of a wrist

Welcome back guys for a another health and medical experience with me Davidia and I hope you enjoyed the first one. So today I’m gonna share what it’s like to see a hand surgeon stitch up my dad’s wrist where he punctured a major artery in his wrist. I was working a Friday night two weeks ago and my dad called me saying he was in an ambulance on his way to the hospital because glass was stuck in his wrist. When I got to Jacobi I had to wait until the doctors were finished fixing his wrist and of course stop the bleeding. He lost a lot of blood and at the time was struggling to have feeling in his index and middle finger. After waiting I finally got to see my father and I’ve never seen him feel scared and helpless. My father cried when his wrist started bleeding again and the nurses had to clean up the injury again and patch him up with gauze and whatnot to stop the bleeding. After they stopped the blessing my dad was being like anyone else who doesn’t want to be in the hospital, he wanted to go home and he felt like the nurses and doctors weren’t being honest with him. The hand surgeon finally came and did an observation of his hand and basically told my dad he’d be able to go home that night which is the opposite of what his regular doctors and nurses were saying. It’s really hard to see a family member hurting but I also just wanted my dad to stay in the hospital and be there for him. The doctors wanted to make sure that he wasn’t putting himself at risk for the need of surgery or infection which is why he  was advised to stay overnight in the hospital. However going back to the stitching, watching the hand surgeon cleaning and observing the wound I realized a lot of things. I already knew I had a strong stomach but I just don’t care for blood which is why phlebotomy doesn’t interest me at all. I completely understand why some surgeons are taken off of a case if it’s a person interest or family member because it’s hard to separate those emotions and there’s no room for mistakes when it comes to cutting someone open or stitching them up. It was nasty yet interesting at the same time to see my dad’s tendon and the artery that was cut. I also confirmed that I have no interest in being a surgical PA. The hand surgeon did point out that once the swelling from his wound goes down then the numbness should stop. I discovered I could be a good nurse but I wouldn’t enjoy it. It’s interesting to come from one parent who has a lot of health issues and your other parent who has no health issues but, it’s cool because even though my dad has no health issues that doesn’t mean he has no need to take care of himself. Whereas my mom she knows she needs to care for herself more but she needs me for that extra push especially since I’m the one who’s been right next to her for most doctor appointments, hospital days/nights, and surgeries. So with this post I urge to watch out for drunk people with glass beer bottles and also if you want to know how much your field of study interests you then try to find some case studies or something that gives an insight to your field. I may not like hospitals or see myself as working in a hospital but I have experience the field of medicine a bit thanks to my family. Your experiences don’t have to be as drastic and traumatic as mine but sometimes those are the biggest pills of motivation. But thanks for reading again guys hope you enjoy I’ll be back next Saturday with more.