What Yoga has done to me

I am still in heart, a lazy individual who prefer to stay in bed in early morning. But six months ago I took a major decision to improve my health by attending yoga class almost everyday at 7 o 'clock in the morning. The first two months were a torture for me. I am a midnight owl, wake up at 6 A.M mostly everyday, stretch myself into asanas that I never imagined, straightly get lunch and prepare teaching materials before teaching two classes of kindergarten students in the afternoon plus adult classes in the evening. My legs screamed while I was singing and jumping with 4 years old kids, but I haven't stopped.

If you still doubt to take yoga class,here are some things yoga has done to me ( so far):

1. Being uncomfortable and building awareness

Streching your stiff body to do poses isn't comfortable at all. You're not a lizard or a banana, but every uncomfortable moves you do build awareness about your body, the weaknesses and the strengths.

2. Letting go

Having a hard time to let go, I can't do any poses if my mind is thinking about constant interruption that appears in my life. Leaving all problems in front of the door before yoga class is the best exercise to let all the burden go.

3. All about choices

Passive aggressive comments? I am still swearing but I can't change people perspective about me. I prefer to focus my energy to my job than overthinking.

4. Knowing your limit and saying no

I was brought to be a people-pleaser. Saying no is a big horror for me. But yoga teaches me to know my limit without being too comfortable. Saying no can still be a big deal to me, but I am learning to not strech myself to much to do something I am not comfortable with. I am in the phase of learning to follow my guts than pleasing people.

5. Accepting yourself

4 months after Yoga, I start to praise my body for its crooked arms and legs. Now anytime I do a hard new pose, I tell my body, thank you, you have been a wonderful temple for my soul.

6. Getting in touch with inner self

Since I have done Yoga, I spend time to examine, to know, to listen about myself. I learn that my body can give signals if something goes wrong or it doesn't want to do something. I also learn that what you really want can be interfered by what the mind wants.

Would you try Yoga? sound off below.

The latest skin care department

My recent skin department menu is different from my previous skin care department.
As what I `ve mentioned in some previous post that my skin becomes extremely dry. I have been in constant hunt for moisturizing products.

Here are some of my latest skin care menu

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (IDR 199.000) is my holy grail cleansing oil. It doesn`t dry my skin like facial foam and it takes away all dirt and make up perfectly.

MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream (IDR 130.900) is the new addition of my moisturizer. It smells amazing and texture wise, it is more balmy than the Full Cream moisturizer, does it make sense?

Olay Total Effects 7 cream cleanser isn`t a cream cleanser I expected, as it has little beads to scrub and exfoliate your skin. I don`t use this everyday, just once or twice per week.

MooGoo Full Cream Moisturizer is a perfect moisturizer to calm any irritation but it doesn`t provide too  much moisture for my skin compared with the Udder Cream as it`s extremely dry. I really like the light texture and I think this will be suitable for Normal-Oily skin than dry skin.

Natural Hut Virgin Coconut Oil is a virgin coconut oil that I think has been diluted. It`s a light, easily absorbed oil that I usually apply on my skin after exfoliating. I usually apply this oil on my hair too to prevent damage of using curling iron.

I never try the real, pure Argan Oil, so I can`t be 100% sure about the purity of this oil, but this Natural Hut Argan Oil helps my dry skin and it dries my hormonal acne faster. And it looks good under my Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

Evian Facial Spray ( Rp 158.000) was on sale when I bought it. At first, I was pretty skeptical about this facial spray thing, as it seems like water bottled and marketed as expensive facial spray, but I was wrong. It calms any irritation, it helps my make up stays fresh and put from morning to night ( 8.30 a.m - 9.30 p.m) . I usually spritz two times to dampen my  Masami Shouko beauty blender or spritz it onto my face to lock my make up. It doesn`t make my face oily, but it does provide moisture until night.

Garnier Oil Clear Self- Heating Mask is a mask that I use to clean my pores as I am not a fan of Biore pore pack. It isn`t painful, it heats your entire face and it does good job in clearing and minimizing pores.

So that`s all of it, have you tried some of them before? sound off below.


A short story to warm up your resolution

When I wrote my very first beauty post, I was afraid. Could I make an informative, worthy  and grammatically correct content? I didn`t know what happened until I decided to ignore my fears and just jumped into it.

At first, I was really afraid that my friends or students found out about my blog. I didn`t have any logical reason for that. I just felt ashamed to write. Weird was I ? there were months that I gave up and abandoned my blog, but the calling is too strong.  One day,  I started to post the link on my Instagram and the small circle continues to grow.

Months passed by and I saw the number of visitors growing, from Ukraine, Guatemala, Russia, from the places I never imagined. Some of my students and my friends start to ask about new review. My small circle becomes bigger a bit. Some might be checking out my blog not to read my review but just to know who I am. It wasn`t something I enjoyed at first, but I can`t stop to write, I can`t. I can`t stop to google, to dig about new products on the market.

The anxiety of managing my blog was real, I always kept thinking about things that can be wrong. But I get supports from My SO and my friends. That fear still there, but my SO always be the most supportive person beside me. Without him, the passion to write would be vanished by anxiety and fear. He, day by day, without any words, reminds me to be proud with what I have done and what I am going,will and will have done.

This blog is still far from success. Everytime the idea of overnight success blurring my mind, I try to switch my mind to the mode of enjoying the writing process and write an honest review. Brainstorming with my SO also helps me to see some little steps I need to take to develop this blog.

so what are the points of this short story?

First, don`t be afraid to jump, to try, to get in touch with you inner fear. I found out that fear is stronger when you sit down and do nothing. When you are in it, you even don`t have enough time to be afraid.

Second, there will be always supportive people behind your back, that warm you up, that enlighten you, that lift you, that love you, that really care about you. They love you too much and what they want to see is you are happy and proud with what you are doing.

Third, there will be always person who aren`t happy with what you do and voicing mean or passive aggresive comments is important for them. When you wear make up, they will bring natural beauty without chemical trick things to front, pointing fake brows, colored lips. But who cares when my inner circle understand that I am not only composed by chemicals I put on my face. Maybe nobody loves them, maybe they even don`t love themselves. Maybe they don't even loved or blessed enough so they don't know how to count their blessings so being too critical and mean is what they best at.

Fourth is keep going, keep doing what you love.

Fifth, love yourself.

Happy New Year, all the best for our 2016.