Happy Spring! April showers bring May flowers, that’s how I always remember March comes before May. It’s those silly things from grade school that I randomly remember and hold on to. What’s yours?
Spring is in full force here in LA and typically one of my favorite seasons. As I mentioned in my recent update video, it’s been difficult as my birthday and mother’s day approaches this year. Trying to just take everything one day at a time. Honestly as I sit down to write April’s newsletter, I’m not sure what the the theme should be. There are lots of updates I want to share with you, but I hate generic update posts, so I thought it would be fitting to share a few things that help me get through a tough time.
Just keep swimming…
As you know from the February/ March Newsletter (password is Grace), I deal with depression. It’s an ongoing struggle. Through the years, I’ve learned that there will be ups and downs, but there are a few things that can help me move through the downs as well as prevent them.
Do what makes you happy
I like to watch TV, I don’t have a lot of time anymore to watch TV, but when I’m feeling down, I like to just take a few hours and catch up on my DVR. Something about escaping into a make believe world helps me. Probably why I was an actor for so long, lol.
Shopping has always been an escape for me as well, but I’ve also taken it to the extreme. I have a tendency to impulse buy. Purchase things I can’t afford or spend without realizing how much I’ve spent. All horrible for my finances and makes me depressed with anxiety about how to pay for everything.
Part of my goals in 2017 is to be better. Thinking before purchasing. Saving and planning for the future. So of course this puts a damper on my retail therapy sessions. Do you have the same problem? I made a video recently about how I’ve been curbing the impulse shopping, especially during the Sephora VIB Sale. You can watch the video here. Sales always suck me in and spit me out, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
It’s a proven fact that exercise leads to endorphins and endorphins make people happy, “happy people just don’t kill people.” (Elle Woods, Legally Blonde) Just kidding, not really. It’s true. I always feel better after a little workout. Now it doesn’t have to be some hard core crossfit sweat session or killer gym training. Try going for a walk, hiking, taking a dance class, yoga, anything that get’s you breathing and moving. Exercise is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Find what works for you and take the time to do it. For me it’s been The Bar Method. Bar classes speak to my dance background.
Working from home, I enjoy taking classes to be around others. Plus there’s a studio in walking distance from me. Convenience is key, I will not go to class if driving and parking is a challenge. This comes from years of wasting money on studios and gyms that were a pain to get to.
Have you noticed all the DIY projects over on my 2nd channel More Serein? Well it started because I needed a creative outlet. My main hobby, beauty has become my job, which I absolutely love, but this means I need to explore other creative outlets. So far I’ve made a Denim Jacket and furry chair. You can catch up on all my DIY’s here. It’s been a lot of fun. I’m not great at it, but it lets me take a few hours to just try something. The best part is when it turns out well and I’m proud of what I made. There’s a feeling of accomplishment.
There’s something very relaxing about color coordinating my lipsticks. When my space is neat and tidy, I feel at peace. I can feel guilty for taking a few hours out of my day to just organize, but it’s important to have a space you are proud of and can think clearly.
What makes you happy? Is there something that you’ve wanted to try? I know I would love to try aerial classes and ice skating. There’s also a ton of places I’d like to visit. I think spring is the time to try new things. Share with me what you’d like to try and maybe we can try them together!
SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY WINNERS: APRIL
Each month I will be randomly selecting a newsletter subscriber as a winner. I’ve e-mailed all three of April’s winners, they have all confirmed and will receive a little surprise in the mail from me.
Congratulations to Claire, Bethany, and Yvette!
Stay tuned, I’ll be doing additional exclusive giveaway opportunities here in addition to monthly winners
(As promised April has 3 winners to make up for February and as a bonus for my birthday month!) 🙂
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There are new upload schedules on all THREE of my YouTube Channels
MAIN CHANNEL: ALL THINGS BEAUTY (YouTube.com/SereinWu)
- New videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
2nd CHANNEL: LIFESTYLE (YouTube.com/MoreSerein)
- New videos every Tuesday and Thursday
you’ll find vlogs, DIY’s, shopping, hauls, cooking, and PR unboxings on this channel
BEHIND THE BEAUTY PODCAST on YouTube
- Every Saturday
So I finished A Torch Against The Night (book 2) by Sabba Tahir and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. OMG! AHHHH! WHY?! Guys read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabba Tahir! Thank you to the viewer who recommended this series. I’m hooked and can’t wait for book 3. While browsing my audible recommended list, I decided to try Red Queen. Not quite as well written as A Torch Against The Night or An Ember in the Ashes, but entertaining and just the right amount of drama. I’m about to start Glass Sword, book 2 of the series.
If you’d like to try audible, here’s a free book. You’ll have to create an account and use a credit card, but you can cancel right after your first book (which is free) and keep the book. I personally love audible and pay for a membership myself as well as hubs. We just don’t have time to read anymore and listening during our commutes in the car keeps road rage at bay. Oh another great thing is if you don’t like the book you can return it! No questions asked. I’ve done that a few times myself.
On a final note, we are so close to 100K on youtube! I might cry! This has been a rollercoaster journey and sometimes I feel like it’s taken me longer than most to reach this point, but we are SO CLOSE! Hubs agreed to be in a video when I reached 100K, so what do you guys want to see?
Wishing you all a very happy April!