Awesome resources to stay peaceful and productive in December

Like I mentioned last week, December can be such a chaotic month. There’s a lot of pressure to see a bunch of people, squeeze in all of the holiday festivities you can, and let’s not forget the amount of work and deadlines that pile up before the end of the year.

Whew. Just thinking about all of that makes my chest tighten and my thoughts spin.

But there are ways we can slow down and accomplish everything we need to accomplish with peace and ease. And actually, when we slow down, we get more done.

Below are all of the things I’ve been doing/watching/reading/listening to stay calm and productive this month. Pick the things that resonate with you and give them a try!

Listening to…
Spotify’s Acoustic Christmas. I love this playlist because it puts me in the holiday spirit and it’s mellow enough for me to enjoy while working.
Commute with LEVIS playlist by female DJ Jilly Hendrix. This one pumps you up and makes me feel like a boss.
Podcasts: Let it Out and Food Psych are my faves. I’ve also heard great things about Call Your Girlfriend and Lady Lovin‘. I get SO tempted (and give in a lot) to go on Youtube during the day when I’m taking a break from work/eating lunch/procrastinating. But that just gets me so off track and brings me no peace whatsoever. Podcasts help me stay on track, give me positive energy, and entertain me!

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison. OMG read this memoir from Hugh Hefner’s former main gf. She goes deep about what Playboy mansion life was really like and how she empowered herself to get out, work hard, and live an amazing life on her own terms.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. Any time you open ANY of Gabby’s books, you’ll feel happier and calmer.
Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel by Lauren Graham. LG hit it out of the park with this one.
Let it Out: A Journey Through Journaling by Katie Dalebout. Awesome book of journaling prompts that connect you to your purpose, calm you down, and help you feel awesome about yourself.

Putting on my face…
This face mask from Lush. My all-time store-bought fave.
Greek yogurt. Duh. My all-time DIY fave. Smear a few tablespoons on your face, leave for 15 mins, wash off gently.
These too: egg/honey, greek yogurt/banana, egg whites.

Rocking body confidence with the Instagrams of…
Tess Holliday
Nourish and Eat
Robin Lawley
Ashley Graham

These resources will give you energy and a sense of calm…so that you can really enjoy this month AND knock out your To Do list.

Revive your skin by putting food on your face

Happy November, college girls (and guys, if any of you are reading. If you are, THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU).

My Halloween was full of food, dancing, dogs in costumes, friends who are like my family, and glowstick bracelets. I curated a pretty impressive (if I may) costume of a woman on safari. My date for the evening was my dear, dear friend May, aka Jon Snow.

Safari and Jon Snow Halloween 2015

On a safari with Jon Snow. Pretty great, right?

Tonight, to decompress after the Halloween festivities, I smeared a bunch of Greek yogurt on my face in the name of soft skin, a nice glow, and reduced redness.

Halloween Greek yogurt face

Alexis Wolfer of the Beauty Bean (aka my dream big sister) and author of the DIY beauty book Recipe for Radiance talks a LOT about the benefits of using food (whole, simple foods) on your skin. For this mask, take 2-3 tablespoons of full-fat (or close to full-fat) plain Greek yogurt and smear it allllll over your face. You can even put it on your eyelids. Leave on for 15-ish minutes until the yogurt gets kind of crusty (ew, sorry). Rinse with warm water and a washcloth.

College girls, take this in: smearing food on your face is fun, easy, and cheap. You can do a mask at night when you’re studying, with your lady friends at a sleepover, or LITERALLY WHENEVER. When you rinse your face, your skin will feel smooth and soft, and will actually glow. Also, you’ll have some fun and feel more relaxed. Trust. More DIY facemasks here!