New Years Resolutions 2019

Hey everyone! 2018 was a pretty rough, self-deprecating year for me. 2019 looks like a beacon of hope to me right now– an out, a start-over, a refresh button.

My goals, at the root, attempt to remedy problems I don’t mean to create because of my anxiety and fear. In 2018 I unintentionally let myself go because of the webs my anxious mind would spin.

If you need a refresher on goal-making check out my post: Setting F’ing SMART Locke Goals

My goals are focused on school, money, and anxious habits. I’m doing a lot of damage control from 2018!

2019 New Years Resolutions

  1. Stop being such a pushover
  2. Grab life by the balls and get what I want from it
  3. Get as close to graduating as the year allows
    • Take at least 1 summer class
    • Stay in school all year
    • Have a work/school mentality
  4. Be gluten free
  5. Get my savings account to $5,000
  6. Celebrate my 20th birthday
  7. Have 100 total sales for my shop
  8. Be patient

If you want to share some of your goals in the comments, go right ahead! I try to respond to every one of you.

Thanks for reading,

Giada

59 Things to do on Valentine’s Day That Aren’t Dinner & a Movie

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating YOUR love, not somebody’s idea of what love is or how to show it. How can you express your love to your partner? How can you celebrate your special bond? Here are some ideas if you’re stuck on plans for Love Day. 

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Valentine’s Day Line

It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. And yes–I think I like it even more than Christmas presents! In the spirit of my favorite holiday I opened a new line on Natural Essentials with 2 special products. 


  1. Aphrodisiac Blend ($6, 1 mL) 

    • Definition: “an aphrodisiac food, drug, potion, or other agent that arouses sexual desire.” So I guess this falls under [love] potion? Spooky. 
    • Diffuse this at sexy time so you and your partner associate the aphrodisiac scents with getting it on. It’s simple science and psychology. 
    • Fun Fact: Cleopatra used essential oils as aphrodisiacs 
  2. Rose Essential Oil ($18, 1 mL) 

    • This oil is so friggin’ expensive! *rolls eyes* What better way to celebrate V-Day than smelling like roses? Rose essential oil is also good for correcting blemishes and mood lifting, so it’s not just for Love Day. 
    • Keep a look out for discounts on my blog posts if $18 is just too steep for you. 

Actually Sticking to your New Years Resolution of Working Out

It’s the same old bs every single year–“Yeah, I’m gonna start going to the gym more.” And the gym finally evens out to it’s normal count by February. Despite common belief, you don’t have to turn into an all-out gym rat to work out

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Handpicked Bible Verse Compilation for Thanksgiving

These Bible verses will remind you why you should be thankful for God, His word, His son, etc. Meditate on these and think about what you’re grateful for–not just on Thanksgiving.

  • “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-24
  • My help comes from The Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 
  • “The Lord himself will make a house for you.” 2 Samuel 7:11 
  • “Above all, fear the Lord and worship him faithfully with all your heart; consider the great things he has done for you.1 Samuel 12:24 
  • Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 
  • “There is no rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2 
  • “You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your strength among the peoples.” Psalm 77:14 
  • “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Matthew 19:26 
  • “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?Psalm 8:3-4 
  • “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.” 1 John 5:14 
  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1 
  • “Be strong and courageous, do not be discouraged, for the Lord will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 
  • “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 
  • “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 
  • “And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched and dry places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden , and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11 
  • “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 
  • “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s What I’m Thankful For:

I like to make “Thankful Lists” each year around Thanksgiving. A Thankful List is a reflection on the year and resembles a Gratitude List (but it’s a long-term focused list opposed to the here and now). To create your own, all you have to do is look back at the year and think about what you’re lucky, thankful, and/or astonished to have. 

  • My family and pets making it out of their home before it was enveloped in water this hurricane season and  having a place to stay even months afterwards 
    • All of my friends who had to evacuate are all okay 
    • My dad gave me a place to stay after all of the weirdness the storm brought 
  • Finding/Having a loving, caring significant other who loves me unconditionally 
  • All of the new friends I’ve made and the old ones I’ve kept 
    • Shoutout to Amanda- one of my oldest friends and one I pray that I keep forever 
    • My new coworkers who don’t suck (yay!) 
  • That I’m able to start a savings fund for my car and take a driver’s education class 
    • Opposed to being so financially out-of-wack that I have absolutely no surplus money for this 
  • I graduated from the special college program I was in 
    • (Even though my diploma get wrecked in the flooding) 
    • The opportunity to receive an education 
  • Getting to go to Alaska 
    • I should seriously write a blog post about this 
  • The success of my blog and the followers that I have 
  • My poodle, who’s the sweetest, smartest, cutest puppy in the world 
  • Always having a job and getting full-time hours 
  • My relationship with God and the friends who support it 
    • Also apps that are Christ-centered. I can’t always go to church and these help me have Bible study on my own time, in my own way 
    • The freedom to choose and practice whatever religion I want 
  • Living where I do 
    • Being able to wake up without immediate fear for our lives is a blessing 
    • Freedom of religion and speech 
    • Having access to clean water 
    • Indoor plumbing and air conditioning 
    • Having access to grocery stores 
    • Electricity 
    • Medical help 
    • Being able to vote 
    • Armed forces 
  • My phone, computer, and PS4 
  • Kindness in the world 
    • For example, when a stranger gives me a tip at work because I did a good job or when someone compliments my hair 
    • People willing to teach others out of compassion 
  • Art and creativity 
    • This is a tad broad but art is a huge part of my life, a part of everyone’s lives. I’m particularly thankful for painting, drawing, poetry, literature, and music 
  • Coffee, of course 
    • I bet some of you were wondering when this would appear on the list. 
  • Good books that facilitate an escape from reality 
  • Sunshine, cold weather, cute outfits, shopping, mint gum, new words, grass, apple trees, fireplaces/bonfires, flowers, road trips, nature trails, transportation options, mornings alone, snow, etc. 

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Easter: Root Yourself in What you Believe in

Sometimes the lifestyle of the 21st century consumes us and we don’t think about holidays such as Christmas and Easter where we’re supposed to celebrate Jesus opposed to material possession and sales. 

How can someone defy and go against the very nature of their society? Easily, with roots in what you believe in. With acceptance and comfort in going against normative conformity. 

Whether you’re flamboyant about Easter or modest, here are some ways to keep Christ’s sacrifice in the holiday. 

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Christ in Christmas: Happy Birthday Jesus 

I’m sharing 3 ways that I tried to have a Christ-Centered Christmas.

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15 Gifts for the Star Wars Obsessed

All price ranges!

  • “Jar Jar” (Stocking Stuffers)
  • “Little Ani” (Small Gifts)
  • “Yoda” (One Big Gift on a Small Budget)
  • “Luke” (I Really Like This Star Wars Freak)

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Scentsy Review

For my birthday, my local Scentsy Consultant let me pick 4 Scentsy products I wanted. I chose a Scentsy Buddy with a peppermint scent pouch, a wax warmer, and 2 wax packs. I also purchased (separately) a bottle of essential oil for my little sister’s allergies. And then some more wax because I liked it so much.Continue reading “Scentsy Review”