Hey everyone. I hope you all are doing well. Can you believe it's mid-way through March already? I can't. I have seven and a half weeks of school left. I've been super busy with school and theater. I'm part of my church's Dinner Theater again and I'm having a blast! Before I begin today's post, I wanna give a personal shoutout to my Dad who's birthday was on the 13th. I love you so much. I also wanted to tell you all that my dad has a new book coming out this fall. He has been a landscape photographer for 40 years and this book is pretty much his life's work thus far. If you would like to pre-order his book click here. I also want to shoutout dog Bella who's birthday was on the 13th, she is officially 1 year old (or 15 in human years).
On other news, I am back in a cast and on crutches again. I had an MRI last Monday and last Wednesday I was also diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta or OI for short. OI prevents the production of Type 1 collagen which is what forms bones. Because of this people with OI have very brittle bones that are susceptible to breaking, even with no apparent trauma. There are three main types of OI. Type I is the most common and mildest form, Type II is fatal with babies dying before or shortly after birth. Type III is still very severe but with the right treatment, people with Type III OI are expected to live a life like those with Type I. I have Type 1 which, as I stated before is the mildest form. In Type I, most fractures occur in childhood and adolescence but lessen a lot during adulthood but the opposite was true for me. I started fracturing bones at 17 which is practically adulthood. It took a while for my doctors agree to genetically test me but they did and I was right. Because I'm an adult there isn't much we can do except prevention of fractures, pain management and physical therapy.
So today, I thought I'd take you through my weekday morning routine. I usually wake up by 7am because the hot breakfast at my university is from 7-8:30am. For breakfast, it honestly varies depending on what is being served that day. I personally love waffles and hash browns. I have stopped drinking coffee everyday because it doesn't agree with me, so for a drink it's water all the way. Water in the morning is especially good for you as it's a good detox for your body. This is usually the time when I read my daily devotional and check social media if I'm not eating with my friends.
After breakfast, I go back to my dorm room and do my skincare/makeup routine. While I'm doing that I'll listen to music which is whatever musical I'm into at the moment (currently it's She Loves Me). First, I use Say Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser. After that I spray a Rose Water toner on my face and then layer on my Original Skin Serum with Willowherb from Origins and my CeraVe Night Cream. The face wash really wakes me up and the lotion is super moisturizing and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. I use the night cream in the morning because it's really lightweight and looks better underneath my foundation than the day cream does. I also will run water through my hair if it's a bit fluffier than normal. I only wash my hair once a week so once my curls start to look flat I'll straighten my hair and wear it in braids overnight so it looks more voluminous. I usually leave my hair open or in a ponytail. I don't really do much for makeup anymore. After that I get dressed and ready for the day.
Once I'm all dressed and made up for the day I'll do some homework if I need to or I'll catch up on my favorite TV shows while I stretch or do some pilates. As a dancer stretching and cross-training is something really important to me, even when I'm injured. I've always found stretching very calming for me and that's normally the time when I do deep thinking about whatever is on my mind. Cross-training is a pain but it's the end result that counts.
If I don't feel like stretching I'll go over to the cafe on campus and either read a motivational book, whatever book I'm supposed to read for school or I will write a blog post. The motivational book I'm loving is called, "Reasons To Stay Alive" by Matt Haig. So many people have been raving about this book and I can see why. It's filled with beautiful quotes and advice on how to deal with depression. While I'm stretching, reading or blogging I usually turn my phone on airplane mode. This is my real me time and it's really nice not having an distractions like social media notifications or texts to interrupt me. I find that I can really enjoy whatever it is that I'm doing without all the unnecessary distractions.
On Mon/Wed/Fri are the days I really have time to do this full routine because my first class is at 11am. On Tues/Thurs my first class is at 9:30am so I end up doing all of this routine minus the TV watching/stretching.
No matter what day it is, without fail, I either do pilates or I go to the gym. The time of day that happens varies. On Mon/Wed/Fri I try to do that right after I finish school at 13.50 (1:50pm) or during the 2 hour break I have between voice lessons and pop music on Tues/Thurs. I absolutely love going to the gym. It makes me feel absolutely amazing. My routine is 3.2km (2 miles) on the elliptical which takes around 10 minutes for me. And then I do the same thing on the stationary bike. I then do a 3 minute arm workout and if my lower legs aren't sore enough, I do a 2 minute releve workout. It definitely was tedious going to the gym everyday of the week but internally I tell myself that I'm "an actress preparing for an action movie." It's definitely a good motivator.
at vove er at miste sig selv." ~ Birgitte Hjort Sorenson.
(To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to loose oneself).
So that sums up my morning routine. I hope you enjoyed this post. As always please give this post a +1 on Google+, follow me on all my social media sites and leave me a comment below telling me your favorite part of your morning.
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