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on fighting with your parents before you leave for college
dorm energy: how to decorate your room with joy
packing the mentor way: a tip for an emotional head start
cleaning out questions:
Some of the questions I suggest you ask yourself in this pep talk are:
- Is this my style?
- Does this feel like me?
- Does this make me happy
If the answer is “no,” it’s okay to let it go. It’s also really normal for the questions to feel a little confusing too. Our stuff can hold emotions and it’s okay to have things come up. It’s all part of the process!
Moving is a big transition even for your STUFF. Your dorm room becomes your bedroom, office, and living room space all at once so taking some time to feel out what you’d like your space to be like is worth it.
aesthetics of joy
this is the TedTalk about the aesthetics of joy that I talk about in the podcast this month
favorite mind, body, soul dorm products
I’m not a dorm room decorator, but I do believe in your space being a reflection of you. I wanted to share a few of my favorite items that I love having in my life and can help bring some peace to you.
I love affirmation decks! I use them with my students all the time. First I center myself. Then I ask an open ended question like, “What do I need to know about my friendships? What can help with [insert problem here]. What do I need to know today?” Then I pull a card and see how it relates to my inquiry! YOu can do the same!
These silicon sandwich bags are my favorite. I use them to store my snacks. I use them for organization. I use them for my beauty products when I travel. They are literally the best.
I am a skincare fanatic. I’m obsessed with these face masks and think that everyone needs them in their self-care tool bag.
If I had to use one product for the rest of my life, it would be this one
My favorite is the Vital Hydra Solution
Perfect for getting rid of a pimple
Below is a printable self-care packing list. I want to help you stock your dorm with items that will help balance your mind, body, and soul.
Dorm rooms can smell super stale so making your own diffuser with specific scents can help you not only have a cuter smelling dorm room, but can assist your mental wellness.
make your own diffuser:
what you’ll need:
- A bottle
- Essential oils
- Distilled water
- Unscented witch hazel
Fill your bottle 1/2 with witch hazel and 1/2 with distilled water then add 25-30 drops of your essential oil. If you use a spray bottle you have room spray. If you want to add reed sticks (you can find them on Amazon) to an open bottle you’ll have a room diffuser.
Below are a few herbs and what their scents can do for your well-being. I follow herbalist Robin Rose Bennett for all my green witch needs.
when you need to sleep
“Lovely lavender calms the nervous system, heals burns on the skin, and disinfects harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. This will not only act as a disinfectant, it will smell lovely and bring a peaceful vibration into your home.” – Robin Rose Bennett
when you’re stressed
“The rose is widely recognized as the inimitable symbol of beauty and love. Its lush petals, majestic arrangement and vivid colors, particularly the classic red rose, evoke sensuality and romanticism, making it a popular ornamental flower and age-old subject of reverence in art, literature, and mythology. The rose is also a highly valued herb in traditional and modern herbal medicine. And, of course, the rose’s sweet fragrance is a staple in aromatherapy, used to relieve anxiety and depression and promote feelings of well-being.” – Robin Rose Bennett
when you need energy
The way I use these essential oils is to put two drops in the palm of my hands, rub them together then I cup my hands bringing them up to my mouth and nose to take a few deep breaths in and out.
This is the book Ingrid Fetell Lee wrote about the aesthetics of joy that I talk about in the podcast.
It's important to take advice from people who have what you want because otherwise people are just guessing. - Mastin Kipp
This month’s meditation is on… you guessed it, letting go. As you let go of things you don’t need to make room for your new college stuff, we’re going to do the same with your mind!