Hi everyone! This is my first post of 2019! It feels absolutely incredible and I’m really excited to write many more to come! I wanted this post to be a chatty ‘reflections of 2018’ post… More
I hope that all of you are having an amazing day/night!
I just realized that I haven’t done a ‘Sasha Chats’ post for ages and it’s been eating me up inside because I have SO.MUCH to say and share!
So, grab a cup of coffee/ hot chocolate/tea and let’s catch up together!
Firstly, let’s talk about school. I’ve been having a TON of exams recently (why do I always have exams when I want to blog??) and I’m trying to look into participating in more extra-curriculars so it’s actually been a fun experience overall!
I actually don’t mind exams all that much anymore now (unless they are MAJOR exams and I haven’t studied) because the subjects that I’m taking this year are really interesting! I know that sounds weird but I think that if you enjoy what you learn, then that’s when you can truly benefit from it. Trust me on this one;changing your mindset can change everything!
Ooh! That reminds me, I’ve got a Motivational Monday post coming soon and I’m SO excited to share it with all of you!
Anyway, although I enjoy my subjects, I don’t always enjoy studying them-revising isn’t as fun as learning it for the first time and.. well..I get lazy? So I usually end up procrastinating my work.Sometimes, my excuses to not be productive just don’t even make any sense haha..
Anyway, It’s even been officially stated (by my friends and family, so maybe not that official haha) that I’m a ‘Master Procrastinator’ and as honorable as that title is, I’m not a big fan of it. Therefore, I’ve been thinking and coming up with ways to make myself more productive and eager to work!
All of the articles/videos I read and watched (you know, to educate myself on being productive) said that the main reason for procrastination is the wrong mindset and lack of focus.
So through that, I’ve learnt that your goal doesn’t have to be short term one- (‘study to get good grades!’) but it can be a long term one that actually helps you get things done to not just accomplish your goals but also help you fulfill your ambitions- (‘study to learn and get educated and be an asset to the community’)
Your goal has to be something which motivates you and pushes you to work harder, and to work not just because you have to, but because you want to.
Anyway, changing my perspective really helped to fuel my energy into being productive and I just wanted to share that!
Something else that I’ve learnt recently has also really helped with this- it was the fact that whatever I get to do-be it studying wise or otherwise, a lot of people aren’t able to have the opportunities that I have been given.
A lot of people would love to take my place and go to school; have to opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and talents, but they aren’t able to.
It’s a harsh but real reminder to myself to not take advantage of the opportunities I have been given and to make the most out of them.And to work hard enough so that one day I can help to contribute and make sure that everyone is able to get the opportunities that I’m able to get.
Another thing that I do is something that I call-‘Productive Procrastination’ I know that term itself sounds ironic but it works for me!
So, if I’m not feeling motivated to do something; for example-math homework, then I would force myself to do something else that’s productive before coming to the homework. I would probably get through a few chapters of other subjects and then eventually come back to the homework.
The point of ‘Productive Procrastination’ was for me to do something productive even if it wasn’t strictly what I had to do, just so that I wouldn’t waste time doing nothing whilst procrastinating.
I think that productivity fuels productivity. The more productive you are, the more it motivates you to do better and work harder so eventually you get the task done! In my case, I eventually get a bit more work done that I originally anticipate, but that’s always a good thing!
I’m not a hundred percent sure if that made much sense? I just wanted to share how I rationalized the concept in my head and I do hope that it does help any of you because although it sounds weird, it does work for me haha..
Anyway, I’ve also been listening to some really inspiring podcasts by Robin Sharma before I start my day and I’ve been really enjoying them! I’m currently listening to ‘The Mastery Sessions’ and it’s all about channeling the best version of yourself and working towards your dreams!
I’ve only listened to the first three episodes and I’m already hooked haha..
Sometimes you need a little extra something to help you put things into perspective and figure out what really matters and I think podcasts are a great way to do that! It’s really fun to listen to something while you are doing something mundane, and you get to multi-task too which is always a bonus!
Well, I think I’ve rambled enough for one post haha.. I really hope that you enjoyed it and I can’t wait to share my next post with you all!
Thank you so much for reading!
What did you think of this post? Did you enjoy it? Do you procrastinate a lot like I do? I’d love to know what helps you work harder and be productive! Ooh, and do you enjoy listening to Podcasts as well? any suggestions?? Let me know in the comments!
I hope that you are all having a great day!
I’ve always enjoyed setting myself goals and doing my best to accomplish them! While pen and paper is definitely wonderful for helping you finish up your to-do list or plan an event, for long term goals and motivation, I think visualizing your goals is definitely the way to go!
I absolutely love the concept of vision boards and how versatile they can be. I made my first one a couple of months ago and I really enjoyed it! There’s just something amazing about waking up each morning, and being greeted with a literal world of possibilities, dreams and hope.
The greatest thing about it is that it’s extremely easy to set up and you can be as creative as you’d like! There are no restrictions!
Because I loved my vision board so much, I wanted to show you all how to make one too, so that all of us can get inspired and accomplish all of our goals together!
What you use for your vision board is all up to you! You could use a frame, a cork board, a chalkboard even the cover of a notebook or a piece of cardboard!
You are also going to need a visual representation of your goals and this leads to the first step-
Think of all the things that you want to accomplish, make a list of your dreams,passions and goals and then visualize them!
If you want to become a successful author, then picture a massive bookshelf featuring all the books you’ve written! Or maybe if you want to think of smaller goals like getting good grades, think of what motivates you to get good grades!
What drives you to work harder and be more productive? What makes you happy? What inspires you? These are questions that you should answer using your vision board! A lot of people start with inspirational quotes and then move on to their ambitions and passions.
There a loads of good places to get inspiration from, but my personal favorite is Pinterest!
Decide what your priorities are and what you are going to focus on. Then, bring that order to your vision board!
I’d recommend focusing on five things or less because if you spread yourself too thin then you aren’t going to be able to do your best for everything that you want to do.
For me, my priorities are- Trying to be the best Muslim girl that I can possibly be, doing well at school, writing up fun blog posts, working on my other writing and being creative! So, that’s how I mapped out my vision board.
I organized my images to make the inspiration and quotes that motivate me to stay in the middle and I spread out the rest of my goals from that point.
I really wanted to focus on all of the positive aspects of my life and and make the most out of every moment! As I mentioned in my previous post, that’s my quote for this year so it’s going to be highlighted in my vision board.
Your vision board doesn’t have to be picture perfect, nor does it have to be exactly like someone else’s! That’s what makes it so unique. It’s kind of like a glimpse into your personality and dreams!
This is the most important step! Having a vision board is amazing but the point of it is to motivate and inspire you everyday.
When you look at your vision board, it should remind you of all of the wonderful things you can and will accomplish! Working towards your vision is what is truly going to complete your vision board.
If you aren’t feeling inspired after awhile, then change up your vision board. If your priorities change or you lose your focus, adjust your vision board according to that. When you change, your vision board also must represent that.
This is what my vision board currently looks like:
I decided to keep my ‘school and learning’ goals on top (along with with a Hermione reference!) and then gradually moved down towards my most important goals and quotes! I wanted to throw in a couple of fun images but also make sure that everything I added to my vision board was something that wasn’t unnecessary.
Since I love fashion and writing, I put together a cute little ‘designing graphic?’ and I also added a feature to my vision board which I called ‘Words’. I wanted to display my favorite phrase/ paragraph of the month out of my own writing!
I had a lot of fun making my vision board (as you can probably tell haha..) and I really hope that,if you make one yourself, you do too!
What do think of vision boards? Do you have one? and if not, are you going to make one?? I really hope that you do! What are some of your biggest goals? Maybe we can all inspire each other to accomplish them in the comments down below! Let me know!
I’m really excited about today’s post because it’s going to be merging three of my favorite things together: Fashion, DIYs and being eco-friendly!
Recently, I happened to spot a couple of gorgeous statement necklaces; they were bright, colorful and unique. And I loved them.
Lately I’ve also been wanting to get more into conserving energy and saving the planet,consuming less etc.. and on that thought, I thought that those necklaces looked easy (and fun!) enough to DIY, so that’s what I did!
I have tons of old beads that I don’t use anymore, and I thought that I’d try to re-use them for this DIY. I had a couple of pretty bracelets that accidentally broke (oops) and I had collected the beads, hoping that they would come in handy, and I was right! They did!
I decided to paint my beads and charms (both taken from old bracelets) and I used a chain that I had bought ages ago, that went well with my plan for this necklace!
You can connect the invisible thread to the chain using a jump ring, if your chain is a bit more delicate, or you can just tie a double knot through the chain, like I did.
You’ll have to close the chain first (with the clasps already on the chain) and then add in the thread in the middle part of the chain.You might have to remove a couple of the links in your chain or you could just use pliers to prise it open, to get to the middle.
You just need to thread in the invisible thread (that’s a mouthful haha..) through one link of the chain.
Now it’s time for the fun (and slightly nerve-wracking) part: the beads. I recommend planning out a pattern or having a little idea of how you want your necklace to look before you begin, because that will definitely make it easier.
After you are done threading in your beads, you can tie a double knot at the other end of the chain to connect it all together, and then you are done!
You could also just go wild and add in all sorts of combos as well, too! Just have fun with it, it’s your necklace, it’s a part of you. It’s your statement so make it as big and bold as you want it to be.
You don’t even have to use beads or charms if you don’t want to! You could always trade in the invisible thread for some colourful yarn and make something intricate with a macrame knot style necklace! It’s all up to you,and how you want to make your statement!
I decided to go with an all silver theme with a statement pink bead in the centre and I also wanted to add in some charms after every two beads, to give it some variation and also because that’s what I wanted it to look like; a charm bracelet style necklace mixed with a unique layout!
When it comes to styling statement necklaces, it’s all about incorporating your personal style. You can either use your statement necklace as a statement piece to dress up an otherwise ‘ordinary’ outfit, or you could simply use it as a unique accessory to add in your personality to an already fab outfit!
I usually like to style my statement necklaces with shirts or dresses which have high collars so that I can slide the necklace under the collar, or I just wear it with a dress and a cute jacket.. the options are honestly endless!
Here are two outfits which incorporate my favorite ways to wear the necklace!
For this outfit, I decided to go with a water coloured shirt underneath a teal overall style-dress and of course the necklace! I really like how the necklace contrasts and coordinates with all of the colours!
I wanted this outfit to be a bit more toned down, so I picked out this white Broderie-Anglaise style dress and paired it with my sparkly denim jacket.(Yes, it does have glitter on it. I don’t know how. It’s amazing. Unfortunately you can’t really see it in the picture, unless you look really close.)
Anyway, I think a statement necklace really helps to transform an ordinary outfit to an extra ordinary one. Especially ones that you’ve made yourself!
I think it’s really cool to know that I’m the only one in the world who owns a necklace exactly like this one. There definitely might be similar ones, but nothing will be the exact copy of my one!
What did you think of this post! Are you going to try this DIY out?! I hope so! Oh, and what do you think of my necklace? At first I didn’t really like it, but the more I wore it, the more I liked it. I suppose it’s just one of those things ha ha.. also, if you made a statement necklace, what do think it’ll look like? What is your version of making a statement? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and for reading my post!
It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it? Well, this post is the reason why..
I’ve been re-doing my blog! Oh and I had exams. But I redesigned my blog! That’s the important thing haha…(as you can probably tell,I’m really excited)
I had a ton of ideas for my blog and I decided to just plan it all out and just go for it! I also really wanted to improve the quality of my blog-the graphics, content, pictures etc and I really hope that you all like it!
Okay. It’s time for the most important part! The Before and After pictures. After all a real re-design isn’t complete without it! 😉
I already loved the overall colour scheme of my old blog design, so I decided to use the similar colour palette, but with less colours so that it wouldn’t look too cluttered. I also wanted to change up the fonts I used and be a bit more consistent with my overall design!
Oh! And I changed my theme as well. I wanted my blog to be a bit more minimalistic and also easier to access so I switched themes from the WordPress theme-Dara to Toujours. One of my favorite features of both themes was the fact that they were both so easy to customize and they both had a ‘featured’ content slider for your home page! I’d definitely recommend both themes if you are looking for a change in your blog design.
There definitely isn’t that much of a drastic change, but I still really like how it looks!
While I was re-designing my blog, I came up with loads of fun new blog post ideas as well as ways to try and make my blog posts better! Since I haven’t done a blog update for absolutely ages, I thought that now would be the perfect time to have one!
As you can probably tell now, my blogging style has changed a tad bit. I’m thinking about using more pictures and graphics in my posts. I love having visuals along with my blog posts so I think that it’ll be a nice little addition!
I’ve also decided to update the style of my special Blogging Days!
Motivational Mondays are a randomly posted (at least once a month) blog post to hopefully inspire you to have a better week, share my favorite quotes for staying motivated, chat about topics that I think are important and maybe even share a couple of DIYs! Whatever it is, I just want Motivational Mondays to help you all (and me!) stay inspired to be the best version of yourself. (And to spread positivity as well,of course!)
I don’t think I’ve ever had a proper ‘Talent Tuesday’ on my blog before but I’ve always wanted to! Talent Tuesday’s are the days on my blog when I collab with amazingly talented people, host fun interviews and do other lovely things with other fabulous people!
Wacky Wednesdays have got a whole new look as well as a lot of fun new features like the scale of Wack-Fab-Ness (Wackiness+Fabulous-Ness?) where you get to decide how wacky/ fab that day’s experiment/experience was! I’ve also got a ton of ideas for new posts, including a challenge on trying not to talk for a day (Terribly hard for someone like me, because I tend to talk quite a bit haha..) and trying to bake my dream cookies! (Cookies+ Sasha=A Very Risky Combo)
Apart from these special days, I’ll still try to post regularly every Sunday and I’ll also be continuing ‘Sasha Chats’- The Occasional Chatty Sunday post where I chat about a lot of fun topics and just ramble (a lot) haha..
I’m also thinking about starting a little addition for ‘Sasha Chats’ called ‘Sasha Speaks Out’. I want to delve a little deeper into more topics like Bullying,Confidence, Staying Positive and other important topics! I actually need all of your help on this one because I’m not sure if I want to add in this to ‘Sasha Chats’ or just continue having it on my ‘Motivational Monday’ posts like I used to do.
I’ll also be continuing ‘Dreamer Diaries’ which is my official blog name for my travel diaries! I haven’t got any planned yet, but it’ll still definitely be a part of my blog!
I think that’s about it for my Update! It’s not as massive as my previous ones, but I’m still quite pleased with how everything has turned out! I really hope that you like my new design and that you are just as excited as I am for my new (and hopefully improved?) blog posts!
What did you think of the new design? Do you like it?? Do you have any design tips, you’d like to share? What do you think of the blog Update? Do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear them! Also, how is your day/ night going?I hope that you are having an amazing one!
Thank you so much for reading!
This week, I decided to put together a couple of outfits featuring one of my favorite things; Stars! I absolutely LOVE stars; I love how they brighten up the night sky, I love how unique each star is and I love the fact that although during the day some of them can’t be seen, they are always still up there in the sky waiting for their time to shine again. Oh and I also love that they can just instantly add in a touch of glamour (and stardust) into any ordinary outfit and instantly brighten it up!
Anyway, I wanted to combine my love of stars and fashion together and this post is the final result! I really hope that you like ’em!
Outfit 1- A Celestial Dream
This was the outfit that originally served the purpose as my inspiration for this post. If I’m completely honest, it almost might be my favourite haha.. I fell in love with the pattern of the sweater and I just knew that I had to pair it up with a pink skirt and a beret! (I also simply ADORE that mini camera as well,don’t you?)
For some reason whenever I find myself putting together outfits, I also dream up people whose personalities are sort of connected to outfit as well. So, for this outfit, I thought that its personality would be someone who loves to daydream and take photographs of everything that she finds extraordinary in an ordinary city and turn it in to something just a little bit magical.
Outfit 2- The Star Spangled Superstar
For this outfit, I wanted to go really casual but also unique and bold, and what’s more bold and unique than a coconut purse, glittery sneakers and fun patterned leggings??
I toned down the star theme a bit with only a white shirt with a row of silver stars around the neckline and a matching celestial bracelet. I think the effect is bit more subtle but still really fun! (and quite effective!)
(Outfit Persona- A fun and quirky teen who walks with confidence and has an immense love for glitter and fruit loops!) 😂💗
Outfit 3- A Starry Night
This look is a bit more toned down in terms of the colour scheme, but I still think its perfect for anyone who is a bit more glamourous and still wants to incorporate this fun theme into an everyday look!
I stuck to grey, black, white and silver for this one and I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out! I absolutely ADORE the shoes (as always haha..) and I thought that adding in the pink frames were a bit of a unique touch.
The person I had in mind while putting this one together is someone who is classy, coordinated and confident but also a tiny bit rebellious and loves to ice-skate, for some reason? I just think that the jacket kind of brings out that different side? Because people can’t really be fit into specific genres, there’s so much more to them than a label after all!
Outfit 4- Starring : Candy With a Sprinkle of Stars
I just HAD to include in an outfit with a dress and as soon as I saw this one, I loved it! The star print isn’t too loud but it isn’t exactly subtle either and I wanted to emphasize that, but also add in a couple of sweet little touches like the golden starry socks that are going to tucked into the boots! (They just remind me of Harry Potter, for some reason so I just had to include ’em!)
I also adore the colourful umbrella that also just adds to the sweet and pastel theme that this outfit brings out!
For some reason when I think about this outfit, I always imagine the person wearing it to be dancing around a cobblestoned street when it is raining with a big smile, while the others are all shut up inside their houses mourning about the gloom.
After all life isn’t always perfect and embracing that fact is the first step to being truly happy and content!
Outfit 5- A Burst Of Stardust
As always, I love to save my most unique outfit for last, and this time definitely isn’t an exception. I found these gorgeous jeans and I paired them up with a cashmere sweater patterned with stars! I was actually quite surprised at the contrast and how much I liked it!
To tie in the outfit together, I added in some silver wedge sneakers, a red and black wristlet and some silver star earrings! This outfit just screams STARS, so its definitely not subtle but I still think that although it’s a bit more bold, you can definitely dress it up or down.
What did you think of this post and my outfits? Did you have a favourite? Oh, and would you wear any of these outfits, if you got the chance? If so, which one and why? I’m quite curious! Let me know in the comments down below!
Today I’m finally going to be sharing my go-to DIY lip scrub recipe. If you are anything like me and you have chapped lips all.the.time then this recipe is definitely for you! I discovered this recipe quite a while ago and I altered it lil’ bit to make it more amazing and I really hope that you all like it!
Oh, and you know the best part about this recipe? It can be done made in under three minutes and it’s really really easy too!
- Sugar- 1 tablespoon
- Coconut oil-1 teaspoon (you could also substitute this with olive oil or even honey)
- Vanilla Essence or Extract.
- Pink or Red food colouring (optional)
- A Container
- Mix together the oil and sugar.
- Then add in vanilla extract (or any other flavoring of your choice) along with a couple of drops of food coloring. (For a little pop of colour or tint after using the lip scrub!)
- Mix it all together, pop it into a container and then you are done!
If you want to, you can decorate your container as well,I used a bit of washi tape and a couple of letter stickers to make mine a bit more unique and fun!
I absolutely adore this lip scrub and I hope that you do too! It was honestly a life-saver because at some point my lips had gotten so chapped that I could barely even smile without suppressing a grimace of pain. It was awful.
I’d recommend using this with a toothbrush (I know it sounds weird but, hey, it works!) and sort of using it to brush your lips? (With the lip scrub, of course!) It’s actually one of the most effective ways to use it as well haha..you could use your fingers too,of course, but this was just the easiest and the quickest way to do it!
Oh,and you can always feel free to experiment with new flavors and combinations! I made Nutella lip balm a while ago and I can definitely customize this recipe to make a Nutella lip scrub too! You can be as wild and creative as you’d like!
Okay, now I’m dying to know: if you could make a lip scrub or a lip balm in any flavor or combination (go as crazy as you’d like), what would it be?? I think I would probably make something that smells like chocolate but looks like a rainbow. (Rainbow chocolate? Hmmm)
Oh, and do you have chapped lips too? If so,how do you deal with it? I’d love to know!
Comment down below and let me know!
Lee @ Golden Pink Journal
Thank you all so much for reading and for your lovely comments!
Gosh, it feels so amazing to be able to blog again! I’ve missed this more than I could have ever imagined!
One of my biggest goals this year was to not have any blogging hiatuses and unfortunately almost as soon as I made it, I took an unannounced hiatus. I’m so sorry everyone!!
I feel absolutely awful and the worst part is, it was so unexpected that I didn’t even realize I was on a hiatus! Recently I signed up for quite a few extracurricular activities and took part in a couple of other events, but I didn’t expect it to take up so much of my free time, which of course, I use to blog.
In short: February was an absolute whirlwind of a month and I even quite enjoyed it? but as a consequence I had absolutely NO time to blog or even read! (terrible, I know!)
I had a TON of ideas, but I just had no time to sit and type up a post or even just have a quick chat with all you! Well, not until now, of course. It’s all still a bit crazy (not as bad as before though) but I think I will just have to learn how to juggle it all, because blogging is way too special to give up!
I suppose in a way, this hiatus was a sort of blessing in disguise though? I was able to focus more on specific things and just learn, which was lovely and everything but I still really missed my blog.
Every time I go on a hiatus, I always realize that when I return to the blogosphere, I just feel more motivated and re-energized and this hiatus (as exhausting as it was) was most definitely not an exception. 😉
Oh, and one of the main reasons this post is a ‘Sasha Chats’ post and not an ordinary one, is because I just love chatty posts (as you have probably guessed haha) and because I thought that this would be the perfect way to hopefully explain everything and also just catch up!
My last ‘Motivational Monday’ post was one of my fave blog posts to write and I was thrilled at the positivity that I saw through the comments, so thank you all so much!!
I had never written something like that on my blog before and it was a bit of a challenge to sort of spill out everything that had been running through my head, but it was most definitely worth it! If you haven’t checked out yet, then please do! I’d love to know your thoughts! You can read it here.
I also wanted to chat a bit more about balancing everything in your life? I know it can be really overwhelming at times (or in my case, for a whole month!) but I think that in the end it all comes to how you decide to deal with it.
Last year, I came up with a blogging schedule that I loved. I still do love it actually, so I’m just going to strengthen my resolve to stick to it. I have chosen to blog usually during the weekends (unless it’s an extra special post) and I’ve found that it gives me quite a lot of flexibility but also doesn’t cut into the time that’s reserved for other things like school, reading and daydreaming! (those things must be prioritized too!)
Oh, and I have a really exciting announcement to make!
I’m going to be redesigning my blog! As most of you have probably already noticed the style and design of my blog posts have changed quite a bit during the past few weeks, and I think that my blog has definitely grown quite a bit since my blog makeover last year.
So,I thought that it would be really fun to have another makeover! I’ve really enjoyed playing around with the different styles and variations of potential blog graphics (the featured image for this post is a ‘lil sneak peek!) and I absolutely CANNOT wait for the big reveal! ❤
That’s it for this week’s ‘Sasha Chats’! I really do hope that you enjoyed reading it! What are your tips on balancing school and a blog? Have you ever gone on an unexpected hiatus?? Do you have any special plans for your blog, too? Let me know in the comments down below!