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Pre-Giveaway Announcement!

To celebrate gaining:

I wanted to do a giveaway! And since this is to show my appreciation for every single one of you lovely people who’ve decided to follow me, I want to hear your input on what sort of items that you’d like me to give away! So far, the options for giveaway items are Planner Stickers, Handwritten Tarot Card Readings, Custom Stationary, or Business Card Printables. For the next two days, I will be hosting a vote for the giveaway items on Twitter. So, if you want something in particular, make sure to get your vote in ASAP! Or, if you’re not particularly fond of any of the items that I’m offering, let me know what sort of items you’d like to see in the comments of this post!

Although this isn’t yet the “official” giveaway announcement with a complete list of items being offered, it is important to note that in order to participate, you’ll have to follow me here on WordPress. Also, following me on other social media platforms will grant you extra entries. (The more entries you have, the higher your chances of winning!) So, if you plan on entering, you’re welcome to follow now (if you aren’t already!)

The official giveaway announcement will occur on Saturday, September 30th. So, keep your eyes out for that!

Honestly, thank you to everyone who has followed and interacted with me so far. I appreciate and love every single one of you. You have all made blogging such a great experience, and I couldn’t do any of this without you!

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Posted in Religion, Witchcraft

Tarot: Fact vs Myth

As we get closer and closer to October and eventually Halloween, more people are gaining an interest in all things they consider “spooky” or “paranormal.” Plus, it seems as if witchcraft is getting back into the mainstream, with more people believing the power of healing crystals or turning to psychics for guidance. Divination, tarot and particular, always seems to be popular this time of year. As someone who has read tarot for about seven years now, I’ve learned a lot about the art of divination and what some of the common misconceptions of tarot are. Here, I will dispel some of those misconceptions about tarot.

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Does pulling the Death card mean I will die soon?

No, in fact, tarot can’t predict someone’s death, period. Death typically means renewal or rebirth. So, if you pull the Death card, it most likely means that some major changes are about to occur in your life.

Will reading tarot summon spirits?

No. As long as you are simply reading with your own intuition, you won’t open any portals or summon any spirits. However, if you’re using tarot to communicate with spirits, then you’ll have to summon them to begin with. This isn’t inherently dangerous as long as you ward yourself from any potential negative entities first and cleanse the space afterwards.

What if my future turns out differently than the cards told me?

Essentially, the future is never set in stone. All tarot tells you is 1. How the future will turn out if you continue on your current path or 2. Advice about your past, present, and future to help you achieve certain goals and ends. So, if you change your path or take the advice your tarot deck gives you, your future could very easily be changed.

Are tarot cards evil?

No, tarot cards aren’t evil. They’re just laminated paper.

Is tarot reading even real? All professional tarot readers say it’s for entertainment only.

I personally believe tarot to be real, but alas, there is no scientific evidence for psychic abilities of any kind. Since most professional tarot readers sell their services, they have to claim they’re for entertainment purposes only to avoid certain legal issues. However, this doesn’t automatically mean that tarot is “fake.” I find the best way to decide your stance on whether or not you think tarot is real is to get a couple free readings or try reading tarot for yourself.

What is tarot best for?

Tarot is best used for getting advice on the current path that you’re on. Sure, you can use tarot to take a glimpse into the future, but does that really help you get to that point? Sometimes it’s best to ask “How can I achieve my brightest future?” instead of asking “What will my future look like?” Just remember that tarot can also be used for fun, lighthearted reasons, too!

Hopefully this article helped clear up some common misconceptions you might have about tarot! If you have any further questions about tarot, I highly recommend leaving a comment below! I might even create a tarot FAQ if there is enough interest!

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Question of the Day: Have you ever received a tarot reading? How was the experience? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like, comment, and share this post!

Posted in DIY, Mental Health, Self-Care

Review: MAMBI Happy Student Planner

Hello, everyone! By now, most students have gone back to school, whether that’s to high school, college, or beyond. Unless you worked or took classes this summer, chances are you might be struggling to get back into a set work routine. Time management is a learned skill, and some people need more help than others to figure out how to do everything in time, remember important dates, and still have some time left over for self-care. I’m the type of person who needs to write things down and keep track of things. If you’re anything like me, you might benefit from using a planner or bullet journal!

I personally don’t like spending too much effort on making templates for a bullet journal, so I decided to test out the Me & My Big Ideas Student Planner! I purchased the one that I linked to, but there are a variety of different cover styles if you don’t like the one that I have. Here’s my review on what’s good and bad about this planner system, and whether or not I think it’s worth it!

Pros

Course Contacts and Class Schedule Pages

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This was ultimately what made me decide on the Happy Planner over other brands of planners, especially the Course Contacts page. There’s absolutely nothing worse than wanting to meet with a professor but not remember their office hours or what their email is. Usually, when that happens, you have to dig through your papers to hopefully find it on the syllabus. But sometimes professors simply announce that type of information on the first few days of class without writing it elsewhere. Eliminate that possible stress by having all of their contact information neatly in one place.

The Class Schedule Page is nice, too, because then I never have to reprint my schedule if I ever forget it. Though this aspect of the planner is really only helpful for the first few days of class.

Monthly “At-A-Glance” Planning Pages

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At the beginning of each month, there is a page with space to write down your monthly goals, important dates for that month, birthdays during the month, and topics to study. This is great because I like to plan in advance for certain assignments or activities, so I can keep a list of due dates right at the front of each month to keep as a reference so I don’t forget what’s due when. I also really like the space to keep track of what to study because I can use that to mark down any older information that I want to review that month so it stays fresh in my mind. If I didn’t write that sort of thing down, I probably wouldn’t end up doing it.

Vertical Layout

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For my whole academic career, I’ve only ever used planners with a horizontal layout, but wanted to shake things up a bit. I love it! Plus, each column is split up into three parts, so I can use each section for a different purpose. Plus there’s plenty of space left over for stickers and other decorations!

Appearance

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Okay, this is a bit of a shallow point, but I love the look of this planner. It’s bright and happy. Each month has its own unique divider that has either a cool design or quote on it. The name “Happy Planner” is truly accurate, since it makes me feel cheery when I use it.

Cons

Ring Binding

Unfortunately, this planner isn’t perfect. Even though I really like it overall, there are some things that I dislike about it. The ring binding is one of them. Essentially, each ring has an open slot so you can add and remove pages without damaging them. And while the rings are secure despite having an opening, it does make the pages a bit difficult to turn or to close the planner. It’s not a huge issue at all, but it can be slightly annoying.

The Size

This is less of a con and more of a “sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t.” On one hand, the size is a bit obnoxious. It’s about the size of a regular notebook instead of the typical A5 or smaller. Don’t expect this to be a pocket planner. However, because it is so big, there’s tons of extra space to write and add stickers. So, meh.

Conclusion

Overall, I love my Happy Planner. I’ve only been using it for a short time now, but I can already feel myself being more productive. Since using this planner and adding stickers to it, I find that I also enjoy planning so much more. Planning (and even the responsibilities I have) have become a lot less like a chore. So, if you’re looking for a planner that’ll keep you organized for school and let you express yourself artistically, the MAMBI Student Planner is right for you!

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Question of the Day: What keeps you organized? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow, like, and share!

Note: This is not a sponsored post!

Life Update 9/2/17 *Giveaway Announcement*

Hello, everyone! This is just a brief post today because this is just an update about the future of this blog, my life at the moment, and the future posting schedule.

First off: Recently, I have been posting to this blog every weekday. However, I will only be posting on weekends now. So, expect to see a new post every Friday and Saturday!

The reason why I’m changing my schedule is that I’m starting my junior year of undergrad. I need more time during the week to focus on my studies. I want to maintain this blog, however, I needed to reduce my activity.

Fret not! This blog will remain active. I don’t plan to shut it down soon, and I have plenty of exciting plans for it! (Hint, hint: There might be an upcoming giveaway soon~ Keep an eye on this blog for updates later on.)

If you want to keep in touch with me, please follow me on social media! Here’s my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! Don’t be afraid to say hello!

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Question of the Day: What possible giveaway rewards would you be interested in? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow, like, and share this article!

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Beginner’s Guide to Spirit Adoption

Hi there! You’ve probably clicked on this link for one of two reasons: one, you’ve recently started considering adopting a spirit for the first time and are looking for some handy tips. Or two, you’re wondering what the heck spirit adoption is in the first place. If you’re in the latter category, here’s just a quick overview of what spirit adoption is so you know what I’m talking about. If you’re in the first category, you might want to simply skim over these next few paragraphs, since they’ll contain information you probably already know.

Essentially, some people, myself included, believe that there is more than just this physical plane of reality. We believe that there is also the astral, which is a higher plane of existence. This is where most spirits reside, as the astral is extremely vast. So vast, in fact, that it would likely be impossible to explore every single inch of it. There are also all sorts of different types of spirits, from dragons to demons to angels to faeries to beings that we do not even have names for. Humans can access the astral through either astral projection or astral travel.

Spirit adoption is simply when a spirit, for whatever reason, decides that they want or need a human companion, and asks for the assistance of a conjurer in our plane of existence to help pair them with the right person. People who want a spirit companion can apply to these adoption shops online to hopefully be paired with a spirit!

To get some answers to some of the questions newbies might have about spirit adoption, I enlisted the help of Fox, one of the co-owners of Lorelei’s Spirit Shop on Tumblr. Here is the transcript of our conversation.

Sarah: Okay, so my first question is: What are some common reasons that people decide to adopt spirits and start their journey in spirit companionship?

Fox: There are lots of reasons! Some people want to work at something and need or want someone there to help them! This mentor, or assistance type of companionship can help direct your magic or energy work! Others just want a friend! I got my first companion because I just really wanted to be P’s friend and such! Others may want to find a meaning in the astral, be it as an adventurer, discoverer, or a healer and want a companion there with them! Some may just want one because it sounds cool, which is okay as long as you are aware that this could lead to abuse or neglect

Sarah: What is involved with keeping a spirit companion?

Fox: After you have been chosen and have a spirit coming to your home (or even before then) it’s a good idea to ward and cleanse everything. Make everything clean and safe. Ground yourself and get into the practice of meditating. This will help with sensing spirits and astral travel later on. If you have already been chosen by a spirit, the conjurer should have told you a list of offerings that the spirit may like. It’s a good idea that have a least of few from the list on hand. If you have never done spirit work before, you should also expect to not feel or sense everything (if anything) at first. Spend time with your companion, learn some divination tools for simple communication. It could take months before you actually start to sense your companion, and that’s okay! If you have any problems you should go to the conjurer and talk to them about it! If you already have astral and energy experience things may be a bit easier for you. I suggest creating an astral space for just you and your spirit family before your companion arrives. Spirits also have nicknames to keep them safe, and it’s best not to share their real names! Force summoning can happen if someone knows a spirit’s real name which is no good. This is also one of the many reasons spirits have vessels! If a force calling was put into effect, while a spirit was bound, they could choose to go to the vessel instead of the summoner!

Throughout all of companionship, the most important thing to remember is you are equals. Even if they are a dog like creature, they are not pets. You do not own your companion any more than they own you. Treat them with the same respect you would treat your best friend, because they are your friend.

Sarah: Are there any potential dangers involved with spirit companionship, and how can people prepare for that?

Fox: There is lots of danger with any aspect of spirit work. The moment you start working with them, you become a beacon for other spirits, and if you aren’t properly protected bad things could happen. Parasites and other ne’re-do-wells show up more often than a guardian spirit would show. First time companions should do lots of research into wards, both physical and metaphysical wards are good. In sense of doubt, add salt. You can also be attacked, wounded and killed in the astral with barely knowing in the physical. Weakness, sleepiness, pain and soreness can all be signs pointing to astral wounds if you have ruled out all physical causes first (never jump straight to metaphysical). If you are unsure, reach out to a shop owner, or respected spirit worker for help and or advice. Dangers in specifically companionship come mostly from fault of the conjurer. If a spirit is not vetted enough, or the conjurer lied to you, things can go bad fast. Bad spirits can attack you, feed off of your energy, ruin your spells and senses, and other bad things. If a spirit you have adopted starts doing things like this, banish them and talk to the conjurer. If the conjurer brushes it off, or you get a bad feeling about it, go to another shop owner because they may be a bad shop.

Sarah: On the flip-side,  what are some fun things people can do with their companions?

Fox: Physical bonding with your companion is just like hanging out with a friend. Watch a movie or TV show, cook, draw, go get ice cream, use telepathy to help you do your homework, anything! Fun things would be to try to draw your companion with your eyes closed, or play 20 questions using a pendulum!

Metaphysical bonding is fun too, as well as helps newbies develop their senses! Try to guess where your companion is at in your room, or what expression or pose they’re in, or you could practice telepathy as your companion reads a book to you! Charades is fun for this! Astral has the most options for bonding though! Go on adventures, and make new things! The possibilities are endless in the astral, and defined only by how good your sight is, and where you go! There are bioms and species and things that have never existed on earth, and discovering and wondering about them with your companion is one of the most fun things to do, in my opinion.

Sarah: And can you tell us a little bit about your spirit companions?

Fox: Sure! I only have 5 companions, but have a family of 9.

My companions are P the Floppy Eared Dragon, A the hellhorse, Arn the fox, Jas the hummingbird and M the dragon! P was my first companion who I got just this passed January. Unless she’s with her egg, she’s with me all the time and makes sure I stay focused and on task. We’ve been going on adventures since the day we’ve met and she’s actually the one who encouraged me to open Lorelei’s Spirit Shop! A is the more reserved spirit with clipped words and a hard outer shell. He’s a real sweetheart though who loves to cook for the kids, and joins P and I on adventures. He’s been with me since April, and I probably leave the most offerings for him. He’s just so good. Arn is a fox who’s the jokester of the group. He leaves when feelings get brought up, but always make sure everyone around him is happy and laughing. He likes to play practical jokes, and make snide comments. And if it weren’t for P, he’d absolutely help you cheat on a test. Jas is almost like my mother, even more so than P. She’s only joined my family in July, but has such a big part in our lives. She cooks food with A, and makes sure everyone eats healthy. She chitters and tisks when we make bad decisions and despite her small size, won’t let us leave the table without eating all of our food. She makes sure everyone takes good care of themselves, and helps in any way she can. She’s also an A+ gardener.

M is my newest companion, but I bonded with him before we even met. When I saw him up for adoption, his bio said that he had to be adopted to someone over the age of 18. As someone who is 17, I never applied, and it wasn’t until I was approached by the conjurer and told that they lowered the age specifically for me did I apply. He had told her that he would wait a year in her refuge until my birthday if he needed to. M is…not someone I would have applied for regularly. He’s a brute and often breaks down my walls (he has the nickname Mr. Kool-aid Man) and steals you away for no good reason, but I love him sooooo much. He’s a softie who just wants everyone to be happy, but would never show that he cares.

Sarah: It’s so sweet hearing you talk about them! Thank you! I appreciate you doing this!

Fox: And I’m glad to!


As you can see, spirit adoption is certainly not something to be taken lightly. However, having a spirit companion can be a rewarding experience. So, if you feel up to the responsibility, consider applying for one of the spirits in Fox’s shop, or from one of these Fox-approved spirit adoption shops!

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Question of the Day: What experiences, if any, do you have with spirits? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to like, follow, and share!

Disclaimer: This article contains information of a metaphysical nature. The information stated is intended for entertainment purposes only. The information in this article is not intended be used in place of legal, medical, or financial advice. Nightshade and Roses is not responsible for the claims made by Lorelei’s Spirit Shop and will not receive any monetary compensation for this article. Nightshade and Roses makes no guarantee of the validity of the claims made by Lorelei’s Spirit Shop, and is not to be held liable by those who choose to use their services. Parts of this interview have been edited for length and clarity.

 

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Blogger Spotlight: Luna Sunshine

Hello, everyone! Today highlights a first for this blog. Instead of my usual posts, I will be talking about a blog that I personally enjoy, Luna Sunshine. That blog happens to belong to my friend, Luna, who is also an artist and musician.

Luna is a TWOC who writes about “brown girl magic, queer shit, random ass hot takes, white tears, indigenous art, music, poetry, stories, or whatever may appear along the way” (Introductory Post). She keeps it real when talking about topics like capitalism, the dangers of white supremacy and Nazism, and how direct action, rather than inaction or passivity, is our only hope to end the various forms of oppression in society. Her most recent post, Love can’t trump hate if it excuse inaction, she discusses how “love” is not passive in the face of hatred. When it comes to white supremacists and Nazis, we should not merely “turn the other cheek.” Luna critiques people who think showing “love” to or merely ignoring Nazis will end the hate.

Luna also creates art and music. Her music style is a bit of a mix between blues, jazz, punk, and other genres that she blends together to create her own unique, signature style. Luna’s songs usually center around her identity as a multiracial, indigenous TWOC, as well as other topics. Heart of Jade and Sunshine is one of Luna’s personal favorites of her songs, and you can find more of her music here!

Luna is currently has a demo album out that she will be giving away for donations. In a time when people of marginalized identities are systemically silenced and oppressed, it is important to support and uplift their voices. So, if you would like a copy of Luna’s demo or would just like to show your support through a donation, you can contact Luna through her blog or her Facebook page, Brown Sun Goddess.

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Posted in Mental Health, Self-Care

Panic Attack Calming Kit

In my previous post, Back to School: Neurodivergent Edition, I suggested creating a panic attack calming kit to carry with you. If you’re considering making one of your own but aren’t sure what exactly to put into it, here are some ideas!

  • Pen and paper/whiteboard to communicate if you ever go nonverbal

  • Stuffed animal/fuzzy blanket to snuggle

  • Stress ball to squeeze when feeling tense

  • Play-Doh or putty to knead. Here’s a recipe to make a your own scented dough, to engage your sense of smell, too!

  • A candy-bar/chocolate to munch on

  • Earplugs, if you become sensitive to sound during and after a panic attack

  • A coloring book or simple puzzle book to distract you

  • A list of important numbers to call, such as various hotlines or phone numbers of trusted family and friends. Or use my free fill-in printable to make it easier! You can find it here!

  • A mini-packet of tissues

  • Tea bags or hot chocolate packets, since warm drinks always help

Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to create your own post-panic attack kit. Of course, you don’t have to include everything on this list in yours, and you can always add other items that you would find helpful. What’s most important is that the kit helps you get through the discomfort that follows a panic attack.

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Question of the Day: What helps you after a panic attack? Share your advice in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow, like, and share this post!

Posted in Books, Literature

Best Quotes from my Favorite Books

 

I’ve always been an avid reader. From fantasy to nonfiction, historical fiction to sci-fi, to Gothic Romance to mystery…I’ve read a little bit of everything. I’m rather fond of collecting what I believe to be the best quotes out of the books that I’ve read. Here are the best quotes from my favorite books! This collection spans a variety of genres and styles, so there’s something for everyone!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

“This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.”

“There could be few men whose love for a woman had been written on his face with a knife”

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

“To have privilege in one or more areas does not mean you are wholly privileged. Surrendering to the acceptance of privilege is difficult, but it is really all that is expected. What I remind myself, regularly, is this: the acknowledgment of my privilege is not a denial of the ways I have been and am marginalized, the ways I have suffered.”

“I’m tired of feeling like I should be grateful when popular culture deigns to acknowledge the experiences of people who are not white, middle class or wealthy, and heterosexual.”

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

“Because white men can’t / police their imagination / black men are dying”

“The sigh is the pathway to breath; it allows breathing. That’s just self-preservation. No one fabricates that. You sit down, you sigh. You stand up, you sigh. The sighing is a worrying exhale of an ache. You wouldn’t call it an illness; still it is not the iteration of a free being. What else to liken yourself to but an animal, the ruminant kind?”

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

“Words. Borne on the ever swelling current of hatred, like flowers opening in the current, petals peeling back, then falling apart.”

“When a being reveals his pain in such a torrent, you are bound to respect the whole of the tragedy.”

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

“Those who do not weep, do not see.”

“If you wish to understand what Revolution is, call it Progress; and if you wish to understand what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.”

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

“When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.”

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

So there are some of my absolute favorite quotes from my favorite books. I hope that you all have found the same level of enjoyment in them as I have! I truly believe that books convey wisdom unlike any other medium, which is why I’m such an avid reader.

Question of the Day: Are there any quotes that you wish were included in this list? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like, follow, and share!

Posted in Mental Health, Self-Care

Back to School Tips: Neurodivergent Edition

Summer is, sadly, coming to a close. Some people have already gone back to school, and soon students from around the country will join them. Back to school time can be a stressful period: you might be nervous about a new roommate or new professors, maybe this’ll be your first time away from home, or maybe you’re scared of inching towards graduation. These anxiety-inducing feelings are only magnified if you are neurodivergent or mentally ill in any way.

However, there are ways to make the transition back to school far smoother. Here are my tips!

1. Adjust your sleeping schedule sooner rather than later

If you’re anything like me, your sleeping schedule is a total mess. You might stay up late and sleep late into the morning or afternoon. However, you’re going to be seriously discombobulated if you don’t adjust your schedule until the night before your first day. To make the switch easier, try laying down for bed just a little bit earlier each night until you’re in a comfortable routine. Don’t worry if you can’t fall asleep right away. Try occupying your mind by reading or doing a mindless but pleasant task. Just try to avoid screens and social media as much as possible at bedtime.

2. Plan your first-day outfit the night before

Everyone knows that the first day of classes can be the most anxiety-inducing. Picking out your outfit early will eliminate one potential stressor right away. You can use the extra time that frees up in the morning to do some light exercise to help wake you up and energize you before class.

3. Make a playlist of your favorite songs to listen to before class

I find that music tends to relax me or cheer me up, depending on what I choose for that day. So, listening to some music to pump you up before class can make it much more bearable.

4. Plan something fun to do after class

If you’re not a fan of school or you’re anxious about a class in particular, plan something fun afterwards so you can look forward to it. That way, when you feel nervous, you can think about all the good things you have to look forward to later. Some activities you might try are: yoga, watching your favorite show on Netflix, calling someone you miss from home, or planning a DIY spa night!

5. Set several alarms for the first day

If you struggle to wake up in the morning, you might want to set several alarms so you don’t oversleep or end up late. If you use your phone as an alarm, try to make your alarm sound something pleasant.

6. Make a travel “emergency kit” to keep in your backpack/purse

If you’re prone to having panic attacks/dissociation/psychosis or anything similar, having a little kit on hand to help ground and relax you will help you while you’re in class. That way, you don’t have to ever worry about going without certain things you need during a mental health emergency when you’re away from your dorm/home. Carry items such as any medications that you may need, stim toys, phone numbers of your emergency contacts, aspirin, gum if you find chewing on things relaxes you, and anything else that you find comforting.

7. Keep a planner

And no, it doesn’t have to have a beautiful aesthetic if you find that to be too much work. Your planner should make things easier for you, not harder, so if making your planner pretty stresses you out, just keep it simple. Or, if having a super decorative planner makes you happy, do that. The important thing is to just have a place for you to write down important dates and assignments, especially if you tend to forget things easily. And be sure to write things down immediately so you don’t forget about it.

8. Get familiar with your school’s mental health resources

Many colleges have free counseling appointments, clubs for people interested in mental health activism, and activities tailored for neurodivergent individuals. Get familiar with what your school offers by checking out your school’s website so you can take full advantage of it all!

Even though school can be stressful, I hope you all find some enjoyment during this school year! I wish you the best of luck!

Question of the Day: Let’s kick it off with a bit of positivity. What are you most looking forward to during this coming school year? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and follow!

Posted in Self-Care

Top 20 Journal Prompt Ideas

During times of intense loneliness or sadness, I tend to turn to journaling to express my feelings. I’ve always been more comfortable sharing my ideas through writing over the spoken word, so writing down how I feel lets me articulate and break apart my more confusing feelings. Journaling can also just be purely fun, or a way create personal art meant to be shared with no one but yourself. The only difficult aspect of journaling is that sometimes it can be tricky to come up with what to write in your journal. Here are my top 20 journal prompt ideas to inspire you!

1. When was the last time you felt truly happy? What caused those feelings of happiness? How can you replicate parts or all of it?

2. Write a letter to yourself from the perspective of your best friend.

3. Write a letter to someone who upset you. Say all the things you wish you could have told them. Don’t judge yourself if you feel angry.

4. Pick a random inanimate object nearby. Write from that object’s perspective.

5. Draw something when you’re angry, happy, sad, stressed, or bored. Compare the drawings. How are they different? How are they the same?

6. Write down everything you like about yourself.

7. If you could tell your 10 year old self anything, what would you tell them?

8. If you could tell your 40 year old self anything, what would you tell them? If you are younger than 40, try to save the letter you write for the future. If you are older than 40, add 10 years to your age and write a letter to that version of yourself.

9. Write down something that scares you. Try to identify why it scares you, and see if there is anything you can do to make it seem less scary.

10. Make lists! Write down lists of your favorite books, favorite foods, favorite movies…anything you like!

11. Create a Year in Pixels to track your moods!

12. Keep track of any compliments you receive during the week.

13. What does the word “love” make you think about?

14. What makes you laugh? How do you define humor?

15. Do you ever feel misunderstood? What do you wish people understood about you?

16. What are your goals for the next six months? What do you need to do in order to accomplish those goals?

17. What would your dream life look like? Describe it in as much detail as possible. Which elements of that dream are realistically achievable?

18. What is your favorite book/movie? What would you say to another person to convince them that your favorite book/movie is best?

19. What instructions would you give someone who was trying to impersonate you for the day? What would they need to know in order to seem exactly like you?

20. Write down everything that makes you feel insecure about yourself. Cross them all out. Scribble over the whole page. Burn the page, if you can safely do so. Or just rip it up and throw it away. Know that you are worthy and good enough.

Hopefully you’ll find some of these journal prompts helpful, inspiring, and amusing. Happy journaling!

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Question of the Day: Which of these journal prompts do you plan on trying out? Let me know in the comments below, and please like/share this post if you found it helpful or interesting!