and they do their typical routine

Daily Language-Learning Routine

I frequently get asked how I study languages. For me, languages are not something I study. I wouldn’t even consider learning languages a hobby. Do you consider watching youtube as studying? Or listening to music? Or texting your friends?

In this post I will describe a typical day for me, how languages are incorporated into my daily life, and how you can incorporate languages into your daily life, too. I don’t necessarily do all of these things every single day and I don’t expect others to be able to either, but feel free to pick and choose some tips to try out that might work with your own lifestyle.

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Today is a perfect example of my desperate need for any kind of healthcare coverage… I was faced with a pretty much life-or-death decision, and it is costing me on many levels :(

I woke up to a message from the hospital lab: “definite kidney infection, sensitivity tests show it as a strong, drug-resistant variety”. The ER doctor proceeded to call in prescriptions, one of which was a powerful antibiotic (Suprax) which costs almost $200 without insurance.

I tried to negotiate and see if I really need them, or if I could do without, or get a different drug, but my primary care doctor isn’t messing around. She is already worried about my typical kidney-shutdown routine, and the ER doc said that they both agree that going without this antibiotic could be life-threatening. So, I forked over the cash.

We had just enough in the bank to cover rent, so I text our landlord and told her the situation, and asked her to hold our check for a bit until we earned some more money. 

Well, either she didn’t get my message, or didn’t care, because shortly after, she cashed the check.
The check bounced, draining my account, and costing me overdraft fees for the lab payment, prescriptions, and rent.

I have almost $250 in PayPal (which I’d saved for our car payment due on Monday…), but I’ll still be more than 200 in the hole after that transfer comes through.
I still need regular meds, we have very little food, other bills are coming due, and I have no idea how I’m going to climb out of this nightmare.

For once in my life, I took care of myself first, and now I’m literally paying for it.

I have a donate button on my blog, but even better for you- I’m offering a buy-one get-one free promo in the shop, and we’re lowering the purchase limit to just $20!! Check out this post for details:

There are lots of new items in stock, we’re always happy to take custom orders, and coupon codes are available if you need a little help affording a piece.

No pressure, feel free to ignore, I just thought I’d let you guys know what is going on, and lower the promo limit to provide extra incentive to go shopping.

Thanks in advance.

How to go through your readings

I am the kind of person who likes to do things systematically, so here’s kind of a routine of how I go through my readings (this is applicable to all readings, and if you are wondering, I study law (thus this includes cases) and social sciences.

1. Glance through your reading once - look at the titles, have a brief idea of the structure of it.

  • Philosophical papers (social sciences readings), for example, typically have a structure and a main idea throughout the paper. This is the step where you try to figure out its structure and the point that the author is trying to illustrate.
  • For cases, you can have a look at how many judgements and a brief look at the facts to know what you are about to read.

2. Highlight your reading - colour coding is fundamental. It will help you to keep track of the structure and main point of the readings.

  • Red: main/central idea of the article
  • Pink: subsequent point
  • Orange: subsequent point of the points in pink
  • Yellow: other important information
  • Green: key words
  • Blue: conclusion

3. Type an outline of the article - you may skip this part if you want, but if your exams syllabus include that reading, it will be very handy for you to have an outline so that you don’t have to go back and read the reading once again.

  • Basically this part is where you type/write the information you deem important or that will be examined. You should do it in an outline format so that it will be easier for you to study.

4. Summarise the outline/reading on an index card - this is a way to show yourself that you have truly completed the reading. Have the very important information on index card will recall your memory regarding the reading, and the more index cards you got, the higher the motivation you will have to complete the readings since you can see tangible progress. It’s also a great way to review the information especially before/after lectures or before exams.

For more tips follow How To Study Quick!!
Mini Magazine Fall 2016, Naya Rivera
Mini Magazine is an award-winning, digital lifestyle publication for the modern parent.

MINI : We’re thrilled to have you on our fall cover! Let’s dive right into your life as a mom. What does your morning routine look like? What time do you get up?

Naya Rivera : My typical mom morning starts at either 6:30 or 6:45 AM - if I’m lucky! That extra 15 minutes of snooze time is always so sweet. Josey is up by now, so I change him and give him a bottle. We will spend that time in bed together cuddling and joking around. Hide and seek works wonders when trying to stay under the covers for as long as possible. We brush our teeth together (he’s obsessed with doing this) and then head downstairs to play some music, dance, and get a snack. Breakfast is usually at 8 and now that Josey is older and can eat so many things, we try to go out for breakfast a few times a week. We also hit up Coffee Bean or Starbucks in the morning where Josey requests that I buy him a banana off the counter every time. We’re back by 9 for his nap [and] I get an invaluable hour break. I use that time to answer emails and call my mom to tell her all the cute new stuff Josey did in the three hours prior. That’s a typical morning for us.

What do you think is the greatest challenge of motherhood?

Really making time for yourself is a challenge. Taking the time to not worry about your house, or to-do lists, or the baby is hard, but necessary.

What is your favorite part?

The love I get from him. Little things like the two kisses he stood up and gave me last night to say thank you for making him mac and cheese from scratch. It’s a love never found anywhere or with anyone else.

What surprised you most about mother hood?

Probably how truly selfless you become.

How has motherhood changed you?

It’s made me a much more observant person.

What do you hope to instill in your son, Josey? What is most important to you in raising him?

I hope to instill good morals and values in him. I want to teach him to be confident but kind, strong but not proud, and to always be in love with life.

What worries you most?

Puberty. I’m going to cry so hard when the day comes that he doesn’t want to hold my hand because it’s not “cool”.

We love getting a glimpse inside Mini spaces, so thanks for showing us around Josey’s room! What was your inspiration for the design?

I wanted a room that had bold patterns and felt cozy at the same time.

What are some of your favorite elements in his room?

I love the wallpaper and the Roman shades. I also love the bird chandelier.

How do you keep your home kid-friendly?

Hardcore baby-proofing and allowing every space to be a play space to a certain extend.

You’ve just released a new book, Sorry Not Sorry, which has gathered a lot of buzz! Tell us what we can find inside the book.

You can find a lot of funny and authentic stories about the ups and downs of growing up. It’s all very relatable and feels like a conversation between friends.

If Josey were to read the book one day, what do you hope he will take away from it?

I hope he would take away that growing up has its challenges but behind every cloud is a silver lining.

If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?

I get my nails or hair done or sneak away and take myself to lunch or dinner completely alone.

Looking back to your first days as a parent, what would you tell yourself?

You’re going to get a lot less sleep in about a year.

seventeen as shower thoughts
  • seungcheol: It’ll be odd in the future if “Rebellious” teens speak and text using proper english. “Dad just mentioned he lol-ed…he’s getting so quaint in his old age.”
  • jeonghan: Ever wonder how many strangers have thought you were attractive in passing?
  • jisoo: With Jesus Christ’s blood-alcohol level being about 14% alcohol (typical of wine), it is very irresponsible to encourage him to take the wheel.
  • junhui: If I had a dollar for every time I had no idea what was going on, I’d probably just be asking people why they were giving me dollars.
  • soonyoung: If you taught 10 different dogs the same word, but trained each one to do a different trick when they heard it, you could do slowly say a sentence while they did a choreographed dance routine.
  • wonwoo: Burger King saying “have it your way” is sort of misunderstanding the basic principle of a monarchy.
  • jihoon: We have to pretend to be asleep in order to actually get to sleep.
  • seokmin: They say you live longer if you smile, but they also say time flies when you're having fun, so it evens itself out.
  • mingyu: The tallest person on Earth has been the same height as every person on Earth.
  • minghao: We should respect the blind. They judge others completely by their personality, not their looks.
  • seungkwan: I wonder what song The Little Mermaid was singing when she viciously ripped a clam in half to make that cute bikini top…
  • hansol: Dr. Seuss would kill at rap battles.
  • chan: Dinosaur chicken nuggets are actually made of dinosaur.

anonymous asked:

Did you have lots of fun on your vacation? I bet it was nice to get away for a little while, probably really relaxing too.

yess, holidays are sort of always a mix of fun stuff, seeing places and just doing something else from the usual routine, we also walk a lot and it’s pretty tiring so maybe not a typical “relaxing” holiday lmao but good regardless :^) I also started reading the The raven cycle while I was away

gotta catch up with all the stuff I’ve been postponing the past weeks tho now rip

Anon:welcome back sunny! i missed you so much, i hope you had fun on your little vacation :)

Aoi: I don’t have time for everythiiing…

but that doesn’t matter to me!
but that doesn’t matter to me!


Reference (Wikipedia): Yoshio Kojima (小島 よしお) is a Japanese comedian famous for appearing only in a small bathing suit, during both performances and interviews. Among his well-known catchphrases are Sonna no kankei nee (そんなの関係ねぇ or “that has nothing to do with it”, usually as a reaction to an intentional mistake in his routine) and Oppapī (おっぱっぴー), an abbreviation of “Ocean Pacific Peace”, (オーシャン・パシフィック・ピース). All of his catchphrases are typically said followed by a signature dance, which has him hunched over, making a punching motion towards the ground while his hind leg is kneed upward simultaneously.

On some days, your typical cabinet of beauty products just won’t do the trick. Sometimes, a lady needs opulence. That’s where Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Mask comes in. Made from real gold, this new face mask is for those who want a skin-care routine that’s more bling than basic. Below, I recount my experience with the first beauty product that made me feel like a queen. KELLEY HOFFMAN

Last week, a pot of gold appeared on my desk. Even though no rainbows or leprechauns were in sight, it felt like something that appeared out of a magical fantasy. At a substantial five ounces of lavishness, I opened the jar to examine what was inside.

The silky, gilded formula felt like gold jewelry melted down into a rich dessert. At first, my instincts were to conserve, so I applied a very thin layer over cleansed skin. It looked mostly invisible except for a shimmery sheen. I reread the instructions and it said I should actually apply it quite generously. So, I applied a thick, metallic layer of the most luxurious formula I’ve ever touched. Then I rubbed the excess on the back of my hands and neck for extra coverage.

There wasn’t any scent I particularly noticed— if I had to describe it, I’d just say it had an air of fresh cleanliness.  I left it on for ten minutes and felt a nice, cooling effect. While it didn’t look like I was wearing metal all over my face, the mask was definitely golden. Not only did it make me feel regal, it was, by far, the most fun I’ve ever had with a skin-care item.

When my ten minutes were up, I used boscia’s Konjac Cleansing Sponge to help wipe away the formula. My skin felt baby soft to the touch and hydrated, thanks to the formula’s glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Ingredients like 24K gold, colloidal gold, and caffeine offered a lifting and firming effect to help my skin feel tightened. Peridot, an ingredient made from an ancient green gemstone, helped make me look re-energized. Suddenly, I gave off a youthful glow. Trust me when I say this mask is as good as gold.


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The whole “Rey is a Mary-Sue” argument is so incredibly sexist. What they’re basically saying is that it’s somehow even more unrealistic for a female character to do any of the crazy things typical male characters routinely do. Man wins a tough physical fight with no training? Normal, he’s a man. Man saves world/galaxy/universe? How heroic. Man discovered he has some sort of superpower? Cool, this should be interesting! 

Woman does these things? Unrealistic!!!!!! Self!!!!! INSErt TION CHARACTEr!!!!!

Characters in series like Star Wars are inevitably going to be doing things most of us could never do. The Force doesn’t exist. In this sense, all the characters are unrealistic. But anyone who believes Rey is a Mary-Sue but a character like Luke Skywalker isn’t is basically of the belief that women are not as capable as men, and showing them saving the day is unacceptably unrealistic. Whereas, a man shown doing that would be acceptably unrealistic. 

Stay very, very far away from people who believe that. They believe women are generally inferior.  

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback
by Sarah Green  

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid.

Never, ever, ever feed someone a “sandwich.” Don’t bookend your critique with compliments. It sounds insincere and risks diluting your message. Instead, separate your negative commentary from your praise, and don’t hedge.

Schedule regular check-ins with your direct reports, so that giving feedback — both negative and positive — becomes a normal part of the weekly routine.

Don’t lump your critical feedback together with discussions of pay and promotion — as in typical year-end evaluation. This creates a toxic cocktail of emotions even the most mellow employee will have trouble managing. Instead, make these separate conversations.

The adage “praise in public, criticize in private” is an old management mantra. But sometimes, you have to be critical in public. Holding people accountable sometimes means discussing performance issues with the group, even if it feels uncomfortable.

Ask permission. This may sound odd — especially if you’re the boss — but you can tip people off that a critique is coming (making them more receptive to hearing it) if you start the conversation with, “Can I give you some feedback?”

Avoid jumping to conclusions or seeming like a bully by sticking to the facts. For instance, if employees are leaving early and showing up late, they could be having a family emergency or a health issue. Simply state the behavior you’ve observed and let them explain what’s going on.

Try framing your critique in terms of the positive result you want to achieve, rather than as what’s wrong with the person. Make it about the impact the employee could achieve by working differently.Ask “What are your goals?”

Be specific about the new behavior you’d like to see.

If you’re delivering some particularly hard-to-hear news, consider giving the person the rest of the afternoon off. Studies have shown that top performers are especially vulnerable to major setbacks. Show compassion not by softening the blow with false praise, but by giving bad news straight and then offering some breathing room.

If the person you’re giving feedback to gets defensive or lashes out, keep your preferred outcome and preferred working relationship in mind. You can’t prepare for every possible thwarting mechanism someone might throw at you, but you can control your reactions.

Recognize that everyone wants corrective feedback — yes, even Millennials and even experienced, expert workers. Consulting firm Zenger Folkman found that while managers dislike giving critical feedback, all employees value hearing it — and often find it even more useful than praise.

There’s one important caveat here, however, and that’s the ideal praise-to-criticism ratio. While we may not be willing to admit it to ourselves, we do need to hear praise. And studies of both the most effective teams and the most happily married couples have shown that the ideal ratio is about five compliments to every criticism. So do shower your team with kudos — just don’t do it at the same time you’re critiquing them.

And when you do offer plaudits, praise effort — not ability. Carol Dweck’s well-known research has shown that’s the best way to keep people motivated and it makes criticism feel less threatening and personal. After all, if you’ve been told your whole life, “You’re so smart!” a rebuke might make you wonder, Am I dumb now? Focusing your praise on behaviors — “You guys really put a lot of attention to detail into this” or “I’m so impressed with how hard you worked to get this done on time and under budget” — means that when you have to deliver some corrective feedback, people are more likely to take it in the same vein rather than as a personal attack.

Sarah Green is a senior associate editor at Harvard Business Review. Follow her on Twitter at @skgreen.


The inescapable fact is that it takes a lot of money and time to be effortlessly chic. Paltrow and Lively are catering to a certain type of woman — usually upper-middle-class, often white, with cultural clout — who happens to be particularly susceptible to the “effortless” trap. It isn’t just about hair or clothes. The desire to come off like you aren’t trying too hard extends to most areas of life typically thought of as the domain of women. Home décor: “Those vintage end tables? Oh, I picked them up at a flea market.” (Don’t mention that it took months to find the perfect sofa, and it was so expensive it practically required a second mortgage.) Workout routines: “I just do a little yoga and try to take the stairs.” (Don’t mention the personal trainer.) Relationships: “We just click, you know?” (Don’t mention the couples’ therapist.) Outwardly, everything is easy.
How to Attract the Signs: Taurus

Initially attracting a Taurus is fairly similar to getting the attention of a Libra; they appreciate all things beautiful, and a distinctive look will get you far. Also not unlike Libra, a Taurean will appreciate being wooed, wined dined, and being on the receiving end of romantic gestures, both grand and small. 

The similarities end here though, as your typical Taurus will appreciate nothing more than consistency and routine, and small signs of commitment go a long way in your observant Taurean’s book, as they love nothing more than knowing exactly what they’re coming home to. When a Taurus falls in love, they take their time, but once they’re there, they stay there. 

This isn’t to say that Taureans are boring; on the contrary, they love the finer things in life, and if you consider yourself an aesthete, you’ll probably find a great match in Taurus. They are not consistent in the sense that they do the same things repetitively, but rather in that they enjoy doing different things within the same genre.

To conclude, show that you are open to consistency and commitment with your Taurus, and they will respond positively. Be sure to bear in mind that these earth signs, while patient, can’t stand drama, and flakiness. 

INFP Confession #219
I really want to be able to work towards a single goal but it’s so hard to find one when so many people are discouraging about it. I find it hard to stick to a routine to reach a goal and that’s something I envy about INFJs, because they can supposedly do it. I am able to keep going until I achieve what I want but I need to have a clear thing in mind. I don’t know if this is typical INFP behaviour or if I’m just an INFP wanting to be an INFJ. They just seem to be able to get stuff done.


Why the 12 Hour Work Day Isn't 12 Hours for Anyone

How many people have to die or get injured before we limit the work day?

Departments that bring me back their daily department time sheets that actually have twelves marked.

  • Grip
  • Electric
  • Camera
  • Actors
  • Departments that always work more than a twelve:
  • Wardrobe
  • Production
  • Transpo
  • Art
  • Props
  • Craft Services

Departments that often work more than a twelve (due to precalls or prep)

  • Make up
  • Hair

There’s no point to discussing whether or not someone gets paid.  The support departments typically don’t (please don’t think going Union always protects your hours, it depends on the contract and the producer).  What I want to discuss is why, WHY are we working routine 12s and then with commute - let’s allow an hour each way…

So here it is:

  • 12 hour work day
  • 2 hour commute
  • 2 hours shower/eat/dress

TOTAL: 16 hours.

Meaning the most that person is sleeping (if they don’t do anything but what they have to do is 8 hours.  I know damn well other people do their dishes and shop and gas up their cars so let’s be honest and say 6.

For those “lucky” departments that are at a 12, they work the most physical of the jobs.  Joints are strained, knees are hurt.  Bodies get destroyed working G&E.  So, the way I see it is that at 12 is the max we could work them without killing them so we work the max.  Still not ok.

Now me personally? Unless I’m pregnant or sick I personally love long days.  I started loving them less and less as family and life began to have a larger role in things.  But working them doesn’t hurt my body (and I’m much older than I look) and I can usually work a 14 day after day until the cows come home. 

But… I’m also from a family that has it’s own share of Olympic athletes and super marathon runners.  So my base level of fitness is pretty solid and I was raised with that fitness and health and I have a good old dose of good genetics.  That’s allowed me to succeed and accept a system of allocation of resources that needs to be challenged and questioned. And I wonder, how many good folks would I like to work with are eliminated by this system? 

In the interest of diversity, sanity and safety I think we should begin to challenge the twelve hour day. It’s based around money and equipment, not human-power.  How is it not illegal to work me repeatedly on a four hour turn around?  Or a six hour turn around?  Why is an actor allowed twelve but me, who is in charge of safety, repeatedly allotted far less?

And the diversity part?  Look.  When I’m pregnant I’m still a badass AD.  But no doctor is going to clear an 18 hour day for a seven months pregnant AD.  And where am I going to breastfeed or pump (as legally allowed to do so) for 18 hours?  Do you or don’t you want women of all ages on this job?  Or do you only want women who don’t have kids?   What about a pregnant DP?  Or a breastfeeding DP?  Does she just need to sit out or are we going to demand our industry evolve?  It’s time we remembered WOMEN IN FILM are NOT just directors, actors,writers… but ADs, Grips, Electrics, Camera…

And it’s not just a female issue.  Fathers like to see their kids, last I checked too.   I don’t know if anyone for who this works well and who loves it but it come down to what we’ve accepted and what we think is okay. I want to crack the discussion open a bit.  We’re all worried and more aware of safety and for me…

This is the starting point.  So.  Ready set… go. 



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The night was late, all the stars in the sky were hidden behind black clouds. Everyone had already left the office hours ago. Except for Yul, he had stayed behind to clean the mess that was left over from that night. His typical routine really. Though something was different, when he went to clean West’s office he had heard the faint sound of paper shuffling and a quil tapping. He peaked through the crack in the door and noticed West was still hard at work. Not wanting to disturb her he stepped back out of the office and went to clean other areas, he would check up on her later.

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How I got through my plateau!
  • Up your intake of water. I aimed for 3L a day.
  • I’m usually completely against counting calories BUT do it for a day or two to make sure you’re eating ENOUGH calories. I was just under 1500 cals so I’ll be making sure I add in an extra snack to my day.
  • MIX. UP. DAT. CARDIO (or workout routine) I’m a runner but I added in some HIIT cycling, yoga and heavier weights to my routine over the last two weeks. Keep it interesting for yourself :)

I know these points are the typical advice but there’s a reason…. they work! Don’t get discouraged, keep moving forward :) x

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“Whoooo” the cheers from your classmates filled the gymnasium. A typical pep rally at your school. The cheerleaders were doing their routine and the band was playing the fight song. Your school is playing the biggest rival of the season and you couldn’t wait to see your boyfriend, Hayes, play. Plus its a turn on to see him after, sweaty and out of breath. As you stood in your section and continued to cheer you saw the football players enter in the side door. The crowd goes wild. The only negative side effect of dating hayes was he was wanted. By everyone. Your eyes followed him as soon as he walked in the room, you felt as though the world stopped. His smile lit up the whole room, you could see him scanning the bleachers until his eyes met with yours. A small smile tugged at your lips, he gave you a small wink and continued about the rally.

“I still cant believe you and Hayes are together” your best friend (y/f/n) whispered beside you, clapping at the time that was appropriate.
“Its still a question to me too” you admit, clapping along with her. You saw the cheerleaders getting position in the middle of the gym floor and watched all the eyes of the football team linger on them.

“Jealous already?” Nash has appeared at your side, standing a little too close. Little did you know Hayes was watching you both.

“No” you stated firmly.

“Sure babe” he leaned in letting the words tumble out, cills ran up your back. But as soon as he appeared he disappeared. When you turned to find Hayes he wouldn’t look at you, you let out a scoff an focused your attention back to the pep rally.
When it was finally over you went back to your locker to gather up your books, Hayes never came by. But who cares you think, he can be mad you didn’t nothing wrong.

“Black or Grey?” (y/f/n) stated holding up two school shirts, you thought for a second.

“Grey” at this remark she threw you the black one. “What should i do about Hayes?”
“Nothing, you didn`t do anything wrong” She admitted while putting on the great shirt over some white skinny jeans.

“Yeah but..”

“You did nothing wrong, don’t overthink it” she interrupted and you didn’t mention it again. She was right. “Alright lets go” she said and grabbed the eyes walking out the door with you at her heels.

The game was packed, students milled around and the visitors were filling up the bleachers across the field. You phone signaled a text but you knew it couldn’t be Hayes, could it? When you looked down at the glowing screen it was Nash asking if he could sit by you. You groaned and quickly sent back no. Hayes was mad as it was was making him angrier going to help this case. No. You were led to the student section by (Y/F/N), elbowing your way over to get a front row. You sat on the cool metal of the third row with her, watching intently for the team to come onto the field. But they wouldn’t be coming just yet, you still hd what? 10 minutes. You just let you eyes bore into the freshly cut green grass, following the white lines that marked it. 5 minutes left, you grabbed your phone and sent a quick good luck text to Hayes, but got no reply when the whistle blew.

The cheerleaders packed the side lines trying to get the crowds excitement up but to their prevail it was already up before they uttered out their first cheer. The crowd suddenly goes wild and you know that the football team is making their way out. You stand onto of the now warm bleacher and try to catch a glimpse of Hayes, or his number. The crowd was too dense though so you decide to just join in on the cheering.The game starts soon after and the ball cuts through the air. You weren’t to big on sports but you enjoyed watching as the game progressed.

When it was finally over you walked up to the rail and let your body press against it, your hands gripped tightly on the metal bar. You saw Hayes slowly, taking his time, walk over. It was a tradition to kiss after every home game, but instead he just walks to the big container of gatorade and grabs a cup. You stand there flabbergasted about his action, but he wouldn’t even meet your eyes.

“You still need a ride, or is that forbidden to do” you scoffed at him, you knew he heard you because he turned his back to you. You gave (Y/F/N) a quick goodbye before heading off to your car. You jumped in the drivers side and slammed the door. (Y/F/N) is bound to find a new ride, and your weren’t surprised when she sent you a text a few minutes later supporting your guess. You waited for 15 minutes, what you normally do when you give Hayes a ride, before the passenger side opened. It was Hayes. He put his sports bag in the bag and sat calmly beside you. You were both quiet for a moment. The tension was so think you thought a knife would break if it tried cutting through it.

“So did you have fun kissing Nash under the bleachers” He spoke sharply making the silence end but then lapse back into the still air. You looked at him confusion before he continued, “I saw you go under the bleachers and Nash headed that way as well..”

You cut him off “Thats what this is about?” His guilty look answered your question. “You thought id actually kiss him?!” You started to laugh at how ridiculous his claim was. “No i went and got a snack, from the snack bar? Nash bumped into me but i blew him off” he snapped, your anger flowing back. He ignored you all day because he was jealous? How highly he must think of you. You started to start the car but Hayes put his hand abruptly over yours. You gave him a displeased look but he just stared at you intently.

“Im sorry” The two words came out of his mouth and hung in the air. His hand slowly caressed your cheek and you let your eyes close. His lips suddenly grazed your own softly. You pressed your lips onto his. The kiss became heated, one of his hands on your lower back and one of yours tangled in his hair, he left out a groan. Thats when your elbow hit the car horn and a loud beep ruined the moment that had been expressed between the two of you moments before. You both let out small chuckles into both of you were laughing hard and clutching your sides. All had been forgiven, and all would be well.

Simple Shower Spell/Glamour/Whatever you want to make it

While you’re in the shower, as you’re putting soap onto your loofah or sponge or whatever you use, draw either a pentacle or a sigil of choice with the soap. Here, you’ve got a few options. Feel free to personalize it however you wish, these are just my typical routines.


Rub yourself down with the soap, and imagine you are scrubbing away all impurities. Visualize them as little black particles, going down the drain. As you do this, chant the following:

“Cleanse my mind and cleanse my soul,

Make my spirit pure and whole.

Release me from all pain and worry,

Thanks to this soap, I am not dirty.”

Rinse off and moisturize afterwards to seal in your own energies, and make your skin nice and soft.


Make sure you use a simple sigil, one that is easy to draw and not difficult to remember, or too complex. Simplicity is good when drawing with soap.

 As you lather your body, visualize whatever colour you chose for your glamour to be coating your skin, shining and glowing with every motion you make. Choose a colour that has associations with your intention. Let the soap sit for a few minutes as you meditate on how you want to be perceived, and once you rinse off, visualize the glow still emanating from your skin.