For the past few days I’ve woken up feeling a lot happier and way more positive, simply by starting a few more healthy habits. I figured that I might sprinkle and share some of my positivity with you peeps! ♡
If you are recovering from any mental health issues, or want to take the next step, this might be benefitial to you, as it was to me - however, I will warn you that different things work for different people :)
before bed: practise self-care and self-love, think positive thoughts, breathe fresh air, listen to calming music, read a good and positive book, drink water - stay hydrated kiddos, drink some calming tea, take any medication you need to, make sure everything you need for tomorrow is prepared and make sure that you room is in good conditions to sleep in.
when you wake up: don’t reach for your phone the moment you wake up, open your curtains, open your window and let some fresh air in, have a drink, stretch and remember the positive thoughts you went to bed with.
“Quick fact. Ready? Consuming protein prior to bed time may enhance sleep quality by providing the body with amino acids necessary to create human growth hormone. This hormone plays a role in deepening sleep, as well as muscle recovery following exercise.” | @thepowerwithin
Last month’s Tiny Tip was a bit of a downer, so here’s a
light listicle that will also prep you for the last stretch of the academic semester!
Always doing your readings, annotations, and paper outlines
in your bed or in Starbucks? Feeling in a bit of a rut? Here are a few fictional
characters and their picturesque reading environments that might give you some
ideas for breaking out of your bubble.
“What are these?“ Maxon asked, brushing across the tips of my fingers as we walked. "Calluses. They’re from pressing down on violin strings four hours a day.” “I’ve never noticed them before.” “Do they bother you?” I was the lowest caste of the six girls left, and I doubted any of them had hands like mine. Maxon stopped moving and lifted my fingers to his lips, kissing the tiny, worn tips. “On the contrary. I find them rather beautiful.” I felt myself blush. “I’ve seen the world – admittedly mostly through bulletproof glass or from the tower of some ancient castle – but I’ve seen it. And I have access to the answers of a thousand questions at my disposal. But this small hand here?” He looked deeply into my eyes. “This hand makes sounds incomparable to anything I’ve ever heard. Sometimes I think I only dreamed that I heard you play the violin, it was so beautiful. These calluses are proof that it was real.”
Summary: Namjoon comes home late from the studio and completely forgets about your date night. You plan on ignoring him, but he does his best to fix what he had broken.
Word count: 844 words
Namjoon arrived home like he did every day–with a loud bang and the sound of something falling. The door swung open and ricocheted off the spring door stop, no doubt denting something. His work bag landed on the ground with a thud, and Namjoon discarded his shoes and jacket haphazardly before stepping over them.
“Y/N, I’m home!” he announced, padding heavily through the hallway. He spotted you sitting on the couch, your arms crossed and the corners of your mouth pulled downwards into a frown. “Y/N? Are you okay?”
You continued to ignore him, staring at the muted television instead. A movie was playing in the background–a movie you and Namjoon were supposed to watch together nearly four hours ago.
“Why are you ignoring me?” Namjoon asked, genuinely confused. His eyebrows scrunched together adorably, and if you weren’t so upset, you probably would have cooed. “If you don’t tell me, I won’t know.”
You just stared at the screen, waiting for Namjoon to follow your line of vision.
“Y/N…” Namjoon trailed off, going silent once he finally turned to look at the television. “Oh. Shit.”
“Mhm,” you hummed, still refusing to look at your boyfriend. You weren’t being petty–Namjoon had spent the past week almost entirely at his studio and came home late at night. He had promised one evening with you, and again, he had gotten lost in his work.
“Y/N, I’m really sorry,” Namjoon hurried to say, throwing himself onto the couch beside you. He grabbed your hands and tried to get your attention. “Please, just look at me.”
You shook your head, keeping your eyes downcast. You could feel tears beginning to form, and recognized that you were being a little ridiculous. Still, you couldn’t help but feel hurt that Namjoon could forget about you so easily.
“I really did mean to forget about our date night,” Namjoon tried to explain, squeezing your hands with his larger ones as he spoke. “You know how wrapped up in work I get. I can’t keep track of time. Right now it’s really busy, too. But if I can just get through these next few weeks, we’ll be able to spend much more time together.”
“It’s not about that, Namjoon,” you said finally, your voice wavering. When you turned to look at your boyfriend, his face fell at the sight of your eyes brimming with tears. “I get that you’re busy, and I’m okay with that. But don’t make promises you can’t keep. Don’t forget about me when it’s convenient.”
“I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” Namjoon whispered, bringing his hands up to cup your face and gently brushing away a few fallen tears with his thumbs. “Fuck, Y/N. I never forget about you–you’re always on my mind. You’re the reason I come home every night.”
“It doesn’t feel like that sometimes,” you replied quietly, your voice still weak.
“I know that now, and I’m sorry,” Namjoon repeated, sounding as pained as you were. “You’re the most important to me, and I never meant to take you for granted. I know I’m stupid and I make all these mistakes.”
“No matter what, I’ll always be here waiting for you,” you admitted, sniffling. “But it doesn’t hurt any less when I have to eat dinner alone, or when I go to sleep without you beside me. You don’t have to work less, but just let me know that you haven’t forgotten about me.”
“Y/N, I told you that I never forget about you. You’re my inspiration. Nearly every song I write is about you,” Namjoon said earnestly. “I’ll work less, I’ll come home earlier. I’ll do anything to make you feel better.”
“I’m not asking you to do that,” you sighed, shaking your head. “I know how much music means to you, and I’d never ask you to change that. But just text me, or try to spend some time with me when life gets busy.”
“Okay,” Namjoon agreed, his voice breaking. “I’m sorry that I made you feel like I forget about you. I never knew that you felt that way. I’m so sorry for taking you for granted, Y/N. I never thought I would.”
“I know,” you whispered, pressing your cheek against Namjoon’s wide palm. “I know you never meant to do that.”
“What can I do so that you’ll forgive me?” Namjoon asked, pressing a gentle kiss against your forehead. “What can I do to make you smile?”
“Do that again,” you mumbled, your eyelids flutter shut.
“This?” Namjoon questioned, leaning in to brush his lips against your temple. You nodded slightly, and Namjoon just chuckled. “You forgive me too easily.”
“Cause I love you,” you said simply.
“Yeah,” Namjoon breathed, a smile in his voice. “I understand, because I love you too.”
Namjoon peppered soft kisses all over your face–your forehead, your jaw, the tip of your nose, and finally, your lips. He whispered quiet declarations of love until a tiny smile tipped the corners of your lips upward.
- Girl in Luv
A shorter one tonight! I was feeling like writing some cutesy shit. I know this prompt is calling for smut…plus I keep seeing that gif of Rapmon adjusting his belt. But like…the smut!!! I don’t know if I can do it!!!! Anyway, thanks for requesting, and sorry this took so long to get to. I hope you all enjoyed! Happy reading 🤓
Propagating can be done from leaves that drop naturally or plucked from the plant.
When plucking, pluck younger leaves nearer the top rather than older leaves near the bottom of the succulent. Younger leaves are actively growing and are more likely to sprout roots and mini leaves quickly.
Don’t pull leaves out in one violent tearing motion - DO twist the leaf back and forth gently until it snaps off on its own.
Some examples of leaves:
1. Was plucked off too quickly and the leaf tore, resulting in a straight edge that is very unlikely to sprout roots and leaves. But it’s turning pink which is a sign that the leaf MIGHT sprout so I’m just keeping it.
2. and 4. were twisted off slowly, resulting in a neatly snapped leaf with a small circular scar (arrows in photo) which are quite likely to grow roots and leaves. However 2 is was an old leaf, wrinkled and not very plump, so it might take longer to (or never) grow. 4 is turning pink, which again is a sign that it’s about to sprout!
3. Was plucked off slowly as well, but part of the stem tissue came off along with it (there’s a little white flake at the end of the leaf) - this is the best, and the fastest to propagate. It’s already growing lots of tiny black-tipped roots (circled in the photo)
If the leaves are young and plump and plucked off the stem properly, they have a much much higher chance of succeeding :)
For those buying mini roses from your local grocery store, please do not place them inside your home! Mini roses need as much sunlight as normal roses and will die if you keep them inside as I used to. After some trial/error I realized roses must be immediately placed outside in a shady area until they have gotten used to being outside( maybe a week or two), then you can put them in a sunny spot. If you can, separate the roses as soon as you can.
I purchased 2 mini rose flower pots and when I took them out of the dirt I had 8 mini rose bushes! So I put each bush in its own pot as it needs the space to grow out its roots. Once you have repotted in a GOOD potting MIX(not soil!) put them in a shady area outside and they will surely come to their own. Let them be, I didn’t trim any dead leaves/dead buds until i saw new growth coming in as I didn’t want to disturb them. Fertilize a tiny bit once a week, as they are going through some shock, and do not let them dry out! This will shock them further.
I would recommend a moisture meter to make sure you don’t overwater. Overwatering can cause them to have ‘root rot’ or other really not fun diseases. Once they are strong enough, let them thrive in the sun and surely you will have some super cute mini roses all summer long! If your little plant gets sick, I recommend GardenSafe Fungicide 3 once a week until it is ok. Good luck!
A lot of people compliment my hairstyle on here and I’ve often commented that it’s a style that’s designed to seamlessly grow out into another, longer style, so that when I’m travelling and away from my barber I don’t end up looking like a mess. It is a cut that needs almost no maintenance, but there is one very important thing that I have to do, and it’s trim the sides in front of my ears as it grows out to keep the line straight and not pointed. This is very important as a transman and other transmasc people with short hair and no beards to shave off should take note. Not only does the trimming keep the haircut looking like it’s fresh, it helps you present as male. Pointed bits of hair in front of the ears on a short haircut is not only a marker of the traditionally female pixie cut, but it shows that you dont shave. People will unconsciously pick up on this and so it’s a very small, but very very important tool in my “I’m a man” arsenal. Remember: straight edges in front of your ears. Long pointy bits don’t ever end up looking like sideburns. They just look inherently female. Grab a pair of scissors, or a razor, and make those edges neat and straight.