I have Hashimoto’s

I have sat here writing and rewriting this post for almost 2 hours because I find it so hard to explain it to the best of my knowledge but so far this is the best I can do…

Mid October I started to take my health more serious, I was always one to shy away from doctors and relied on over the counter medicine but as time went on I felt nothing was working and I think we can all agree WebMD can be scary as hell!

I met with my physician having explained my symptoms; feeling cold,anxiety,hair loss,fatigue,weight gain and my doctor knew right away they were very similar to the symptoms of hypothyroid however she wanted to be certain in order to provide me with the proper treatment which resulted in follow up blood work,going for a thyroid sonogram,referrals and after that was all said and done we had a diagnosis and that is Hashimoto’s Disease.

Hashimoto’s Disease is when your immune system attacks your thyroid and your thyroid is the butter fly shaped gland in the front of the neck which produces hormones which essentially effect very organ system in the body, it controls the speed of your metabolism, it is also responsible for the growth and development of our nervous system and helps maintain our body temperature.

Apart of me felt relieved for the fact that all these symptoms I felt for quite some time were finally validated. But I also felt naive and confused because I didn’t know what Hashimoto’s disease is, would I die from it? Can it be cured? What kind of lifestyle changes would I have to make? And that’s when my mind started racing with thoughts and eager to gain knowledge about this new disease I will become acquainted with.

The short answer is No, I won’t die. I will be taking my synthroid medication to help my thyroid, and yes I will have to say farewell to the late night Drive thru at McDonald’s 😂

I started reading books, searching the internet, joining online communities to connect with others who have also been diagnosed and til this day I still have a lot to learn and a lot of healing but here I am taking one day at a time to make positive changes that will help make a positive impact on my health and life in general.

I didn’t think I would be open about discussing it because I’m still trying to get a better understanding of it all. I realize that it is apart of me and this will be apart of my life’s journey, so as this year ends I am going into 2020 trying to make better of my life.

Youth To The People Minis kit

I recently purchased The Youth Minis Kit since I wanted to try other products in the Youth To The People product line and they don’t disappoint!

To read my previous YTTP post click here.

I am familiar with the Super Food Cleanser, and Adaptogen Moisture Cream (my two personal faves)

The Maqui+Acai Facial Oil absorbs into my skin effortlessly which is one main component when it comes to picking a facial oil.

Superfood Air-Whip moisturizer is a light weight moisturizer and hydrates my skin pretty well before makeup application.

The Super Berry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask works as an overnight treatment with more hydration giving that “morning glow” appearance the next morning. They all have a distinctive “YTTP” fragrance it’s rather clean and pleasant without being too strong or irritating.

The minis kit is great for young adults, or anyone interested in trying the YTTP product line without splurging on full size since it can be a bit pricey. Also use sparingly as alittle goes a long way. The minis are also travel friendly and all of the products work effortlessly in conjunction with one another so you can custom create your own skincare routine like a mock-tail for your skin!

Remember In November

We recently celebrated my Mother’s birthday (I won’t say how old because it’s not lady-like to mention a woman’s age and also because she’d probably kick my a**) 🤪

Although it’s quite easy to remember my parents birthday, growing up my mother made a catchy tune “November-Seventeenth” that we all remember growing up and still reminisce about.

It was nice to be able to spend time with her for her birthday and hope this just one of many we will get to spend together. I’m not sure if you will read this but I love you ❤️

Two Cute

Hi There! I just wanted to hop on here real quick to share the cuteness overload and get back to spending sunday with my family Upstate.

These two are practically inseparable!

My parents dog is 7 month old Rooster and on the right is our 6 Year old girl Mila. When my parents first brought home Rooster I was worried Mila wouldn’t take well to another dog in the house because for quite some time she was the only one and didn’t shy away from all the attention but she’s a sweetheart and very welcoming, In fact she loves to be greeted by Rooster when we walk into the door, I think she’s more excited about seeing him then anyone one else and he is the same way. It’s adorable to see these two together but don’t let the cuteness fool you because they do get into some mischief from time to time! 😂

Kat Von D: True Portrait Foundation Review

The new Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation can best be describe as Light as a feather, truly it is! I used to be a die hard full coverage foundation fan but as my skin is maturing I find most full-coverage formulas uncomfortably sit on my face, back then I layered on my foundation like I was putting butter on toast! So the older I get the more breathable and light weight I like my makeup to feel and that’s exactly what I found when I purchased this foundation.

Just the other day after a grocery run I ended up taking a nap and comfortably slept forgetting I had the True Portrait foundation on! so I say it’s cat-nap approved (haha)

The formula is oily upon applying it however it is buildable and dries down to a powder finish, I usually get my desired consistency after two layers without getting caked. While you can let it set on it’s own as is you can also finish it off with a pressed powder (for a fuller finish) or a loose setting powder.

I went for a soft-neutral look with my makeup using the True Portrait Foundation, KVD Tattoo Liner, and Colourpop eyeshadows in ‘wattles’ and ‘wake up call’

Nature is…

This 4 mile hike turned into a much needed therapeutic session as there’s this freeing sense to talk about anything and everything and explore the unknown I feel it embodies most emotions making it easy to express while hiking, you really get a sense of “letting go”.

“Leave your words for Mother Nature to hear, she will listen without judgement and she will respond back with love”

Night Lights Festival

Words can’t even describe how special Saturday night meant to me, I wanted to attend this event 2 years ago and yesterday that wish came true and I’m glad I got to experience it with my significant other. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend you attend a Night Lights Festival at least once in your life, as for me it is a memory I will cherish.

Comfort Food

I love good ‘ol comfort food, one of my favorites is Mexican rice with shredded cheese on top, black beans and avocado. Btw there’s two thing that can ruin this dish, and that is an unripe or over ripe avocado, seriously it’s like a game of Russian Roulette with avocados but today I got lucky and it was just right 🤗

What is your favorite comfort food?

Lush Mask

Once a week I do a facial mask and the Mask Of Magnaminty is by far my favorite from Lush. It’s perfect for my combination skin and anyone with oily or acne prone skin can benefit from using it as well. Because this clay mask also includes peppermint oil it has a nice refreshing feel without being too harsh. It also makes a great spot treatment for pimples, anytime I see one of those bad boys pop up I dab some of the mask of magnaminty on and notice a reduction in size from the day before. Some people claim it minimizes pores and as someone with very visible large pores I don’t really notice a long-term effect so I wouldn’t solely rely on it as a pore minimizer (there are other products on the market for that).

I also have been using sleepy in the evening time after my shower since the lavender scent has a nice calming fragrance.