Being 23 isn’t so bad.

Guess who turned 23 yesterday? Me!

People might think being 23 is still young, but come on, who are you guys kidding? It is time to gain real responsibilities, face the future and actually act on whatever it is that you have just started planning earlier this year.

But being 23 is not so bad. You’re allowed to go to bars with a more mature looking face, people wouldn’t have second guessed you whether you’re already 21 or not, and you’re practically legal to do anything, even go to jail! Lol.

Being born in January makes you gain hope of your life earlier than anyone else, (well, unless you’re born earlier than me). I feel like it gives me a new perspective, like I can foresee the future and what lies ahead of me. Because I was looking forward to my birthday, and now that it is over, I can look forward to something else, something bigger.

My birthday celebration yesterday was phenomenal. I am gifted with an incredible husband that knows me inside out, that made it so memorable I can cry of happiness while reminiscing about it again.

He was the first to wish me Happy Birthday at 12am, and then we spend the whole night just talking and talking until 4am. I love when we spend time talking before we sleep, it’s just so relaxing for me. That morning we woke up late, but not too late, then we went to brunch at the Penn Stater Hotel, called the Gardens Restaurant. They offered a buffet which was so tasty, oh my god I feel hungry now.

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Right after brunch, he pampered me with a couple’s massage which is pretty awesome. I haven’t had the best massage experience so far, but this, hands down, the best massage I have ever felt. They even have me a facial therapy, which was so relaxing, I almost slept the way through. The place was right in State College, called the Artemis Massage Studio. I immediately fell in love with the place due to its ambiance and the environment, I could just spend hours there and just lay down waiting for someone to give me a massage. It was incredible, enough said.

Not enough with the surprises, Hafid pulled the best surprise yet last night when he blindfolded me and bring me to this amazing place to celebrate my birthday dinner with all of my friends. Oh my, I was so shocked and surprised that they planned it so beautifully and the decorations were so on point, it was the best and happiest celebration ever.

Imagine being blindfolded right after you got in the car, and didn’t know where you were heading and, suddenly, surprised! Everyone was there, without you even knowing the slightest hint about it. Well, initially I thought Hafid was bringing us for dinner, just the two of us, like we usually do, but it was a surprise to find out that everybody is there, celebrating it with you. It was the best feeling, ever.

Words cannot describe the situation was last night, I might just pour in some pictures. Enjoy! Thank you again to those who wish and celebrating it with me. It was the best.

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Declutter your New Year

I know, it’s a little too late for a New Year’s wish, but, hey, Happy New Year! I’m a bit sad this year knowing that my adult life will start in a few months time, but I’ll cherish what I’ve got.

So, I haven’t really figured out what my resolution this year is, yet, but last night got me thinking. I was watching this documentary of Minimalism and this idea struck my mind. I am going to go minimal with everything that I have. Okay, I’m gonna tell you how determine I am, because I am never this determine, well, at least not this year.

Okay, minimalism is keeping what’s valuable to you, and letting go of what seemed to make you happy once upon a time, but now you tend to have forgotten about them and they’re just there consuming your space in the house. Consumerism, people, is bad!

I know for you girls out there, this seems to be impossible to you because, hell yeah, I know we have emotional and physical connections to our stuff, especially our makeup, our clothes, shoes and basically everything that we own. But, I’ll tell you this, that feeling after you went through all your stuff and getting rid of things you don’t feel brings value to you anymore, is the most satisfying thing ever.

After the movie ended, I said to Hafid, “Since both of us can’t sleep, do you want to declutter your life with me?” And his face light up, we jumped out of bed and prepare 3 trash bags to separate the trash, things we would want to donate, and things we wanted to sell. This was at 2.00am when we started to declutter our things. The mission is ON.

We started section by section in the room and then out in the kitchen as well, and guess what, in this tiny space of ours, we successfully decluttered our life and managed to round up 3 bags of trash, a bag of donation, and a bag to sell. Imagine that!

So, let me break it down to you, first, we went through my makeup. I owned a decent amount of makeup for everyday use, I think my collection of makeup is just enough for me to use everyday and in that section, I don’t need that much decluttering going on. But, in one of the cabinets, I found a ridiculous amount of empty makeup boxes that I just kept for no use. Well, I have this habit of keeping makeup boxes just because it’s pretty, like my Kylie Lip Kits, or my Tarte palette box, you know, that sort of thing. Hafid made me throw them away and I was devastated at first, but seconds after, the feeling of easiness filled my heart and I felt that decluttering feeling that minimalists have been talking about. Aha.

The next section was my wardrobe. Oh God, I swear this was the hardest thing I had to do in my life. As you would guess, I did not entirely declutter my closet because, let’s face it, I need my clothes and it does bring value to my life, so I cannot object to that. Things that bring value to me are the things that make me happy. And the point of going minimal is to make me happy, see where I’m going with that? Haha. Also, I know Hafid made me throw the empty boxes away, but if you know my obsession with dUCk scarves, I WILL NOT BE GETTING RID OF THOSE BOXES, thank you very much. Those really brought me happiness as long as I can remember. So I kept it, towering high in my wardrobe. 🙂

That’s basically my section of the house, and others were Hafid’s. He did some decluttering too, which was an accomplishment for him because he also has emotional attachments with his things, but now, we are much happier and it is a great way to start off our last semester of college. Kudos to the both of us!

So, declutter your life, and ask yourself, “Does this bring value to your life?”. If not, get rid of it, and your life will be much simpler and happier.

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Good luck in getting rid of your stuff! (I am never getting rid of the dUCk boxes. LOL)