Cultivating Joy

For those of you who are Daily Ellie readers, here is an update on my Ellie2.0 plan.

A Life In Paperback

We are more than halfway through the year and the time has flown by. For the first six months, I barreled through a full time school scheduled and attempted to work 20-25 hours on top of that. I understand that there are people who work full time while going to school full time and are able to make that happen. For some reason, I can’t quite get that balance. I would love to be able to do that, but in the last few months, I seemed to sink back into an incredibly blue, lost place. I struggled to get out of bed every day. I found little joy in anything, even doing school work – something I had been enjoying thoroughly up until April.

A couple weeks ago, I became frustrated with myself for allowing myself to sink back into an uncomfortably comfortable depression. The frustration doesn’t help, it doesn’t…

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Just Breathe


I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. My life revolves around school, hence the rut & lack of regular blogging. Tonight, however, I had some Chocolate Coffee and Citrus 4 from Pressed Juicery and my hazy brain seemed to clear up a bit.

That means I got inspired to actually take more than a couple minutes to remove my makeup and slap some moisturizer on. I decided to use a gold standard product and a totally new (to me) product.

To start, I swiped some Sephora Cleansing Water all over before getting stuck in. Next was my hero, holy grail, número uno beauty product: Ren Skincare Cleansing Balm. I’ve written about it before and will continue to write & talk about it for the rest of my life. As usual, I massaged a teaspoon over my entire face and neck and let it sit for a minute. Then I added a bit of warm water to get it going. The last step was wiping it off with a mildly hot wash cloth. Heaven!!

Next was the newest addition to my skincare: Lush’s Catastrophe Cosmetic fresh mask.


I let it sit for ten minutes or so, then removed it with a hot wash cloth. My skin felt so smooth and soft! The only less than positive aspect to this mask is the smell. It wasn’t a bad smell, just not my favorite. However, the smell is not a deterrent from me repurchasing this mask.

These two products allowed me to unwind and take some time to just breathe. They allowed me to reflect on the day and set some positive intentions for the rest of the week. I highly suggest everyone take 10-15 minutes at the end of the day to do the same. You don’t need to do skincare, you can just sit or stroll. Find peace any way you can!

Half-Marathon; Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Body

I haven’t been inspired to run for a couple months now. After reading this, I am refreshed and renewed!!!

The Z-Axis

I’ve never told anyone these things. My parents, my sister, my friends – no one. So heads up. You’re the first to know.

For the last few years, I have grown, slowly but steadily, to despise the way my body looks.

When I was a kid, I was always told how skinny I was. I didn’t break fifty pounds until I was eight years old. In high school I was always the smallest – height and weight – of my friends. I grew up knowing, somehow, intuitively, that ‘being skinny’ was something good, that it was something I should maintain. In high school, that belief was confirmed and reinforced by magazines, friends who were constantly ‘dieting’, and my school’s insistence on athletic rigor and social ostracism of students who didn’t fit the body ideal. But I was always warned that, as a woman, ‘my time would come’, I would have kids…

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The 11 Most Annoying Kind of People There Are

This is my daily favourite! SO hilariously true. ❤

Thought Catalog

1. People who go to restaurants and order something with so many special requests that it barely resembles any item that is actually on the menu. And then proceed to yell at the waitress when one thing isn’t exactly as they asked in the aforementioned order which was more complicated than a high school girl’s love life.

2. People who go to clothing stores, unfold everything they see, and then stroll out without purchasing or even trying a single item. If a sales executive’s wrath could kill, there would be piles of dead people in department stores around the world.

3. People who habitually interrupt others during conversation. How are they  THAT oblivious to the fact that they are not the only person in the room with something important to say?

4. People who do any of the following in the movie theatre: talk, make out, or use their phone…

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Well, I Have Brittle Bones…

Today’s favourite: “Candles” by Daughter. Welcomed sound during a study break.

DJ Toaster Biscuit

Honestly, I don’t have much to say. My head has been glued to an Intro to Business Law book the last couple days. Reading about precedents and arbitration and mediation can strip a girl of anything creative to say at 8.10pm. As I took a break from the reading and note taking, one song instantly popped into my mind. The first line is exactly want I wanted to hear right now: “That boy, take me away, into the night…”

Here it is, my study break song I want to share with you:

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