Goals for 2020? Pfft…You need to see my achievements in 2019 first.

0b9c8ada-50a4-453c-8cbf-2f54b3177f60

Hello my beauts and sweets! Lyss here, and boy am I excited you are here to listen. More importantly, I am glad you have decided to pop by and take a peek at my blog… specifically this exact post. Recently we all just celebrated a brand new year, 2020. Wow. Whether you were in your jammies, all dressed up and fancy or even just playing a game of scrabble, as soon as it hit midnight, it happened. A new year has begun and you know what that means? It’s time to reflect. I love taking a step back and analyzing what the actual hell happened in 2019. Often however, I feel like we analyze the year and automatically think how we can improve ourselves for the next year. We analyze every single fuck up we made, and think how we can improve on that. Trust me, that’s fantastic we want to improve on ourselves and we will get there. But in reality, did you take the ten minutes on New Years Eve, New Years Day or this past week and acknowledge all the accomplishments you achieved this past year? Want to know a secret? My brain automatically jumped to, “how can I improve”, or “what new years resolution will I create for myself this year?“. My brain didn’t stop and congratulate myself on my achievements big or small from this past year. In fact, I had to really sit back and think hard about what I really was proud of, isn’t that sad? I hate how little I give myself credit at times. As humans, we are so hard on ourselves, it’s so insane but it’s also reality. So I want to take a second and ask you, “What were you proud of in 2019?”.8B75B8B3-D5B8-407E-B6D7-303268408FAE

Sure, maybe it was not the greatest year of all time. Maybe you had a severe heartbreak, maybe you got written up at your job, maybe you got fired from a job, had a falling out with the family or even had a death happen within the family. Life is tough, it throws curveballs at you and expects you to just get over things. That is not always the case. Even so, that certain event that had taken place may even have ruined your year of 2019. For two seconds, I want you to open your mind to a positive viewpoint. Push past that negative voice digging at you to only remember that unfortunate event. I know deep down you had some pretty amazing things happen to you this year. Even if they are the tiniest little things, I want you to make a list. Read it. Share it. Embrace it. In fact, I sat back and wrote a small list myself.

  1. Remember the time at work when you were involved with Summer Program, and your boss mentioned to you that a parent was wondering if you worked at the Daycare as well? Remember when you were not super close with this child, but apparently she had mentioned you at home so many times and how much of an impact you had on her? That was a pretty damn good feeling.
  2. Remember that time you gave your dad an amazing birthday present? Remember how you left him speechless, and you had a drawing created for him by an artist. This amazing artist drew your dad, aunt and their deceased mother hugging them. Do you remember how beautiful this moment was?
  3. Remember when you went on your first beautiful vacation with the love of your life? You went on your first cruise and shared so many amazing memories together. You visited different places and cherished the time you spent.
  4. Remember how many amazing companies you got to collaborate with? How many friendships you created online and the beautiful comments the companies stated about your work ethic? I do.
  5. Remember the time you brought your coworker a muffin and a tea from timmies unexpectedly. She was having an off day and you wanted to change her mood.

Honest to god, when it hit 2020, I was set and ready. I was ready to improve on so many different things which is amazing. There’s always room for improvement, but I forgot to take the time to give myself a pat on the back. This really hasn’t been the easiest year in the world. A lot of shit has happened, a lot that I didn’t think I was strong enough to get through. I have never really taken the time to say, “wow…. you are one badass bitch”. I honestly needed to hear that. Take the time to pat yourself on the back, think about what an amazing human being you were this year, and congratulate yourself, you made it. You are here. You are jumping into 2020. Hold on tight.
840687FC-0F30-4DF0-8220-1C09B21AA19C

When it comes to 2020, I literally think, “holy hell”. This has to be the best year right? I need this to be the best damn year yet, after all…. it’s 2020. I know for a fact that my nutrition needed to change for the better, I need a smoking hot ass body this year for sure. I picture myself as those fit models on Instagram. Often I jump to these huge goals that kind of scare the shit out of me to be quite honest. Taking baby steps is always the best idea and I need to remind myself of that. Instead of waking up wishing I had Jillian Michael’s body, I will try to drink more water and cut out some of the junk food I munch on daily. Creating smaller goals will help ease you into the year, they are attainable they are achievable. This year, I am for sure going to create smaller goals for myself. As much as I would love to just say, “I want a hot body“, I am going to focus more on being optimistic and encouraging myself on the daily. A few goals that I have in mind would be to create more conversations amongst coworkers, try to make more eye contact (even if it’s only for a few seconds), wake up everyday and really try to go into work with a positive attitude. While working on these smaller goals, I am going to encourage myself, and acknowledge when I make small progress. If I ask Sally at work if she had a great weekend and what her plans were….. you better be damned I am going to congratulate myself for that effort. One piece of advice that I am going to offer to you beauts is to love yourself for the small progress you make. To be quite honest, I have not been doing this too often and I am going to work on this! I really hope you do too! Creating a more optimistic lifestyle is never an easy thing to do, but it is something that can be worked on!
BC3AD8E4-C1E3-42F4-9BB5-4CCFB1AD52D2

So when someone asks you what your goals are for 2020, go ahead and make your list. But I want you to answer this question first, “What accomplishments happened in 2019 and what are you proud of?”. Even though it may have not been the year of your dreams, I know for sure you did something in that year that impacted someone else in a positive way. Keep doing YOU.

My Collaboration with “Arrow It Forward”

Hey there Beauts! Happy Thursday! You know what that means right? It’s almost Friday, you made it through the week! You got this guys! I am so proud of you, I hope your week is flying by for you, and you got some great plans for the weekend! Anybody doing anything fun? For me I think I am going to take it easy, relax, burn my fall candle, and do some blogging…. get into my zone!

Put your hand up if you are absolutely adoring the fall weather! Is anyone a hardcore fall lover like myself? I’m talking about pumpkin spice latte overload, big over sized sweaters, those plaid scarves, and cute fall pictures that you have to convince your boyfriend to take of you! Am I right? Speaking of the fall time, these means fall collaborations! I have some amazing fall collaborations coming your way but this one you guys I am super stoked to discuss and share with you! I recently reached out to an amazing Canadian company called, “Arrow It Forward”, and they specialize in home fragrances (can you say yummmm?!) If you guys know me well enough you know that I can never have enough pumpkin smelling things in my room or fall scents for that matter! The more the merrier! I was thrilled when Emily Prout, owner of Arrow It Forward, got back to me and wanted to collab together!

Let’s meet the Maker!

Emily Prout is the proud owner of the Canadian brand “Arrow It Forward”, as she makes all of her products right from her home, which might I add is in Ontario (proud supporter of Canadian brands, you go girl!). She lives with her husband and her two children who work together in this family business. Emily loves to show off her creative side in the work she does and trust me…. does she do a heck of a good job at that! She states that she pushed herself out of her comfort zone which I absolutely adore and admire! She makes strong connections with her audience and following and loves to really connect with the ways she describes each of her products. BEAUTS… just wait until you hear the titles and sayings that go along with each product, they are absolutely AMAZING… I was hooked! If the scents were not enough for you to be obsessed with the sayings on the products will grab your attention!

About the Products!

On the website “Arrow It Forward”, there are so many amazing and stunning products to take a peek at! If you are looking for soy candles, soy wax melts, reusable car air fresheners ( yes I did just say that!!), or even linen and room sprays you are in the right place! Sometimes, I find that certain fragrance brands are lacking really strong scents! I mean guys, if I grab an autumn breeze candle I want to literally feel like I’m walking for a beautiful fall path with crispy leaves crunching under my boots & the crisp air in my face. I can absolutely assure you guys you will not be disappointed in the scents of these products, hands down! The fragrances smell so amazing I can’t even deal! Shall we get into some of the products?

“SO BASIC Reusable Car Air Freshener”- First off, I never thought a car air freshener could look cute but this obviously proves me wrong! I am adoring the colours that were implemented into these! I don’t know about you guys but I like my car to look cute, yes I am that basic girl, so this I am absolutely digging! The car air fresheners come pre-scented which is amazing, and if you need the scent to be touched up, simply spray the linen/room spray on it which I will mention for you below! This retails on her website for $7.50!

The arrow on the bottom just adds to the cuteness!

“SALTY AF Bath Soak”– This magnesium chloride bath soak is unreal! This product is scented with totally validating ADULTING IS HARD blend, and might I add the scent is to die for. When I opened up this package, the scent just lifted into the air! I absolutely adore the name of this product, I think that is just the cutest ever. Simply pour entire contents under running water and “let some of your saltiness go down the drain!”. This product however is not intended for children but hey…. adults need to de-stress whenever we get the chance to! There is also another bath soak as well if you want to try that one out too which is called “MOM’S SALTY”…. love it! This product retails on her website for only $6.00!

Be right back guys! Going to do some self pampering and turn on some Shane Dawson!

“HYGGE Hand Poured Wax Melts- I have been recently getting into soy wax melts, and I am so glad I have been! I totally have been missing out! I love how easy these are to use, and the scent this product gives off is amazing! There are so many different ones to choose from and try out, go take a peek for yourself! You get six cubes in a package for only $6.00!

“… a cozy blend of warm blankets and quiet afternoons”

HYGGE; a quality of coziness

“SO BASIC Room and Linen Spray”- BEAUTS.… I am absolutely living for this fine mist spray! I can not emphasize enough through words how beautiful the scent is! I am literally spraying pumpkins galore on my sheets and in my room, which I absolutely adore. You can never have too many pumpkin smelling items ever! This is a 4 oz pump that you can spray in your room, on your pillows or even on your sheets! There are also other blends to choose from such as SO BASIC, MOM LIFE, BELIEVE, ADULTING IS HARD, UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER, and STAY WEIRD. This products retails on her website for &12.00 but is on sale for $9.00!

Who doesn’t want their pillows to smell like pumpkin spice?!

“…a predictable blend of pumpkin spice and plaid scarves”

SUNDAY FUNDAY Soy Wax Candle”- You beauts know I adore my candles, especially the fall scented ones! They are always super cozy to smell, especially if you are blogging away or relaxing! I love love LOVE this fall scented candle, it brings so many fall vibes when you light it! I honestly just want to grab a hot cup of apple cider every time it’s lit! If you want to be cozy and are a fall lover like myself this candle is for you! Can we just take a second to admire the title of this candle! Love it! There are so many other scents to choose from as well which all include cute sayings and titles! Let’s add some fun into your room! This candle retails in store for $20.00 but is on sale right now for $15.00! Grab yours while it’s on sale!

Sending the cozy vibes your way!

“ …a seasonal blend of apple cider and shameless selfies”

So now that you guys have seen a sneak peek at some of the goodies located on the website I wanted to share a neat fact about the company and what it was named after! The name “Arrow It Forward”, came from two concepts! First, the concept of pay it forward, and secondly, a quote which relates to the arrow. What caught my attention was the meaning behind the arrow which states, “ an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming”. I absolutely adore this meaning behind the arrow and that is actually why I have an arrow tattooed on my spine believe it or not! I am a firm believer of this and absolutely adore the reason behind this company name! Way to go Emily!
I want to personally thank Emily Prout for allowing me to collaborate with her amazing company “Arrow It Forward”! Be sure to check out her Instagram handle “@arrowitforward”, as her website is located in her bio! Let me know if you beauts try out some of her products! I highly recommend trying out the ones I did, and I for sure will be ordering some more when I run out!

Be sure to use my discount code, ‘alyssa20″ at checkout for 20% off your order!

I hope you guys have a great day and stay cozy!