the world these days…

i’ve spent quite a lot of time just thinking lately.

about the world, about the pandemic, about all the traveling i never got to do before we all learned that maybe charging headfirst into the unknown isn’t a good idea right now…

i’m one of the lucky ones.

my job allows me to stay employed and at home, for the most part. my boss has told me on multiple occasions that if i’m not comfortable coming into the office, he won’t hold it against me.

i know there are a lot of people out there who don’t have that luxury and i am trying to do my part to stay away from all the unnecessary places that people don’t need to visit right now. (i’m looking at you, karen. you don’t need that hair cut. sit down, shut up and think about someone other than yourself, m’kay?)

food, bank, home.

wash. rinse. repeat.

is it boring?

yes.

is it lonely?

honestly, i’ve never been more lonely in my life.

… is it necessary?

yes.

until all this is over (and the chances of it ever being over are in the negatives), this is the new normal.

buck up, buttercup.

one day, we might be able to walk through our own front doors without panicking about whether we washed our hands or not, but until then, we all need to saddle up and get comfy and decide how we’re doing to handle all of this upheaval.

me? well, i’ve i’m going to do my part to be kind, and helpful, and go out of my way to make people smile.

i don’t know how. i haven’t figured it out yet.

it’ll give me something to think about, anyway.

xx

stressed? just take a soak!

in today’s crazy world, one thing each and every one of us deals with is stress.

we all know it, we all feel it.

i’ve learned that the trick to dealing with it is to make sure to take a lot of time for self care, whether it be a nice, warm cup of tea, curling up with a favorite book (even if you’ve read it a hundred times before), or taking a nice bath and soaking away the pains and frustrations of the day.

we carry so much stress with us throughout our lives, so much so that doctors warn against not finding away to shake it off is hazardous to our health and could even shorten our lives by a considerable amount, and as for myself, that is terrifying.

so, i decided that i was going to do my part to help you wonderful readers to destress and relax, if only for a little while.

every little bit helps, right?

anyway, here’s some recipes for some simple and easy bath salts to melt that stress away!

i hope you enjoy.

relax about it

a calming mix of relaxing aromas to loosen those muscles and slow down those crazy thoughts.

ingredients

    • 2 cups epsom salt
    • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
    • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oils
    • 5 drops lavender essential oils
    • 4-5 drops soap coloring of choice

directions

    this recipe is super simple and easy to create, either in bulk or in an as-needed capacity. i find that this is imperative, because what good would it to do stress someone out while they’re making the thing they want to use to de-stress?

    it’s just really counterproductive, if you ask me.

    we all have different tastes and idea of what we like and what we don’t like and that’s perfectly a-okay!

  1. mix the epsom salt and the kosher salt together until it’s well blended and evenly intermingled. ]
  2. add the soap coloring and mix. some people like to use a spoon and actually stir, but i like to play it fast and loose and just swirl the bowl around like i’m sloshing water around.
  3. NOTE: it may clump together and that’s totally fine. keep mixing and it should eventually start to break up and spread the coloring around as it should.

  4. add the essential oils and mix. add as needed, but remember, a little goes a long way. i usually start with just a few drops and go from there.
  5. once you have the proper incorporation of essential oils, place the salts into containers for safe keeping.
  6. when you go to use the salts in your bath, use as little or as much as you’d like, though, again, a little goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower yourself.

    have fun with it and find out what works best for you and most importantly, relax!

insult to injury

so, i lost my job on friday.

i can’t say that it was totally unexpected (a job is only willing to put up with issues and illnesses so long, it seems), but it still stings and the fact that it happened right before christmas is just salt on the wound that has been this entire year.

i also admit that i’ve been pretty mopey and angry about the whole thing.

how dare they fire me?

but no one is irreplaceable, are they? especially in the work force. there’s always someone who’s willing to take up the space you filled for less and that’s what corporations want, right?

even in my situation, my desk was emptied and filled the very next day (i heard this from a friend who works in the very same department), and even that wasn’t shocking.

it still hurt, though.

i gave four years of my life to that job, and while it soured toward the end for various reasons (personal and health related alike), i did enjoy what i did.

but, dwelling on what could have (or should have) happened isn’t going to do anyone any good and as of today, i’ve spent a week doing the thing i told myself i wouldn’t do.

so, i’m not going to anymore.

i got fired.

it happens.

it sucks, and it’s a definite blow to my pride and ego, but i can look at this as a positive instead of a negative.

  1. i’m no longer working a job that i’m bored with for people that don’t want me around.
  2. i have the opportunity to explore new adventures
  3. i have time to focus on my studio and other projects i’ve put on the back burner

ultimately, i’ll be alright.

things are tough, but i’ve made it through my entire life by just tucking my head down and plowing forward.

this really isn’t all that different.

sure, money’s tight and i’m not quite sure where i’m going to scramble my next rent payment from, but i have to trust in the universe, right?

for months, everything’s been telling me that change is coming, that adventures await, that new beginnings are to be had.

i didn’t think it would be this extreme or jarring, but who am i to judge?

i just have to listen.

xx

move-in dayyyyy!

hello, hello!

perhaps you’ve noticed some changes.

if not, please be aware that simple savasana is now wander made studio.

the url is also http://www.wandermadestudio.com.

anyway, today is move-in day!

it’s finally here after quite a few months planning and i am so excited for all the possibilities this will bring.

@andoffshegoes chilling on her half of the studio

the official open date for sales is november 24th, the same day that our town is hosting a kick off to holiday shopping at the local mall where the artist studios are located.

watch this space for an official shop opening post, as well as some other goodies i can’t wait to share!

xx

 

under renovation

hello loyal readers!

i have been quiet for a while, but i wanted to let you all know that i’ve been quietly working on something in the background and now it’s time to let you all know about it!

for as long as i can remember, i’ve wanted some space of my own to work on my art and all the other creative outlets that i have.

because of some awesome people in my hometown utilizing empty space in our shopping mall and @andofshegoes, that dream has become a reality.

wandermade

as you might be able to tell, the name is different.

that does mean this blog name will be changing as soon as i can figure out how to do so. please follow me on social media!

insta: @wandermadestudio

twitter: @itswandermade

i will be keeping you all updated on the happenings and new, exciting things i have planned!

xx