minimalism, acne and totoro *life update*

Hello💜

There has been a lot going on in my life emotionally and mentally lately! I figured I’d try to get some stuff off my chest while also updating you all. It’s been a hard couple of months and I think it didn’t really hit me til this month. It’s all coming down, baby!

Anyway, get ready for me to unpack what’s been plaguing me lately. Maybe you’ll be able to relate☺️

minimalism

As you all know, I’ve been doing a YouTube cleanse for about one week now. Before I began my cleanse, I watched a couple videos by Kelly Stamps (go check her out!!) who is a minimalist. Whiichhh is when I realized I did my little venture into a capsule wardrobe in the wrong way.

Basically, before watching Kelly, I thought the capsule wardrobe was just a way for me to let more of my creative juices out and maybe make my morning clothing routine a little faster. I’m not invalidating the things I learned from doing the capsule wardrobe, but I will say it could have ended very differently.

Now, I realize that the capsule wardrobe is a way to be more of a minimalist (lol, it seems obvious, but at the time it did not..). Simplifying the majority of your life to the essentials and allowing your mind to be more free because of it. Therefore, I decided to try the minimalist thing again and try to eliminate some of my wardrobe. I understand that reducing the size of your wardrobe is not the only step in becoming a minimalist, but I regard it as a big one. I’m trying to do my best while also being a dependent so cut me some slack:)

If I was to approximate, I’d say I have about 100 articles of clothing in my dresser. Which is entirely way too many. Unfortunately, I only have a few articles that are of really good quality (I swear I’m getting out of buying fast fashion) because I happen to be a broke high school student. I did my best and chose ~20 pieces that matched my color theme (tan, black, denim and white). I also attempted to make sure all of the tops would match with the bottoms and vice versa.

What I’m getting at is that I’m trying to eliminate some of the more stressful portions of my day and allowing myself to use energy on more important things. Pulling from my minimalism research, minimalism does not equal cheap. Minimalism equals spending your money on things that will last, things of good quality. Spending money on experiences rather than material items and therefore stressing less about life. It’s been a week since minimizing my wardrobe (I stuffed everything that wasn’t in my elite 20 item closet into the dresser and massive suitcase I found) and I hope to continue until I understand what minimalism truly means to me.

(ignore my mismatched hangers)

acne & makeup

Oh boy. Makeup, pimples, acne and anything skincare/face related have yet to be talked about on Avocado Thoughts. I’ve always been self conscious about my skin and the acne I’ve had. About two weeks ago, I found the YouTube channel Skincare by Hyram which I must give credit to: Hyram really gave me confidence. I have a better idea of what works for my skin problems and skin type just after watching a couple videos. I highly recommend checking him out if you haven’t had the chance to figure out your skin yet, haven’t had the luxury of going to the dermatologist or even if you want to try something new! A little disclaimer; he isn’t a dermatologist nor is he an esthetician but nevertheless I found his videos incredibly helpful. I believe his official title is skin care specialist.

I ordered a couple of the products he recommended and they have been surprisingly efficient. If you guys are interested in a full review post, let me know in the comments… I would definitely be down. For now, here’s links to what I bought:

Not only did I find that these products were at an affordable price point, they are from companies that are ethical and sustainable. The ingredients (at least according to Hyram) are straight forward and simply good. Plus, I really like that the bottles are made of glass.

I could go into way more detail, haha! Hyram and these new skincare products have really helped me to feel more confident about how my skin looks and reduced my acne that I’ve had trouble with for years. I tried many, many, maaannnnyy different skin treatments to help and these products have been the ones to help me the most. I know I should love myself with acne or without, but either way I feel like I’m really starting to grow in how I feel about myself and would really love to share with you what has helped me:) I might have to do an entire post focused on skincare. I have more to say than I originally thought. What do you guys use for your skin?

(the Ordinary Niacinamide solution didn’t come in yet:()

totoro となりのトトロ

I’ve known that air-dry clay existed but I had never used it before this month; I found out that Hobby Lobby sells it and promptly bought some. I took an art class first semester of my sophomore year and loved it. We had a small unit about clay and it was one of my favorite units!

I was looking on Pinterest and saw air-dry clay versions of My Neighbor Totoro, one of my all time favorite anime. I love Studio Ghibli so much ❤

I’ve only got the chance to make a few things so far, but my favorite has been Totoro. I think using air-dry clay to create something is a great use of your time if you’re bored or need something to do. It’s super fun.

Aren’t they so cute?

more thoughts

Maybe it’s the uncertainty of this next school year or maybe I’m just having a bit of a crisis but I’ve been thinking of the future a lot lately. Just trying to figure out who I am.


– songs on repeat –

  • If the World Was Ending – feat. Julia Michaels (JP Saxe)
  • Good Old Days – feat. Kesha (Macklemore)
  • Blue (Boy Blue)
  • About Love – From The Netflix Film “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Marina)

This was definitely more of a deep post. Would you guys like to see a post like this monthly? It was nice to write some of what I’ve been thinking lately:)

~Sera

*this post isn’t sponsored!

(also, notice how even though I’m on a YouTube cleanse YouTube is a very prominent part of this post…)

5 thoughts on “minimalism, acne and totoro *life update*

  1. xoxlucy August 23, 2020 / 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the life update!! I applaud you on your minimalist plan. Honestly, it sounds quite difficult but I may give that a go:) You always have such great ideas and beliefs that motivate me try and to be better 😍😃
    I LOVE Studio Ghibli!!! At this point, I think I’ve seen ever movie there is out there. Kiki’s Delivery service and the Cat returns are some of my favorites❤️

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    • avocadothoughts13 August 23, 2020 / 10:00 pm

      Studio Ghibli is honestly the best. Nothing can change my mind:’) And my minimalism was going great until school started and I was having to do multiple practices a day for tennis and cross country:( Unfortunately the 25 or so pieces of clothing I chose were not suited to be used that way. Which was too bad, because it was actually going really well! Let me know what you think if you try it:D

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      • xoxlucy August 24, 2020 / 6:21 am

        Omg, your on both the tennis and cross country team! How is that going? I’m trying out for my tennis team in a few weeks and I honestly I love tennis and can’t wait to start playing more!!
        Studio Ghibli is the best and especially on rainy days.

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      • avocadothoughts13 August 24, 2020 / 9:28 pm

        Eeek! I’m so excited for you that you’re trying out for the tennis team. It is one of my loves<3 and I am super exhausted. I feel pretty burnt out and the only thing really keeping me going is that this is the last year :'D

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