#Treatyoself: Weekend shopping spree

#Treatyoself: Weekend shopping spree

Hi, I’m Ela, and I am a shopaholic.

I wish it wasn’t true, but honestly, I spend money as fast as I make it. I literally have zero pesos in my savings, and whatever disposable income I have goes straight to shit I want. Take note: want, not need.

With that guilt-laden disclaimer out of the way, let’s look at my recent purchases!

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#Treatyoself: Belle & Stacy Nails + Cafe

#Treatyoself: Belle & Stacy Nails + Cafe

On my last day at my job in BGC, I treated my friends to a pampering session. We went to Belle & Stacy Nails + Cafe in Inoza Tower, 40th St., Taguig City. I chose that place because it’s literally 2 minutes away from our office. Plus, you can order food from Bakers Maison while you’re treating yourself to a relaxing beauty sesh!

When we stepped inside the nail spa, I was so impressed by the beautiful interiors. The motif of gold, peachy pink, and white is so classically feminine.

nail salon, nail spa, belle & stacy
nail salon, nail spa, belle & stacy

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Being a high-functioning depressive

Being a high-functioning depressive

A few weeks ago, I met up with a friend who is close to someone with depression, too. In a somewhat bashful tone, she said, “I wish she was more like you.” What she meant by that was, she wished her friend was a high-functioning depressive like me.

I wasn’t always a high-functioning depressive.

Just two years ago, my days consisted of lying in bed and staring at the ceiling, having nothing but coffee for meals, and wondering when I’ll finally meet my end.

doll, broken, face,
Photo by Aimee Vogelsang on Unsplash

Thanks to cognitive behavioral therapy and meds, I’ve regained a lot of my energy: to work, to build and maintain relationships, to eat and exercise, to write. Since then, the good days have more often than not outweighed the bad ones.

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Drawing Boundaries: a blog post for depressives and their support system

Drawing Boundaries: a blog post for depressives and their support system

I wrote this because I feel that in the conversation on mental health, we should also be including the support system—friends and family of those who have been diagnosed, or who are undergoing mental health problems.

The conversation is focused on the sufferers of mental illness, which is good because it lessens the stigma and encourages us to get the help we need. However, it’s important to also acknowledge the role that friends and family play in this situation.

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Introducing Quill, AKA my shaky baby

Introducing Quill, AKA my shaky baby

A few months ago, I had been contemplating getting a new cat. My psychiatrist said that if it’ll give me a renewed sense of purpose, I should go ahead; still, I held back because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to take care of one more cat.

Also, if I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think Pawcard was ready to have a sibling—I felt he was a spoiled only child who wouldn’t be prepared to share his cat mom.

I don’t know how exactly I was triggered to finally adopt, but in mid-February, I searched “cats for adoption” on Facebook. I came across a post from someone in Quezon City, saying that they need someone to adopt a kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). Upon Googling, I found out that CH is a non-progressive neurological disorder that affects motor movements such as walking. A common symptom is tremors, so I call Quill “my shaky baby”.

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