Weekly Inspiration #6

I recently went to a elevator pitch workshop where they talked about how to tell a story and the story spine, and how every story starts out with what is normal, things happen, and then at the end there is a new normal. Right now I feel like I am in that middle part. I had a routine and basic understanding of what my day to day, week to week, month to month, life looked like while I was working at my previous job. Now I am in an entirely new place, not only with work, but along with it my emotional state is in a much better place, and along with all of that comes so many changes.

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The past couple of weeks I have felt a bit like I am leaping from building to building, hoping that I don’t fall along the way and just keep my feet under me long enough to make it to the next place. I am working on figuring out what my new normal is going to be. When I came across this image it really spoke to me as I feel as if I’m sitting on the edge rather than back in the comfort of a well known routine.

I am working on finding my new normal right now, how about you? Have you made any big changes lately that have thrown you off balance, what are you doing to get back to your new normal?

Weekly Inspiration #5

Happy February! We have officially hit the month where we can either take the progress we made in January and continue on the healthier, happier paths we’ve started or we can give into the struggles we faced and go back to the same old life we had before we set so many expectations and goals for ourselves just a month ago. When I saw this quote I knew it was perfect for today, because I think there are probably many out there doubting themselves right now and wondering if they set their resolutions too lofty on January 1st. Today I want you to know that you are capable of continuing on, you are brave enough to push through whatever stands in your way, you are significant and important enough, you are worth it.

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 Life is hard, somedays it’s really hard, sometimes we want to turn back and go to when it was simpler, but the best is yet to come when we push through. If you are in that place of doubt right now, contemplating turning back, know that you are capable of doing amazing things, you are brave enough even when you feel your weakest (maybe even especially when), and you are important enough.

What are you struggling with today? What is standing in your way making you feel like you won’t overcome it? How are you going to show it that you are strong and capable enough?

Weekly Inspiration #4

So far for these weekly inspirations I’ve done a picture, a video, and a quote, but if I’m being completely honest the thing that inspires me more than anything else is music so it is finally time to add a song into the mix. This song is one that I found last year and since I am such a sucker for good lyrics I of course fell in love with it. Not only do the lyrics inspire a sense of not wanting to let any moment pass by, but the beat also makes me want to jump out of my seat, dance around, and then go kick butt.

This song is one that is on my short list of songs that I go to when I need a little pick me up after a hard day, a down week, or a stressful month. It’s that song that gets me back in the drivers seat of my life ready to take on whatever challenges come my way and live my life to the fullest no matter what.

What songs do you turn to when you need a little extra inspiration? How did this song inspire you this week?

Everyday Makeup Routine

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I mentioned the other day that I have simplified most of my daily routines, one of which was my daily makeup routine. Although I still go to my larger collection for special occasions, my everyday makeup routine has been simplified and today I wanted to share it and some of the tricks I use to make it look perfect every day.

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Step 1: Moisturize
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Starting out with a clean face I apply moisturizer all over to balance out the harsh dry air in the winter time. I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer for quite awhile now and I absolutely love it because it doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and I can easily apply my makeup on top of it.

Steps 2 & 3: Prime and Eye Shadow
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Next I prime my entire face, lately I’ve been loving the the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Smooth and although I don’t use a ton of drugstore products these days when I find a good one I cling to it like this one. At the same time I prime my eyes with my tried and true Urban Decay Primer Potion. Once my face is ready for makeup I like to start with my eye shadow, because applying eyeshadow before foundation allows you to clean up imperfections later, it’s like a built in magic eraser! Right now I’m using the Tarte Apple of my Eye palette grabbing the auburn color for my crease, making sure to only sweep it about halfway over my eye with windshield wiper motions because bringing the darkest color too far in only accentuates dark circles, and then I do little circular motions to build up the product in my outer corner. Next I grab the lightest color in the palette and swipe it across my entire lid to brighten everything up. I love this simple look for everyday.

Steps 4 & 5: Foundation, Conceal and Touch Up
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Now it’s time for foundation! I’ve been using the Real Techniques makeup sponge lately to apply my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer all over my face. Then I apply my Bare Minerals BareSkin Concealer in a large triangle under my eye, bringing the product all the way down in this shape and over past the outside of your eye helps cover up dark circles and draw the eye away from this problem area. After blending the concealer in I will go back in with the brushes I used to apply my eyeshadow and add a little bit extra product in case I cleaned up too much during concealing. When I do this I never add more eyeshadow to my brush, I just use the leftover product on the brush to add a touch more pigment.

Steps 6, 7, & 8: Powder, Add Color, and Set
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I love cream products for their coverage and ability to sink into the skin rather than sit on top of it leaving it looking dry, but to keep it put all day I go over my whole face with a light hand of powder, lately I’ve been using the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. Then making a lovely fishy face I apply the Benefit Hoola Bronzer to my face using the 3E method to hit the outline of my upper face, under my cheekbones, and under my neckline. I add a little more color to my face with one of the Maybelline Master Highlight Blushes, and then finally set all these products with another one of my tried and true favorite products, the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray.

Steps 9 & 10: Mascara and Lips
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Once the setting spray has dried I go in with the final products of my everyday makeup routine, my mascara, currently Cover Girl Lash Blast, and my lip color, currently Maybelline Color Whisper in Berry Ready.

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And that’s the final look that I wear everyday. What are your go to everyday products? Do you go for a full face, or something simpler day to day?

Weekly Inspiration #3

When we were in college I bought Bryan a t-shirt, the shirt itself doesn’t really matter, what matters is that there was a tag along the bottom of the shirt with a quote on it. I didn’t notice the quote until after I had given it to him. He was wearing it one day while we were laying around when I saw it, and instantly fell in love with the saying: Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

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There is just something about that quote that always sticks with me, inspires me to go out searching for that thing, that incredible, amazing thing out there waiting to be discovered by just me. Sometimes in life we get bogged down in the day to day and forget that there is an incredible world out there waiting for us to get up and go looking for it.

This week I will be on a search for that incredible something out there somewhere waiting for me to know it. What are you looking for right now, what are you working to discover that no one else even knows exists yet?

Life Lately: 1/17/16

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Another week into 2016 and not only has it been another amazing week, but it has been such a busy week. I’m still waiting for my body to get accustomed to my new routine and not be so tired with my earlier wake up time, but until then I just have to keep pushing through.

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Reading
I had something almost every night this week so not a whole lot of reading got done, but I did start a new audiobook, How Doctor’s Think, which has been really interesting, just not quite as much as some of my recent reads.

Listening To
I couldn’t just pick a song or two this week so instead I’m sharing my January 2016 playlist thus far.

Wanting
More hours in the day and more days in the week. Don’t get me wrong I am in love with my new job and the schedule and opportunities that come along with it, but this week was crazy and my body is not used to the new wake up time yet so I feel like I ended up looking around Saturday afternoon realizing I got all of nothing done on some personal projects.

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My flexibility, by doing my stretching routine more often. Now that I’m working out more often I’m trying to be extra diligent about stretching out more so I don’t end up hurting myself which seems to be a theme in my life when I start working out more often.

 

Now I would love to hear, what have you been up to lately? Tried anything out you are dying to share?

Weekly Inspiration #2

I got this video from my brother recently and have watched it a handful of times already. It has inspired me to work harder and better and to not give up on myself. I have gone through many times in my life when I get content and stop trying as hard, I think we all go through those periods, but as long as we are still alive there is no reason to stop moving forward. I hope this video will inspire you to keep pushing and going after your dreams instead of giving into excuses and settling for something that doesn’t make you truly happy, like it has for me.

My dream is to help others discover their best version and become that version of themselves. To inspire others to be their best by being my best. I want to help others and make a positive impact in this world. I want to be a leader, create something that improves the lives of others. I am working on that daily, one step at a time by being true to myself and pushing myself to work harder and create solutions that make the world better. It isn’t something that will happen over night, but it is something that I can do if I set my mind to it.

What is your dream? What are you going to do this week to move closer to you unleashing your full potential and reaching that goal?