Sunday, July 24, 2016

I'm Back: Life Update + Beauty School

Well Hello There!
Should I reintroduce myself or do you still remember who I am?  Well, just to refresh your memory, I'm Ashlee. Hi. I've missed you.

I am finally back from my 4 month hiatus. I know, I know. 4 months gone in the blogging world is basically saying "RIP, This Blog is no longer available." But I promise you that this little heart of mine is far from being done with blogging. Honestly, I feel like I'm just about to start. Let me explain:

A lot has happened since you've last heard from me, you know back in March, YIKES! I found myself being stuck in this limbo of "Where is my life headed?" and "Should I further my education?" - I hadn't a clue in which direction I should go in. My heart was tugging me in one direction and my head was telling me to run in the opposite way. I was confused and my anxiety was at the highest it's ever been. And so, on most days I just decided to stay in bed all day. Waste my time on reading, watching movies, and binging on instagram. My Speedracer (the husband) began to see how my anxiety had taken over and I didn't want to think of anything. Not school. Not work. Not anything. I wasn't excited about much. I had noticed everything he had been noticing. And yet, I was still stuck in the in-between. 

That's when I decided to look into Cosmetology school - the place I had been wanting to go to since I was 14 years of age. I've always known that I wanted a Career in the Beauty industry. Doing makeup and hair has always been my passion. I was just never presented with the opportunity to go. Something else was always in my way. Until March. Mid-End March came and I had enough. I told myself I would do whatever I needed to do in order to get to where I wanted to go in life, which was Beauty School. So I did some research and made a call to a local cosmetology school that several friends of mine have graduated from. Two days later I had a meeting with Admissions and 4 days later I signed my enrollment papers. It was the 2nd best day of my life. (Our wedding day is #1 - of course!)

April 11th, 2016 - I began my journey to becoming a Licensed Cosmetologist. 

I still have 8 months to go in my program but in 1 more week I will move onto the floor and begin working on Clients. I couldn't be more excited. This experience has taught me so much thus far, in 4 short but quick months. I always dreamt about what cosmetology school would be like but I never imagined it would be this amazing. Being around people who have the same passion as you and are supportive in your dreams is truly a beautiful experience. I've never felt so comfortable, involved, loved, supported, and confident in my life. This is just the beginning my friends - Just Watch!

And now you know where I have been the last few months - Living Life and Chasing down dreams! Remember on the first of the year when I said my word for the year of FEARLESS? Well I'd have to say that it feels damn good to be living my life fearlessly and unapologetic. 

I cannot wait to bring you all on this journey with me and I promise it won't be 4 months before you hear from me again. I have so many things to share with you about school and life. Let's enjoy this together, Shall we?


Monday, March 7, 2016

Rainy Days and Inspiration

I haven't been very blog-active lately, with writing and reading, that is. It makes me sad but it also makes me feel a lighter. I'm in that "Bloggers-Rut" where everything I write in my drafts feels forced; and that results in a messy, boring post in which I will not publish just because I feel the need to put content out there. 

I feel lighter though, not focusing on my blog content the last week or so. I'm not going to lie - it's been really nice. I've just been taking time to think, reflect, plan, get organized, and most importantly..Breathe! It's been refreshing not automatically opening my dashboard when I turn on my laptop in the mornings. Have you ever had those mornings? Or evenings? Lately, they've been my favorite. 

This monday morning is a cold rainy one - the 2nd round of El Nino for San Diego. And I'm in love with it. Rain is my sign because as of lately I've really been inspired to sit down and write again. I know what you're thinking:

"Uhm, Ashlee. If you're writing a Blog that means you're writing."

That is true but it's not the kind of writing I'm talking about. I mean the deep down, pulling words from your soul, dreaming about a magical place, getting lost in your own little transcendent world kind of writing. My favorite type of writing. I've wanted to finish a story I started a few years back that is on my old computer, in which I have to find because it got packed up during the moving process.  I need to move the files to my current laptop and get writing again. 

Now what was I saying about the rain being my sign? Oh Yes - Since I've been so inspired lately to write again; I feel as if the rain is my sign to actually sit down and write. What is more motivational & inspirational than a good thunderstorm? Nothing, I'd say. And so today, I'm curled up by the window as I watch the rain and hail pour outside. I see flashes above the clouds as the lightening shines through the darkness of the sky. I hear distant rumbles of thunder followed by the rippling affect of the thunder above my home. and the house inside is silent. It's cozy due to our electric fireplace that is blazing under our front window. I'm in the corner of the couch with a hot cup of coffee, my blanket, and a dog who has been snoring for the last hour. All is calm here. And I'm not complaining.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hello March

Happy March, My DarlingPops!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Think Happy - February Farewell

I can't look back at this month and think of a time where I thought "I should have just stayed in bed." February 2016 treated me with so much love and kindness; not that anything eventful happened but I the month was just simple and quiet. Very fitting for the last month of winter I'd say. 

I didn't get as much writing done as I had hoped but I do feel like I posted some great things and wrote as much as my writers heart could during the month of love. If you missed anything during February here at Makeup & Modifieds don't fret - I got you:

February Goals | 5 Beauty Gifts | Movies Teens should Watch
Non Chocolate Lover Gifts | Travel Destination List | Valentines Day | Warm-Toned Smokey Eye | Affordable Eyeshadow Palettes | Olive Green Smokey Eye | 15 Things that make you Happy | Foundation Talk: Oily Skin

I've also been working really hard on getting videos out on my Youtube Channel. And I've been loving it - I have been enjoying creating a video and then sharing it here on my blog with you all. I actually have a new video up :

Purple Smokey Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial | AMF Makeup

As for February as a whole I think it was pretty successful. We got more of our home decor set up, I've been super FEARLESS this month, building my business, building my makeup kit, and just living that simple life that I'm proud of. I think I'm officially in Spring mode, which is saying something since I love the winter. Not that we have a winter here in San Diego. I was successful at a few of my february goals, which we will talk about tomorrow, and got a lot more done this month than I had planned. Success!!

Farewell February, Thanks for being full of Happiness & Kindness!