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!

Friday, February 26, 2016

5 For Friday: Fuller House, School, and Youtube

I may or may not be trying to type this one handed because my fingers are frozen solid and I'm trying to keep them wrapped around my hot coffee mug..Oh the struggles of cold mornings..

I feel like this week went by fast and I hardly remembered what day it was when I woke up this morning. Speedracer and I both spent all yesterday thinking it was Friday so you can imagine my anger when the trash truck woke me up this morning and I yelled "It's SATURDAY! LET ME SLEEP"...Jokes on you, Ashlee! I also swore it was the last day of the  month..I was never good at knowing how many days of each month there were. Can't there always be 30? or 31? Isn't there a 27 in there somewhere? See, I'm confused. Shoot!

Anyways, It really is Friday and you know what that means...5.F.F!

And just incase you missed any posts from this week::

I'm still trying to figure out this balancing act of Blogging - Youtube-ing? Is youtubing a word? It should be! Anyways, I am pretty good on making videos, editing, publishing & writing my blog posts on time. But what I'm struggling with is finding time to sit down and read my favorite blogs/interacting on other blogs. I'm working on it. I commented on 2 blogs last night for the first time in over a week. I'm getting there people, I promise!

Speaking of Youtube, Have you seen my newest video? HERE YOU GO:

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I can't be the only person that is super excited that "Fuller House" comes out on Netflix today. I don't know if I want to binge watch it because I'm so excited or if I want to watch it slowly so that I can savor every moment of the Tanners being back. Hmm..OR I can just watch it a billion times and be obsessed. That sounds about right. I'm also really excited that they brought Alex & Nikki know, Rebecca and Jesse's Twins? I'm excited to see them grown up. I'm still bummed that the Olsen Twins didn't want to come back as Michelle but whatever their loss #howrude. Stephanie was always my Fave anyways! Oh, and Kimi because We are the same person! 
Also can we take a moment for how beautiful they all still look? I mean can John Stamos (Uncle Jesse) get any hotter? Have Mercy!

I've been trying to get Financial Aide so that I can go back to school but it's been such a struggle. The first time I applied, last year, I was rejected..Long story but it makes sense. And this time, everything is going great except they need me to add onto my application some missing info I hadn't received yet (tax return) and the Login system isn't letting me log in. It says my information is wrong. So, I'm grumpy because everything is set up except for this stupid finance crap. I want to go back to school, Damnit!! 

We decided with our Tax Return we'd go get a new living room set. Our side table is currently a filing cabinet and our couch is a hand-me down that is seeing it's final days. Our living room is taking a long time to put together which I'm okay with because I want it to be perfect. I'm currently struggling with what to do with my Desk. I've had my desk since I was 16 when my parents got it for me and it's still really nice and I'd love to keep it. But - we don't really have the room for it in this house. So right now we have it by the front door in the only place that has wall space for something BUT our front door doesn't open all the way because the desk is there. I want a table of some sort along that wall but one that doesn't stick out so far like my desk does. Anyways, I'm thinking once we get our new couch and start moving things around then maybe we will find an open space for my desk.

Happy Friday, Ya'll.