Monday, April 3, 2017

Hello Sweet April (Monthly Goals)

I think I say this about nearly every season but, My Favorite time of Year has arrived! Yes, I know...The Fall is the season I go crazy about every time it's around. But for the warmer months, Spring is my fave. It's common knowledge, you can have more than one B.F.F..

Just for a quick update before we talk about our monthly goals - I have missed this sweet little blog of mine and the M&M FamBam! It has been way too long and over the course of the last year I've only posted 8 times. EIGHT. *enter all sad face emojis here* But hopefully you've all been keeping up with me on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Or maybe you read the last 8 posts and then you'd know I have been crazy busy while going through Cosmetology School. Speaking of, I learned some things, you can read about that HERE.

I've done a few little updates here on Makeup and Modifieds and I am going to continue to change a lot about this here humble abode over the course of the next few weeks. All I wanted to say is, I'M BACK!! But like, Really this time, with a whole lot more fun things to talk about. But first, let's talk GOALS!

ONE.  Finish Salon Booth Set UpI've recently begun setting up my booth at the Salon and I only have a few finishing details. I'm really excited to start this next chapter of my life as a LICENSED COSMETOLOGIST! I have openings so come see me!!

TWO.  Purchase Speedracers 3yr Anniversary Gift - Can you believe it's been 3 years that Speedracer and I have been married? Come April 19th. So crazy. But I have an idea for his gift, all I need to do is purchase it before the 19th. 

THREE. Continue Spring Cleaning - Last Month I threw away a lot of stuff in the house and I'm still trying to go through everything. Our Garage is still full of boxes of things from our old house, even though we've been in this house for a year. That's the probably with having a small house, no room for anything. So I've been trying to become a minimalist and downsize. 

FOUR. Makeup a New Workout Plan/ 30 Day Challenge - I recently finished a 30 Day Yoga Challenge and I loved it. Now I am ready for another challenge that is going to push me. I'm thinking something with Cardio even though Cardio and I are enemies. I really want to push myself this April. Let's DO this! Are you with me?

FIVE. Find Blog inspiration - That's the problem with being out of the game for a year. I've kind of forgotten how to do this whole blogging thing. I am thinking of doing a monthly challenge on my blog, the last time I did one it worked-ish. But I really want to incorporate more HAIR into my blog now that I am into that side of the Beauty World. Makeup & Modifieds w/ a side of hair! I think so!

And so there you have it, 5 Goals for April + a little Update on Life. I figured since I'm just getting back at it I would start small and work my way up again. But, I'm Back and ready to attack! Let's do this April! What are some of your goals for the month??


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Learning Authenticity

When 2017 begun, I knew I wanted my word of the year to be: Authentic. It's something I have been practicing living in for the last month. Thus far, I've learned a few things about living a raw, unedited, Authentic life:

1) It makes others really uncomfortable. 
There's a quote by EE Cummings I really love that says "To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and daY, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight; and never stop fighting." --  Being authentic, and fighting to be as such, tends to make others really uncomfortable. I have realized this through interactions and observations. We live in  a world where being your true self is offensive and it also makes you an outcast; which to me is really disheartening. But since living in my practice of Authenticity, I've realized that me being my most raw self is all about my happiness and my journey. People are going to be upset with you when you have a bad day and people are going to be upset with you when you have a really good day. And not surprisingly, those are usually the people who struggle with living in their truth and authenticity. Just remain true to yourself and enjoy this process. Are you comfortable with your most authentic self? Perfect! You are on the right track. 

2. You have a better grasp on your feelings/emotions. 
I'm a Gemini, so when it comes to emotions and my reaction to things, they are all over the place. But I have been getting more in tune with the things that make me tick, upset, and even happy. And for once in my life...I'm not apologizing for it. I've had too many people in my life try to corrrect me when I'm feeling a certain way; whether it's anxiety, sad, negative, angry...etc. But luckily now,  I am so in tune with my emotions, that I allow myself that time of feeling that way without apologizing about it or having to explain myself. What a beautiful, weightless feeling.  

3. You learn to set standards to the people around you.
Anyone who treats you less than you deserve is not the kind of people you need I need your life. So learn to set high standards when it comes to your relationships in all aspects of you world. This is something I've been practicing for a few years now, but living in this authentic mind set has really made it easier to cut ties and reject the idea of someone who doesn't fit into my life. This doesn't make you rude or immature, it's the exact opposite actually, in fact it makes you smart and bold. It means you have respect for yourself and you will not tolerate someone who doesn't have respect for you. 

4. You begin to honor where you are in life.
Recently I have re-added the practice of Yoga into my life. It has been the most uplifting, life changing experience. It has evolved this journey of living Authentically into something more than I had imagined. I'm doing a 31 Day Challenge, taught by, Yoga with Adriene and something that really stands out to me is the word of the day for each practice. She is big on honoring where you are that day, which isn't something I had thought much of before. We get into this nasty habit of rushing and of wishing we had more or different. It's a natural human reaction. But instead of rushing and wishing...why dont we try honoring and living where we are in this exact moment? This moments of our lives are crucial and often the important ones we look back on. So breathe into that space of where you happen to be in this moment - and honor it with good intention and love. 

5. Beautiful things start to happen.
It's amazing how change begins to happen when you put positivity into the universe. You begin to see the world in a different light, your relationships change for the better, your relationship with yourself is evolving into something transcendent, and great things just start to happen. I'm loving deeper, living louder, breathing in love and exhaling the toxic, my goals are getting bigger,  my dreams are coming brighter...Life is breathtaking. 

I encourage all of you to begin the practice of living life in your most authentic way. It's not always about getting up each morning to deal with the hustle and bustle just to make it another day. It's about embracing the moments, your journey, yourself...and waking up to just...BE. Join me in living through #yearofauthenticity and  making 2017 the year of YOU!

Love without expecting, Love without Fear....Love, Love, Love!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

5 For Friday: Currents

It's been a while since I did a 5 for Friday. Heck it's been a while since I've written a Blog. But I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and bust out 3-4 a week like the good ol' days! #Goals

Five for Friday

1. Current TV Obsession: 
I've been obsessed with Supernatural. I wasn't really into it before because it was around the time One Tree Hill was on and then eventually The Vampire Diaries began. I would watch snip its of Supernatural but not enough to know what was going on. But now that there are 11 Seasons are on Netflix and the 12th Season is beginning on TV, I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon. Better late than never!! But really..I'm obsessed. And the Winchester Brothers? HELLO!!!

2. Current Book Obsession:
I've been reading "Grace Not Perfection" by Emily Ley. It's about embracing simplicity, celebrating joy, and learning to strive for grace not perfection. I think it's a book perfect for a 20-Something and even a 30-something. As Women, we always put this pressure on ourselves, as well as feel the pressure from society, to be the ones to keep everything in perfect order and line. This of course causes added stress to our daily lives. It's not about being perfect, it's about learning to have grace within ourselves and to ride the waves as they come. BUY IT HERE 

3. Current Beauty Product: 
I love setting sprays, mists, anything that I can spray on my skin before makeup and after makeup. A few months ago Tarte cosmetics came out with a new line called "Rainforest of the Sea," and I've had my eye on their Setting Spray/Skin Mist. I was finally able to pick some up and I'm already on my 2nd bottle. I love spraying it on my face as an added moisture agent before I do my makeup and than once again to set everything in place and add a little more dewy-effect after. BUY IT HERE or at Sephora!

4. Current Excitement: 
I got my State Board Date!!! About 2 months back I was able to Pre-File for my Cosmetology License Exam and received my exam date about 5 weeks later. It was such a surreal moment for me when the paper got handed to me at school. All of these emotions began to flood through me because of how real everything got in that exact moment. I can't believe I have a short month and a half left of school..Gulp

5.  Current Goal: 
My Current Goal is to lose at least 15lbs before my birthday, June 18th.  I kind of already know what I want to do for my 27th Birthday and it requires a cute little party dress. I want to be down a size (or two) before than..So Here we Go!!!!

Happy Friday, Everyone! I hope you have a safe and dry weekend. It's supposed to continue to rain all weekend here in San Diego. No Complaints though..I'm love this weather!! Thanks for sending it to us, East Coast!

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful & Love, Love, Love


Monday, January 2, 2017

January Goals 2017

At the beginning of each month I try to think of ways to change at least one thing about each of my social media platforms. January is my favorite month to begin change because it's right at the beginning of the year and all these changes make me feel like I have a fresh new start on the whole 365 days ahead of me. I also like to take the time in January to figure out what changes I'd like to make in my life. Who says we need to have our resolutions written out before the clock hits midnight? 

January Goals

1. Health: Speedracer and I have made a pact to have a lifestyle change here in the New Year. The Goal: Eat Clean = Be Healthy. 

2. Home Improvements: We recently got New House Decor for our living room and I would really like to get our walls repainted before we hang them up. I'm hoping to finish this project by the end of the month. 

3. Order Business Cards: I have exactly 2 months left of Cosmetology School. what the heck? And I'd really like to get my Business Cards ordered for the Salon I got a job at. In February I plan on beginning to pass them out too which I am excited about. 

4. Go through my Clothes: I hate clothes, shopping is horrible. BUT, I am in need of a new wardrobe. So what I like to do before I go on a  shopping binge is to get rid of old clothes that don't fit or that I never wear. There is a Goodwill right down the street from our home so I know my clothes are going to good! 

5. Buy a 2017 Planner: I already feel like there is so much going on this year and it's only day two. I really need to get a planner this year because I have a feeling it's going to be busy for not only school, but my career, and our lives here in the SpeedRacer Family. 

What are your Goals for January?