From time to time I like to do some posts on non-beauty related subject matters. In all honesty, there is way more to me than just makeup and skincare and I’d like to share that other part of my life with you guys. I’ve got some mellow music playing, I’ve got work surrounding me (that I’m slightly avoiding) and I just finished having an early dinner. It’s been a great Sunday so far. So as I sit here in my office on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon; I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reflecting. One of my goals for 2014 was to really take a good, hard look at my life and observe. I think I’ve been pretty good about taking that time to reflect and It’s caused me to question a lot of things I thought I had a good understanding of. I thought I’d do a little bit of a Sunday Ramble type post and share some of my thoughts, reflections and some of my observations with you guys. This could get deep, ha.
I’ve started the #100daysofhappiness Hashtag Challenge and I’ve made myself stick with it. I’m almost up to 30 days and I really like having to make myself find at least one thing I’m happy about each day. I don’t mean to sound like it’s a hassle because it’s the total opposite. I’ve had a fun time taking a look around me and finding out what makes me happy. More times it’s nothing materialistic, but instead it’s my family and friends. That makes me feel good because if I just posted a bunch of pictures of items I’ve purchased (not that I don’t from time to time) I’d be totally not getting the main point of this challenge. It’s shown me that “things” are just that. They are things, but those that are in your life, who take the time to really appreciate you, help you, listen to you, make you laugh (Vivienne) encourage you and support you are the ones that I find I’m most thankful for. So if you aren’t following me on this challenge, make sure you are! I’ll post my Instagram link below. I also encourage you to do the same. Even if it’s not on Instagram, maybe it’s a moment or two during the day where you think and reflect on what made you happy…
Speaking of good friends and family. When is the last time that you truly took time out of your day to do something completely unexpected for someone? Listened to a friend who might need someone to talk to? Surprised a family member with a visit just because? I said I’ve done a lot of thinking this year and I have come to one conclusion and it’s not pretty. We (all of us) tend to forget about those around us and we only concentrate on ourselves. We forget how much those little things mean to others. We don’t make family a priority. We make excuses of being too busy to make a phone call or even send a text message. We don’t even say Thank You anymore. Sure, we are all busy, BUT you should never be too busy for your loved ones in life. I’ve tried to make sure that I’m keeping in contact with others, even if they don’t keep in contact with me. I might have to initiate it, but I’m still making them a priority in my life. I’m HUGE on taking care of others because I’ve lost people in my life and it showed me that you just never know. We aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow. So pick up the phone. Take an hour out of your day to visit with someone who’s been on your mind lately. I think in the end, you’ll realize that even though you say you don’t have time; You really do.
I’ve gotten some questions lately about why I started blogging and who my inspirations are. I know there are other bloggers who inspired me, but actually a lot of my inspiration comes from my wanting to help others. One person in my life in particular showed me that I needed to find a way to share my passions with others. One of the most amazing people I have EVER come across in my life was my Aunt. She was one person who totally got me. She understood how I worked and she was always there for me. Good or bad. Sadly, she passed away and I miss her like crazy. She wrote me letters that I keep on my desk and pull out from time to time when I need a reality check. One of the letters in particular is all about me sharing my life and knowledge with others. She taught me to never be ashamed of who I am. She knew things I struggled with and I found comfort in talking to her about them. Sitting and talking to her all of those times got me off my butt and forced me to realize that I might actually know a thing or two. I miss her like crazy, but I know that she can see how happy I am. I know she’s looking down on me and is proud of what I’ve done. Proud that I went outside my comfort zone and started this blog. I got some big news recently (blog related, stay tuned!!) that BLEW my mind. It was one of those moments that I wish I could have picked up my phone and talked to her about it. I wish I could have thanked her for pushing me, without me even knowing it. She is one of the many people who really inspired me to take a leap of faith and start my blog and I am so thankful that I listened to everyone and took their advice.
On a more random note; I’ve been on a kick of having an early Sunday dinner. I like cooking and I have started looking forward to Sunday’s because it’s a time to be with family. I wish my whole family lived closer because I’d invite them all over. So I think I’m going to start sharing some of the recipes that I’m making. I’m always wanting to try new things and if you guys are like me; You also get stuck in what I call a “food” rut. You cook the same thing over and over. Well, I’ve been trying something new and it’s working out great. I use Pinterest like crazy and I’ll pin a hundred recipes a day, but I’ll never do anything with them. Lately, I’ve been forcing myself to choose one or two recipes and start making them. So far, so good! So if new recipes are something you’d be interested in, let me know!
I’d been sick this past week and even though I had so much work to get done, I just couldn’t do it. I wanted to film, but my husband told me I would sound like Batman selling face cream if I talked on camera, ha! I do not like having to rely on others at all, but it’s always in those moments when you realize that people care! My husband took great care of me, Vivienne checked in on me daily and gave me the daily dose of laughter I needed. When she starts blogging again I’ll be sure to share her information. She’s hysterical!! My friend Jade called me and offered to bring me soup numerous times. I even had someone send me a get well gift. It’s not like I was dying, but a simple and kind gesture meant the world to me last week when I was feeling really down. So I want to repay the favor. I’ve been keeping a pile of products tucked away for a rainy day to giveaway and I think today is the day! To enter below, just tell me what is the nicest thing someone has done for you lately or what you’ve done for someone else!
Thanks for listening to me ramble! I actually enjoy doing these type of posts because like I said earlier, there is so much more to me than just “beauty.” I think it’s nice to get to know people on a different level and I hope to share a lot of “me” with you guys. If you were bored and just wanted to read about makeup, don’t fret! I’ll be back tomorrow with some new posts! I’ve got a lot of new product reviews coming up and also my lifestyle favorites for April! I also have a funny story that involves me crying over a recent haircut. Oh the fun things in life!! I hope you guys are all having a fabulous Sunday!!