Good Morning my fellow bloggers and readers!
Today is a brand new day. Whether it’s a fresh start for you or just another day, think about how you’re going to go about today.
I’m headed back to work after grieving over the sadness of my sudden breakup and I’m deciding to make this day count. I’m going to truly live in love and smile because today is a fresh start. A chance to begin again.
We all have the choice to choose how we spend every waking moment in our life.
Choose the better option.
Go live in love
Embrace change with love because without love there would be nothing.
Love for: Yourself
And even someone who has hurt you (an ex, old friends etc.)
Love comes not only from your heart but your subconscious, your soul, your body, your spirit, your body language, your actions, and your mind.
You have the power to give, accept, and receive love.
When you think of love you think of love between a boyfriend/girlfriend or a husband/wife…
Love is a universal language that can be shown in many ways. Love is the answer to everything.
May you always live and conduct your life with love,
A lot of my friends and family have been asking why I cut out sugar, and simple answer is for my health. No I’m not talking about physical appearance I’m talking about my mental health. Losing the weight is just a perk for me. The first two days of sugar “detoxing” have been hell. Sugar is a drug so it’s almost the same withdrawals as coming off of a drug. The headaches I get don’t bring me down, they make me realize that my body was so truly addicted to this powder. I stuck with this for 5 months 2 years ago and I not only lost 45 pounds but I got off all of my meds entirely and was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I’m telling you this will change your life. It’ll be rough at first and switching your mental thinking about food but once you pass the first week it’ll be easy from there on out!
All I can say is check your labels, know where your food comes from, and make sure you’re checking for foods that contain “hidden sugars”. Carbs=sugar Alcohol=sugar. You can however “trick” your brain by eating stevia, the only sugar allowed on this eating plan. Stevia is an all natural sweetener and has saved my life. I love soda and I found out about Zevia soda it is an all natural soda without the added junk and tastes just like the real thing.
Also it’s better to have someone by your side helping you out. I live with my boyfriend and made him watch Food Inc and Forks Over Knives and I watched his thinking about food change overnight. Together we are eating healthier and wanting to be the healthiest version of ourselves.
Hope this post has helped change your thinking. Believe me there’s a lot more I can say about becoming healthier and cutting out sugar but I thought id leave it short n sweet (no pun intended)
A DIY so good, I had to share
Thanks to Summer my skin has become so dry and dull. I have had no time to go outside and get that golden glow tan and let’s be honest I rarely moisturize (big no no I know!)
I’ve been looking for a scrub that’ll help me achieve that baby soft skin and I finally found the holy grail of all scrubs and it happens to be Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish but than I quickly ran out of my tiny sample and saw the price tag for it, $68 dollars!!! I work in the beauty industry and still can’t wrap my brain around buying a body scrub for more than $15.
I than thought to myself why don’t I just make one! Genius.
Here’s my dumb downed version of Fresh’s most coveted scrub. I promise you it’ll leave your skin glowing, irresistible, and smelling oh so sweet.
A mixing bowl
A mason jar
A measuring cup
In your bowl measure out
2 cups of Turbinado sugar
1 cup of softened coconut oil
Mix until sugar is coated
1 tbsp of almond extract
1 tbsp of vanilla extract.
Make sure to store in mason jar and go get your glow on!
I’ve had a lot of questions about my tattoo. “Is that from that Mr. Mr. song?!” And I always respond, “No it’s actually lyrics from the song Blackbird by The Beatles hence the bird…”
Than I see a puzzled face followed by a casual “cool man.”
The thing about tattoos is yes they’re pretty, they can be “out there”, they can be random as hell but in reality most of everyone’s tattoos have a deeper meaning to that person.
My tattoo has a story and it’s one I don’t really share quite frequently.
I remember the day I got this tattoo. My dad gave me some money to get some new clothes and instead I decided to be a rebel and get a tattoo. I thought about my life thus far and what I could get to symbolize what I’ve been through. I have a obsession over The Beatles and this lyric just stuck with me. Every time I would hear the song play tears would fill my eyes.
I knew it was the right choice.
Going back in time,
I was always the awkward kid growing up. I hated sports and would burst out into song every chance I got. I did a lot of theatre and music competitions. So I guess in the world of school I would be classified as “the outcast.” I felt like an outcast my whole life. I didn’t fit in with anybody and nobody really understood me. I was taken out on public school in the 3rd grade and put into Catholic school. My parents thought this was the best decision for my future and frankly I would think the same thing if I had a kid.
But who knew how horribly evil rotten these Catholic school kids could be?
I arrived at my new school with my new uniform, hair curled, and new shoes. So excited and ready to meet new people. I’ll never forget the first day from school I came home with a frown on my face. My excitement and joy quickly turned to sadness, confusion, and loneliness. How come these kids didn’t like me? How come I’m not deserving of their time? This sadness and confusion continued till the 8th grade.
I was called “weird” a “lesbian” a “freak” “fat” “ugly” and than was told by one boy that “everyday I pray that You get killed in a car accident.” He also proceeded to tell me that he wanted to punch me so hard in the wall because he can’t stand looking at my ugly self. This was all said in the 5th grade. My depression started getting worse at 11 years old, because these words stuck to me. I took on that identity. I really just wanted to die and escape the constant torture I faced everyday at school. My parents did everything they could to bring this to the attention of the principal. But she always dismissed it.
Throughout high school I still wasn’t a “cool kid” the depression got worse, the bullying still continued and multiple suicide attempts happened. I was finally switched to independent studies in my junior year of high school so I could focus more on my passion which was singing. I became more comfortable with myself during this time and started my healing process as well.
I believe everything happens for a reason so no I don’t regret what I went through. I believe that this whole long horrendous experience has shaped me to be the woman I am today. I am still healing from my brokenness. It’s a long process. But I feel like I can take these broken wings and fly. I can help others who have been through this. The bully’s who are doing this form of abuse don’t understand how much damage they really do to a person in the long run.
Beneath the makeup, the pretty smile, the happy go lucky girl that I am, I have a story. A past that still haunts me to this day. We all have our secrets that we may or may not share with the world. But today I decided to share mine. So instead of making fun of someone, judging how they look, belittling their character, think about them as a person who they are and celebrate them.
So I thought today I’d post my daily skincare routine. These babies have saved my oily skin and make for a much smoother makeup application
This guy is a must have to everyone’s skin routine. I got the plus model because I can attach the body brush on here for a deeper clean on my arms and legs.
Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser:
I have tried every cleanser out there (well sort of) but this beauty is the best for my oily skin. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin as well and is the only cleanser that I’ve used that prevents breakouts.
Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash:
A gentle exfoliater for daily use. It gently buffs your skin for a lit from within glow.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum:
I pat this into my skin before moisturizer to brighten my skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Perricone Photo Plasma SPF 30:
My new favorite moisturizer! It leaves my skin baby soft while adding a sun protectant. It is oil free and has a luminous finish.
Just a few of the things I put on my face today:
MAC lipstick in candy yum yum
(the perfect Barbie pink)
Sephora Collection “Sol de Rio” bronzing powder
(my new favorite by the way! Great for contouring and is enriched with jojoba and sunflower oil)
Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation in Praline
(my full coverage holy grail foundation for my oily skin)
Urban Decay Electric Palette
(a must have for everybody! Don’t be afraid of color!)
Sephora Collection Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53
(OMG this brush is amazing!!! I have tried a million brushes for foundation and contouring…and this does both! You’re guaranteed to get a flawless finish with liquid or power foundation and just clean off your brush and you got yourself the most perfect contour!)
Urban Decay Anarchy Palette
(I only used the blush in here. But this limited edition palette is my go to for dramatic smokey eye looks!)
I’ve lost 10 lbs and gained a lot of muscle. I’ve noticed. The world hasn’t… YET!! I’ve never felt so motivated in my life to become the healthiest version of me. I am strong. I am healthy. I am fit. I love my body and want to take the most absolute care of it.
I’ve been eating paleo and working out everyday. Guess what? It’s OKAY to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while! I visited my local pink berry and got a small original tart yogurt with fresh strawberries, kiwis, blackberries, and yes a little bit of 82% dark chocolate. It was amazing and I didn’t feel guilty afterwards. Make sure when you do splurge every once in a while to follow up with water and maybe even a green smoothie. It helps with digestion!!