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Motivational Monday: Back to Work

Hi Everyone! We are nearing the end of August.  And you know what that means- time for back to school. It’s been a while since I’ve been in school therefore I don’t know if I can offer any helpful back to school tips. Instead, I decided to take some time to speak to the ladies that are going into the workforce. It’s not the same however I feel like I can relate to her more. I worked in Corporate America for over 10 years and have learned quite a bit during that time. Here are some of my tips:

  1. Work Hard, Play Hard. One of the things that I struggled with is proper work/play balance. There were many weeks I thought I would just drop from sheer exhaustion. I worked early mornings and late nights just to work through the weekend. I felt like a zombie. I realized that my stress level was affecting my relationships. I never completely mastered the skill however I did learn to take breaks to help clear my mind.
  2. Ask Questions and Offer Solutions. This is something that I learned from one of my supervisors. She let me know that it is ok to ask questions and voice concerns however it is also good to offer up solutions. I found that my supervisor was happier to hear from me when she knew I wasn’t there just to complain and ask questions.
  3. Get Organized. This is a very important skill to have. I find that when I am organized, I am more efficient. Try to get into the habit of organizing everything from your work, work space, mind, etc. If possible, try to set aside some time each week to get organized. It will save you from being a frazzled mess.

To the girl that is not working in her desired field but has accepted a position in order to pay her bills- I know how difficult it can be. My best advice to you is to make the best of your time at your position. Learn as many skills as you can (they may come in handy when you are ready to make your transition). Lastly, stay focused. Try to connect with professionals in your desired field. Who says you can’t have a side hustle while working your 9-5?!

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Motivational Monday: Going Through Tunnels

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a vivid imagination. I gravitated to the arts and was really into things such as music, dance, poetry, etc. Flash forward to two years ago, I decided to create this blog as a creative outlet. I had so many ideas floating in my mind and needed a way to get them out. Starting a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog seemed like a natural fit. Except for one thing- I hate taking pictures. Like many people, I am overly critical of myself. It doesn’t help that I am a Virgo (perfectionist) and a little bit of a control freak.

I started using Polyvore as a tool for creating outfit inspiration. While it has been a great tool, it is not as effective as I would like. Sure, the site is a virtual dream closet with a large array of clothing/accessory pieces however it does not allow viewers to see the outfits on an actual person. The collages are very aesthetically pleasing however they lack the ability to make a personal connection. Over time,  looming in the back of my mind was the realization that in order to take my blog to the next step, I had to model the outfits for my posts. In other words, I had to go through the tunnel.

Going through tunnels can be a little scary. They are dark and confining. Many people speed through them which add to the anxiety factor. The kicker is however scary they are, you have to go through them to get to where you are going.

Last Sunday, I casually mentioned to my husband that I would like to start taking pictures for my blog. I said I could go to Sephora to get my makeup done (for free) and head over to a nearby location to take pictures. He said, “that’s a great idea!”. I didn’t expect him to say he was off the next day and would be more than happy to take the pictures. I instantly panicked because I knew  I would have to go through with it. You see, hubby tends to be one of the few people that can actually hold my feet to the fire.

I woke up Monday morning half excited and half scared. I decided to take my time to get dressed and put on makeup. As a result, we arrived to our destination a little later than I hoped but we quickly proceeded to take pictures. While taking pictures all I could think about was how uncomfortable with taking pictures. What’s worse is I forgot my belt and accessories.  Needless to say, I was feeling a little defeated by the time we had wrapped. As we started to make our way back to the car, my photographer (aka hubby) started to goof off by snapping a few pictures as if he was a paparazzi. After looking at those set of pictures I realized that I didn’t look as bad as I thought I did. No, my outfit wasn’t perfect but I got through the tunnel. And it wasn’t until I let go of my fears that we captured my favorite picture from the shoot:

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Someone once told me that the greatest reward in life come from doing things that scare you the most. I couldn’t agree with that more. Change is uncomfortable but the only way to get passed your fears/insecurities is to go through the tunnel. Thank you for reading this unusually long post. Your reward is more pictures of me from the shoot.  🙂

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels| Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels | Moments with Millie

Going Through Tunnels | MomentswithMillie

DRESS– FOREVER21+ | CHAMBRAY SHIRT– ASOS| SHOES-TJ MAXX

 

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Motivational Monday: How To Have A Good Day

Good Day

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are doing well. Summer is in full effect and I can’t say that I am too mad about it. We had a rough start to the season here in California. Last month we experienced June gloom. For those of you that are not familiar,  June gloom is a series of dreary days. Contrary to popular belief, the sun does not shine everyday in LA. It may not rain in southern California but we do have some cloudy days. Things finally took a turn for the better and all is well in the world.

I never realized how much of an effect the weather has on my mood until a few weeks ago. It was a struggle to get out of bed and be productive. After realizing the clouds were the reason I was feeling down I  decided to get up and do something about it. Having a good day does takes some effort however it is possible. Here are my tips:

  1. Decide to have a good day. For the most part, whether or not you have a good day is a choice. I like to think of it as mind over matter.
  2. Get your mind right. Pray, meditate, or listen to music. Do whatever helps to clear your mind and boost your mood. It only takes a few minutes of your time however it will set the pace for your day.
  3. Get dolled up. When you look good, you feel good. Spend a little time to make yourself up (shower, do your hair, put on makeup and put on a cute outfit). I find the process itself to be transformative. Getting dressed can be quite calming. It helps you to get your mind off of things. And you receive the added benefit of looking good.
  4. Get out. There is nothing like fresh air when you are feeling low. Something as simple as going for a walk can help boost your mood, energy level and productivity.
  5. Do Something. Being productive is a great way to improve your day. You’d be surprise at how crossing just one thing off your to-do list can change things around. If you can’t be productive, do something you love (paint, dance, sing, write, etc.).
  6. Spend time with family and friends. This is always an instant mood booster for me. Call a loved one to catch up. Or meet up with your girlfriends for drinks. You’ll be glad that you did.
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My Favorite Bloggers

Hi Everyone-

I hope you are having a great week. I wanted  to take a moment to tell you about some of my favorite bloggers. I am so blessed to have many inspirational women in my life. However since moving to west coast, my day to day interactions with them have become limited. I am constantly in search of new inspiration. And although I can find inspiration just about anywhere, I  find myself going to certain blogs to get my “fix”.  I am not only inspired by the content on these blogs but also by the bloggers courage to share their creations and dedication to perfecting their craft.

Below are some of my favorite blogs (in no particular order). Do you have any favorite bloggers?

1. Shirley of Shirley’s Wardrobe.
2. Patricia of Patricia Bright.
3. Kristine of Trendy Curvy.
4. Shea of Curves and Confidence.
5. Victoria of In the Frow.

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Spring Ready

Photo courtesy of: www.miometeo.com/206/03/20/

Each year winter seems to stick around a little longer. And everyone knows that a long winter means more time inside (and more time in dark/heavy clothing). Although I love the holidays I am always happy when this time of  year comes around. The weather warms up and we get to shed some layers. It’s springtime and below are my tips for getting spring ready.

  1. Update  your wardrobe. Freshening up your wardrobe does not have to cost a lot of money. Purging your closet of items that no longer fit is a no cost way to get ready for spring. It also gives you an excuse to go shopping for a few new items. 🙂
  2. Switch out your skincare. Our skincare needs change as the weather gets warmer. Now is a good time to change out your heavy moisturizer for a lighter one. If you have not done so already, purchase SPF (a separate one for your face and body). Lastly, toss  any expired beauty products.
  3. Purchase a nude or pink lipstick. Dark lips are very chic during the winter. However spring is a great time to rock pretty pinks and nudes.
  4. Add new home decor. I am a huge believer that your home is your sanctuary. You would be amazed at how changing out linens, throw pillows or adding fresh flowers can change your overall mood.
  5. Change up your hairstyle. Now is a great time to try out that new hairstyle, color, cut, etc. you’ve been coveting. I am currently obsessed with the ever so popular bob/lob. It is so chic!
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The Essentials

Hi Everyone!

I hope 2016 is treating you well. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It has been a little of a struggle to remain inspired however I have learned that inspiration doesn’t always have to come from something new. It sometimes comes from the things that make you happy. With that said, listed below are a few items that I can’t live without. What are your current must haves?

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  1. Mossimo Avie Booties
  2. Journal
  3. Olivia Blake London Candle (wild mint and white tea)-T.J. Maxx
  4. Black and white pouch. I received this from in a Sephora promotion. I fill mine with lip balm, headphones, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, etc.
  5. Cat Eye Sunnies
  6. Sephora Mirror- Gifted
  7. Cross body Bag– Similar
  8. Nightmoth Lipliner
  9. Ruby Woo Lipstick
  10. Pencil Sharpener
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