Inspiration

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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Beauty, Inspiration

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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Motivational Monday: Letting Go

The Trees

One of my favorite YouTubers (BronzeGoddess01) recently posted the above quote on her instagram page. While reflecting on the topic, I was reminded that fall is God’s way of letting us know that in order to thrive we must let go of the dead areas of our lives. A dead area could be a relationship, a job, or physical objects. It could also pertain to a negative thought or experience you are holding on to. Every now and then, it is important to evaluate our lives and remove the things that aren’t serving us in a positive way. This is easier said than done however it is essential to your growth. Letting go does not mean you’ve given up. It just means that you are choosing your happiness.

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Motivational Monday: Starting Over

Starting over can be a difficult process. Whether it is planned or unexpected, transitioning can be filled with  fear and anxiety. As humans we tend to develop routines that lead to a level of comfort. This is understandable because there is a bit of contentment in the familiar and in knowing what to expect. However life happens and we sometimes find ourselves in situations in which our routines are interrupted. And these interruptions can lead to fear.

If we can learn to embrace change as it comes then we would learn that starting over is not that scary. What’s more are the lessons we learn about life, ourselves, and others during these times. Lessons such as trusting your instincts, resourcefulness, kindness, humility, and the strength of human spirit can all be learned during the transitionary periods of life.

There will undoubtedly be moments of anxiety however we have to remember that they are just moments. At the end of the day, things always work out for the best.

If you are starting over, try to embrace this chapter of your life. Who knows, it may be the best one. Remember to pray and remain positive. You can do this!

Strength shows, not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

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