Update + Future Giveaway

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Happy Wednesday Everyone!

2018 has been such a interesting year for me. I learned such a valuable lesson straight off the bat that has shaped who I am becoming. It wasn’t anything earth shattering it was a lesson I was avoiding all of last year. I kept putting my head in the sand and just pretending it wasn’t meant for me. Life took the veil off my eyes and here I am today feeling like the same old me, but with more life bruises than I would have liked. I have learned to accept that I will get scrapes, bruises and scars during this journey called life and you can either embrace them or continue to sit with your head under the sand and ignore them.

These upcoming weeks are going to be crucial because I took a huge step towards my own happiness and better mental health. If all pans out I will be writing a follow-up blog post explaining a bit about what I am referring to. I think others like myself may find it helpful. As vague as I am currently being I just want to let you know you always have a option, even if it’s not convenient at the moment life has a way of figuring things out to give you a way out of any tough situation you may be in.

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Okay… Enough emotional stuff let’s talk about my future giveaway. I have decided that once I hit 700 followers on my blog I will be doing a exciting giveaway for you all. I want to give back to all of you who have supported me and have stuck by me through the good and the bad.

With a grateful heart I want to say thank you!

Stay tune for the giveaway and make sure you share my page if you think this may help someone.

Have a beautiful day!

-M

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Young Living Haul

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you all a different kind of haul. I placed a order on Young Living  Essential Oils. I recently decided to try and switch up some of my products for more natural based products. I decide I would switch up my dental routine up,  and get a couple of other goodies I’ve heard people rave about.

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Here is what I picked up: 

Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste

Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash

Thieves Dental Floss

Valor -Oil Blend

Lavender Lip Balm

Thieves Spray

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Let me know if you would like a more in-depth review on any of these products and how I’ve been using them. I am new to the oily world and want to share my opinions on this if you all would like to read it?

Have you ever tried any of the Young Living products? 

Have a great weekend!

-M

Graffiti Park – Austin, TX

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I am sharing with you the last installment of my trip to Austin Texas. Keeping with the theme of creativity and art. I visited the Graffiti Park at Castle Hills. This place is a paradise for Graffiti and art.  You could bring your own spray paint and add you own master piece to the walls. Normally Graffiti is frowned upon, but not here. I was too busy spray painting my own art, but I did manage to get a few pictures of my favorite art that other artist had left behind.

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I absolutely loved being able to partake in this experience. I never thought I would of been able to spray paint a wall that was out in the open without getting in trouble. This was definitely a 2017 highlight.

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!

-M

The Meaning Behind My Tattoo

Happy Monday Everyone!

Today I am sharing the story of how I got my first tattoo. I think I lightly touched based on it on this blog post. I wanted to take the time and explain why I decided to get my tattoo and what it means to me.

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On April 7th, 2017 I went with one of my friends from grad school to get a tattoo. She was getting something on her ribs and I was getting mine on my arm. I had contemplated a tattoo since 2012 and had held of because I wasn’t sure what I would want. I had decided that it had to do something with traveling, adventure, or something all encompassing with how I am. I searched on Pinterest for travel tattoos and I found many that I liked, but not necessary in love with. I finally looked at different words that caught my attention. Explore was one that I gravitated towards immediately.

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Explore

Verb (Used with object), ex·plored, ex·plor·ing. to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discover.

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My actual experience getting my tattoo wasn’t the best. We had a tattoo artist who was relatively new to the shop and to the area. He did a great job with the tattoo, but he decided that he would hit on me while he was finishing up my tattoo which made me uncomfortable. He proceeded to ask for my number and I quickly dodged his questions by focusing on  my friend. I highly recommend you do your research on the shop and the tattoo artist. If you have time meet with the artist to make sure you are comfortable with them. I don’t regret getting my tattoo one bit. I just wish that I would have done more research on the tattoo artist.

Do any of you have any tattoos? If so what are they and do you mind sharing their meaning with me?

Have a great day and I will see you on Wednesday.

-M

Getting Organized – 2018

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Happy Monday Everyone!

I have to admit that these last couple of years I have not been as organized as I could have been. I always start out with the intentions of sticking to a fancy planner I buy and about three months into the year I forget to keep up with it. I was a little bit better while I was in Grad school because I had so many deadlines that I had to get done. This year I decided to buy two inexpensive planners from Target. One for my main things in life such as work, doctors appointments, travel and other things. The second one solely for my blog. I am hoping this year I make a habit of being more organized with everything I am trying to tackle.

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I am always curious how other people utilize planner and notebooks since I know that that has picked up steam in the last few years.

If you have any tips or tricks as to how I can get the most use out of both my planners, please do share your ideas with me?

Have a great day and I will see you on Wednesday!

-M

 

17 things I learned in 2017

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Happy Friday Everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since the start to 2018 and I’ve had a lot of time to think about what 2017 taught me. What lessons I learned that I want to apply to this new year. Coming into this year I am determined  to keep that growth going. I truly believe 2018 is going to be an amazing year for me and I hope for you all as well.

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  1. It’s okay to be scared. Life will through you curve balls and it’s okay to be afraid of what can happen. Just remember that everything happens for a reason and that one day you will look back and be thankful for how those things that you are scared of ended up shaping you.
  2. Love yourself. I spent most of my year focusing on others and putting myself on the back burner. I completely crumbled at the end of the year because I did not know how to love myself. The relationships I had built started to fall apart because something was missing, and that was knowing what I wanted and being okay with myself.
  3.  It’s okay to not be okay. The last 7 months of 2017. I was hanging on by a thread and I was faking being okay and having my sh*t in order only to fall apart behind closed door. I learned that it’s okay to not be okay and that everything will be okay if you decide to take care of yourself.
  4. Nothing is permanent. 2017 taught me that you have the power to change your situation. I also know you have to want to change your situation, but don’t let yourself thing you are stuck in a situation forever. You can control where you stand in your life.
  5. Wear Makeup if you want to. For the majority of the year I focused every morning on creating a beauty routine that would make me feel beautiful no matter what I was doing. I am so proud I took the time to do this because it has helped with my own self-esteem overall. I do have days where I don’t wear makeup, but I have realized that my morning routine is essential part of my day IMG_2287
  6. Travel more. This year I decide to travel and I cannot recommend this enough. I decide to treat myself to a big trip overseas and three smaller trips within the U.S and I am so glad I was able to do so. I learned so much and got to enjoy myself.
  7. Hustle. In 2017 I learned that when you want something you have to work really hard on achieving your dreams. So I hustle twice as hard as those around me. I currently have two jobs and I am planning on accomplishing big things this year.
  8. Spend more time with your loved ones. For the past two years I have made sure that I spend time with my parents and loved ones as often as I can. You never know when they won’t be here any more and you won’t be able to see them.
  9. Take more pictures. Capture more memories you won’t regret this.
  10. Take time to see the beauty around you. This past year I stopped to look at all the beauty that surrounded me; the sunsets, the moon, the stars, the faces of all of the people that surround me. I truly stopped and soaked it all in.IMG_0841
  11. I got creative. This past year I focused on more of my creative side. I baked, I drew, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started taking more pictures.
  12. I can do anything I set my mind to it. I was fortunate enough to be able to graduate with my MSW. This was something I did not think I was able to accomplish. It was hard and one of the most difficulty things I have ever done. At the end of it all I did it and no one can take that away from me.
  13. I learned to be okay with my sarcastic self. I realized that those who love me love that I can be sarcastic and I don’t need to hide that side of me.
  14. Do things that make you happy. Life is too short to not do what makes you happy. This past year I explored places I wanted to visit, I listened to more music, I created things I wanted to create and I listened to my heart.
  15. I let go of relationships that weren’t helping me grow. I stuck to my guns and removed those that did not add anything valuable to my life. I stopped begging for people’s time and attention. IMG_1086
  16. Red Lipstick. I started wearing more red lipstick because I can!
  17. Take a moment. Last but not least I learned to take a moment each day to reflect on just how wonderful I am. Even on the worst days I still managed to get out of bed and  that’s an accomplishment on it’s own.IMG_9291I hope that 2018 is filled with many more exciting adventures and that I continue to figure out who I am and what brings joy and happiness to my world.

    What are some things you learned in 2017?

    Have a great weekend! I will see you on Monday

    -M

30 Things Before I Turn 30.

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! 

As you all know I love making bucket lists. If you haven’t checked out my on going bucket list on my blog click here. With that being said I wanted to focus on the next 3 years of my life and a couple of things I want to achieve before I turn 30. I saw this tag go around on youtube and I wanted to do a blog version of it. So with that being said here are 30 things I think I can accomplish before the age of 30.

 

One: Go on a hot air balloon ride.

Two: Visit Canada.

Three: Visit Costa Rica.

Four: Travel to a country over seas (yet to be determined).

Five: Take at least two cooking classes.

Six: Take at least two trips within the US a year.

Seven: Have my name on a title of a car/Buy my very own car.

Eight: Take a painting course.

Nine: Change Jobs within my agency.

Ten: Travel with my Mom and Dad.

Eleven: Go to El Salvador and visit my grandfather.

Twelve: Become a godmother (if you are catholic you will understand this).

Thirteen: Volunteer for a non-profit.

Fourteen: Buy a House.

Fifteen: Make my own candle.

Sixteen: Go to yoga regularly.

Seventeen: Own a dog.

Eighteen: Go to Disney World.

Nineteen: Continue to collect more vintage cameras.

Twenty: Get my Zumba Instructor certification.

Twenty One: Go Zip Lining.

Twenty Two: Go apple picking.

Twenty Three:  Carve a pumpkin all by myself (J/K I would need help).

Twenty Four: Change a tire (One day I will be Strong lol).

Twenty Five: Get another Tattoo.

Twenty Six: Go camping

Twenty Seven: Continue to Blog about makeup and random things in my life.

Twenty Eight: Grow my hair out again.

Twenty Nine: Take a fondant class for cake decorating.

Thirty: Be Happy on my 30th birthday.

I challenge you to come up with 30 things you want to do before you turn 30. They can be anything, as long as they are special to you.

Let me know what some of those things are? and how long you have to complete them?

Have a great day and I will see you on Friday!

-M