10 Life Lessons!

Usually I do outfit posts because they’re fun, but today I wanted to set aside some time to talk about life lessons I’ve learned so far, and just maybe it can help someone out there who happens to stumble upon this post! ❤

First off, everyone is different, but these life lessons are just written from the heart and based on personal experience. Hope you enjoy!

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#1. Don’t ever feel bad about how you choose to express yourself to the world!

As long as you aren’t harming others or doing something illegal obviously, the way you choose to express yourself is your own unique choice and you should embrace it! Whether it be through art, makeup, fashion, blogging, etc. – that’s your choice of self-expression and what makes you happy.

I dress for myself, but I do appreciate it when people come up to me and say that I “brightened their day.” If I make someone smile, then I feel extra happy, and spreading happiness is what I aspire to do in this life, as well as helping others.

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#2. Bring your ideas to life, even if you think it might “fail”!

This is super important. For the longest time, I let my Etsy shop idea just sit in my head. Finally last year, I decided to put a few rings in my shop. I now have nearly 30 items in my shop! I already knew that my style of jewelry wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I did it because I simply wanted to share my designs.

I haven’t made too many sales, but just knowing a handful of women have my rings in their jewelry collection is enough to make me infinitely happy! I refuse to give up. 🙂 Also, you only fail if you don’t try at all.

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#3. Take things one day at a time!

I can be impatient and want to see results immediately, which simply doesn’t happen most of the time. I think it’s best to remember that things can change super quickly, and a lot of the time, it happens out of nowhere. You never know if the stepping stones you are taking are about to lead to something big!

#4. Don’t let the negativity of others or inner-negativity bring you down!

Staying positive in a world that seems to constantly find ways to knock you down is an uphill battle. It used to be really hard for me to fight off my inner doubts and the occasional unkind words of others. Eventually though, I started to appreciate myself and all of my quirks, and I’m way more relaxed now! I can be really awkward and I used to dislike it and view it negatively, but now I find my awkwardness to be endearing and I own it! It’s what makes me who I am. There’s only one you!

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#5. It takes time for self-improvement!

We all have our own struggles, and getting through them starts from within. Make sure you want to improve yourself for you and that you genuinely want to. I always want to be a better person each day, so I do my best to take action daily in being the best version of myself. Of course, we all have our bad days! Cut yourself some slack. 😉

#6. Don’t be afraid of taking some risks!

For the longest time, I was deathly afraid of driving on the freeway. A lot of people saw this as no big deal, but for me, it was like…

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Slowly, I’d try taking the freeway just for a mile or so and then get off on the nearest exit. Then, I’d go for a few miles. Next thing you know, I’m effortlessly maneuvering the lanes in my Challenger like it was no big deal, and I now use the freeway daily! I even drove 20 miles out of town earlier this week, which I felt really proud of. However big or small, don’t be afraid to take some risks!

#7. Also, don’t be afraid to fall in love!

This may sound silly, but it really applies to me. As someone who has spent the majority of my life single and felt most comfortable that way, it can be super scary when someone comes along that you have intense feelings for. Yes, it makes me happy, but it’s also scary for me because I embrace solitude so much. People assume I’m a social butterfly because I like to go out and do things and I spend time with friends and go to events, but I’m very  introverted and enjoy time by myself as well. So, letting someone into my little world can be a challenge for me, as well as trust. However, fear holds us back. 🙂 It’s okay if it doesn’t work out! Sometimes we’re only meant to be with someone for a certain amount of time to learn from each other, so it’s still a positive experience either way! Don’t be afraid to share how you feel…very important lesson. ❤

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves.” – Thomas Merton

#8. Make sure to surround yourself with people who embrace you, and you embrace them!

I’m not saying to only surround yourself with people who agree with you, by the way! Some of the most enlightening friendships/guys I have gone out with were very different from me in their way of thinking. I learned so much, not only about them, but about myself. It also helped me discover a path to self-improvement. Having like-minded friends is a great thing, but it’s also good to meet people who challenge you and you see a different perspective outside of your own, because it helps you grow. That being said, always stay true to yourself, of course! Embrace the differences, and embrace each other!

#9. Be enthusiastic to try new things!

I’m not a good cook. Finally, I decided I wanted to change that! I started off simple, like making an easy Spanish appetizer, and it turned out really good! I like to experiment with new meal ideas, and so far, I’ve liked what I’ve made. I’m really glad I gave it a try, and proved to myself that I can indeed make some good food. Trying new things gives us more experience and helps us discover our potential.

#10. Appreciate what you have at this very moment!

Friends, family, your significant other, the coffee you’re currently drinking, your job – everything! We never know when things will take an unexpected turn, and even if you’re going through a rough patch, there is somebody somewhere else who has it even worse than you do. I will ask myself: if I were to be gone tomorrow, am I happy with where my friends and family relationships are right now? Are they in good standing? Also, let go of grudges and forgive more easily. It’s good for the soul, and for everyone. ❤

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I hope you enjoyed these life lessons! I hope it inspires you in some way. Have a happy Wednesday! ❤

 

 

 

 

Fall in Love…With Yourself

Feeling rather inspired on this beautiful Monday morning, I wanted to take the time to write a motivational blog post!

The topic at hand? Owning your individuality, self-expression, and falling in love with yourself (in a non-conceited, healthy way of course).

I know it’s a worn-out subject by now, but it really is something that is still a struggle for people out there, and was for me at one point.

Marching to the beat of your own drum can be an obstacle. It almost seems like, if you choose to think outside the box, whether it be an idea, a belief, a clothing style, a hairstyle, whatever the case, there are people who think it is okay to treat you like you’re sub-human for trying something outside of the norm.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve gotten discreet Facebook messages from anonymous people over the years, telling me they essentially dislike my style/hair/makeup/whatever. Years ago, I’d be totally devastated and feel bad about myself, all at the hands of these anonymous keyboard warriors.

Now? If I get any negative feedback, whether it be from random people or a rejection letter from a job offer, I feel empowered. It makes me feel good to know that I have way thicker skin than I used to, and I use any negative energy that’s thrown my way to turn me into an even stronger person.

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People only have power over you if you allow them to. When we learn to love ourselves (very hard to do, given we are painfully aware of our own flaws and shortcomings), that self-love creates a foundation that isn’t so easily shaken once we solidify it. When things start crumbling apart, will our self-constructed foundation continue to keep us stable? If it’s strong enough, it will.

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No matter how hard you try to be the best at everything, it will still not always be enough for people, and quite honestly, it’s an impossible task to begin with. Know your capabilities, know what you have to offer, know your quirks, know your positive attributes, and own them. At times, we try to be what someone else wants. The most liberating thing we can do for ourselves, is accept that we can’t be everything. We can only be ourselves, and we are all so unique that there will never be a duplicate version of ourselves.

We each bring something unique to the dinner table of life. Someone at that dinner table might eventually notice you and love you for all that you are. Still, even if you leave the dinner table alone, your own love for yourself will always suffice and be enough.

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“The world is a pretty dark, depressing place. I realized my place in it is to bring as much joy as possible to myself and others by dressing in a ridiculous and extreme way.” – Hester Sunshine

So to anyone reading: don’t be afraid to express yourself in whatever individual way you choose: your own ideas you’ve been too scared to bring to life, your own beliefs that you’re worried will alienate you, or the crazy hat you love wearing but feel hesitant to do so out of fear of what someone else might think.

Lavender Love

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At last! A lavender skirt! It looks pink, I know…but it isn’t! Okay, maybe it’s a pinkish-purple – whatev! I love it! I bought it off Amazon, and it comes in a variety of pretty colors. You can find the skirts by clicking here. Very inexpensive to boot!

It’s another day in paradise, and I wanted to get some outfit/makeup photos today. Really am digging my lavender-hued ensemble today and wanted to capture it on camera. 😉

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I look sad? I swear I’m not! Pensive, rather. 😉

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Eyeshadow & Lipliner is NYX! Eyeshadow – Dance the Tides, Eyeshadow Crease – Tantilizing, Lipliner – Nude Truffle. 

Eyeliner is Wet&Wild Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, it does not budge! Very inexpensive also!

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Blush: Too Faced – How Deep Is Your LoveThis is my favorite blush on earth!

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On a side note, apart from the outfit of the day and makeup, I just want to say how important it is to live each day to the fullest. I came across the most remarkable quote I found on my friend’s Instagram:

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This quote resonates with me so much. It is so true! How often are we preoccupied with what’s in store for us tomorrow, or next week, etc? I’m not saying to not have goals – goals are essential in motivating us to push ourselves, test our abilities, and ultimately, to thrive. However, the present is something we tend to overlook because we’re either looking behind us or ahead.

So smile, appreciate the present, stop and smell the roses, and so on. Don’t forget that all we have is now. 🙂

Motivation!

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After doing a line of Spring-themed rings for my Etsy shop, I started thinking about the importance of motivation. Just thinking back on how much has changed in the past year really made me feel good about where I am in life!

It took me a long time to finally decide to start an Etsy shop. I felt nervous, insecure, and the thought of doom hovering over my head was: “What if it doesn’t sell?”

Then, finally, in the great words of Shia LaBeouf himself, I told myself…

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All joking aside, I really did reach a point where I told myself: who cares if it doesn’t sell?  The point is to try and put yourself out there, and share your passion with others! 🙂

So think of whatever you truly are passionate about, whether it be music, art, craftsmanship…if you feel the need to share it with the world, just do it. There is no failure! To try is to succeed in itself.

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Believing in yourself is the hardest challenge, but it brings with it so many rewards. It’s good to stay motivated and create new dreams and goals, however small. You don’t need to make it big to be successful…success is measured by you, and you alone.

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So smile big, and smile often! Be happy and have a heart full of gratitude. Find your passion or whatever makes you happy and go for it. Happiness comes from within and can shine out of us like sun beams. 🙂

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Helloooo!

I can not believe it’s February already. I’m not a fan of February but I’m looking forward to March – upcoming spring time! Today there’s a chance of rain, so it’s a bit gloomy but it’s warm, which is nice. 🙂

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Today’s outfit, I went with one of my favorite sweaters – a cheetah print one, and a matching hair bow.

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Today I’m just enjoying the outdoors and sitting on the patio, and also having high hopes for a potential job offer as a marketing assistant! I really hope I end up getting it, but if not, there will be other options eventually. I’ve taken a long look at what will make me completely happy these last few days…and at this point, a new job definitely will! I have a supportive mom and sister, good hobbies, a few close friends and now I just need the job. Then I will truly feel happy.

Find what makes you happy and do it!!! That’s all I can really say. 🙂

 

Just Be You

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I was feeling adventurous yesterday and did a movie-inspired makeup look. I channeled my inner Christina Ricci as Layla from Buffalo ’66, and I must say, I really liked how it turned out!

That leads me into this topic: being ourselves! Being confident through self-expression and not being afraid to take risks (whether it be trying a bright eyeshadow or taking on a new job). Confidence is not something we can just tell ourselves we will have, and wake up the next day with it. It’s a loooong process and a journey…not exactly a destination, because we don’t just get there and stay there. There are peaks and valleys, as I like to call them. Things happen that can tear down our confidence, but your own strength is revealed when you can rise from it and regain the confidence built.

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This canvas hangs on my wall as an everyday reminder. Sometimes, we can be perfectly happy with ourselves, but someone else can kick a dent in our self-confidence. I used to be really bad at that – allowing the negative opinions of others to affect how I viewed myself. I learned though, that we have control over whether people have that kind of power over our confidence. It’s way easier said than done, yes, and it takes tons of practice, but it gets easier over time to control external influences from dampening our self-confidence. 🙂

Once you build your own solid foundation of confidence, life feels so much better. I know I still have much to learn along the way, but I’m happy with how far I’ve come just within the past year. There will always be tests, but it can make you stronger.

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Outfit post time! There’s a huge rain storm that has moved in, so I took advantage of it with a few outfit shots underneath an umbrella, haha. The bright pink created a really neat pink hue that I’m totally digging…

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So this is how my hair would look if I had a pink/brown ombre thing going on?!? 😀

Anyway, hopefully this post helps anyone out there who may struggle with self-confidence. Just know that you can rise above, and confidence is a journey. No one is perfect, but our perceived flaws and whatever shortcomings we may think we have are things that we can learn to appreciate because it makes us who we are, and we’re all beautiful. 🙂

Have an awesome day!