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The Story Of: The Time I Found Out Aliens Are Real

Did You Know?  “To prevent competitors from also inseminating female mates, some male insects stay latched to the female for days on end. The male Indian stick insect, Necroscia sparaxes, has the record in scientific literature at 79 days.”

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Hi everyone!

I have a horrific story to share…

Aliens DO exist & I now, know this for a fact.

Story Telling - Aliens

I was in my office last week and a friend came running through the doors looking for a guy to help them. (Of course, she was not looking for me in this situation, you’ll understand why later.)  She seemed a little more frantic than normal so I asked what happened.  She said there was a bug outside in the hallway.  I thought that was interesting because she’s not afraid of bugs. And she didn’t mention what type of bug. Are we talking spider, cockroach, beetle? In my almighty moment I told her I would go take a look – I’ve recently made truce with large spiders & felt I could at the very least monitor a cockroach while we wait for someone to get it, worst case scenario.

 

I went out into the hallway & a saw an alien sprinting down the wall, where the floor meets the bottom of the wall.  This mother fucker had more than 1,000 legs and was a foot long.  A centipede the size of a ruler with a 1 inch body circumference (1 INCH THICK BODY!), I’m not even talking how far it’s legs spread.    Dark color. Fast.  Agile. And foreign.  Unfortunately, I am NOT exaggerating.

 

I ran back into my office, called the 2 guys nearby and told them there was a bug in the vicinity.  I should have specified Alien because they took too long to get to the hallway and the alien proceeded to run toward the elevator shaft for safety. There wasn’t a chance in hell I was getting in it’s way either. My friend did run towards it & tried waving it away from the elevator, when said Alien lifted half it’s body & legs in the air as a warning to step the fuck away.

 

Now.  I’ve had many run ins with bugs before & am familiar with their strategies.  That asshole wasn’t going far down the elevator shaft to find a new home, he was waiting right inside it for his perfect getaway.  I tried to warn the people.  “Back away!  It’s right inside the shaft, it’s going to come back out & it can sprint!”  No one took me seriously.  They stood INSIDE the elevator to look down the shaft to search for the alien… NOT A GOOD IDEA PEOPLE.  That alien showed an entire side of tentacles out the side of the elevator shaft and everyone screamed louder than the fire alarms as they bursted out the elevator doors & quickly ran out of the entire building.  No one looked confident anymore.  The guys were panicking.  In this moment, thank God for gender roles.

 

It was at this point, everyone knew the severity of the situation.

 

Long story short, we ended up trying to electrocute the alien & then poison it with toxic spray – neither worked, of course, it has fucking alien powers.  One of the guys ended up finding a trash picker and was able to grab the alien & remove him.  It was necessary to kill it before questioning.

 

I will say, every single person was flabbergasted.  At a loss for words.  Because it did prove life beyond Earth is very real.  And it doesn’t conform to our standard of delightful by any means.

 

I’m still unable to put my feet down while sitting at my chair & am constantly on the lookout for other large aliens here on Earth.  I had vomit at the tip of my throat all day after my run in with this creature. I used to be afraid of large, flying cockroaches – I had no idea.

 

Be on guard today… and be thoughtful,

 

Xx


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Glamglow Gravitymud Mask – I Tried It For You

Did You Know?  In Mauritania, Africa – Obesity has long been the ideal of beauty, signaling a family’s wealth in a land repeatedly wracked by drought. Nomadic people struggling to survive the harsh desert came to prize fatness as a sign of health.

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I’ve been reading beauty blogs & watching beauty YouTubers for a few years now.  They suck me in & before you know it I’m 10 videos deep with a long list of new products I NEED.  Then, I get to the store & notice the first item on my long list is .5oz of face cream that’s $90… and I have no money left for anything else.  Story of my life.

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I’ve gotten better at prioritizing.  What’s worth the money & what isn’t.  There are bloggers/YouTubers that I’ve learned not to trust & others that I have to rush out & buy their product suggestions immediately!

Face Masks are always a big deal for me.  1 – they’re all super expensive, so experimenting isn’t very easy.   2 – They’re ideal because taking good care of my skin helps with my no makeup routine.

I noticed this silver Glamglow face mask all over the place & finally thought, fuck it.  I’ll spend the money, try it for a month, then tell you what I think.  Are the expensive face products that everyone flaunts worth it??  I’m determined to find out & this mask was the first one off the picking block.

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I went to Sephora & bought the Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment Mask.  It comes in a large package but a very small jar.   Already kind of annoying considering it’s $70, but I’m committed.

The box says: “Firm, Lift, Tighten, Tone, Sexy Contours” and it’s supposed to be a solution for fine lines & wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and loss of firmness & elasticity.

I brought it home & immediately tried it.  There’s a small brush inside the box that’s super helpful with the application process, which I loved.  Once it was on my face I let it sit for 30 minutes, then proceeded to “peel” it off.

This is the part that annoys me about the mask.  Everyone is so pumped up about the mask peeling off, but it doesn’t.  I mean sure it kind of peels off if you use a super thick layer of product & carefully spend your time trying to successfully peel off as much as you can, followed by rinsing off the rest.  I’d just as well wash the whole damn thing off.  Weird for me, the “peeling” part.  Maybe the same people that enjoy popping zits would enjoy attempting to peel off a mask? Doesn’t get me going.  So, that part of the mask for me is a major fail & a dumb reason to spend money.

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I continued to use the mask 3x a week for an entire month. Sometimes before bed, other times before applying makeup, and also in the mornings on days where I wouldn’t wear makeup. I should mention, the little jar of product does last awhile & it’s a more comfortable mask to wear with a yummy sent.

Once I took the mask off, my skin felt fresh & a little gummy.  In a good way, almost like a dewy primer.  That part I liked.

Overall, I think this mask is good when you have somewhere to go.  Keep in your drawer for the days you have an event to go to or you’re traveling & need a wake up for your face.  After a month, I didn’t notice any super noticeable differences in fine lines or firmness.  Unless I used the mask that day or night before, my face doesn’t look or feel any different than before I bought the little jar.  You know what I mean?  It was nice to have for the day, but it’s not a miracle worker long term.

Would I buy it again? Maybe.  I can see where it’s nice to have in the rotation of your face products but I don’t see what the rage is about the mask.  I wish I could rage about it.  I’m going to try a few other Glamglow masks that also have positive reviews & see if there’s one that really makes me a believer.  I’d be happy to report back.

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For now, you’re not alone if you don’t buy the magic, silver peel off mask. The mask is ok.  But it’s not the fountain of youth.

Does anyone have mask recommendations? I have a few that I actually do love, but am always looking for more!

Have a great day today & be thoughtful,

Xx

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5 Things I Can’t Go A Day Without

Did You Know? 68% of the people suffer from Phantom Vibration Syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not. ( v i a )


I love investigating peoples routines & what they do every single day, meaning they’re obsessed.  For a long time that was Target for me.  Not a product, but a place.  I went to Target all the time & it was the one thing I desperately missed when I was out of the country.  I’ve gotten it together since then.  (*Amazon Prime*)

But of course, there are still products you use every single day that you can’t go without & those are the secret’s I need to know about!

Below are mine…

5 Things I use Every Day

5 Things I Can’t Go A Single Day Without:

1. Coconut Oil:

I’ve recently started experimenting with other oils as moisturizer, which I’ll update on later, but I still use coconut oil every single day in the kitchen.  I love the taste it brings to a dish.  I use it as oil when sautéing, mix it in my oatmeal for breakfast, or give my little doggie a spoonful as a treat.    I prefer cooking fresh meals as often as possible & coconut oil goes right along with that – I use it for everything in the kitchen & I love that it doubles as a use for pretty much anything else.

2. Hair Clips:

I can’t go through an entire day without using a hair clip.  My entire life I’ve had long, thick hair which I’ve loved but have only been able to manage with a tight ponytail.  I started hating the huge line mark that a tight  ponytail was making so I made the brave switch to hair clips & haven’t looked back.  I either: 1. Half dry my hair & twirl it into a bun, securing with a clip 2. Pull half my hair up once wearing it down has had its moment  3. Clip up when I get out of the shower when my hair is still wet.

Keep in mind, hair clips give your hair room to move so you’re less likely to have breakage.  And I should note, I currently do not own a curling iron so the only way I achieve any volume or curl is by wearing my hair in a bun w/a clip all day or overnight.. When I let it down, BOOM – curls.

3. White Shoes:

They’re too easy.  I wear these either letting my dog out in the morning, at work, after work, a quick run to the grocery story, the beach, with a fancy dress for a night out… Shit, I’ll wear them with anything, anywhere.  I buy a new pair OFTEN because they’re so affordable & there’s nothing better than clean, bright white shoes.

4. Moisturizer / Chapstick:

Cannot survive a day without my moisturizer.   I’ve always had super dry skin & I’m pretty much always trying to hold a self tan, so a moisturizer is an absolute MUST.  The past year I’ve been using my oil of choice & this Tepez Cream.   My face is super sensitive & will break out if you look at it incorrectly, so I’ve tried TONS of products that haven’t worked.  Oils & Tepez Cream never let me down – but I’m still looking.  Anyone have a fantastic moisturizer or eye cream that pumps in moisture they swear by?!  I’ll send you a thank you note if you tell me your secrets… Seriously.

And of course I carry chapstick everywhere.  The one place I NEED it daily is next to my bed.  I smear it on before I sleep and it moisturizes my lips all night long so I wake up fresh.  I can’t fall asleep without it.

5. Huge Sunglasses:

Even on a cloudy day I’m wearing sunglasses if I’m outside (or in a bright room?).  I can’t stand the strain on my eyes from squinting.  Once you realize how much huge, dark sunglasses helps your eyes you’ll never be able to go a day without them.   {They also come in handy when you’re super hungover, at the grocery store, buying frozen pizza, and run into your ex boyfriend.}


When I think about the things I can’t go without, these come to mind.  I feel like each of them serves a purpose in my day to day functioning, including my $15 H&M pants I was wearing in my recent Instagram pic.  As long as I have these items, I’m good to go, ready to conquer the world!

What products can’t you live without?

Have a great week & be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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Life Chat: Meeting Nick from New Girl

Did You Know? When Tim Allen was 25 years old he was arrested in Michigan after he was found to be in possession of 1.43 pounds of Cocaine.

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Hey everybody!!

 Austin Texas

What are we up to?!  I’ve been doing my best to engage in SXSW activities.  Wafiq & I always love how cool Austin feels during this time.

Last weekend we were walking around when it was rainy and cold, all the streets downtown were bustling with people & we both immediately felt like we were in another city.  So alive & streets filled with people, not to mention the cooler weather & rain made us feel like we were on vacation… Yes, rain and cold weather makes us feel like we’re on vacation, lived too many years in desert weather!

 Austin Texas

We walked by the SXSW red carpet outside the Paramount Theater & noticed a premiere was showing.  I’m not sure what the movie was BUT, Nick from New Girl was there.

We had an excited moment as we walked by & both excitedly said “It’s Nick! It’s Nick!”.  There were people with their phones out & he was pretty open to talking or saying hi to his fans but as we walked away I realized I didn’t like seeing him.  I don’t want to meet Nick.

Meeting an actor takes away from their character, of which I love!  For example, I want Nick to be Nick – but he isn’t & if I met him I would realize that.  Wafiq & I will forever consider that man to be: NICK. Period.   So he may too busy to talk to us, but we’re too committed to his character to meet the real him.

 Austin Texas

There’s one more weekend left for us to go out (and avoid favorite actors) so we’ll see what we can get into.

We’re currently having perfect weather that hasn’t heated up too much & I’m pretty grateful to enjoy it while I can.

And as much as I would love to say I’m loving the sunshine staying out so late now that we’ve had daylight savings time, it’s really kicking my ass in the mornings.  I don’t remember this being a problem before?!  I was used to getting out of bed easily for Yoga every morning but all of a sudden I feel like I’m still in REM sleep when my alarm goes off…

 Austin Texas

PS.  I’m probably the first person in history to admit this, but I’m a complete fuck up when it comes to my essential oil diffuser.  It smells like something is on fire?! And I’m 90% sure something is, so I stopped using it. That lasted a whole 7 days.  Am I missing something?!

Ok, off to read Sandcastle Kings – a book about Jesus.  We’ll see.

As always, be thoughtful…

Xx

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Petite Ponderings: Halloween, Moving, & Music

I’m skipping Halloween costumes this year.  Typically, I’m all for a themed party or event & usually love Halloween – but this year I’m tired!

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It’s been one heck of a month {one thing after another} so Halloween came creeping in & the very last thing I can consider is participating in a costume.  Does anyone have a good costume prepped?? Love a good costume situation.

If you’re looking for something last minute and want to kill it – do THIS.  Worked wonders for me, I had everything at home to recreate the look AND it was shockingly easy.

As for me, I’ve already planned my weekend – pumpkin carving, fall baking, and maybe some bunny ears to sneak in Halloween spirit while I carve my jack-o-lantern… Possibly watch a scary movie too?

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Last weekend I luckily discovered my favvvvorite band NEEDTOBREATHE had a performance in Austin at the Long Center, which I love because the backdrop is Austin’s beautiful skyline.  The weather was amazing.  The whole event was a real winner, I’m grateful I didn’t miss it!  You guys need to download their albums if you haven’t already, incredibly feel good music.  Their lyrics slay & go a step deeper than “work work work work work work work work work” (I love Rihanna, but you get it).

I love ALL music, but I think this band might be my favorite.  It’s the most consistently fantastic group, I’m obsessed & am fully aware I toot their horn – A. LOT.

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I also went to a friend’s going away party last weekend.  We’ve both been to a few of each other going away parties, I think we alternate our moving timeline.  I had a conversation with her, and recently a conversation with my brother, about moving away.  All of us have moved our homes at least once and we were talking about how painless it truly is.

You pack up and you leave, and if you hate it, you pack up and you come back.

Your first move tends to be scary because it feels so permanent. People tend to make you feel that way too.  But in reality it doesn’t need to be.  It’s pretty easy, especially if you’re not moving across the world, that’s somewhat of a different decision.  Anyway, I bring this up because I want anyone making a big decision or thinking about a big decision to realistically think about it.  If it’s the right decision you’ll know and you’ll see it clearly with surprisingly little concern or doubt. I’m piggy backing off my last post, so reference my steps for making a brave decision for a deeper look.

Fingers crossed November goes smoother than this gloomy October of mine. The best way to guarantee that, shopping!  I’ll share my good finds soon 😉

Have a great, safe, weekend & be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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5 Ways To Make A Brave Decision

Did you know? “The top fear Americans reported in the 2015 survey is the corruption of government officials. In fact, 58 percent of respondents reported being “afraid” or “very afraid” of a corrupt government.” ( v i a )


In order to validate the following I have to toot my own horn a little.   I’ve appeared to be brave a couple different times in my life.   I feel like I’ve mastered faking bravery very well in order to get through specific scenarios.  (Don’t give me a strep throat test or you’ll see the opposite of bravery in a matter of seconds.)

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Bravery can be a wiiiiiide range of things.  The brave decisions most people know about me are making moves, literally. Moving away after high school, Dominican Republic, Dubai

But Bravery can also be quitting or changing your career.  Breaking up with your boyfriend or dating a girl.  Being promiscuous.  Deciding to divorce.  Having a baby. Getting through health struggles or confessing to health struggles.  Sharing honest opinions, admitting you fucked up, crying.  Saying sorry. Meeting a new group of friends, networking, asking for a raise.

All of these choices, you should feel brave enough to do.

5 Ways To Make A Brave Decision:

  1.  RESEARCH

    Whatever it is that you’re trying to be brave about, learn about it.  Learn as much as you can. Ask questions that you’re worried about, don’t be afraid to say what’s making you scared.  Own the fears & ask about them.  Be sure to ask the internet, or sources that are going to give you their honest facts or opinions.  Avoid gossip like the plague.  Search for honesty & facts.  Don’t ask to hear an answer you’re looking for, ask to hear honesty.  One of my most recent brave moves was when I moved to Dubai, to everyone else it looked like too fast of a decision based on whole lot of nothing.  But I asked the internet any scary question I had, I skype interviewed people in Dubai that were doing what I wanted to do, I looked at my current situation, and I made a long, well thought out pro & con list.  I knew as much as I could have possibly known before leaving.

  2. SHUT UP

    Actions speak louder than words.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone talks about doing something 1 million times, every single day, and never puts action to their words.  Don’t be that person.  Do all your research so that by the time you start talking about it, IF you ever start talking about it, you’re brave enough to trust what you’re saying.  You already have a plan. No one can talk the bravery out of you, because the opinions of others can’t sway the facts you’ve already spent time researching.   Of course, they’ll be a couple close people that you might need to talk to before making your brave move in order to get your research in order, but keep quiet besides that.   There’s been a lot of “brave” decisions I’ve had in my mind that no one has ever heard about, because I did my research & determined I needed to shut them down.  Be smart and make your very own decisions before blabbering.

  3. BE SELFISH

    Sounds easy but it isn’t.  Everyone has a fucking opinion & it’s annoying.  At the end of the day, your main concern should always be yourself and your own happiness.  Here’s why – the people in your life are not going to get the best version of you if you’re not happy.  So do what you need to do for yourself to be happy, I promise it’ll only benefit everyone in the long run.  If that means breaking up with a boyfriend, he would also never have the relationship he deserves w you if you weren’t confident in it, in the long run it’s beneficial for both of you to do what you need to do for yourself to be happy. When your main concern is making yourself happy & you’re able to shut out all other distractions, you’ll be braver than you think you can be.  And eventually, everyone will get it.

  4. CONFIDENCE

    This one & the next are the 2 most important ways to be brave.  BE CONFIDENT.  Trust yourself! Trust yourself! Trust yourself!  You have no idea how many other people you’ll inspire by believing in yourself.   And remember, sometimes being brave is admitting when you’re wrong, that’s ok!  That’s one of the bravest things to do in the entire world because it makes you completely vulnerable < almost everyone struggles at this.  Sometimes you fuck up, make a bad decision, or trust the wrong people – that’s ok too.  Pick it up and move on with another brave decision.  Maybe you never want to have kids, maybe you want to come out of the closet, maybe you want to quit your corporate job & pursue acting – trust yourself!  Be confident through the whole process, beginning middle and end.

  5. BELIEVE

    Alright, I’m going a lil spiritual here, but what the hell – If you don’t have some kind of spirit then it’s going to be hard to have bravery.  I think we all have a path planned for us,  it’s a matter of trusting the path and believing in it.  That’s why I try hard to trust my gut & not let too many other opinions change it.  Even after a failed decision, I rarely regret it.  At the end of the day, any decision you make, whether it turns out or not was likely meant to happen.  Maybe there was a lesson to be learned, maybe it turned into the best decision ever, maybe you had to go through something to get out the other side a different person.  Whatever was meant to happen, will happen, so you have to keep going on your path & believe in all of it.

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And remember what’s the worst that can happen?  USUALLY, the worst isn’t that bad, its recoverable. We’re all afraid to be brave because we’re afraid to fail or what people will think when/if we do.  But if you don’t make a few brave decisions in your life then you’re likely concerned w too many other people and not enough about yourself.  Life is speedy quick, so brave decisions are important to act on.

What did Matt Damon say in the movie We Bought A Zoo?   “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

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Share your brave decisions below 🙂

Have a great rest of the week & be extra thoughtful

Xx

 

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Amazon Beauty Fav: Tepezcohuite Cream

Did you know?  Customer service first – Amazon employees, including CEO Bezos, spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk. ( v i a )


Since discovering Amazon Prime I’ve been focused on finding the best of Amazon.  A friend of mine brags about never having to go to the store because she buys EVERYTHING off Amazon.  I’m no where near that, but it’s definitely goals.

She told me she buys all of her make up on Amazon, which…No.  Don’t believe.  Because how amazing would that be? Instead of torturing myself by going into the actual stores (not a huge fan).

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One of my favorite finds so far is the Natural Green Brand Tepezochuite Cream.  I’ve tried a lot of the “Top Beauty” products that Amazon offers & have honestly not been overly impressed (if you’re curious about those let me know).  But as far as what I have liked & will be reordering, this moisturizer is at the top of my list.

And unlike most face products, I actually know & can pronounce pretty much every single ingredient in this product – all the way to the bottom of the ingredient list.

The first 3 ingredients are: Distilled water, Grapseed Oil, and Rice Bran Oil.  I’ll take it!

Typically, the only product I feel confident using on my face is Coconut oil, as you may remember, but this moisturizer doesn’t cause weird reactions either, which is a pleasant surprise.

I’ve concluded oils are my thing, the more oil the better. Oui.

For the curious – I first heard about this product scrolling through Pinterest, apparently Salma Hayek made an entire skincare line because she didn’t see this popular Mexican ingredient used anywhere in American products.

“Tepezecohuite is a bark tree found in Southern Mexico that resembles a fern.  It was administered by the Mayan culture thousands of years ago to treat skin lesions such as burns, by grinding the bark up into a powder. In 1984, after a horrific gas explosion in Mexico City killed 500 and left more than 5000 with severe burns, the Red Cross treated the burn patients with tepezcohuite. It was so effective at healing their wounds and regenerating the skin that a year later, when an earthquake caused a series of explosions and fires, tepezcohuite was again used to treat victims.”  ( v i av i a : )

And a little goes a long way.  If you’re on the hunt for a natural, easy face product & prefer shopping Amazon – here you go!

What are your Amazon favorites?  Trying to find the best of the best 🙂

 

Have a great week & be extra thoughtful ~

 

Xx

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Boost Your October with a Halloween Ready Wardrobe

Queen of searching the internet goes to me, absolutely convinced.  I’m aware that might not be something to brag about as it’s proof of me needing to get a life but here we are.

One of the best parts about the conclusion to summer is the exciting festivities of fall.  Halloween, nice weather, Thanksgiving, nicer weather, Christmas and  anything in between.   I consider myself a festive person & try to fully emerge myself in any celebration I can find.  The idea is to easily change up boring day to day routines by adding a cute festive shirt, a new type of dinner, different music, new friends, random restaurants…   Life is too short to do the same things every day.

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Black Dress: 

Perfect for a Halloween party you don’t necessarily want to dress up for.  Throw on some cat ears for an extra kick.  I think this dress qualifies as an October festive look, a little cob web yet super pretty vibe happening. Accessorize with all black and a dark lip to truly fulfill the Halloween feel or accessorize with nude shoes & gold jewelry with a red lip to wear throughout the year.

Orange Shirt:

Sometimes the most important place to change up your routine is at work.  You spend so much time at your office you’d be surprised how much a small change can help make the day feel a little easier.  Since you might not want to wear a baby doll dress or cat ears to work, here’s the alternative way to still contribute to the season while at your office chair.

Boo Shirt:  

This is cute.  If you’re fully ready to dive into Halloween (because why not) here’s an option that would be fun to rock on any given Sunday.

 


What’s the costume plan this year??  I tried to convince Wafiq to be Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik but that went down burning.  I’m not a model & he’s not One Direction, apparently we don’t make the cut.  Still brainstorming!  I’ll probably find something the week before Halloween again, but those costumes always turn out the best.  I’ll share some suggestions for you last minuter’s soon.

Off to officially hang up my October window clings! Yep, that’s how I’m going to enjoy my Monday.

Have a great week & be extra thoughtful.

Xx

 

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Everything Happens For A Reason

“Sometimes God will inconvenience you in order to help somebody else. Instead of getting frustrated when our plans don’t work out, we need to remember that it’s not all about us. Maybe God has you there on purpose to let your light shine. He’s counting on you to be a good influence on someone else.” – Joel Osteen

  Joel Osteen Quote

I read this quote online months ago & it’s popped in my mind on almost a daily basis since then.  I don’t follow Joel Osteen (a friend of mine reposted it on FB), and I’m not suuuper religious, but I translated this quote to apply to me.

I find it pretty spectacular how certain words, music, or art can leave such lasting impressions.  Especially because -how many quotes a day do we scroll through on FB, Instagram, Pinterest & whatever else…

For something to stick, is a big deal. And this one stuck.

I am THE believer in the saying: “Everything happens for a reason”.  No matter what I go through & then look back at – it always makes sense.  Always.  Every instinct I have, moving away, changing, jobs, new friends, relationships, decisions I religiously believe happens for a reason & that’s what I use as motivation not to question myself too much.

Having that belief also helps me worry less.  When I make what appears to be a large decision to most people (moving to Dubai before ever seeing it), I have loads of confidence in my decision because I know that’s what I feel is my next step  – and it’s happening for a reason.

When I get to Dubai, and am having an experience that is nothing like I imagined, I have in the back of my mind that it’s happening to me for a reason.  That keeps me calm.  Okay with the process.  But eager to figure out “why”.  The lightbulb moment.

The problem I noticed, and how this quote changed my mind a little, is that sometimes something that happens isn’t for ME.  Or for YOU.  It happened for someone else.  The explanation might not be there for me to see.

To help this make sense – I was always so concerned and now realizing selfish, waiting to see how each decision would play out and how it would benefit ME.  What the hell is that?!  (Writing this down is making me embarrassed.)

Everything happens for a reason, but that benefit might not apply to me.  I always thought: “Oh that happened to me so I could meet so-and-so” “Ohhhh that happened to me so I would leave my work place” “Ohh that happened to me so I could learn confidence”

Hopefully I’m making sense.

After glancing past this quote I realized I had it wrong.. for pretty much ever.  Everything does happen for a reason,  still faithfully believe that, however that reason might not always be – to benefit ME.

Maybe my light was shinning & it was needed to shine somewhere else.  Maybe I needed to be a complete fail so someone else could realize their life doesn’t suck as bad. HA!

But hello?! DUH!

After I started thinking this way, nearly every day for the past 6 months or so, it’s almost as if the pressure has been taken off of ME.  Because it’s not all about me.  It’s about all of us.

I know, I’m deep.

You can imagine, I’ve had months of thinking about this and it’s all coming out.  But the whole thought changed a lot of my mindset and has influenced my decisions & reactions the past couple months, so I thought it was worth sharing.

Because it’s a bit of a relief.

Thoughts?

 

Xx

 

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August Monthly Favorites 2016 | MissBassmaster

Mmmmmm nothing like the feeling of Fall right around the corner, but before we leave August I have a couple favorites I’ve been enjoying & want to share. I’ll be carrying these products into the next few months to come.

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  1. Under Eye Sheets:  I’ve been trying a lot of eye pads.  Recently, I used some that physically abused my under eye area, nightmare. However, these babies are affordable & hydrating.  I have VERY dry skin so I like cool, moisturizing products & this one does the trick.  They feel wonderful to my under eye area when I’m super tired – I love them.  And they help w/puffiness.

  2. Cravings: Obviously.  All month and prolly a few more to come. Best thing so far – Chrissy’s Mac & Cheese. But for a small Christmas dinner – BTI Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables.

  3. Pixi Glow Tonic:  I’m not a toner fan, I’ve tried several the past few years & I never finish a bottle.  Always one of those items that I end up skipping in the getting ready process, but Pixi has stuck.  I’m on my 2nd bottle & now I can’t imagine my routine without it.  I’m not sure if there’s a major difference in my actual face, that “glow” may or may not be happening, but I do feel much cleaner wiping Pixi over my fresh face.  I feel like it takes off that extra layer missed when washing – in a very gentle way.  The smell is refreshing too, I love it.  (Anyone else tried?  I first bought it because I read crayyyzee reviews…)

  4. NeedtoBreathe: Another obvious one if you have me on Instagram/snapchat – I can’t stop. This music is so freaking good I wish I heard it years & years & years ago.  Straight out the womb playing “Happiness” would have been ideal. Mom? I’m not a huge Rock person but I love this band, and so does Wafiq so it scores major points for long car rides.  Obsessed is understatement.


I tried a lot the past few months & fell in love with a few. Let me know what your summer favorites have been before we quickly get into fall, it’s creeping hard.

The other day we experienced weather in the 80’s and I had a moment of silence for what’s to come.  I think I’m officially over HOT weather…for life.  I need to start planning to relocate before next summer, Antarctica anyone?

I have a month full of exciting posts coming your way – at least I think so 🙂

Have a great September and be thoughtful!

Xx

 

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