This Isn't A New Year's Resolution, It's A New Life Evaluation

This isn't a New Year's resolution, it's a new life evaluation for 2018. Happy New Year everyone. Welcome back to my fun spot full of professional beauty advice, food recipes and being too honest about shit I can't always afford but will definitely get one way or another.
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The First Quarter
Let's start with a recap of the last 12 months. Last year I was working 3 jobs, all of which allowed me to travel and do what I love. One happens to be with a healthcare company, the other for a salon doing their marketing and social media management, and the last of course being the Content Strategist for Scratch of Sweden Nail Care. It was the most testing year of my 35 go rounds in this life. To say I was happy was a complete lie. To say I was content was a complete lie. To say that I had a lot more opportunities to work with brands is completely true. I had so many issues that even the magazine companies would of been jealous of the consistent delivery of internal conflict that could have possibly been articles in finance, love, failure, career, fitness, food, beauty and health. Just about every element in my life that could have gone wrong, did go wrong.

How It Went All Went Down (more like the ish I will share) 
One of the things I prided myself on was strengthening my makeup skills because it started to gain attention. Every other day when I got home from work (when I was barbering full time 2 years ago up until early last year) I'd take the techniques I learned from SonjdraDeluxe on YouTube, modify it and apply them to my slayage. The angles in her face are similar to mine which is why I like her channel. You know that long face, big forhead, narrow nose, and cheekbones that a cut a bish is where we are very similar. I love what she does but for the life of me I could not gather up the mental strength to try anything this past year. As much as I love makeup and exploring my creative side, I did not. Another issue I struggled with towards the end of the year was exercising.

Exercising With a Lack of Motivation
I exercised every other day up until the last week of September. For me exercising and going to Bikram Yoga to decompress and not look how I felt was something I prided myself on. That last week in September I was prepping to go to Baltimore, a city I had never been to and actually never thought to visit because of the high crime rate. Getting horribly sick a week before and not wanting to cancel, I coughed and sneezed my way to the airport, suffered for 3 days in Baltimore and another 2 more days after I returned home. Needless to say I should have been at home resting because that trip was just as emotionally draining as it was physically draining. Side note: Who takes a visitor to Washington D.C. and doesn't go to the White House? I was pissed. I still haven't seen that damn house! Lesson learned. Never go on a trip with someone you're just not clicking with. Another month past which was my birthday month and I still felt like crap.

Emotional Decompressing Through Painting
I stayed home for my birthday week and finally learned how to accept and love my life. Granted I didn't put on one swipe of eyeliner, one tap of blush or one coat of foundation, I simply let go and started to live and love from within. I let go off all the ish that was bothering me and I painted.
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I painted with love, anger, rage, stress, happiness and defeat. I painted with emotions. Painted off the emotional distress I had been going through, the lack of motivation I had felt for exercising and the broken elements of my life that I needed to put back together. I started to create a lot of beautiful, colorful, fucked up masterpieces. It was awesome and my first big painting, an over 40 inch piece was created for my mother's new place.

Hello November and December
Towards the end of the year I got my ish together. Literally the last 2 months of the year everything started to come together. I signed up for Influenster. Influenster is a app and desktop site where you have the opportunity to review and discuss products that you currently use or would like to learn about. In exchange for the review you have the opportunity to WIN a voxbox which is similar to a subscription box that you would normally have to pay for.
influenster app
This app which has been a beauty and lifesaver has allowed me to talk about beauty and relate to others. I also have the opportunity to share my professional advice on the "discussions" section and learn from other beauty enthusiasts about products and application methods. Thanks to this app I have also been able to sample products that I currently cannot afford. One being Marc Jacobs Beauty. Unless there is a sale, FYI there is a sale page on the site CLICK HERE or a giveaway that is the only time I will be purchasing his products. High end products are always nice to have but not when you do not have that type of budget then it's just nice to look at or swatch on Instagram or in Sephora. You guys know you do that ish too. It's content building;-).

New Life Evaluation
Now that the year has come to an end, I finished it off the proper way. The last weekend of this year, I ventured out of my comfort zone and was hired to do hair, makeup and beard shaves for grooms of a wedding in Chicago. A few weeks before that I started back doing Pilates, caking on makeup with a passion, cooking again and letting go of things that I cannot control. Life is too precious to stress over temporary issues so you take note of that as well. Roadblocks and challenges may not be a part of your plan but it is a part of someone else's plan in order for you to succeed in this thing called life. Happy New Year. This isn't a New Year's Resolution, It's a New Life Evaluation.

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  1. I really like the end. "It's a New Life Evaluation" I agree, it's super empowering to just let it all out, let go of things that aren't in your control and get back to the basics. The best things come when we aren't looking for them but are instead just existing and doing the best we can to make ourselves comfortable within our own power.

    1. I totally agree. Although it's been a year now, some things are hard to let go of mentally but easier physically.

  2. This is really inspiring! You seem so strong. It's great to reevaluate sometimes and change course if necessary! I'm glad you've found your passions again.

    1. I am a survivor and someone who has no other choice than to adapt to changes rather I accept them or not. Thank you for commenting and I hope you are subscribed to read more Confessions.


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