10 Quotes from Maya Angelou to Motivate you to Live a Better Life

Sometimes we need a little kick in the butt. Some words to get us out of our heads and back on track. Being a quote junkie, I find this inspiration by collecting quotes and surrounding myself with them.

  1. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
  2. “My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
  3. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
  4. “Nothing will work unless you do.”
  5. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  6. “All great achievements take time.”
  7. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”
  8. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”
  9. “I got my own back.”
  10. “Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.”

10 Posts to Read When You Need Some Advice for Life

This one is for my fellow bloggers (and everyone else too!) – Do you ever find yourself in need of a little reminder of your own best advice? When you’re feeling a little off, a little bit more vulnerable than other days and you think hey I totally wrote a blog post about that and I need a little kick in the butt…well I do so I thought “hey, this could make a fun, little round-up post”, are you with me?

When I’m feeling overly self-critical about choices I’ve made in my life: 10 Quotes that Help Me See the Silver Linings in My Mistakes

When I’m feeling a little lonely being a single gal: Why I’m Enjoying Being Single Right Now

When I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed: 12 Ways to Deflate Anxiety Naturally

When I need to add a boost of some extra self-care into my week: 55 Self-Care Activities to Add to Your Schedule

When my schedule has gotten super chaotic: How to Plan a Healthy Schedule when you’re Super Busy

When I need a some positive inspiration: How Powerful Core Beliefs Will Guide your Life & Happiness

When I need to love myself a little more: You are a Magical, Beautiful Being: 15 Affirmations for Self-Love

When I find myself feeling a bit judgmental: Why It’s Important to Let Go of Toxic Judgments

When I need a little help getting my finances back on track: How to Build a Budget for those that Hate Budgets

When my to-do list has gotten out of control: How to Build a Better To-Do List

5 Easy Ways to Listen to More Podcasts Everyday

I have come across some really awesome, kick-butt podcasts lately…it’s all the buzz right now, and with good reason too. There are so many powerful, amazing, inspiring, empowering podcasts out there! My Castbox subscriptions list is rolling with ones I am eager to listen to – and if I could sit around all day and listen to podcasts, I’m not going to lie, I probably would most days…but time doesn’t quite allow for that. With so many distractions already in the world, in my life, it can be a bit challenging sometimes to find times to listen to podcasts. 

  1. While you’re getting ready in the morning – I love to push play and connect to my wireless speaker and listen to an empowering podcast while I’m getting ready for the day. This is such an awesome way to get pumped up and ready to slay some goals!
  2. In the car on the way to the office – I have an hour commute to the office in the morning so this is a wonderful time to get one of the longer podcasts into my day. I’ll also occasionally pop one on while I’m running errands, just hitting pause in between of being in and out of the car.
  3. While you’re cooking dinner – Instead of turning on the TV for background noise, use this time to listen to the next exciting episode!
  4. At the gym – instead of hyped up music, I use this time to get some self-improvement tips in my mind. I tend to prefer music when I’m running but I like a good podcast while I’m lifting weights.
  5. Taking a bubble bath – wind down after a long day with an inspirational story.

Some Podcasts that are on my playlist right now:

The Lively Show

The Lavendaire Lifestyle

The Mindful Kind

Awesome with Alison

Your Kick Ass Life Podcast

10 Quotes that Help Me See the Silver Linings in My Mistakes

Today is my final post that I’m co-hosting for the #LoveBlog2018…I’m sad to see it coming to an end. This is one of my favorite series to participate in. I love so much how the series helps me organize my thoughts and each year that I’ve participated I’ve found my writing becoming more focused and open…which I truly hope has been inspiring to you! Please be sure to check out all of the writers, there have been some absolutely amazing posts this year! Check out this year’s previous prompts and what’s still to come in the next few days at www.bellebrita.com. And make sure to stop by and enter the giveaway for this week! One lucky winner will receive a large cosmetic organizer in their color of choice (black, white, or gray) from Ellis James Designs. The giveaway ends on February 28th. US residents only. Learn more on RafflecopterBrita Long of Belle Brita will verify the winning entry before emailing the winner during the first week of March. If the winner doesn’t respond, she will start the process over again. Good luck!

Mistakes are something I find that my thoughts revolve around quite often. Naturally I am typically pretty hard on myself when I make a mistake. Maybe it’s being a Virgo or maybe it’s something else but I find it very easy to fall into a nasty judgmental and super critical state of mind  when it comes to me making a mistake…but that’s not healthy and I’ve learned that over the years that it causes more damage than it does motivation. There is a difference between learning from a mistake and beating yourself up for it…one lets you move forward and grow and the other beats you down and roadblocks healthy progress. When I find myself getting a little rough in my thoughts I channel my inner Bob Ross, “We don’t make mistakes, just happy accidents”, and I remind myself of how my mistakes in life have pushed me to be grow and to redirect to a better path made for me. I know that not all mistakes are as simple as that and I hold regret when my mistake has caused someone pain but what I am learning more and more to do is to search for the meaning in my mistakes, let go of the pain and focus on the lesson. Focus on how I can mend my mistakes, grow from them and become a better person and do a better job. Sometimes what seems like a mistake or an accident really isn’t that at all, it’s an opportunity…every time I made a mistake in my life, whether it was at work, a failed relationship or even spilled milk (silver lining – opportunity to the clean the floor right?), I learned more about myself, learned to love myself more, and grew more into the person I am meant to be. So no more beating myself up for making mistakes – we all make them – own them, learn from them and grow. 

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” ~ Mary Tyler Moore

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.” ~ Billy Graham

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” ~ John C. Maxwell

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Make bold choices and make mistakes. It’s all those things that add up to the person you become.” ~ Angelina Jolie

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” ~ John Wooden

“We need to realize that our path to transformation is through our mistakes. We’re meant to make mistakes, recognize them, and move on to become unlimited.” ~ Yehuda Berg

“Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” ~ Phyllis Theroux

“There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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5 Positive Ways to Address World Challenges

I can’t believe we’re already on Day 16 of #LoveBlog2018! Usually I’d be the one saying even though February is the shortest month of the year it feels like the longest but this year it seems to be moving right along. There have been so many fantastic posts from the hosts this year (last year was amazing also!) and I’m still so excited to be part of such a great series. You can check out all the prompts for this year at bellebrita.com. Make sure to swing by and enter to win this week’s giveaway too! One lucky winner will receive a custom illustration from Coffee and Maps, plus the item of their choice from the Coffee and Maps online store. The giveaway starts February 15th and ends on February 21st. US residents only. Learn more on Rafflecopter. Brita Long of Belle Brita will verify the winning entry before emailing the winner during the fourth week of February. If the winner doesn’t respond, she will start the process over again. Good luck!

Today’s prompt is ‘Challenges’. I have so many thoughts around this prompt that I struggled a little getting my thoughts organized and deciding which way I wanted to go with today’s post. With everything that is going on in our world today, we are faced with challenges, both big and small, on a daily basis. Initially I was going to share my thoughts about challenges in the office, about how the workload can be overwhelming or about the struggles of working with different personalities but when I sat down at the kitchen table to have dinner with my mom, the news was on and they were reporting about that awful shooting in Florida. Then my mother and I ended up in a discussion about the opioid crisis. As a society we have many world challenges. As individuals we have personal challenges, both within ourselves and from external circumstances. There is so much going on, how do we navigate through it all? I found myself in thought about the issues I feel passionate about and the ones I feel an urge to drive advocacy about – mental health, breaking the opioid cycle, minimizing the negativity and anger that’s in our world today…there’s a lot that can easily fill up my mind. I spent much of the evening working through the thoughts that flew around in my head. Although there are special exceptions in any issue, I found all of my thoughts ending at “if we (as a society) took better full care of ourselves” we could make more headway, more improvement towards these issues. Things we’ve gotten away from like managing our pain, managing our emotions, our grief, our stress – not taking care of ourselves in a full, rounded way. So many times we try to mask symptoms or discomfort with medicines instead of truly working through them (again please note, there are exceptions – clinical depression and mental illnesses are real and should be treated properly, I’ll get onto my thoughts of that a little bit down the road here). I believe as a whole we have less pain tolerance (both physically and emotionally) so we feel the need to medicate instead of being able to breathe through it or in a term I don’t necessarily love, “suck it up”. How do we reform this? We (we being wellness advocates, bloggers, and all of the included) keep pushing through, we keep researching, we keep making strides back to natural health. We keep talking about self-care, we keep promoting positivity and motivational quotes. We keep trying. We keep sharing our stories, we keep giving all we have to inspire others.

Now onto my second thought – mental health and wellness…we need to be addressing this more, we need to keep speaking up about it. There are still too many people out there not getting the help they need. There are people living their whole lives with depression and feeling as if they can’t tell anyone, can’t reach out to who they need to, barring them from getting the help they need. There is absolutely no need to ever be ashamed of how you are feeling, whether it’s anger you are struggling to let go, or clinical depression, or anything above, below or between. We need to create more places people can feel safe in their lives. We can’t wait until it’s too late to open our eyes to it. Maybe this one is personal for me. I have many outlooks on it. I have the “we can’t help them until they are ready to help themselves” outlook and also the we better be damn well available for when they are ready  and I have the we need to be recognizing the signs more so we as a society build better systems and help our community. I hear so much about gun control, and though I do think there are some things that can be done there, I am not against guns. I am a big advocate of the thought that we can’t address gun control without addressing mental illnesses. I spent my time eating my dinner listening the news of how this kid (18 years old so I guess technically that makes him a young man) noticeably had mental issues yet was able to own a gun. I have a problem with that. Guns don’t kill people, people use them as a tool to kill people. I was raised as a military child so I can’t consciously admit that I’m against guns nor am I against myself owning a gun (I don’t own one but maybe I would) and I will admit that I would shoot to protect myself and my family but I wouldn’t shoot to kill. I know that I wasn’t in every one of those situations so I can only speak in speculation but it’s heartbreaking watching these things happen in our world. We need to break the cycle of violence. We need to advocate for mental illness. We need to promote wellness in all areas. We all deserve to be well in mind, body, heart and soul. 

So as an individual how do we help address these challenges?

  1. We stay positive and hopeful. Without hope we are lost. The world needs hope. We need to be able to see that things can get better. This motivates us to make positive changes.
  2. We stay respectful in our advocacy, our comments, our chants. When preaching for your cause it’s important to not create more anger and hate. We don’t fight fire with fire. You can disagree with someone’s opinion or comment without throwing them down and stomping on them. The world needs positive change. There are many perspectives of a challenge. It doesn’t make it not a challenge. It means that we are seeing it differently. I find it frustrating that we spend more time arguing about the problem than actually working on finding solutions and healthy compromises…this goes for world challenges and personal challenges. I am absolutely exhausted of seeing the hateful posts on social media and the road rage and the anger and negativity. 
  3. We educate ourselves. I have many personal opinions about how I feel about situations but if I really want to work towards making changes (in any situation) I have to learn about them more, from both sides.
  4. We stay passionate. Let your passion drive you (not to the point of crazy though – passion is not defacing property or throwing things at people in protest). Use your passion to not give up. If one letter didn’t work, send more. Build plans, suggest solutions, show people you care in positive ways.
  5. We find people that share our concerns. Again, this is one of those, I’m not saying go join an extremist group. But build a group of those that also want to advocate and fight for your cause (fight meaning positive ways of protest). Raise money to help improve a shelter if your cause is getting homeless of the street. Get a group of folks together to write letters to send to politicians about saving endangered animals. Link up with wellness bloggers to help get the word about healthy living out. Whatever it may be, numbers and collaboration make a difference.

If we all give a little then we can create a lot of change. We need to be united to address world challenges…but also keep in mind it all starts with the person we look at in the mirror every day.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

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My Thoughts & Realizations about ‘Adventures for Your Soul’

I spent January reading ‘Adventures for your Soul’ by Shannon Kaiser. This book was filled with reminders of how to push towards your dreams and live to your full potential. She reminded me that to truly find our passions and live them we have to be true to ourselves, we have to love ourselves honestly and openly. Shannon outlines ’21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential’ breaking it down into action items for the reader to put into place right away, creating new, positive thought patterns. She shares examples in how she actively changed her life to a life she loves by sharing her story and how she overcame her challenges. I loved how Shannon included notes of awareness of habits that are creating blocks of the happiness we desire and motivational mantras.

Some of my favorite parts & Lessons:

“Emotions are the way that you assess or react to a situation. Emotions are rooted in assessing situations, whereas feelings are grounded in truth in the moment. Emotions are often in your head, whereas feelings are inspired by your body and heart……Distinguishing between the two is an important step in moving forward in life with clarity and confidence.”

“We lean into love by recognizing that everything is in our life for a reason, that we are in those situations to help us grow and to learn……They lead us to new opportunities and to new doors that may open, but life is an ever-expansive journey where we are growing, changing, and morphing into what we want to be based on where we have come from.”

“Accept where you are fully to reach where you want to go faster. You are not broken; there is nothing to fix.”

“……it doesn’t matter what our life “looks” like, it matters how our life feels.”

“…….ask yourself what you want, and what feels good for you in the moment. Aligning with your own truth in each moment will help you become who you want to be.”

What I realized reading this book is that I shared so many of the beliefs Shannon was sharing in her book but I have been limiting myself. I have only been going halfway in. I need to commit to my beliefs, my passions and my dreams, go all in, allow them to lead me in my life. 

You can check out more about the book here.

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Inspiration from the Big Screen – Celebration of Star Wars

There has been so much excitement about the new Star Wars movie coming out tomorrow! I’ll be honest, I enjoy the movies for sure but my knowledge is no where comparable to some of the folks I know, but being in a marketing position at the office I’ve found myself caught up in the whirl of it and it’s been a fun ride! Me being me, of course, I found some inspiration from the sayings and quotes. With the idea of the dark side vs. the light side, there is much that can be pulled out of the context of these movies <3

My Favorite Quotes from the Star Wars Movies & What They Mean to Me

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” ~ Darth VaderYou have to have faith in yourself, in your abilities, in life, and in possibilities. Faith will guide your way. Without it, you can feel lost. Even on bad days, you have to hold onto the faith that things are going to get better. You have to have faith that you can achieve your goals to start working towards them. Faith is a driver. Don’t give up faith.

“The force will be with you always.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiEverything you need to succeed and to be happy is within yourself. It is always with you.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” ~ YodaIf you decide you want to make something happen then you have to will it to happen. You have to do what it takes to get it done. There is always a way if you stick to it.

“You can’t stop the change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” ~ Shmi SkywalkerChange is inevitable. Everything is always changing, even the very cells in our body are constantly changing. We must learn to adapt to change and to grow with it.

“If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiLife gets hard and can break us many times but each time we fall we heal and we become stronger. So bring it world!

 “In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” ~ YodaDuring some of our darkest moments is when we can truly discover who we are. It is in our rawest moments that we see the truth. 

“Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi’s life. So you might say that we are encouraged to love.” ~ Anakin SkywalkerCompassion is an important trait to develop. We must learn to have compassion for the world, for others, and for ourselves. Compassion envelopes understanding and love and compassion leads us to positive change.

“Your focus determines your reality.” ~ Qui-Gon JinnWhere you place your focus is what will grow. Focus on the things you want in your life, focus on the positive.

“Let go of your hate.” ~ Luke SkywalkerDon’t live your life full of hate and anger, it will destroy you.

“Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.” ~ Darth VaderDon’t take on more than you handle at one time. You’ll burn out if you do.

“I should be mindful of the future…but not at the expense of the moment.” ~ Qui-Gon JinnBe aware and work towards your goals and build for your future but do not blind yourself of the present moment. You must learn to live in the moment while you work towards the future.

“Much to learn you still have.” ~ YodaWe will always have more to learn. Life has consistent opportunities for us to grow and develop.

“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiWhat we perceive is what we believe. You have to teach yourself to see things with an open mind and believe in all possibilities.

“Be mindful of your thoughts. They will betray you.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiTrain your mind to release negative thoughts.

“Now be brave and don’t look back. Don’t look back.” ~ Shmi SkywalkerLet go of your past, you don’t live there anymore. You can’t go back and change the past, you can only take the lessons learned and move forward.

Three Bonus Quotes to Inspire You to Keep Working Towards Your Goals

“If you want to be successful in a particular field, perseverance is one of the key qualities.” ~ George Lucas

“You have to find something that you love enough to jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls.” ~ George Lucas

“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plough right ahead.” ~ George Lucas

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50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

It can be a long road to success. It may take late nights and a whole lotta sweat and tears. I’m not going to be the one that’s going to sit here and say “It’s going to be easy” because most times it isn’t. There will be set backs and failures, which are all natural in the process of making change, of pushing down walls and working towards your dreams and goals. But I will sit and say, “Don’t give up”. If you want it, if you’re willing to work for it, you’ll make it happen. Big dreams take work and they take time and they take overcoming challenges but it’s all possible to make those dreams come true. 

Some of my little secrets to keep yourself inspired and motivated: Surround yourself with things that build you up, surround yourself with people that are making it, reward yourself for little wins along the way and post all the motivational quotes, mantras and affirmations you can all over the place! 

50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

  1. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  2. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
  3. “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” ~ Bo Bennett
  4. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  5. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
  6. “The secret of success is that we never, never give up.” ~ Wilma Mankiller
  7. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb
  8. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
  9. “The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  10. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  11. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  12. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” ~ Florence Nightingale
  13. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  14. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  15. “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  16. “Success is not the absence of failure, it’s the persistence through failure.” ~ Aisha Tyler
  17. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  18. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ben Sweetland
  19. “There is no success without hardship.” ~ Sophocles
  20. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child
  21. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
  22. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~ Walter Scott
  23. “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” ~ Paul Sweeney
  24. “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  25. “They succeed because they think they can.” ~ Virgil
  26. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” ~ Charlotte Whitton
  27. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow
  28. “Things that look like an ‘overnight success’ typically are not.” ~ Jason Calacanis
  29. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  30. “Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life.” ~ Alex Noble
  31. “Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.” ~ Shawn Achor
  32. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  33. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  34. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and guts between dreams and success.” ~ Paul Bryant
  35. “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” ~ Tony Robbins
  36. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” ~ David Sarnoff
  37. “Much effort, much prosperity.” ~ Euripides
  38. “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” ~ W. Clement Stone
  39. “Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There’s no understanding of it.” ~ Glenn Beck
  40. “To follow, without halt, one aim: that’s the secret of success.” ~ Anna Pavlova
  41. “Success is the progressive, realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  42. “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” ~ Walter Chrysler
  43. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers
  44. “What drives success is internal motivation.” ~ Vivienne Ming
  45. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.” ~ Thomas J. Watson
  46. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden
  47. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
  48. “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
  49. “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  50. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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How I Used Beauty To Create Freedom To Be With My Family: Interview with Amber, Owner of Youniquely Yours

Amber and I have been friends for several years. We spent part of our careers together in a very fast paced and stressful environment where we turned to each other to keep each other going. But this wasn’t a sustainable routine that was building the lives of our dreams. Many nights we would speak and share how drained we felt from the very long days. 

A year ago, Amber discovered she was pregnant with two beautiful, identical twin girls. This was her aha moment in life. She took the road to becoming a stay-at-home wife and mother. Now, I’ve known Amber for a bit, and let me tell you, she is a driver and a go-getter and I am absolutely am inspired by her. She is an amazing mother, wife, friend, and an all around beautiful person. We sat and spoke of her desires to find something she could do that would give her the flexibility of staying home but also something that she felt was of her own. Amber had started using Younique Beauty Products and she spoke so highly of them, it was as this had come to her at the perfect moment and place. It was such a natural process watching her start and build her business with Younique. I was really excited when I got the opportunity to chat with her about her success. (And bonus she shared some awesome Make-Up looks with us!)

Me: What are your favorite things about being an entrepreneur and running your own business? 

Amber: My favorite thing is being able to work from where I want and when I want, having the freedom to put my family first.

Me: What makes you so passionate about what you do? 

Amber: I love the products myself! I would not sell something I didn’t try, use and did not love. The products are naturally based, hypoallergenic, and are not tested on animals. Those are huge deals! Also, there’s Younique Foundation-a retreat for underage, sexually abused woman. The cause itself inspires me. With each purchase you are not just getting amazing makeup and skincare products, but you have the ability to change lives. Whether it’s a customer helping them feel more confident or someone who needs to get back on their feet.

Me: What was your biggest fear or challenge when you were getting started?

Amber: Failure! Not being good at it. I have never been the most outspoken or most forward person. I do not like having all eyes on me.

Me: But you’re doing awesome! I absolutely adore how you market your business and how you engage with everyone. You also always thank every customer every time they make a purchase and that is the sweetest, amazing customer service!

Me: And for a fun one, how did you celebrate your first business win? 

Amber: Dinner was on me! My treat since my husband is the bread winner in the family on regular basis.

Amber’s Top 4 Make-Up Looks

“Moodstruck Mineral Pigment for a Fun Look” 

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in “Organza” and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Pressed Blusher in “Sophisticated”
EYES- Moodstruck Mineral Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 5 , “Vindictive” (on lid), Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 4, “Tender” (on crease and brow bone), Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner in “Perfect” (on top) and Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powder in “Dignified” applied wet with Royalty Rose Water Toning Spritz to intensify color (under eye), Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner and Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel over top to seal (both in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in “Pouty” (full lip)

“Pretty Bold Nudes”

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in “Organza” and Touch Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour”
EYES- Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 5, “Vindictive” (on lid) with overlay of “Suspicious” (on lid and crease), Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1, “Elated” (on brow bone), Moodstruck Precision Pencil Eyeliner in “Perfect” (on top and bottom) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Liner and Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel over top to seal (both in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in “Plush” (full lip)

 

“Everybody Loves A Red Lip”

FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation and Concealer both in “Organza”, Moodstruck Mineral Pressed Blusher in “Sweet”, Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour” with Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (highlighting bridge of nose, top of cheek/below eye, temples, chin and cupid’s bow)
EYES- Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette 1, “Sincere” (on lid), “Chipper” (on crease) and Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (on brow bone), Moonstruck Precision Pencil Eye Liner in “Perfect” (on top and bottom) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel (in medium)
LIPS- Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator (applied and wiped off), Touch Glorious Face Primer, and Moodstruck Mineral Stiff Upper Lip Lip Stain in “Sultry” (full lip – 2 coats-let dry in between)
“That Natural Look”
FACE- Touch Glorious Face Primer, Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation and Concealer both in “Organza”, Moodstruck Mineral Pressed Blusher in “Sweet”, Mineral Pressed Powder in “Velour” with Touch a la mode Cream to Powder Luminizer in “Benevolent” (highlighting bridge of nose, top of cheek/below eye, temples, chin and cupid’s bow) and the Sculpting Trio to contour (not necessary)
EYES- Moodstruck Minerals Eye Primer, Moodstruck Addiction Palette 3, “Smitten” (on lid), Moodstruck Addiction Palette 1, “Elated”   (on brow bone) and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara
BROWS- Moodstruck Precision Brow Gel (in medium)
LIPS- Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balm in “Red Velvet Cake” (full lips)
As a Younique Products Presenter, Amber finds absolute joy in being able to help you find the Younique products that are the perfect match for you. Check out more of Amber’s great looks and get to know her at her Facebook Page – Youniquely Yours by Amber or visit her website to get your products to copy her looks or create your own great looks! 

12 Powerful Ways Meditation Benefits You

Meditation quiets the mind, opens the heart, and lets the soul speak. It is a place where we can find answers, heal our hearts, souls and minds, and a place where we can find peace away from the chaos of our worlds. 

– Helps you with focus and awareness.

– Helps you manage stress and anxiety.

– Increases your energy levels.

– Clears you mind.

– Teaches  patience, discipline, and self-control.

– Can increase your creativity.

– Improves sleep.

– Makes you happier.

– Teaches you how to control your breath.

– Helps you manage pain better.

– Increases self-discovery and self-awareness.

– It strengthens your senses.

Meditation can come in many forms. 

12 Ways I Meditate:

-Sitting still for moments and focusing on only my breath-

-During Yoga-

-Art Journaling-

-Earthing-

-Laying with my crystals placed and listening to meditation music-

-Singing along to my favorite songs-

-Moon Bathing-

-Coloring Mandalas-

-Laying in the grass looking at the sky-

-Guided Meditation Series-

-Mountain Pose in the shower-

-Painting-