Lifestyle

My 22nd Birthday! || March 2017

 

Hi Loves,

Today is my birthday! Unfortunately, today I also found out that I have strep throat, so I figured that while I’m sitting at home (watching Moana, because, why not) I thought that I’d share 22 things that I have learned!

  1. To not take life too seriously, go with the flow! Life changed every day, so getting upset if something doesn’t work out just isn’t worth it. Everything happens for a reason.
  2. Always go after your dreams, whether you think that they are impossible or not. You most likely will regret not giving it a shot in the future.
  3. Don’t be scared or ashamed to ask for help, you can’t do everything by yourself, and who knows, maybe someone will give you eye-opening advice.
  4. Have a close knit group of friends, I have two very close friends in college along with a large group of friends/acquaintances. I found that the quality of friendship is way more important than the quantity of friends.
  5. Don’t waste time on things that don’t make you happy, because it just isn’t worth it. Time is precious, so only do things that you know will make you happy or benefit you in the long run.
  6. Time management is key, this is a lesson that I have learned time and time again. Procrastination is not beneficial, and will overall stress you out more. Planning time efficiently will allow you some time to breathe.
  7. Don’t worry about what other people think, because the only opinion that matters is your own. If you want to go out without makeup, do it! Haven’t washed your hair in a week, throw it into a messy bun! More than likely, people are worrying about themselves just as much as you are and won’t even notice!
  8. Always carry an “emergency” kit with you, this is a life saver! I always carry a Tide To Go Pen, some Motrin, extra hair ties, lady products, hand sanitizer and gum with me everywhere I go because you never know when you’ll need it!
  9. Treat yo self! You want that donut, you have it! You want to go on a mini shopping spree, do it! You want to watch Moana five times in a row, watch it (or is that just me?)!
  10. Have a 5 year plan, as a flexible guideline. It is important to want to know where you’re planning on being in the future, but also know that things change, so don’t set anything in stone!
  11. Travel as much as you can, I have been starting to do this one, because once you finish school and enter the “real world” there are less opportunities. And lets be honest, traveling is fun!
  12. Take care of your skin, because having beautiful healthy skin when you are 80 is worth it more than having tan skin now.
  13. Don’t gossip, trust me, it always comes back to bite you in the butt. It just isn’t worth being in the middle of someone else’s drama.
  14. Tell those that are close to you that you love them, because it’s just nice to hear and be reminded of. You never know what tomorrow will bring, and telling someone you love them is just a kind thing to do to those who have done so much for you.
  15. Always be kind, to strangers and even to enemies. Killing people with kindness is the best kind of “revenge” because you are creating a better life for yourself and showing those people that they do not have a hold on you. As for strangers, the amount of times that I have just smiled at someone and have gotten smiles in response, just makes you feel warm and happy on the inside.
  16. Try new things, don’t let fear dictate your life. Afraid to get a tattoo that you really want? Go and get it, because more than likely you will not regret it. I love going to new places and restaurants that I have not been to to learn about new things.
  17. Take time for yourself, feel like your life is zooming by? Stop, and take a deep breath. You don’t want to miss out on what life has to bring.
  18. College really isn’t that scary, trust me. Going into freshman year I was terrified, and now, 4 years later I am writing this as a senior about to graduate in 2 months, letting you know that it flies by, and as long as you take it seriously, there is nothing to be scared of!
  19. Your phone is not your lifeline, this took me a while to learn. Your friends and family are your lifeline. Within the past year, I have learned to not be so attached to my phone and to not check the newest social media update every five minutes. Take time and unplug either by your self or with others!
  20. Friends will come and go, Although you want to keep all your friends throughout your life, which in some cases you might, but in reality some of those long term friendships dissolve over time. At first, I was hurt when this started happening, but then I realized that that is just part of life, and that people enter and exit your life for a reason. Don’t think that you did anything wrong though, people just change and grow apart; it’s natural.
  21. Get enough sleep, staying up until 3 in the morning to study or binge watch Friends or Gossip Girl on Netflix might seem like a good idea at the time, but let me tell you, it just is not worth it. I like to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night (which is still under the “norm” but hey, no one’s perfect).
  22. Always be uniquely and beautifully you, Don’t let others try and change you, don’t conform to norms or trends. You will be much happier later in life if you be true to yourself rather than trying to bury who you really are under what other people want you to be!

I hope you all enjoyed reading this! Let me know in the comments below when your birthdays are!

XXOO,

T

 

 

Beauty · Lifestyle

The Liebster Award || 2016

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Hi loves,

Today I am coming at you with an exciting post because I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Cami Kami. The Liebster Award is an amazing to find new blogs as well as help other blogs gain recognition. So, I am going to answer the questions that Cami left for her nominations and then ask some of my own!

What do you enjoy the most about blogging?

I love being able to connect with new people throughout blogging as well as just sharing my life with you all.

What are the top 3 beauty items on your wish list?

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation and Smashbox Insta-matte Lipstick Transformer

Country you would like to visit in the future?

Honestly, I love to travel. I have never left the country yet, but just going to new placed excites me. The one country that I would most like to visit would have to be Greece. I know, kinda cliche, but I just think that the islands and the culture is gorgeous.

Favourite artist/ album to listen to?

I have always loved Maroon 5, but have found a new love for Meghan Trainer and 21 Pilots.

One beauty/ skincare item you can’t live without?

Mascara. I LOVE my mascara.

TV or books?

Definitely books. I am a complete and total book worm.

What’s your favorite facial feature and why?

I like my eyes, mainly because they change colors with what I wear. They are naturally blue, but if I wear purple they turn slate grey.

Neutral or bold look?

I go for more natural looks, like “glow from within”. You would have a hard time prying my highlighter out of my hand on a neutral makeup look, hahaha.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Ask any of my friends, they know how much coffee that I drink on a regular basis.

What age did you start wearing makeup, and do you think there is a certain age where it is acceptable?

I started playing with makeup at a young age, like I would go through my grandmas makeup whenever I went over and put it on to show her and my mom- they loved it, haha. But seriously wearing makeup, I think it was the summer going into 8th grade, so around eight years ago- oh those blue eye shadow days, how I do not miss you what so ever.

Favorite makeup brand?

It’s a toss-up between Maybelline, Too Faced and Benefit.

 

My nominations are:

Molly a la Mode

Twinspiration 

With All My Affection

The Love Pug

Lauren’s Lip Glossary

My questions for you are:

  1. What is your favorite beauty trend of all time?
  2. What is one weird thing you do in your beauty routine?
  3. Name one thing that is on your bucket list?
  4. Where is one place that you want to visit in the world?
  5. What is your favorite perfume?
  6. What is one makeup item that you cannot live without?
  7. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
  8. What is your favorite holiday?
  9. What do you like to do for fun?
  10. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

 

I hope you guys enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out everyone’s page that is listed and leave a comment down below answering one of the questions above!

XXOO- T

 

Lifestyle

Helping Others and Helping Yourself || Volunteer Work

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Hi loves,

So, this is not like my usual posts, and I hope that is okay, but I really like interacting with you all and sharing what is going on in my life, and this topic is very close to my heart. This program that I volunteer for- which will remain anonymous because it is local- has been a HUGE part of my life for the past year and a half. The program itself specializes in extra help for children with special needs in unique ways. The part that I volunteer with is at their farm, where I work with the equestrian program- I know, it’s as cool as it sounds.

Just as a disclaimer, I am not trying to preach or force you do anything, I just want to share my positive experience with this program, and share how it has helped me out through the process and maybe inspire you to look into your community and see if anything interests you.

The purpose of the equestrian program is to help build the child’s muscular pattern. The movement of the horse is similar to the movement of a human’s gait- walking pattern- and through riding, the child can improve their flexibility, balance, muscle strength and breathing. Being around horses also helps create emotional bonds between the rider and the horse, helping with the emotional problems associated with each disability that we see. From working with these kids a year ago, I can see vast improvements in their riding style and communication abilities; it is amazing and unbelievable to think that I played a small role in that person’s life journey.

Throughout my year there, I have interacted with so many children and teenagers, made lasting connections with staff members and other volunteers, as well as did some soul searching. I have also made some inseparable bonds with the horses that I work with, my most special being with the Gypsy Vanner, who is pictured above. I have found that working with this program and being around these amazing people, that I have a new appreciation for life- sorry, not trying to be cliche here or anything. Looking back at who I was before this program, I was more uptight and cared about superficial things and what other people thought about me. Now, I can confidently say that I have become more confident in myself and through working with at the farm, have become more calm. Because of this program, as well as family reasons, I have decided to change my post-grad program from physical therapy to occupational therapy, because I have found that I have an emotional connection with this area.

Even though this program is designed to help children and young adults, it has truly changed me along the way, and for the better, and I will be forever grateful. I can’t wait to see where this program takes me in the future.

Share below any volunteer stories that you have in the comments!

XXOO- T