“Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It” Book Review

image of personal development bookLast night I was flipping through my saved books on my Kindle & decided to start “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It” by Kamal Ravikant. I had no idea specifically what this book was about, more than the personal development side of it, but the cover intrigued me.

It’s a predominately black and white cover with a person standing pointing a gun to the head and a red heart on [Read more…]

still i rise

image of still i rise tattoodear kristin,

when you looked at the “tattoo ideas” folder on your laptop, you just knew that one of the saved pictures was speaking to your soul. you knew it was the one even though you kept searching for other “small inspirational wrist tattoos”. you knew right where you wanted it so that it could provide inspiration in those moments you needed most to remember just how awesome you are.

it’s your daily [Read more…]

Tattoo Time: I did it!

image of bold quoteThis past Tuesday, while in Calgary, I decided I wanted to finally get that tattoo I’ve been talking about for a few months now. I looked up tattoo shops, read reviews, set my Sidekix app (think of Waze, but for walkers) for the route, and went on my merry way. Once I got to the shop, I was greeted by a girl who told me that they didn’t have any availability that day, but that [Read more…]

Calgary Reflections, Take 2

image of Calgary, CanadaWanderlust: A desire to travel, to understand ones very existence.

The last time I was in Calgary, I was moved beyond belief. It was such an incredible experience to have had that time to do all the things, some of which I knew I wanted to do & others that just happened as a result of not having a plan.  This city is such a fantastic place and it’s amazing what can happen when you just let go and get out there.

You know you’re doing something right when [Read more…]

Choose Joy. Always.

image of joyJoy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

Do you do that?
Do you choose joy every day?

Are you living life and choosing to see all the good, even in the times when it is tough? Or are you letting life & all of [Read more…]

Makeup Look of the Day 💟

image of Younique makeup look of the dayFall is my favorite time of the year. I love the leaves changing & the air cooling. I love pumpkin everything and bundling up with sweaters & cute jackets. It’s such a wonderful time of the year, but living in Houston leaves much to be desired when it comes to Fall. Houston doesn’t really do Fall. The cooler temperatures coming in may be around 85 degrees and [Read more…]

Younique Epic Waterproof Mascara + 3D Fibers = WOW

image of epic waterproof mascara and fibers from youniqueCan we please just take a minute to look at my lashes & admire the beauty, y’all!!

Truth bomb right here. Almost 5-years ago I joined Younique for the mascara and adult interaction. Like I just told someone today – I never dreamed that it would turn into anything more than my love for mascara. I was longing for a great product and some adult time. For real. It’s history now, but I only signed up to be a Younique presenter because I figure that for $70 more, I could get a ton of makeup… and who wouldn’t that appeal to?!

When my Younique Presenter Kit first arrived, I could not wait to try out the 3D Fiber Lash mascara. I mean, it was the product at the time and I had seen some crazy (read: amazing) long lashes on Facebook. I had very high hopes & the second that gel wand hit my lashes, I [Read more…]

Younique’s Prestige Program: Never Run Out of Mascara Again!

image of younique epic mascaraMascara: The one makeup product we can’t live without!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever put on your makeup, then reached for your mascara tube, only to find it to be dried out and yucky.  What about the second you’ve swiped your mascara wand on your lashes only to see that the *WOW* factor isn’t very wow because you literally had to scrape the sides of the mascara tube with the wand?  Yep, both have happened to me too many times to count and each time I’m left to wonder why I don’t have a brand new mascara waiting for me stashed with my other makeup.

Ahhh, you know what I’m talking about with a brand new mascara! The way it makes your lashes stand out because of [Read more…]

YOUNIQUE ROYALTY™ Brightening Mask Review: Does it work?

image of brightening mask by youniqueI’m a sucker for face masks of all kinds: Detoxifying charcoal, oil control, exfoliating, brightening, sheet, and more. There’s just something really nice about pampering your skin with a luxurious mask and feeling super refreshed after. Fancy even. There’s nothing like how you feel after taking off a mask.

Truth be told I’ve never used a gold mask that I had to peel off before and could not wait to get my hands on [Read more…]

July 23, 2009: Best Day of my Life

image of birthdayToday I am the mom of a 9-year old. I am filled with such great emotion, both happy and sad. I wonder how time has just flown by these past nine years. I look at my wonderful little boy and wonder how he got to be so grown up so fast. I see videos from when he was just learning to talk “Hi, mama” and remember that sweet high pitched voice. I remember his first steps and feeling so dang proud of him. I remember his first smile and how my heart melted right away. I remember him always needing to have Lightning McQueen (the one with the red tires), Mater (the “dirty” brown one, not the shiny blue one), or a monster truck (El Toro Loco) with him at all times, even when he slept. I remember him being so active all of the time and looking at my friend’s daughters and wondering why he wouldn’t just sit and color like the calm girls did.

There is something truly special about a mother/son [Read more…]

Merging Into One Girl

image of changeTwo lives. One girl. One deep desire to merge the two, but scared as hell to do it. Desperately seeking the place of vulnerability so that I can show my authentic self to the world. Why? Because deep down in my heart I have the feeling that I am destined to do something great. Be someone great.

I am a dreamer. I am a glass half-full girl. I have this wild idea and belief that I can be relatable by sharing my own struggles and triumphs and, in turn, help add to someone’s life out there. To show them there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To prove that we all make mistakes, some really big, but [Read more…]

Breaking Up with Wine for 30 Days

image of deciding Have you ever heard something repeated over and over through various people and just knew that it was a sign for you? Like maybe you’re hearing it over and over because you are supposed to let it resonate within and then do something about it. It’s funny how that happens, but I believe that if we have that gut feeling telling us we should do it, we need to do it. I’ll be the first to admit that I need to hear things a few times before I start thinking about my own life and how it could transform through these “signs”.

Alcohol. Wine, more [Read more…]

Falling in Love with Myself, Little by Little

image of champagneAfter hitting “publish” on my post yesterday, I was proud of myself. Like genuinely proud of myself. So much so it called for a celebration! I got dressed, put on makeup, did my hair all cute and wavy, and left my room to go to a bar to have a glass of bubbly. As I was sitting at the bar, the bartender struck up small talk with me and asked if I was celebrating anything particular. I smiled and replied, “Yes! I am celebrating me“. I’m sure he probably thought I was a little cray-cray, but he did [Read more…]

Finding My Inner Light & Learning To Let It Shine Bright

Image of Tim Horton's Canadian coffee

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

I can’t really say that I’ve been looking for “signs” in my life lately, but these serendipitous things keep on happening and I can’t afford to not pay attention. Some of these things are small; others significantly larger and it’s as if my path is being paved exactly how it needs to be.

You see, for some time now, I’ve been struggling. I so desperately want to be this certain kind of girl, but there’s been a block in between wanting to be that person & actually getting to the place where I’m that person. I have a very clear and intentional way that I want my life to be, yet I’m not there. In fact, I feel quite stuck. Whether it’s that damn voice in my head telling me that I’m not good enough, not deserving enough, or that people are judging me and that I should care, [Read more…]

Younique’s May Kudos for your most flawless face

image of younique liquid foundationYounique’s May Kudos is a triple threat of products that will give you a flawless face in just minutes. Yes, minutes! No matter if you suffer from rosacea or acne, or if you just need your skin tone evened out a bit, this bundle will help you achieve a look that will arm you with the [Read more…]