Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Shaping Process...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Shaping Process...

Growing up I heard the phrase, "You Have Time,"  and as an adult I still hear the same thing. However, I do not feel like I do. I am 25 turning 26 in a few weeks and I feel like life is just passing me by and I am trying to catch up and capture the beautiful moments. I hear "take it one day that at a time" and I do but I feel like I can be doing more. I want to enjoy the moments but I also want to make the most of them as well.
  
I Battle With Time...
Sometimes I feel like I have a lot of time and other times I feel very limited which leads me to worry, overthink, and/or allow the day to just go. Off and on I work on just doing or being in the moment but I struggle with it because I am an imperfect perfectionist.

"Everything Just Has To Be Aligned Right!"
 I worry about what I shouldn't and don't worry about what I should. However, I think about what I am not doing then worry about what I should do. I know I am a walking mental contradiction, lol.
I just worry about time!
I'm a work in progress. I am always working to better myself, to improve, to challenge myself and to work on ways to relax and live in the moment at the same time. Most days I succeed at it and other days I crumble. But you know that is apart of the process!

Trial and Error.
At-least I am trying and giving it my all. Even when I get overwhelmed or stuck I push myself to keep going. I do not stay down for long. I get up and keep trying and push myself until I win. I am not an easy giver upper.
I am a hard worker!
But in the midst of it all I have to sit down and appreciate the many accomplishments I have made. As well as remember to enjoy the ride of life and time.

I decided to write this blog post because I know some people may feel the way I do and I wanted to let you know that it is okay. Just remember that you are not alone. We all have struggles in our own way but we cannot let that distract us from the goal. Especially when it comes to where we may think we should be in life and how successful we should be at this very moment.
  The perspective I am writing from...
We just have to remember that life happens in seasons. It is not our season yet and we should take this time that we have to really live, laugh and love more. We will not get this time again. So enjoy the now and work towards the goal in the moment. Try not to over think or overwhelm yourself but really try to trust the process. Because lets say success comes, you have to be ready. And sometimes sacrifices have to be made, like time. So I'm pushing myself to enjoy time and the process more. And to stop overwhelming myself.

Trust the Process
Pursuing greatness takes time but it is worth it and fulfilling. The wait may be overwhelming but I know that I'll appreciate the results of success much more when time comes. Plus this time that I have now is preparing me for what is to come. With time I am becoming a stronger and wiser woman.
 This is the Shaping process.
WE GOT THIS!
Until Next Time,
-N
(Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form telling anyone how to live their life. Nor am I telling anyone what to do.  I'm just sharing my thought process.) 
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Blues?!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Blues?!

To some Monday is like the least favorite day of the week. 

Although it's not favored much, it does not mean it has to be the the worst day EVER!


CHANGE YOUR PROSPECTIVE!

Monday is the beginning; the fresh start. You can look at it as the renewal day of your weekly subscription on life. This day comes no matter how many times we complain or get annoyed by it. So it is best to make the most out of it.


Tip Of The Day:

Try finding something that will motivate you or make you look forward to Monday's.


Start by making healthy habits, open up a business or a non-profit, find a hobby, or even treat yourself to something special. 

Not many people are blessed to see Monday and the fact that you are still here alive means something. You can still inspire others, make a difference, or leave a lasting impression on the world.

Look at Monday as opportunity day!

How you start the week is how you finish it. Wouldn't it be awesome to start strong and finish stronger? And watch your progress at the same time?! Practice makes perfect. You can work to have a better and impactful Monday. You just have to find your reason to be motivated. Don't let Monday annoy you, let it inspire you.

You've made it another day to change, to improve, to succeed, and to grow!

Be great and make the most out of your Monday's!

Happy Monday All!

Until Next Time,
N

(Disclaimer: This blog post was created to inspire other's and give advice on how to make Monday's more enjoyable. I'm in no shape or form telling or forcing anyone on what to do. )
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Little Things: Bonding with my Sister!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Little Things: Bonding with my Sister!

This past weekend was filled with so much wonder and joy. I had an amazingly fun impromptu weekend adventure with my God-sister Paige of Powder N Pose.

#SisterGoals
FRIDAY
I had just gotten off of work when I received a text message from my sister asking if I wanted to do a movie or dinner. After a few back and forth text messages of figuring out what we wanted to do, we ended up deciding on trying this new sports bar at the MGM Casino and Hotel at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD called the Tap Sports Bar.

I'd never been to the MGM and my sister had never been to the Sports Bar so it turned out to be a great compromise.

The Tap Sports Bar was really nice and had some good food choices but I decided to just order some sweet potato fries. I wasn't hungry because of the filling meal I had earlier for lunch. So, I decided to munch on something light. My sister on the other hand was hungry and ordered some chicken tenders, which were pretty good, she let me try a piece. The way they cooked it reminded me of a fish stick. 


Great choice sissy!

After we finished eating we paid our bill and headed to Public House for dessert. lol


I know, I know! Don't judge me, lol!

The reason being, the Tap did not have what I wanted on the dessert menu which was a brownie sundae and Public house, a bar at the National Harbor, at least had a warm chocolate chip cookie sundae.

So that turned out to be another great compromise and we were able to get drinks as well. Plus, I also wanted to show my sister my old stomping grounds when I was in my late teens/early 20s and would go out. Public House was my favorite place.

My step mom introduced it to me, it had a great vibe and DJ, as well as a really good crowd. However, now it seems that they are under new management and changed things up a bit because the crowd and the music they played was a bit older. It was also not as live as before.

It was a little too on the grown and sexy side for my taste. Like a 35 and over crowd. Plus, I got carded twice and that kind of change my views about the place. I was asked to show my ID twice. Once by the waitress when we ordered drinks, which is normal, and again after the drinks came, when we were already consuming our drinks, by an older man who seems to be the manager of the place. 

Our waitress even told him that she checked our ID's already, he seemed to not care or was not even listening to her. Yeah, that was unnecessary. I guess I can retire it from being my scene now. 


It's all good because U st is my new go to. I love to bar hop there. 

I think I'll just turn Public House into just a place I go to for food and dessert and not so much for night life. It's still a great place but the energy for night life is a bit older for 25 year old me. But I'll always have a soft spot for the place.  Lol


All in all we had a good night. 


SATURDAY
The next day my sister and I did a morning workout. Which was very exhausting however rewarding. After our workout we freshened up and went to the mall. 


Pentagon City. 

Before we went shopping we ate some delicious food at Match box. After our meal we headed to Sephora so sissy could get the new Fenty Beauty, by Rihanna. 

She did a color match but they sold out of her color so we left and headed to Tyson Corner. However, Tyson's did not have her shade available as well so she opted for the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Trophy Wife, and bought her foundation at check out and it was going to be delivered to her house for FREE! 

While at Sephora I learned some tips from sis. 

Ok, here's the thing, when it comes to make-up I only know the very basics: primer, foundation, brow, mascara, lips, and sometimes shadow. I'm very simplified when it comes to applying my own makeup. I do not know all this advanced stuff. I am learning and sissy is helping me. 

I'm a bare faced everyday kind of person and only wear makeup on occasions and a full face on a very special occasion. 

If I am wearing makeup it's mostly brow and lip. In this picture above, I wanted to step my game up and wear a full face of makeup, lol. My sis was my inspiration I wanted to show her what I knew and then to learn some more tips from her. 


#YoungerSisHelpingOlderSis

She always tells me that shes not an expert, but I'm like girl you know more than me, lol. But see sis actually tries the new trends. Me I'm working on it. I mostly watch YouTube videos and that's it. Sis watches the videos and tries them out. Practice makes perfect so I know I'll improve as well, soon. I even have a vanity in my room now so there's no more excuses, lol. 
#Newbie

While we were in Sephora at Tyson's she did give me a few tips and applied some other makeup to my face for some final touches.  Some of the tips she gave me I'll work on applying in the future. We're going to do a sister makeup trip one day where I am getting makeup as well. This day I was just here for moral support.

I swear I felt like a fish out of water discovering land for the first time. I've been to Sephora before, but not like this. Maybe in and out but not like staying and trying on stuff. It was like a mini convention with a ton of makeup buffs and Rihanna's launch of products did not help. There were people everywhere, especially in the Fenty Beauty section. 

It was exciting to watch, however, a bit overwhelming because I did not know where to stand, do, or what some of that stuff did. 


WOW!

But I will say from what I saw Rihanna's makeup line is really good. And this is coming from a Novice. The foundation blended perfectly with my sisters face and the Pentagon City's Sephora MUA did an amazing job matching my her skin tone. To me Rihanna out did herself with this collection. I'm even planning to get matched or swatched.


I think that's the word, bare with me y'all I'm new here, a transfer student, lol.

After all of the Sephora fun we went to Zara and Forever 21 to shop for an outfit for an event we were attending the next day. We didn't buy anything in Zara because we ended up finding something better and cheaper at Forever 21. I purchased an outfit for the price of a top at Zara. 


#Frugal

My sis purchased a cute shear dress and sequin crop top. I told her to wear the top over the sheer dress for the event. She did and it turned out great. Sis received so many compliments Sunday I was glad she looked beautiful. I mean she always does. 
SUNDAY
We attended the Girl Boss Event at the Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar on New York Avenue. I was invited by email and received a discount code from one of the event hosts. The event was $20 but we got half off with a promo code. But of course eventbrite.com has fees so we paid about $11 for it. 


Still not bad

When we got there we received a gift bag and sissy shopped a little at this one vendor for some beauty products that you can use with your makeup. It was like this spray that gives you a dewy finished look. After that we found a section outside and turned the rest of the event into a photo-shoot. 


You know I love a good photo-shoot, lol. 
 
After our little photo-shoot session we left and went to U st for a late brunch at Ted's Bulletin. The food was delicious. I had 3 pancakes, scrambled eggs, and a hash brown and sissy had this crab cake egg Benedict type of meal with French toast. 

I just ate the pancakes and saved my two sides for lunch the next day.

I tell you this was a food weekend for us. But worth it. 

The little things (Message):
All in all, I had a beautiful fun unplanned weekend with my sister. I am so grateful that we have similar interest because we can do a lot together and truly enjoy one another's companyThat's what it is about for me; enjoy life my with loved ones.

Spending time with my sister was amazing, I feel like we've gotten closer and I'm grateful for every moment of it. It's like discovering a new BFF all over again. 

I love it!

Appreciate the time you have with your loved ones because you never know where life may lead. 

Giving up some of your time to spend with a loved one is a small gesture that can have lasting effects. Little moments like these can make for a lifetime of fond memories. Go with the moment and appreciate the little things life has to offer. 

Until Next Time,
N



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Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 Family Trip in Los Angeles, California

Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 Family Trip in Los Angeles, California

This was such an adventure with my family. I love that we can get together and have a great time. 
Hugs & Kisses
-N


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hey Mom Vlogs

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hey Mom Vlogs

This is the first vlog volume in a series.
I just moved out to LA and I am vlogging
my time and experience here. These vlogs
are dedicated to my mother but I put
them out for everyone to see. Enjoy.
-N
#UrbanLight

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