Anyone else remember when Kylie Jenner said that 2016 would be the year that her and her friends just realize things?
Well y’all, I’m not Kylie Jenner (or her friend), but I have lots of recent realizations – some deep and others shallow – that I want to share with y’all.
(PS – I wrote this before the election. No politics here!)
You cannot pour from an empty glass. The silent auction that I planned left me mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. While I realize that what I did was bigger than myself and helped a lot of women and children, I can only imagine how much more successful it could have been had I not been so drained. I love doing volunteer work, but I’ve decided to cut back on it a bit for the next few months in order to focus on the relationships I neglected and doing things that bring me joy (like writing), so that when I volunteer again, I’m putting my best food forward and I can be 100% present.
Priming products are worth the money. If you read my recent purchases post last week, you know that I started using a foundation primer again, and it has made all of the difference (on the days I wear makeup – LOL). I’ve been using a sample of this lash primer, as well, and this weekend I decided it was time to pull the trigger and actually purchase it. After applying, you can see the white coating on your lashes and how it’s actually making the ends of your lashes longer! (I snapped a photo of the difference it makes on your lashes last night!)
Air drying is causing all of my dreadlock tangle issues. Every morning, I wake up with a really nice little dreadlock on the left side of my head, along with a smaller one on the back of my head. This only happens when my hair gets really long, but I’m committed to long hair, so it’s something I’ll just have to work through. Haha. I really like to let my hair air dry because it has a really nice beachy wave texture to it, but I blow dryed it a few days ago for the first time in months, and it didn’t dreadlock. And then I did it again the next day, and the dreadlock was still gone! I am so relieved to have a solution to this issue, and to have a hair dryer that dries long hair faster than any other dryer I’ve tried!
People will show you who they truly are; believe them. As I find myself over committed (again), I’ve started to really focus on how the organizations I belong to make me feel. Am I left feeling valued, supported, and appreciated? Or am I left feeling taken advantage of, overworked, and underappreciated? Last week, a fellow member of our young professionals board went above and beyond supporting my work for another organization, and I can’t tell y’all how that made me feel. Not only did it help me with my decision of where to cut back, but it also made me really want to be that person that makes everyone feel supported.
You don’t ever have to wear a full face of makeup. Before the gala on Friday, I ended up having twenty minutes to get ready, and most of those minutes were spent trying to find my slip dress and a missing shoe. #organized My beauty routine that evening consisted of running a straightener over the ends of my hair, then putting on a shimmery shadow, primer + mascara, blush, and lip tint. When I go to events, I typically spend so much time getting ready and then constantly check myself in a mirror to make sure everything is cooperating. But I felt so much more confident in minimal makeup and only checked a mirror once. I’m hoping this will become a trend for me!
Red wine is my favorite. I’ve always been more of a fan of white wines, but I’ve gotten really into red recently! I love Malbec (minus the fact that it turns my mouth black), and I’ve started to really enjoy Merlot, as well. If you have any suggestions of red wines I should try, please send them my way!
My bathroom is being taken over by The Body Shop Products. If you follow me on Snap, you probably saw the really awesome personalized tub of Body Butter that The Body Shop sent me. I’ve been really fortunate to have received quite a few packages from them over the last few months, and I’m excited to do a review of all of the products I’ve received and tested out! (PS – If you’re holiday shopping, check out their gift sets at all price points.)
It feels good to start Christmas shopping before Halloween. As of today, I’ve purchased four Christmas gifts! This is a new record for me. Not only will I be a little less stressed around the holidays, but being able to spread the purchases out financially has allowed me to splurge a little bit. If you’re starting your shopping early, be sure to check out my “Secret Santa gifts (under $25) that don’t suck!” blog post!
I want to hear from you – what are your recent realizations?!