Monday, October 5, 2015


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Friday, October 2, 2015


Do you love fresh starts and new beginnings? I sure do. There is something truly wonderful about an opportunity to start over and start better. New Years, the beginning of a new season, even a new day can all be great times to reflect and improve. Another one of these reflective, fresh start, opportunities for me is General Conference. I love General Conference. Twice a year we have the opportunity to learn, grow, be inspired, and take a personal inventory as we listen to God’s servants. Last Saturday during the General Women’s Meeting there was so much goodness shared that made me even more excited about the sessions coming up this weekend. (If you missed it, check it out HERE. You can also see/read/listen to the rest of the sessions from this weekend through the same link). 
As I prepare for conference there are a few things I want to focus on. As I was reading my scriptures recently I came across a verse that was very humbling. In 2 Nephi 17:4 there is a part that reads, “…Take heed, be quiet; fear not, neither be faint-hearted.”  I feel like this might be a very simple phrase that can be easily overlooked. In fact I have read over this verse dozens of times and never had it mean that much to me. Until now.  
To heed something means to “take careful note”, “listen”, “hear”, and to “follow advice”.  How carefully am I listening to and following what my Heavenly Father would like me to do? As I watch General Conference one of my goals is to be truly humble and look for ways and opportunities to “heed” the counsel I receive. I challenge you to do the same. Find ways that you can implement the counsel you receive and make the necessary changes to begin bettering your own life.  

Life is busy. There are so many distractions, both good and bad. I worry that I am spending so much time being “busy” that I forget to make time to be “quiet”. When I pray to my Heavenly Father am I taking the time to listen for His response, or am I simply rushing off to whatever I am so desperately “busy” with? During conference, but also after conference, take some time to truly ponder what you have heard. Spend some time simply “being quiet” so that you can receive the insights and personal revelation God is waiting to offer you. 

Countless times throughout the scriptures we are taught to trust in the Lord and turn to Him. We are told that through Christ we can do all things. We are reminded that we will never be left comfortless. So then why do we so often allow the things of the world to cause us to fear? Trust that God is in control. He is aware of your circumstances. He is aware of your trials. Remember that the difficulties we endure while we are here will be for our benefit, if we endure them well.  
"I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, “Was that all that was required?” I believe that if we could daily remember and recognize the depth of that love our Heavenly Father and our Savior have for us, we would be willing to do anything to be back in Their presence again, surrounded by Their love eternally. What will it matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here if, in the end, those trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?”  - Linda S. Reeves 

It can be easy to become discouraged and feel as if you are not doing enough, being enough, giving enough etc. The truth is, during your Earthly journey, you will never be enough... alone. With Christ we can become perfect. With Christ you are enough. He doesn’t make up the difference, He is the difference. All that is expected of you is that you do your best. Just keep trying. “Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength...” (D&C 10:4) All that is expected of you is that you “ diligent unto the end.” (D&C 10:4) Do not be faint-hearted. If you are doing your best, you are doing enough. 

I hope that as you listen to, watch, or read the talks from General Conference that you consider implementing these simple ideas. I know that as we do our part and have faith, our prayers will be answered and our in our trials we will find peace. Let me know if you use any of these tips and how they work for you. Happy conference weekend! 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015


My hair is naturally curly, fine, and thin. It gets frizzy really easily and often feels kind of dry. It tends to get even worse with the colder weather. I am so thrilled I discovered MY MANE CARE just in time. This product makes my hair feel so hydrated and healthy. I rarely let my hair air dry because it just ends up a frizzy mess. When I use this product at night I can let my hair air dry as I sleep and I wake up with soft hair without crazy frizzies. Give your locks a treat with MY MANE CARE. Your hair will thank you later. 

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Friday, August 21, 2015


Think of a specific time where you had one of your prayers answered. How did you feel? Did it strengthen your faith? I know the answered prayers that I have received were huge building blocks in developing my faith and testimony to where it is today. 
Now I want you to think of a time where you felt as if your prayers were not being answered. How did you feel? Did it shake your faith? 
Christ preformed countless miracles during His life on Earth, many of which His apostles were witnesses of. In Luke 8 we learn about Christ "calming the tempest". His apostles were afraid that they might “perish” because of the storm at sea.  
23 "But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.” 
After calming the storm, Christ says in verse 25“Where is your faith?” 
The apostles had witnessed time and time again Christ performing miracles and being an answer to prayer, yet in the middle of the storm, they lost their faith. 
Now you might currently be enduring your own personal “storm”. Just like the apostles, you might be feeling as if you won’t make it through. During the most difficult “tempests” of our lives, we cannot lose our faith. In the midst of your trial, do not forget about all the prayers that have already been answered for you. Christ will not leave you comfortless. He will not abandon you. If you turn to Him, He will calm the storms in your own life. 

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Thursday, August 13, 2015


Yesterday I shared the post 3 STEPS TO LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN about how I am learning to love my own skin and how using certain products has helped me accomplish that. I promised I would share the products that have helped change how I feel about my skin and here they are! My top 6 skin care products. 
After my dark spot started darkening I knew I had to take action. I went in to Sephora to purchase some products to help eliminate the dark spot. I spoke with one of their skin care specialists (for the record she was FANTASTIC!) She helped me pick out a dark spot corrector and a sunscreen. She told me that I needed to make sure I always used sunscreen on my face to prevent any more dark spots from appearing and to keep the one I had from getting any darker.  
You might notice that 4 of the 6 products I am sharing today are actually sunscreens. I honestly will not leave the house anymore without slathering this stuff on my face. 
The first one is the MaryKay TimeWise Day Solution Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35. This one is awesome because it is super light and helps to protect your skin from sun damage before any discoloration occurs. 
The second one is is the Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 from The Body Shop. This one is quite a bit thicker but still just as amazing. I love using this one in the morning because the smell is seriously so divine and helps jumpstart my morning. It is super moisturizing and literally makes your skin look so much brighter.
The third sunscreen is The Skin Renew Daily Moisture Lotion Anti-Sun-Damage from Garnier. This particular sunscreen is perfect if you already have signs of sun damage. It not only protects your skin from future damage but it helps to correct previous damage. I swear by this stuff! I use it all over my whole face and I have already noticed a recognizable difference in my skin’s complexion. 
The last sunscreen was the one recommended to me by the skin specialist at Sephora. This is the Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face. This one is a little bit pricy at $32.00 a bottle so I only use it on the spots that I want to have extra protection like dark spots I don’t want getting any darker. So far I have absolutely loved it. 
Now for the absolute miracle worker. I was starting to lose faith that my dark spot would ever even get any lighter until I started using the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. The skin specialist at Sephora recommended to put it on the dark spot each night and that within about 3 months I would notice it starting to get lighter. Within less than one month of using the product I started noticing major improvements. At first the specialist said I could use it both morning and night so I did that for a little while. I stopped doing that recently because it started causing the skin on my upper lip to peel and look flakey. Not cute. Applying it every night is honestly plenty. If you are dealing with pesky dark spots, this stuff is so worth it. It is $60 for the bottle which is crazy expensive in my mind but in a month of use I haven’t even made a dent. So worth it. 
Last but not least is the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil from The Body Shop. This stuff really does make your skin look better in the morning. I also found that using the Murad Lightening Serum made that particular area of skin more dry and flakey. So after I applied it and let it dry I would cover my whole face, including where I applied the Murad Serum, to help keep it from being flakey in the morning. 
Well, there it is! The top 6 products that helped me learn to love my skin. I can honestly recommend all of them and guarantee you will love them! Try them out and let me know what you think! 
What are your favorite skin care products? 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I used to think I was invincible. I was convinced that dark spots were just things that happened to other people. I truly believed that my tanning days would leave no trace of damage, but just that beautiful bronzed skin I so desperately craved. Until it happened to me... My first real live obnoxious dark spot. (Read more about that here)
Now I am sure you are reading this thinking, “Really? A dark spot? No big deal.” That was what I thought too, until I got one right above my upper lip. At first I wasn’t too worried about it, but then I noticed it getting darker. Anyone I asked said it looked fine and that they didn’t even notice it. But I did... No matter how good I might have looked, all I could see was the dark spot. 
I didn’t so much mind the fact that I had a dark spot as much as I minded the placement of it. Darkness right above your upper lip tends to look a lot like a mustache, even when there isn’t a single hair visible. For a woman, that isn’t a super fun feeling. 
I like to think I am a pretty confident girl, but this silly little “blemish” was really bringing me down. I would try to talk myself into being okay with it and not letting it get to me, but the more I tried to do that, the more it seemed to bug me. 
Finally I decided to take action. Simply covering it up with makeup wasn’t fixing the problem... I would like to say that this is the part that I overcome my insecurity and decide to “rock my dark spot”, however, that just isn’t the reality.  I started buying nearly every cream I could get my hands on to lighten and remove the spot. 
Now I know that this is a blog all about self-worth and being confident in your own skin, but it is just as much, or even more a blog about being REAL. I am a real person with real insecurities just like everyone else. While I am still a firm believer that true beauty comes from within, I honestly believe that there is something to be said about taking care of our bodies on the outside that helps us feel pretty on the inside. Here are three ways that I have learned to love the skin I’m in that will hopefully help you learn to love yours as well. 


I would constantly look at girls who were more tan than I was and wish that I had what they had. Instead of taking care of my own skin, I was doing all I could to make it look different. Maybe you don’t have the "pale skin complex" like I do, maybe you are comparing for different reasons. Whatever the reason, the first step to loving your own skin requires that you stop comparing. I know this is a lot easier said than done, but it’s super important. The second you notice yourself falling into the comparison trap, don’t allow yourself to entertain those thoughts. Your mind is a powerful tool. Train it to turn those thoughts off. 


I had to learn the hard way that wanting something I didn’t have would eventually lead to me getting something I never wanted. That tan that I spent years seeking after left its mark on me, and it wasn’t a very pretty one. I wish so badly I could go back in time and teach little Ceciley that tanning wasn’t worth it. I wish I could tell her that taking care of her skin was the best way to learn to love her skin. 
Now I am much more aware of how important it is to protect and take care of  my skin. Through this I have found I love my skin so much more now than I did when it was tan. I still have my moments where I long for that sun kissed look, but I am learning to love the skin that I am in.  


I mentioned before that true beauty comes from within. I still believe that. However, as beautiful as someone might be on the inside, looking their best will definitely help contribute to feeling their best. Wanting to look good on the outside is not a bad thing. Wearing a little makeup to enhance your features is not wrong. (Read more about that here)
I think we often feel like wearing makeup is fake or that it means we aren’t happy with our “natural face” and I disagree with that completely. I have no problem going out with no makeup on. In fact I do it all the time. However, I feel so much better when I have gotten ready for the day. When makeup is being used to enhance it can truly be a wonderful thing. However when makeup becomes a crutch, that is when it can become a problem. (Read more about that here)
Instead of trying to drastically change my appearance or skin color through makeup or other products, I now strive to find products that compliment or enhance what I already have. Instead of using all kinds of tanning lotions and oils, I am slathering on the sunscreen. Especially on my face. I want to make sure I am protecting what I have instead of changing what I have. I now look for products that will benefit my skin not the skin I wish I had and it has made such a huge difference. 
Learning to love what we have and not comparing or wishing we had something else can be super difficult.  If you need to step off the comparison train, do it today. If you need to start caring for the skin you have instead of wishing you had something different, do it today. If you need to start using products that protect and enhance your already beautiful features, do it today. You are beautiful, and you deserve to feel beautiful. Start feeling it today.
Check the blog tomorrow to find out what products I now use that have helped me learn to love MY own skin.
How have you learned to love the skin you’re in?

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Saturday, August 8, 2015


The official BE WISE Team has finally been created! These lovely individuals are nothing short of outstanding.  I can’t even handle how excited I am to see how BE WISE will improve because of them. Get seriously excited to see what we have in store for you because it is going to be fantastic! I am so humbled by the constant support I have received since starting this journey of BE WISE and will forever be grateful for everyone that has helped to make BE WISE possible. To check out the BE WISE Team click HERE. If you want to join our team, its not too late, just click HERE to apply.  

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