Monday, February 8, 2016

MOTIVATION MONDAY • GIVE LOVE


Whatever your current status or situation, this week is one that often invokes many different emotions for people. Already I have heard countless people express their concerns for not having a "special someone" or any fabulous plans for Valentines Day. The fear of being alone seems to be at an all time high as that "dreaded" day approaches. 

Recently I came across an image that I am sure you have even seen floating around social media. The "Love One Another 14-Day Challenge" is such an awesome idea. I think it puts a different perspective on this month. It takes the focus away from the commercialism and "single awareness" and puts the focus back into what Valentines day really should be about. LOVE. Real, true, genuine love. The type of love that can be shown to anyone and everyone. Not just your significant other. Each day there is a new challenge for you to focus on throughout the day. We created our own BE WISE "Give Love Challenge" with a few more different ideas.  



I hope that as you focus on giving love to all those around you, this season will begin to be a time of happiness. No matter your current situation, this time of year can be beautiful if you choose to let it be. Below I created a list of our some of our very best blog posts below to help motivate, inspire, and encourage you during this week. 


HAPPY AND SINGLE

HAPPY DAY OF LOVE

THERE ISN'T A ONE SIZE FITS ALL PLAN

LETS BE REAL

WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?

READ ON FOR A FOOL PROOF PLAN TO OBTAINING EVERYTHING YOU DESIRE

BE FEARLESSLY AUTHENTIC

ONE SNEAKY THING YOU DIDN'T KNOW WAS BRINGING YOU DOWN

IN EVERY SEASON

BOUQUET OF WEEDS


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BLUSHING WITH BE WISE • THE 7 BEST BLUSHES


Recently I have been super interested in contouring. I love the dramatic difference it can make. I feel like I have tried nearly every product out there to find my all time favorites that really just work. Before learning about contouring, I honestly never really used blush... and when I did, it was pretty obvious I didn't know how to use it. (Click HERE for tons of beauty tips and tricks including contouring). 

Another issue I found was that none of the colors seemed to be just right. They were always a little to orange for my liking. I wanted to find something that was a little more rose colored and that looked a little more natural. After tons of trial and error, I think I have found some real winners. Here are my top 7 best blushes!



Personally I like having more of a "pinkish" blush. All of these are exactly that. Number 3 from NARS is a little more warm than the others and has a bit of an orange undertone, but it doesn't look fake. It just looks like you have been sun kissed. Number 4 has been my "go-to" as of late. It has a blush, highlighter, and bronzer all in one! And they are fantastic! Below is a list and link to all of them. Let me know if you try any and what you think! 

1. MAYBELLINE FIT ME Light Rose 102 2. No7 Blush Tint Powder 3. NARS Orgasm 4. SEPHORA MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio (Sassy) 5. SEPHORA Colorful Face Powders (So Shy)  6. THE BODY SHOP All-In-One Blush Powder Compact (Marshmallow)  7. MAYBELLINE FIT ME Mauve 106



What is your favorite blush?


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Monday, February 1, 2016

MONDAY MOTIVATION • REVAMPING RESOLUTIONS + A FREEBIE


As January is coming to a close I can't help but reflect on my resolutions and evaluate my progress (or lack thereof). Honestly, it can be a bit discouraging when you realize you didn't quite accomplish what you might have liked to. If you are anything like me, and feel like you could have done better... I have great news. It's not too late to try again. 

Currently, I work at a high school as the youth advocate. My primary role is to do just that, advocate for the students. I feel like I am constantly telling my students, "Today is a new day. It's a fresh start. All you have to do is be better than you were yesterday." However, for as often as I am saying this, I don't think I am as good as I should be at taking my own advice. 

My goal for the new month is to simply "be better than I was yesterday". I want to focus more on the things I did well and then evaluate what I can do better. If you have fallen into a slump, if you are discouraged about your lack of progress, if you feel like all you do is continue to make mistakes, just remember: "Today is a new day. It is a fresh start. All you have to do is be better than you were yesterday." 

Lets all try to be a little kinder to ourselves. A little more forgiving. You are a work in progress. "You make mistakes, your mistakes don't make you." - Maxwell Maltz 

I created a FREE printable that you can download HERE to help you revamp your resolutions, focus more on your successes, and be better than you were yesterday.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

MOTIVATION MONDAY • RELAX + LIFT UP YOUR HEAD


Life can be overwhelming. 

I am sure that each and every one of you can relate. 

However, with all the difficult things we might have to endure, the good news is, we don't have to do it alone. 

Last night I was at a fireside where Elder Ballard had come to speak. For a moment it was as if he was speaking directly to me. He said, "Relax, keep a smile on your face, be happy, keep your eyes open, and use heaven's help." This sound advice could apply to anyone, anywhere, at any time.  

Later, as I was reading my scriptures in Mosiah 7, verses 18, 19, and 33 were basically a continuation of Elder Ballard's thoughts.  

18: "...O ye, my people, lift up your heads and be comforted..." 

19: "Therefore lift up your heads, and rejoice, and put your trust in God..." 

33: "But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage." 

Now, I get that I am not literally in "bondage", but figuratively, each of us might experience struggles that can feel quite bonding. Fortunately, with the steps given in vs. 33 we have the potential to be "delivered".   

As I pondered these thoughts I realized how much I needed to hear them. This week I am going to focus on relaxing a little more, lifting up my head, and turning everything over to the Lord.   

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I would love to know what your focus for the week is.  

As I mentioned before, life can be overwhelming, but the good news is, we don't have to do it alone... 

We have created a new Facebook Group called "BE WISE • Be Your Best Self". Click HERE to join the group and share your thoughts and focus for this week. We hope this can be a place where we can all find inspiration, motivation and grow and learn from each other. Let's all help build others up on our journey of becoming our very best selves yet!


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Monday, January 18, 2016

MOTIVATION MONDAY • BE BRAVE + FREE PRINTABLE

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, today's post is dedicated to BEING BRAVE. There are few people who I consider to be more brave and courageous than he was. Despite all odds and obstacles, he stood up for what he knew was right.  
I am sure that at times King experience real genuine fear. He maybe even questioned himself and his abilities to make a difference. Yet, he pushed through and continued to BE BRAVE.    

“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles; 
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. 
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. 
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? 
Expediency ask the question, is it politic? 
Vanity asks the question, is it popular? 
But conscience ask the question, is it right?  
And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither 
safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”  
― Martin Luther King Jr.  

How can you be more brave? How are your fears holding you back? What would you do if you were not afraid? We created a FREE Bravery Journal Printable for you to use to work through your own doubts, fears, and concerns. Use this journal to be your bravest self yet. 


Click HERE to download our FREE Bravery Journal Printable




HAPPY MONDAY LOVELIES!


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Monday, January 11, 2016

MONDAY MOTIVATION • KEEP GETTING UP

I want you to imagine learning how to ride a bike. Maybe you had a parent teach you, a friend, or maybe you learned on your own. Whatever the case, I want you to try and think back to that time in your life as I share my own experience. 
I can vividly remember my own father taking me to the church parking lot to practice and learn how to ride a bike. I remember feeling pretty apprehensive about the situation out of fear that I might fall. I am known to have a very low tolerance for pain so the possibility of getting hurt weighed heavily on my mind. 
As my dad taught me he would start by holding me up, staying very close in case I got off balance. However, as I got better, he would slowly let me go. I remember the insecure feelings I felt as I began riding on my own. At first I was pretty wobbly. I can remember my heart racing as I could feel myself beginning to tip. What I don't remember was ever completely falling over. Although I didn't always see him, I knew my dad was close. Every time I felt like I might crash, my dad was right there to catch me. 
Although I am sure it took some time and patience on my dad's part, I never remember him being frustrated or upset when I lost my balance. He was always there, ready to catch me. I imagine there might have been times where I was too scared to keep trying and wanted to give up. However, my dad never gave up on me. No matter how many times I "lost my balance" he was there. He believed in me. 
Just like my dad, or any parent who teaches their kids to ride a bike, Heavenly Father is right there ready to catch us when we feel "wobbly". I couldn't always see my dad, but I knew he was there. Throughout our Earthly lives, we won't be able to physically see our father in heaven, but as we trust and lean on Him, we can know He is there. 
When I finally "got it" and was able to ride a bike, my dad was proud. It didn't matter how many times I lost my balance, it didn't matter if I fell. I got back up. I kept trying. And eventually I "got it". Not once has my dad ever said, "Well, you were pretty wobbly at first", or, "Eh, you fell down ____ many times, so it doesn't really matter that you can ride now." All that matters is that I can ride a bike. The wobbles and crashes that happened in the process of learning are irrelevant. 
Throughout our lives we are going to feel "wobbly", we might even "fall" or "crash". The good news is, Heavenly Father is always there to hold us up, or if need be, pick us up. He doesn't care how many times we fall, as long as we keep getting up. He doesn't want us feeling weighed down by our fears or past mistakes. He wants us to keep moving forward. Just like we must keep moving on a bike to avoid falling, in life it is the same. Keep moving forward, don't quit. And if you fall, keep getting up

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

LET'S BE REAL


According to my Instagram, 2016 started off really well. Anyone that might have seen this post on either IG or Facebook could easily assume that statement was true. I mean, after all, that's what I said, right? 
Here's the thing. This is simply the part of my New Years that I decided to share with the world. No one saw all that happened behind the scenes. What people don't know is the reality. What people don't see are the tears and frustration that occurred just hours before this photo was taken. What people aren't aware of is that the next 24ish hours were some of the hardest I have had in a long time. What people don't realize is that in reality, 2016 did not start off well. 
But for some reason, we live in this world where we feel some strange need to proclaim to everyone that our lives are perfect and that everything is fantastic. I'm sure that your newsfeed has been overwhelmed with images of New Years and the countless proclamations that THIS year is going to be THE year. 
Believe me, I had the sincerest intentions to "Start 2016 off with a bang and make it my best year yet" just like everyone else. In fact, I even made it "appear" as if I had accomplished just that. 
Now, please understand that this is not intended to be a "poor me" post where I anticipate getting loads of unwarranted pity. No. This in fact is just the opposite. While 2016 did not start off in the way that I planned, enjoyed or even pretended on social media, it started exactly how I needed it to start off. 
Here are some "take-aways" that I have learned by having a terrible, no good, very bad start to my New Year. 

SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT REAL LIFE

As far as anyone knew, I had an outstanding New Years...according to social media. Unfortunately, my post on social media only provided a small portion of the reality. To be completely honest, I did have a fantastic night. But the reality is that night started out really rough and the following day was not much different. Social media is not real life. It is simply a highlight reel. As much as I am against this, I fall into the same trap and my New Years post was no different.

EACH DAY IS A FRESH START

Having a less-than-ideal start to my new year really bummed me out. I think we have a tendency to put a lot of focus and hype on the new year. While there isn't anything inherently bad about that, we shouldn't need to wait a whole year to improve our lives. December 31, 2015 and January 1, 2016 were not the best days of my life. I anticipate I will have lots of days throughout my life that aren't so great either. But, a bad day does not equal a bad life. Just because the first day of my year was not ideal does not mean the the second day of 2016 can't be my best day yet. Don't wait for New Years to start over. Each day is a fresh start. 

I CAN'T DO IT ALONE

 The last three days have brought me closer to my Heavenly Father than I have been in awhile. I wish I could say that this was because of my own desires. Unfortunately, it took some really difficult things happening to humble me enough and bring me to the point where I realized I can't do it without Him.
Let's be real. Life can be hard.  
But, life is even harder when we try to do it all alone. 
I can honestly say that even with a super yucky start to my year, I am CHOOSING to make 2016 my best year yet. Let's all try to be a little more real, improve each day, and rely more on our Heavenly Father to get us through not just the bad, but the good days too.

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