My Awakening

Yes, the title of this post sounds like it’s img_5528some revelation, but in a sense it truly is. Today was a day full of retrospect with me trying to understand, rationalize and most of all accept where my life currently stands. Growing up, I learned how to lead but most of all follow. We are taught at a very young age to be obedient, to follow directions and to stay on the path. I began obsessed with being that perfect child in order to make up for the many shortcomings in my life. As I got older, fitting in and going with the flow or the crowd became less important. I started coming into my own and learning how to fly even if no one else was brave enough to do the same. My current experiences are no different when it comes to finding that “ah ha” moment and realizing that you were reading the directions wrong when you first started. When that moment does hit though, it’s as if you’ve found your reading glasses of life and things are much clearer and your perspective is forever changed.

This last week has tested my strength. Tested my hunger. Tested my motivation and made me realize who I have become, why am I the person I am and perhaps alluded to the person I want to be in the future. What prompted this realization? Well, I’ve
embarked on a new and exciting journey. For the last couple weeks, I’ve been questioning if I’ve made the right choice or not. I’ve been questioning if I am equipped to do what’s necessary to be successful. I’ve been walking quietly in the background with mounds of uncertainty which obviously transcend in my communication with others. I am not timid, nor do I settle for what life hands me. Normally I forge ahead, unafraid, unapologetic, unphased at those who may represent an obstacle. I have allowed others to influence my success by allowing their opinions, their skepticism and lack of support affect me. I am a rising star and will claim my position in that upper echelon of success that very few people are able to reach. I need to let go of my fears of swimming against the current, against the norm and in unknown territory.  In the next year, I will reach my six figure income all that I have been so deserving of earning  and help people change their lives. You can either ride with me or move out of the way. Whatever you decide is okay with me, because I am okay with me and that’s all that matters.

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Embrace Life & Love

20140115-202404.jpg“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.” PAPYRUS

Coupons Are Our Friends

nailpolishWARNING: MY AWESOME PURCHASE RANT

Although I am not a regular CVS customer, I do happen to appreciate the wide variety of beauty products that they carry. My purchases usually only include prescriptions and less frequently beauty items such as bath salts or make-up. I am definitely one of those people that allow my coupons go to waste by shoving them in my wallet and forgetting about them until their expiration date passes. Well, not anymore (insert image and sound effects for bright rays of light), because I found out that the coupons and rewards do not expire here in San Luis Obispo for CVS. I’m not sure how the policy is in other cities and I truly hope their corporate office doesn’t decide to change their minds after reading my post.

With my coupons in hand, I managed to score this small yet awesome deal. Small steps towards saving money. I had a $4 and $5 reward coupon plus a $5 off any $15 purchase.

My entire purchase came to a whopping $0.39 cents. While many of these items may not be appealing to all, for a woman who enjoys nail polish, it is a total score. White, blue and clear nail polish and nail polish remover was purchased as seen to the right.

IMG_3222In addition to that awesome deal, my receipts included yet another $5 reward AND a $5 off any $15 purchase. Keep in mind that rewards can be stacked AND used with the discount coupons. If you are also signed up for email coupons, do not forget to print them out. If you send the coupon to your card, it will expire when the coupon expires.
Saving your rewards is the way to go until you can simply use them all at once and get some great deals in the process. Since CVS carries lots of household items that anyone is sure to need, if you play your coupons (and rewards) right, you just may walk away with items for next to nothing. (now I know how those extreme couponers feel, sort of).

Well That Makes Scents…

ImageWhile I am by far no perfume expert, I thought I’d share a few helpful tips that I have learned when it comes to buying scents. For the most part, I am one of those overly sensitive perfume people, so I used to have the tendency to stick to light scents such as body sprays for the longest time. Over the years, I have learned “how” to be able to wear the “eau de parfums” as they certainly can  be overpowering if not worn appropriately for sensitive noses such as myself. If you want a nice little breakdown of eau de toilette, parfum and what they all mean, PopSugar’s site is quite helpful. I usually do the spray and walk through method when it comes to applying perfumes, as it tends to be not as potent. Either way, here are my tips on how to find your perfect scent.

How to Find that Perfect Scent

1. Different Skins, Different Scents – Ever happen to LOVE (or despise) a scent on someone else? Just remember that perfumes smell differently on different people.  TLC explains the reason behind this, but it would make sense that our own natural oils mixed with different perfumes would produce different results. So don’t be afraid to test out that one fragrance that (insert friend’s name here) wears because you never know if it will produce an awesome chemical reaction that becomes your favorite scent.

2. Try It On and Give it Five – This goes along with number 1. I definitely know that dreaded moment when you make eye contact with the perfume saleswoman and you decide to take that last minute detour. Don’t count on the cardboard squares to give you an accurate idea of what perfumes will smell like. You need to spray a little on your skin and resist the temptation to smell it immediately, instead wait five minutes and then check it out. This allows it to mix with your natural oils and remember to NOT rub it once you’ve sprayed. Just let it soak in otherwise you crush the molecules of the fragrance and ruin the scent (true story).

3. Be Open Minded – Just because the fragrance department is overwhelming, doesn’t mean that everything perfume will be the same. I often hold my breath when going through this department, kind of like when you drive through a tunnel except I’m not  making a wish. You don’t have to make it a chore to find a new perfume, because sometimes you may just stumble upon something amazing like my most recent find, Victoria Secret’s Bombshell.

Wearing perfume is like a science. It takes a little experimenting, some trial and error but you will eventually reach your desired outcome as you keep an open mind (and ready nose).