I know my last few posts have been bombarded by the statements of “life’s been crazy” or “too busy” and while that’s not changed I am admitting that I have slightly lost my motivation. I want to work on this though because when I think ahead to the future of this blog I DON’T want it to go away. Which leads to today’s topic and that is on things I am learning to accept or perhaps change.
When I first started this blog I blogged five days a week. Then this went down to four, then three and since starting with LipSense my posts have dwindled down to two. These two blog posts I publish a week make me kind of sad as I know somewhere deep down is the drive to put out some content but the motivation isn’t there. The past month or so has had it’s challenges and I have learned and had to toughen up a little. I have also grown in my dependence for God and some days are easier than others. Below I thought I would share some serious and not so serious things I have come to accept or change.
1). Accept indoor photos when you get a good lit area and have your camera handy. Now I know this isn’t serious but it is fun to accept as I think I have only done inside photos once or twice. This particular photo shoot was done in our local mall while taking our babes to story time.
2). I am a shy introvert that avoids conflict but when someone does something that is seriously inappropriate I have the right to speak out, even if firm to harsh. I won’t explain the situation but hopefully it NEVER continues again. Especially when it involves my children. I have come to accept that I have a voice and if they can’t speak for themselves against wrong, then I can. I need to toughen up and not allow it again.
3). My husband started a different shift at work. This means he gets to work very early in the morning and is home by the afternoon so we have our evenings with him. This means my past blogging time is now different as I am trying to make more time to be with him.
4). Speaking of work I am often wondering about how I can help provide for the family. While the blog provided some income in the past, recently it’s been crickets in the sponsorship area. I am always looking for new ways and ideas to help my family of six out and sometimes feel like I fail at it. I feel that I am not contributing or doing enough sometimes.
5). To contradict myself a little on what I said in 4, I need to also be OK if I don’t ever earn another income apart from my husbands this year. Instead I need to trust God.
6). I need to accept that I make mistakes. I made a mistake last week and now lessons are learned.
7). I need to accept Grace. Almost a week and a half ago my grandmother passed away. I explained in this post how cruel she was to my kids and I and it took forgiving her, and I did. I actually didn’t morn her death like I did my grandfather/ For that very reason I felt bad. I wanted to go to the out of town funeral to be with my dad through this difficult time, but I didn’t. There were a lot of factors stopping me, mainly transportation, sick kids and no extra travel and hotel money (we don’t have credit cards). I had a rough time with accepting grace. I felt like I had an obligation and duty to be there but I didn’t go. After the fact and the day of the funeral I was very joyful and at peace with my decision. Don’t take this the wrong way, I did love my grandmother but growing up I wasn’t real close to her like I am my grandmother-in-law.
8). Accept that I am me. I can’t be what the next blogger, neighbor, sibling or friend is. God’s word says this perfectly in Psalm 139:14 (NIV) “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” I have talked a lot with my husband about God’s creation and I am amazed by it. I am amazed by how God equips us all with talents, gifts, personalities and a desire to need eachother, but especially Him. I need to accept that my circumstances or gifts are different than someone elses and not compare.
Now that I have shared with you some information about the above things I am coming to accept I want to also share with you a fun game. Three or four of you have expressed that you want to try LipSense but haven’t yet because of the price. Well from today until next Tuesday, October 18th (one week) I am giving two first readers a chance at 10% off their $55 starter kit, which includes a color of choice, oops remover and glossy gloss (shipping and tax fees still apply, not good on one color or one gloss). To get this discount on a starter kit the first two ladies to comment below must name at least 2 stores/logos you see in these photos/background stores. The photos are blurry, but hopefully you can tell what they are, you have one week to get the answers to me. Once you receive your discount you have until November 25th to redeem your discount and tell me your order, after that the discount is void. That gives you a few weeks to save up some extra spending money. I accept Paypal and can only distribute/mail in the US (sorry all my out of country friends). **For first timers you need to use glossy gloss as it’s most hydrating and is part of the layering process after layering on the lipstick color. No other brand of gloss or color can be used with LipSense as these result in clumps and don’t provide moisture for the lips.** To pick out colors go here to this post and I will be happy to provide you with choices based on your skin tone and hair.
NOT WILLING TO PLAY A GAME BUT WANT TO EARN UP TO 20% off LipSense and Free Products? Then e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know you would like to host a Facebook party and I will work it all out. All you have to do is invite and have fun while earning rewards.
Feel free to check out or ask to join my LipSense Facebook page (here) for further updates or future discounts/giveaways.
Outfit details for this post: Lipcolor: 2 Layers Rose Ice, 1 Layer Lexie-Beary + Glossy Gloss by LipSense//Kimonocho: The Flourish Market//Brown top: similar//Pants: similar//Boots: c/o Marmi//Necklace: c/0 d.monaco designs//Bead Bracelet: c/0 UnCommonGoods//Charm bangle: c/0 Lucie’s Lucket//Purse: Michael Michael Kors, similar
Now it’s time for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up:
Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
Meet your Co-Host: Ada of Elegance of Mommyhood:
“Hi, I am Ada and I blog at Elegance and Mommyhood. As a busy working mom to a 3-year old and a wife, I am always running into a million directions. It is always important to me to feel and look good and I do so in a budget. Sale aisles, coupons and retailers like Target are my friends. I have proved through the 4+ years I have been blogging that you don’t have to spend a fortune to look like a million bucks. Not all of us can afford Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and J.Crew on a daily basis and that is alright. So welcome by to see how I style my loving wardrobe and my daughter Vivian too. I can be found on Bloglovin, Instagram and Pinterest. Thank you for having me be your co-host once again, Rachel.”
Now on to the Featured 5 from last week:
I was inspired by Sarah’s choice in naming this shirts color. While this is a random inspiration I find myself calling items in this color by that name. See what she named the tee color here. Also find out from that same post 4 Fall colors to wear now.
Lizzie’s post on “You Know Your A Fashion Blogger When” post was a fun read and had me proclaiming “AMEN!” at most all of them. Check out the post here for a good smile or laugh.
I found Lisa’s story of overcoming anxiety and pain just inspirational and you can find that post here.
Jill’s story is equally as inspirational on her journey through the beginning stages of Breast cancer. Find out more here.
ChiChi’s take on silver jewelry and her outfit are remarkable here.
Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!
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