Friday, June 17, 2011

Happiness in 2011

It's that time of the week again. "Happiness Is..." Blog hop from Rub Some Dirt on It! This is a post from another (non-beauty) online diary I have. I know. I 'm talking this blog hop quite literally right now, but, I have been going through some stuff lately, and I needed to reread this. It makes me happy and reminds me that there really is no sense worrying about what will be. Because, well, what will be will be, I guess, right? 

To live in the present and not worry about the future, nor dwell on the past.

That is my new year's resolution. It's what I say when people ask what I resolve to do in 2011, and then look at me, like, "'re cool," when I respond. But, I don't care, because it's the truth. I have a tendency to worry and dwell, and I'm finally admitting it. As a matter of fact, I feel happier in 2011 already because I am working so hard on my resolution. There is no need to worry about that which I cannot change, nor dwell on what has already happened.

As a mother, a wife, and a fairly new resident to Charlotte, it is very easy to put everybody else's needs before my own. As Dante, in his Divine Comedy, writes, " Take henceforth your pleasure as your guide." I plan to do just that.

Real Simple magazine wrote several articles in their 2011 issue on exactly this. In her article, The History of Happiness, Marcia Menter writes, " ...even a short life is a very long journey, and we all need provisions for the trip. We need good food, good stories, and people to share them with. We need a sense of proportion and a sense of the absurd. We need to have as good a time as we can, because, otherwise, what's the point?"

Taken from that Real Simple article, here are my 9 mantras for 2011:

1.) "Chill out": colder temperatures boost your mood. I resolve to breathe it in...
2.)"Remember whence you came": I resolve to surround myself with nostalgic momentos and pictures so that I can always remember my history.
3.) "Don't dwell": it's just negative energy that soaks up my mental clarity. I resolve to move on.
4.)"Spread the wealth": I resolve to "treat" others more often
5.) "Eat a snack around 2pm": More afternoon energy? Yes, please!
6.) "Get a move on": I resolve to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week.
7.)"Limit your options": I resolve to be less indecisive.
8.) "Start baking" (i.e. learn something new): I resolve to expand my horizons. I'm took a class on Modern dance!
9.) "Make your bed": Author Gretchen Rubin says, "People are happier when everyday tasks in their lives are complete." I resolve to make my bed, clean out my closet, and organize our house.

The happiness I have in life comes from the people I love, and who love me. I am so lucky to have my parents nearby, a loving, patient, and proactive husband, friends who I am finally feeling comfortable with, and the most adorable, loving, attentive, and patient-for-a-two-year-old son. Happiness comes from all of these things, but it's when they are taken for granted that you try to find something else. I know how fortunate I am. That is why I am not worrying or dwelling. I am staying in the present and taking each day as it comes...And, I am happy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm Obsessed With...

My favorite new summertime dress! It's great to run errands in with toddler in tow, or I can dress it up with some simple earrings, bracelet, wedges, and a solid clutch. And, get this! It was only $30 at World Market (only one of the greatest stores of our time) of all places! My mom and I were browsing through the store and I saw this dress and had to have it! I know, I know, really? Is it the superficial things in life that make me happy? Well, when I find an awesome "hippie dress" (as my Dad calls it) that completely embodies the "summertime" me, then, HELL YES!!! And, for all you bloggies that know me personally, you will take one look at it and say, "That is sooooo you." At least I think so...

That's all for now, Bloggies. 

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Product Review-Mac Blot Powder

'Tis that time of  year. The heat, humidity, and sweat get me every time. My acne-prone skin hates this weather (and, frankly, so do's too hot). It's time to break out the ColorStay foundation and this amazing Blot Powder by Mac! I rarely need touch-ups...

 Blot Powder/Pressed

Now, I will tell you that I haven’t really tried many pressed powders, so I can’t compare this to a lot of the ones out there, but what I do know is I don’t care because I love this so much! I put it on over my done face with a big powder brush and it just makes my face airbrushed and fresh looking. It also feels really silky and great! I don’t need to use it much throughout the day, but when I do, it doesn’t add any color or extra “weight.” It just does what it says, BLOTS! 

*Quick tip: Try to either keep the puff washed regularly or buy extra ones as to not spread germs to your face.