Let’s Talk: LIFE UPDATE

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“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

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January Favorites!

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Thanks so much for watching. These are things that I have been absolutely loving this month! Hope you enjoy.

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Products Mentioned:
Smash box Primer Water
Josie Mara Vibrancy Foundation
Sonia Kashuk Foundation
Sephora Creme Lip Stain
NYX Blush in Mocha Mocha
First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
LUSH Celestial Face Moisturizer
Loreal Pro Facemask
Mystic Antidotes Calming Pillow Spray
Glade Airfreshener
Daily Appreciation Journal

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In the Midst of Life

Life can seem crazy hectic at times. Between finals, work, the busyness of Christmas, I have come to the reality that life really knows how to kick your you know what sometimes. Most of the time. Every day actually.

You might fail a final you’ve studied hours for. Customers at work may take their bad moods out on you. You might feel like a walking zombie most days.

But you are going to be OK.

I could tell you don’t be afraid, but that’s stupid. Be terrified.

Just don’t be afraid about things you should not be afraid of, like what as*#oles think about you. While you’re on this planet, I really recommend just being the weirdest, loudest, most honest you, you can be.

You might as well just love sloppy, and dress crazy, and say outrageous things that don’t hurt people’s feelings because if you hurt people’s feelings, well my friend, then you are the as*#ole I just told you to not fear.

Look, be fabulous and fearless all you want.

Everything is going to be OK.

Things are scary, but they could be worse. Actually, they’re going to get worse. If the Ebola doesn’t get you, the decapitations will. You will fall on the tracks and a train will eat you.

Hell, you might even die in your sleep at 100 years old. Although, in my experience, when you read about how someone died surrounded by loved ones, what’s really happening is that someone died while their loved ones were outside chain smoking.

It’s not like I’m not optimistic.

The future holds wonders and miracles for people who will probably not be born for hundreds of years. Man, it would be great to be a brain suspended inside a giant biomechanical spider. I could probably visit Mars.

But right now, at this moment, things are OK.

Check in tomorrow for an update. Tomorrow, everything might be mega-f’d-up.

Here’s some more truth:

I think you’re doing the best you can do, and your best is pretty great. Don’t give up. Failure is just success with morning breath and bed head.

The most exciting stories are the ones with heroes who don’t think they can go on, but they do.

Sometimes they have friends. I think there’s a law that you can’t quest without three or four trusted companions. I think one of them has to be an archer, and one of them has to be a demolitions expert. Find your Avengers. Conquer fears together. Fight dragons. Make art. Ugh. Make as much art as possible — theater, painting, children, whatever. Anyway, these people are your family.

Never listen to people who say “no worries,” because, yes worries. All the worries. AIDS. ISIS. IRS. What the f*#k do you mean “no worries”? Hey, instead of smiling a serial killer clown smile and saying “no worries,” try just producing a guttural groan and you’ll feel much better. This is the most honest thing anyone can say about life.

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Never listen to anyone who doles out “tough love,” because there is no such thing as “tough love.” Love isn’t tough. Love is indestructible. Love is made out of adamantium and star lava. Since love cannot be destroyed, love is gentle. Love is nice.

Everything is going to be OK.

There will be suffering. There will also be these moments when everything works out, and your mom is happy, and you have money in the bank, and you’re doing exactly what you want to be doing, even if it is for a moment.

Then there will probably be more suffering.

But remember that delicious slice of thank you life sandwiched between that old ouch and the current one?

You might get sick. Your dream might not come true. But everything will be OK because, and I’m NOT hitting on you, but you’re freaking good-looking when you’re struggling, fighting, enduring.

Like, your soul is beautiful. The pain will pass. One way or another.

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When I Say I Want To Travel..

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When I say I want to travel

I don’t mean I want to stay at resorts and go on tours with tour guides or buy key chains from souvenir shops.

I don’t want to be a tourist.

When I say I want to travel

I mean I want to explore another country and become part of it.

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I want to discover small coffee shops in Germany and Italy and Paris.

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I want to walk on beaches in Thailand and see how the sunsets on the other side of the world.

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I want to walk around each street, get lost, and run into unexpected sights.

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I want to go cliff diving in Australia and snorkeling on the coasts.

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I want to meet people who are not like me, but people who I can like all the same.

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I want to take pictures and videos of everything.

People. Places. Food. Random Streets.

I want my mind to be in constant awe of this life and all it has to offer.

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I want to learn things about myself and adapt to a new atmosphere.

I want to meet lifelong friends and people who I can relate to on such a real level.

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I want to see things with an open mind, new eyes.

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I want to look at a map and be able to remember how I was transformed by the places I’ve been to, the things I’ve seen, the people I’ve met along the way.

I want to come home and realize that I have not come home whole,

But have left a piece of my heart in each place I have been.

20 Things I Didn’t Learn Until I Lived On My Own

Ooohhhh adulthood. So nice to meet you….

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Here are a few things I have learned along the way on my lovely journey out in the real world:

  1. When the items in your refrigerator get low, they do not refill themselves. Wait, you mean I have to go out and buy these things?
  2. If you leave your laundry in the dryer for too long, the wrinkles will remain there until you wash those clothes again. I say this as I sit and type this instead of getting up and taking out clothes that have been in the dryer far too long now. See, it’s a learning process.
  3. You have to take care of yourself when you’re feeling sick. Mom, where you at thoooo?
  4. You have to actually plan the days you can go out. 1st of the month is coming up? Rent due? Better not go out…..*sigh*
  5. When something breaks you have to call the awkward maintenance guy. Or call your dad and make him come help you. Better alternative
  6. Pinterest recipes sound super fun at the time, and then end up being hours of wasted time and frustration because it doesn’t quite taste as good as your mom’s cooking. Let’s be real, it just doesn’t taste good. At all.
  7. Target is your new best friend. Wellllll, that kind of hasn’t changed. I think we are just super super besties now.
  8. Receiving a letter in the mail is no longer $20 from your grandma for birthdays/Christmas/or just because. Say hello to bills, junk, and more bills.
  9. You find yourself asking for home necessities for Christmas. You mean no more fun Christmas gifts? A new coffee pot, pots and pans, FOOD maybe..
  10. No matter how hard you try to eat healthy, you always end up at Chick-Fil-A. Organic food, vitamins, ehhh who needs em.
  11. You start to question prices in terms of hours you work. Is this new makeup palette worth 8 hours of work??
  12. You have to actually take out the trash. Or just let it sit there for two weeks until the smell just gets way too bad.
  13. You cringe every time you need to go grocery shopping. I think I can go another week on this lovely dinosaur egg oatmeal. We good.
  14. Your room does not clean itself. Your whole apartment doesn’t either.
  15. You’ll miss your parents even when you live just 40 minutes away from them. FaceTime becomes your best friend.
  16. A morning cup of coffee is one of the most expensive habits you can acquire. These K-Cups are like $20 dollars? What is this.
  17. It is even harder to go to school now. No one is there reminding you to go, it’s a choice you get to make on your own….binge watch Netflix or go to class. Hmmm…
  18. Netflix. That’s another thing. It is very dangerous.
  19. You find yourself calling your mom a lot every time you go grocery shopping. What do YOU think I need mom?
  20. There are just some days when you do not want to adult. I would say about 5 out of 7 days of the week….

xo,

-Kelsey

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Where Have I Been?! Studying Abroad?!

I know, I know…don’t hate me for not blogging for about 4 months now. I figured I owed you an explanation as to why I have been gone for so long..I mean I feel like I have a pretty good one too.

So, I recently just got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy for a month. I was gone from the end of May to the end of June. Talk about a life experience. Let me just clarify, that by writing this blog I am in no way trying to brag about my experience or anything like that AT ALL. I feel so incredibly blessed and over joyed that I was able to have the opportunity to study abroad. Ever since high school I told myself I was going to study abroad, and to have that dream finally come true….I was pretty much speechless the whole trip to say the least. So, I figured I would let you all in on some things I learned along the way, not only about myself, but culturally as well.

First off: MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING. BUT, IT IS SOMETHING 

Before traveling, I never really valued the importance of money as much as I do now. I am very fortunate to be able to say that my parents pretty much paid for everything when I was growing up. I soon learned that going out to dinner, surely was not all that cheap. And cups of gelato, being only about 2 euros…seemed cheap enough, eventually does add up. Especially when you choose to get gelato once a day. Ugh, okay twice a day sometimes. But only SOMETIMES I swear.

I hope one day I am wealthy enough to go back to the places I visited during my study abroad experience and not have to come back home as an in-debt college student. However, those days that I spent as an in debt college student trekking through the cities of Europe is something I will always remember. So thank you Italy, for making me value the importance of money and realizing that money surely can’t buy happiness, but it can buy gelato….which is kind of the same thing.

Second: TRAVEL IS NOT AS HARD AS PEOPLE MAKE IT OUT TO BE

Wait what?! Yes, that’s right. I once was just like you thinking “wow traveling is SO expensive, I don’t know how people do it”. Think again. Let me start by saying that before this trip, I was definitely one of those people who thought that traveling was meant to be this big lavish vacation, with expensive hotels, and first class plane tickets. When I got to Italy and my friends and I started discussing all the places we wanted to travel and go see, I soon realized that money can’t hold you back. If you travel with the goal of experiencing the world, traveling on a budget is not only possible but actually kind of easy.

I got to experience Spain, Greece, and Rome while I was over there and let me tell you….when you can get a plane ticket for only 80 euros ROUND TRIP, it is hard not to go everywhere. My mindset of fancy hotels soon changed when I landed in Barcelona, Spain and walked into my very first hostel to stay at. “This actually isn’t bad for 30 euros a night”, I thought to myself. I realized that I was saving money on all of the “luxury” vacation items for a much bigger picture. I was getting the opportunity to see the world and all that is has to offer, without spending a fortune.

Third: I AM MUCH MORE INDEPENDENT THAN I EVER IMAGINED

Picture this, me driving around my town that I have lived in for more than 15 years now and still getting lost to my best friend’s house. Yeah, that was pretty much my life growing up driving. Constantly getting lost no matter where I went and having to hear my Australian GPS say “Recalculating” every 10 seconds.

Now, after spending a month abroad, I am much more aware of things. I learned very fast that getting lost in a foreign country just wasn’t going to be an option, especially without a GPS. Not only did I manage to find my way around Italy fairly easy, but I learned to navigate a REAL map. I traveled around Europe, by train, plane, and interacted with people from all around the world….all without my mother on speed dial (for the most part) lol.

Fourth: LANGUAGE ISN’T A BARRIER – LANGUAGE IS MORE OF AN OBSTACLE

Not knowing a language should never hold you back from traveling to a certain place.  Most places we went to, there was at least one person who spoke English. And even if there wasn’t, for the most part we were able to communicate either with our hands or the typical “tourist” thing by pointing at what we wanted. UGH, I hated to be that typical tourist. You know, it’s funny when you travel you try so hard to fit in with the culture and not “stand” out. My friends and I would always make an attempt to speak the language, and they actually respect and appreciate you a lot more when you do so. My friends and I pretty much became ‘Flocals” by the end of our trip. A little term we made up meaning, ‘Florence Locals’, or so we like to think. Even though everywhere we went we were typically approached with  “Shakira?!”. I don’t know what it is about Shakira but if you are from the United States you are suddenly Shakira. I mean, I wasn’t complaining..

Somehow they just know that you are from the U.S. before you even say a word.

Fifth: WE ARE NOT THE BAD DRIVERS

If you think LA driving is bad, wait till you visit a foreign country. I don’t even think traffic laws exist. Forget the whole “pedestrians have the right away”, if you get in a cars way, don’t expect them to stop. I can’t even tell you how many times I almost got ran over from a car going like 50 mph down a narrow alleyway with A BUNCH of people in sight. If you aren’t part of the fast pace Italian lifestyle, then stay out of the way.  Taxi drivers, now that’s a whole other story. Let’s just say, a taxi driver going 90 mph to get you to the airport, totally normal.

Last But Not Least: LIFE HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER

Something about studying abroad and traveling just makes you appreciate life THAT much more. Life has so much to offer and it is way too short to be unhappy. Before going to Italy, I felt almost lost and scared that I still didn’t know what I was doing with my life. But I learned that IT’S OKAY. You will figure it out eventually, it’s all part of the process. Learn, grow, get out of your comfort zone, experience life on a whole different level, and LIVE. I may not be sure where I am going in life, but I do know one thing, it’s a beautiful process and I am along for the ride.

So that’s what I’ve been doing these past months. I am so sad that I didn’t blog throughout my time staying there. Trust me, I wanted to, but I was just so busy and honestly just wanted to live in the moment. AS CHEESY AS THAT SOUNDS.

But anyways, I am BACK and ready to blog again. It’s crazy how much excitement and happiness I get from blogging. I missed it so much. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my “life lessons” I have learned during my travels. If you are interested in seeing pictures from my trip, I will leave my Instagram down below :)

“Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our hearts. We free ourselves from labels. We lose control willingly. We trade a role for reality. We love the unfamiliar. We trust strangers. We own only what we can carry. We, sometimes choose to never come back.” <3

xo,

-Kelsey

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Tips And Tricks To Become More Confident

As I sit in my room, I often ponder random thoughts. I’m not gonna lie to you, most of them completely irrelevant and totally weird. But, besides those weird thoughts, I find myself constantly thinking about why do we as a society like to bring others down? Then I continue to check my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and constantly see someone unhappy with the way they look. Or just the way the feel. Wanting to be someone better, or look like another girl. It has suddenly become clear to me that one of the greatest obstacles we face as women is the trap of comparing ourselves with other women. But you know what? YOU were made that way for a reason. You are the one to bring a smile to someone’s face because you have something special and unique that no one else has to offer!

Don’t get me wrong, of course I have my not so “confident” days and I too find myself getting jealous of someone else’s appearance, or maybe their success in life. WHY CAN’T MY LIFE BE LIKE THAT?! Sure, we’ve all felt that way.

Here are 5 simple ways that YOU can become more confident:

1. Stop comparing!

Stop comparing yourself to others around you. Rather, embrace who you are. Embrace your red hair and freckles that you were born with. Or your beautiful brown eyes. Your naturally curly hair. Your naturally straight hair. Whatever it may be, EMBRACE it.

2. Focus on your passion!

Someone doesn’t agree or like what you want to do with your life?! WELL good thing that it’s your life and NOT theirs! Follow your heart and passion and I promise you, you will find so much happiness!

3. Love yourself!

I cannot stress this one enough!! Rather than bashing yourself and your flaws, learn to embrace them. No one is perfect! Once you learn to love yourself and all your flaws, no one can bring you down about them.

4. Be positive!

Life is far too short to sit around and feel sorry for yourself. Look at every bad situation as a learning experience. Pick yourself up, and move along. Don’t dwell in the past, it is meant to be in the PAST…don’t let it ruin your future girl!

5. Encourage and build up others

See someone looking down or sad? Compliment them! Boost their confidence. You could turn their bad day right around just by some kind words! When you start building others up and encouraging them, you will find that you are happier too!

So there you have it, those are my tips and tricks to you to feel and become more confident. It takes time to build up confidence and a feeling of greatness, but trust me. YOU CAN DO IT. You are beautiful just the way you are.

Remember that.

Another great thing to do when you are feeling down is to look at inspirational/motivational quotes on Pinterest to brighten up your mood!

Here are a few of my favs:

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XO thanks for reading! Leave me your favorite inspirational quotes in the comments down below. And if you feel up to it, comment down below what makes you feel confident and what you love about yourself <3

xo,

-Kelsey

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The 10 Commandments for Great Skin!

I hereby give you….the 10 commandments for great skin! Abide by these “commandments” for a better, healthier looking you! I know, I know…easier said than done but I promise you that the key to a healthy complexion is making sure you take the steps to do it! You know what they say..a clean canvas calls for a better makeup application! Jk no ones ever said that before just me…but you get what I’m trying to say right?! Right…

1. Thou shall never leave the house without sunscreen.

2. Thou shall get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

3. Thou shall not over-cleanse, over-moisture, or over-medicate thy skin.

4. Thou shall remember to exfoliate once a week.

5. Thou shall include healthy-skin foods in thy diet (fish, avocados, fruits, veggies, etc).

6. Thou shall cut back on sugar.

7. Thou shall wash their face every night even when you’re tired.

8. Thou shall treat thy self to a facemask once a week.

9. Thou shall wash makeup brushes each week to prevent bacteria from spreading on thy face.

10. Thou shall give thy face a break from makeup AT LEAST once a week and rock the no makeup look out in public.

xo,

-Kelsey

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