The days leading up until today, February 14th, can feel like a time portal. Flash backs of memories of what I was doing, and where I was just a mere 12 yeas ago. Today 12 years ago I woke up to the news my dad had passed away. We knew it was going to happen any day now. It wasn’t a unexpected loss of life. We had a hospital bed set up in our house for him to stay in. I had been home from school for several days, with family, wondering every day is this going to be the day that my world shatters. “Oh God please don’t take my dad home on my brothers birthday” was my prayer from the beginning of February. It would be his 10th birthday. But as the 5th of February came and went. Alan Jackson’s gospel album playing throughout the house. Everyday wondering is this the day. February 14th came, Valentine’s Day. I had been sleeping on the floor for several weeks because for some reason I couldn’t sleep in my bed. So on the floor I laid as my mom woke me up to tell me the news. But after that my memories go dark. I don’t really remember what happened. I do remember sitting outside in the front lawn and just sobbing that day. My aunt holding me letting cry. My best friend and boyfriend came over after school to visit me and watch tv. While these memories still come up every year and I mourn the loss of my earthly father I can’t help in the same breathe have thankfulness. Thankful of the Lords provision in so many ways. Thankful for the church family that he provided me shortly after. Thankful for strength he gave my mom. Thankful for the new family he blessed me with. Thankful that my dad no longer suffers from a disease. Thankful that God is truly a God who is faithful and good in all things and all circumstances. Even through suffering. So while today is often a day I grieve I also celebrate the life once lived and long for the day of eternal glory.
Soo I did a thing, and it is something I NEVER thought I would do. 🙈 But over the last three years I have been on the hunt to figure out how to do my makeup. I felt like I didn't have super high standards. I just wanted something NATURAL, something I could wear everyday, and actually looked like SKIN. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started watching Youtube videos, switched from drug store products to high end Sephora makeup (not cheap by the way), but still felt like all these products I was using were just piling stuff on my face. I remember feeling annoyed when my husband would tell me that makeup was gathering around my nose (after I had been wearing it for only and hour I might add) I hated looking at all the makeup colors and never knowing what my color shade was. I just felt like everything on the market was made for influencers and not normal ole me going to the grocery store. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then Maskcara walked into my life (well more like popped up in my Instagram feed) I started watching these normal, everyday women, apply their makeup, some even with kids on their laps. The technique that they were doing was simple enough for someone like me, but what really blew me away was that the makeup actually looked incredibly natural on the skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After Christmas, I used some money I had gotten as a gift to purchase my first custom pallet. I knew I could get my money back should it not work out, so it felt like a well calculated risk to just try it out for 30 days and see if I liked it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well here I am 30 days later so deeply in love that I purchased the artist kit. There is no reason for women to feel the way that I felt the past three years when it comes to makeup. As an Artist with Maskcara, I can help you choose your perfect shade, walk you through the application techniques to achieve a natural makeup look that enhances the features on your face. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you ever felt like me, than this week I am going to share my makeup routine leading up to my launch party on Instagram! Stay tuned!! 🤗🤗
New York, I never want to leave you 😍🗽
My last IG post was us in Mammoth in the summer🤷🏻♀️ so here is us in Mammoth in the fall. 🍂🍁 😂
Mini Vacation in Mammoth for the 4th! 🇺🇸
I recently started a series on my blog where I share my personal goals for 2019 and monthly progress on how I am working towards those goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My May progress and June goals are up on the blog this morning. 🎉💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I even included some more photos from the droning with whales and dolphins workshop in the post! 🐬 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #photoeditor #privatephotoeditor #boutiquephotoeditor #cultivatewhatmatters #laracasey #emilyley #simplifiedlife #simplifiedplanner #powersheets #productivityplanner #intentionalliving #goalplanning #purposefulplanner #goalsetting #goalsetting2019 #goalsetter
While we didn’t see any whales on our excursion, I did get to follow these dolphins! 🐬💕 thanks @emilykaszton for a fun workshop! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #phantom4pro #djiphantom4pro #djiphantom #djiphantom4advanced #dronegirls #girlswhodrone #aerialphoto #aerialview #dronepic #iamdji #fromwhereidrone #insta180 #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #theinstagramlab #californiadrone #privatephotoeditor #photoeditor #editsource #boutiquephotoeditor #losangelesdrone #losangelesphotographer #southerncaliforniaphotographer #socalphotographer #socaldrone #ladrones
Grief is a complex emotion that shows up in various ways as we move forward in life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes grief looks like crying in the shower where no one can see. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes grief looks like choking back tears during worship at church. (and of course it's always the song that is right before meet and greet...of course.) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I still experience those emotions of sadness in grief. Most of the time....I experience joy in grief. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I laugh when swapping stories of my dad's life. I talk about him in present tense by accident. I bring him up naturally in conversation. I remember him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I think what is hard is when people don't know what to say when tragedy happens, like my dads death. So they choose to ignore and move on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If I had to give the world advice on how to deal with death and grief... don't pretend like they didn't exist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, my dad helped shaped the person I am today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spent 16 years of my life with him. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I WANT to remember those years. The good stuff. The not so Instagram worthy stuff. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Death is hard, and it is not fun or natural to want to talk about it if you haven't experienced it. But we can't ignore those who are gone and who are no longer with us like they didn't have an impact on our lives. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let's start talking, remembering, acknowledging the hard stuff that has happened.
THE WEBSITE IS LIVEEE!!! 🎉💕😭😍🍾⠀ ⠀⠀ It's launch day today and it is giving me all the feels!! ⠀ ⠀ I feel like I spilled my heart all over this site with pieces of my story on every page. ⠀ 😭I have SIX done-for-you templates and education classes available on the new site specifically designed and created for private editors. ⠀ ⠀ There are products like import and export training videos for your clients, my signature shuttle pro starter pack, a client welcome magazine template, and more 💕 ⠀ ⠀ I have several favorite parts so I don't know if I could choose one...but I really love the my top eight section on the about page. I think there are some fun facts tucked away in there. ⠀ ⠀ This three month project has been such a labor of love not only for me but from some really amazing people too. ⠀ Like @kayladeanwrites and assisting me in putting my thoughts and feelings into words. My amazing assistant @clklutz for helping me get everything as perfect as possible for today. @thecreativespring for getting a plan in place for me to execute all the products in the shop. @meganmartincreative for the base template design of my website. @jeremy_neiditch for making sure I ate something and staying up with me to finishing testing the site! It's crazy how many people were involved in this project and I couldn't be more grateful for each and every one of them! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ If you visited the site? What was your favorite part??? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!
Yesterday I spent like 13 hours on my website. 😅😅 Honestly it felt like when I was a kid playing SIMS on the computer. I sat down to play in the morning then looked up and it was like 7pm at night. OOPS! Anyone else do that? Designing my website has honestly felt like my soul lighting on fire. 🔥🔥🔥 It has reminded me how much I LOVE creating. ______ Yesterday was a backend - working on my business - kind of day, and today is a editing day. Also, today I pledge to eat normal meals, unlike yesterday, and go to CycleBar tonight for a hiphop happy hour class. (MY FAV of the week!!! (I'm comin' for you @_melwolfie!) . . . . #photoeditor #privatephotoeditor #boutiquephotoeditor #cultivatewhatmatters #simplifiedlife #simplifiedplanner #powersheets #editsource #goaldiggerpodcast #showit #showitunited #showitdesigner