Friday, January 3, 2014

Intentions VS Resolutions

After much thought, I decided verses making Resolutions for 2014, I would rather make Intentions.

If we literally look at the definition of the words themselves, we can see how this seems like a better choice.

: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something
: an answer or solution to something
: the ability of a device to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail

: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose

I personally feel that an Intention, a plan...a Goal is something better to aim for.  Verses making a Resolution which I could ultimately fail at.

I actually had this discussion  with one of my close friends last night...and he actually brought up a good point. When I asked him if he was making a New Years Resolution,he said no. His Resolution was not to make Resolutions...which is an Oxymoronic...and entertaining.

He continued on saying, everyone is all about upgrades and improving, and having the best in things...why not have that or be that as a person. He didn't really need to go on much further.

Playing off of his idea tho, if you want to be a healthier you don't have to give up sweets or wheat or coffee. Or have to go to the gym 3 to 5 times a week..but rather just make the modifications in your routine, and if you are like me, research, plan and adjust.Verses, starting off right at the beginning of I CAN NOT have this or I HAVE TO DO this. If you do this then as my friend put it "Just setting yourself up to Fail"...and the pessimist in me response to that is Life does that to you anyways...why do it to yourself. 

For example, I love coffee...and during the holiday especially when I was at work...totally gave into my caffeine fiend and visited the Starbucks, Mad Coffee Fix, and 6 to 5 deli by my work for espresso coffee drinks...once maybe even two times a day (pending on my day and how tired I was, as well as how many gift cards I got). I need to cut back my intake off coffee...and espresso drinks are pretty pricey. Especially if you get them on a regular basis (3 to 5 times a week), which I'm trying to save money.

So my intention when it comes to caffeine and me, is I want to be nicer to my body and my wallet. I will still have my espresso coffee drink as a treat, but verses it several times a week. Perhaps just once a week...and if I need coffee...cause you know..that shit can be addicting and all. I will drink regular coffee...and considering work has a coffee pot and really an espresso machine, I just have to bring my own milk and supply my own coffee beans. I can then cover two birds with one stone...still have my coffee...while saving money. And all it requires is me making a little more conscious effort.

It's kinda crazy to think, that we prefer to have the instant gratification of something, verses putting in the effort or energy for it. I'm a huge culprit of it, but I'm slowly starting to realize. That you can save alot of money when you do it yourself...and you help improve your character.

Thus, I do have several intentions for 2014...but they are a daily thing. I wake up in the morning and make one intention, similar to how you do when you enter your space on the yoga mat. And as long as I make forth the effort for that intention for the day...until the next. I have done something good, and improved myself just a little bit more.

"None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are"
Anne Rice The Vampire Lestat

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014....Man time has flown by!

Finallly getting around to writing on the ole blog again, and I realize how much has truly changed since I first started this blog back in 2010!!! Me OH MY, has that been a long time of actually being active in the beautyish world/community!

Most of the stuff has remained the same, from when I first started it...but I think it would be fun to revisit the information and do more of an update since it has been 4 years!!!

So's what I said 4 years ago!!!! Lookey Here Lookey Here

A Little About Me:

My name is Lorena, but most people call me Lo (yup this hasn't changed)

I'm 31 years old, married having celebrated 6 years of being together (which marriage is constant work, I remember my mom telling me that it's a job that you never get to clock out for. That you never get a vacation from, and one of the hardest you will have in your life. And now I fully understand what she means).

I'm originally from Sunny San Diego,and currently living there. No place called home right? HA HA, the mister got out of the military 2 years ago now. And after some thought, we decided to hang out hats in San Diego, because well, my family is here..and honestly we needed all the help we could get back when we first became civilians. We are managing alright, he's in school full time and I'm working full time. Both he and I agree that California is the best place to be, though I think I will agree with him that Northern CA is the place that ideally I'd like to end up at. But San Diego will always be home!

I do have my Bachelor's Degree in English,that hasn't changed! I have worn several hats, especially in the work force. My current job working in administration in the ESL world has been interesting, and I can confidently say that I'm a free lance Make Up Artist (though the job market for that is very concentrated with others, here in California). I actually am signed up and very excited to be starting Yoga Teacher Training in a 200 hr program with a local yoga studio. It starts in 16 days!

I'm an avid collector depending on what phase I'm into, it was shoes, then purses, then MAKE UP and now...well I dont necessarily collect anything persay. But my collection of Yoga accessories has increased (ie yoga pants, tanks, props and books.) I have to catch myself from looking at the different yoga pants that each brand/ department store carries. Because really, how many yoga pants does a girl really need??!!

I don't necessarily know if I'm still a MAC whore, though a good chunk of my professional kit is MAC (thank you MAC Pro). I like to see myself as open to about any make brand or products. I do have favorites, and eventually when I do an updated set up of my Make up Collection (see my old one below) you will be able to see what I really enjoy, verses what I just bought and bought and bought.

My goal in regards to my make up is to switch completely to Cruelty free make up. For now I am trying to intergrate it into my collection, so that eventually one day everything will be animal friendly. Until then, it's a day by day...and I have a complete different box of what I use on a day to day basis (which I go through and change out every to every other month). 

What I like to do for fun:

Well has this section changed quite a bit. Although I do still love reading, bowling and of course surfing the net researching, I'm not as make up obsessed as I was, when I first started this blog. Honestly, this is a good thing, for my pocketbook as well as my make up drawers!

My current major hobby, that I suppose you could say has become a passion of mine is Yoga. I plan to do a much longer in depth post about my journey, especially considering the fact I will be going thru 8 week teacher training. But I came to yoga, originally with the thought in my mind that it was going to help me get in shape, but it is so much more than that! So far, I have been regularly doing it for 4 months (and when I say regularly, I mean 4 to 5 times a week), and I'm interested to see where my practice takes me once the 17th begins.

Besides yoga, and make up, I have increased dramatically the amount of concerts that I go to. I like to randomly take videos of my favorite songs by whomever I am seeing and post them to my Youtube channel! If you want to see who I've seen live in the past 2013, check it out!

Why I'm starting this website:

As I stated before I pursue whatever phase/fad I am into at the time full heartedly. Since it is makeup, I do plan on using this site to give opinions/review of various product. as well as suggestions of different looks. All comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated of what I do. Hope that you enjoy this site, and if you have any questions feel free to contact me :)

Above is the original reason why I started my blog, and looking at this now, 4 years later. I think it's proper to say, that I still feel just as passionate about sharing my interests at the time, as I did when I first started this. Although my interests now differ in priority, I feel that getting it out on in the open will help develop me as a person overall. Whether it is about a modification to a yoga pose, or just my ramblings of my normal day to day. Perhaps my voice, thoughts, opinions will spark something in someone else to try something new, or to merely be open to something new. I'm all for sharing, as the saying goes "Sharing is caring", but I do want to make a difference. Even if it is just one person, if I can help or inspire just one person, then I have reached my own personal goal.   

With all this revisited! Happy New Year 2014!!!