Morning Routine

I must share a secret with you, I wear very little makeup. By very little, I mean I wear a lip crayon which I sometimes leave my house without but always put on before getting to my destination 😉👄

Why don’t I wear makeup? I guess that’s the real secret, yea? Why does someone who loves makeup not wear any? The truth is, I rather stay in bed and read/ meditate before I officially begin my day 🤷🏻‍♀️ If sleep is essential to my body then these couple of minutes are essential to my mental well-being.

You must be thinking of all of the money that I’m saving on makeup and you are absolutely right, I’ve saved a ton. Except for I haven’t! Haha! I don’t use makeup but I allocate all I would spend to skincare. A decision I made at 18 and I’ve not regretted once 😊

While I sometimes leave my house without my trusted lip crayon, I never leave without a good layer of sunscreen.

On MOST days, I…

Stretch in bed

Reach for my 1L water bottle and try to drink as much of it as I can.

Open up YouVersion and read a devotional. Pray over all of the things I’m grateful for and the ones I’m yet to figure out.

Open up Spotify and play my music on shuffle. Hit shuffle a couple of times until something matches my mood or the mood I hope to be in. Haha!

Hop in the shower. I don’t always wash my face in the morning since I wash it at night and I don’t want to fully strip my face of it’s essential oils. If I do, I use Buche de Noel, which is seasonal but is very similar to Angels on Bare Skin, and do my best to do even gentler circular motions so as not to over-cleanse.

Reach for my Eau Roma Water Toner, couple of spritz and remove the excess with a cotton pad.

I apply a thin layer of Squalane Facial Cream and gently massage my face.

Let the soak for a minute and apply my SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer. It’s quite thick but I have been using it for the past year and it’s not caused any breakouts 👌🏽

On days when I have a bit more time or feel like I need an extra hint of color, I’ll reach for Liquid Bronzer and mix a drop or two into my sunscreen and it makes a world of a difference.

Because my aim is to glow from the inside out, 9 out of 10 times, I’ll start my day with a green smoothie. If I don’t eat anything healthy for the rest of the day, I’ll at least have had this.

Rain or shine, I never leave my house without at least one pair of sunglasses. The area around our eyes is quite thin and unnecessary squinting is avoidable 💁🏻‍♀️🕶

Sexy vs Steady… Asking for a friend

Written while listening to Kings of Leon

 

In a world where we are constantly encouraged to think rationally and thoroughly, why do we throw logic out the window when it comes to love? Do you know? Because I will be the first to admit that I don’t. When faced with the choice of what appears to be sexy and what is steady? Why is it hard to choose? Perhaps it’s human nature to choose excitement over stability. I mean I get that. Spontaneous plans and adventure beat a night in. Yet in the middle of a natural disaster would you rather have Steady Eddie/Ellie by your side with a well thought out emergency plan and a well-stocked kit to boot or Sexy Steve/Steph who’s not home yet because he/she’s a free spirit and has no notion of time and is unaware that a natural disaster has even occurred. Perhaps my scenario verges on dramatic but the choice is obvious. It’s always Steady Eddie/Ellie. Yet we love, Sexy Steve/Steph.

If we were to break down the sexy behavior, what would we get?
INCONSISTENCY.
Hot one day, and cold the next. Unacceptable behavior in our friends’ eyes and yet we willingly justify it. In the end we say we cannot possibly choose Steady because our hearts scream for Sexy. Ahh! Herein lies the root of our issues or the root of mine. My heart. I cannot speak for y’all but I can definitely say that my heart is to blame.
Blaise Pascal famously wrote

“The heart has it’s reasons, which reason knows not of”

That used to be my favorite quote when I was 12. Why I thought I had any idea of what love was at 12 is beyond me but thank you to the teacher who wrote this quote on the blackboard because it never left my heart. It was my favorite quote for years and it still is,  less so these days as it’s become too real. Selena Gomez drives the point home with:

“The heart wants what it wants”

And yet the Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things. So then why do we give it a megaphone?

If the heart is deceitful and feelings are fleeting then why are we making lifetime decisions on transitory emotions. It’s because Disney didn’t teach us that love is a choice. One that we make daily. Disney didn’t teach us that love grows. We missed a lot after “and they lived happily ever after”. A lot that I’m still learning, and trying to figure out. What I do know is that, these fleeting feelings are kind of like rose-tinted glasses. They don’t let us see or think objectively. It’s easy to see when you’re on the outside looking in, your feelings aren’t involved. Which is why I am able to tell my friends that they deserve better, it’s easy to see as much. Oh but I’ve been on the other side of this. My Sexy Steve had a French accent and looked like Ryan Reynolds. He for sure made my knees go weak, he was fun, flirty and spontaneous. I could only thank my friends for being honest with me and helping me to take off the glasses long enough to see that I was not headed down a good path. So here is my question, how do you break it down to your friend that the person that they’re interested in just isn’t into them? Do you tell them in a loving manner or do you stay back as you watch them bend until they break? What makes a good friend? One that stays back and waits for the heartbreak or one that aims to bring clarity to the matter before heartbreak ensues?

 

When export doesn’t meet import. Ha!

There was meant to be an export process when I switched servers but unfortunately, there was a hiccup. A hiccup that has forced me to begin again. Genesis literally means “new beginnings” so here we go!

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” —Joseph Campbell

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March 2018 in Montañitas, Ecuador