2017 · beauty blogger · Personal

Why July 2017 Was Awesome + Goals

Why July 2017Was Awesome

It’s August and I’m excited but also not excited, August is probably the month that I like the least, summer is coming to an end, there’s nothing fun going on during the month usually and it’s the month before my birthday so I’m just not typically into the month of August. I hope this one is great and fantastic, I’m trying to go into it with optimism and I do have some fun things planned this month, but we’ll see. This post isn’t about August though, it’s about July, today I will be recapping the month of July and setting some goals for August.

July went by really quickly but at the same time it kind of felt like it went on forever if that makes any sense at all, but that’s what it felt like to me. I have been a busy bee this month, between work, working out and blogging, it’s just felt like a lot. I think everything is starting to catch up with me some, I’ve even taken a Saturday off this month and still feel like I’m so behind on so many things. I hope this overwhelmed feeling goes away soon because it is annoying and not I guess I’ll have to learn to live with it or manage my time a little bit better.

Not a whole lot has gone on during the month of July in my personal life, I haven’t really done anything particularly exciting recently like I’m trying to think of something to update you guys one and not much really comes to mind. We have spoken with a florist for the wedding, we have an idea of what we want but we have to do a little homework and then go back to her to really nail things down. This has probably been my least favorite thing we’re doing but it’s got to be done. I saw Spiderman this month as well, I enjoyed it but that’s nothing overly exciting. Overall, I think July was a busy month, boring but busy.

Adding goals to these posts are something that I started doing last month, it’s something I’m still testing out but it’s something that I’m liking so far and want to keep doing, so I will. First I want to talk about last months goals. No Buy. I failed at this, I don’t think I did too bad, I scaled back my spending a lot but I for sure broke this. At least I did better than I usually do. Eating Better I think I said this last month but this is really a never-ending thing I think, but I still think I did alright and have been improving and I’m pretty happy with that. Continuing To Beat My Monthly Views I did complete this and I really want to continue to do this, I just always want to grow my blog, but we’ll see how long I can keep that up for. Now to talk a little about what I’m hoping to accomplish in the month of August.

No Buy. I’m wanting to attempt this, I want to not purchase anything makeup related for the entire month of August, I would say until my birthday in the middle of September but I know the Ulta 21 Days of beauty is coming and I have no self-control there. Well, I can have some but

Social Media. I really want to start really focusing more on my social media, I’m probably in need of a drastic overhaul of all of them, however, I think I’m going to start with Pinterest since it’s the most neglected of all the social media for me.

Start  Driving More. This might be random but it’s a personal thing that I really want to do. I hardly ever drive and I’m not a bad driver, I’m just not a seasoned driver so I really need to work on this.

I Want To Hit 250 Followers. This may seem like a small number to some but this is a pretty big one for me, I’m really close to 200 so making that my goal would be way too easy, which means that of course, I have to make the goal 250. It’s more realistic but it’s not a small task.

Catch Up On My Reading Challenge. I am two books behind and by the end of August I’d really like to be ahead again, or at the very least caught up.

And I think that’s everything that I’m going to set for myself in this month, more then last month but nothing that I don’t think I can handle. So here’s to hoping that August is successful.

 What kind of fun things did you guys do in July?

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2017 · Personal · This month was awesome

Why June 2017 Was Awesome + Goals

Why June 2017Was Awesome

I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing this by now, but I can’t believe another month has gone by, this one disappeared in a blink of the eye, and to make it worse the year is already half way over. How in the hell did that happen? I’m not sure but I don’t really think there is much that I can do about it. I’m honestly not really surprised that this month went by so quickly, I have been busy, which I think may be clear by the fact that I am writing this the evening of June 29th and I still don’t have a July schedule for the blog ready. Usually, I have that done the first week of the previous month, but nope not yet, I’m hoping to catch up on a bunch of stuff this weekend. We’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, let’s get into talking about the busy month of June, at the beginning of the month I flew back home! Which means Orlando Florida, it was really weird being apart from my fiance seeing as we’ve spent pretty much an entire year and a half together, but it was still fun and I’m super happy I went. When I went it rained pretty much the entire week, which seemed about right but once again I still had fun. The rain did ruin some of my plans, as you could expect, I planned on going to the beach and I didn’t get to go, I also didn’t get to go outlet shopping but that wasn’t as big of a deal. I am very sad I didn’t get to go to the beach, sure there are beaches near where I live but they aren’t Florida beaches.

I did get to do some shopping, hang out with my family and some friends, ate a ton of my favorite foods that I can’t get in Virginia and had an all around a great time. Also, I went to Disney World! That was super exciting and really fun, I went with a good friend of mine and it was a great day. It did rain for a little bit but we timed it perfectly and had lunch when it was raining. We rode some rides, saw a few shows and of course I picked up a bag of cotton candy.

Once I got home I’m not sure what happened, but I was super busy at work and just have barely had time to catch up on blog things, I’ve kept up with everything else that I’m doing pretty well and while I’ve kept up with all the posts on here, I’ve been writing the day before for a little while. I’m hoping everything calms down a little bit and I can get some of my stuff together, but we’ll see.

Now, I’m going to talk about something that I don’t usually do in this post but am thinking about doing from now on, that is talking about my goals for the upcoming month. This seemed like a good idea and something that I wanted to try out, some months I may have a bunch of goals and others I may have only one but I plan on doing this at the bottom of each months post. So now let’s talk about some goals I have for the month of July.

No Buy. This is something that I plan on setting for myself and hopefully, I’ll be able to do it. I’ve got too much stuff and have purchased a ton this month, so for July I’m going to try not to purchase anything, with the exception of one sale I am going to. Already breaking my no buy, but does it really count if I say it beforehand as an exception?

Eating Better. This is still something that I am struggling with and I really want to complete this, even though I’m not sure there is really completing this. I’m hopefully going to focus in on this one.

I want to continue beating my previous months views. I think this one is pretty straightforward, every month this year my blog has grown and each month I get more views then the last one. I plan on going back to posting four times a week instead of five, mostly because five was very difficult, sure I have tons of ideas but keeping up with things was hard so I think four days a week will be plenty. I’m hoping to keep up with my views growing, I’m a little nervous with less posts next month but we’ll see.

Was June an awesome month for you?

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2017 · beauty blogger · Personal

Travel Diary: Florida 2017

I Went To Florida!

If you follow me on social media or if you’ve seen my post about my travel makeup bag, then you are probably aware that I was in Florida for a little bit this past week, and because of that, I’ve decided to share my trip with you, which unsurprisingly I did not take enough pictures of so I will not be sharing pictures in this blog post, instead just chatting about my trip. So, let’s get on with the Florida trip.

I got in on Wednesday last week, had a pretty boring flight and planned on surprising my family as no one knew I was in the state, except for a couple of friends, one of which was picking me up. We completely surprised my mom and sister, they didn’t see it coming at all and it was really fantastic and quite funny if you ask me. We also surprised my dad but, him being him, was not as excited, granted I still think he was excited to see me he just didn’t show it as much.

I had plans to hang out with a friend and meet her baby on Thursday, which we did and that took up most of that day, so that was my second day in Florida after my first of surprising.

The Friday that I was there I was supposed to go to the beach, which we decided not to since it was supposed to rain the week that I was there, but of course, it didn’t rain the slightest bit on that day and it was the perfect weather for the beach. I couldn’t get anyone up and ready to go with me in a timely manner so I gave up on the quest and instead we went shopping. That was fun and of course, I got some new things, which you will see in an upcoming haul, nothing too much but a few things.

My big day was Saturday, that was the day that a good friend of mine took me to Disneyworld, which is always fun and of course on that day it was fun too. We went on a few rides, met a few characters, had a lot of fun and walked a ton. Overall, it was a really fun day and I would love to do it again the next time I’m in Florida, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with that.

Sunday was my last day in Florida and the only full day I had that I didn’t plan a single thing for, mostly because my dad only has that day off fully so I wanted to be able to spend time with him, plus it was my last day in Florida and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. We ended up doing a tiny bit of shopping, getting cupcakes and then coming home and just hanging out, which was honestly really fun and enjoyable. I got to watch American Pickers which I quite enjoy and never get to watch since we don’t have the channel it comes on.

And on Monday I packed up my things and headed back to Virginia. I missed here, I missed my fiancee and my cats, but it was nice to go to Florida and see my family, so I’m really glad that I did that as overall it was a really good trip and I enjoyed it.

Have you guys gone anywhere fun recently?

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2017 · beauty blogger · Personal

Healthy Update: June 2017

Healthy Update-June 2017

A few months ago I talked about doing seasonal healthy updates, I did the first one back in March and now it’s June so I figured it was time to do another update, the season does change this month and it has been three months, so here I am with another update on how I’m doing.

The last time I posted I had been working out for about a month in a half and has just started a 100 workout challenge with my friend, a fair amount has changed since then. I am still working out but I have given up on that challenge, it was hard and something that just kind of seemed stupid. What I’m doing now is working out five days a week, this is my second month doing that, two days a week I run and three days a week I workout at home doing weights and things. Occasionally I will switch it up and run three days and workout here 2 days but not very often.

This is my fifth month of working out, I’ve had a few days here and there that I’ve missed a workout, but I think that is bound to happen and that’s alright. I’m really proud of myself for committing to this and I’m still going, I’m at a point where I’m not sure if I’m ever going to really fall off this wagon, but I guess at this point I’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m working on eating better now too, which is something that I am finding a little bit harder, but it is something that I am trying to buckle down on and focus. I’ve also taken some photos of a little grocery haul I had a few weeks ago and I figured I’d share it in this post, it just made sense to me and seemed to fit pretty well. So, here it is!

 

I have not lost any weight yet, which is a little bit annoying but I have been taking measurements and I’ve lost some there, which I am more than happy to take. I’ve also noticed a lot more muscle on my body, well a lot for me, especially in the arm area. I know it’s not all about appearance but I just wanted to talk about that a little bit.

I’m feeling really good, both physically and mentally, my body is feeling stronger and I’m a little bit more energetic, which I didn’t think was possible. And mentally I’m feeling a lot more confident in myself, which is something that I am really enjoying, it’s nice to feel more comfortable in my skin and more confident, I’m a big fan.

And I think that’s really everything that I have to say for this check in!

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2017 · Personal

Why May 2017 Was Awesome

Why May Was Awesome

It’s the time of the month where I talk about the past month for me, which is usually super boring but on occasion, it’s not and either way, it is something that I really enjoy doing so I’m going to keep doing it. Anyway, let’s jump on into this post and get on talking about the month of May in the year 2017.

I don’t think a whole lot of interesting things went on this month, I worked a lot, I got sick once, I’ve been working out and just those kind of things. We did take a day off this past month and stayed in the next town over for the night, nothing super exciting but it was something nice and peaceful, it was something that I feel like both my Fiance and I needed.

Another thing we did this month was we went and got engagement photos taken, which was something that was fun, and a little bit itchy since they were taken outside. We took our photos along a highway, basically, but it’s a very pretty highway that has a bunch of places to stop because of the river it runs along. Anyway, I’m excited to see those photos but we haven’t gotten those back yet. I am so excited to see them!

Now, for something blog related that I am pretty excited about, every month this year I have gotten more views than the previous month and I did that this month too, May has officially brought me more views than April and I’m very excited about the progress that I am making blog wise! I blog because I like to but it’s also nice to see more people viewing and interacting, I’m very excited about it!

I think that’s really all that I have for this month, pretty boring as usual but I wanted to talk about these things. I think next months monthly wrap-up will be a little bit more fun but that’s because I have some really fun things planned.

How was your May?

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2017 · Personal

What’s In My Purse?

What's In My Purse-

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there! I’ve decided to do this in honor of my own mother who I now live five states away from, she has a junky purse full of who knows what and I just feel like this is somewhat fitting of a post to make today.

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I love posts like these because I am such a nosy person and I really loving finding out what kinds of things other people tote around on their person from day to day, seeing what each person considers important or sometimes even how much of a dumpster a bag can be. So, that’s why I’ve settled on doing this because I enjoy it and I assume others do as well. I know I’ve shared the contents of my bag before, just never on this blog and I’m honestly not sure if the other blogs I’ve had still exist so I have no way of sharing past ones. Let’s just jump in and consider this one the first.

As you can see, this is my bag, it’s small, brown and crossbody just like I like them to be. Seriously, all of my bags over the past four years have pretty much looked like this, it just matches with everything and makes it easier. I like this one because it has a bunch of pockets and places I can tuck things, along with an easily accessible way to grab my phone when I’m not wearing pants or shorts with pockets, which for someone like me is always a great thing since my phone is a very important thing and something I’m frequently reaching for.

20170511_164548.jpgLet’s just jump on into the bulk of what I carry in my bag, which you can see to the right. I carry a pair of ear buds because who knows when you’ll need a pair, I currently have about twenty mints from Olive Garden when I went the other day, my wallet which is the most important thing in my bag, a little pill carrier in case of headaches or stomach aches mostly, a pair of prescription sunglasses and lastly my little notebook that I write grocery lists in mostly.

20170511_164733.jpgAnd now for everything else in my bag, which ist honestly mostly lip products because I find myself hoarding them more and more. What ends up happening is I wear one and shove it in my bag to take to work with me and then I never remove it until my bag is overflowing or I’m searching for something, because at this point this is pretty much where all of my lip products go to die. I also carry blotting sheets and a mini perfume, neither of which I use very often.

My bag is pretty clean usually and I don’t really carry a whole lot of things with me, just the things that I feel like I need and copious amounts of lipstick.

How may lip products do you guys currently have in your purse?

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2017 · Personal · Tag

Get To Know Me Better Tag

 

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I make a lot of posts about products and things, not too often do I really make personal posts, not that I think anyone is super interested in reading those but for a change of pace today I have decided to make a post all about me. The tag that I’m doing today I first saw over on Book Adventures, and as per usual, I have not been tagged but that’s not going to stop me. So, let’s jump right on into this tag.

What is the meaning of my name?

My name is Nicole, it’s of Greek origin and it means Victorious People. One of these things I knew and the other I did not, so it looks like I learned something about myself today too.

What is my Myer-Briggs Personality Type?

I’ve done these way too many times and I pretty much always get one of two results, and I took it again and it’s the same as usual. I am ISFJ-T, which more commonly I get N instead of S but this time around that wasn’t how it went.My personality type is the Defender.

What’s My Zodiac Sign?

I am a Virgo and I think that I really fit pretty well into that.

Virgos are Analytical, Introvert, Patient, Dependable, Stubborn, Critical, Restless and Fussy. I think that I am most of these things and therefore it’s a good match for me, even though it’s all mumbo jumbo.

What Is My Hogwarts House

I have an idea of what I think I am but let’s find out if I am right. I was wrong, but barely, this sorted me into Hufflepuff so I guess I’m Hufflepuff.

What Are My Learning Styles?

According to this I have a strong read/write learning preference and visual came in second. Both of these things are things I probably could have easily guessed about myself.

Are You Right or Left Brain Dominant?

Another thing that I am sure I know the answer to, but I’m going to take the quiz and see if I’m right this time around. I am right this time around, I am 75% left brain, which is not the slightest bit surprising to me or probably anyone who knows me.

What Is My Blood Type?

This one seems strangely personal, but I believe it is AB+ which I believe means I can take all the blood but my blood is super useless to most people. However, I do believe that means I’m a universal plasma donor.

What Career Was I Meant to Have?

It gave me a writer, which I guess does make some sort of sense. I have this blog and I love writing here, I’ve also always kind of wanted to write books but just haven’t put my mind to it yet. I really want to write an autobiography but I’m not sure I’m interesting enough, maybe sometime in the future though.

What Divergent Faction Do I Belong In?

Erudite. I honestly wasn’t sure what I would get but I think I’m alright with that.

What Does My Birth Order Say About Me?

I am the second child and the last one, so I am the baby.

And I’m going to tag anyone who wants to do this because I think it was fun, so if you decide to do it let me know in the comments below.

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2017 · Personal · This month was awesome

Why April 2017 Was Awesome!

Why April Was Awesome

I think is is safe to say that my life is boring, somehow last month was more interesting even though nothing really went on, except for the cat of course. That was exciting.  But, this month was not, somehow even when this month felt like it was dragging on forever and was never going to end, nothing even remotely exciting went on. Maybe that was what it felt like it went on forever. Did anyone else feel like April would never end?

Anyway, I’m still going to talk about this past month a little bit because that is what I do and it is something that I want to keep track of, just because I think it is nice to be able to look back at this kind of thing, even if it’s a little on the boring and mundane side of things.

This month was April, I’ve been mini golfing twice and have lost it two times so far, but it was very fun and I really enjoyed it, so that was a thing that happened. It was also my fiance’s birthday this month, which was a pretty fun day, we took off from work for the most part and enjoyed the day. We had breakfast together, went mini golfing, had dinner and pie and it was just a really nice and fairly chill day.

Nothing is really new on the work front, I’m working 40-45 hours on average, nothing really exciting there but I am doing better. I’m also still working out four days a week, haven’t missed a day this month and I plan on trying to challenge myself a bit by working at 5 times a week in May, we’ll see how that goes and if it sticks. I’m excited to give it a go but it also sounds hard.

Blogwise I do have something slightly exciting, I’ve had more views this month than I have any other month and it’s been that way for a few months now, so I’m excited that I’m still growing and getting better at blogging. Woot!

The other thing that hasn’t happened yet but it’s something that I want to put out there because I really need to stick to it, for the month of May I need to be on a no buy, I had a giant haul I posted recently and there is another one coming in May so, I really need to not buy anything new. I would try and extend this into June but I’m going to Florida for a few days and there is no way that I’m not going to buy things while I’m there, at least a couple of things.

And that has been the month of April, unexciting and not much to talk about.

How did April treat you guys?

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2017 · Getting into Shape · Personal

Healthy Update: March 2017.

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If you’ve been around a while then you probably remember that I did monthly workout goals and updates for a little while, then felt that it was really repetitive and not particularly interesting so I dropped writing those posts monthly. Well, I’ve gotten into a more healthy mindset as of recently and have decided to bring this series back, but instead of doing it monthly like I did before I’ve decided to do it quarterly. I figured doing it once every three months, or when the seasons change, would be fun and accomplish what I want it to do without bombarding you guys with the same information, plus it isn’t that fun to just keep spitting out the exact same information, as one would probably assume.

I don’t know why I got into this kick, maybe it was a new year or maybe it was just time to get by butt in gear, but on February 1st I committed to a new workout regimen.  I said I was going to work out four days a week, every week and that was what I did. Then a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to do 100 days of working out with her,  it sounded like I could do light exercise some days so I said why not? Well, turns out one of her rules is sending each other a sweaty photo, which for sure meant that I couldn’t do simple light workouts. As of Sunday I was at day 17 and then Monday I got sick and was still sick on Tuesday, so I’ve been off the wagon 3 days now. I’m not sure if I plan to continue with the challenge but I do plan to continue working out four times a week once I feel back to normal. Working out every day is really hard and probably stupid, but I think that four times a week is a pretty good schedule for me. I’m really proud of myself for sticking to working out for the past month and a half, it’s not very much time but I’ve stuck with it and I’m proud of myself.

The thing that I might be struggling with a little bit is eating better, not say that I think I’m eating completely terribly but I could be doing better. So, that is something that I still need to work on and I think I’m am, but now that I’m working more I’m finding it a little bit harder to eat better, especially at lunch time when I often forget to make lunch or instead of going back to my apartment and making lunch I end up picking something up with everyone else, this is something that I for sure need to work on.

I don’t think I will be doing weight updates or measurement updates, I might tell you guys if I lost weight but I’m trying not to focus on the numbers as much and I’m just not sure that I want those numbers to be out there on the internet. I will personally be keeping track once a month, just because I think it’s something nice to have without being overwhelming or obsessive.

I think that’s really everything that I have to talk about in this post, I’ll be back with another one in three months to talk about how healthy life is going for me and post some updates, so I guess I’ll be talking to you guys about this again in the summer, but I’ll see you guys with a new post on Friday.

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