No New Makeup November…

Hey Yinz Guys & Happy Friday! We made it through yet another week, and can you believe it’s already November? Like I swear January was just last week. So with this new month comes new routines and new goals, and also time to start saving and shopping for Christmas next month. My sister also celebrates her 30th birthday this month and I will be traveling to see her in Philly so I need to save all my coins and monies for all the upcoming spending I will be doing this month and next. Continue reading “No New Makeup November…”

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November: A New Routine Is Coming…

Ayyyye Yinz Guys and Happy November 1st! Yes…I’m ignoring the fact that my last post was in July…so yeah lol! But a lot has been going on with me, and I mean A LOT. From my love life to my personal life to my work life. I now work from home full time, I got a promotion and a nice little raise, my mental health has come leaps and bounds and while my physical health has taken a turn for the worse(no I’m not dying thankfully) I’m still here thoting and bopping. And speaking of thoting my love life…it’ still nonexistent. But I will hit on all these topics in their own blog post later this month, I promise. Continue reading “November: A New Routine Is Coming…”

Sole Patches Review…

Good Morning Yinz Guys, BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP…I hope you guys are already having a productive morning, cause I sure am. We’re grinding through yet another work week, so for me, that means another week of dressing up in business casual attire, and sometimes wearing dress shoes that can be little problematic for my feet. As I’ve mentioned a few times before on my blog, I suffer from what is called Rheumatoid Arthritis, so that means I sometimes experience knee and foot pains when wearing anything that isn’t a sneaker when I’m outside, inside I’m barefoot or wearing my favorite Duke University slippers. So for me, my works business casual dress/dress shoe attire requirements can sometimes cause an issue, even flats can be a problem. Thankfully I was given the chance to review Sole Patches in partnership with BrandBacker, and the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. This year I wanted to step up my dress game at work so that would mean not just wearing ugly but comfortable flats. Continue reading “Sole Patches Review…”

All Summer 17…

Hey Yinz Guys, and Happy Wednesday! So we’ve once again made it to the end of another work week, and if you’re lucky like I am, its Pay Day too. So this friday I wanted to touch on my Summer 2017 Goals. Recently I’ve been so determined to make a ton of lifestyle changes, so I figured writing them down and sharing them on here would how keep me motivated and accountable. So here’s a list of my Summer 17 Goals. These are in no particular order.

  • Go to the gym at least 3x a week
  • Drink more water
  • Get a personal trainer
  • Become a better cook
  • Go back to school
  • New job
  • Save at least $500 dollars by the end of the summer
  • Get my passport(yes I know I’m slacking)
  • Post at least 2x a week on my blog
  • Wake up at 6am every morning on the weekdays and 8m on the weekends
  • Rad at least 3 books this summer
  • Visit Lake Erie at least twice this summer
  • Visit family in Florida
  • Visit DC
  • Visit Philly
  • Make it to at least one music festival
  • Take my medication everyday
  • Journal more
  • Write in my prayer journal twice a day(once in the morning and once at night)
  • Read 1 bible verse a day
  • Make it to at least one Steelers preseason game
  • Take one yoga class a week

So that’s it for my Summer 2017 Goals. So far I’ve been doing really well with making it to the gym and drinking more water. I’ll be looking into getting a personal trainer next month and I’ll be headed to the library this weekend to pick up some new books. So what about you, what are some of your summer goals for this year. I would love to read them in the comment section below, I may even borrow some of them for my own lol. As always, thank you so much for the support.

Peace Yinz Guys
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I’m Back…Again (Update Part 1)

****TRIGGER WARNING: I touch on a really personal subject dealing with my mental being and mental health. I briefly talk about suicide and suicidal thoughts. If that is something that may trigger you in any type of way I advise not to read this post.****

Hey Yinz Guys,

Yes…I know, I know…I once again went MIA. But this time it wasn’t just due to a lack of inspiration, and since I like to keep it real on here…basically after ending a fairly new “situationship” with someone I had grown rather attached to and cared about, I had what one would call a mental breakdown and checked myself into the local psychiatric hospital. WHOA WHOA WHOA…wait…WHAT? Yes…I checked myself in after a long night of fighting off suicidal thoughts. Thankfully due to my background in the medical field for the past 4 years or so, I knew the thoughts that I was having weren’t ok and I knew that I needed to seek professional help. So the morning of April 13th, 2017 I checked myself into my former workplace and then spent the next 2 days in a mental hospital. I don’t want to get too much into all of that just yet because honestly, I feel that the whole experience deserves a dedicated post on its own…and right now I just want to keep this post upbeat and just a life update. I do want to make it clear that it wasn’t being dropped that set me on such a downward spiral, more just so the straw that broke the camels back. BUT I PROMISE I WILL DIVE MUCH DEEPER INTO EVERYTHING AND WILL BE BLOGGING ABOUT THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE REALLY SOON. Continue reading “I’m Back…Again (Update Part 1)”

#FridayFavorites…

Hey Yinz Guys & Happy Friday…and if you’re one of the lucky ones Happy Pay Day too! And YESSSS I am MAD late posting this…but today was the start of my 4 day weekend and I totally got up really late and forgot to schedule this post. So anywho…I’m coming to you with my 2nd week of #FridayFavorites where I plug some of my favorite things from the week. I kept to 7 items this time lol, but I hope you still enjoy this post. So here we go…

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Reading Material:

  • CRWN Magazine ~ A couple days ago I finally got my hand on CRWN Magazine Volume 01/Issue 01 with natural hair YouTube guru Naptural85(Whitney White) on the cover. And I am already in LOOOOVE with this magazine. I haven’t been able to actually sit down and get all into it, but the photos alone have already captured my heart. I can’t wait for the second issue.

 

 

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Fashion Items:

  • H&M Poncho ~ I picked up this awesome poncho from Buffalo Exchange on the South Side back in February. Because Pittsburgh weather is unpredictable this piece is great for layering under both my heavy and lite jacket as well as wearing alone with it’s not super cold but not that hot either.
  • Easy Spirit Shoes ~ These shoes are great for my arthritic feet lol…you read all about them in a previous post I wrote here.

 

 

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Hair Accessories:

  • Snappee Hair Ties ~ These hair ties make it extremely easy to put hair up in a high puff. I also haven’t had any issues with them pulling on my edges as well like I have experienced with other hair ties and scrunchies.

 

 

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Makeup:

  • Aboni Cosmetics ~ The 1st time I came across this brand it was when it was shared on a beauty blogger I follow on IG page. She was wearing the color Frenchie and I just had to have it. I also purchased Kiss & Tell and Daydream as well. I can’t wait to try out all 3 of these colors. And when I do I’ll make sure to post them on my IG.

 

 

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Music:

  • Humble by Kendrick Lamar ~ Does this really need an explanation?

 

 

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Podcast:

  • Hey, Girl by Alex Elle ~ I am such a fan of Alex Elle, from when she used to create and sell her own jewelry to now a 3-time author to self-care expert and now Podcaster. I like to listen to her podcast Hey Girl when I’m taking pictures or writing for my blog because it’s just really calming and uplifting. I have been getting back into listening to podcast regularly again, and this is up there with my top 3 favorites.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s favorites. I’ll return next week with a new list of things I’m favoring for that week, so make sure you check back in. You can also check out my favorites from last week here. Also in the comment section below, I would love to hear about your #FridayFavorites too. And like always, thank you so much for checking out my blog. I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Peace Yinz Guys

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Just Keep Writing(Finding My Inspiration Again)…

Growing up I use to write nonstop…like every day. Any free time I had I was writing something. Either is was a short story, a chapter story, a poem, letters to God and sometimes letters to my Dad who lived in North Carolina for a few years. It really didn’t matter what I was writing, I just had to write. I specifically remember writing a story that took me days to write, being that I was in grade school at the time most of my writing had to be done after homework was done at an after school program me and my sister attended. I really can’t remember what it was about…but I do remember feeling super attached and determined to write and finish this story. 

As I’ve gotten older not only have I gotten away from constantly writing I’ve also lost that intensity or drive to write. Don’t get me wrong my love for writing is still there so is my desire to write…it’s just that as I grew older and went farther in school and especially after the death of my father I lost my inspiration to write I guess. With being forced to write long papers in high school and during the time I did first attend college I lost my drive to read for entertainment and to write. Not until my mid 20’s after surviving 2 different domestic situations I found myself wanting to just write again. But this time my writing were mostly dark and depressing and nothing I ever wanted anyone to see.

That’s also around the time I discovered blogs and blogging. Blogging wasn’t anything at the time and the idea of sharing your thoughts and daily activity on the internet wasn’t a completely new idea to me either…but blogging also wasn’t what it is today. At that time blogging was still genuine and real and most bloggers probably had no idea that 1) they could or would eventually get paid to blog and that 2) it would catch on the way it has. Hell if I knew I would have really stuck with my 1st real blog and stayed consistent with it. But I let life situation derail me and keep me from blogging(sounds familiar huh lol). 

But now that I’m older, wiser and really trying to take this blogging thing seriously while also furthering my education and career in the writing/social media/mass media market I’m really in search of my inspiration and gain that passion, love, and desire to write again. I keep hearing from fellow bloggers, friends, family and other loved ones that the key to getting back into the swing of things is to JUST WRITE. Anytime you get a few minutes to yourself…WRITE. When an idea for a blog post pops into your head, don’t trust yourself to remember to blog about it later…WRITE the idea down. And then when you get home set at least an hour aside each day just so that you can focus on WRITING. So yes…I’m short of a hardheaded and a procrastinator and I live off my emotions and allow my emotions and other people to throw me off track but this time I am super duper committed to doing all of these things in the month of April. 

I’ve already started, I actually started last week and that’s what resulted in my latest post for #FridayFavorites. And when I started thinking about the idea for this post I immediately grabbed my iPhone 6s+ and started writing in my Google Docs(I really love this app). And we’ll here I am, 15 mins later and I actually have a new blog post for Yinz guys today. BLOOP BLOOP BLOOP…but I also know I can’t become content with this post I have to keep the momentum going and keep writing. So here’s to trying to figure this whole new journey out and getting my mojo back Yinz guys. 

When you’re feeling uninspired or feeling like you can’t do something that you normally love to do, how do you get your mojo or inspiration back? Do you step away from it for awhile or do you keep doing it until it comes back to you? I would love to know in the comment section below. Also if you have any advice or tricks please let me know below as well…ALL ADVICE IS WELCOMED & NEEDED. But that’s all for today. And like always thank you so much for checking and reading the blog…it seriously means a lot to me. Here’s to a productive week ahead of us…and yet another short week for me lol.

Peace Yinz Guys!!!

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#FridayFavorites…

Hey Yinz Guys & Happy Friday! We made it through yet another work week…YAAAAASSSS!

This week was actually a short one for me being that I was on vacation for the beginning part of it, so this week flew by for me.

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have seen me mentioning losing inspiration and desire to write due to lack of creativity and writer’s block. I’m still very much going through these same issues but I also know that if I don’t start blogging regardless of these feelings…I never will. So #FridayFavorites is my 1st attempt to getting myself out of this writer’s block rut. So the plan is on every Friday to share my favorites from that week. It can be a number of things, from beauty products, fashion items and music. I know a bunch of other bloggers do similar post, but here’s to me getting myself out of this “blah” feeling that I’m going through while also sharing things that I love…and I hope you find some things you may enjoy as well. SO LET’S GET RIGHT INTO IT!

Reading Materials:

•Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by: Shonda Rhimes

•Bust Magazine April/May 2017-Volume 104 with Solange on the cover

•Ebony Magazine March 2017 with Jurnee Smollett-Bell on the cover

•Time special edition dealing with Mindfulness The New Science of Health and Happiness

Snacks: 

•Haribo Gold-Bears Gummi Candy(gummi bears) ~ I have been munching on these like crazy this past week. I’m sure I have went through like 4 bags already lol.

Drinks:

•Water ~ If you know me, you know that I’m not big on drinking water, especially when it comes to drinking it with a meal. But recently I’ve been trying to up my water intake for a bunch of reasons, but mainly because I always see a huge difference in my skin and hair when I’m drinking water regularly. So to help encourage with my intake, I got myself a cute new water bottle from Family Dollar for only $5…yup $5. It’s my favorite color and it fits right in my work bag without taking up too much space.

Fashion Items:

•”Destiny” Gold Frame Clear Lens glasses from Fashion Freak Necc Vintage(FFNV) ~ I posted a picture of me wearing these on my IG last week while in Philly, and since then I have gotten so many inquires about where I got them from. This is my 3rd pair from the locally, black, female owned business. The customer service is top notched, and they are mailed out right away in a box that keeps your glasses safe from any damage during shipping. I would definitely recommend her for all your fashion glasses and sunglasses needs.

•St. Anthony Alex & Ani bracelet ~ This past birthday in February I received my first few Alex & Ani bracelets, and I’ve been hooked ever since. You may not know this, but I attended catholic schools from kindergarten all the way till the 12th grade, so I am somewhat familiar with catholic patron saints and their meanings and stuff like that. But there has been one patron saint that has always stuck with me since I first learned about him in the 1st grade. And that is St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. It was explained to us in 1st grade that if you ever lost/misplaced something, you should pray to St. Anthony asking for help with finding said lost item. So whenever I lose something and I’m getting super frustrated, I take a second and pray to St. Anthony…and well all I’m going to say is I usually find what I’m looking for. So when I found out Alex & Ani had a St. Anthony bracelet I knew I had to have it. So I was super geeked when my mom surprised me with the bracelet last Thursday before I left for Philly.


Beauty Items:

•Forever Young by Jean Pierre sheet mask from 5 Below ~ Now I don’t know about you guys but I love skin care, especially when it’s affordable. I’m always an avid shopper of 5 Below, so I was excited to see that my local store carried a variety of different facial beauty products. One of them being these sheet mask that you can get 5 for $5.


Music:

•Pray for Better by Kanayo King ~ Rather I’m cleanin up around the house, at work, at the gym or just laying around in my room…I’m usually listening to music. The past couple of weeks I’ve been listening to like the same 5 songs on repeat. One of those songs are from up and coming Atlanta rapper Kanayo King. His single Pray for Better has made its way to all of my current playlists, like my playlist for the gym, the ride home and when I need some hype music at work to help me stay up lol. He also recently dropped the video for Pray for Better last month that you can check out here. He can be found on Soundcloud and iTunes as well. If you’re a Future or Migos fan I think you’ll enjoy Kanyo King as well.


Miscellaneous:

•Hustle notebook from MyTaughtYou.com ~ If you’re not familiar with Myleik Teele founder of curlBox and just an all around awesome and inspiring person…then you need to get with it. If you’re a natural girl like I am, I’m sure you’re familiar with her monthly hair care subscription service called curlBox. But did you know she always has her own Podcast that can be found on PodOmatic and iTunes as well. If you’re familiar with her podcast then you’re more than likely familiar with her yearly journals/notebooks that she has been selling the past 3 years I believe. The notebooks can be used to jot down different ideas or dates. I like to use it to write down ideas for blogging topics as well rough drafts for my blog posts. What I like about the notebooks are that the first 10 or so pages are filled with tips and inspirations to achieve whatever goals you have set at the beginning of the year. So if you aren’t familiar with Myleik, I highly suggest you get familiar by checking her out here, here, here, and her podcast  here. If you have periscope you can also check her out here.

•Audiology headphones I got from Half Price Bookstore for under $8 ~ They’re no Beats by Dre, but they get the job done when I’m in the gym, and you can’t beat the price.

•MacBook Air ~ I’ve had my MacBook Air for a few years now, and I’m still in love with it. Its light, and I can carry it with me everywhere without it weighing me or my bag down.

•iPhone 6s+ ~ I mean do I really need to explain lol


Well that’s it for this week. I hope you guys enjoyed this new installment on the blog. I’ll return next week with a new list of things I’m favoring for that week, so make sure you check back in. Also in the comment section below I would love to hear about your #FridayFavorites too. And like always, thank you so much for checking out my blog. I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Peace Yinz Guys!

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Practicing Thankfulness…

 

Good Morning Yinz Guys & Happy 1st Day of Spring on this Monday morning to start off the work week right! You prob can’t tell just by reading this…but y’all I’m in such a good mood. There’s a few reasons why but mainly because when I went to bed last night I said “Courtney tomorrow you’re going to have a good day…NO MATTER WHAT. You are going to wake up being thankful and full of gratitude.” And that’s exactly what I did.

I spent this past weekend in bed with a cough, stuffy nose and sore throat. Thankfully by Sunday night I was feeling a lot better, actually the best I have in a few weeks. I’m sure it’s been all the late nights that finally caught up to me. So I really did nothing but lay around, drink some tea and I also finally felt up to washing my hair as well. Another thing I finally got around too was changing my template for the blog(if you haven’t noticed the change then…suprise lol). But since I spent the weekend alone I had a lot of time to think about my future and how much I wanted to accomplish this year. Then I thought about how lucky I am NOW. And even though I may not vocalize it enough I am really THANKFUL for everything that I currently have. But again, like I said…I don’t vocalize it as nearly as much as I do about the things I don’t like that is going on around me. Like not being financially where I want to be, or not enjoying my place of employment. Also lately I’ve been so hard on myself when it comes to my physical appearance. I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last couple weeks constantly being told how beautiful I am, which normally would have me out in these steeets really feeling myself. But since I turned 32 last month, not only do I not feel like I’m no my best looking self, I’ve also been having a hard time with just responding with a “Thank You” when I’m complimented on my looks. Crazy right? Like here I am meeting someone who has none stop told me how beautiful I am…and I can’t even just say “Thank You”.

Also, when it comes to work, I’m sure my co-worker hates me sometimes lol. Because all it takes is one crappy call to really put me in a bad mood. Then I end up spending the whole shift complaining about EVERYTHING. I’ve even gotten to the point where I hate to even hear myself complaining. So if I’m over my complaining I know she is. So today when I came into work I even made an announcement that today I was going to be extremely positive and full of gratitude for this job that I have. It may not be the job that I wanted but it is not a busy or too stressful of a job which allows me to write and blog in between work. Another thing I’ve noticed is once I start compiling it’s really hard for me to get out of that funk and stop complaining which I also think is a extremely aggravating. So I decided that even if I get frustrated I’m not going to go off on a tangent and allow a little frustration drag me down for the whole day.’

I’m also back to writing in my “Prayer Journal”. When it comes to me and faith I like to treat it as a personal journey. My family on both sides belong to churches and I attended Catholics schools from K-12th grade. So I definitely believe in God and faith…but it might not be in the most traditional way. But there’s one thing I strongly believe in and that’s prayer. So for the past couple of years I’ve kept a prayer journal where I did some bible studying on my own with help of a few books my Grandmother and Aunt from my father’s side got me years ago. (Link books…and explain that you also brought one on your own). I’ve noticed that when I regularly write in it, I feel less anxious, much lighter and a lot calmer. It helps me let go of things and just let them be and trust that things will be alright. Now I’m not the best at always being consistent…but if you’re a long time reader of this blog I’m sure you know this by now lol. But when I am writing in it I like to do it mainly before I go to sleep, and sometimes when I wake up. For it’s the best way to end my day and sometimes start it.

So you’re probably wondering why I’m saying all of this, well because I came across a great quote the other night while scrolling on Pinterest and it triggered me to want to do better when it came to me being thankful and showing more gratitude for the things I do have and stop worrying about what I don’t have…yet. The quote said “It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.”. And for some reason that quote just hit me like “WOW”…here I am complaining about having to return to work on Monday and how I hate this or hate that and how unhappy I am cause of these things…when in reality I’m the only one who is in charge of my happiness. And that maybe if I found things to be thankful for I would be a lot happier. So my challenge for this whole week is to make sure I stay happy…no matter what. Now I’m not saying I won’t get upset about something or want to flip a table…I mean cause I’m still human. But I will deal with these situation in a calmer and better manner and not dwell on them and allow them to ruin my whole day. I also challenge you this week to keep a positive mindset and to be thankful for the things you have that make you happy. Also I want to know what are some ways in which you practice thankfulness and gratitude, I would love see what you guys do when you feel like nothing’s going right.

Well that’s all I have for today. Thank you for checking out this #MotivationalMonday post. I hope you all have a great rest of the day and week.

Peace Yinz Guys

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Goals For My 32nd Year…

Hey Yinz Guys & Happy Monday! How was your weekend…my weekend wasn’t too exciting, but I did start my second job which is a part-time retail gig. Which I guess is exciting because that means I’ll have some extra income coming real soon. Other then that I spent it at home trying to rest up for this week. I mentioned on Friday that for the next few weeks I will be sharing my 2017 goals for #MotivationalMondays. I guess it like a little blogging mini series lol, so today I’m going to start off with my “Personal Goals for 2017”. These goals will actually fall into my more specific goals but this just sums up some of the most important goals from all the categories. Continue reading “Goals For My 32nd Year…”