A Look Back at My 2016 Resolutions

Last year I wrote a post titled: 5 #Realistic New Year Resolutions, where I laid out my goals for the year. With 2017 in sight, I want to look back at how I did!

1. Do 14 sun salutations every day: While I’m not sure I stuck to the exact number of 14 sun salutations everyday, yoga did become a bigger part of my workout and relaxation routine. I’m excited to continue this and even kick it up a notch in the new year. Handstands I am coming for ya!

2. Send greeting cards to family and friends: This goal originated from my Grandma who is known for sending cards all the time. I personally look forward to my “just checking in” card every month. I really enjoy how thoughtful this small act is, and I found great joy in carrying this out in my own life. I sent birthday cards, condolences cards, and hey you’re a great friend cards! #success

3. Finish the Bible in a year: Well. Um. I got to March, and then when I fell off I beat myself up about it. So there was a small time period this year when I wasn’t actively pursing a personal relationship with the Lord, simply out of shame. After some good discipleship I was reminded that our Heavenly Father shows us grace, and I need to show myself grace in order to move on. So I did that, and grace has honestly been the theme of this year. There are ebbs and flows to every relationship and as I mature in my relationship with the Lord I understand this better and I’m more encouraged to stick it out during the times I feel more distant.

4. Save more money: Last year I saved every $5 bill I got and it worked really well. This year I didn’t do as much babysitting as I had in the past year so I wasn’t getting my hands on cash as often. I did do a major nannying job over the summer, and all the money I made went directly to my savings account and I have only touched $100 of it, so I’m pleased with that. One of my 2017 goals is to keep up with my monthly spending, so we will see how that goes.

5. Have faith in God’s plan: This is easier said than done. I’ve had a job secured for a while now, but when the time came do officially sign the papers I did have some unexpected hesitation about the future it would lay out for me for the next 4 years. Also, with a boyfriend now, his decisions do influence my life to some degree and since we are both graduating college this upcoming semester, a lot of changes are in sight. Having faith in God’s plan is a continual goal because we can plan all we want, but He is in charge.

Overall, I’m really happy with the goals I set last year. For 2017, I don’t have any specific ideas, mostly because so much of the year is so unknown. I’ll be graduating, moving to a new city, and be living the real adult lifestyle. I’m playing with the idea of having monthly goals which is something I can keep  track of in my new bullet journal (blog post to come). 2016 wasn’t too shabby for me personally, and I’m excited for what 2017 may hold!




Marc Jacobs Lip Créme: A Review

Hey y’all!

I think it is about time I add a beauty section to my blog because here is another make-up review! Influenster.com sent me a complimentary Marc Jacobs Lip Créme lip liner and gloss to review. By habit I call anything that comes with a brush and a tube “gloss” but they call this a lip créme.

I have mentioned before that I don’t care too much about brands and labels when it comes to most make-up, unless it is for my lips. NARS is my everything, and I will gladly pay the ~$32 for it. In the past I have been sent lipstick by Make Up Forever and while I liked it, it didn’t compare to anything I’ve gotten from NARS. I have also tried the tried matte lip “gloss” from ColourPop and while I wanted to believe in the hype, it just dried my lips out and it was all around bad (I have two that I don’t use so holla if you happen to want them). So, when I got this product I was a little skeptical, but in the end, pleasantly surprised!

First, I have never used a lip liner before so this was a new experience. Normally I just line my lips with the lipstick I am using then color in between the lines. The liner was a perfect color match and I really think it did its job–300 (Nude)ist. Though when I received the product the twist aspect had the liner pushed all the way up and it didn’t feel stable within the pencil. While I understand why a lip liner may be necessary for a liquid lippie like this, for $24 I’m not sure it is something I would purchase on my own.

Next, I applied the the actual lip cremé–450 Hot Cocoa. It went on smooth, the color is quite pigmented, and it didn’t immediately dry out my lips. It has a satin/velvet finish and I think this natural nude color complimented my skin tone nicely. In addition, the smell of some liquid lippies bother me, but it wasn’t a problem for this product. The real test for me is how long the wear is. I applied it around 11:30am and it still looked good after my 5pm workout! This is a product I would definitely purchase on my own. I’m looking at the creamy nude rose or peach nude shade next!

The Lip Créme retails at Sephora for $28. The Poutliner Lip Liner retails at Sephora for $24.