So I woke up on this beautiful Saturday morning in L.A and wanted to start my day with a new ritual of the five things I’m grateful for.
I’ve decided I wanted to start every morning doing this and see if it helps change my mood. Will it set the stage for what usually seems to be a daily challenge of, A) having too much on my plate and B) dealing with nonsense? I know everyone can relate to living a hectic lifestyle. Whether it be your career, family, health concerns, money issues or ALL of the above, life is just pretty darn stressful! Ugh. But we all have many things to be grateful for everyday.
Today, one of the things I’m grateful for is that I’m super vocal. In fact, I rarely have a problem expressing myself. Of course, it should always be done in a tasteful way, but I believe having a voice and being heard is very empowering. Often times, I find myself fighting for others who don’t feel comfortable allowing their voice to be heard. We all have different personalities and comfort zones. Not everyone is comfortable voicing their opinion or coming to the aid of someone that is afraid to speak up.
So I challenge all of you to find five things every day you are grateful for (even if it might seem like the smallest thing, for instance, running water). It’s amazing when you take a few minutes out of your day to count your blessings. It can instantly change your mood and set the tone for your entire day. After all, beauty is only skin deep, but having a beautiful soul simply radiates from within… and a little lipstick never hurt either!
I try and live my life as organically and real as I can. Living in L.A. consists of a lot of “Smoke and Mirrors” but I have always embraced the fact that I am flawed just like everyone else. I have insecurities, I’ve lost at love over and over again, I’ve experienced illnesses, depression, deaths and heartache beyond belief…but at the end of the day, I wouldn’t change my path or journey for anything. My rough road has lead me to become a voice for many people afraid to speak up and ask for help. There are so many people that have shown me love throughout my life and the one’s that stuck around during my darkest days are the people in my life I will forever cherish. LOVE is one of the most important feelings to embrace during our lifetime. Love also comes in many forms. My family is the reason I continue to grow and become stronger every day. My friends (& you know who you are) that have been by my side through the good and bad times are truly a god send and last but not least, my pets have always brought me the purest form of unconditional love. In light of what has been transpiring around me the past few weeks, I thought my post should be reflective of my actual feelings and not about a beauty product. After all, LOVElooks great on everyone. Love yourself and the world will love you right back…I promise!
For those of you that know me personally, you know my family means more to me than anything. I have always been an open book with my readers and when I started this blog a year and half ago it was in the midst of a devastating breakup. What most of you don’t know, is a year earlier my identical twin Julie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I often times find writing and posting pictures therapeutic and this blog has become so much more than just a hobby to me. In a world that is greatly consumed with painting a perfect picture via social media, life isn’t always what it seems. I will tell you that there are a handful of people in my life that have been my support system. It’s amazing how a few people can help you get through your darkest days.
This past month, my sister decided to come out and start talking about her MS. I will tell you, each person with MS has a different journey. My sister has good days and bad days, but she is one of the strongest people I know. I was in denial for the first year. I didn’t want to learn anything about the disease. I was afraid to read what MAY happen. I will tell you, with all of the facts and research going on I truly believe there will be a cure for MS in the next ten years. I think one of the hardest parts about this disease are the misconceptions and I will say, sometimes people just say dumb stuff! A lot of people automatically think of Annette Funicello when they hear the word MS. As many of you probably know, Jack Osbourne also has MS and he is doing great. I have friends with family members that have had MS for thirty plus years and they are healthy, walking and living normal lives. A close friend of mine has a friend with MS who runs marathons.
There are so many great charities around the world that are paving the way to find a cure for MS. As you all know, I’m a huge shoe fanatic. Brian Atwood has partnered with Donald Robertson for a brilliantly curated collection of heels with the proceeds going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Race to Erase MS is another great charity that has been heavily involved in finding a cure and they have the support of many actors and celebrities as well. Their annual gala has brought in millions of dollars for research. My sister is starting her own charity and is also about to start filming a documentary on her journey with MS. We have been blessed to have been raised in the entertainment industry from a very young age, so the amount of support has been amazing. Sometimes in life, we have to take a misfortune and turn it into a blessing. MS has given my sister a voice and has also attached a face, one of the many faces of MS to this disease.
I think in life, we sometimes find ourselves in the midst of a wakeup call. I will tell you, life is short so make it count. Don’t sweat the small stuff and tell the people that matter the most in life how much you love them..every day. I try and check myself in those moments when I’m complaining about something trivial. I’m truly lucky to have my health, the best family and friends on the planet and I’m also living my dream… and to my support system (you know who you are!) I love you more than you will ever know. I’m one lucky girl! xx
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and you’re as excited about the New Year as I am! First and foremost, I apologize for the lack of posts the past month. Like many of other people around the world, the last month of the year was less than stellar. I was deeply affected by the passing of my dear friend Chris who was tragically killed in a car accident leaving his wife and two young boys behind. It truly broke my heart. It has been a lot to process and I’m still coming to terms with the fact that he’s gone. But I know Chris would not want me spending too much time mourning his loss and I can hear his voice telling me to “Stop being sad” and that this is what God had in his plan.
As you all know, I’m pretty much an open book, and as much as I love sharing my favorite skincare products and cosmetics with you, I also like sharing my stories and my life. We are all on this planet to make connections and a difference. I truly believe we all have a path to follow that is all our own. So in this New Year, I am ready to leave the past behind, treasure my beautiful memories of the loved ones I’ve lost and all that I have gained through one of the hardest years of my life. I am truly blessed to have been on this journey of mine for the past few years. I have also had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people on this crazy ride that have helped me get to the point I am today. For that, I will forever be grateful-
There are so many great things in the works for 2016 and I’m so grateful for the love and support you have shown me since the launch of Must Love Lipstick a few years ago. I never thought in a million years I would have the platform to reach so many people from around the globe. It is a blessing that I embrace each and every day. So as I KISS OFF 2015 and welcome the NEW YEAR, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart- xx
Those of you that know me, know, I’ve had a pretty rough past few years. I also have so many reasons to be grateful and I most certainly am! I have an amazing family, wonderful friends, my health, a great home, my blog, and a million opportunities right now. I have been talking a lot about social media with friends and family. I think in today’s society, people’s lives seem perfect in pictures. The reality is, everyone is going to have rough times in their lives at some point, most people just aren’t willing to share it. I realize my hard times are no different than anyone else’s. Maybe slightly different circumstances than the next person, but equally as painful when you are going through it. From my twin sister being diagnosed with MS, a horrible breakup from a man that I realized was a complete fraud and losing one too many loved ones to death, I was definitely overwhelmed and changed forever. I also have an amazing support system (and you know who you are!) In the midst of this dark time, I decided to start my blog, which became very therapeutic for me. It was a great creative outlet that allowed me to share my opinions and my personal stories.
About a year and a half ago, I was blessed to have a man come into my life that has truly become my best friend. He is the voice of reason, even on my darkest days. He is my biggest fan and I am his. Having a great support system really helps us as people move on to the next chapter of our lives. All of these hard moments, as well as the amazing moments we experience in life, are all part of our journey. As I’m sitting here today trying to get over a really bad cold and feeling horrible, I have had some time to reflect on a lot of things. I keep reminding myself to smile. The best advice my best friend ever gave me was “Smile, even when you’re sad, it’s impossible to be sad when you are actually smiling!” FACT! Honestly, a smile is your best accessory. When you put on your lipstick, it looks best when you smile. When you are in a room surrounded by hundreds of people, the woman that stands out is in the crowd is the one smiling! And guess what? Nothing leaves a lasting impression like a genuine heartfelt smile. So today, no matter how you are feeling…smile and be proud of how far you’ve come! I most certainly am- xo
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