SHOP THE LOOK
The other day I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and realized that I have been so careful with my outfits and such. Now I’m not saying that I wear fishnets or crop tops on the daily (Definitely no fish nets for this mama lol), but I did feel like I should start playing with some wardrobe pieces I would love to share with you guys.
Any ladies who know me know I love a good leopard print or bold colors/patterns, and not just in clothing. Hence my newest Kate Spade leopard handbag! I think your wardrobe plays a big role in expressing who you are and your personality. My best friend, Lyndsey, who I’ve mentioned before is a teacher. She’s got Harlie’s bestie on the way in January, and she’s a very simple girl. We both poke fun of each other being total opposites, but yet such good, and life long friends. It just works. She’s a pale pink and burlap kind of girl, where I’m more Kate Spade black, hot pink, and glitter gold! What’s so funny though, is my home is nothing like my wardrobe. It’s rustic, with stone and brick, and no white counter tops in site!
So what’s it truly mean, and why is it important to step out of our comfort zones sometimes? Humans are creatures of comfort and habit. We get in routines and don’t veer off unless we have to. But when was the last time you were super proud of yourself for something that was in your routine, in your daily comfort zone?
When I was in my first year of college was when the economy started to bottom out. I was currently enrolled for a major of Business with a Minor in Spanish. My plan at the time was to graduate with a Business Major, be able to speak Spanish, and get my realtor license sometime during/after college to go and build houses with my dad and be able to sell them also. WHAT A DIFFERENT LIFE I LIVE! Toward the end of the second semester of my first year, I knew I was in the wrong field. I also didn’t want to graduate and not be able to work with the economy like it was and not looking to change anytime soon. So I did a little soul searching for a few weeks. What did I really want to do, no matter what anyone thought, no matter what kind of salary I would make, or degree I would need?
I had always thought doing something with hair and/or makeup would be fun. I never ever thought I would want to work and do hair at a hair salon 5 days a week. Finally, I found it.. Esthetician. I could become an esthetician and have unlimited options as to what I could do with that degree. Teach it, work it, open my own, work for a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, I could do makeup for TV and weddings. So I told my parents my plan and they were not so sure. That type of job wasn’t really a thing for their generation. But as most parents do, they said ok and supported my decision. I was 19 at the time.
Within the first week of classes I knew I was where I was suppose to be. The thought of only having night classes as my option to get this schooling made me second guess my decision, BUT I was wrong. I genuinely looked forward to going to class. Fast forward to the next to last quarter of classes… my teacher, Leonie was a strong, black woman from Jamaica. She was the “no B.S. type”, and would let you know when you were wrong. But she knew her stuff and she knew it well. We had a 2 week crash course on makeup and after learning the basics she cut out pictures from magazines and told us to pair up and recreate the looks. After class, she pulled me aside and asked if I ever thought about pursuing Makeup. I wasn’t sure what she meant by that, but I listened to what she had to say. She thought I had talent. One that stood out among my peers.
Long story short, I know this is a long detailed post BUT within 2 years of making my first set of business cards, and a $10/month wix.com website, I was doing makeup then hair also for 30+ weddings a year! I had to hire help because the bridal parties kept getting bigger and wanted both hair and makeup almost every time. I taught myself hair up/down-do’s and watched countless videos on YouTube, and attended classes I could afford. This was all while working during the week part time as a Medical Esthetician.
After having Harlie, I did take a big step back from doing weddings and such since the majority of that time working is on the weekends and I want to spend that with Harlie and Justin as a family more. I still do them on a referral basis. I don’t do much advertising anymore. If you’d like, you can see my profile and 60+ reviews on WeddingWire.com!
So BACK TO MY “Modest Instagram Feed”.. I’m going to try and really show my personality and more fun looks for you guys and see where that takes me. I love blogging, and think this could be my next career move. I know tons of people have a few different careers in their lifetime. I get bored quick, and that’s okay. It just means I have to constantly step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there to see what I can do!
Lastly, a few tips to try to push yourself to try something new:
1. Some of the best things happen when you’re uncomfortable. Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?”
2. Coach yourself. Write a list of pro’s vs con’s.
3. Don’t go at it alone. I had my parents 1/2 way there, but Justin has always supported any new adventure I wanted to try. This will also give you someone to vent to when parts of your new self fail, and they are there to pick you up!
What will you try in 2018 to step out of your routine and comfort zone? I’d love to hear!