Peter Pan

This morning I sat down at my desk to get ready like I do every morning.  I grabbed my makeup bag and started pulling out the makeup I needed to use.  As I was getting out my make-up, I couldn’t find my mascara for some reason.  Being slightly irritated and confused, I started riffling through my makeup bag looking for my mascara. To my surprise, I had already pulled out my mascara bottle and put it on my desk a few minutes prior.  I was so relieved and happy when I found it!  As I sat there, finally putting on my make-up, I started thinking about what had just happened.  While this was a simple little mistake / misplacement, it reminded me of one very important word: HAPPINESS

Our happiness is much like the mascara bottle, something that we already have / are capable of having we just don’t realize it sometimes.  We misplace it by relying on people and things to make us happy, even though these things never will.  We can’t rely on anyone or anything to make us happy.  Many times it seems as though we live in ‘Nevergonnabehappyland’ just waiting for someone to change our circumstances by sprinkling some magic fairy dust on our heads.  Joy is only found in the Lord, so why do we try so hard to find substitutes?  When someone treats us badly or we don’t get the raise we wanted at work, we trade in our happiness for frustration, disappointment, anger, and so on.  While we may have every reason under the sun and right to feel this way, this is an immature way of living.  Sure, we can live in a Peter Pan kind of mentality and refuse to grow past temporary happiness, but by doing so we will be missing blessings that God has for us along the way. 

Everyday that you wake up is a gift.  While some days it may not feel like it, it is.  Monotony can be a buzz-kill and steal your joy if you let it, anything can.  The world will do anything in its power to try to steal your joy.  That’s why every morning when you wake up you need to decide: am I going to keep my peace today no matter what life throws my way or will I sacrifice my happiness to the first moment of adversity that I meet?  Am I going to sacrifice who I am to make someone else happy or am I going to live for God and be happy to be who He created me to be?  Remember: the joy of the Lord is our strength.

“You have put more joy in my heart than when their grain and wine abound.”– Psalm 4:7

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

If we continue to sacrifice our happiness and go through the day frustrated and discouraged, we make things so much more difficult than they need to be.  Our strength comes from joy and our joy should come from knowing that we are God’s chosen ones and that He loves us!  Whether you feel like it or not, He created you for an amazing purpose.  Out of everyone in the world, He chose you for amazing things ahead.  That’s right, YOU.  Your life isn’t just something you should go through begrudgingly, BE HAPPY!  God has given us everything we need to be happy and to be happy today! Don’t waste it. Grow in your faith and live happy! 🙂

Unstoppable Shadow Stick – Maybelline New York

Eye shadow is a great tool to highlight your eyes but do you ever feel like you have to apply it multiple times a day just to keep the color fresh?  Do you also find yourself using multiple colors just to create the shading that you want?  If you’re in the same boat as me then I would like to share my latest discovery with you:  the Unstoppable Shadow Stick!  Not only will the color last all day, you can create lighter and more intense shades with just one stick!

The last time that I went to the Dollar Tree I was surprised to find Maybelline eye shadows so I thought I would give them a try.  After using it once I was completely hooked!  I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use!  The shadow stick didn’t smudge, it didn’t feel heavy or wet on my eyes, and the fresh color lasted all day long.  That is why I am totally in love with…the Unstoppable Shadow Stick!

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Where can I purchase them?  As I mentioned, I purchased the shadow sticks from the Dollar Tree for only $1!  It was quite the steal!  If you do not have a Dollar Tree nearby you may want to check your local Wal-Mart, Target or Walgreen’s.  You can also order similar shadow sticks online off of Maybelline’s website.  While the same shades that I purchased are no longer available on the Maybelline website, they do offer basically the same technology only in different shades: http://www.maybelline.com/Products/Eye-Makeup/Eye-Liner/Eye-Studio-Master-Smoky-Longwearing-Shadow-Pencil.aspx?looks=Eyes&cm_mmc=LabeliumSearch-_-GoogleGeneric-_-MNY+Eyes-_-shadow%20stick&gclid=CNSLkPHH3bgCFQ1gMgodSyYA-w

Now that I have purchased mine, how do I use it?  When I apply my eye shadow every day I usually do the following steps:

A)     Twist up the tip of the shadow stick so that it is about 1/8 of an inch above the top of the container.

B)      Gently run shadow stick across entire eyelid to create a lighter, more even color.  (If desired, you can also use the shadow stick on the inside corners of your eyes and/or your brow bone.  In order to do so, just glide the stick very gently across to achieve a very light color.)

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C)      In the outer creases of your eyes, apply multiple layers to achieve the color that you like.

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D)     Wear all day and don’t worry about color fading or smudging! (To remove the eye shadow, simply use baby oil or any make-up remover.)

I hope that you enjoy this product as much as I do!  Have fun with it, play with different shades!  Create a fun look that fits you!  You’re beautiful just the way you are! 🙂

Inspired By 100% Love

Fashion is an exciting industry that can prove to be a challenge to enter.  So how does one become a clothing designer?  Just ask Maya Nur, creator of 100% Love clothing line.  Maya is an up and coming fashion designer with brilliant designs and a great outlook on fashion!  With her shop currently located in Seminyak, Indonesia, she has found a way to get her clothes to customers all over the world.  Using bright colors, fun fabrics, and creative designs Maya has found a way to give 100% Love a one of a kind look that everyone will love!  We caught up with Maya recently to learn more about her as a designer and to get an inside look at her new summer line:

1)       How did you begin designing clothes?

It started when I saw a couture gown by Jean-Paul Gaultier.  I can’t remember anymore what its look like, but I still can remember the feeling I got when I learned how interesting and fun fashion can be.  From there, I began drawing and sketching anything that came into my mind and started making my own clothes.

 

2)       What is the target market (age group) for your line?

Honestly, rather than an age group, my target market is for people that like to experiment, try something different and just have fun wearing my clothes.  

 

3)       What inspired you to create your new summer line?

I think right now, I am intrigued by geometric shapes.  From there I created a summer line that is sporty but yet romantic. 

 

4)       How would readers go about ordering your clothes and accessories?

I have a shop in Etsy : MayaNUR 100%Love and my official website is www.mayanur.web.id  All my clothes are made in Bali using a very environmental production.  It’s all hand made by people from my shop and work with only 100%Love.  That is where the name of my line came from because I believe that clothes that are made with love and happiness will also bring joy to the people who wear them.  Every art has a soul, like the Mona Lisa that smiles at you.  I would like to believe that I’m making little Mona Lisa’s and spreading it to the world.

 

Check out these 100% Love fashions!

Drape Button-up Back Top and Tulip Flower Prints Hot Pants

hot pants

Flower Print Crop Top

crop top

Flower Print Body Suit

top

Flower Print Mini Skirt

  mini skirt

Collar Check Racer Top

  racer top

Pastel Purple and White Feathers Earrings

feather earrings

Be sure to check out more of Maya’s 100% Love Clothing Line by visiting:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MayaNUR/121222404630678

Etsy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/MayaNUR?ref=seller_info

Website – http://www.mayanur.web.id/home

Letting Go and Hanging On

Sometimes it feels like my life is a scene out of a movie.  Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the scene where the girl gets a huge promotion, finds her prince charming, and lives happily ever after.  You see, my scene is about 20 minutes before that.  During the time when she’s trying to figure out what she wants out of life.  Who will she be?  Will she ever get married?  What career will she have?  This is the process that my mind has continuously gone through.  I have so many dreams in my heart that I am just waiting to see come to pass and (I’m sure like many of you) I was getting impatient and anxious.

So what did I do?  I would reason, trying and trying and trying to think of all the different paths to take to make my dreams come true.  In the end, it proved to have the same effect as banging my head against a wall!  My reasoning only left me frustrated and discouraged.  Them my human nature got the best of me and I decided to throw myself a little pity party.  I thought “God, why aren’t my dreams coming true?” “Why do I see no movement?” I knew my thought process was wrong, but really, why wasn’t I seeing any movement?  I then felt God tell me that I could think and plan all I want but only He knows the perfect plan for my life and can make my dreams come true.  So why worry about it?  Why waste a single moment fretting over my future when God has the perfect plan?

This is the point when I learned that I needed to let go.  Let go of all of my worries about the future and just trust God 100% with my life.  And whether I see it or not, He is working behind the scenes to make all of my dreams come true in His timing.  After all, only He can give me the strength, talent, love, care and courage that I need to shine bright in this dark world.  Ultimately, the purpose of my life is to serve Him and to be who He created me to be.  While I’m not exactly sure what He has in store for my future, I am working on building my faith and trust in Him no matter what my circumstances are.  Here are a couple of verses that are helping me to build faith and trust:

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  – Proverbs 3:5-6

While I’m not sure what fairytale ending God has in store for my life, I am learning to let go of my plans and worries.  Instead, I’m learning to totally trust Him and am hanging on to His word and plan for my life.

Here are a few songs that have also helped to encourage me and build my faith and trust:

“Let Go” – Barlow Girl http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=53356694&ac=now

“I’m Letting Go” – Francesca Battistelli http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=53356694&ac=now

“Hanging On” – Britt Nicole http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=53356694&ac=now