Life Goals & Dreams | Bucket List

I've been doing a lot of reflection about my life recently--looking back at my past accomplishments, mistakes and how my goals and dreams have transformed and shaped like a living, breathing being. A greater number of life changes have come flying my way in the past 3 months than in my whole life combined. Some daunting and petrifying, some exciting and truly wonderful--but all firmly gripping onto a vast array of emotions and responsibilities. There are times I feel as if I am blindly free-falling off a cliff with my limbs flailing in protest and other times where I catch my breath in wondrous awe like Harry Potter in his discovery of magic.
I feel it is best to put pen to paper when you want things to happen. Whether it is writing a grocery list or signing the constitution, ink offers a permanence that holds the power to calm the mind or set forth things in motion. I sat down to write this list in order to accomplish both. I want to grip this short life by the horns and start checking off the things that make me happy, inspired and driven. If you are wondering how any of this is remotely relevant to this little beauty blog, the answer is in the name. For so long I've wanted this blog to be so much more than about the superficial--the makeup, the products, the brands. "The Beauty Book" is also becoming about the little things I find beautiful in life. The things that are sentimental and meaningful.
My list includes dreams and goals both big and small. Short-term and long-term. Silly and serious. I'm letting the sky be the limit regardless of whether it is foolish or unrealistic. After all, you never know how life can surprise you. :)

List of Life Goals & Dreams:

- start my own makeup line/brand or develop my own product
- get a dog (or two...)
- raise kind, thoughtful children
- visit Thailand, New Zealand, Bali, Australia, Hawaii, South Africa, Hong Kong
- write a children's/fantasy novel or series
- have my blog featured in a magazine!
- work with a cool makeup brand on a fun project
- swim with a whale shark
- witness a miracle
- see Les Miserables in London or on Broadway
- record a demo/CD
- buy our first house
 - swim in the Dead Sea
- visit an Aztec Temple, the Great Pyramids, the studio's of my favorite authors, Machu Picchu, Palenque, the Parthenon, Versailles & Auschwitz.
- meet someone (or all) of the Breaking Bad cast
- run a fun 5k race--like the Color Run, etc.
- go to an EDM festival--Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, etc.
-always write and send nice Thank You cards for small kindnesses
- be invited to the VMA's, Grammys, Emmys as a beauty insider!
- go scuba diving
- hit 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel! (short-term goal :) )
- meet some of my favorite beauty gurus (Nicole Guerrero, Jaclyn Hill, Carli Bybel, Amanda Ensing)
- do a fun video collab with one of my favorite beauty gurus
- re-visit LA
- play the new Fallout 4 video game (so excited!)
- go deep-sea fishing
- book a ticket for the next random flight out and make an adventure out of it
- go on a "second honey moon" with my husband
- take a cooking class
- see a show in Vegas
- take a class/workshop from a celebrity makeup artist
- visit the headquarters of one of my favorite makeup brands (MAC, Revlon, L'Oreal...)
- pick up playing piano again
- impact someone's life in a major way
- be a member of the audience in a tv show (like the Ellen Degeneres show)
- take ballroom dancing lessons
- grow my own garden
- overcome my fear of public speaking, needles and sky diving (not sure if I wanna get over that one...)

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5 Beauty Lessons I Learned While Sick

The saying, "when it rains it pours" has been very true for me this past month. Apparently I've been walking under far too many ladders, breaking way to many mirrors, and unknowingly letting millions of black cats cross my path. Whatever the case--be it karma or some other unknown factor--June has just not been my month.

My husband and I (newlyweds, yay!) moved into our first official apartment together towards the beginning of the month and found out soon after that the tenants before us left the apartment infested with a happy family of thousands of fleas. I was apparently chosen as tribute to participate in their hunger games and broke out in an allergic reaction. To make it even juicier, only a few days later I fell ill with a kidney infection and a whole array of other medical complications.

Although it probably sounds like these situations have left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, I have actually come out of it with some valuable lessons that I am truly grateful for. Visits to the hospital and witnessing other patients there have actually reaffirmed to me how blessed and fortunate I am to not suffer with something much more serious or life-threatening.

Beauty wise, it taught me some great lessons that I will definitely be following more vigilantly from now on: 

1. Drink water like a fish- I have never liked the bland, boring taste of water and have always found it hard to gulp down a healthy amount. It is especially important to drink water while pregnant since your blood volume doubles and dehydration becomes a much more dangerous factor. Oops. When I do drink a lot of water, I always notice that I not only have much more energy, but my skin clears up and glows from within. In an effort to drink more, I have been adding lemon to my water and filling up a plastic canister to take with me everywhere. Something so simple as water really does do wonders. 

2. Sleep is irreplaceable- Getting your 8 hours of Zzz's is important for pretty much everything--stress levels, health, happiness--all of it. I fell in love all over again with the healing power of sleep while sick.  I even took some short naps to re-charge and felt like a different person when I woke up. Sleeping is the best anti-ager and treatment for those dark circles and gives the face a healthy complexion. Sometimes when I can't sleep, I listen to Josh Groban--his voice could seriously melt butter.

3. Moisturizer is a God-send- Maybe it's the summer heat (or probably being sick in general) but my skin has felt pretty zapped of moisture and so I've been lathering on the stuff like 5 layer icing. I love Clinique Dramatically Different lotion for the face and Lush Dream Cream for its luxurious, thick consistency.

4. Oatmeal/essential oil baths rock- To calm the skin and relax the mind, (or itchy bug bites) there is nothing better than a hot oatmeal or essential oil bath. I love the smell as it wafts in the air and the feeling of being caressed by the water (queue sexy Barry White music). Sometimes these types of baths are all I need to be whisked away to my own paradise. I love the oatmeal bath by Aveeno or a nice lavender oil before I go to bed.

5. Health > Beauty- Last and most importantly, health is the greatest gift to have in life and no amount of beauty or products can replace that. Focusing on the exterior isn't nearly as important as focusing on your inside--your mind, soul...(and organs in my case!)