Remembering What You Love

Remembering What You Love

May was a pretty tumultuous month. There were two deaths in Austin’s family, two close friends had family deaths, and another close friend was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident. If nothing else, I leave May with an accute reminder of my mortality. Quite literally one day you are here and the next day you are gone, and there’s no way of really knowing when that day is. Continue reading →

The Magic of Not Wearing Makeup

Got Almond Milk Selfie

You can find this freakin’ sweet shirt HERE.

Hey yall hey! Long time no talk. I have another post planned to talk about where I’ve been and why I’m back in the game now but today I wanted to talk about the restorative power of not wearing makeup. I know we are in the midst of a makeup empowerment movement, if it can be called that. And I am all for people doing what they damn well please with their face and body. Cake it on baby! But for me, I needed a break. Continue reading →

Walking Away

Closing Was Pushed Back Again

When I first started drafting this post the closing date was going to be pushed back a month for repairs to the septic system. After the home owner saw the cost involved with the repairs he backed out. I’ll explain in more detail below, but at this point we have walk away from the house. Continue reading →

Happy Mother’s Day

Good evening lovely internet. It’s been so long since I actually wrote a blog post I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore!

I just wanted to stop in to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, guardians, mother-like-figures, pet moms, and plant moms out there. Hopefully that covers everyone. I hope everyone had a pleasant day.

Here in Baltimore it was a tad windy but the weather was lovely aside from that. We had a cook out at my brother’s house with several people from our family and Austin’s as well. I love that we can use these “Hallmark holidays” to bring the family together. I especially love when I get to see my baby cousins. Those girls are hilarious and I can’t wait until they are angsty teens. Oh what fun!

The picture above is me and my mom, taken last fall in an apple orchard. My mom is so spunky and wonderful. She’ll drop everything to help you but beat your ass if you start acting a fool. She’s the mom that became the “adoptive” mom of nearly all of mine and my brother’s friends at some point. Alway there to listen and give honest advise. She never judged the gritty details or sugar-coated her thoughts. She’s what I like to call a “truther.” She’s probably the coolest mom out there and I just wanted to tell you all a little about her. Maybe she will be in a video one day!

I hope you all ease comfortably into your week and are enjoying Spring. Talk to you all again soon!

♥ Amanda

Checking In With My 2015 Goals

Checking In With My 2015 Goals

I set several goals for myself in the year of 2015. Some have been going great and others haven’t been going at all.

I had two goals in the beauty department: embrace lip liner and continue chipping away at my stash. I was doing great with lip liner at the beginning og the year and then I reorganized my desk and as the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind.” I need to pull them back out and keep them in view so that I remember to use them. My decluttering has been going great. I’ve managed to full cut off my makeup shopping. I’ve only been making repurchases when an item fully runs out so I’ve pretty much only been buying skin care, which honestly is wear the bulk of my money should have went in the past. The better your skin care, the less makeup you need. That’s just a fact.

I had one very simple hair goal – take better care of it. And to my own personal astonishment I went and chopped it all off to start anew with fresh healthy strands. All of the died and damaged hair is now officially goal and I’ve been doing my best to treat my curls with love and respect. I’m kicking ass with this goal!

My one fashion goal was to revamp my shoe collection. I haven’t really bought any shoes recently, but I’m quite happy with my sandals and wedges. I like to keep footwear simple in the summer. I have tan and black sandals and wedges and that’s good enough for me. I like to play with shoe style more in fall and winter so I’ll be keeping an eye out for fun new styles and classic staples.

Financially, I’m still struggling a bit with my goal to build my savings. I’ve been investing in building my blog and YouTube channel so not much to put aside at the moment.

My final goal was to get in shape. While I don’t feel I’ve dedicated myself to get the aesthetic results I was looking for I do feel a lot stronger. I can even run a mile, which is astonishing to me because I flat-out hate running. I still have a lot of soul-searching to do to find the strength to really commit. I just haven’t and I need to.

With just over half the year behind us I think I’m doing better than I though I would with working on my goals. My savings and fitness need more dedication but I’m not discouraged. I know I can do anything I put my mind and energy in to so it’s just a matter of actually doing that.