Monday, January 26, 2015

Skincare Rescue Plan: Cleansing and Determining your Skin type

Part three!

If I'd been writing this post for my teenage self, I think it would have mostly been filled with information on what not to do.  There are so many ways I messed up this step, and I didn't even know I was making mistakes!  Also, figuring out my skin type always seemed really complicated, for some reason.  Well here we are again to knock out some research!

Friday, January 23, 2015


Here are this week's recommended links!  And I think I should be trying out more new things, because I don't have a real-life recommendation for this week.  Time to test out more recipes, I guess!

#1 Recommendation: This story on Instagram

This is THE cutest puppy on the planet!  (besides mine)  I love this whole Instagram account!

Haha!  These 15th century peasant romantic comic strips!

Put this on my nail art bucket list.  Beautiful.

An encouraging post on blogging when it's not your full-time job  |  I really, really appreciated this post.

Look at these amazing foods from Japan!

I am besotted with this lovely little house.

Woah, these cars up for auction!  Caleb and I watch Top Gear at least once a week, and usually more than one episode at a time, so I've slowly been cultivating a respect and desire for beautiful cars like these.  Mm.

And for anyone job seeking, here's an uplifting story of one man going above and beyond to market himself and getting a job!  Never give up.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More Killer Tips for Job Seekers

I was scanning over some articles in the Job Search section of themuse, and I've collected some of the best to share with you guys.
More job hunt tips from a recruiting coordinator 

First, check out how to clean up your social media during your job search.  43% of employers (and all the recruiters I work with) check social media to get a better look at candidates.  Even I have looked up a few profiles of candidates, and let me tell you, social media matters.  Putting your best foot forward extends to whatever you make public online, so please do be mindful of this.

This article on how to tailor your resume for the job you're applying for is also excellent.  This is another crucial step to resume writing.  Hiring managers spend so little time glancing over resumes, you need to make sure that every piece of resume real estate displays information that's pertinent to your audience.

Finally, here are some great tips on using LinkedIn while job hunting.  Number 14, including a current job title even if you're not currently employed, is something I learned in my Job Seekers classes.  We were taught to always introduce ourselves with our title and say "in transition" or to say something like "I'm an administrative assistant seeking a desk."  Saying "I'm unemployed," is a conversational turn off, so take the time to think about a way you can draw people to you and even interest them in what you do or what you want to do.

What do you think?  Have you used any of these strategies before, or are there any other hurdles you're struggling with?

P.s. Click here to see my Job Hunt Series from last year.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Skincare Rescue Plan: Removing Your Makeup + Oil Cleansing

Ladies, if you're wearing makeup, you need to be removing it each night before you go to sleep.  I know, I know, it can be a time consuming pain, especially when bedtime is so inviting during these cold and sleepy nights.  That's why we're going to talk about the consequences of leaving your makeup on at night, because I want to scare you into taking better care of your skin.  Stick with me, though, because I promise it can be easier than you think.  Here we go!

Skincare rescue plan - Why do I have to take my makeup off and what is oil cleansing?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Recommended with The Noticer

 One of the mentors from my Bible study challenged all of us to read The Noticer.  He called it a life changing book, and he said he'd take out to lunch whoever read it.  I finally got around to this quick read last November, and I've been instagramming a few of the great quotes and sections that impacted me.  

The story follows a wise old man Jones as he helps people with their situation by adding perspective.  It's a simple book, really, with a lot of what should be common sense, but reading it all in a book reminded me of some very important truths.  One of my favorite parts was when Jones walked up to a couple on the verge of divorce and asks them about their marital problems.  The husband immediately becomes defensive and says, "How do you know we have marital problems?!"  Jones mildly replies, "Well, you're married, and marital problems are the kinds of problems married people have."  Having recently surmounted the turmoil of my own first year of marriage, it was a surprisingly validating moment when I read that phrase.

While not life changing in the cataclysmic way, this book has impacted how I view my situations.  It's impacted me for the better.  Definitely worth a trip to the library, my friends.

Recommended read: The Noticer

Read below for this week's recommended links!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What Are You Figuring Out?

What are you figuring out these days, friends?

Have new year resolutions made you rethink your lifestyle?  Have current events drawn you down the way of curiosity or even activism?  Have you picked up a new study or philosophy?  Have you recently discovered how awesome hot tea is?

I've been mulling and exploring two pretty big things this winter.

Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity
photo by Billy Onjea

#1 Racial Issues
In November, my church hosted a discussion on Ferguson, racism, and what our response should be to the turmoil.  We had a panel of 4 leaders in the community discuss questions from the community, and I learned so, so much.  I was invited into the perspective of the black community's perspectives.  I got the best explanation of white privilege I've ever heard.  I never considered myself a racist, and I've never knowingly behaved in a way to discriminate against, harm, or offend another of a different race due to their race, but I feel like my horizons on all these topics have been so broadened that my outlook is completely different from before.

I hope to share some of what I've learned and what I've been learning soon.  In fact, I'd love to start writing on current issues and possibly some political and economic issues, as well.  Caleb has a huge passion for these topics, and he reads so much about them, we have at least 3-5 conversations about them a week.  Plenty of these things are mega important, and I'd love to see myself writing about things that matter, so I'm thinking they'll start cropping up here and there.  What do you think?

#2 Minimalism
I know this doesn't affect as many people as my philosophy on racial issues will, but this will definitely affect me greatly, should I choose to go all in.

I want to be one whose actions consistently reflect my beliefs.  I believe that success and happiness do not come from material possessions.  I believe that we are to live generously toward others.  I believe that organization and tidiness are the best things since sliced bread, and I believe that excess and clutter are just dumb.  If I were to put all these beliefs into practice, and diligently so, my wardrobe would definitely look much different.  I'm envisioning a collection of versatile clothing that fits me well and flatters me.  A handful of functional, reliable pieces would be much more valuable than a closet full of clothes I don't want to wear.

The thing is, I have many clothes that I do not consider functional and reliable and not many that I want to wear (at least not to work).  I need to flush out the majority of my work tops, but I can't while I don't have anything else to wear.  This will all take some time and some money and planning, and I want to be methodical and wise about this (so no shopping splurges for the heck of it).  Ha, and there's my decision!  I doubt my extensive earring collection will ever be winnowed much, but as far as clothing, I'm completely game.  Maybe I should document the process!?


I'd love to hear about what's been going on in your mind these days, and if you have any thoughts or advice on my journeys, I'm all ears.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Skincare Rescue Plan: Overview

Guys, it's starting!  I'm sharing all I've learned, all my resources, and all my budding passion for skincare!  I'm starting a new series that originally began as a cheat sheet for my sister, but there's so much information about skincare out there, things quickly began to mount into an ever growing Google doc.

In this initial post, I'm going to break the ice on the topic of skincare and give you an overview of what we'll be learning.  There's always more to learn, but I'll be covering the solid basics, offering additional resources, and sharing my own experiences with what I've tried.  Let's start with some super important information.
Skincare Rescue plan overview for important information on how to take care of your face!