So...yeah, I'm just a little excited I get to merge my passion of writing and ALL things fashion into one with True North's new blog! Whoever is taking the time to read this; I would like to say WELCOME! And feel free to comment (but be nice as this is my very first go (-: And I want to thank Ashley for giving me this Amazing opportunity!! This blog is meant as a 'compass' to beauty since we are a salon, but also to lift up and support women, as well as our community! Hopefully this 'compass' will lead you to us @ True North (-; !! This is going to sound cliché but it is ringing true for me as I am entering into the valley of my thirties - Every woman wants to look and feel her best at any age, not only on the outside but on the inside as well and with that being said our body, our face, the way we function all starts within. I am a big believer in nourishing yourself first with the necessities: good wholesome food, sleep, exercise, fresh air, and water - pretty much the basis for every living thing! Think about it; if you don't have these, ‘you ain't gonna look too purdy’. )-: This is my first and foremost beauty regimen! It can feel like a Major burden at times because well, let’s face it – life gets in the way and sometimes there are more important things to focus on! My burden of beauty is getting ready in the morning! I hate having to wash my face, then correct all the flaws I see with my concealer, then the powder, then the eyebrow pencil, mascara, etc. All the while Dora the Explorer plays in the background and my three year old gets into a lovely shade of fire engine red lipstick that is on everything except her lips!!! It’s enough to make me tear my hair out, yet I do it Every. Single. Day! There should be an easier way, right?? Well I haven’t found it yet but there are a couple things to make it easier, less monotonous and less of a Burden! Even if you have a ton of kids like me (-; or have a hectic work schedule or are just plain stressed - you do these four things first, all the other beauty advice is just added enhancements like jewelry - lol. A little about me (and a little off the subject) I graduated from Aveda in 2000 valedictorian...that's not true but I did go there and finish (-; Loved it! On coming back to GR for the sweet summer, I met the man of my dreams! So blah, blah, blah - eleven years and four kids later + working at True North and now, writing a blog for you lovely people I definitely need reminders to take care of the beauty within! Like life kicking me in the butt every now and then especially when I refuse to slow down and take care of ME. Let me tell you, when I get sick the whole system shuts down :-( Women tend to do this to themselves (especially mothers – ‘Holla if you hear me, can I get a witness?!’ – said my good friend Britney Spears, once (-;) As women we have MANY, MANY jobs and whoever coined the phrase 'A woman's work is never done' was not a liar! We are the engine that drives everything - whether we like it or not sometimes. With that being said, as women it wouldn’t hurt to be kind also; especially to one another! I had a male instructor from school tell our mostly female class that women made up 90% of the beauty industry and men still made MORE money! His reason? Because we tear each other down and can’t be bothered to celebrate one another’s accomplishments! So the evidence shows that beauty comes from other women as well, we can accomplish a lot more united in support than alone and miserable! This flows into my second beauty regimen: Instead of comparing – compliment. Instead of gossiping – pray. Instead of criticizing – build up. Instead of a judging glance – smile. Here’s the thing: Someone is always going to be better in one area but you will excel in another physically and internally– so I say let’s be kind to each other! I think that transcends through anything and doesn’t being nice to someone or doing something for another give you a feeling of beauty? As I close my first blog, take a half hour Today to sip on some water or calming tea Or nibble on a brownie with a layer of cookie dough because life’s too short and I digress…you will reap the benefits on the inside and (sooner rather than later) start seeing the results on the outside as well – that’s where true beauty lies…Within.
Until next time ~ Be kind (-; Stay well nourished. Stay hydrated. Stay rested. Stay fit…See Beautiful!
PS Tell me what your burden of beauty is??
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