January 2018 - The Life You Love

Worst Case Scenario

"What's the worst thing that can happen?" can either be your famous last words or the question that finally gets your butt in gear.  I want you to think of something right now that you've thought about doing, saying, or trying.  Anything that you haven't done yet because you're afraid of what might happen  In fact, let's make this a little journaling prompt.

Take out one of those journals that you've been hoarding for "a special occasion" and don't pretend you don't have at least 10 of them right now.  Flip it open and write down something that you've always wanted to do, but haven't done because you're scared.

Now below it, I want to write down the worst possible things that could happen to you.  And be realistic.  Unless you're doing something dangerous or life-threatening, death probably is not the worst thing that can happen to you.

Do you see where I'm going with this?  Most of the time, we're afraid of something and we don't even know why.  We're afraid to speak our minds, even though the worst thing that can happen is that someone disagrees with us (or you lose your job... be smart, y'all).  We're afraid to start a blog, but the worst thing that could happen is that only your mom reads it.  Isn't mom the best?!  We're afraid to open up our own business because holy shit we could lose money?!  As if I haven't already wasted thousands of dollars at Starbucks.

Alright, one more time... next I want you to write down everything GOOD that could happen if you finally did that thing that scared you.  Seriously.  Go for the best possible scenario.  Most of the time, we find that the good possibilities outweigh the bad.  Sure, they require a lot of time and energy.  But aren't they worth trying for?!

So again, take out that brand-new journal (you stationary hoarder) and write about the following:
1. What's one thing that I've always wanted to do that terrifies me?
2. What's the worst thing that could happen if I went for it?  List them all until you've gotten to the worst possible scenario.
3. What's the best thing that could happen if I went for it?  Again, list them all!

As a bonus, I want you to envision life after you've finally gone for your goal and reached your best case scenario.  Write about what your life looks like now, who you are now that you've reached your goal, and how you feel that you're finally there.  Don't just write this, but really envision it and feel it. Give yourself permission to play pretend in the most exciting and motivating way possible!

Make 2018 the year that you push yourself until you reach your best case scenario.

Woo Woo 101: Healing Crystals

Whether you call them stones or crystals or “my little babies,” healing crystals have been used for THOUSANDS of years and for good reason.  Before I even get into all that shit, let's talk about what healing crystals even are.  Typically, they’re semi-precious gemstones that are used for the protection and healing that they provide.  While each stone is generally known for a handful of characteristics, some of them also overlap.  For example, amethyst is known for aiding in dream recall and in sobriety.  Red Jasper can also be programmed for use in dream recall, while lepidolite is often used for breaking negative habits.  And that’s just a very small example.  Here are some of the questions that I normally receive when I talk about healing crystals, as well as what I tell people.

how do you choose which crystals to work with?

There’s no right or wrong way to select your crystals.  Here are two ways that I generally use.  One, I look up crystals that relate to certain needs or ailments.  If I’d like to ward off negative energy, for example, I might find that black crystals will be my best bet.  Two, I go to my local metaphysical shop and I choose a crystal that seems to be calling to me.  Then I go home and research more about the crystal’s benefits.  This gives the Universe a more active role in showing me what I should work on as opposed to me consciously choosing my focus.  When it comes to actually picking the exact specimen to come home with me, though, I generally see which crystal catches my eye and hold it to see how it makes me feel.  You’ll know if the crystal is meant to be yours or not by just holding it.  Trust me.

how does this work?

Here’s my honest to Universe answer: I don’t fucking know.  I just trust that it works because it does for me.  Science tells us that there’s nothing about crystal healing that is a fact.  What experience tells me, though, is that they have improved my life.  Whether it’s the energy I receive from being around my crystal babies or the meanings that I remember when I look at them, I have found that my rose quartz makes me a more loving person and I do feel that Citrine helps me feel happier.  The thing is, there’s a lot of shit in this world that doesn’t make sense according to facts and science.  That’s what spirituality and woo woo shit is for.

which crystals should I start with?

All of them.  Jk, but not really.  When first starting with crystals, I think it’s helpful to select crystals based on what you’re hoping to receive from them.  You could also peruse Etsy for kits.  They’ll probably still align with a specific intention or theme or they may align with the chakras.  Either way, it’s a good way to start your crystal fam.  I started with clear quartz, amethyst, howlite, dendritic agate, and black tourmaline because they had the kind of energy that I needed at the time.

how do you use healing crystals?

If you want a certain room to hold a particular energy, place crystals with those properties in that room.  In your bedroom, for example, put amethyst for sweet dreams and rose quartz for intimacy and love.  Put pyrite, which calls in abundance and wealth, in your office, next to a stone like fluorite that provides focus.  You can also buy healing crystal jewelry and wear it when you want to invoke certain energies.  And you can also carry your crystals with you.  Put them in your purse, your pocket, or your bra.  Been there, done that.  Whatever you do, you want the crystals near you so you can absorb their positive energies and they can protect you from negative energy.

how do you take care of them?

This is where you’ll want to do plenty of your own research.  There are several methods of energetically cleansing your crystals, such as sunlight, moonlight, salt, burying them, running water, and visualization.  There are also some crystals that are particularly sensitive to some methods of cleansing.  Celestite, for example, doesn’t do well in sunlight.  Its brilliant blue will fade.  Selenite can disintegrate when exposed to water.  And some crystals like lapis lazuli shouldn’t make contact with salt.  Make sure you research your crystals and their properties before you do anything with them.

And that's just a small intro to the wonderful world of healing crystals. If you have any questions, let me know! I could also recommend some books and websites, if you want to learn more.  Let me know if you use any healing crystals or if you're interested in them!

How to Get $600 of Beauty Products (By Just Paying for Shipping)

I was curious about what you can buy for $300 as a wholesale member. Basically, daytime routine, nighttime routine, and beauty routine!  If self-care is one of your 2018 resolutions or just something that you truly want to work on, this is an AMAZING deal.  Here is just one example of what you can buy for $300 as a wholesale member!  In this example, you get 18 products for just $300!

đź’‹Anti-Wrinkle Treatment ($65)
đź’‹BrowSense ($20)
đź’‹LipSense ($25)
đź’‹EyeSense ($25)

đź’‹LashExtend ($55)
đź’‹LashSense ($25)
đź’‹Clear LipVolumizer ($50)
đź’‹Gloss ($20)

đź’‹BlushSense ($30)
đź’‹LipSense Moisturizing Lip Balm ($20)
đź’‹3-in-1 Cleanser ($30)
đź’‹Daytime Moisturizer ($50)

đź’‹Evening Moisturizer ($60)
đź’‹Ooops! Lip Color remover ($10)
💋Crème to Powder ShadowSense ($22)
đź’‹SeneDerm Solutions Dark Circle Eye Treatment ($50)
đź’‹SeneCosmetics Brush Cleaner ($20)
đź’‹Concealer ($25)

And don’t forget that in January 2018, SeneGence will credit you $55 to your account when you join! So instead of paying $355 (plus shipping, handling, and taxes) to become a wholesale member and get 50% off, you only pay $300 (plus shipping, handling, and taxes)! You could also sell $300 worth of products to friends and family.  If you do this, you only paid taxes and fees to get $600 worth of products.  It's actually easier than you think.  If you sell 6 starter kits, which include a LipSense color, gloss, and Ooops, you'll have already made enough!  I managed to sell $300 worth of products in my first couple of days as a distributor... at Christmas time!  If you can sell something at Christmas time, you can probably sell it at any time.  Seriously, this product sells itself!

If you're interested in learning more about LipSense or SeneGence, email me at agmday@gmail.com or join my Facebook group, A Good Makeup Day!  If you're passionate about makeup and helping women feel beautiful and confident, I'd love to have you on my team!

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

2017 was a great year for me.  Paul and I rang in the New Year with his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and his sister-in-law's parents, who were visiting from Colombia.  In February, Paul and I celebrated 3 years together!  In just a few weeks, we'll be celebrating 4 years.  My family came to visit for my sisters' spring break, which was in March.

In April, I discovered how much I love all things woo woo, from healing crystals to tarot decks to smudging.  Paul's oldest brother, his sister-in-law, and their three kids visited in June, right before Paul and I made the move to our rental house.  That's a quick summary of the first half of the year!

July was pretty busy!  We celebrated Paul's birthday, I went to Connecticutt for an alumni summit, we moved into the house, and I visited my family and best friend in Tybee Island, GA.  I turned 24 in August, went to Charleston for my friend's bachelorette party, and started my internship, which I absolutely love.

My mom visited us at our house in October!  I visited one of my best friend's for her bridal shower and I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever. In December, Paul and I visited my family for Christmas.  My best friend got married.  I started reading tarot cards professionally and I became a SeneGence Independent Distributor!

For the most part, I don't know what 2018 has in store for me.  More birthdays, more holidays, and maybe even more engagements and weddings. I also plan on staying at my internship, continuing to read tarot cards, and helping women feel confident and beautiful with SeneGence.  I also want to blog more often and more consistently.  I want to connect with the blog and Insta community more.  I want to continue to make our house feel like a home.  I want to enjoy every positive moment of the year and learn from every negative moment of the year.  To try to capture everything I want to experience this year, I chose two words to use as my theme of the year: opportunity and abundance!  I hope that I not only receive abundance and opportunity, but also seek them and create my own.

Do you have a theme for 2018?  Any goals you want to accomplish?  Most importantly, is there anything we can do to help each other reach our goals?