Dealing With Disappointment

It's been a disappointing week, from not so great news about my brother-in-law who is battling cancer, to finding out that something I really wanted and prayed for wasn't going to work out the way I hoped. I've struggled with keeping my head up and pushing forward with everything that is going on behind the scenes, but I do try my best. I often share my outfits and everything great that's happening in my world, but honestly, this week, I've cried more than I have in awhile and I've felt at a loss, completely unsure of the direction that God is taking me.

Disappointment, after disappointment, leads me here, writing in my little corner of the internet to share something that my family strongly believes (mostly because I need this reminder today) - what is meant for you, is meant for you - it cannot be taken away, and it will come in God's timing. This gives me so much peace when I think about it, even when the pain of things not going the way I planned takes the wind out of my sails.  

I have these ideas in my head of where I should be - in my career, in my blog, in my personal life ... and honestly, when things don't go the way I imagined they would, it's really hard to cling to that reminder, but I know that it is true, as it has been proven time and time again. 

I got a call today that I hoped would go much differently than it did. I am sure many of you can relate to that feeling of hope and longing for something, and the pain that comes when another delay comes. You are not alone, and even if you are not a person of faith, I hope that you can find peace in knowing that the universe wants you to win, and you will in due time. 

I just wanted to share a quick update as to what's happening over here this week, we'll be back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow! Below are a few of my favorite scriptures for times like this. XO - Steph

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listento you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Psalm 27:14 (ESV) Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Hebrews 1:11 (ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Pslam 39:7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.

Outfit details: Top is from Naked Zebra, everything else is linked below! 

5 Beauty Hacks I Swear By
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Who doesn’t love a good beauty hack? I rounded up 5 hacks that I realized I use pretty frequently and wanted to share them with you all.  

Let’s jump right in!  

1. Puffy face when you wake up? Try rubbing ice all over the areas of concern or putting something cold on your skin. Not only does this trick calm my skin down, it gives me a fresh face to start the day. 

2. Throw away your makeup remover! Natural oils are excellent makeup removers and you probably already have them in your kitchen. I personally love avocado oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil, but really, any oil does an amazing job of breaking down the makeup on your face and removing it. I've even used olive oil when I was out of some of my others. 

3. Drink your weight in water. I'm not the best at this one but when I'm on track and doing what I need to do to get my water intake in, this makes all the difference with my skin as well as my insides. 

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4. Concealer is your best friend. Tip 1: Put on concealer after you apply foundation. Tip 2: draw triangles or vertical lines under your eyes, blend it in with a wet sponge or beauty blender to brighten up your eye area. I take it a step further and apply product to my entire T-zone! 

5. Prime + Set. Always apply primer before putting on your makeup. Primer is a great way to help your makeup go on smooth and last all day. Once you're finished applying your makeup, set your face with a great setting powder or setting spray. There are so many options out there, you can literally achieve any look you're going for - dewy, matte, glow ... you name it! 

What are some beauty hacks you love? As I was typing this, I realized I had so many other “hacks” that I use every day, I almost changed the post to 10 beauty hacks, but I went ahead and kept it at 5 to keep it short and simple. I will add on more in a future post!!  

Until next time, thanks for reading! 

XO - Steph