My two year old has been having a difficult time recently, so I haven’t been on my actual computer except for maybe once a week? So I apologize for not getting the next Curly Girl Routine post up! I do promise it is coming, I just don’t know when!
In the meantime, it is that day of the week when we do our Beauties on Fire collaboration posts! The theme you all picked for this week is Bold. Click on the link there for all of our other posts! I have been really enjoying my time with Beauties on Fire and am so excited to see so many different blogs participating each week. We’re roughly 30 fashion/lifestyle/beauty bloggers who write about a specific topic once a week.
Alright, so, I’ve done bold looks before. Which to me means bold eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick. My favorite bold statement look presently continue to be bold lipsticks. I want to find a bold DEEP rich red especially with the fall and winter coming, but have yet to find one that’s dark enough for my coloring. I always pick lipsticks that look dark but really aren’t!
I prefer a more “natural” style of makeup and taking care of my skin is HUGELY important to me. My skin reacts to heavy makeup thus why I keep away from heavy foundation and instead of focus on taking care of my skin so that I don’t have to feel like I need to cover blemishes up. These are typical examples of BOLD makeup for me.
However, there is another aspect of bold that I’ve been including into my daily life and that has to do with fashion.
My “uniform” colors a few years ago were a lot of neutrals, blacks, greys, dark blues, jeans. I was afraid of color. I didn’t want to stand out. I didn’t love my body, and I felt self-conscious every time I wore a bright color even though I was/am naturally drawn to bold colors. After I had my son, I reached a new appreciation and understanding of my body. I struggled physically with health issues after he was born, but began noticing that whenever I wore brighter clothes, I felt more alive, awake (kind of a big deal for a sleep-deprived mama!), and I felt like I was closer to being true to my real being.
Nowadays, I have an even mix of bright bold colors in my wardrobe and neutrals. I like my wardrobe, and I like what I’m putting together as my pregnancy wardrobe.
But, fashion and makeup is not what I wanted to focus on for this post today. I have been learning how to live boldly. I am learning to take giant steps towards my dreams. Even before that though, I’ve learned to acknowledge that my dreams are valid and worth considering and worth pursuing! This week has been another huge step towards living boldly. I have taken the past four months to seriously consider where I want to go in life, and finally made a decision two days ago. I am stepping away from something I thought would be a long term venture, but I have absolute peace with doing so. I am now planning out my steps for seriously pursuing becoming a professional makeup artist. This is my dream, this is what it is looking like for me to live boldly. I know I have a niche and I need to fully develop an understanding of that before I can start finding a mentor or a current professional MA who would be willing to take me under their wing. I am fascinated with developing skin care products using natural herbs, creams, and oils. I want to focus on taking care of curly hair and in the process learning to work with mine even better.
I want to live boldly. I want to fly after my dreams with a boldness that surprises me. Did you know that that is possible to do? To move through life in a way that can surprise yourself? I love the person I am. I love the boldness I already carry with me as I go about my daily life. Part of that boldness consists of being gentle with myself and coaching myself along when I’m afraid of the next step I know I need to take. Living boldly means I take care of my body and let it rest when I need to rest.
So the questions I want to put to you are these; how are you living boldly? How are you stepping outside of your comfort zone and breaking the box you’ve put yourself into?