Why I Blog…

As I have gotten older, I noticed that I have become so shy and guarded when it comes to speaking my mind and being around people. I noticed in social settings that I would listen to conversations around me and want to jump in and be a part of the conversation, but was always to late. While the conversation was in full swing I would be having an internal conversation in my head basically analyzing the current conversation going on. I would be trying to figure out if what I had to say fit in the conversation or I would think that what I had to say people would think was “stupid”. So by the time I found the courage to speak up and get what I had to say out of my mouth, the conversation was over or moved on to the next subject. I really felt like I had to chose my words wisely and speak them in the appropriate time within  any conversation that I was in.

I started my blog back in July of 2014, well on July 22, 2014 to be exact.

I started my blog as a part of the “goals” that I set for myself in 2014;  and my major focus for that year was being vocal and allowing my voice to be heard, and the first major step I took was starting a blog. I read somewhere a long time ago that blogging can help you break out of your shell and learn to speak your mind with no fear or hesitation. Blogging has allowed me a personal platform for my voice, thoughts, idea’s, and feelings to be expressed in a “safe place”.

When I started blogging in my “safe place” it was solely a place for me to release and be creative. I did not realize how much I needed a place that allowed me to express not only my thoughts and feelings but my creativity as well. Starting this blog was such release for me and it is something that I truly enjoy, but *HUGE BUT* I slowly came to realize that other people were actually reading what I was posting. At first it freaked me out, but I started to receive some amazing feedback and inspiring emails from people that I didn’t even know. I even had one women reach out to me who was a real blogger (she actually has a career in blogging about things that she loves), and she let me know how much she enjoys reading my blog and invited me to be a part of an amazing community of other bloggers.

With the help of this women and other members of the blog community I started getting the courage to tell people that I “blog”. I really didn’t tell many people that I knew that I was a “blogger” in fear that they might judge me, not support me, etc. But if anyone asked, I let them know that I blog.

Lately; I have been going back and forth with myself in regards to taking the leap and fully sharing my blog with my friends, family, and the rest of the internet world, and maybe even turning it into something more.

I have come to the conclusion with the help of my husband and recent interaction with people that I see on a daily basis that I have allowed “FEAR” of being judged take my “safe place” away without realizing it. I was allowing fear of being judged and fear of negativity from others completely take over my space, which caused me to take a break from blogging all together for a few months. So how was I living a “FEARLESS” 2016 (my word for the year) if I had so much fear consumed around other people’s judgments, thoughts, and opinion of my words?

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. – W. Clement Stone

I have made the decision to not be fearful, I am taking the leap to be “FEARLESS” with my blog and my voice. I really want to keep this space a positive space filled with support, love, and gratitude.

I will be posting my blog fearlessly on Friday August 26th for all of my friends and family to see.

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Influenster – #RefreshVoxBox Review

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to share that I received my first Influenster VoxBox and I am very excited to share my unbiased opinion on the products that I received in my Refresh VoxBox.

Let’s get started…

Beanitos Chips – Retail Price $3.49

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If you are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips or tortilla chips, this may be the product for you. Beanitos Chips are naturally full of fiber, protein, free of preservatives, and completely non-GMO and gluten-free. I personally am not a fan of these chips as I am not a huge bean eater, I could definitely  tell that these chips are made of beans and I would not personally purchase these. But if you are a bean lover these would be perfect for you.

 

CoverGirl UltraSmooth Foundation – Retail Price $12.99-$16.99

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So I was so excited to try this foundation, but the color (860 Classic Tan) that I received was a bit lighter than my skin tone. So I really did not get to test the foundation the way that I wanted to, so I cannot give an honest review, but I will be purchasing this foundation in the correct color so that I can really try it out. But I must say, I did enjoy the texture and coverage that the UltraSmooth foundation gave me. The CoverGirl UltraSmooth Foundation has the innovative Olay serum in it and it comes with a smoothing applicator for you to apply the foundation to get a really smooth finish. So once I purchase the correct color for my skin tone I will give you all an updated review.

 

L’Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream – Retail Price $5.00 (8ml)/$28.00 (50ml)

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I happen to LOVE L’Occitane products, so when I saw that the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream was in my #RefreshVoxBox I couldn’t wait to try it. I used this as a night moisturizer and day time moisturizer for my face, and I absolutely loved it. From first looking at the cream, I thought that the cream was going to be heavy on my skin and leave me feeling oily. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very light and not oily at all. I have continued to use this product  and will be repurchasing it once I run out.  So this is one product so far that I would definitely recommend.

 

Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques – Retail Price $1.49

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I recently have been trying  to face masques to add in my skin maintenance routine, and of course there was a Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque in my box. The face masque that I received was the Manuka Honey Peel Off masque. I tried this as soon as I finished filming my RefreshVoxBox Unboxing for my YouTube channel (click here to view). And oh my goodness, I instantly fell in LOVE with this masque. The texture was so smooth and the smell of honey was amazing. This masque left my skin feeling so fresh,  so clean and not to mention it peeled off so easy, I really enjoyed using this product so much.

I have seen the Montagne Jeunesse Face Masques everywhere lately and I will be purchasing this product as well as trying some of their other masques. I definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a great cleansing face masque.

 

Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars – Retail Price $1.49- $5.99

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I love a good nutrition bar and I received the Dark Chocolate Pretzel Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bar and I must say, it was pretty good. I wasn’t sure about this bar because I am not a dark chocolate girl, and I was like “Pretzel in a Nutrition Bar, WHAT?!”. I would recommend this bar to anyone who enjoys a good nutrition bar because it was so good.

 

Listerine Pocketpaks – Retail Price $1.40

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First of all let me say, I have tried these Listerine Pocketpaks in the past and I am not a fan of them at all. I cannot stand the texture of them dissolving on my tongue, it makes me cringe just thinking about it.  I know there are a lot of people out there that love these things but I am not one of them, so I would not recommend these. I much prefer the Listerine PocketMist over the Listerine Pocketpaks.

 

DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks – Retail $1.39

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I LOVE these things, I use them all of the time. I am so happy that I received this in my box because I was almost out of mine. The reason I love these DenTek Comfort Clean Floss Picks is because it is so much easier for me to floss with them and they are so gentle on my gums. I have tried other brands and regular floss as well, but I keep coming back to these. I recommend these to everyone especially if you have sensitive gums like me.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the review of my first Influenster #RefreshVoxBox.

Have a great week!

  “I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.”

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