Motivational Monday: Don’t Quit Your Daydream!

I cannot tell you how long that I have been dreaming about the day that I would quit my full-time job, just to focus on my passion! For the longest time, I didn’t even know that I had a passion. It took a ton of dumb Facebook career quizzes and countless talks with my family members, to finally realize that I was not destined to have a typical career. I was born to be a hustler, others would call it an entrepreneur.

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(I found this photo on Pinterest and fell in love. Credit to the owner.)

Back in 2012, I decided to take my last Facebook career quiz. The result led me to where I am today and where I am going to be in the future. In 2016 I signed up for an event and wedding planning course and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I studied hard and in just six short months, I received my event and wedding planning certificate.

During that time I also discovered another love of mine, blogging. I bought a ring light, a few backdrops, and put in work! I created makeup looks, talked about my beauty favorites, and wrote “What’s in my bag” posts. Since then I have transformed into more fashion, lifestyle, and wedding posts. Hens, certified wedding planner. Eventually blogging led me to Instagram, and who knows where I am headed next.

What I am trying to get at here is that not everyone was born to do the same job. If everyone became a teacher, there would be no doctors. If everyone went for the same career path, life would be boring as hell. It’s okay to step out of the box. I understand that not everyone is going to agree with what I do and I am perfectly okay with that. As long I believe in myself, that is all that I need, (aside from my husband’s support).

As of April 13, 2018, I am no longer working at my Monday through Friday job. I am now a full-time entrepreneur.  That means that I am my own boss, working hard, and proving to myself that I was born to do this. If you ask anyone that knows me, they will tell you that I am not your average 25-year old. I am creative, crafty, and love doing something different every day.

This is just my friendly reminder to live for yourself. Life is too short to live your life wondering “what if?”. Do something that you love and don’t worry about what others are going to say or think. You might just surprise yourself. Hold on to that daydream until you get there, I know that I did.

Soon enough, you are going to see me on the Today Show, telling the world about this exact moment. The moment that I decided to quit my day job to chase my dream job. 

Friday Favorites

There is nothing that I love more than a Friday morning!

Okay I lied, I love amazing beauty products and a couple fashion pieces. Here are a few that I have been loving lately. Enjoy.

First things first, foundation! I cannot get enough of this new foundation from Maybelline. I have repurchased it twice and it’s still considered a new product. I am so in love with the SuperStay Long-Lasting Full Coverage Foundation. I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear it!

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To go along with that amazing foundation, I have been obsessed with the Ghost Baking Powder from Revolution. I bake every day and can’t get enough. 2516787

Lately, I have preferred glossy lips over matte. In my bag, I have the Pixi by Petra LipLift Max Lip Gloss in the shade Honey Sheen.

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One product that I must mention is my Wet Brush. I don’t know what I would do without it. It gets all of the tangles out of my hair, without all of the ripping and damaging. I need four more for backup!

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As for fashion, I have two pieces and they are both from Target. 

The first piece is a backpack, I am so in love with it! Everything from the storage space all the way down to the color! It is the Woman’s Foldover Faux Leather Backpack. It is just stunning.

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Lastly, I have the cutest shoes to share with you! They are the Women’s Alloy Slip-On Sneaker. They have the cutest bow, they’re black, and they go with anything!! Enough said.

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I hope that you enjoyed this Friday Favorites! There will be more to come.

Motivational Monday: Monthly Goal Wrap-up

The first month of the year is gone, just like that. I don’t know about you, but that didn’t feel like a whole month!

 

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In the beginning of January, I set a few goals for myself and hoped to achieve them all. Well, I am happy to say that I did! If you are curious to know what they were, I am about to share them with you.

 

My first goal was to start Wedding and Event Planning blog posts here at the Bakersfield Beauty Blog. So far I have two Wedding Wednesday’s posted and they did quite well!

My second goal was to hit 1,650 followers on my Instagram page. Once that goal was achieved, I then set a goal for 1,700 followers and we currently stand at 1,709. I still can’t believe it! If you’re not following me, you totally should be! I am going to be doing a giveaway very soon! You know what, I will even do you a favor and leave the link right here for you! I know, I am such a nice person.

Goal number three was to take social media photos for two companies. Goal checked off! I had so much fun doing it too!

This last goal, I have been working on for quite some time now. I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel. This goal was to collaborate with Torrid. Yes, you heard right, Torrid. I still don’t believe it, when I received the email, I was almost in tears. The collaboration isn’t up, but be expecting it!

 

That wraps up all of my goals that have been achieved! I would love to hear some of the goals that you achieved for the month of January! I also would like to let you know how much I appreciate you!

 

Stay Beautiful!

 

Wedding Wednesday

This is a very exciting time of the year for me, I love the feeling of starting fresh! Getting a chance to step up my game and make things happen for myself. If you haven’t read the “About Me” page, you totally should. Over there I tell you a little bit more about my personal life. I also share a little fact that I am a licensed Wedding and Event Planner.

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Yes, that’s right. Weddings, birthdays, gender reveal, you name it! I love creating something out of nothing. I think that’s why I love blogging so much. One of my goals this year is to really bring in some traffic to my party planning business. One of my dreams for this year is to be in a Bridal Show! I can just imagine how gorgeous the set up is going to be. Very Modern and Shabby Chic at the same time. Ughhh. Gorgeous.

Loving Plans was inspired by a Facebook career quiz five years ago.

In the spirit of chasing my reality, I am introducing Wedding Wednesday’s to the blog! It’s going to be all about weddings, and some tips and tricks to saving money! I will also share some photos of my previous events so that you can get some inspiration.

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To start the first Wedding Wednesday off right, my biggest tip for weddings is to DIY everything! From the decor to the food, you can save so much money by doing it all yourself. If you are not really the crafty type, find someone who is. You would be surprised at what can come of $5 and items from the dollar store! If you would like to find out, make sure that you are following my blog, I may just have challenged myself!

If you know someone that is getting married, make sure to share this post with them, I can answer any questions they may have. I love weddings, the first wedding that I ever planned was my own. I loved everything from the cake tastings to choosing this gorgeous dress! It’s just my thing. Want to know something cool and a money saver? My grandma made my veil! Her making it was not only affordable but also special because it came from her.

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Another big tip for saving money on a wedding is to give yourself plenty of time to plan the event. If you give yourself 3 months to plan a huge wedding, you are going to need money right then and there to pay for everything. If you plan your wedding within a span of 1-2 years, you are allowing time to save, buy things here and there, and make payments on services.

I hope that this post was helpful, even just a little. Look forward to many more fun posts this year. For more wedding photos, you can check out Loving Plans on Instagram or Facebook. If you are in the Bakersfield area and need an event service, feel free to message me on any social media, and get your free consultation! 

 

 

7 Tips for Growing a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

Having a full-time job and running a few businesses on the side can be quite a challenge. I have; a 9-5 job, I run this blog, I am growing my Instagram account, I run a Poshmark closet, and I own an event and wedding planning business. All while being a wife to my husband and being a mom to my Rottweiler baby and my siamese cat. For today’s Work it Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a few tips with you that can help you work while you work.

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Tip 1. Wake up early

Waking up an hour earlier each day can give you the extra time that is needed to finish that blog post or post inventory that you didn’t have time to do the night before.

Tip 2. Have a daily routine

Having a daily routine will help to stay organized and make time after work for your business that you are hoping to leave your 9-5 for.

Tip 3. Set Goals

I know that I am repetitive with this tip, but I am going to share it again. Set goals for yourself.  Setting goals will keep you on track, with a full-time job, getting side tracked is a very easy thing to do.

Tip 4. Make time for your future business

Utilize every break that you have. Instead of playing Uno after lunch, pull out your laptop and get those e-mails out. Post to your business Facebook or Instagram. If you are a PoshBabe, share those clothes on Poshmark and figure out a way to make that sale. If you are trying to break 1 million Instagram followers, make sure that you use your 15-minute break to reply to every single comment.  whatever you can to make that extra dollar while you are not getting paid for that one-hour lunch break.

Tip 5. Set timers

Setting timers will also help to manage your time correctly. Give your self only so much time in the morning to do your makeup. Have a timer set for cleaning the house, that way you don’t stay up all night cleaning and getting carried away. Set a timer for daily meditation and affirmations. Saving time will help you succeed, remember, you have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.

Tip 6. Keep a journal

Having a journal with you at your 9-5 is perfect for jotting down all of your business ideas. This tip is perfect for those that have the best ideas during very random times throughout the day.

Tip 7. Take a day off

Allow yourself a day off, if not, you will get burnt out fast.

Well, there you have it! 7 of my biggest tips for running a business while you have a full-time job. It can get hard at times, but just keep chugging along. You didn’t get this far, only to get this far.