Book Haul!

Hello! I hope you are well. Today is all about books. I have been reading so much this summer and I love learning about spirituality and about myself. I have had so many  books on my wishlist but never wanted to go to Barnes and Noble and spend too much. One day I was told about this bargain bookstore in Nashville called McKay’s used/new store. I was finally able to go and was amazed. They had everything from electronics, to records to cassettes to any book you could think of. Once I found the spirituality section, I was there for a while. These are the books I picked up!books (1).jpg

The first is called The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. I remember reading this book in Spanish class. My teacher knew I didn’t exactly need to do the work because I knew spanish so he gave me this book to read. I loved the story so when I saw this book at McKay’s, I didn’t even question it. I’m so excited to read this book again.alchem2.jpg

The next is a book that I’ve heard Oprah talk about alot. I believe she once called this book her favorite. I’ve read this author before and I like how eye opening his words are so why not read this and see what this book has to say!neweartbook.jpg

Iyanla Vanzant is a such a powerful speaker and I love her strength and philosophy about life and empowering yourself. I’m super excited to read her written work. If you want to learn about what she has to say, go to YouTube and you’ll love her too.iyanlabook.jpg

This last book is the book that first opened my eyes and mind to spirituality and the idea that you can get what you want and feel good. I read this book so much that it literally fell apart. It turned into quite a used book so spending $2 on a book that is about $25 at Barnes and Noble was a no-brainer. I love this book and while I don’t follow it to the letter, I love the majority of what it has to say. secfret2.jpg

I’m so excited to talk to you about what I thought about them in an upcoming post. What type of books do you tend to read?

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-Sam

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Book Review: The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

Hello hello! I hope all is well with you. I have recently read a book that has shifted my mind. I love books that help me become more motivated and determined to do something to better my life. 

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein is a book that I have seen floating around all over the internet. I have been on an Audible kick and I have been looking for new books to experience. I had recently listened to Oprah’s What I Know For Sure and was so completely inspired and motivated to live my truest self possible. Once I finished the book, I was really wanting to continue that momentum I had built up. The Universe Has Your Back seems like a religious book, but it is about having faith in yourself and the thought that the universe, indeed, does have your back. I loved the idea of this concept. 

As soon as I began listening to this book, I could not listen to anything else. On my way to work, instead of listening to my Spotify playlist, I just wanted to soak in the words from this book. Once I finished it I took so many things away from that help me keep a positive and happy spirit alive. This book does include some meditation exercises and some words to say as you go about your day. 

“I witness I am out of alignment with my power, I choose to see peace instead of this.” These words have helped me shift back to a positive place, if I am feeling like down or if my day hasn’t been good. I just say these words and feel relaxed and centered. Another phrase is ” I step back and let the universe lead the way.” This phrase reminds me to work as hard as I can and live a positive life, after that I just need to surrender the rest to the universe. This makes the work that I do with this blog so much more fun. I do post regularly twice a week and I never feel obligated to have content. I just have fun with it and every week that comes, I have new ideas to create. I’m never without ideas because I trust that I will have them. 

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein is a book that reinforces my drive to keep the faith and motivation with whatever I do. I love the words of this book and have shared them with friends and family. My sister even told me this is exactly what she needed. I wanted to share some words with you because we all deserve to live a life that is filled with positivity. 


Buy the audiobook! If you prefer the physical copy, it is also available!

Thanks for reading!

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-Sam

 

Book Review- #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Hello! As written in a post at for what I hope to accomplish in 2017, I wanted to read more this year, and that’s just what I’ve been doing. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso is a book I have read before, but I love re-reading it to inspire me when I am feeling like I am becoming unmotivated. While this book has become a Netflix Original tv series, which is also pretty great, the book never fails to make me get up and do something with my life. gbquotepage.jpg

Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss is filled with so many words that make my spirit, mind and creativity rise. The book instantly starts with an intro that says “I have three pieces of advice that I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then let’s do this.” These words start off my mind in such a postive and empowering state and I am elated at the words to come. 

Sophia states how she didn’t know what she wanted to do, but that she knew she was capable of something bigger. She struggled, she dug through dumpsters for bagels and shoplifted. This isn’t how one would think she came to her success with Nasty Gal. This is so relatable to me. I’ve never shoplifted or dug through dumpsters, but man do I struggle sometimes. I struggle to keep my mindfulness for positivity. But that’s how it goes. One must struggle a bit to get to where they want to be. While they struggle, they keep that determianation alive to keep going and fighting to make something of themselves. 

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This book also talks about the power of magical thinking. If you believe in something and put all your work and focus into something, there is no reason why one can’t accomplish their goal to led their truest self. I love this chapter because I am trying to become more aware and more focused on what I want to do in my life and this clears my mind of the negative and the what if’s. Positive thinking can help one attain what they want if they make that switch in their minds to become and to have what they want. 

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#GirlBoss is a book that gives me so much hope and so much fuel to put aside those negative thoughts and focus on my goals. It’s not easy, this book hasn’t ended those bad days where I feel like I am not getting the results I am looking for. However, this book is helping me understand that there will be bad days, and that I can shift myself in to a more positive place. This book reminds me to keep going and keep grinding out as much as I can. This book makes my failures and simply makes my story more interesting.

Thanks for reading!

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-Sam

May Favorites!

Hello! May has come to a close, but I have been left with sooo many favorites from the month. From books to fashion…so here we go!

TV Shows

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King – This standup was such a breath of fresh air for a comedy act.  Hasan is a comedy genius that made me laugh out loud one second and made me tear up the next. I went on a rollercoaster ride along with him and the things he lived through. From talks about family, racism, prom to being hired to be on The Daily Show Hasan Minhaj is a fireball of talent and sincerity. Favorite comedian status?…..Uhm yes. 

Better Call Saul – Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking. There’s like 3 seasons and you are just getting into the show? Yes and I have been missing out. Better Call Saul is taken from the life of Walt White’s interesting Lawyer, Saul Goodman. It goes through “Saul’s” life of becoming an establised lawyer and the obstacles he has to go through. Season 2 ended on a cliff hanger and I cannot wait until Season 3 hits Netflix.

Master Of None: Season 2 – I loved the first season and thought it couldn’t get any better this time around for season 2, but I was so so wrong. Season 2 of MON connected to me in such deep way. The cinemetography was a work of art as it was focused on people and the way they live, love, work, and become happy with their truest self. This show is so much more than trying to date in New York while trying to land an acting job. Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang are the creators and writers of this masterpiece and do such a good job at making this show so deep that makes you truly feel something. Aziz Ansari directed several episodes and does such a beautiful job at it. 

Books

Into the Wild – I have read this book before, but it’s just such a good book that while sad, has such a deep message. Happiness is only real when shared. We all as humans, want to share happiness, because then, we know it is real and we know that it’s not just a dream. Getting that new job, graduating highschool/college, overcoming that obstacle you’ve been fighting to defeat. Sharing that feeling of happiness and spreading it all over, creates happiness that in turn, multiplies. 

#Girlboss – Another book that I’ve read but I have to talk about. This book is going to get yourself off of that couch and go after what you want. After this school semester, I struggled to get back to blogging, but after reading this book again, that fire and motivation to get back to writing posts, taking photos, editing and posting was came alive again. I love taking photos, I love writing and I love creating. This book was the firewood that reignited that flame in me again.

What I know For Sure : Oprah Winfrey – I remember coming home from school and going into my sister’s room. We’d always watch Oprah together as I’d do my homework. Since then, Oprah has been a huge source of inspiration for me. I came across this book and I became that much more inspired to be postive, work hard and keep going no matter what gets in my way. This book is one that will make you look at your life and see that you are not your past. You can do better if you don’t look at the negatives. You can do better if you love, live and work hard at life. Go Oprah. 

Makeup/Skincare

NYX Cosmetic Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder – This highlight called Synthetica is described on the site as being a pink based highlight with gold. It is such a rose gold goddess color that screams summer. I love that hue it leaves on the tip of my nose or the high points of my cheeks. The formula is super pigmented and while it is a pink based highlight, it doesn’t look pink or orange on my cheekbones. It just looks glowy. DSC_1508FullSizeR (1)Urban Decay Afterglow Highlight in Sin- This 8 hour powder highlight makes me look like such a disco ball and I am all about it. A simple tap of this product will give such a strong highlight. It is the longest lasting highlight I have had in a long minute. 

FullSizeR (2).jpgFullSizeR (3).jpgDeciem Hyaluronic Acid – I made a post about this product a few weeks back so I l, of course am going to add it to my monthly favorites. This product absorbs so quickly and leaves my skin feeling plump and smooth. To read more about my thoughts on this product go back in my page and read all about it!

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Garnier Micellear Water- I now understand the hype with these micellear water products. I get it, I get it. This does not leave the slightest residue of product that coconut oil, or makeup wipes leave on my skin. I have tried them all and I cannot stand that residual gunk. This on the otherhand, leaves my face feeling soft, makeup free without the over rubbing, etc, and pretty clean. The love is real for this stuff. 

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Fashion

Forever 21 Faux Suede Buckled Mules in Rose- While this item may be my only fashion favorite of the month, it is a step outside of my comfort zone. I got these shoes for my birthday which was April 30th, but I have been wearing these shoes nonstop since then in May. I am someone that does not wear color and much less pink. However, when I laid my eyes on these babies, I had to have them. They elevate an outfit and make a casual t-shirt and jeans look so feminine put together and classy. My love for these shoes makes me step out of my neutral color wardrobe and add a pop of color. 

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Thanks for reading! Stay connected with me on Instagram!

-Sam