Hellooooo Babes,

Welcome back to another long overdue post!

I've made it known a million times that I'm an extremely busy gal (w/ school, work, breathing, etc... haha), but I swear I'm going to make a conscious effort to be more active on this little corner of the cyber world!

1. Quick update on me, school, the business, + all that jazz:

((If you don't care about this, please scroll down to sections 2 + 3. They're more important anyway!))

I recently finished my first "real" semester of grad school, and let me tell ya Hunny--- that $h*t was NOT easy! I had to put every single ounce of my soul into it, but I am here; I survived. I'm so looking forward to diving into more OT related classes and really start learning about all the details that sparked my passion in the first place! I am currently wrapping up a 3-week winterim class geared toward Health & Wellness, and ironically enough, I just took it pretty hard with some sort of stomach bug. No worries-- I'm back and better than ever!

Photography is in the "slow" season right now, which allows me to focus on prepping for the new year and what's ahead. I'm one of those people who get crazy-ambitious when a new year rolls around--- I have so many big plans for this year, starting with the updated website! If you haven't already taken a look around, please do! I've been low-key working on it for a few months, I am by no means an expert "designer", but I love making my website my own. I have been using every ounce of my free time to continue learning + growing my little business, from editing to blogging to studio planning to finding new locations, I'm working on it all! My biggest hope for this year is upgrading my gear (fingers crossed that this can happen before senior season---eek!) I want to make some MAGIC in 2020, baby!

2. The Brand: Live What You Love

Live What You Love. I've wrapped up nearly every blog entry with this little phrase! But, why.... ?

A few years ago I was given a necklace from my boyfriend's mom that said those four little words. It came with a little card that said,

"A reminder to create a life you love, engage in relationships that you cherish, and do work you are passionate about. Because life is to be enjoyed, not endured. So, follow your dreams, embrace change, and live what you love."

Yes. You read that right. Now go back and read it again.

What an IMPORTANT reminder.

She may have known this, maybe she didn't but those words were exactly what I needed to hear at the time. EXACTLY what I needed. I was currently going through my first semester of college during this time, and I was struggling with the transition-- big time! I didn't know if my school was the right fit or even my major for that matter. Freshman year was a roller coaster of emotions. I experienced friendship loss, general relationship struggles with friends/family, and overwhelming anxiety. These words were exactly what I needed as a motivator for myself.

Let's break this down a bit.

"A reminder to create a life you love, engage in relationship that you cherish, and do work you are passionate about...."

Only you know what's best for you. Sometimes it's hard to fight that battle between listening to your heart or listening to your head, but I know that deep down, you have the strength to make the right choice. DO the things you love. Stop putting them off because you don't have the time or you feel selfish---make the stinking plan, sister, and stick to it! The time is now. As someone who overfills her plate constantly, I get the struggle. Trust me, I do. But let me tell you... I have never regretted taking the time to do the things that I love.

Secondly, let's talk about those relationships. We all have those friends that we wish we were still in touch with or that relationship that we are fully aware of isn't healthy for us. Make the change, girlfriend. Text that old friend of yours and reconnect, or cut off any ties that are not healthy for you--- whatever it is that you need to do, please do it. Engage in relationships that you cherish. There are so many supportive people out there who will help you build your empire, do not waste any ounce of time on people who are knocking down those building blocks!

Do work you are passionate about. Find what makes your heart smile and do it. Do it every single day if you can. Whether its that dream career of yours that you study so hard for or something that's been weighing on your mind-- chase THAT passion. I fully understand that you may have to take on a job or task that you don't fully love to get by-- that's okay. It's okay to do this temporarily, but don't make it your living. You are so much more than that.

If you've found something new that sets a fire in your heart, but you're afraid to take the leap... do it. Don't focus on the worst thing that could happen... I want you to genuinely sit down and think, "What's the best thing that could happen?"

It is all wrapped up so perfectly: " is to be enjoyed, not endured. So, follow your dreams, embrace change, and live what you love."

(If you haven't read my blog about what college has taught me, please hop on over here. It fits so well with this entry, but I specifically want you to pay attention to points 4 through 7. This is genuinely the best advice I could ever give you, and it's some pretty dang good advice if you ask me!)

I will continue to preach these words to others. I will continue to live by them every day, and I will be fully endorsed in this wisdom as I begin my next adventure.....

3. My new adventure:

For the moment we've all been waiting for...what the heck is Mel gonna take on next? A new talent? A new unique hobby? A new job?

A new adventure.

As shocked as I am to say this... I have signed up to be a Maskcara Beauty Artist.

Yep-- you read that right. Some of you might think I'm crazy, and that's okay. You may think I'm not "fit" for the task or don't have enough room on my plate... that's okay!

At first-- that was my biggest fear when joining a team. Judgment. Such a crappy concept. What if I'm not good at this? What if people start to unfollow me (on social media or real life)? What if I actually suck at makeup? Why would I sell makeup when I rarely wear makeup?

I was worried about what my friends would think, my family, heck even my own boyfriend...I am fully prepared to lose some acquaintances in the making, but I am so dang excited about the new people I will get to meet through this opportunity. And besides-- if someone has the desire to tare you down for having the confidence to do something like this, it's not your problem or a person you should be cherishing. I received the best advice from my own Maskcara artist:

"Other people's opinions of you are not your business. Period. It's 2020, it's time to do things for OURSELVES."

A-fricken-men, sister. So here I am.

Doing something I never in a million years thought I would do. I was always the first person to turn away from MLM's or what I considered "pyramid schemes." The first step was educating myself on the truth of it all. and HERE I AM... doing something for myself.

So why this adventure? Why makeup?

In all honesty, I started becoming interested in a similar makeup company during my freshman year of college. Again, I was lost and searching for something to fill what I thought had been missing in my life. The company I was interested in was something I knew of from a young age, but I truly didn't believe that I was someone who could do this. I didn't think I had the confidence, people skills, or personality for the job. It didn't feel right for me. But NONE of that matters anymore because I know I can be whoever I want to be, and so can you.

Whether I'm "good" at it or not, makeup and beauty have always been things I have been interested in from a young age, (just ask my siblings about the time I used a black sharpie to beautify my face LOL). I have used random drugstore products my entire life, following the advice of Youtubers or recommendations of people I know. I have always felt the need to "cover" my face with layers of makeup, and I have usually apologized when I would go out in public bare-faced. I'm sorry whattt? I apologized for being me? Not anymore, sister....

I stumbled across this company from my dear friend, Em, on Instagram (@emilypiantek). I was instantly intrigued by the makeup and the way she truly lit up when she talked about the products and the company-- I had to order some and try it for myself. It looked so easy + quick.... it looked like anyone could do it, even me. And let me tell you, when I got the makeup, it was SO much more than that. It gives amazing coverage and enhances your natural beauty, without covering who you are. This makeup gave me a buttload of confidence, and I can't help but want to share it with the entire world. We are ALL beautiful, so dang beautiful... and I never want anyone to believe they are anything less than that! Don't waste any more time covering up your natural beauty or apologizing for who you are. 2020 is the year of change, so let's do this, babe!

I cannot wait to start this new adventure + to share it with you. Here's to trying new things and living what you love.



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