After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.
I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.
Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.
There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).
This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.
Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? Find out my answer after the jump! Continue reading →
Start by being loving, truthful, and giving to yourself first (you’ll find that it’ll extend to others more naturally when you do). And if you think you’re already doing this and still not getting the results you want, then ask. Ask your mom, your bestie, your sister, or your bae for their insights and tell them what you are also yearning for. It may be uncomfortable at first, but if you approach it with an open mind and are willing to push through the initial awkwardness, you’ll have a better relationship with yourself and with those around you. ♥
Yay! We just wrapped our very first Master Your Own Beauty workshop over at The Healing House!
With my partner in kikay, pro makeup artist Bambie. Doesn’t she look like a Japanese princess? Her skin’s so perfect!
The attendees in this workshop quickly made their way into my heart (they’re also little more private than usual, so I can’t really post too many photos—sorry, guys!). It was such a fun day and I have to admire them all for their strength. It takes a lot of vulnerability to show up to a makeup class and have someone help you navigate through some of your insecurities. That’s why I’m super happy I got to do this class with Bambie—we like to handle everyone we meet with a little sparkle + a lot of TLC :)
With one of our participants! Loved showing these girls how to let their inner beauty shine on the outside. It’s my favorite part about my job!
I gotta say though, I learned a lot of from our students, too. In one of the exercises, we asked the girls to take a look at the mirror and pick out their favorite feature. One of the participants brought her 7-year-old daughter, Luccia, and I had a very interesting conversation with her. Here’s what happened:
Me: What about you, Luccia? What’s your favorite thing about your face?
Ugh, my heart just melted! This precious little girl was right and she just taught me a h-u-g-e lesson. You’re not supposed to just pick and love the best parts of your face (or your own self, for that matter). You love everything—the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the seemingly ugly.
I totally get it now…and to whoever’s out there reading this, I hope you get it, too. You are beautiful because of everything you are and everything you’ve been through—it’s never, ever in spite of anything else. ♥
I have been a grumbling grumperson over the past few days. I’m just being a brat about something super inconsequential, but that thing that happened? It did kinda make me spiral into an “ugh” kinda mood that’s been challenging to shake off.
So thank you, Universe, for sending this little not my way via @galadarling’s IG.
I don’t want to be an old fool in any way, shape, or form. So *deep breath* I shall focus on all the good things, detox my brain and body…and start writing about 5 things I’m grateful for every night before I go to sleep for one whole week. And if I don’t feel too self-conscious about what I jot down, I just might post my list on Snapchat, too. Follow me via @beautyandsparkl to take a peek! ♥