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365 Grateful: 78 & 79

So, for the past couple of days, I’ve continued to push myself outside of my comfort zone. They seem like baby steps but, for me, they are huge because there was a time when fear would have stopped me from moving forward.

Thursday, I posted a video with a makeup look that I never would have considered doing a year ago. This is what happens when you stop caring about failing.

Yesterday, I received a message that literally moved me to tears and this was on top of an already rough week. I pushed passed my feelings (something I’m learning to do) and went out with my friend, Natasha.


I stole this pic from her Facebook page.

Isn’t our makeup flawless? #shamelessplug


365 Grateful: Day 77

Lord. Have. Mercy. You ever have one of those days that you are just glad is over? Yeah? That’s me today. I was busy, emotionally taxed, and my introverted self was screaming, “What about me? What about me?” Today, I’m grateful for this:  

That’s my pillow, in case you couldn’t tell. šŸ’¤šŸ˜“ 

Frida Kahlo Inspired Makeup Look with Video TutorialĀ 

Hey there!

I am super excited to be able to finally share this with you. I got this crazy idea to create a Frida Kahlo inspired look AND take a video of it AND have a photo shoot with my good friend, Rey Granger (business info found below). Ā Needless to say, it was a lot of work but, I was almost brought to tears when I saw the finished product!

Frida is one of my heros. She lived such an innovative and inspirational life. If you would like to learn more about her, check out the link here.

This post has quite a bit of information so, make sure you check it all out. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or on the video. Enjoy!

Product List:

  • Wet & Wild Coverall Primer
  • Maybelline Fit Me! #310
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer #240 Light/Neutral
  • Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana
  • BH Studio Pro Tinted HD Powder in Golden
  • Mac Eyeshadow in Expresso
  • Mac Eyeshadow in Vanilla
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Blackout
  • BH Cosmetics Contour & Blush 2 Palette
  • Markwins Artisan Color Baked Blush in Raspberry
  • Beautique Intense Jumbo Lip Crayon in Blackberry
  • Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock Mascara
  • Covergirl The Super Sizer Mascara
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish by KateĀ Lipstick in Rosetto #107

Rey’s info:

Website, Email

Photgrapher: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography
Photgrapher: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography
Photographer: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography
Photographer: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography
Photographer: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography
Photographer: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography
Photographer: Rey Granger, Jelani Photography

365 Grateful: Day 76

So, today was a pretty typical day. I’m grateful that I was able to attend a free webinar that taught me a lot about owning my own business. It seriously was almost overwhelming with all of the great information that she shared. I’m glad that there are people who aren’t scared to share their knowledge with others. Thanks Renae!


365 Grateful: Days 71-75?

So, how about I don’t know what day I’m on. This weekend has been hectic but, I’m grateful for the busyness.

Thursday, I had a photoshoot. I was inspired by roses (June’s flower) and Frida Kahlo. Hence, this awesomeness!



Photographer: Rey Granger, http://www.jelaniphotography.com, granger.rey@gmail.com

I almost cried when I saw the pictures. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to see my vision come to fruition. (P.S. Video tutorial coming Thursday!)

Friday, I worked to get ready for a show on Saturday. I was thankful for my creativity and work ethic.


Saturday was the show. I am thankful that I met some amazing people and it’s a natural high when people praise your work.



Yesterday, I looked in my closet and a part of me that I thought was gone, reared her head. Next thing you know, this outfit made itself known.


Then, I worked out with some buddies.


AND I enjoyed this on the way home:


Today, I’m back in the shop again. I have a headache now but, I’m grateful that I have work to be done. Thank God!

365 Grateful: Day 70

Man… today was eventful. I’m grateful that I got to do some things for myself.


A little shopping…


Some yoga…


And this henna tattoo… even though I think it looks like a penis. Hey, I’m just saying.

I’m also grateful for life because right before my yoga class, there was a terrible accident that came a couple feet from my car.


I’m standing right by my car here.

The car pictured flipped in the air and came down on the driver’s side. The other car involved did a 180 and hit a tree. Two people were involved. One is okay the other I assumed went to the hospital. Please pray for him.

Almost two hours later, they are still trying to get this car out of the ditch.


I just pray the other guy is ok.

365 Grateful: Day 69

I’m not sure what to photograph today because of the following:

1. I’m grateful that I pretty much stuck to my schedule but, I can’t screenshot it because it’s personal.

2. I’m grateful that I was able to be there for my friend today but, I did it over the phone so, no pic there.

3. I’m grateful that I got this AWESOME idea today but, it’s in my head. Yeah, hard to photograph that. Just imagine greatness. Yes, that’s it!

4. I’m grateful that I found this app that is essentially a digital project board. Let me know if you guys want more info on that.

5. I’m just grateful, man. Just grateful.

What are y’all grateful for today? Huh? Huh? Huh?

365 Grateful: Day 68

Whew! Today, I was determined to be grateful. I had a few bumps but, that is to be expected.

Today, I am grateful because:
1. This turtle allowed me to save it’s life (kinda). Well, I saved it’s life and it kinda let me.


2. I worked on some earrings for a show this weekend.


3. I saw a rainbow.


Yup…a three-fer. You’re welcome!

The silver lining…

  Today is day 68 of my “365 Grateful” challenge and although I will probably post later on what I’m grateful for today, I felt a need to explain why I decided to participate. 

I tried this challenge before, you know. I tried to “be” grateful even though my world, as I knew it, began to fall apart. I could blame it on the fact that I picked the word “fearless” for the year or the fact that I needed healing (who doesn’t?). Instead of placing blame, I decided to take ownership. 

Do you know how empowering it is to actually take ownership? There’s power in focusing on what you CAN do and not what you can’t. So, in the midst of the fall out, I made a decision. I was never going to be this unhealthy again.

Usually when we think of unhealthiness, we think of junk food, a lack of exercise, and maybe a lot of television. But, I’m not speaking of unhealthy in the physical sense. Recognizing that you are physically unhealthy is a lot easier that recognizing if you are unhealthy emotionally.

Not dealing with issues, acting like everything is okay, and reasoning that always makes it someone else’s fault, will lead you to being emotionally unhealthy. It’s a sneaky culprit because we are taught by our environment that confrontations have to be avoided and crying is weak. Even small children learn to place blame of someone else to avoid getting into trouble. 

So how do we become healthy? Make a decision. Make a decision to do the work. Make a decision to work on yourself. For me, it’s a lot of prayer, reading, self talk, counseling…and taking ownership. For you, it may be something completely different. 

What does this have to do with being grateful? Well, part of my self care is to focus on what was good In my day, even if I have a hard time finding it. I don’t always hit the mark but, I always try. So, if you see me say, “Today wasn’t such a good day…” or “Yeah, today kinda sucked…” know that I’m being honest but, the fact that I posted means that I am trying. I’m in the process of grieving and it can be a lot sometimes. 

I wrote this post to encourage you. Work at seeing the silver lining. Work at being grateful for everything. Even the bad that occurs in your life is there to serve you. What is it that you can learn from it? 

Keep your chins up, your chests out, and conquer the friggin day!

Until next time…