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You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.  

Song of Solomon 4:7

Happy Wednesday!!! Here is a little inspiration to help get you over the hump.  I just heard this concept on a podcast and was completely taken aback and wanted to share it with all of you.

First, I was listening to “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey” podcast (an awesome Christian based program) and her guest for today was Jenna Kutcher.  Jenna is a wedding photographer turned influencer who is very passionate about spreading self love with regards to body image.  If you don’t already follow her on Instagram…DO IT NOW, she is brave and inspiring.  Any who, during this interview she spoke about loving and accepting your body and she used the most profound example that I have every heard on the subject.

She started by saying imagine a child, perfect and innocent.  Then she said now imagine this child going to her mom saying “Why did you make me this way,? Why did you make me broken? Why did you make me ugly”.  Wow, How incredibly hard those things must be for a mom to hear. Now imagine standing in front of God, our Creator, and asking him those same questions, imagine the heartbreak God must feel when we attack ourselves and ultimately His work.  Take a moment and let that sink in.

We were all created to be different and we are all perfect in our own way.  We have to stop shaming ourselves and stop comparing ourselves to others.  We have got to STOP making another woman’s body our goals.  We must strive to live our best life. Own our own fitness and our own healthy lifestyle.

Should we continue to work hard and set goals? – Absolutely

Should we continue to look to others for inspiration? YES, but we must recognize who we are and where we are.  Healthy looks different on all of us. Let’s lift each other up and encourage our individuality.

All the Love,

KC

 

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Beauty Talk: Make Up Brush Cleaner

Alright now let’s get down and dirty! I have a serious question that rarely receives an honest response… How often do you clean your make up brushes?  I will be the first to admit that I am so lazy when it comes to this chore but I have been introduced to a product that is a GAME CHANGER (thanks Shane!).  Seriously.  It is time to come clean and Cinema Secrets makes it so easy to clean your brushes…DAILY!!!

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Above is a picture of some “well loved” brushes of mine before being cleaned.  The cleaner comes in a pour bottle (pictured above) but I pour some of it into a spray bottle to use for daily cleaning.  To do a quick clean you just spritz the brush with the cleaner and then swirl the bristles on a clean paper towel and watch the magic happen. All the make up transfer to the paper towel and within a few minutes the brush is dry.  You can even clean your brushes between colors!! It’s that simple, just spritz and swirl.  For a deeper clean you can pour some of the cleaner into a cup and soak the brushes and wipe them clean and dry them with a hand towel.

Seeing is believing…Check out the results below! PS ….I will be posting a video of the process on my Instagram: @hustleandheartyoga.  You are going to want to check it out 🙂

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Freshly cleaned make up brushes help prevent the spread of bacteria which can help control breaks outs.  Not to mention clean brushes also allow make up to go on smoother and will keep your colors from unintentionally blending.

Now down to business! You can find Cinema Secrets on Amazon.  It is available on Prime, WIN! It seems to be a little expensive but a little bit goes a long way and lasts a long time.  Well worth it!

I hope you find this brief review helpful.  I for one love how it has taken the struggle out of keeping my brushes clean.

All the Love,

KC

 

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Hard Work Pays Off

Happy Wednesday!

I wanted to drop a quick note about a story I heard the other day while listening to my Daily Burst.

What is “Daily Burst” you ask? It is a quick podcast style snippet of motivation. The home screen for each day has a quote and there is a 3 to 5 minute audio file that shares an inspirational story or message. Here is a screen shot of what it looks like.

Now the other day the narrator shared a story about a king and a test that he gave the people of his kingdom.  The king had a large boulder placed in the middle of the road. Then he found a hiding place to watch as people approached the massive rock.  For days he watched how the people of his land reacted to the rock in the path.  Some people climbed over it and others walked the around it but NO ONE tried to move the stone.  This really disappointed the king because his people came up with all the possible ways to avoid addressing the issue of the boulder in the road. Then one day a peasant came to the road with the boulder and he began to work to move the rock and clear the path.  It took many hours of hard work but he eventually moved the stone from the road.  The king had been watching and was pleased.  He came out of hiding to greet the man who had moved the boulder and revealed to the peasant that under the stone he had buried many gold coins for a reward for whoever moved the stone.  The peasant was so grateful and expressed that he had only done what had needed to be done because now the road was clear for everyone.

This story says a lot about life because some times the things that we are called to do involve obstacles and it’s not always easy.  God calls us to live our best life with diligence and a servants heart.  Following your calling will take hard work and perseverance but the reward will be greater then you could ever imagine.

It is time to bear down and bravely pursue your calling. Let your light shine so that others can see.  The hard work will pay off.

All the love,

KC

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Unbroken

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” — Psalm 139:14 NKJV

I am drawing a little inspiration from my Daily Calm today because this is just so good!

So many times in life we get so caught up in trying to fix broken things that we forget all about all of the wonderful things that we are. In order for our hearts to radiate joy we have to remind ourselves daily that we are fearfully and wonderfully made despite all the messiness of life.

Focus on the good. Practice gratitude and show yourself grace. Let your light shine through the cracks of brokenness.

All the Love,

KC

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Slow Your Roll

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Hello Again!

First, let me address the elephant in the room.  That elephant being my “I am going to blog everyday in June challenge”.  Let’s all take a moment to laugh at that because I maybe made 7ish blog posts.  However, all hope is not lost because this failed experiment helped me learn a lesson about goal setting.

Many of you are familiar with the Aesop fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” and the lesson slow and steady wins the race.  To sum up the fable the tortoise and the hare were in a race. The hare took off trying to show up the tortoise but eventually burned out and had to stop.   During the hare’s break the tortoise was able to pass the hare and win the race.

Now, I am sure you are probably thinking “what in the world does this story have to do with goal setting or your blog posts?”. Like the hare I set the intention of tackling this goal full blast and as a result I got burned out really quick.  I would dread having to post and felt like I couldn’t make any idea come together (I have like a gazillion unfinished drafts started).  I set the goal because I enjoyed blogging but wanted to become more consistent.   As a new blogger I should of started smaller with my goals and built up to daily posting because I ended up giving up all together.  Committing to posting once a week or bi-weekly would be been making progress towards my goals in a more manageable manner.

When goal setting it is important for us to meet ourselves where we are  and recognize that sometimes meeting a goal is a slow process.  This is extremely true when it comes to fitness goals.  We set a goal of wanting to loose weight or become healthier and we follow that with an overwhelming amount of life changes to make it happen.  We commit to cutting out foods that are bad for us and working out every day.  Then as a response to the demands we put on ourselves we start to loose motivation and we end up backsliding until we are right back to square one.  Remember this….A healthy lifestyle is a process….Reaching any goal is a process…and the process takes patience.

So the next time you feel discouraged with your journey to your goals take some time to reevaluate.  Break your goals down into manageable sections. Take it one step at a time and once you get comfortable start adding in other steps to reaching where you want to be.  Make promises that are challenging but you know you can keep.  The momentum from all the small goals you accomplish will fuel your motivation to continue after the ultimate goal.  Be patient with yourself and remember each day is a new day.

All the Love,

KC

PS. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.