Dying my hair PURPLE

The trick to making a big hair change is having a hairstylist that you trust. I have been going to my hairstylist since I was about 19 (I’m 25 now) and sometimes I just go in there and say “make me pretty” and you know what? She does. This time around though, I came in with a plan: Purple. I have been wanting to do this for the longest time but I was a bit nervous. The plan was to dye my entire hair purple. That is a big change and if she somehow messed up: THAT WOULD BE MY ALL OF MY HAIR!

Well, I am happy to say my hair looks wonderful and I filmed the entire process (the video is below). I’m a pretty creative person and I love the fact that my job and the people around me encourage me to express myself through my physical appearance. 

So what color should I go next? 

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Music Monday: Get the Party Started

So last week I posted on Music Monday, I posted about the beginning of a new journey. I claimed that August 17th, 2015 was the day that my getting healthy journey was starting and I hate to say this but: I lied. Last week, I began to prepare myself. Okay, okay, all I did was be lazy and eat unhealthy food.

August 23rd, 2015. For real this time.

Yesterday I bought a stationary bike (I also built it myself, like the bad-ass woman that I am). I even went grocery shopping; I bought produce and different items so I can prepare myself healthier meals. So, August 23rd 2015 is the day. Today, I am going home and cycling until my legs feel like they’re falling off. I’m actually looking forward to it.

I’m feeling so motivated!!!!

So, on this Music Monday lets GET THIS PARTY STARTED! 

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Pink is continuously creating the perfect music for whatever occasion. “Get the Party Started” is the perfect song to get motivated on this gloomy-ish Monday. I am excited to see where this healthy journey takes me. I’ll be making a series of YouTube videos related to becoming healthier and I’m calling the series beYOUrney … Do you get it? 

So; play some Pink, start the party, get healthy, and dance it out. The roller coaster can only go up from here. xx 

Going Back to School: A Survival Guide

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It’s about that time again kids. The time when the time begins to get a little cooler (THANKFULLY), when the parents begin to silently cheering, and the traffic gets a tad more annoying. It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time!

Don’t you worry your pretty little face though, because I have the perfect survival guide for you by me.

  1. Breathe. I know school is overwhelming; all of those classes and you’re somehow expected to get good grades in all of them! It’s okay though, take it one step at a time.
  2. Academics matter. Even if it doesn’t seem like it. Even if you have already decided that you want to pursue acting after High School. At least try to get good grades, because you don’t want to be the 25 year old that needs help dividing.
  3. It gets worst. So yes, it gets better but also; it gets worst. Get some perspective, these are the NOT the most important years of your life. Be aware that when you’re 25 you’re going to look back at 16 year old you and laugh at the things you used to get upset about. Also, prepare yourself because if you think High School is “the absolute worst” life is going to kick your naive ass.
  4. Be nice. This is more of a command than it is advice. I have no idea why people find this to be so difficult. It doesn’t matter who you are in High School, just be nice. Truth time: as a grown adult I’ve actually gone back (looked for people on Facebook) and apologized for the shit I did to them in High School. I will fully admit that I was a terrible human when I was 14-18 (19, 20, and a little bit 21).

So there you have it, four easy steps to make your High School experience a bit more positive. I genuinely hope you take my advice into consideration on your first day back. (Don’t forget to breathe)

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Music Monday: No Day But Today

Monday; August 17 2015 – so it begins.

537th time is the charm.

Here we go guys! A new beginning! Last week I posted a blog about some goals that I’ve set to accomplish and this week marks the beginning towards making shit happen. One of the goals that I have set is to lose weight, which is definitely a goal that I’ve set previously soooo here we go again. I am choosing to disregard all previous attempts.

A clean slate.

I am not my mistakes and I am approaching this new journey in a completely different way. We are not looking to lose weight, we are looking to change our lifestyle. I am feeling motivated- okay actually, I am already dreading all of the work. Let’s just be completely honest here: I am terrified. I am scared to try and fail, I am scared that I’ll give up, I’m scared that even if I get healthier I still won’t be happy with myself. I have to at least try though, right?

Right.

So on this Music Monday, we’re going a little “theatre-nerdy”. When I was sixteen, I discovered a musical that forever changed my life: RENT. I could go on and on and on and on and on about RENT, but today lets focus on “Finale B”, which is the last song in RENT. To me, the song represents a new beginning. It describes a year of turmoil but promises to face the future with a positive attitude.

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There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget, regret or
Life is yours to miss

No other road, no other way
No day but today

The song has an air of hope in it that helps motivate me into my goal of getting healthier. So here we go! Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I am nervous but I am ready to kick some ass!

Feel free to give me some tips on what to do to lose weight, because truth be told: I am completely lost!

“No Day But Today”

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Here it is! The time is here!

Lately I’ve been feeling … comfortable. Life is okay and I am pretty content with everything. So obviously I thought; it’s time to fuck shit up. (HAHA)

So here I am ready to set up some goals that I hope to accomplish by the end of the year. Six goals to be exact! Some of the goals may seem insignificant to you, but to me they matter

The list of goals are in the video below!

It’s your turn! Make some goals and lets accomplish them together 🙂

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Robin Williams

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A year ago, I was on my way to a Sara Bareilles concert; stuck in traffic and scrolling through Facebook when I stumbled upon some terribly sad news. Robin Williams had passed away. There wasn’t much information, because the news had just been released but I refused to believe it, so I went on google expecting to find a “Robin Williams death hoax” article. Unfortunately, all I found were articles confirming the news.

When I was a child Flubber was the very first movie I became obsessed with. We owned the VHS and I would watch it every day after school. I loved how silly and ridiculous it was, it was laugh-out-loud funny and no matter how many times I had seen it, I still laughed every single time. As I grew older though, his movies kept missing my radar. Truth be told, I still haven’t seen most of his movies. With that being said, he was still a prominent person in my mind. I watched every interview he ever did (that I could find on Youtube) and most of his stand-up specials because I found him extremely charismatic and hysterical.

When it was released that his cause of death was suicide, it affected me tremendously. All of the questions began circling my mind. Why? When? How? Why? Why? Why?

In my life, I have been in a constant battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. I know what it’s like to be the “funny person”, to make everyone around you laugh constantly. I also know what it’s like to lock yourself in the bathroom while you convince yourself to stay alive. I know what it’s like to wear a giant smile on your face while you’re telling yourself not to cry. Depression is an ugly, haunting, terrifying monster that somehow gets left out of all of the scary stories.

Robin Williams’ death affected me in ways that you wouldn’t even imagine. It reminded me that you really NEVER know what someone else is going through. It assured me that we are not alone, which is something that we are told over and over again but that we often forget. But most of all Robin Williams made me want to speak out! He made me want to open a dialogue that we so often shy away from. Mental health is an important issue and we need more people openly discussing the issue. So for you out there, reading this and struggling with depression know that it is okay to talk about it! Matter of fact, it is needed. Shout it from the rooftops! Get help! Be aware of what you’re feeling and work through it. I promise you, it will slowly get better.

So on this, the day that marks a year since Robin Williams’ death, lets take a moment to tell the people around us that we love them. Is there someone in your life that seems a little down lately? Check in on them and see if they’re okay. If you walk past a stranger on the sidewalk, flash them a little smile. Brighten up someone’s day! Make today better than yesterday!

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Music James: Parson James

Parson James. You may have not heard of him yet, but he is the newest gift to the music world. I first heard his voice on Kygo’s song “Stole the Show”. Truth? “Stole the Show” is a random song that I stumbled into so at first I thought Kygo was the one singing, when I did my research I figured out that the one with the soulful voice was Parson James. After finding this out, I went on a long and stressful google search. It was long and stressful because there was no information on this guy. No other music, no other song! Who was he? Where did that voice come from? Would he be releasing more music?

His voice is what truly captured me. Anyone can have a nice voice, but it takes somebody who is truly special to draw an audience in because of the passion in their voice. This is what I felt when I first heard “Stole the Show”, I immediately felt drawn to his voice and the obsession slowly began. I mean obsession, in a completely healthy way! (I am definitely responsible for more than half of the streams that “Stole the Show” has acquired.)

Cut to a few weeks ago, when my lovely Spotify app came through for me, yet again. There it was, while a playlist was on shuffle; “Sinner Like You” by Parson James. At first I didn’t realize who the singer was but the song caught my attention, his opening line made me take notice:

“Mama, I sinned again, I went to bed with another man
Know the town won’t understand, are you still gon’ hold my hand?

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My favorite part about this is that this artist, who is brand spanking new to the scene, is hitting us with all of the brutal honesty that we can take and I LOVE HIM FOR IT!

In an interview that I found on noisey.vice.com Parson James explains, ” I just think when listening to the song, it can be applied to a very general and broad range of topics. If you want to think you’re better than me, well, the Bible says no one sin is worse than another one. So I would love for you to open your eyes and see that I’m just a sinner like you.”

[Speaking of the interview, it is a brilliant read and I recommend you take a look. You can find it HERE!]

My favorite kind of music is the music that comes from honesty, maybe a little pain, and a lot of bravery. This song is all of that and more. I encourage you to take a listen to his music, he’s about to take over!

What new music are you obsessed with right now?

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