Makeup Monday: Travel Face

September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

I just don’t even care that it’s not Monday… I miss Makeup Monday. So I’m bringing it back on Wednesday. Boo-yah! 

Most normal people probably like traveling because they can get into bed early, watch some hotel TV {which for me always ends up being House – freakin love that show!}, and get to sleep before too late. Then they get up bright and early, make some coffee, have their quiet time {if that’s their thing}, take a long shower, and then put on their best makeup face because they have all this time.

Wellllllllllll, I’m not really like that. I take advantage of my travel time by staying up even later. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Why can’t I be a morning person??? So this means I often sleep in until the last possible second and get up and get ready fast fast. Without even time for coffee.

So my travel makeup face ends up being even faster and simpler than most other days. Since it’s so fast, I think this is also a great face for days you’re taking long flights because you can touch it up really quickly in the lavatory or even in your seat without weirding out your neighbors.

This is my very simple routine.

IMG_9300Revlon Photoready BB Cream

BareMineralsbareMinerals READY Foundation {my current eye concealer – but I’m going to get the Erase Paste asap!}

IMG_9661tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Mascara {shown here: They’re Real! and Voluminous}

Lipstick {often Baby Lips or a Revlon Lip Butter}


And just for good measure, let’s add in the Rosewater Toning Spritz. While this isn’t travel size, having a refresher like this to spritz on after traveling is nice to infuse some moisture into your face. I’ve found this one doesn’t really cause any issues with my makeup if spritzed on top.

Do you have a travel routine that works for you? I’d love to know… still got a week and a half on the road, so taking all the help I can get!


Let’s Make Habits

September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment


I love how the last sentence in my previous Let’s Make Habits post was: “This week, I’m traveling for work and should be able to stay more committed.” Ha! As you’ve seen in my last two posts, it’s been a little bit of an intense week. I’ve been able to journal about once and read my Bible a few times. Turns out that having people join me on my work visits has been incredible from a camaraderie and extra hands standpoint. But this also means much later evenings exploring cities and eating dinners together, etc. So I end up having to work for several hours in the hotel room and then typically have to make a decision to go to bed instead of getting to do any fun “me” stuff.


Unfortunately, I have a week and a half left of travel. So realistically, I’m not sure exactly what my commitment level is going to be able to be. I know this isn’t a normal schedule for me, so I’m trying to really think through how I need to adjust my goal.

As Jenny mentioned in her post, it is important to not just let yourself make excuses to get out of the hard work. But right now, there’s a certain level of guilt coming with my failure to perform all my commitments {i.e. basically anything that isn’t work – my relationships, friendships, blog, journaling}. And I’m not sure how healthy that is when it’s not realistic.

So I think I’m going to try and journal as much as it makes sense this week and next week. I’m at the point in the process where I’m really enjoying journaling when I have the chance. So I don’t think I’m going to skimp on it if I have some time to do it.

Then after my travels are finished, I’m going to go back to my original commitment because I think it is doable under normal circumstances.

Obviously, in the midst of all of this, I haven’t been able to read as much of everyone else’s updates as I would like. But I hope you’re all doing well on your journeys and I hope to rejoin the community more proactively in a week and a half!!

Still Alive

September 10, 2013 § 1 Comment

I promise I’m still alive and still more in love with blogging than ever. But unfortunately, this traveling roadshow has done a number on my free time. Just got done with the urgent emails {it’s 2:30 am}, and as much as I had wished and hoped that I could do a Makeup Monday post, I just don’t think it’s wise. So I’m going to go curl into bed and savor a few hours of sleep while I can.

I miss y’all.

Hope to be back real soon.


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Life Lately

September 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if I’ve told you, but I’m in my office a total of two days between August 22 and September 22. The travel is a mixture of work and play {the awesome cruise last weekend}, and for the most part it’s extremely enjoyable. I like getting out from behind a computer screen, sitting sedentary all day. I love getting to spend time in the “field” with the people making things happen.

But boy oh boy, does it take a toll on some things.

For one, sleep. It’s 3:25 am EST and 12:25 PST where I am right now. Both of those are much too late to be up working. But when you’re out of the office all day, your email doesn’t stop and neither do your other responsibilities. So you feel this pressure. Pressure to still perform at the level people are used to. Pressure to not drop any balls that you are normally good at juggling. And interestingly enough, when you’re traveling, most of the time you have more evening commitments than you would at home. Later work meetings, work dinners, visits to competitors in the area, etc., etc., etc. If you’re traveling with people who want to maximize the most out of a city, then this can have you returning to your room at 10 pm… still with all that email to take care of. And then there’s your family. If I’m on the road, I want to talk to Joel for a while so we can stay connected. But by then you find yourself up at 12:30, and you still really want to keep up your commitment to your blog, to your journaling, to your time with the Lord.

And you just feel kind of exhausted. But thankful too, because you’re not stuck at your computer tomorrow.

And then you remember all those Jesus Calling reminders that say:

“Trust me in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm – your Peace in my Presence – need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch my Peace.

Seek my Face, and I will share my mind with you, opening your eyes to see things from my perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient for you.”

{August 26}

And then you realize that letting go of control and the desire for perfection and, especially, the desire to please everyone and never screw up is really necessary in order to experience the true provision and refuge of Christ. To realize that no matter what you think, even on your best days when you’ve got your stuff together, you really don’t and all control is just an illusion. We can’t do anything apart from Christ. And resting in His finished work for us should be a pure and beautiful relief.

So I’m thankful for the chaos. And I hope it continues so I keep getting slapped in the face by my realizations that I need Christ to sustain me every hour. The truth is hard, but it is good. And I want to bask in that discomfort and pray for the Holy Spirit to continually remind me of God’s grace towards me in all of it.

Let’s Make Habits

September 3, 2013 § Leave a comment


I knew this week would be a difficult one with the cruise happening. I did end up journaling two of the five cruise days, which I am considering a win. And I read my Bible four days out of the week as well. I finally made it out of Leviticus and into Numbers which is an enormous relief. This week, I’m traveling for work and should be able to stay more committed.


I think this week was a good reminder that life happens. And grace is a good thing. Taking a break and journaling when I could was actually really inspiring, oddly enough. The times I was able to journal, I felt like they were really quality thoughts. I feel like I’m starting to really get into the groove again and it’s so good for the soul. And that feeling of “rightness” is the motivation I’ve been needing. This week, I hope to write more about what I’ve been learning from the Lord and more about dreams for Joel and I in the next year.

And as I mentioned earlier, I finally made it to Numbers in my Bible-reading program. This is hugely motivating as Numbers reads a little more like a story and has some really interesting history. I’m excited to keep reading.

I hope everyone else has been making progress on their goals. I feel like we’re starting to form the habits we need to be successful!

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