Peaks & Valleys | June 2019

Happy Tuesday y’all! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was filled with relaxation, productivity, and a few too many glasses of red wine! Haha. 

I’m so happy to publish the second post in my “Peaks and Valleys” series! If you’re new around here, I started this series last month as a part of one of my goals of being authentic and relatable. If you missed my first post, check it out here! I believe it’s just as important to share the good, as well as the bad. I really enjoy sharing these parts of my life with you, and for some reason when I start writing these posts, the clichés just roll out of me, and I can’t control it so sorry in advance! 

You know how most people say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? Well, I like to say when life gives you lemons, turn them into limes, add some tequila and enjoy a delicious margarita. Cheers to that, your successes AND your failures. You should celebrate both! You can’t have success without failures, too. The failures, the bad, the valleys, it all means you are learning and growing. Sulking isn’t going to do anything for you so embrace it and learn and grow from it. 

I will have to say not too many grand peaks happened this month for me. I feel like I was constantly surrounded by valleys, which can be frustrating but it’s all part of the journey. There are going to be more bad times than there are good sometimes, and then there will be times where nothing but great things are happening for you. You just never know, and you have to learn to roll with the punches. So let’s start with the valleys…

My first valley of June is that I’ve been dealing with serious hormonal acne. Now, when I say hormonal acne, you probably automatically think I’m talking about breakouts when I get my period. I wish that were the case. I’m specifically talking about breakouts around my chin and jawline that have become a constant. As soon as one patch of breakouts starts to heal, another group pops up. Breakouts in this area of your face are often caused by fluctuations in your hormones and imbalances in your body, and it’s the most common place for breakouts in adults. This all makes sense as I am getting older but doesn’t mean it’s easy to deal with. Lately it’s been worse then when I was a teenager. I get really self-conscious when I think of all of my friends who are the same age as me, and I have the worst skin out of all of them. Half of the time I’m not even comfortable to run an errand or take a fun, little Snapchat without makeup on. And, even when I have makeup on and it covers the redness, you can still see the bumps. A big part of my frustration with this is that I take care of my skin like it’s my job. I told myself that if it doesn’t get any better by the end of July with a few new skincare products I’m trying then I’m going to make an appointment with my dermatologist. I know it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that matters but this is a daily struggle for me that I’m learning to cope with. I’m not gonna lie and say that is hasn’t affected my confidence because it definitely has. If you are dealing with ANY type of insecurity, just know you’re not alone! 

I’m no stranger to car trouble. From cracked windshields to flat tires, from flooded cars to cars that won’t start. It seems like I just have the worst luck with my little Honda Civic. I’ve had this car for 8.5 years, which is just crazy to think about. Last week I got in my car to head to work, and it wouldn’t start. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! That’s all I kept saying (more like yelling). After my car was flooded last month from a bad rain storm, I automatically started thinking the worst. What if whatever was wrong with it cost a ton of money to fix? Or what if the car was completely broken, and I needed to get a new car? We don’t have the money for an expense like that right now. I prayed, and I prayed, and I prayed. And my prayers were answered because it was just a dead battery! Bless up! Obviously I was still upset about the inconvenience of not having my car for the day and that I had to pay $150 for something I wasn’t expecting but this valley quickly became a peak because it could have been something way worse. And I was thankful for what it was. You’ve got to look for the good in your bad situations, or in this case the peaks in your valleys. 

It’s been a little over 2 months since I started my blog, and it has been a blast sharing my life with you! I started this blog without knowing where it would take me. Would I do it as a hobby? Would it become a side hustle with a little extra income? Would I have the opportunity to do this full time? No matter the case, it’s been so much fun, and I can’t wait to see where this takes me. There are exciting things happening for “Full of Heart” in the future, and I’m thrilled to be able to share one with you today! Another peak from June is that I received my first affiliate partnership. I am happy to announce that I have become an affiliate of Tiege Hanley! Tiege Hanley is a skincare brand that has been in our household for almost three years. It is an effective and easy skincare routine that is Ryan’s go-to for skincare. You can receive 20% off your first box purchase by clicking HERE or using my coupon code FULLOFHEART at checkout. This is a company we absolutely love, and I can’t wait to share more with you in the future!   

My last peak for June was something pretty small, but left a lasting impression on me. As probably all of you know, the New Orleans Pelicans received the #1 draft pick (What up, Zion?!). There was a huge draft party downtown that we received free, last minute tickets to. We were planning on going, but when the day arrived we thought about skipping it. We were exhausted from work, didn’t feel like dealing with the traffic, and we didn’t actually pay for the tickets. What was the harm in skipping it? At the last minute we decided to officially go, and we were so glad we did! The energy was like no other at the event, and we had a blast! Sometimes we get so set in our routine that we miss out on random, spontaneous fun! This little event reminded me to not take life too seriously, and when the opportunity arises, GO! Just like the classic song says, “When you get the choice to sit out or dance, I hope you dance.” You should always try to be spontaneous and dance! Those are the moments you’ll remember! 

I love you all, and I hope your July is filled with plenty of peaks and fewer valleys! xoxo

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