Thursday, January 10, 2008

New Years Resolutions

Hi Bellas,

It’s been an interesting year, 2007 flew past my eyes in an instant. Many of my fellow bloggers have been posting their reflections on last year and their hopes for the year to come. I decided to do the same.

So much happened in 2007…I was promoted to a new leadership program in my company, finally made my relationship with the BF official after dating for months upon months…found a hobby I love(makeup in case you didn't notice, he he), and overall learned a lot about myself.

Makeup/Beauty Resolutions: I vow to take better care of myself and fine tune my makeup artistry skills. I only got back into the game in November of 2007 and have this whole year to improve...
1) Apply Ardell brow and Lash growth accelerator every night to try and grow back my puny lashes and over plucked eyebrows
2) Be more active in promoting my skills as a freelance makeup artist
3) Apply makeup to more and more people to familiarize myself with different ethnicities, face shapes and preferences
4) Control my haul purchases…maintain a monthly budget of makeup spending and stick to it
5) Perfect the art of putting on false lashes on myself and others…give another shot at doing individual lashes!
6) Work on the blending of eyeshadows-reach a goal of seamless blending in a short amount of time
7) Try out different looks, broaden my technique…expand beyond my normal 3 colors for eyeshadow, outer v, highlight and blend technique.
8) Apply for that MAC pro discount!
9) Stop being lazy, make sure to properly cleanse and moisturize myself at night…even after going out and getting back at 3am, make sure to remove that makeup properly…and not just with a baby wipe!
10) Work on my skin…find out what’s giving me those random rashes on my cheeks and work on the dryness of my skin.
11) Invest in more quality MAC brushes as well as other brands…phase out the fakes
12) Make sure to clean brushes regularly!
13) Take better care of hair…consider more conditioning and rejuvenating treatments.
14) Get to over 1000 subscribers on you tube…market, market, market!
15) Do something different with the hair!
16) Try out new makeup brands, both drug store and high end.

Personal Goals-Ways to make life sweeter and make myself a better person
1) Talk to my brother and dad on the phone more…you never truly appreciate your family until things go awry…life is truly short and one must live life to the fullest every day. My boyfriend has taught me this lesson as he has had to undergo more personal crises than most people our age.
2) Stop being so sensitive! Rise beyond non-constructive criticism, and maintain my beliefs and continue to grow. Understand that people will always have adverse opinions, and learn to accept that and not affect my own self-worth.
3) Grow relationship with BF…continue to keep the romance alive, be spontaneous, and stop being moody for no particular reason…appreciate that I have a good man in my life who supports me completely
4) Oh lord, get back to the gym!
5) Reimmerse myself into a healthy cooking routine-and this time, don't fall off.
6) Find a career that I love…get out of corporate America…stop being depressed about a situation that I can fix myself.
7) Spend more time with my friends…just because I have a BF does not give me the right to forget that I have great friends that have been by my side for years.
8) Be positive! If I don’t have anything nice to say…then don’t say it!
9) Be a happy person-'nuff said.
10) Truly get me and BF’s side venture up and running…
11) Start rekindling my faith…
12) Get my finances back on track...remember that girl last year who was on point with her budget. Pay off the credit card balance and keep it down.
13) Try new things…go out to spots in Atlanta I’ve never tried…travel more…live life!

***On a different note, is everyone excited about the N Collection released today by MAC? I got my first mailer from MAC advertising this was so pretty, i'm going to definitely save it. LOL, who would of thought a mailed advertisement would cause me so much excitedment. I'll be going to my nearby MAC freestanding store during lunch...on my list? The mineralized skin finish in charmed...I'm trying to keep my purchases under $100 each time I go, wish me luck! I'll do a post later on what I got.


yummy411 said...

great list! i can't wait to see what doors will open for you next as you achieve these goals! good luck!

do share your n collection haul!

christianadivine said...

nice list! :] i should probably do everything on that list too. :P anywho, thanks for being so positive with all your comments love, i really appreciate it. :D you've BEEN linked to my page. ;) and i'm not linked on your list? :P LOL.

Vanessa said...

I love the paint pot "Soft Ochre", it's gorgeous, but all my money is going perhaps to the FAFI collection!

Mrs. Lynne said...

This is a wonderful post sister Ren. Reading these posts reassures me that there are real people with real dreams and aspirations behind their blogs and also gives me the added inspiration to keep my flame lit :) Thank you and I look forward to what 2008 has in store for you.

Ethereal Prey said...

hi babes! Thanks for the add link back. My life is anything but glamorous, I just a free ride sometimes :) share your haul! take pics! Stop teasing us!

Anne said...

everyone is saving for Fafi!! I'm kinda holding out on the N collection too even though it's more in my color range. I'm hoping to own an MSF though. I saw the swatches and they look really nice. I have to see for myself. I'm also thinking of the Soft Ochre paintpot. Creamstick liners i'm still debating.

Btw, nice resolutions! Good luck on them. I'm with you with the whole career thing. Guhh... I'm still trying to figure that one out. I'm almost graduating this spring and still clueless with what I'm going to do after a changing my major a couple of times. But I'm beginning to realize that corporate America is not all that great like I thought it would be even though that is where the $$$ and good benefits are. I've always been focus towards that direction. But i realized that I actually enjoyed working in a non-profit (my previous job) more. I dont know if it's because I'm a newbie right now at my latest job/internship. But I dont know I think it's still better to enjoy what you're doing than focusing on the money (although it can a big factor). Based on my experience, sometimes despite the good pay, if i really hate the job or dont enjoy it, money cant motivate me enough to make me get up so early in the morning that I end up missing or being late to work (sooo bad!). my old boss had told me once before that if you're good at what you do... money will follow. BE a makeup artist!!! you seem to know a lot and enjoy doing it!

aaaaaand... i just wrote an entire essay. hehehe

MakeupByRenRen said...

yummy411: thanks for your well wishes...I filmed n collection last night :) video will be up any second now

Christiana: oh my gosh I thought I totally added it..sorry's there now, lol, i just kept accessing your blog from vanessa's page before...

vanessa: yes...the fafi collection is the next thing to look forward to more MAC till then (at least not TOO much)

Mry. Lynne: thanks so much for your well wishes...i'm glad to have a forum where we can all inspire each other and keep one another growing...

ethereal prey: he he, no prob, i'll share the haul soon!

anne: I think the n collection would look fab on you...but i understand holding out for Fafi, the packaging is to die for! I'm loving your essay though :) After working for Corporate America ever since i've graduated...I've decided that it's not exactly for's so conservative and a lot of red tape...i was just telling my BF the other day that non-profits are so great in that they're way more flexible, self-fulfilling, and great if you have families...I have to admit...I do like my comfortable paycheck and benefits...but I've had to pay with some mini depression last year over my plan is to save up...then go out on my own...don't worry, you're still young...just follow your dreams and like your boss will follow

opallife said...

Love the resolutions Ren!!!
Feel free to do my make up when I come and stay with you guys in April!!!

BTW I was getting the random rashes on my cheeks too...I hit up the dermatologist and she gave me some great products that have kept it under CONTROL!!

miss you tons!