Beauty

ABH SULTRY PALETTE | 4 Looks 1 Palette + Mini Review

LeahEiden.com | ABH SULTRY PALETTE : 4 Looks 1 Palette

Hey gang!  Happy Friday to you!  Currently battling a headache that is trying to turn into a migraine but dammit I am pushing through it!   I hope you are all doing well and are ready for today’s post/video.  Today I am bringing you 4 looks from 1 palette, the Anastasia Beverly Hills SULTRY Palette.  This came out this past holiday season and is still currently available for purchase.  With 7 buttery mattes and 7 creamy metallics, this palette brings more of a steampunk/cool toned vibe to the oversaturated warm tone market.  So, if you are interested in what looks I came up with for this video and what I feel about the overall palette, well click to watch the video below!

 

 

 

Products Mentioned/Used in Video:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Tar Pit & Psychic Medium
Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Ludwig
NYX Glitter Primer

 

Hope you enjoy the video, it is my third video so I am still a bit rusty and the audio definitely needs some work.  Hey, I’ve never done a voice over here, so of course, it is not going to be top notch, but I’m working on it!  Let me know what you think in the comments and if you have some constructive criticism or some tips, I’d love to hear them!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: ELF, Kat Von D, & MORE!

LeahEiden.com | FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Hello, hello, hello gang!  What is up?  I’m going to be honest, it has been a bit tricky trying to balance this whole new YouTube shit, the blog, my personal life, and my actual job.  How some people do this all blows my fucking mind.  Kudos to those bad ass mother fuckers!  Because it’s tough, it really is, but I think totally worth it.  Anywho, that’s not what we are going to be talking about today.  I’m here to talk about all the new makeup that I just tried out!  Definitely quite a few hits in this first batch, so without blabbering on too much, let’s just get on into the makeup, shall we?

Please Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.  Thank you!

 

 

Products Used in Video:
Primer: ELF Poreless Putty Primer
Foundations: Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate in 01 & C.Y.O. Long-Lasting Foundation Lifeproof in 101
Concealer: ELF 16HR Camo Concealer in Fair Beige
Powder: Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder in 105 Ivory
Bronzer: Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer
Contour: L.A. Girl Just Blushing Powder in Just Because
Blush: ELF Primer-Infused Blush in Always Rosy
Highlighter: Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in Centipede
Eyeshadow Palette: Kat Von D Fetish Palette
Glitter Glue: NYX Glitter Primer
Glitter Shadow: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Diamond Dust
Setting Spray: Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Eyeliner: NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Oxblood
Brow Pencil: J.Cat Pro-Cision Brow Pencil in Black
Brow Gel: NYX Control Freak Clear Brow Gel
Liquid Lip: Lime Crime Velvetine in Black Velvet

Other Products Mentioned:
NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliners
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lips in Arrowroot & Infused
Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks in Black Cat & Candelabra

 

 

 

Beauty

1st Makeup Declutter of 2019!

LeahEiden.com | 1ST MAKEUP DECLUTTER OF 2019 & HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Hey gang and HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!  Today I am bringing you my first makeup declutter of 2019 and I’m also bringing you a huge announcement that I am so excited about.  Today’s post is going to be a bit shorter than my usual posts and the reason for that being… I STARTED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL!  I know, I know.  I said I’ve tried to in the past and I felt like I couldn’t really be me.  But, I tried it again and I felt really comfortable, so I said FUCK IT.  Also, something that I haven’t mentioned in the past, is I’ve been very apprehensive about starting a channel.  Lots of doubts floating through my brain such as there are already a ton of beauty channels out there, you are not a professional makeup artist, you don’t have anything unique to offer, yadda, yadda, yadda.  But you know what?  Fuck that.  We all have something unique to share with the world, a different view, a different approach.  If I take the doubtful approach, I would not be where I am today, even as a dog groomer.  Literally, for YEARS, I have wanted to start my own YouTube channel, but lack of self-confidence for YouTube and those doubts have held me back too long.  A few times a month, from various people, I have been told I should start my own channel.  Well, today is that day!  Now you can catch more of my sass in action and a bit more of my personality because there is only so much you can try and show through on paper.

So, if you would like to check out my first video, which so happens to be my first makeup declutter of 2019, CLICK HERE or the link below.  I hope to continue tieing in my blog with the YouTube channel in the future, so wish me luck on this new adventure!  I hope you guys have a great rest of the night!!

 

1ST MAKEUP DECLUTTER OF 2019!!

Beauty

Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation

Hey gang and happy Friday!  Today is the start of my weekend and I thought to kick it off, let’s do a full day wear test and foundation review!  For makeup, my blog focuses on cruelty-free beauty, so today I wanted to bring you the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation.  Currently, I have the shade 6.5 and it is a bit too yellow for me, I should have gone with 6, but I rather go more yellow than pink.  This is not a first impression, but it is still new to me.  I’ve worn it throughout the week, have some thoughts on it, but I wanted to showcase it to you guys, go over some things I have noticed with it, then do an update later on in the month.  Hope that is okay with you guys!  Anywho, enough rambling, let’s get on with it!

Also, quick side note.  Foundation Friday’s were inspired, for me anyway, by Taylor of ThaTaylaa.  She is the first person that I ever saw doing Foundation Friday videos and I’ve been watching YouTube for a very long time.  So, credit for the inspiration all goes to that wonderful badass!

Please Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.  Thank you!

Alright, like you can tell by the title and into, it is all about the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation today.  I picked mine up from Ulta and it runs for $12 and you get 0.8 oz worth of product, which is less than the average amount of 1 oz for more foundations.  It comes in 24 shades, with what I feel is a good variety of fair, light, medium, deep, and dark shades.  The packaging is frosted glass with a rose gold top and it is a doe foot applicator.  I don’t mind a doe foot applicator, the only somewhat issue with the packaging that I noticed is if you pull out the applicator too quickly, it can splatter a bit so be careful.

 

Today, I washed, toned, and moisturized like normal and for primer, I did use a little bit of my Catrice Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner on my pores, but not all over my face.  From playing around with this foundation for about a week now, I have learned something vital in regards to application, do one small section at a time.  This foundation dries incredibly quickly.  The first time I used it, I had a hard time blending out the marks of initial application of foundation.  The best method I found was working a quarter of my face at a time, so that is what I did today.  On one half of my face, I used a brush and the other side a sponge.  I don’t notice a major difference between the sides, maybe a tiny bit more coverage on the brush side, however, it was easier to blend out using the brush but I did not like the overall finish.  So, I did go over with it with my sponge with no additional product, just to smooth it out a bit.

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Initial Application, Front View

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Initial Application, Brush Side

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Initial Application, Sponge Side

Off the bat, not a huge fan of it.  It is not terrible but I don’t like how it sits on and around my nose, as well as around my mouth.  It looks very dry on my skin and very heavy.  Note, I do not have dry skin.  I have normal to slightly oily in my t-zone.  I rarely battle dry patches, mostly just on the tip of my nose.

 

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Initial Application, Full Face of Makeup

This is what it looks like after putting on the rest of my makeup.  Another thing that I have noticed is that I need to conceal one eye at a time.  Something about this foundation, how quickly it dries, it also makes my concealer dry down quickly as well.  To note, I did not use a new concealer, nor new face products because I need to know how well this product performs.  Besides the slight issue with the concealer, all of my other products, powder, bronzer, contour, and highlight applied fine, no issues there.  After I applied the rest of my makeup, overall I do like how it looks.  So far no major complaints but I’m still not a fan of how it looks in my nose creases, my nose in general, and I feel it looks a bit weird around my mouth.  Check-in time is 8:30 am.  My goal is to wear it until about 5/530pm today because I am doing this post the same day.  I will be testing it out for longer time periods throughout the month and give my overall thoughts on this foundation then.

What’s on the rest of my face:
Primer: Catrice Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner
Concealer: Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in Fair
Undereye Powder: Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder (discontinued WTF?!?!)
Face Powder: Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder in Ivory
Bronzer: Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronzer
Contour: L.A. Girl Just Blushing Powder in Just Because
Highlight: Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in Centipede
Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette
Brows: J. Cat Pro-cision Micro Slim Brow Pencil in Black
Mascara: Covergirl Last Blast Volume in Black
Eyeliner: NYX Wonder Pencil in Light
Lipstick: Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Bow N Arrow
Lip Gloss: Dose of Colors Lip Gloss in Rockin’ It
Setting Spray
: Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Mist

 

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: 1st Check-In, Front View

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: 1st Check-In, Brush Side

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: 1st Check-In, Sponge Side

For the first check-in, the time is 1:26pm or let’s just round it up to 1:30pm.  It has been on for 5 hours at this point.  I don’t feel it has oxidized throughout the day which is fantastic for me, that is a problem I have with most foundations, them oxidizing throughout the day and turning me into an Oompa Loompa, so plus number 1!  If you zoom in around my nose region, I’m still not thrilled with how it looks.  It still seems a bit dry and cakey around the nose creases and underneath the nostril cavities.  I am noticing just a very tiny bit of creasing around my smile lines, but nothing major and I do notice a couple of dry patches forming under my lower lip.  Overall, I like how it is wearing, looks really nice on my forehead, I don’t feel oily or greasy at all.  At this point, I really like how it is warming up with my skin and I love the amount of glow my skin has at the moment.

 

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Final Check-In; Front View

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Final Check-In, Brush Side

LeahEiden.com | Foundation Friday: Final Check-In, Sponge Side

Alright, so the final check-in is at 5:30pm today, as I said earlier, it is the same day.  I’m trying to quickly finish this up so it is up at 6pm my time (PST) for you guys.  So the foundation has been on for a total 9 hours, which is not as long as I would like, but still a decent wear time.  As you can see from the pics from above, I feel it looks about the same as the 1:30pm check-in.  It looks a bit dewier but still nice.  Still a little cakey around my nose and mouth area but it doesn’t appear as dry as earlier.  Also, the creases around my mouth are a bit more prominent but nothing that would deter me away from using the foundation in the future.

 

Alright gang, so that does it!  At this point, with the few times that I have used this foundation, I do like it.  However, I will give my final thoughts at the end of the month, once I try a few different techniques, primers, powders, etc. on top of it to make sure it works well with other products in my collection.  It has lasted really well throughout the day on my skin, and even though it is a bit tricky at first, I’m excited to keep playing with it throughout the month!  Have you given this foundation a try yet?  If so, what do you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!  Also, let me know if there are any other cruelty-free foundations you would like me to test out in the future!  Thank you for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty, Makeup Baskets

Shop My Stash: January 2019 Makeup Basket

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket

Hey gang and happy Wednesday!  Hope your day went well, mine was a bit of a shit show considering it was a day after a major holiday, I work in grooming at a dog kennel, and of course, everyone wants their dogs clean after staying in a kennel.  Groomers are definitely taken advantage of and not appreciate, well in general, but especially around this time.  But who cares, this is my happy place and I am here to chat about makeup!  Specifically my makeup basket for January!  I’m super excited about this month’s basket and if you are curious to see what I’m putting in there, well keep on reading!

Please Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.

 

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry

Let’s start out with what palette I’m going to be pulling in this month and that is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette.  I’ve played with it a few times but haven’t really gotten a good feel of it.  I want to really play with all of the shimmer/metallic shades, try out some new techniques, and hopefully by the end of the month give my full thoughts on it.

 

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation

For foundation, since I’m no longer working on a project pan, I wanted to play around with other foundations in my collection.  So I thought I would pull in the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Foundation.  I’ve worn it once but didn’t really pay attention to anything, wear time, if it broke down or not.  I would like to do a review with a full days wear test for Friday, play around with it for the rest of the month, and then do an updated review at the end as well.  We shall see!

 

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Milani Baked Blush & Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Milani Baked Blush & Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush

As of late, I’ve been really trying to expand my blush collection so to utilize my growing blush stash, I thought I would pull in my Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’oro and my Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush in Pearlescent Pink.  Both are more glowy blushes.  The older and more experienced I’ve become with wearing makeup, the more into a more overall glowy look.

 

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer & Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer & Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter

Highlight, highlight, highlight.  Good grief, I am definitely not short of highlighters in my collection.  For this month I really want to pull in my Wet N Wild ColorIcon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana, as well as Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in Centipede.

 

LeahEiden.com | January 2018 Makeup Basket - Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick & Kat Von D Beauty Studded Creme Lipstick

For lips, I genuinely am really good at working through and rotating my lipsticks.  However, I have been neglecting a couple that I would like to incorporate more of this month.  Those being my Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Bow N Arrow and my Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Psychic Medium.

 

That’s it, gang.  I want to start making my makeup baskets more refined like this.  I do love switching up products often, however, this is more of a guide on a few products that I would like to incorporate more than others because they are either new or have been neglected a bit.  I’d love to hear about what products you are working on this month or I’d love to hear if you have used these products, what your thought on them was.  I think that’ll do it for me today gang.  I hope you have a great rest of your night, or day depending on where you are, and I will catch you back here Friday!

Fitness, Lifestyle

January 2019: Refresh Weigh-In

Hello, hello, hello gang.  Told you I’d be back this evening with my first post for my Fitness Journey.  We are going to get super personal and up close with pictures, measurements, and goals for the month.  Now, I’m going to say this because I need to say this.  This is my journey, I’m not here telling you how to go about yours. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, or a personal trainer.  I am going on this journey and figuring out what works best for me without starving myself, over straining myself, or making myself miserable.  This is not a diet, this is truly a lifestyle change and adjustment.  What works for me might or might not work for you.  We are all different, all individuals.  You do you boo!  Now, let’s get on with this business!

 

Original Start Date: July 7, 2017
Original Start Weight: 242.6 lbs
Refresh Start Date: January 1, 2019
Refresh Start Weight: 219.2 lbs
Current Weight Loss: 23.4 lbs

 

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There it is y’all, my current weight.  At one point I managed to get down to 202.6 lbs, losing a total of 40 pounds but unfortunately, I gained back almost 18 pounds since August, the bulk of it since meeting my boyfriend.  You know how it goes, just starting out, eating out more, yadda, yadda, yadda.  It’s time to start holding myself accountable again, go back to being active, watch my portion sizes, and aim for 1600-1800 calories, more on my more active days.  To help with that, I use the My Fitness Pal app.  I’ve used it for the past couple of years and love it.

So, moving on, here are 4 goals for the month:
1. Restart Couch to 5k Training Program, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
2. Instead of focusing on counting calories this month, focus on portion control.
3. Drink 1 liter of water a day.
4. Aim for losing 5 pounds this month.

I think those are easy enough, however, everything is always easier said than done.  I will do my best though to stay positive and strong through this.  Luckily, I have a very loving and supportive boyfriend who loves me just the way I am but supports my decision to get fit and healthy.  He’s pretty great.  Anywho, on to the measurements!

January 1, 2019: Measurements
Neck: 14.5 inches
Left Arm: 16.25 inches
Right Arm: 16.75 inches
Chest: 39.5 inches
Waist: 38.25 inches
Hips: 46.5 inches
Left Thigh: 27.5 inches
Right Thigh: 27.75 inches
Left Calf: 18 inches
Right Calf: 17.75 inches
Current Jean Size: Levi’s Women Size 12 (and it is a bit tight)

That’s it, this is the start of my refresh for my fitness journey for 2019.  I just need to take it 5 pounds and one day at a time.  I didn’t gain all of this weight overnight, I’ve been overweight since I was around 8 years old.  There’s going to be further relearning of proper eating and portion control, getting back into the groove of working out, and making a shit ton of mistakes.  I will leave you with a few before photos of myself, including pictures taken today for progress photos sake.  I hope you guys have a great night and until next time!

Back in 2006, around 240 lbs

Me back in the late 2000’s, I think around 2008-ish.  I managed to get down to around 165 lbs.  Still not at my goal, but I got close.

Terrible pictures, but this was the start of my fitness journey, July 7, 2017.

Again, terrible pictures, but this was the front view to the start of my fitness journey, July 7, 2017.

And here I am now, January 1, 2019.

Goals & Motivation, Lifestyle

2019 Refresh: Goals/Resolutions

LeahEiden.com | 2019 Refresh

Hey gang and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Here we are, after me saying almost every freaking post how fast the year flew by, today is January 1, 2019.  I swear the older I have become, the quicker the years pass.  2018 was quite a great year for me.  I completed my first 1/2 marathon with my best friend, I’ve become more stable financially, today is my 1-year vegetarian anniversary, I started transitioning my collection to be Cruelty-Free, and I met my wonderful boyfriend to name just a few.  Yep, 2018 was a wonderful year and I’m so grateful of the growth I made.  2019 I can feel will be even better.  Now I know so many people put forth goals or resolutions for the new year, but considering I did stick with most of them this past year I’m ready to commit to new goals!  So if that is something you’d be interested in, just keep on reading!

 

1. Lose 60 pounds by December 31, 2019.
Now before you roll your eyes, hear me out.  I’ve been on a “fitness journey” the last year and a half.  July 7, 2017, I quit smoking and started making subtle changes to my diet and began working out.  Since then I managed to lose 40 pounds, however, I have gained 15 pounds back because I have been inconsistent.  I let my lazy side rear it’s ugly head again and have slipped up on staying consistent with moving my body and watching my portion sizes.  With it being the new year, I feel refreshed, even though yes it is just another day, but it does wonders for my mind.  I decided to throw out the number 60 because I feel losing 5 pounds a month is achievable as long as I stay consistent.  I gave myself a deadline to help push it as more of a priority in my mind, in hopes of me staying diligent and keeping to my deadline like it was an important project due for work.  Here are some steps I plan on incorporating in order to achieve this goal:

  • Aiming for 1600 to 1800 calories a day, really focusing on portion controlling and having snacks to help curb hunger throughout the day
  • I want to give intermittent fasting a try again for the month of January.  I’ve done it before and it really seemed to help me a lot.  I didn’t suffer from any negative side effects.
  • Start back up the Couch to 5k Program, doing that every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Once I get into the groove of that, making it a habit and staying consistent, I would like to add strength training on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in the future to help build muscle.
  • Quit drinking sodas.  I actually quit drinking sodas and it did wonders for my migraines but then I gave in, drank a few and got hooked right back on them.  I was drinking almost 2 liters of water a day then went right back to soda.  That shit has got to go.
  • I want to start incorporating more leafy greens and fruits into my diet.  I need to make sure I’m getting plenty of vitamins and minerals.
  • Plan out my meals and snacks, so that way I’m not as tempted to order out or go and pick something up.  When I menu planned and meal prepped, it made a tremendous difference in my fitness journey and wallet!
  • Aiming for a little bit of a higher protein lower carb way of eating.  No, not Keto or Low Carb or any of that shit.  I tend to eat a lot of processed carbs, I am such a carb girl, so I want to cut back on pasta, bread, things of that nature because it is used more like a filler but is not very filling.  I want to add more good carbs into my diet via fruits and vegetables.
  • Help hold myself accountable again by posting once a month here with how I’m doing, progress photos, discuss my successes and setbacks.

I’ve learned the more you have your goals actually planned out and broken down, the more likely you are going to achieve that goal.  Hence why there are so many bullet points, haha.  Also, this is just a rough goal.  I’ve never been a fit or healthy size so all of this is new to me.  Once I start losing weight, if I need to reevaluate goals, I will do so.

 

2. Train for the 2019 Rock and Roll Seattle Half Marathon.
Now, I don’t know if I am actually going to do it again, but I thought if I make it a goal, break it down, it will help me with my weight loss goal and help me with an incomplete goal from last year, which was to become a runner.  Several bullet points from the previous goal also coincide with this goal, so this is almost like a repeat, but I’ll still go over them anyway.

  • Start Couch to 5k Training Program, doing it every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  After I complete the program, continue on running every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then add in a Saturday morning run to help me work up for my mileage.
  • Start practicing Yoga or Pilates.  Once I’ve gotten into the groove of working out, making it a habit, staying consistent, and after I started incorporating strength training, I’d like to incorporate at least one session a week of either yoga or pilates.  Stretching is very important in general, I should be doing it now at least because of my job, but unfortunately, I do not.
  • Drink lots of water!  This does coincide with my quit drinking sodas.  I got up to drinking 2 liters of water a day then got hooked back on sodas.  Water helps the muscles and joints be more limber, gives you a glowing complexion, and is all around wonderful.  We all know this.  Yet, I’m terrible at drinking water.

 

LeahEiden.com | 2019 Refresh

3. Read at least 1 Self-Improvement Book a Month.
The end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, I was reading.  By mid to end of 2018 I had almost stopped reading.  Self-Improvement books really helped give me an additional push and spark to work towards my goals, my wants, and my desires.  Yes, everything was in me all along, but having something physical to read and be able to go back to and reference really helped me focus, so I definitely want to get back to that.

  • To find more books, I’m going to do some internet searching, then read reviews on Amazon.  Then, I’ll try and find them on ThriftBooks.com or at my local library.  I prefer to purchase them because I love being able to highlight or go back and read a chapter over later on if I need an extra boost.
  • I do have a nightstand next to my bed.  When I keep the current book at my bedside where I lay my phone, it helps me remember and I’m more likely to read it.
  • If I aim for about 2 chapters a night, one book a month shouldn’t be a problem.

 

And that’s it!  Yep, just three goals for this year.  Of course, there is so much more that I would love to do and achieve this year, but these are my priorities.  These are what will make the greatest impact which will hopefully trickle down into my smaller goals that are more on the back burner for right now.  Through all of these, one thing I failed to mention was having a planner.  It’s taken me a bit of getting used to having one and truly utilizing it.  I got my first one mid-2017 that I used off and on, a full one for 2018 that I used more frequently, and a brand spanking new one (pictured above) that I’m already working through, writing things down, and strategizing.  It’s helping me focus on tasks that I need to get done for the day so that way I’m not twiddling my thumbs and wasting time.  I’d love to hear about what goals you have for the upcoming year and how you plan to achieve them!  Were you successful on any goals you made last year?  Let me know in the comments!  Later tonight I am going to be posting my starting point for my fitness journey.  Like I said, I’m holding myself accountable again.  Well, I hope you guys have a great day and I will talk to you again soon!