A Lesson On Gratitude

This holiday season has been very busy with work and preparation for my 2016 plans to expand my business to a more spiritual and emotional concept I call Makeup Your Soul! I’m very excited about it and I will debut it sometime this coming Spring!

I’ve been so stressed out this holiday season because it felt like 2016 arrived too quickly this year. I wanted to do so much more with my time and accomplish many things on my bucket-list of 2015. I started to look back on this passed year and measure myself in my flaws and regrets of what would have happened if I did this or that. When it hit me that 2016 was fast-approaching, I just became an introvert and workaholic this month.

I felt like I had to make up for any lost time or opportunities I have not taken advantage of. I stood in my studio office planning and organizing this new year. That’s when I got a phone call from an old friend, his name is Alfred and I haven’t spoken to him in such a long time, a couple of years maybe. He asked me to come out of my cave and get some sun, and I replied in saying that work is a priority right now and that I need to focus more before December ends. He told me this: “How are you going to work all December long when it’s break time and sulk about 2015 when it has been a good year for you girl! I see that you have accomplished more in this year than ever before since knowing you. Keep your chin up and give yourself some credit! Where is your gratitude Olivia!?”

New Years Eve CollageI realized that he was right. I was allowing the stress of 2016 to make me lose myself in thought processes about all that I don’t have and not actually being thankful for what I do have. I have a family, a home, good friends, and even a thriving hardworking business that can only go upward from here. I placed in the Allied Beauty Association Show this year and even attended a fairy tail wedding of a good friend of mine this Fall! I’m blessed and it took me a deep talk with an old friend to see how blessed I really am! I noticed right then and there that what I’m really missing is gratitude.

We all make mistakes and we blame ourselves for years about the past, when really all we have is now and the future is what we make of it. The past is not for sulking about or regret; the past is just a prime example of what experiences made you the person who you are today.

The past helps you obtain your self-identity, but here and now on December 31st, 2015, all we have is ourselves and then everyone else around us comes second. We are the product of our past but should not just allow it to pull us down. Surpass your expectations and be happy with what you have accomplished; take that joy and pour it into the new year to come. Be grateful for your health, your home, your family and friends. Be grateful for the good experiences you’ve had this year and even the bad ones that make you as resilient as you are.

When you watch 2016 arrive tonight, just know that this new year is yours for the taking. Be prideful and have self-gratitude for the things that have come to pass. I look back on 2015 and I see my accomplishments and how many beautiful people I was able to meet. I’m so happy to do what I do and am very excited about 2016.

I want to take a second to thank all my friends and colleagues for being by my side for this wonderful year! It’s been such a good one and I encourage all of you to take a few moments to yourself before you party the night away and reflect on 2015 with no regrets! Stay true and never forget to makeup your soul!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New year everyone!

Inner Beauty Guru
Makeup • Hair • Beauty Specialist

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