Why Makeupless Monday?
This question keeps coming up across the community, and I love it!
So why did you create #makeuplessmonday?
I had to think about it for a while, because for so many years I have been sharing this thought process privately with clients. I had only really recently thought about going beyond my inner circle and clients since Fall of last year. Have you ever thought, “If only I could __________, then that might help other people that I will never have the chance to meet?” I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. Maybe you see something that you feel needs to be addressed, but you aren’t quite sure that what you have to say will make an impact. Maybe your heart will just end up out there in the vast abyss of knowledge that is available? The first #makeuplessmonday video that I shared was just 9 weeks ago, and my honest intention with the first post was the accumulated passion of years with...
You Are Not Alone
Let me first start by saying that when I started the Disclosed Blog, that I never imagined that I would be in a place that I would comfortably talk about my own battle with Facial Relation. In the past few weeks, I have seen so much growth and strength building up across a community of women that are hungry for help. Hungry for a solution. For many, they didn’t even know that their struggles were shared by so many other women. You don’t amount nearly 30,000 followers “overnight” without sharing something of value that changes the lives of those around you, or at least gives hope. I am not just talking purely about social media following, I am talking about an entire community that has surrounded me and has confirmed that what I am not afraid to talk about is helping them in some way. My email has been flooded, I have been contacted by friends that I haven’t seen in 25 years, and clients that are proud of me for...
Strong, Beautiful and Worthy
Have you ever been so passionate about something that it hurt? Like it physically hurt every time that you talked about it. Like there was so much passion bubbling up inside that your passion alone could complete its own marathon? Like nothing could stop you from sharing that one thing with others. Like, everyone…or at least anyone who would listen? Do you know that level of passion. Do you know that level of drive?
I have been at this for so long, that you would think that this overflow of passion would somehow dry up, or fade away, or in some way be squelched by the trials that life has brought me. It hasn’t. In fact, it has only gotten stronger, more vibrant, and more intense as time goes on. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the process of getting older or with the fact that I have survived 2 significant illnesses over the past 7 years and a myriad of other potentially life controlling issues. Perhaps that has given me a...
Sticks and Stones is a Farce
Have you ever heard the old adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” To be totally honest, I am not even sure that kids these days even hear this, but I know my generation sure did. It was engrained into us from a very young age. It was the parental guardian’s answer to a child any time that they had hurt feelings over something that had been said to them. I remember having to repeat it time and time again when another child said something hurtful. I remember hearing my friends repeat it alongside their parents when they had been told something mean by one of their friends.
This is not about the choice to take offense or not when someone has hurt our feelings. This is about the message that we are sending our children. The message that was loud and clear in my generation.
So what is that message? What are we telling our children? The conceptual idea...
The FINAL TIME OUT
Has the past week been a little awkward saying so many good things about yourself? Do you feel like you’ve gotten a little stronger mentally? My genuine hope is that you gain strength every day through speaking your affirmations. The path to healing and freedom from your internal monologue is just a few short minutes away. You are Strong, You are Beautiful, You are Worthy. Let’s take that step together to dismantle that mountain rock by rock. I am right here with you, are you ready to take the next step?
Are you ready to finally break free from the second list? Are you really ready? Then we have got some serious work to do. This TIME OUT is for those who are truly ready to stop punishing themselves with their internal monologue.
I can only imagine what you have written down on this list. After all of the horrible things that I have heard women say about themselves out loud I can only begin to fathom the...
A Permanent TIME OUT
If I would have known 21 years ago that I would have been sitting here with you and having this conversation, I would have kept a journal of all of the negative things that clients have told me about themselves over the years. I would have kept it to show you that you are not alone in this world. That you are not alone in this journey to a permanent time out of self hatred. In my career I have worked with so many brilliant and talented people. Even the most brilliant and talented people that I have worked with had a list of words that vexed or consumed them.
I wish that I could tell you that this process was easy. I wish that I could wave a magic wand and take away all of the hurt and pain that words have caused you over the years. I wish that I could go back in time and tell 4 year old you that you are beautiful, that you are wonderful, that you are strong, and that you are worthy.
Remember the Time Out you gave yourself...
Let’s take a time out all ready. Who needs a time out? We all do. We need a time out from body and facial negative words. We need a time out from that voice inside that tells us that we aren’t good enough in some way, shape or form because of how we look. We need a time out, but how do we get one?
This process, the one to becoming more body positive is not an easy one when you are standing at the foot of the mountain peering up into the clouds to see the snow capped top. We weren’t taught these things, and even if we were taught them as children how much of a push from society would it have taken to roll right back down that mountain side? How old are you now? Chances are that it took you precisely that long to get you to exactly where you are right now. No matter your age, or your journey it will not take as long to be at a place where these items no longer vex you. So where are you on your journey with body image and...
Let's Open the Conversation of Body Image and Facial Relation
Yesterday morning I got to share in a live and very public format a small piece of what I have shared in offices, conference rooms, back stages, hotels, ball rooms, cars, and restrooms all across this great country. My career has taken me so many different places, and I have had the opportunity to work with so many incredibly talented people. So what is this conversation that I am talking about? The conversation that I feel everyone knows, but few are uttering the severity of the issue. I am talking about Body Image and Facial Relation. Yes these are very private issues, because most of the effects that we feel are internalized over and over in our own heads. So much so, that we don’t even recognize ourselves when we look in the mirror. I have helped both men and women with these topics as a part of building their personal brand for the past 20 years of my life, and I can tell you confidently that if you struggle...
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