Be Intentional With Your Time

Beauty is respecting the value of time & being intentional on how you use it!

Time is the one thing in life that you can never get back. You can’t hit the rewind button to change the things you don’t like.

Be intentional on how you use your time and who you use it on; make sure they and it are worth it.

Today is day 2 of the new year. Are you using your time wisely or are you letting time pass you by? Don’t waste your time or energy on people, places and things that don’t serve you well. Respect the value of your time and be intentional on how you use it!

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Be Unafraid And Embrace The Unknown

Beauty is being unafraid & embracing the unknown!

It is easy to be afraid of the unknown, but the beauty in life is that you can let go and not allow those things to hold you back. You can live a carefree life but you have to be open and unafraid to try new things. Being unafraid means to believe in the unknown and have faith that things will happen in due time.

There’s no playbook for life, you write the rules as you go. Most people have a fear of the unknown because they want to plan every single detail or they seek perfection. There is no such thing as perfection, you have to embrace the unknown and accept the choices you make in life.

My motto is to learn, live, love and laugh daily; don’t worry about what may happen because tomorrow may never come, live for today!

Today, I will not be afraid and embrace the beauty of the unknown. I will accept my choices in life, learn from my mistakes and learn how to be perfectly imperfect!  I will trust my instinct and try new things. I will not let the past hold me back and I will look forward to a brighter future. I will have faith as well as trust and believe in the beauty of the unknown. I will live a carefree life! I will be open to trying new things and not be afraid of the unknown. What about you? How will you embrace the beauty of the unknown and not be afraid?

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The Beauty And The Mazda 6 Beast

Have you ever rented a car and fallen in love with it? Have you ever taken a car on test drive and didn’t want to give it back? Well join my club #TeamMazda6 because that’s exactly what happened to me when I borrowed the Mazda 6 for a week from Drive Shop USA.

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My good friend and fellow blogger boo Toya were invited to our friend’s wedding in Detroit. We were super excited and ready to take the city by storm. But somehow life got in the way and we were only able to make a day trip instead of a full on girls weekend.

Anywho, our day started at dark thirty on Sunday morning. We loaded the car with our clothes for the wedding and headed out for a 4 hour drive.

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Who knew the trunk was big enough to fit all our girly stuff and then some inside? The ride was smoother than I expected and the gas mileage was pretty good too. Although the drive was 4 hours, the time seemed to fly by listening to all the music stations on the XM Radio. We sang, we laughed and we drove.

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As we entered the mid point in Indiana, we realized the time difference that we forgot about. OMG…we both yelled, “we’re going to be late.”

Late was not an option because we still had to get dressed and freshen up. To avoid being tardy for the party, I may or may not have given a gas pedal a little extra tap of the toe.

I wasn’t worried because the Mazda 6 has some great safety features. If you veer off to the side, the car makes a slight buzzing noise to alarm you. And the driver can see the speed limit and if they’re inside the lane with a special dashboard screen. Plus you can see cars as they pass you by in the side-view mirror to avoid that dreaded blind spot. But wait…there’s more. There’s a backup camera, hands free Bluetooth setup and driver controls on the steering wheel to avoid any unwanted distractions.

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Although the speedometer read extra fast the drive was still super smooth. We arrived just in time to get dressed but not at the facility. We had to improvise because the wedding was outdoors at a harbor. So we did the next best thing and got dressed in the back seat.

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Yaass…the Mazda 6 has a back seat area that’s big enough to change clothes in case of an emergency. And yes, this was truly an emergency.

To my surprise we made it in the nick of time. We got seated 5 minutes before the wedding started.

The wedding was beautiful and the reception was so much fun. I’m so glad we arrived on time with a few minutes to spare.

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I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience the Mazda 6. It was so much more than I expected and I was sad to give it back. One can only hope to have a car that’s smooth, sleek and sexy on the next girl’s trip!

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Thank you to Mazda and Drive Shop USA. The road trip to Detroit was amazing to say the least! This beauty loved driving the Mazda 6…it’s a beast!

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Be The Best Version Of You

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Beauty is being the best version of yourself every single day! ‪#‎ImBeautyInspired‬

While every day may not go as planned, I know I started the day giving it my all! I’m dedicated to being the best version of myself every single day no matter what!

I’m committed to the following:

I will create new ideas. I will love myself unconditionally. I will inspire others with my words and actions. I will accomplish my goals. I will overcome my fears and I will live my life for me!

What about you? Are you committed to being the best version of yourself every single day? ‪#‎affirmation‬ ‪#‎beauty‬ ‪#‎speakbeautiful‬

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The Beauty of a Good Deal With Groupon Coupon

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good deal. I love a good discount especially on health and beauty products. Just in case you didn’t know, I have a crush on makeup, an affection for skincare and a love affair for saving money on my favorite products! I’m addicted. So when I came across Groupon Coupons, I was giddy like a teenage girl who’s secret crush just asked her out.

Now that I’ve discovered the Groupon Coupon goldmine, I had to share it with my Beauty Scholars! Not only can you get coupons on health beauty but you can also get deals on travel, electronics, home and groceries too.

Groupon Coupons is OMGenius! I can also get coupons based on where I live and takeout too! I don’t know about you but I’m signed up. And just in case you’re wondering, it’s free! You can sign up today and get your couponing on.

Here are a few of my favorite deals:

  • Bath and Body Works has 50% off retired fragrances and you can get an extra 20% off coupon
  • Ulta 50% off Living Proof Blowout
  • Victoria’s Secret has several coupons
  • Vegas.com has so many to choose from

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Groupon Coupons now find your favorite brands and deals. Happy Saving!

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6 Simple Ways To Living A Life That Pleases You

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Are you coasting through life and just existing? Or are you making the most of life and living a life that pleases you? Life is worth living and living it well. Everyday will not be amazing and everyday will not be blah. You have a choice and the power within you to live your life the way you want; so make sure it pleases you at all times.

I must admit that once upon a time I was guilty of just existing in life. Several years ago I received a promotion for work to live in a state where I didn’t know anyone. At the time I was more of an introvert so it was hard for me to get involved in events on my own. I couldn’t go out with the people at my job because they all reported to me and that made it awkward when I had to discipline them. So I existed. I worked, came home and watched a lot of TV. And at some point I became miserable.

I’m telling you this because it’s easy to just go through the motions of life and not realize your mood and energy. People can sense when you’re uptight or have bad energy. When you’re depressed or miserable and people will stay away or you’ll attract the same type of people. And like the saying goes, “misery loves company.”

Don’t create a pity party. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Snap out of it and find a way to live a life that pleases you because you only have one.

It wasn’t easy for me to make changes but here are a few things I did that changed my life for the better!

1. Honesty: I was honest with myself. I knew I was in a dark place but the only way I could get out was to be honest with myself. I asked myself…why do I feel the way I do? Would I feel this way in a city where I knew people? What changes could I make with my attitude to make things better now?

2. I Quit: I quit making excuses and feeling sorry for myself. It’s easy to fall into this trap when you feel alone. You’re never alone. There are people all around you. You just have to quit and take charge of your life.

3. Make a Decision: I decided I needed a work life balance and living in a city  I hated was not going to work. So, I devised a plan to get out and move on with or without my current job at that time.

4. Apologize: I apologized to myself and I apologized to anyone who I may have upset. I had to forgive myself for allowing things to get as far as they did. And I had to ask for forgiveness for anyone I may have hurt.

5. Move On: I let go of my feelings and past hurts from that time. I have moved on and I count that experience as a lesson learned.

6. Live: Today, I live a life that pleases me to the best of my ability! I will not allow anything or anyone bring me down or change my mood. I live for me! What about you? How will you live a life that pleases you?

Follow me on Periscope @abeautyscarlet for a detailed discussion and midday inspiration on living a life that pleases you! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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7 Effective Ways To Prepare For The Unexpected

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The beauty in life is that we always have options. But the question is are you prepared? Are you prepared for life’s obstacles, blessings and advancement? Are you ready to move to the next level or are you okay with being content?

Being better prepared throughout life is a beautiful thing. It makes you more resilient, more aware of who you are and more empathetic towards others. When you’re prepared you’re the leader and not the follower, the victor and not the victim and an inspiration for others!

I’m sure you may be asking how can I prepare myself for the unknown? Here are a few tips that I’ve implemented over the years to help me stay ready.

1. Educate: Try to learn something new everyday. You never know when that knowledge will come in handy. Knowledge is power and power helps you overcome obstacles!

2. Relax: Relax your mind and allow your energy to flow. Take deep breaths in and out for about 10 minutes at the start or end of your workday. Shake off all the stress and leave it at work or home. When your mind is free; you’re free. When you’re free; you’re prepared!

3. Believe: Don’t allow yourself to go into a situation with doubt. Doubt will make you afraid and keep you unprepared for any and everything. Believe you can and you will be ready for anything that comes your way. You got this!

4. Determination: Don’t give up when something unfamiliar comes your way. Try to tackle the situation and if at first you don’t succeed; try again. Determination is the key to success!

5. Be Open: Don’t be afraid of change. Change can be a good thing if you embrace it. You don’t have to prepare for change just find a way to embrace it and make it work in your favor. When you are open to change or newness, you are open to learning and advancing!

6. Be Resourceful: If you don’t have the answer find someone who does. Surround yourself with people who can and want to help you. Your resources can improve the odds!

7. Pray: Prayer will get you through it and it always works! If you don’t pray, meditate. God is my source for everything! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13

No one can be totally prepared for the unknown and the unexpected but you can feel more confident when and if a situation should arise. You are more resilient and ready for the next thing. You are stronger, wiser and more courageous. You’re ready!

Today, I am taking steps to try and prepare for the unknown, the unexpected and the difficult times. I will adapt and adjust to the situation with a positive outlook. I will expect a great outcome. And I will be ready to share my experiences and stories with others to lead, inspire and claim victory! I will lay the groundwork for my future and wellbeing! What about you?

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Be The Exception To The Rule

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We’re made to be different. We’re born to be unique. We’re all unique individuals created to be the exception to the rule. But most people will not stand out from the norm or sets his or her own standards. Most people abide by the rules or what society says and live life accordingly.

Some people are afraid to live life outside of their comfort zone, step outside of the box, color outside the lines or create their own rules. And that’s okay if you want to stay complacent or if you’re okay with where you are in life or have no aspirations to grow.

As for me, I want to have it all in every aspect of my life. I want to be a leader and not a follower. I want to be the exception to the rule!

Throughout life, I’ve never been one to accept that things have to a certain way. I’ve never been afraid to challenge rules or create my own. I guess that’s the creative side in me and knowing that I only have one life to live so I better make the best of it.

Here are a few things I’ve done and a few things I’ve picked up along the way from others.

1. Believe: Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in you, no one will take you seriously. And they’ll try to walk all over you.

2. Trust: Trust your instincts. If you’re in-tune with your mind, body and soul…your instincts will not lead you astray.

3. Fail: Don’t be afraid to fail but make sure you learn something from that failure. You don’t want to make the same mistake twice.

4. Break the Rules: Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. If you believe something can be done better or more efficient, take the risk.

5. Excel: Give 110% in everything you do. Hard work pays off and people will notice.

6. Praise: Don’t be afraid to give yourself praise and toot your own horn. Not in a cocky way because that can be annoying and unattractive. Give yourself the credit you deserve.

Sometimes, I give myself a high-five, pat on the back or thumbs up for a job well done. I celebrate my wins and learn from my losses.

7. Be Fearless: It’s okay to be nervous but don’t be afraid. Fear will only hold you back. Be bold enough to ask for what you want and brave enough to pursue what you deserve!

If you want to be the exception to the rule you have that option; you have a choice. You can make your own rules and be your own boss. You can make a difference and stand out in a crowd. You have the ability to make change happen. You can be the exception to the rule!

Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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5 Tips to The Road of Happiness!

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Sometimes as adults we forget about our happiness. We don’t take time enjoy the little things in life like laughing, playing and enjoying the things that make us happy.

When you take life too seriously you lose the fun in you. You become boring, uptight or just blah. Believe me when I tell you because this used to be me!

Once upon time I lost my zest for life. I was so busy “adulting” that I forgot about me. I forgot to enjoy life; laugh and play plus do the things that made me happy.

I used to be planner and everything had to be a certain way at a certain time in life. I didn’t really know how to be spontaneous. I didn’t like doing things out of the blue. I wasn’t about that life!

One day I realized that everyone around me was having fun and enjoying life except me. One day I took a chance and did something that was not planned. I let go of the reigns and had fun; I embraced my inner child and I haven’t looked back since.

This was not an easy task for me to continue. But I realized there was more to life than just “adulting” so I challenged myself to enjoy life more.

I know that sounds a little crazy but it worked! Here are a few things I did to bring my inner child to life.

1. Talk to Yourself! Yep, that’s right, I talked to myself. And I asked myself when was I the happiest in life and what was I doing at the time? This forced me to recreate some fun moments in life and make new memories.

2. Stop Planning! Everything and every moment doesn’t need a plan. I stopped planning my personal life, I let go and had fun. My professional life is a little different too. Instead of making hard core plans, I set smart goals.

3. Embrace Spontaneity! Do something you’ve be wanting to do and just do it. Don’t make plans for it. Just do it!

4. Live Now! Take time to enjoy the beauty in life that surrounds you everyday. No one is promised tomorrow. Do something fun everyday even if it’s something small.

5. Power Down! Take a break and live without your gadgets for a day or several hours. Stop being so attached to your phones, computers and techie stuff. Have real conversations on the phone or face to face. Enjoy each other’s company and detach yourself from the social media world. Old school communication can still be fun!

Life was not created to just live. It’s created to be happy, laugh and have fun! Let go and enjoy what matters the most…you! Embrace your inner child, live in the moment and enjoy the beauty of happiness!

Remember: “All work and no play made Jack a dull boy!” Don’t be Jack…go out, be happy and bring your inner child to life! Have a wonderful week! MUAH

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5 Tips to Successfully Build Your Character

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If most people judge a book by its cover what do people see when they encounter you? Do they see someone who’s approachable or someone who’s aloof? Are you engaged in conversation or in another world with a blank stare?

The beauty of your character is truly the key to your success so make sure you stand out in a crowd in a positive way.

It won’t always be easy…trust me, I know from experience. I’m an introvert in my personal life and I’m an extrovert in my professional life. Fortunately, I have learned how to balance the two to make it work in my favor.

Here are 5 tips I’ve learned to master to help get you on track.

1. Dress for Success: Dress for the job you want not the job you have. When you look the part people see you differently so dress like you’re ready for advancement.

2. Talk the Talk: Speak with confidence and authority. Don’t be shy and don’t be afraid. The only thing they can tell you is no. And no is not the end of the world. It only means not right now.

3. Be Social: Engage in conversation and participate. You don’t have to be the life of the party but be a part of it.

4. Stop, Look and Listen: Stop looking at your phone because you can come across as being uninterested or rude. Look the person in the eyes when they’re speaking; it shows interest. And Listen to what is being said because you just might learn something.

5. Work the Room: Show off your skills with your ability to network and make friends. This can make you look more friendly and approachable.

Life is like a sport. Sometimes you only get one shot to make the best first impression. Don’t fumble, strike out, foul out or get ejected before the game starts. Make sure the beauty of your character gives you the winning point! You can do it! I believe in you! Have an awesome week! MUAH

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