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March 2012

In Happiness, Tips on
March 27, 2012

Barriers to Motivation

What's stopping you?

Last week I went to a motivation workshop at my university. I’m always looking for ways to keep myself motivated and on track to following my dreams. The workshop ended up talking mostly about SMART goals (which you know I love and follow) so it was nice to have a refresher.

One thing mentioned in the workshop that I really felt the need to share, was a list of possible barriers to motivation. Since I read this list the first time, whenever I would feel very “blah” and un-centered, I would think back onto the list and try and determine my barrier.

Here are some possible motivation barriers:

  1. Overwhelmed/Too much work
  2. Unclear career goals
  3. Peer pressure
  4. Homesickness
  5. Personal or family issues
  6. Stress
  7. Financial stress
  8. Overly involved (giving yourself too many responsibilities)

These barriers are aimed at students but they can be applied to non-students as well with a few tweaks. Last week I was in a stupor and realized my barrier was being overwhelmed. I needed to give myself a little break. So, I took the day off. Now today I feel much more rejuvenated and ready to start over.

What truly promotes change.

This quote really inspired me yesterday. I hope you find it inspiring as well.

What keeps you motivated? 

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In Happiness, My Journal on
March 26, 2012

{Guest Post} Inspiration: Kindness

Hello! I am Chloe Jacqueline from I am really excited to be here at today! I am so lucky to have made a friend as sweet as she is! I, like Rebecca, love inspiring people and making others smile. I like to share special moments in my life, a bit of beauty, and things that make me smile. You can find out more about me here.

Everyone who knows and loves Rebecca, such as myself know that “kindness is the best accessory,” and I agree. I believe a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

It is easy to let a bad mood effect us, and mostly for good reason. However, a smile from someone else can turn the whole day around. What if you were to be the one to share that smile? Hold the door open? Help someone in need? Every act of kindness, no matter the size is important.

Being kind is not about the reward. It is not about the personal satisfaction, even though being kind to others does make us feel good, and it is not about the reaction of the other person. People are not always going to respond in the way you think they should, however you never know the effect you have had on their day.

The world can be a hard place, and maybe just sharing a smile might help someone feel just a little bit better. Know that you can make a difference, and it isn’t about the reward for yourself, but the difference you can make by just sharing a smile. Remember, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. Every bit of kindness changes the world, and makes it a better place.

Sharing Smiles, Making a difference, Changing the world

Chloe’ Jacqueline.

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Thank you Chloe for the guest post!

Make sure to check out Chloe’s blog to see more inspiring posts and to see my guest post (a new addition to the 100+ Reasons to be Happy series).


In Beauty, Review on
March 23, 2012

Kiss Nail Dress Nail Stickers Review

Kiss Nail Dress Review

Earlier this month I received the Influenster Love VoxBox, a fun service where you get to try out new products for free. Inside the box was this month I’ve recently become obsessed with nail stickers so I was happy to try a new brand.

So here I have a review of the nail stickers, Sexy from Kiss Nail Dress.

The prices of these nail polish stripes average about $8 at local drug stores, which is much cheaper than Sally Hansen Salon Effects I normally purchase (They range from $8-12). It also comes with 28 stripes, enough for three manicures (if you use two accent nails), so the value is amazing. They also aren’t vacuum sealed like the Salon Effects strips so they won’t go bad if you don’t use them right away.

Wearing Kiss Nail Dress stickers

First application.

As for application, they apply just like Sally Hansen Salon Effects. You make sure your nail is clean of all polish, find a sticker that fits your nail as closely as possible, rub it onto our nail, and then file off the excess. The stickers themselves feel  thicker than I thought they would be. The only problem I had with application was that when the nail sticker was too big for my nail I had a hard time taking off the excess sides. With other brands I was able to get off excess sticker parts by pushing down on the area with a cuticle stick but the stickers were so thick so I actually had to cut them off with scissors.

Kiss Nail Dress after one week!

Kiss Nail Dress after one week!

After about two days two of my nail stickers came off. I think this has to do with me putting on those two nails incorrectly though because the rest of my nails barely chipped. The picture above is after seven days! Barely any chipping at all.

The nails are supposed to last for 10 days but I got antsy for  a change after day seven so I changed them early.

All in all, I think they are a very good value and I would choose the Kiss Nail Dress over the Sally Hansen Salon Effects if they had more of a color range.

What nail sticker brands have you tried? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

In Happiness, Tips on
March 22, 2012

How-To Create a Gratitude Journal

How to Create a Gratitude Journal

Hi Kind Friends! The first rule to journaling is that there are no set rules. However, I’ve learned a lot about a few different journaling techniques recently that I wanted to share.

The first, creating a gratitude journal.

It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Just write down a few things you were grateful for each day. I think three grateful things is a good number to stick with but if that isn’t always easy or you find yourself repeating the same things – start with just a sentence a day. The point is to keep journaling short, so it doesn’t feel like an annoying task, but you still have some wonderful things to look back on when you re-read your journal.

An example entry from one my notebooks:

Yeah, I took it to a really weird place.

2015 update: I now write one sentence about what I am grateful for in my daily planner. It’s easy to remember to do right before i set my to-do list for the day.

What are you grateful for today?


In My Journal on
March 14, 2012

Feeling Connected to Music: Bare Naked by Jennifer Love Hewitt

Feeling connected to music - Bare naked by Jennifer Love Hewitt

Hi Kind Friends! Have you ever had a song that felt like your anthem? Like it defined you at a certain point in your life so entirely? I’m feeling that a lot lately with the song Bare Naked from Jennifer Love Hewitt. Remember she used to sing? She has such a great voice.

I’ve been venturing into a lot of new topics and adventures lately and sharing a lot more of myself then I’m used to. It’s both a good and a bad feeling. I feel vulnerable but also so happy. It’s draining at times.


Above Jennifer is singing Bare Naked live, it’s my favorite version of the song because I feel like I can feel the emotions so much more in this version over the studio album. Follow along with the lyrics below.

Do you ever have that dream
where you’re walking naked down the street
and everyone just stares
Do you ever feel so deep
that you speak your mind
to put others straight to sleep
You wonder if anybody cares
Sometimes I think I’m the only one
whose day turned out unlike it had begun

And I feel bare naked
And I just can’t take it
I’m getting jaded
No I just can’t fake it anymore
‘Cuz I’m bare naked
And I know life’s what you make it
Wish I could float away
to some other day

You ever go downstairs to start your day
but your car’s not there
Yeah you know the joke’s on you
You ever try your luck with a pickup line
But you just sucked
You tell yourself it wasn’t you
And I know it’s hard to hold it inside
It’s days like these I run and hide

When I feel bare naked
And I just can’t take it
I’m getting jaded
No I just can’t fake it anymore
‘Cuz I’m bare naked
And I know life’s what you make it
Wish I could float away
to some other day

It’s all a state of mind
but I don’t mind trying to find a way
to keep my head above the mess I make
what the world creates
sometimes it feels so good to let it all fall
as the world fall
I may fall
we all may fall
and then the world comes tumbling
down down down down down 

I’m bare naked
And I just can’t take it
I’m getting jaded
No I just can’t fake it anymore
‘Cuz I’m bare naked
And I know life’s what you make it
Wish I could float away
to some other day 

When I feel .. feel (bare naked) .. feel
When I feel ..
Yeah no no no ..


What songs have you been connecting to lately? Share them in the comments so I can check them out.


In My Journal on
March 12, 2012

Learning to Live Minimally, Update #1


For awhile now I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of beauty products (makeup, skincare, haircare) that I have accumulated and use on a regular bases. Coming from a (mostly) beauty blogger, that is pretty funny.

When the majority of my income comes from talking about beauty products, why would I do this? 

Well, I wasn’t happy with my spending habits (compulsive buyer and beauty blogger = “I SHOULD BUY THIS TO REVIEW OOMMMGGGG!”) and I was being very wasteful. No one needs more then five kinds of shampoos and conditioners and an arsenal of eye shadow when I barely wear any to begin with. I decided in November of last year that I was going to change my behaviors. I need to be responsible for the amount of unnecessary waste I have been accumulating.

How did I start? A buying ban. I am not allowed to buy hair products, skincare products, and makeup products until I have finished everything up in an entire category (Meaning I can buy shampoo if I run out of every shampoo I own, if I can’t find something else to substitute and use up). I haven’t purchased beauty products (with the exception of face primers, mascara, and this bb cream) since that November day. Primers help me wear foundations that I hate (so I’ll be getting rid of more then I’m buying) and mascara’s expire too frequently to not be re-purchased.

It has been extremely difficult, especially as a blogger, to not buy for so long. I still have a long way to go but I’ve felt motivated by keeping lists of all the products I’m finishing (and then recycling). Including tiny foil sample packets, I’ve finished over 100 products in a little over 4 months. It completely blows my mind that I could  use up so much. 

Some things were easier to use then others, like I use shampoo as soap in my bathroom and as body wash in the shower (I ran out of traditional body wash awhile ago). So the shampoo department is almost entirely depleted.

Things that have been holding me back? Sponsors and subscription services.

I am very thankful that has been doing well, and as such I’ve been given the opportunity to try out products for free. I don’t say no to these opportunities (assuming I find the product intriguing) because then how else will I have regular reviews? These contacts are also very important to me, knowing that my posts are read and appreciated is very powerful.

Additionally, for Christmas this year I received a Birchbox and MyGlam year subscription. Now, products come to my door each month. It has been great to try out all of these products at minimal costs.

Are these products ultimately a set back from getting rid of products and finding a balance of what I will re-purchase when all of this is said and done?


But what I am focusing on here is that the amount of products I’m using and getting rid of is much more then the amount coming in from sponsors and other services. If anything, getting these smaller opportunities to try products has helped me because I feel less compelled to buy things I don’t need.

It’s a daily battle. For some people, shopping isn’t a big deal. But for me it is a very hard habit to break. Now whenever I go into a store it’s a struggle. I believe in myself though. I know I can do this.

Now what? I’m going to keep moving. I’ll keep writing down everything I finish. I’ll eventually reach a point where I can find the balance I need.

Be the type of person you want to meet.

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