STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

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Stop and smell the roses means so much more then pressing your noise against a colorful plant, the power in these words is so underrated. Stop and realize how precious life is, every day you are alive is a gift. Stop and count your blessing, no matter where you are in the journey of life you are blessed and its important to understand that. Stop and realize most solutions in life are simple, we just over think it and make it complicated. Stop and clear your mind of the clutter, take a break from social media for the day, sit in silence, meditate, worship, pray and pretty soon your life will constantly be full of roses….or sunflowers lol

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Photos by Monica Henriquez

Wearing: Missguided floral jumpsuit (30% off with code ENOCHA30)

Dear Diary, You Can Be Happy…

missenocha_2355 You can be happy for someone without being sad for yourself. The two are not mutually exclusive. I have so many friends hitting milestones in their personal lives that I thought I would be closer to by now but every time I think about how it makes me feel, I don’t feel sad. I feel happy for them, and hopeful for me. That was their timing and their journey and my path and journey are different. And when things align for me I know it will be perfect, all in God’s timing.

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So if you thought you were supposed to be married right now with babies and a billion dollars. It’s ok that you’re not. Milestones come to you when they are supposed to and actually sitting around sulking makes them come even slower.

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So everyday wake up knowing your milestone is coming soon. And smile about it.

xx

Wearing: Lulus.com dress, Lulus.com necklace

Dear Diary, Am I Doing Something Wrong?

DSC00293The truth is, working for yourself is extremely hard. I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart. It’s a lot of rejection and you have to be in a constant state of determination when sometimes all you want to do is curl in the corner and cry. One thing I wanted to do this year was be more transparent with you guys and write more on this blog. So here we go…

I started blogging for fun, it was my “website” I didn’t know what a blog was at the time. I was primarily focused on my music career so I had always had a website for that. I just gradually started posting fashion pictures and basically the rest is history. Fast forward 6 years later and I took the plunge to fully commit 100% to blogging. To be honest I wish I thought of it sooner, I wished ┬ál believed it in sooner but I didn’t. And sometimes I wonder if it’s too late?

I know it all looks glamorous on the outside, I look pretty, I wear nice clothes gifted by brands, but to be honest gifted clothes don’t pay your bills and I have struggles like anyone else. I suffer from anxiety because nothing is guaranteed for me I have to work for every penny. And I chose that life and deep down inside I love that life. But what do you do when you work so hard, and put your best foot forward and it seems like nothing is working?

I can’t say I don’t have days I don’t want to give up and get that steady paycheck again. Today is one of those days. Currently trying my hardest not to crawl into that hole but Lord knows it is hard. I’m going to keep going though, I’m going to keep praying, and I’m going to be open to a change.

It’s hard when you see people cheat their way to the top and it’s even harder when you know certain girls work more because they fit the stereotypical look this fashion world STILL upholds. I never ever like to play the race card but after years of this I’ve learned it definitely plays a factor. With that there are many things in life that don’t seem “fair” Im sure no matter what field you enter.

I start counseling today and I’m excited to try something new to help keep me going. My mom is a therapist and I grew up knowing the importance of it but never went. I urge anyone who struggles with anxiety, circumstantial depression or ANYTHING that alters your thoughts and behaviors to seek counseling. It doesn’t mean your weak, it actually means you’re strong enough to recognize you need help.

I’ll keep you posted on my journey and feel free to share yours, whats the point of an internet community if we don’t communicate? Even though I feel a little vulnerable posting this, I wanted to share with you. Especially to those who think people on the internets lives are so perfect. Trust me, you only see the highlight reel.

Thanks for reading and thanks for following along on this crazy 6 year journey.

xx

Bye Bye 2016

_mg_9620Originally I was going to write a long drawn out post about this year and then I thought….the past is in the past (in my Rafiki voice).

2016 you were a hard one. A year FULL of lessons and more ups and downs then I ever thought I was prepared to handle. But I did it…by the grace of God and I am so proud of myself.

This is the year I quit my job for good and decided to take a great leap of faith and learned how strong I am. This year my grandmother passed away and learned what it’s like to deal with death. This year I learned where my passions truly lie and what I want out of my life.

This year I learned (THE HARD WAY) how to not stress. And let go and let GOD. But for real, not just say it but to do it. Hardest and best lesson I’ve learned and honestly am still learning.

And that’s the main thing I want to take with me. Not just for 2017 but for life. And with that, I don’t have any resolutions this year. I’m just going to continue to do what I love, work hard, pray, meditate and LET GO.

2016, I can’t say you were my favorite year, but I have a feeling you were my most important.

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5 Tips To Starting a Blog In 2016


So many of you have reached out with questions on how I got started and what steps they can take to start a blog in 2016 so I thought it was finally time to do a video sharing my tips and advice.

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Cameras:
Canon 5d mark IV (top tier, the absolute best for picture and video):

For video I love the Canon G7x Mark ii

Other recommendations:

Sony RX1:
Panasonic Lumix
Fujifilm X-T10
Blogger Platforms:
Wordpress
Blogger
Squarespace

Blogger Templates:
Pipdig