#HonestMoment


Yeah… easier said than done right?  It’s easy to relax when everything is going your way.  It’s easy to relax when you don’t have to think about finances.  It’s easy to relax when you’ve got a great job. It’s easy to relax when you’re healthy. It’s easy to relax when everything with your family is just peachy. 

But what about when that’s not the case?  How in the heck are we supposed to R E L A X when it seems like we just can’t catch a break?  How in the heck are we supposed to  R E L A X when we’re just busy trying to stay above water?  UGHHHHHH LIFE IS HARD SOMETIMES. 

Welcome to my least warm and fuzzy post yet.  haha – no but let’s GET REAL for a minute.   

I’ve lived and worked in LA for a little over two years now.  There have been super high highs… and super low lows.  It’s a part of the industry that you just can’t escape.  It’s what I signed up for when my hubby and I decided to take a leap of faith and move across the country because we knew it was what God was calling us to do.   We knew it wouldn’t be easy, we knew it’d be a constant hustle… and let me tell you – that couldn’t be truer. 

I’m typically a super positive person.  The glass is always half full, I chose to see the best in people… in situations… it’s how I live my life.  –And when everything is going great it’s easy to be that way.  It’s easy for me to encourage others when I feel encouraged.  But if there’s one thing God has been teaching me over the past year, it’s how to live that way REGARDLESS of circumstance.  

To be honest, in the last few months there have been MANY circumstances that have not gone my way.  In fact they’ve gone the opposite of “my way.”  I’ve been left confused, stressed out, uncertain, and frustrated.   

I’d love to say that I’ve moved past that place… that I’m writing this blog from a proverbial “mountain top,” but I’m not.   I’m writing from the valley.  Yep.  Still here.

 

What’s different about me now than me a few months ago?  It’s my perspective.  I’m choosing to embrace where I'm at.  I’m fully aware of the valley I find myself in… I’ve also never been more fully aware that God is in control.  My weakness is present so that I can learn to more completely rely on Him.  So that that when those mountaintop moments happen, I know it’s because of God’s hand on my life, God’s favor, God’s purpose… not my own.  

My joy is NOT a direct result of my circumstance…. My joy come’s from the Lord.  No matter what my current view is like – I am able to CHOOSE JOY.   And when I do, it’s crazy how God’s peace just overwhelms me in that moment.  It happened just this morning!  Seriously, God is so good! 

Okay… I should be wrapping this thing up right about now.  I share all of this with you to hopefully offer you some encouragement.  

#1. You're not alone 
#2. Our weakness is an opportunity to become more aware of God's presence in our lives 
#3.  Choose to find joy in your weakest moments and allow God to sustain you through them - cause He actually will! :)  

  I’ll close with a little paraphrase of verses that have been super encouraging to me lately:

I am still confident of this:  I will see the goodness of the Lord.  Wait for the Him; be strong and take heart.  The eternal God is our refuge.


Psalm 27:13+14, Deut. 33:27


Mario Lopez Interview | People Who Inspire Ep. 3



You guys!  I am so excited to have Mario Lopez with me for an all new episode of People Who Inspire.  If you're like me, then you grew up watching him on Saved By the Bell, so I must admit... sitting on set at EXTRA interviewing him was a bit surreal (in the best way possible!).  


I have had the chance to get to know him over the past of couple years, while working at EXTRA, and I've been so inspired by not only how gracious and talented he is - but by how hard he works.  Literally the hardest working person I've ever met!  Anyway, I hope you enjoy getting to know him a bit more. :)

Be sure to check him out weekdays on EXTRA as well as on social media at @MarioLopezExtra (He posts on Instagram more than I do! LOL). Of course, don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you haven't yet for more videos just like this! :)

Wedding Guest Makeup Tutorial

It's officially WEDDING SEASON! I was so excited to attend my cousin's big, fabulous Persian wedding last week and I thought I'd film a little Get Ready With Me / Wedding Guest Makeup tutorial video. :) Hope you guys like it! Scroll down for links to all the products used.

Lisa Daftari Interview | People Who Inspire Ep. 2

 Welcome back to Episode 2 of People Who Inspire!!!

Today Lisa Daftari is joining me, and she is LEGENDARY!  You've probably seen her on FOX News, or the numerous other media outlets that she contributes to - as she's an expert on Counter Terrorism, Middle East Politics, and much more.  She is not only SO SMART but one of the most empowering women I've ever had the blessing of knowing.  Lisa is a daily inspiration to me personally, so of course I had to share her with all of you!

If you're interested in hearing more about why it was on my heart to start this series, check out my "announcement video" by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a_IJLoTiNQ



*Lisa's Info*
Instagram: @LisaDaftari
Website: www.foreigndesknews.com
Personal Website: www.LisaDaftari.com

Dirty Hair Hairstyles



Hey friends!  So we've all had those days where we just DO NOT FEEL LIKE styling our hair.  I have those days QUITE often - hence the idea for this video!  These are my top 4 dirty hair hairstyles.  Let me know which one is your fav in the comments below! :)

People Who Inspire Ep. 1



Hello friends!!!! Today is SUCH an exciting day for me because I could NOT be more excited to launch my brand new series:  People Who Inspire.  Earlier this week I posted a video explaining why I was inspired to begin this series, so if you haven't seen that yet I'd definitely suggest checking it out (CLICK HERE to do so) before you watch Episode 1 below.  

Today's guest, Sazan Hendrix, is super inspiring to me on MANY levels and I know you will feel the same after watching this.  She's a world famous blogger, a YouTuber, a Host, and so much more.  I hope you enjoy episode 1 of People Who Inspire! :) xo



Sazan's Info

Instagram: @SazanHendrix

YouTube: www.youtube.com/SazanBarzani

Website: www.Sazan.me


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!


Time for a VERY special announcement!  This is something I've been waiting to share with you for some time and I am SO EXCITED to finally be posting it.  Check out the video below for deets. :) xo