Monday, September 23, 2013

Speak your dreams into existence

If you don't ask, the answer is always no. 
If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. 
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.

I think one of the biggest obstacles people face when taking on a new goal is clearly defining it.  You start off with this wishy washy idea of what you want but if you don't take the time to foster it and care for it chances are it will just slip away.  This has happened to me time and time again, the idea is born and then fades just as quickly as it appeared.  I struggled for a long time with following through because I was never sure if I was making the right choice.  I've finally realized that as soon as that spark is ignited I need to kindle the flame until it's a roaring fire.  When it's a tiny little ember is when it is most fragile and needs the most attention, safety and love.  This is true for all areas of your life, not just weight loss.  For me, weight loss was one thing but I have other dreams I'd like to see come true as well.

My first attempt at a facial prosthetic (home made)
Something not everyone knows about me is my love for movie monsters.  I am absolutely entranced by old school movie magic, the practical effects that makeup artists were able to achieve before CGI was and still is truly breathtaking.  I've always had a fascination with art, and for me makeup artistry is like living, breathing art.  About a year ago I started playing around with a few things and soon learned that I actually have some natural talent.  I kept practicing and more than that doing TONS of research.  I traveled to makeup shows, subscribed to makeup magazines, and bought whatever post-Halloween clearance goodness I could get my hands on.

Day of the Dead inspired makeup

It sounds expensive, but you find ways to save.  For instance, any conventions I wanted to attend I asked if they needed any extra help in return for admission to the event.  Some of them I was not only given an all weekend pass but was also paid.  The connections I made at those conventions has been invaluable.  I met some amazing friends who continue to support and guide me today.  A few have helped with the birth of this blog, others offer encouragement along the way, and then one even made a connection between a film maker and myself.  Now I have the potential to work on an upcoming horror film and all because I took the time to work as a volunteer at a comic convention and met some amazing friends while I was there.  Always Always Always be nice to whoever you meet, aside from just being a good human being you never know who you might encounter and how you might be able to help each other.

Sweet swag from the Women Rock Race
Saturday I was a part of the Women Rock 5k/10k/13.1.  Team Ortho puts on this race and they impressed me so much that the following month when they needed volunteers for another expo I jumped at the opportunity.  A great perk of working for them is that you earn credits towards race entries (which if you're a race junky like me, this is a thing of pure beauty).  This weekend I signed up to work for them, not just for the credits, but also because there is always a great group of volunteers.  This time there was a new volunteer that I befriended and I am so glad that I did.  Turns out she's a casting director and was impressed by my makeup work.  She said I have a great raw talent that needs to be fostered and asked me if I would be interested in working on set for her  next film.  I'm sure you can imagine how excited and awestruck I was. 
And of course a little eye candy...

The point is, if you start with an idea and help it blossom into something bigger the momentum will carry itself after awhile.  When you truly desire something the universe has a way of conspiring to help you get it.  Continue to pay it forward and you will see all of that effort and positive energy come back to you in leaps and bounds.  I feel so blessed, all of these incredible opportunities keep presenting themselves to me and I can't help but think that each smile, or hello to a stranger helped to get me here.  I constantly have that feeling you get when you sense that you're on the verge of something tremendous.  I'm not sure where my path will take me, but I will always be willing to give back and help those who have strayed from theirs.  Trust that what you are doing is the right thing and accept any detours as blessings in disguise because they might just help you more than you know.

((if you'd like to see more pictures of my makeup experiments head on over to and let me know what you think!  I'm always looking for feedback or new ideas to try out))


  1. Just came across your blog, and I am totally blown away. It is so inspirational. I recently had a baby about 4 and half months ago and have been trying to get back into my workout routine. However, as you may expect, I am exhausted. Plus, I work full time. So the last thing I want to do is work out. However, your blog motivates and inspires me to put mind over matter and push myself.
    I just wanted to let you know that your words are helping people. It is comforting to know that you are not alone. Keep up the great work!!!

    1. Thank you so much! You have no idea how much your kind words mean to me. I always hope that something I write will strike a chord with someone and really help them. It's even better when that person reaches out to let me know how I've impacted them. It's a constant struggle to stay motivated, I totally know what you mean. I'm glad you're finding the inspiration you need :) Hopefully I'll hear back from you a few months from now so you can share about all the tremendous progress I'm sure you'll make!