Monthly Archives: January 2014

Remember way back when I started this blog? I was studying to become a personal trainer through NASM and the majority of my posts revolved around diet and exercise. That’s weird.

My priorities have definitely changed over the past year and I’ve realized that those aren’t the things I’m truly passionate about. That being said, I still think it’s important to fuel our bodies with healthy food and regular exercise. Those two things play a major role in discovering our personal bliss.

Personally, I don’t need (or want) to spend hours in the gym or look like a body-builder or count calories- there are a million other things I’d rather be doing. Diet and exercise are about balance. I eat foods that I enjoy- focusing on healthy options 75% of the time- and opt for efficient workouts.

Thankfully, I have a personal trainer for a dad. He recently put together a 30-Day Challenge for his studio and I decided to join in. The goal is to complete this quick workout every day for 30-days.

If you already workout regularly, this will be a great addition to your routine . If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start! The moves require no gym-equipment and can be done anywhere.


If you want to take part in the challenge, feel free to tweet me (@missemmmysue) or my dad (@funfitray), using the hashtag #FF30daychallenge with updates and progress. Have fun!

Here’s to a brand new challenge…


Well, a month has passed- are you used to writing 2014 yet? I’m not. I’ll probably keep writing 2013 until September or so…then I’ll learn the correct year just in time for 2015. #thestruggleisreal

Favorites: January 2014


bralettes // naked 3 palette // free people // t-shirts // destroyed denim // converse // army green



tea // hiking // long walks // fruit // think thin bars // morning workouts // almond butter // iced coffee




family // writing // smiling // magazines // friends // museums // birthdays // re-decorating // DIYs



January was a really good month. A really, really good month. I’d like to think that luck was just in my favor but, in reality, I know that my outlook on life had a lot to do with it. I made a conscious decision to follow my heart (rather than letting my brain run rampant) and simply do the things that make me happy. Some days are easier than others but I’m learning a lot about myself along the way.

Breathe, smile, repeat. The rest will take care of itself.

Here’s to a brand new month…


Anxiety: An unpleasant state of inner turmoil

That is a very simple definition for a not-so-simple thing.

Anxiety is something that all humans deal with in some way, on some level, at some point in their lives. It’s an overwhelming sensation of fear and nervousness about the future. It comes in all shapes and sizes and can show up for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case, it’s not pleasant.

90294db46efbcc7ae28f238e96142e38Anxiety is something that I deal with. I’ve never opened up about it because, well, that gives me anxiety. Ironic, eh? In my case, it manifests itself as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety. It’s a lot better than it used to be but going out still makes me slightly uncomfortable and I can be very obsessive about certain things in my life. To be completely honest, it sucks.

Anxiety is something that I’ve always been ashamed of. I’ve tried my best to hide it (which is nearly impossible) and tried to convince myself that it’s all in my head. But it isn’t. It’s a real thing and a good percentage of us deal with it on a regular basis. So, guess what? We’re not alone.

IMG_0036Anxiety is something that we can overcome. Being self-aware and opening up about the things that we struggle with is the first step. Then challenging ourselves to do those things will [slowly but surely] make them easier. The more you face it, the more you’ll be able to move past it.

Anxiety is something that should never have control. We have control. We all deserve to be happy. We deserve to be free of whatever is holding us back. We deserve to smile, laugh, and have a life filled with joy. So, let’s take the reigns and stop letting anyone or anything stand in our way.

Here’s to facing the hard parts of life…


I have to admit, I’m in love with this LA weather. I don’t do well in the cold [in other words, I’m a wimp] so you definitely won’t find me complaining about it being 80+ degrees in January.

It’s hard to imagine that some of you are dealing with snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures. I’m sorry. I’ll do my best to summon the sunshine gods and send some warmth your way, okay?

Today I busted out a tank top for a day of shopping and Panera with my bestest friend. I resisted the urge to buy everything I saw [#helpmeimpoor] and just used the Sephora gift card that has been burning a whole in my pocket since Christmas. The Naked 3 palette is finally mine. I’m in love.

What I Wore: 1-21-2014

IMG_6289Top & Bralette: Free People // Jeans: Forever 21 // Boots: Madden Girl // Watch: Fossil

Remember when I said I was going to do more fashion-related posts on the blog? Get ready for it. I’m cracking down on all of the things I’ve been putting off until “tomorrow” and making them a reality. Today is the day- this moment is all we’re guaranteed. So get out there and do what you love.

Here’s to a little warmth in the dead of winter…


Temperature in Los Angeles on January 17th, 2014: 85 degrees

IMG_0027Time spent driving to the above location: 45 minutes

Number of blondes in attendance:

IMG_6265Number of seagulls in attendance: a zillion

Money spent on beach snacks: $8.95

BeachFoodTime spent laying in the [very warm] sun: 2 hours

Time spent swimming in the [very cold] ocean: 0.5 seconds

IMG_6257Number of laughs: hundreds

Number of smiles: thousands

Number of things to be thankful for: millions

IMG_6260Today I challenge you to do something different. Stop planning, stop analyzing, and stop over-thinking. Breathe in, breathe out. Feel the crisp air on your skin. Embrace the feeling of laughing until your stomach hurts. Eat delicious food. Smile until your cheeks burn. Build your bliss.

Here’s to loving this very moment…








I’m a firm believer that we all fit into one of two categories; finishers and forgetters.

‘Finishers’ get satisfaction out of completely using up a product while ‘forgetters’ tend to use a product for a while and then push it aside when they find something new. Which one are you?

Personally, I’m a finisher. I love the feeling of using something up before I move on to the next one. It’s so nice to know that I got my money’s worth and to be able to form an honest opinion on whether I liked it or not. This mainly applies to beauty and hygiene products and, since I always love reading other people’s reviews before I buy something, I thought I’d share mine with you!

Empties: January 2014

ProductsI'veUsed11. Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray: Lovelovelove. This product keeps my skin from getting oily, helps my makeup last all day, and is a staple in my collection. Highly recommended.

2. Revlon ColorStay Foundation (in Buff): This is hands-down the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever tried. It looks natural, lasts all day, and the price can’t be beat. I’ve already repurchased it twice and I rotate between this and higher-end foundations to save a money. Thank you, Revlon.

3. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner: I’ve been using this on-and-off since high school and the formula has improved a lot over the years. I wouldn’t say that it does anything spectacular but it smells good, gets the job done, and helps my color last a little longer.

4. Urban Decay Tinted Moisturizer (in Halo): As much as I love UD products, I wasn’t impressed with this. It took me quite a while to get through the bottle and I mainly used it during the summer when I just couldn’t bear wearing heavier makeup. Sorry, UD…I’ll stick with your eyeshadows.

ProductsI'veUsed21. Revlon Clump-Crusher Mascara (in Black): Favorite drugstore mascara ever. Buy this. That’s all.

2. Benefit ‘It’s Potent’ Eye Cream: I struggle with dark circles under my eyes so having a good eye cream is crucial. I was hesitant about this one at first but quickly fell in love with it. It goes on smooth, is gentle on sensitive skin, and seems to reduce the puffiness and darkness I’ve always had.

3. Stila Liquid Eye-Liner (in Brown): Since I’m horrible at applying liquid eyeliner, this has become my go-to product. The felt-tip applicator makes it easy to apply and, since it’s waterproof, it doesn’t smudge. I use brown liner 98% of the time because it’s less harsh than black on fair skin.

4. SmashBox Photo-Ready Primer: I honestly didn’t use primer until a few months ago when my sister convinced me to pick up this sample size. It changed my life. My makeup goes on smoother, lasts longer, and I’ve had fewer breakouts- yeee! I’ve already moved on to a full-size bottle.

I’m planning to share my ’empties’ with you every few months- or whenever I’ve compiled a stash. I apologize for the lack-luster photography in this one. I’m still relying on my iPhone for pictures but I promise it’s going to change soon. DSLR camera, here I come…eek!

Here’s to the finishers and the forgetters…


First and foremost, thank you for all of the sweet birthday wishes. I always read every single comment and I can’t tell you how much they mean to me. You definitely know how to make a girl feel loved.

I spent this weekend out in the middle of nowhere, visiting someone that I love, and working through some long-standing family issues. I didn’t want to go. It meant 13+ hours of driving, giving up shifts at work, missing social events, etc. But you know what? None of that mattered. My family is the most important thing in the world and sometimes that means making sacrifices. I needed to be there.

IMG_6183There’s no denying that we live in a material world. We rely on money and “things” for satisfaction, for happiness, and- ultimately- for survival. That will never go away and you know what? I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with it. Finding joy in a possession doesn’t make you materialistic, it makes you human. As long as we’re thankful, we should never feel ashamed.

With all of that aside, there is one thing in life that is so much more valuable than any physical item ever could be. It’s free, it’s beautiful, and it’s the most precious gift you could ever share…


This week I challenge you to rediscover the beauty of time.

In every social situation, be present. When someone else is talking, listen. Take time out of your busy day to call your mom, dad, grandparent, etc.- just to chat. Make room in your schedule for lunch with a friend- just because. When you’re buying your daily coffee, take a moment to actually smile and connect with the barista. It’s these little gifts of time that truly show people how much you care.

Here’s to sharing ourselves with the world…