Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday Beauty files

Anyone looking for a great lip stain for a great price?...did i hear a YES!
Well look no further because I'm going to show you a couple a newbies at leas new to me that
i tried this weekend both lip stains are in the price range of $6-$8 Not to shabby

 First up is Maybelline "Super Stay 24 color #025. Pretty yes! I thought so and it went on so smooth with a gloss wand you apply it and then wait a few seconds to dry and on the other end there is a chap stick that adds moisture and shine. So lovely
Its early people so this is for you!
How does one take a close up pic of their lips rocking out lip stain?! Like this people! 
The other sassy red is by Covergirl Outlast All Day lip color "Ever Reddy" #507
 Its from their lip stain collection.
This pretty duo comes with two wands one with the glossy red and one white wand that's a shiny moisturizing chap stick thingy that you apply after the red stain goes on. Now this one i did have to apply the chap stick more so my lips wouldn't get too dry and to keep my red shiny and pretty.

Well there you have it friends my quest for the perfect red lip stain continues of course because what lady doesn't want to find the perfect red shade that magically last all day long!...hm well maybe you don't care at all, but i bet we'd have fun shopping anyways for your perfect shade together!:)

Have a lovely Tuesday friends God bless you & yours!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

LOVE your story

Do you love your story? I haven't always loved my story in fact I'm learning to love mine more.

This post is a lengthy one full of my heart and no pictures so sorry about the no pictures part but not sorry about the long post HA!

Last weekend me and handful of ladies had the privileged of going to a woman's conference called "Live your story" with Susie Larson as the main speaker, she's also a writer and wrote a great book called "uncommon woman" which is how i knew of her so i was pretty excited to hear her speak. She did not disappoint it was wonderful!! So insightful and genuine in her quest to help other women live their story. Right away i could see there was a recurrent theme that seems to be a huge hindrance for us women especially. Comparing envy jealousy all of it makes us less affective in our lives and our community. It especially prevents us from living our story full of JOY.Sad isn't it?

Comparing your story with other peoples is a nasty game that leads to a whole lot of other nasty habits which i find has always ended in robbing me of my JOY. The joy i have to live my life and treasure all the little things that makes me me & this is so much harder to do when I've started envying that other girls life.. her house..her awesome hair..the fact she lost all her baby weight um say 3 days after giving birth ahhhh!!insert laughter here> No seriously though its a long and ugly road to go on.

My mentor "Susie Larson" well lets just say she's mentoring me from afar through her books:) Books are magical that way. Anyway she says in her NEW book Your Beautiful Purpose, which i highly recommend if your in the business for growing spiritually and realizing your dreams and purpose matters then its a game changer and one book you don't want to miss reading!!
"Whenever I looked from the left to the right comparing other's haves with my have-nots, I became the poorest woman on the planet. But when I choose to look upon the One who gave me life and breath and every promise with a yes, I quickly became the richest woman on the planet." 

"For jealousy and selfishness are not God's kind of wisdom. Such earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
James 3:15-16

1st Amen to that! 2nd double gulp!!
About a year ago I had a bit of this ugly envy and comparing thing going on in my mind & heart. My JOY was stolen or you could say i gave it up. I was post having a baby and the blues and discontent of that season in my life was taking its toll on me spiritually and I'm going to add lack of sleep in there.

Dear Susie says it perfectly "its at these moments that we are at a crossroads to dig deeper into the heart of the issue or walk away and get distracted." I walked away I got distracted with purely petty things. I started comparing my story with others..look how God is using them..she has more success in the area that i dream about..Gods blessing her with a house and I've been waiting 13 years for a house of my own..  And honestly i was at most times comparing my story with people i didn't even know personally!! Talk about ridiculous, but see this is were i have to be really careful with social media IG aka Instagram I so enjoy this little app people but its a playground for all sorts of comparing ugliness if your not looking and checking with your heart. Because can we all admit that IG makes every ones life look fabulous not to mention the filters that make us look even better then we actually do at the moment;)

My heart morns those moments wasted on envy, jealousy and the comparing battles in my mind. Instead i could have prayed a blessing over them and claimed some of that goodness for myself

Susie said that God spoke these words across her heart..
"Do not go there! Back up. You are at a fork in the road and if you open yourself up to envy, you will go the wrong way! Jealousy is the enemy's bait to lead you to a dead end where you'll lose sight of everything I've taught you. Step back from here and embrace a greater perspective...

The reason something stirred within you when you saw this woman is because she possesses something of your inheritance. She has something i want to give you! Can you see it? Can you embrace the gift I've put in her? I'm about to lead you to a more spacious place. 

Do not be sympathetic to the smallest hint of jealousy or envy in your soul! Rise up from this place lift your chin and pray blessings and protection on your sister. You don't know what her call requires of her. If you are faithful with her gifts, her fruit will be your fruit; her victory, your victory; and a great blessing will flow. Rise up O woman of faith and be faithful! Choose to trust me! Be gracious, noble woman. And whenever those winds of jealousy and envy start to blow, step back and look up. You'll see something of a promise before you. Lay hold of the promise and refuse the enemy's bait. There's no life in the low road. Trust me."

Good stuff right?!!!!

Guess what all isn't lost if you've been through this or battling it right now. I've repented and moved on. I now know the tools to fight this battle in the mind even better then before, how to pray when those moments of envy or jealousy try to sneak up in me.

Don't let the enemy steal your JOY from living & loving your story!! Let God fulfill the promises he has for unique calling. I'll be praying and believing it for myself and you!

xoxo, Aligna

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Life is more.

"Extraordinary women decide to hold onto their dreams and live their dreams regardless of their circumstances"

I started this bible study to ring in the new year with clarity on what it means to live your dreams.

What I've learned so far is this.

"Extraordinary women decide that money or lack of it will not determine their level of happiness. They decide that money is simply a means to an end and not an end itself. 
Extraordinary women decide not to dwell on what they do not have. They recognize what they do have and are grateful for it.
Extraordinary women decide not to be overwhelmed by the rough choices and the life-changing decisions that they will be called to make. They call on the power of the Holy spirit to help them make wise judgments...In short, extraordinary women DECIDE.

I'm going to assume your smarter then me but for me this was a aha moment! Yes i must decide.
Decisions are KEY to moving forward in our dreams. Some of these decisions might be hard to make but they are necessary. And the decisions i(we) make today or refuse to make will determine the quality of our lives. Do we need to get out of bad relationships(friendships) that bring us down? Start new habits get rid of some damaging ones? Change jobs? Does our marriage or time with our children need to be more intentional?

I want to be an Extraordinary Woman! Do you? Don't you?! Will you dare to be?!!
Living a extraordinary life means living each day with purpose and not just getting by..lord knows i need too.
I want my dreams to bring life and glorify god. I know thats where I'm being led to LIVE from and Deciding is essential.

At the end of the lessons there are a few questions i thought to share them on here and some of my
answers to them. You can come along and join this study with me if you like just by asking yourself these same questions and praying over them.

1. What did you dream of becoming when you were a little girl? Has that dream come true for you?
When i was little i dreamed of being a mom, ballerina and nurse in that order! Then in high school i thought being a counselor or something in that field was appealing to my heart. I loved hearing peoples stories, hurts, concerns and encouraging them.

2. What obstacles are holding you back from experiencing your dreams?
ME. i think my thoughts and of lack of faith in this area are the biggest hindrance for me. 

3. What decisions do you need to make in the coming days and weeks that you can ask the Holy Spirit to help you fulfill?
I need God to take captive every thought of mine. Help me to bravely face my fears and insecurities in every area of my mind. And to help me DECIDE:)

P.S I pray this helps you move forward into realizing your dreams and asking yourself some questions that will help you along the journey!
I believe God wants you and I to be extraordinary women.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A little beauty a little FUN

Its been some time since I've done a 'Beauty Files' post and its due..don't you think? well i do!!
And we could all use a little makeup fun.wink wink

Here's whats been rocking in my makeup bag of late.
1.Revlon liquid colorstay liner 2. claires glitter eye cream(My daughters influence;) but it sure makes me feel happy!
3.Maybeline Age rewind concealer my fav concealer so far. 4. Outlast Lip stain "Awesome" enough said 5. Bare minerals Black mascara separates my lashes like no other. 6. Bare minerals foundation "the new stuff" verdict still out in it though. I like the coverage but my face feels sooo dry wearing it so most days i skip and go straight to bronzer for color.
 My one weakness for some time has been the liquid liner..as in i adore it! ItS SOOO IN now and it looks lovely on everyone i see. I try my best to give my eyes a break from it a few days a week but seriously miss it when i don't have it on."VAIN" I know right! I'm so unashamed of my love for it though:) #lordknows!!

Do you have a favorite thing that just makes you feel awake? Brightens up your face or makes you feel
just a tad bit more together once its on??

Another thing is happening today or tomorrow my Christmas decor is FINALLY coming down...sad as it usually is for me to do this I'm ready. This may be my last Christmas in this house which is bittersweet so here's my last picture documenting our small piece of Christmas cheer...farewell

And can we say hello to these cuties!! I love little miniatures anything and of course so do my girls.

Strongly recommend NOT buying the big loopsie doll! That beast is heavy and kind of creepy that size..just saying

Tomorrow I'm going to share my heart on this. Its something that I'm journeying through and learning so much from about myself..praying it'll bless others as i share my heart on the matter