Now What?

Yesterday, November 8, 2016, was the presidential election to find our 45th President of the United States of America. The candidates were Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Donald Trump, who is best (and most kindly) described as a reality star and businessman.
Yesterday, I voted for Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential candidate. As I cast my ballot, I believed in my heart that in a few hours, the world would witness history, as the first female was elected to our highest office in the United States.
The world witnessed history, but it was not the story America wanted to write. Donald Trump is now our president elect.
Jeremy Nix, a fellow Huffington Post blogger, wrote,“Differences of political ideals are one thing, I can agree to disagree on many matters across a wide array of topics, but racism isn’t one of them, neither is hate, neither is the belittling of women or the judgment of others based on their appearance or their disability, or their sexual preference.” 
You see, Mr. Trump promises to "Make America Great Again."
But, a "great America" is not one where a man with no government or military experience who has called for nuclear proliferation is the one running the show.
A "great America" is not one where basic civll rights are denied.
Where women, LGBTQ, immigrants, Muslims, or people of color are not seen as equal, and where their freedoms, which are the same as any other American, are threatened.
Where people are mocked for their physical disability.
Where bragging about committing sexual assault is OK.
Where entire religious groups are banned from entering the country.
Where people aren't offered a better opportunity for themselves because they come from a country where they are raped, assaulted and otherwise oppressed on a regular basis.
Where children are shown that it's OK to bully, berate and belittle those who do not look or act like them.
I don't know much, but I 100% know and believe that these things are not what will "make America great again."
I do believe that not everyone who voted for Trump did so because they believe the bigoted things he says and does. I have to believe this, as close friends and even family members, voted for him.
I know people want change. I don't agree that Trump is the change America needs, and to be honest, I don't know that Hillary was the answer, either. But what I do know is that America needs a leader to bring them together, not further drive us apart.
I don't write about politics. I barely speak about them. But I can't stay silent. I have never felt so empty inside, so disappointed, heartbroken and scared. I have never felt this way in a political election, and it's difficult to wrap my head around all of this.
What's done is done and no matter what I write, or where I write it, it is not going to change what happened last night.
This morning, my son woke up and after I dried fresh tears, I went in to get him up. "HI!" he yelled. I am so thankful for his innocence, but even more scared about what his future looks like.
The only thing I can feel good about right now is that I will continue to love everyone, and teach my children to do the same.
I will continue to be a responsible member of a civic society, to educate myself, and teach my children to do the same.
I will be a stronger, better advocate for the causes that are important to me, and I will teach my children to do the same.
I will remain steadfast in my belief that America IS great, do my part to keep it that way, and teach my children to do the same.
If anything, this election showed that America is more deeply divided than we thought. It feels as though we have hit rock bottom, and that means that the only place to go now, is up. Perhaps this break in our world and our spirit will show us that now, more than ever, we have to come together. We can choose to treat each other a little kinder, with more compassion, understanding, love, acceptance and empathy. Each of us can take actions, small or large ,to ensure that all human lives are valued and are treated with respect and dignity.

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Rodan + Fields Giveaway: Enter to Win Lip Serum or Eye Cream

It's been a few months since I've done a giveaway, and since the last one was so much fun, I want to do it again!

This month's prizes are another jar of Multi-Function Eye Cream ($60 value) and Redefine Lip Serum. There will be two winners - one winner for each product.

Our Multi-Function eye cream is a great all-around eye cream that utilizes peptides to visibly reduce the appearance of crow's feet, dark circles and puffiness, and noticeably brightens your eye area with optical filters that reflect light. It's one of our most popular products, and one jar often lasts approximately 6 months, if not more!
Our Redefine Lip Serum is also amazing! Rich with peptides and antioxidants, including vitamin E, Lip Serum helps lips retain their natural moisture, visibly smooth lip texture and reduce the appearance of lip wrinkles. One capsule has 2-3 uses in it and I just put it on right before bed! Your lips will never feel the same.

There are three ways to enter - do all three, and you'll get entered three times! There is no purchase necessary to win.

To enter:
  1. Find out which regimen is right for you with this 30-second perSKINality quiz and email yourself the results. You must email yourself the results to count 1 entry. (1 entry)
  2. Take the skin quiz (compete with emailing yourself the results), and tell me your results in the comments below. (3 entries)
  3. Share my giveaway on Facebook! (5 entries)
Winners will be announced this Friday, August 26, and is open to new and existing customers. 

Good luck!
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Oh, hey.

Hey guys! It's me. I'm here. I'm alive!

You may—or likely may not—have noticed that I've abandoned my piece of the Internet as of late. You've read this post before. It's getting old. Or at least, it's getting old for me to write it.

The truth is, I can't do it all. I can't pretend anymore that I can.

I am working a full-time job and a part-time job. In fact, the former, my boss actually informed me that I'm currently doing the workload of 1.5 people. I am a full-time mom, and full-time wife. And if those things aren't enough, I'm also TRYING to relax every once in awhile, or to accomplish things that aren't on a computer, like getting our house ready to put on the market, purging our place, etc etc. Something's had to give, and sadly, it's been this blog.

That said. I miss writing. Writing has always, will always, be my outlet and in the past month I've been gone, I have noticed the absence of writing on my heart. I've been more stressed, more negative, more all things bad and I hate that.

So, I have no real point to this blog in particular, except that I needed to put some words on a page tonight. I'm a weird place right now where things in life are really awesome and at the same really stressful. But I wrote that and know in my heart that this too shall pass, and that while my problems are so small in comparison to others, they are still mine and I'm entitled to feel how I do.

This is all really vague, I realize. I'm sorry.

Anyway. I'm here, I'm alive, I'm fine and I just wanted to say hi.

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