Kalo Mina!!! Today is exactly 6 months to a brand new year! 2020 is coming in as quick as the first half of the year has passed, so naturally it’s time for a reality check.

Resolution : a firm decision to do or not to do something, something that is resolved
Goal : an aim or a desired result

The very definition of resolution itself sets me up for failure before I can even come up with a new year’s resolution amidst the holiday chaos. So I make goals! And here’s the thing about New Year’s “Goals” – if your goal is to lose weight, then if you fall a little short of the goal, it’s not like you’re a TOTAL failure. On the contrary with resolutions; if that isn’t resolved by the end of the year – done. You did not complete the task, and you suck.

Just kidding, at the end of the day, it’s really not that serious. For me, it’s a mindset. A goal is something that I constantly work for, but now’s the time to check myself, where am I at with what I had aimed for at the beginning of the year.

  • Change of Scenery
    • I felt I had reached a dead end at work, so I knew I needed to finally take the jump and explore something bigger. In March, I got a really amazing call and started a new gig in May! Check!
  • Be & Stay More Organized.
    • Sooo… I have not been consistent with my day to day planner that I throw in my bag to stay organized, BUT I have been pretty good with the TimeTree app! I use it with my boyfriend to keep up with extremely busy social and work calendars. Now if I could just keep up with the personal reminders… That’ll be second half of the year
  • Clean Up Eating & Cut Back on # of Glasses of Wine
    • I started a new relationship last year, and when you first start dating, it’s all fun and games until you can’t fit in your pants. Then the holidays came around, and I just wasn’t ready to fully commit against drinking a good glass or two of wine, especially after a truly hectic day! Now, I’ve finally tried Whole30, and have only a couple days left in my first round! Check!
  • Purge Makeup Stash & Reorganizing
    • I’ve bought bins from Container Store to organize makeup in my Ikea Alex drawers. That’s about as far as I’ve gotten.
  • Create Gallery Wall for Bathroom & Bedroom
    • I have acquired a couple of frames, etc… That’s about it
  • Be More Aware of My Finances
    • Spreadsheets!!! I never thought Excel would become my favorite Microsoft Office application, especially since I use it everyday for work. I haven’t solved all my financial questions, but I’m in the baby steps to a great habit none-the-less. I consider this a win.

If you have work left to do towards any resolutions or goals you had for the year, I’m right there with you. It’s not time to give up yet! Don’t let anyone stop you or get in your way, you’ve come so far already. We’ve got this.

xoxo

LaGlamGreek

Makeup artist, blogger, R+F Consultant, Account Manager at one of the largest Insurance Brokerages in the world… but one of my favorite (quasi) professional titles is UST Alumna! I didn’t always feel this way though, because my dream school was University of Texas in Austin. As a young girl growing up in Cypress, TX – a suburb of Houston – I wanted to explore a brand new city for 4 years! But God had other plans for me. And I’m so happy I had the opportunity to live, explore & study in one of the best cities in this country.

I could make this post about how Texas (and specifically Houston) is the best place to live, work, and study, but I pretty much summed that up in this post here. Instead, it’s about how many opportunities came from taking a chance on a small university right in my own backyard.

UST is an opportunity to “Be Your Bold Self” – a slogan that encompasses the core of what the University of St. Thomas has to offer. College is an experience where you find out more about yourself and uncovering who you’ve been all along! UST incorporates academics with other fundamental parts of learning like the arts, culture, diversity and even faith to develop on the skills you already have and the person you already are!

UST is an opportunity to explore one of the most diverse cities in the world – Located in the heart of Montrose, you are situated within minutes of anything you could think of. Downtown, Discovery Green, museums, parks, the largest and most renowned Medical Center in the world, shopping centers, restaurants (name a food, any food… you’re within 15 minutes of anything you want!), and bars!

UST is an opportunity to learn how to keep yourself accountable by working closely together with a small team – because when you enter the workforce, you’re not in a large auditorium with hundreds of your colleagues. You work closely with your peers and your boss to learn and collaborate. My largest class, except for one rare, auditorium style class I had Freshman year, was about 25 people. And that was a sophomore English class. Other than that, my classes averaged no more than about 10 students. It was like we were having meetings each class, which is going to prep you for the workforce better than a large auditorium style class where you hope your professor doesn’t realize you missed half the semester.

UST is an opportunity to learn how to live in a REAL working city – how many universities overtake the towns that they’re located in? College towns are friendly to college students… but that ain’t life honey! And I’m sorry to deliver this message, but you will not be a young, dumb college student forever. Majority of the students that attend UST commute (please don’t get me started on the availability and selection of student housing at UST, not all schools are perfect…), learning to sit in morning and evening rush hours is necessary and incredibly beneficial to know before the rude awakening of joining the workforce post graduation. Studying in Houston means you take your classes and focus on your subjects for that semester, but all the while, you get to observe and absorb what the next chapter will be like.

There’s so much more to life than the college that you attended. In a fast changing world, an education is VERY important, but your diploma doesn’t define your very being. I had some doubts in my first couple of semesters, if I made the right choice by going to and staying at the University of St. Thomas instead of transferring to my “dream school”. Sometimes (when I sit in traffic) I daydream about how different my life would’ve been, and then I think about how I would have never lived my life now any differently! I’m a University of St. Thomas alumni, but I’m also a hoUSTon alumni.

If you’re a hoUSTon alumni too, there are so many ways to give back to the school that has taught us so much. This year’s UST Rocks my Socks campaign brought us so much closer to the alumni participation goal and is a great way to give to the next wave of those wanting to become Celt Alumni! To find out more information on this campaign and other Alumni events to score some really cool Celt swag, visit the UST Alumni page (here!) or follow them on Instagram!

To learn more about the University of St. Thomas, click here!

xoxo
La Glam Greek

A day late (okay, a couple days…) and a buck short, but a mother’s love is ceaseless, unwavering and forever. So, I do want to personally apologize and shout out to my wonderful mama; she knows, better than anyone on this planet that procrastination is my favorite sport, and that the timeline that I run on is arbitrary (in my defense, time is an abstract concept, so really who’s to say what is right and who’s clock is wrong, ALSO – life is short, so I will spend my time on this planet the way I want to).

In any case, honoring our mothers should be done ALL the time (see this Valentine’s Day posts for my feelings on that holiday as well…), not just on one day, so in honor of Mother’s Day this past weekend, whether you celebrate the Latino version on Friday or the American one on Sunday, it’s a long, love-filled weekend to remember, think of and honor your mother in any way you can.

Celebrating my final year of my twenties has been both a terrifying and liberating excursion – I’m finding my own way, finding my own footing in this crazy world, and especially my own footing as an adult in this crazy world. None of who I am today would’ve been possible without the love and guidance from my mother, so this year’s Mother’s Day got me to thinking about my favorite lessons I’ve learned from my mother and bonus lessons from mother figures in my life who are no longer here in person, but with me always in spirit.

  1. Mom is always right
    • I know I’ve said this before, because it’s true. You are the cornerstone of their being, your best intentions are always at their heart
  2. In your toughest and most trying times, give it ALL to God
  3. Learn to love yourself, God put you here as a blessing. Love yourself and show the rest of the world how to love you.
  4. BE the light and love the world needs.
  5. Live and Love selflessly
  6. It’s okay to beat to the sound of your own drum
    • “So you’re just going to jump off a bridge if everyone else does it?” makes so much more sense now that I’m older
  7. Men aint $hit!! (JK!) But for real, my momma taught me what being a “lady boss” meant before it was even a thing:
    • A man will not save you. A man will not teach you to love yourself. You need something done? DO it yourself. Don’t know how to do it yourself? Learn it. You are NOT a Damsel in distress.
  8. Looks fade, but a beautiful mind is forever
    • My mom stressed the importance of education over everything else, this turned out to be useful in my ugly duckling phase of life. Now I’m a smart freaking swan, with a degree
  9. Laughter. Laughter is absolutely the best medicine.
  10. Everything is going to be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.

Bonus Lessons :

  • Never leave the house or take a picture without applying your “lippie-stick”
    • Mi guelita linda
  • Always dress like a lady
    • Yiayia mou glykia
  • A positive attitude will take you farther than you ever thought you could make it
    • Nona mou, memory eternal

I’m too emotional for this!! I am so thankful for the lessons I’ve learned from the amazing women and mother figures in my life, especially the lessons I’ve learned from my own mother. This list is only a fraction of the many I’ve acquired over the years, but I can tell you all that I’ve learned stays with me always.

Mom – thank you for your love, your guidance, your patience, your support, your tenderness, your kindness, your fortitude, your courage, your determination and everything else you’ve given to me so whole-heartedly. I would be so lost without you, but know that you’ve given me the best foundation for which to live my life. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever, you are so precious to me.

What are some of your favorite lessons you’ve learned from your mother or the mother figures in your life? Do you celebrate Mexican Mother’s Day or American? Do you not celebrate Mother’s Day because you like to honor your mother every day in other ways? Hoping ALL the mothers – past, present, future, mother figures, grandmothers, tias, aunts, godmothers, hopeful mothers, yearning mothers, non-mothers, fur-moms, and every mother in between – had a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day 2019.

xoxo,

The Glam Greek

There’s a lot of mess in this world. We pray for love and peace, but really, it starts from within.

Same goes for when someone feels like they cant find someone for them, or they attract the same dead-end type of relationships.

As Rupaul said it, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna somebody else?”

I’ve often thought about my own love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I hate that people who don’t have a Valentine date feel more “aware‘ of their single status. But I love the colors, and I just love the L O V E !

And then I thought, for so long, Valentine’s Day is about telling your crush you like them, or hoping to have that cute guy you keep bumping into at the deli to notice you and finally ask you out! If Valentine’s Day is all about love, why can’t you be your own date? Why can’t it be about loving yourself first?

It’s not about being selfish, because self care and self love, makes you a better person. It makes you a better friend, sister, daughter, companion, mother, aunt, cousin. When you can love yourself, you create the vibe in which you surround yourself.

There are SO many ways that you can treat yourself like the partner you deserve :

  • Take yourself shopping
  • Treat yourself to a glass of bubbly at a swanky downtown bar
  • Draw yourself a bath, add bubbles or milk, honey and rose petals
  • Light some aromatic candles and take a hot, steamy shower
  • Find some really smell-good lotions and serums to apply after your bath
  • Clean Linens
  • WORK OUT! Yoga or a quick meditation. I know it may sound weird, but try it
  • Journal – write down 10 things you like about yourself. Can be as simple and random as, “I like my earlobes” but write 10 things you like about yourself.
  • Put on some makeup, do your hair, and take some selfies. Take at least 20 and find a few that make you feel like a boss babe

So many ways to show yourself love, I don’t even know if I touched the tip of the iceberg.

I cleaned ALL my linens. From my mattress pads, to my sheets, to my quilt, to my throw blankets and sham covers. I got a pretty good work out in. I fed my body well today. I shaved, because I don’t have laser yet :(, exfoliated all over in a hot shower today, used my deep conditioner in my hair, used extra serums and I used my extra moisturizing lotion. I made sure to light some candles and I jotted down a couple things I love about myself. One of which read, “I love that you get so obsessed with memes that you can watch them over and over and still laugh after watching it 18 times.”

Love yourself down to the simplest thing!

This Valentine’s Day, I hope you find some ways to show love to the temple that you live your life in every day.

January felt like one big “Transition Tuesday” across all my social media feeds.

…Which I guess makes sense considering January is kind of like a transition month…

I chuckled at the photos, gasped at the changes, but most of all I liked to see everyone’s GLOW UPs! Or perhaps the person in the picture from now just looked more confident and happier than they were in the picture from 10 years prior. A lot of times, that’s what comes with age. It’s a great side-effect!

The 10 year challenge for me, and for most of the people on my social media feed, piggy backs a few short months after 10 year reunions for the class of 2008.

I didn’t go to my high school reunion. For various reasons, top of which was a scheduling conflict. And besides, it’s 2018! Everyone was on Facebook by the time we graduated, so needless to say, I’ve pretty much “kept up” with everyone from the day we graduated.

Funniest thing about not even going to my high school reunion was that I ran into more people from Cy-Falls Class of 2008 during 2018 than I have in YEARS! I remember one time in particular when I went couch shopping. I went in the morning to browse one place, fell in love with one that was comfy and well within my budget. I checked out a few more places, didn’t see anything I liked, so I went home to change & glam up for Father’s Day Dinner, and then to swing back by the store to order my living room furniture.

I remember events based on my makeup & what I wear

While waiting, I hear someone call my name. It was a friend of mine from high school, who I probably hadn’t seen since the summer after we graduated. We chatted for a bit, catching up on life. That evening after dinner, I went out with some friends and ran into a couple of other people while out at some bars that I literally hadn’t seen since probably AP English.. From that point, I had a NUMBER of blasts from the past.

The funniest part of it all, I was told numerous times from those interactions that I haven’t changed a bit.

HAHA!

I think back on 18/19 year old me and where I was at in my life – just finishing high school, dating a horrible boy who guised himself as someone worth of my love, so much to learn, my whole life ahead of me, adventures waiting…

She was such a precious young lady. Thinking about her makes me want to tell her a few things :

  • All your “friends” went out of town for college. So what? Make new friends. If they were really your friends, they would’ve done everything they could to stay in touch with you, encouraged you to go and visit them, or they would come back to Houston to visit you more often.
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • Do NOT feel bad about not getting into your “dream school”. Everything is in God’s will, if you didn’t get in, He probably has a different route for you. So enjoy the school you did get into & enjoy really getting to live in and explore your home town
  • So what your school doesn’t have a “football” team or a strong organized sports team. Would you really care anyway? I know you might feel like you’re missing out on “real school spirit” or a more conventional way of making friends, but that means you can get creative or make friends from genuine common interests versus feigning interest in sports.
  • Commuting isn’t fun, but commuting from the ‘burbs to school each day will give you a head start on “Real Life” more than living on campus will
  • Don’t worry about not having partied “enough” in high school. There will be plenty of time for that. The cool kids who did all that in high school really will look worn down & out before their time. It gets old fast (and it makes you look old fast too! It kind of is like the movies – the cute guy from the “cool crowd” that you had a crush on all throughout high school will have a beer guy by Sophomore year from all the years of beers, trust me!) College parties are more fun anyway 
  • Dump Him! Don’t be afraid of hurting him, sure he’s a nice guy, but y’all are young. Both parties will move on. And sure as h*ll don’t be afraid, whatever happens, happens and you will get through it. You’ve got a lot of time and there are plenty of fish. Never forget this.
  • Study harder, get to know your professors better, join different “societies” & groups & stop thinking about that MRS degree or what’s going to happen after college. Boys & jobs WILL come…
  • NETWORKING IS EVERYTHING. Luckily, the first job you have out of college is rarely the one you’ll be at for the long haul, and having strong networking groups available for when you need to change careers will be critical
  • Save more!!! 
  • Dare I say it, Mom & Dad are right. About almost everything, and mostly Mom.
  • Keep working those makeup skills, baby doll. It’s a great hobby and you’ll get better at it. But with anything, keep at it!
  • Know what you deserve, and never settle for less than that. It will take some time to learn what that is, but you will figure it out. I promise.
  • ENJOY EVERY MINUTE! Right now it feels like you have a lifetime ahead of you, and you do! But then 10 years go by and you realize as life has gotten a little shorter, you will lose a few people between now and now… little, frivolous things that used to grind your gears no longer will, you’ll start to realize the fake friends, and your need and want to constantly try and impress people will diminish. You’ll grow more into who you truly are. The hard times will come, but you’ll make it through and it will reveal a part of your character you didn’t know you had. Or maybe you did, but you needed that experience to jolt it out of you. Never forget to keep on loving NUMBER ONE – YOU! – show the world how you should be loved and treated by demonstrating that same love and comfort to yourself and those around you. You will go so far.

Wow! I didn’t realize I had so much to say to 2008/2009 Maria. Writing to an 18/19 year old me feels a little like writing to a naïve little best friend J I’m not gonna lie, I got a little emotional on that last part. But it’s the best advice I could give myself – love yourself and you’ll find yourself. 

I’m so glad I didn’t know the things that I know now, I don’t know if I would’ve come out the way I did had I known it all. It’s been such a great journey. Cheers to the next 10 years. And Thank God for anti-aging skin care products!

xoxo

the Glam Greek