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The 7 Golden Rules of Blogging

Like these blogging strategies from blogger Christian Mihai.

Weekly Beauty Tip – Week 1: Picture Perfect Lips

Who doesn’t want picture perfect lips ladies? Here are three simple steps to get the perfect pout.

  1. Draw the line.
    Define the shape of your mouth using a lip liner. If your lips are naturally full, there really is no need to line outside the natural edge of your lip. Choose a shade that complements your favorite lipstick. Now color in your lips with the liner to get color that really clings. For my ladies with two-tone lips, feel free to go lighter with the liner application on the darker lip or skip it all together.
  2. Choose the right color and formula.
    Matte lipsticks give off intense color, but can be drying. Crème lipsticks deliver great color and keep lips moisturized. Whatever formula you choose, make sure to evenly apply the color, covering the liner and blotting any excess. We’ve found paper towels work well here as opposed to facial tissue which, depending on the brand can leave lint.
  3. Set the look.Finish off with a little dusting of translucent powder and a second coat of lipstick or a coat of lip gloss. Or start off by using a transfer-resistant lipstick to help color stay put and perfect for hours.

Now if you’re looking for the picture perfect full pout watch the video below. There are a couple of extra steps but it’s still really simple and easy to do. The hardest part might be picking out a shade. Check back each week for a new beauty tip.

Artwork by ASP – 2

Another drawing from aspiring artist ASP. This is a cat inspired by a kitten she saw approximately three years ago and another Sonic character named Blaze.

Honey the cat

A little information about the artist: ASP is 11 years-old and has been drawing since the age of 4. She has yet to have any formal art training although options are being explored since her departure from ballet classes.

Artwork by ASP – 1

July 20, 2020 UPDATE

ASP has taken to referring to herself as Ash and created her own website for her art.


I’m posting artwork by a young aspiring artist called ASP. She is a huge fan of the trademarked Sega character from the 1990s Sonic the Hedgehog.

All of the drawings that we’ll post in the future are her original renderings of various characters from the Sonic universe.  The first is a picture of the hedgehog that started the franchise…

sonic_by_asp ccIn the future other artwork by ASP will be available for purchase. Stay tuned!

Losing Wait

Absolutely loving the blog post Losing Wait from Mary Kay’s CMO Sheryl Adkins-Green! Obviously she’s not talking about the weight that most people resolve to lose every new year, but the “wait” she mentions is just as if not more important.

I’ve decided to replace my “wait” with “S.T.A.R.T” also, but before I do for one last time…
• “S= Start smaller to achieve bigger. In other words, I break my goal down into manageable and achievable segments, instead of a big chunk that will overwhelm me.”
Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, developed a great tool for doing this called a dreamline. As I tweeted, I finished my most recent dreamline a few weeks ago and have already started the steps towards reaching some of them. It’s a great tool because it forces you to dream big and then you go back and consider the financial costs involved in reaching those dreams. Too often we let the money stop us from dreaming instead of realizing that we find money to do things that we are passionate about and truly want to do.
• “T= Target a specific time each day to work on my goal, even if it’s only 30 minutes. I literally schedule it. I make an appointment with me and I keep it!”
appointment book
•” A= Ask for help and accept help. So often, we’re so busy doing for others that we feel that we can’t or shouldn’t ask for help. Yet we all have at least one friend or family member who is willing and able to support our goal. We just need to ask!”
• “R= Reward my progress. It’s important to celebrate each success along the way, no matter how small. Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to get a new pair of shoes?”
•”T= Treat time as my most precious resource and make every minute count.
I am a professional in my entrepreneurial pursuits and in my day job but so often find that my time is not being respected as a higher paid professional’s time might be. Remember no matter what your job or lifestyle, your time is yours and you have the final say in how it will be used. Don’t allow others to waste your time because it’s the one resource you have no way of recovering. So lose the “wait”.
What are you going to “start” when you lose your “wait”?