Love, Peace, & Afro Grease,
I was at work reviewing a report with my supervisor when a coworker stopped by to say good morning. She had some news to share with us.
“I just wanted to tell you all that I got married over the weekend,” she said.
“Wait, what?” I replied, though not exactly the right response.
Immediately I looked at her ring finger and lo and behold there was a silver wedding band. My supervisor and I looked at each other in shock because she had never announced an engagement to our office.
“He was someone from my past,” she explained, “We reunited a few months ago, and then we decided to get married.”
In between our countless WOW’s, we congratulated her and she went on her way. Still shocked, my supervisor said to me, “Geez, can I think of someone from my past?”
We both seemed to stare off into the paneled ceiling and ponder about the exes we’ve left behind, or at least tried to. Could it be that our soul mates are somewhere in our memories?
I believe that sometimes in love, second chances can be deserved. After all, unconditional love is like perfection on earth and we are quite flawed beings. Expecting us to handle relationships flawlessly would almost be equivalent to expecting a three-year-old to guard the Mona Lisa. We are bound to make a mistake or two; it’s inevitable.
I’m sure that for many of you, a certain someone is crossing your mind. They may have been a high school sweetheart, a summer fling, or perhaps a friend-turned-lover. Despite its ending, the bitterness of the breakup did not ruin the sweetness of your time together. This causes us to think of rom-com like scenarios where you both reunite on a crowded street or maybe on the train. Throw in a few plot twists, some laughs, and then the two of you live happily ever after.
I remember trying my first matte lipstick like it was yesterday. Beauty bloggers and makeup lovers were all raving about MAC’s Ruby Woo, so I decided to try it for myself. The makeup artist at the mall handed me the blue-red lipstick, and I applied it excitedly.
The thrill quickly ended when I realized it was more like chalk than lipstick. “Is this stale or something?” I thought. I wiped it off in horror and swore off matte lipstick…
Until I learned the tricks and trades of course. If applied properly, matte shades can give you a great bold look. All you need is a little practice and these tips to avoid a dry and flaky disaster:
I was at the mall the other day debating a trip to the food court, when a huge advertisement caught my eye. The Aeropostale ad read “ARE YOU WHO YOU WERE A YEAR AGO?” Though meant to be a campaign for the store’s rebranding, it served a greater purpose as I reflected on the person I was only 365 days ago.
For starters, I was in the midst of what I thought was the worst summer ever. At the age of 22, I felt I was supposed to be on track to becoming the editor-in-chief of my own magazine. You see, I had it all planned out: I would have an amazing internship at my favorite magazine, they would of course love me, and from there I’d work my way to the top while squeezing in a 2-year stint in graduate school. It made sense and I didn’t see how it wouldn’t happen.
Until well, it didn’t. I didn’t get that dream internship. I didn’t get any internship to be honest. Instead I lived at home and worked 10-hour sweaty days at my local water park. For someone used having her plans work out, it was rather sobering. I began to feel bad for myself as I saw countless peers starting to live out their dreams on social media. They were interning, traveling, and hustling- all while making time for happy hour specials.
I was beginning to chug the haterade, until I realized I didn’t even know myself anymore. My limited thinking caused me to question if I was really destined for the fabulous life that I planned. I had once believed I was perseverant and ambitious, but in the mirror I saw someone who was bitter and filled with self-pity. Where was the Tara who never fretted, but instead exclaimed in her best George Lopez impression, “I got this“?
Whether you are adding stamps to your passport or hustling at your internship, I hope everyone is making time to enjoy the sunshine. It’s hard to believe that we’re already a couple weeks from August. I’m watching K-Mart’s back-to-school commercials and wishing summer would take its sweet time.