5 Daily Statements to Boost Your Confidence

You are what you think. Yes, you read that right. You are what you think. The mind has so much power over our lives and most of the time we’re either ignorant of it or literally can’t sense it. Whatever you think of yourself, is what you become. If you think highly and love yourself, or at least work on thinking that way because let me tell you, it’s NOT easy, your confidence is going to boost up and you’re going to go very far in life.

In everything you do, your confidence is needed. It doesn’t matter if you’re a toddler learning to walk, a child learning to tie their shoes, learning how to draw, drive, cook, sing, or write. You could be wanting something much bigger, like starting your own blog, your own business, publishing a product or offering a service. It could also be something super simple such as doing your hair or makeup.

With all of these things, you need confidence. 

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October Goals

It’s a new month and that means it’s time for me to share my monthly goals with you all.

Last month was filled with many blessings and good things. I think I am going to start giving recaps of the previous month with these posts now. If this post gets a good response (or if you leave comments saying it was a good idea to recap last months happenings) then I’ll stick to it!

Keep reading to read all about September.

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CGGS Is Back In Session

Hello and welcome back to Chubby Girl Gets Skinny!

I know, it’s been forever since I have posted a CGGS update and I apologize for that. The reason is, though, I honestly haven’t been working out and eating correctly so I haven’t had anything to really give updates on, therefore I didn’t give you guys updates.

If you didn’t know, we have been out of an oven for two months now  (it’s a very long story) and we just got a new oven this past Friday. Now I can cook healthy meals again, not eat so much processed/frozen foods and I can bake food instead of using oil and butter for a skillet. Things are looking up!

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Reflections

I wrote this essay a few months ago for a scholarship I wanted to apply for. I changed my essay completely for the scholarship but didn’t get rid of this one because I really like it. It makes me feel good about myself and reminds me that I am only human. I can only take so much and put only so much. Please enjoy.

Entrepreneurship: Confidence in the World

            The introduction is always the hardest part. I never know how to get my point across before actually stating the point. In 2011, I began my journey of baking. It became a passion for me and eventually my family pushed me into sharing my baked goods. Once I realized that my baked goods were different enough to share publicly, I tried to do just that; share them. My grandparents, my auntie, and my parents are the only ones that were actually requesting my cookies and willing to buy them or pay for them. I offered free samples as birthday gifts to a few friends and they have praised my goods but they haven’t come back to order any more. I worried constantly about what was wrong with my cookies and cakes until I realized that it had nothing to do with my baked goods, it was my confidence that was lacking. Nobody wants to give their money to someone who doesn’t have confidence in themselves. Not even I would want to do that. Sure, I would give advice, I would help promote others, I would give them the confidence and compliments they might need to hear, but would I invest in them? No.  There wasn’t any assurance in myself or my work and that was showing every time I asked “Did you really like it? Do you really think others will like it? Would you buy this?” Starting a business needs confidence, hard work, and determination. In order to pull myself out of poverty and become successful, I am learning this and embedding it into my everyday life.

April 3rd, 2015. That was the day I opened my business, Shai’s Bakery, online. For years I planned my business, expecting and wanting it to flourish within a month due to all the word-of-mouth promotion I was giving on my social media. I didn’t realize until a month later of being opened that I was lacking considerably in my promotion. I had extremely high expectations and didn’t put in the hard work that needed to go with it. My family and close friends praise my work and honor my taste and quality but my grandmother and parents are the only people who’ve actually bought my baked goods. That I am grateful for but it is also a huge disappointment in myself, in my work.

“Believe in yourself. You are the only person who has the ability to radically change your life. Focus on your time and energy on increasing your belief in what is possible for you, building your skills and creating a network of achievement focused relationships.” This quote by Les Brown (2015, Facebook) gave me a huge amount of inspiration. It was actually what inspired me to write this topic for my essay. Believing in yourself is one of the hardest things you can do in life. I know this personally. In high school, I gave up on life and contemplated suicide many times. Thankfully, I never had the guts to actually attempt it, though I did develop a slight addicted to pain killers. My confidence now isn’t perfect or the best it can be but I am much better than I was in high school. I stopped worrying about what people thought of me and my life. I started living for myself and not others. All of my relationships have changed. I don’t even talk to the people who I considered to be my best friends anymore. I now surround myself with friends and those alike who want to succeed in life and not just party all the time or be in a relationship because it’s a trend. That’s not what I’m worried about.

I want to work hard while I’m young and able, then relax when I’m older. When all my children are in high school or going off to college, I want to travel and experience the world in ways I couldn’t even imagine. I want to retire at 60 but still have a wealthy income coming in every month to provide for my family. In order to be healthy enough to retire at 60, I have to work hard in getting my eating habits and lifestyle healthy. Success starts from within, being healthy physically will help me endure the long work hours when baking a wedding cake for a customer, or standing all day when I have an order for 50 dozen cookies. Losing weight has been my biggest challenge but it incorporates itself into the determination of a successful business. When you work hard to keep your lifestyle healthy, you’re more equipped to work hard in other areas of your life, accomplishing what you want.

All in all success isn’t just for businesses. It’s taken me a long time to figure that out but once I realized it, I knew I could do anything I put my mind to. When people tell you “anything is possible,” it’s so true. I struggled with my confidence in myself, working to please others and living to their expectations of me. Now I am confident in my work, and am working to please myself and live to my expectations. I set my own pace and records and whether I meet them or not, I know that as long as I never give up, that as long as I keep trying, my determination will always pay off for the better.

 

 

 

BeUty

Okay, so this is my first blog post about beauty and makeup so bare with me here. I’m nervous about doing this right. I found an app that one of my favorite beauty gurus from YouTube suggested a few weeks ago and I’ve been in love with it since. I am still researching and looking around for the right makeup tones for my color and skin so using this app to get a feel of seeing myself with makeup is really helpful as I’ll know what to expect when I start doing it myself.

The app is called YouCam Makeup  and its very easy to use once you get the hang of it. It allows you to try on very professional looking makeup without making you look like you used an app for the makeup (unless you use the costume makeup then it wont look as natural but there’s a natural makeup section which is what I use). You can buy or download more looks but i’m very happy with what is provided as default. Again, i’m still a beginner in the makeup world but i’m learning!

Here are some pictures I’ve used with the app.

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As you can see in the bottom picture, I was also able to change my eye color and it still looks natural to me. You can’t tell I used the app for it. In both pictures, I was able to add some foundation, smooth out my skin just a little, add eyelashes and mascara and shape up my eyebrows. The lip color is my own except in the bottom picture where I added some deepness to the purple that I did already have on.

The app is free and there arent many ads. I dont think i’ll be paying for it anytime soon as I am very pleased with what comes with the app. They have it for android and apple devices. I use it on my ipod.

If you use this app please share your thoughts and experiences with me! Also if you have any suggestions on other similar apps, please let me know.

God Bless,

Shai.