Christmas & New Year’s 

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry about my absence on my blog. Between school, dance, theatre and work, things have been pretty busy. I’m going to be posting a lot more over break and especially at the start of the New Year. Speaking of, this post is going to be pretty different from my usual posts so bare with me.

I’ve always loved the holiday season. Ever since I was a little girl, I always loved the lights, the spirit of giving and the love shared by everyone. (In case you were wondering, I celebrate Christmas.)  To me, Christmas isn’t just about the presents and the religiousness, rather, it’s a way to end the year in a solid note. Usually this time of the year is hectic for most with the Christmas shopping, decorating and traveling. For me, it’s a chance to reflect on the year. I can get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle and I always seem to forget what life and this world is really about. The holiday season reminds me that I need to stop every once and a while and just enjoy what I have and experience life. This time of year is more than presents and traveling and craziness, it’s about giving and reflecting and ultimately, preparing for change. 

Now many are not as fortunate as me to be receiving the gifts I will receive and some may not have a family like mine, so this is also a big time of giving for me. At my school, we have this fundraiser called “The Christmas Project” where each home room adopts a family and buys them the items they need/asked for for Christmas. It’s such a beautiful and humbing experience and every year I make sure I contribute. I am especially blessed this year to have been able to go out and actually buy the things my family asked for for Christmas this year. Their needs were so basic and they were essentials to be quite frank. In a way, it made me feel even more bratty than I feel whenever I receive such expensive, unnecessary gifts. 

This time of the year is always wonderful and it’s even better to start off the year surrounded by my loved ones. New Year’s is a way for me to reset and refresh myself. It’s an opportunity for me to set myself on the right path for the rest of the year. Being my junior year, I have to really focus on school and looking for colleges and ultimately, by September, I’m going to be applying to schools. By this time next year, I will (hopefully) be getting college acceptance letters. I can’t wait to be surrounded by my friends and family as we welcome the new year with hope and ambition. 2017 is going to be a big big year for me and I feel that I need to start off on the right foot to get where I need to go for the upcoming months.

This year, I plan to write more on this blog, expand on my makeup and fashion knowledge/experience, possibly start a makeup YouTube channel, try and meditate/do yoga more often and overall better myself and my community. This holiday season, reflect on 2016. See what you did well and continue that through 2017, but also see what you did wrong in 2016 and try to improve upon it in 2017. 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and all the best at the start of the New Year.

Xo always,

Luce E

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