Sunday, September 2, 2018

First Two Weeks

I just finished my first two weeks of school and they just flew by! I still can't believe how fast this semester is going. It has been such a great experience, and I wanted to share some thoughts on going back to school after graduating from college 14 years ago.

I placed into College Algebra with a very high score in both Elementary Algebra and College Math, so I was pretty disappointed with how overwhelmed I started to feel in College Algebra the second week of school. I was studying 30+ hours for this class, but I felt like I was drowning. There were a million formulas I had to memorize like, yesterday. The professor was going through everything much faster that I could keep up with. I knew I needed to do really well in this class, but I realized that I wasn't as prepared as I had thought (or as prepared as the Accuplacer thought). DARN IT. I don't want to barely pass anything so I decided to drop the class and take Intermediate Algebra first so I can do well in College Algebra. Unfortunately, after dropping College Algebra 1.5 weeks into the semester there were no open classes for Intermediate Algebra. So...I ended up adding Introduction to Philosophy since I need to take that eventually anyway.

Why do I mention this? I want to be honest in my journey to becoming a Pharmacist. I don't want to only share the good moments here. I'll be taking Intermediate Algebra next semester, and the silver lining to having to take more time to complete my prerequisites is that I have received the gift of TIME. I am in the perfect place to take all of the classes I didn't take in high school, and that makes me so ridiculously happy!

Some of my favorite things about college?

Learning - I'm learning something new in all of my classes and I love that.

Students - I thought I wouldn't fit in because I'm so much older than most of the students, but no one cares or notices at all. I'm really in awe of how smart these kids are and how big their dreams are. I've met students who already plan to get their Ph.D., and I'm just so impressed with that.

Professors - I don't have a bad one in the bunch. Each of them are so knowledgeable in their field, and I learn something interesting from each one in every class.

Campus - I LOVE the UNM campus. It's so large and sprawling that most of the students end up parking in satellite lots and taking a shuttle in. There are big trees and tons of flowers, cacti, and grassy areas. Landscaping is pretty uncommon here in New Mexico, so it really feels like a world of it's own. When I have a few minutes I like to go to the duck pond or the park where they always have something interesting going on like a Mariachi Band or singers or a violinist performing.

Each day when I step onto campus I always feel like the air is just full of possibility, and I'm one step closer to achieving my dream. College has been such a gift to me, and every single day I am so grateful that I get to do this.

"She was never quite ready. But she was brave. And the universe listens to brave." - Rebecca Ray

Friday, August 10, 2018

Daily (Full Coverage) Makeup Routine

For the ones with less than perfect skin - your girl's got you covered! 

I've struggled with skin issues for most of my life, and I have a lot of experience trying to cover my hyperpigmentation and scars. I think I've gotten pretty good at it over the years, and I wanted to share my makeup routine with you! This is not a 5 minute slap-it-on-and-fly-out-the-door kind of thing, but it is pretty simple and takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Both the Before and After above are straight out of camera with no editing. This is my God-given skin, but I'm not defined by it. I'm more than my skin and so are you! In the Before picture my face is clean and I've used toner. I don't moisturize before putting my makeup on because I have oily skin and it tends to make it more oily.

Okay, here we go!

1 - I start with chapstick - my theory is that my lips will be nice and moisturized by the time I get to lipstick.

2 - I use this primer on my eyelids and a little on the bridge of my nose. This keeps my glasses from smudging my makeup.

3 - I pat this primer all over my face.

4 - I squeeze a little foundation on the back of my hand. My shade is Sepia 40c and although Dermablend considers this a medium coverage foundation I think it's more full coverage.

5 - I use a damp blending sponge to pat the foundation all over my face avoiding my undereye area. Some of my hyperpigmentation always shows through so I go back over any areas I need to with a second coat of foundation dabbed on with this foundation brush. This second coat acts as a concealer so I only go back over the spots that need it - I think this is the key to keeping my makeup from looking too heavy.

6 - I dab a little yellow concealer under my eyes and blend it in with the flat side of the sponge.

7 - I set my foundation and concealer with this setting powder in Cool Beige. I bring the powder down my neck a bit since it's always a bit lighter than my chest and I want it to blend nicely.

8 - I use this as my bronzer on my cheeks, my jawline, bridge of my nose, and my forehead. This adds such a nice sun-kissed glow.

9 - I've been using this powder blush in Tea Rose for my cheeks.

10 - I use this eyeshadow in Toasted on my lids.

11 - I use this eyeshadow in Roach on my crease and then use a blending brush to blend. I have hooded eyes so I like to keep my eyelids light and just add a bit of depth to the crease.

12 - I curl my lashes and then use this mascara in Very Black. I think I've been using this since high school. It's the best!

13 - I bought Anastasia's Brow Express years and years ago, and the powder lasts forever. This little eyebrow kit is nearly identical to the one I have. I use the light brown powder to lightly fill in any bare spots on my brows.

14 - I like a nude lip and my current favorite is this lipstick in Jubilee, but I'll use anything in a pinky-nude shade.

That's it! I pretty much do the same makeup every day so that makes it pretty quick for me. For fancier days I'll use a little eyeliner and a darker shadow in the crease, but this is my mainstay. I hope this works for you!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Back to School

Yep, that's right! I've wanted to go back to school for the past few years, and this year is finally the year!

I applied to UNM (University of New Mexico) early this spring. I graduated from college 14 years ago so I had to take the Accuplacer. I ordered a study guide and studied 6 to 10 hours a day focusing mostly on the Algebra and College Math sections. On test day I was the oldest one in the room (no surprise there, ha!), but as soon as my test scores popped up on the computer I cried. I did it. I had retaught myself Algebra in 10 days. You can do anything if you want it bad enough!

Some of the classes I took for my first degree transferred as equivalent courses to UNM so my semesters are on the lighter side, which I like since I hope to start working part-time next semester and through the end of undergrad.

This semester I have the following 5 classes:

Small Group Communication - I think it's fair to say that this won't be my favorite. I'm not a fan of giving speeches (is anyone?!) but I needed two communications classes. This will be my second class, and I'm only taking it now to get it over with.

Introductory Microeconomics - I took an economics class years ago, but it was for both Macro and Micro which didn't transfer as an equivalent course so I have to retake one or the other. I feel pretty meh about this one.

Composition - I like English but this is another "just to cross off the list" class for me.

College Algebra - This is the class that I had to place into this semester to be able to take Calculus and Chemistry next semester. In studying for the Accuplacer I discovered I really like math so I'm actually excited about this one.

Reasoning and Critical Thinking (Philosophy) - I've heard really good things about this class, and I bought this book brand new because I'm expecting to really enjoy it. I love Philosophy and I had a choice between a reading or essay-based Philosophy class. I chose the latter because it sounded more interesting.

Student orientation is done, books are bought, parking permit has been ordered, and backpack is on it's way. Now I'm just waiting for classes to start!

I'm currently enrolled in UNM's Pre-Pharmacy program so the next 3 years I'll be working on the prerequisites required for Pharmacy School. I'm planning to do a dual degree program so I will graduate with both a Pharm.D. and an M.B.A. I call it my 7 year plan, and at 34 years old I'm so grateful that I get to do this!

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis