7 Day B&W Photo Challenge: Day 2🖤

I was tagged to join in on this 7 day black and white photo challenge, anyone can participate. The rules are simple and blog challenges are always interesting and fun so I’m glad to participate.🖤

The Rules are:

 • Seven days.

 • Seven black and white photos of your life.
 • No people.
 • No explanation.
 • Challenge someone new each day.
Today I challenge Maggie who blogs at Dreaming Of Guatemala. Be sure to check out her wonderful blog, you won’t regret it!💕


    Stop What You’re Doing & Watch These Videos – Be Inspired Today✨


    The past few weeks I have been digging deeper into life and spirituality, I feel as if I’m on a new journey of finding my true self. A journey to a more purposeful life. I’ve been searching for myself and better days, I’ve been searching for answers. Why is the world the way that it…

    via 12 Must Watch Inspirational YouTube Videos —

    Sometimes We Lose: New Post Live✨

    Sometimes in life, we lose. But every loss can turn into a gain if we allow it. Think about it, when you misplace important things you might get frustrated, you might even panic. When you sit down a minute and think about things, you remember where that item is or you learn to be more…

    via Sometimes We Lose… —

    Interviewing A Lovely Blogger✨

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    Happy almost Friday:)

    Today I am back with another interesting interview with a lovely blogger. Laura from Lauzie’s Lifestyle. I will say that behind the scenes of this interview was full of struggles for Laura and I. Pictures weren’t attaching, I was already late sending in the questions but my notifications for her responses were also delayed. Still we managed to get it done and I just love how detailed Laura’s answers are. These kind of interviews are the best in my opinion, where you can clearly tell that the person interviewed is fully engaged. This also shows a great side of personality. I’ve grown to love doing these interviews over the past few weeks so this definitely will not be the last I do. Just the last for this series:)

    Let’s get to it! Laura’s answers are in Italics.

    1. If you could have your own modeling agency right now, what would you name it? Lauzies Lifestyle of course!
    2. If you had to, would you rather wear yellow or green lipstick for a month straight? Definitely yellow. I always loved when Jennifer Lopez wore that yellow lipstick in her video for ‘Live it up’. I think it would suit my skin tone more and green reminds me of a witch or something – no offense to the colour!
    3. Would you do a photo shoot with 50 snakes surrounding you (non poisonous) for $50,000? If they were non-poisonous, I would happily pose with them.
    4. Can you name 5 public figures that inspire you? 
      1. Jennifer Lopez. I mention her a fair amount on my blog. She was really my childhood inspiration. 
      2. I do not know if this will count, but I could mention many Old Hollywood stars – specifically Lauren Bacall.
      3.  Mary-Kate and Ashley. I love that they stay true to themselves and do not seek out fame. They are very original.
      4. Lisa Eldridge. I have always admired her makeup work and how she launched her career. I believe she started by working in retail at Harrods.
      5.SJP  (Sarah Jessica Parker). She grew up in a very poor household and went on to become a global style icon. Again, I admire her originality. I will also mention the late Aaliyah. She had such a unique look and didn’t give in to pressure to dress a certain way. I think for girls that do not fit the ideal current shape, they can really look to her as someone who was sexy regardless of her ‘curves.
    5. Do you have any modeling advice you can give? Anything you’ve learned or any tips. I am very new to the world of modelling. I suppose one thing that I realized was that signing to an agency – however credible, does not guarantee work. I know of a model who signed to the one of the biggest agencies in the world and she ended up leaving because all they ever did, was send her to free castings for test shoots. You have to treat it like a business because people will always try to take advantage. You have to have really thick skin and be prepared for people not to like your look. For general modelling tips, practice in front of a mirror and try to recreate modelling poses you see in the magazines, to figure out  what comes natural to you. This is some great advice! Can’t you all agree?
    6. What is the healthiest meal you’ve eaten this week? This week has not been my healthiest. I did have a stir-fry though. It was flavoured tofu, noodles with lots of herbs and sesame oil, roasted broccoli and butter beans. 
    7. Is there a photo shoot you’ve done that you was more nervous about than any other?  I was really nervous about shooting video. A cinematographer asked me to be involved with his latest project and it was completely different to photographic modelling. I had to continually move, try and look relaxed whilst also conveying a character. I will be posting a snippet of it today as an Instagram throwback.
    8. If your blogs name couldn’t be Lauzieslifestyle, what might it be instead?
      I have thought about this before and I have never been able to conjure up an alternative. Lauz and Lauzie (law-zee) is a nickname of mine and I have always loved how the term sounds next to lifestyle – which is really the main focus of my blog. Lauzie is a pretty cute nick name:)
    9. Is there anything you want to do in the future that others might think is crazy?
      I am a huge dreamer and I live with the mindset that the sky is my limit. This alone, makes people think that I am crazy. I have big dreams to be a successful writer and business woman. I plan to learn as much as possible about things that inspire me. I don’t believing in labeling myself into one box and this shows with my career changes.
      I can relate to this answer so much!
    10. What are the last 5 words to an inspiring poem of your choice?
      I am actually going to use one of my own poems. The last 5 words are “and now my life begins”. The poem is personal and details a bad relationship where I suddenly realised that this person is no longer worth it and that it is time to move on.
      “No more wasting good times on bad people, pray for me as I fly high like an eagle, I wish you well, and now my life begins”. Wow, perfect choice! I love this.
    11. What would you say are the top 5 items needed for a simple every day makeup routine? Assuming that skincare does not count – I would say a base product (foundation, concealer etc), eyebrow product, bronzer, mascara and lipstick. These are the products that I generally use and one’s that I would always apply on a client.
    12. Finish this random sentence: Because of ___ I will never wear ___ again:
      Because of old photographs, I will never wear a denim skirt again. Unless they somehow make a fashion comeback, I will stick to denim shorts. Aha, I’ve seen some cute ones but not many. I guess some people just know how to rock it very well. I’ve never worn a denim skirt.
    13. Can you attach a picture that describes your exact mood right now?
      The mood is happiness and contentment. This picture is really pretty Laura! The words health and peace came to me.
    14. If you could choose 1 person to work out with, 1 person to do a modeling shoot with, and 1 famous writer to spend a full day with, who would they be and why?
      To workout with, I would choose Shaun T who is a popular trainer and is known for his fitness programs such as Insanity. As hard as they are, working out with him would ensure the best workout possible. To do a modelling shoot with, I would choose someone like Giselle. She would make me feel insecure, but I feel that I could learn a lot. For writing, I would say an interviewer like Diane Sawyer. Someone who met a variety of people. OMG I remember Shaun T commercials Lol! That man be working out FOR REAL! 
    15. Attach a photo of the 5th photo in your camera roll, a photo of a healthy meal you’ve eaten, and a photo of something you’ve written, could be part of a poem or whatever you wish to write, or anything you’ve done before.
      AWWWW so cute!!

      The meal is a stew of lentils, quinoa and Bulgar wheat, carrots, chopped tomato, spinach, harissa, lots of herbs and seasoning – paprika, cumin, mixed herbs, coriander and a handful of cheese.

      You’re a great writer. Your writings always take me to a deep place, mainly an inspiring place, making me think about things in my own life. I especially love your poems. I’ll be enjoying reading and being inspired by more of your work!

    I hope you all enjoyed this interview and maybe even learned something from it. If you’re not already following Laura’s blog, go over and check her out! The link is posted right in the beginning:) Also, check out her Instagram while you’re at it.💙


    Poetry makes you feel & think…✨

    There are times when poetry can tell the perfect story. There are times when a poem sums up your entire life, or even just the situation you are in. I love reading and writing those most. You can feel all of the emotion but there’s something about those words that can temporarily take the pain away, or have you thinking differently in a positive way. You feel inspired. At least I do.

    There are a few poems Cherylene has written that has done just that- described my feelings and current situation and then brought light to my dark thoughts. I’ll be sharing them with you today and also why I felt a connection.

    A snippet of Cherylene’s poem Breakthrough:

    “…This type of existence is diminishing your significance

    That self-defeating attitude is drying up your gratitude…”

    My connection: Yes! The issues I am currently dealing with and how I am handling them are causing me to live a depressed existence. Keeping me from following in my life purpose which I believe is to tell my story and inspire others through my writing and other ways of creativity. To help others. I can’t begin to help others until I can help myself. This self-defeating attitude I have lately is only doing me harm.

    Cherylene’s Poem I Refuse:

    I refuse to be still

    As you seek power over my will

    I refuse to be quiet when there’s so much to say

    Can’t stay silent another day

    I refuse to be the victim

    So that kind of thinking

    I’m definitely changing

    I refuse to do nothing

    When I know I can do something

    I refuse to accept mediocrity

    As this limits who I can truly be

    I refuse to let you steal my joy

    Playing with it like some sort of toy

    I refuse to give your negative words meaning

    It’s my happiness you’re intent on stealing

    I refuse to believe the lies you’ve told

    In an effort to corrupt my soul

    I refuse to be anyone but me

    Because even in my imperfection

    My life still has direction

    So long as I have purpose

    I will continue to focus

    So you do you

    And I’ll do me

    In the end

    I will still be free.

    My connection: Usually, when i’m feeling down or hurt about something I keep quiet about it. In general I let all of my thoughts and emotions build up inside of me until I can take no more and explode. Many people have walked all over me and taken advantage of me because of this. I’ve been picked on and bullied because of this. Many people underestimate me because of this. I can continue to be silent and do nothing but i’m choosing to speak and take action. This is for my personal life and blog life. I refuse to continue my blog like this while i’m not happy with it, I refuse to be afraid of changing and losing views/follows by making a fresh start. The fresh start is needed and needs are better for us than our wants. I’m not at my best right now but my life still has direction and purpose. I will stay focused. I will be free, and happy.

    A snippet of Cherylene’s Daily Post Prompt (using the word catapult) Life Challenges:

    “…Just when we feel like giving up

    Just when we wished the world would stop

    Just when we’ve said, “enough is enough”

    In come our blessings to catapult us up

    Up, above and out of the strife

    Up and into a better life

    All we had to do was endure

    All we had to do was explore

    Digging deep into our core

    Soon to discover we are so much more.”

    My connection: I came very close to giving up many times, I’ve had to endure many things in life but usually after a very bad time a blessing follows. I believe that things will be better soon, I believe blessings are coming as long as I keep that faith and keep going, as long as I keep exploring life and digging deep into my soul.

    Never give up on life or the things you truly love that serve you purpose. I add “that serve you purpose” because not everything or everyone we love should be held onto. Not everyone or everything we love is good for us but life in general is something to never give up, no matter what!

    Please leave any comments you have and make sure to visit Cherylene’s blog and check out her poetry while you’re there.✨


    Maggie’s Blog Rhyme✨

    We’re at the last day for Maggie’s features and I thought instead of doing a story (since there will be a change with that coming to my new blog) I would put her about me and blog description in rhyme. I love putting things in rhyme lol.

    Next week I will be featuring Pamela from StarringPamela 🙂
    I also will have a weekend pickup post coming Monday. I actually just got back home from doing a little more shopping 🙂

    Now let’s get into Maggie’s Blog Rhyme

    Maggie has been blogging since She was only ten. Seventeen now, she’s learned a lot since then. She’s learned to love and have faith in the lord in all he has in store.
    He called her to serve him in Guatemala, Dreaming of Guatemala was born.
    Not knowing when, not knowing how but knowing without a doubt,
    leaving it all in his hands would get her there.
    She loves blogging so much, inspiring others, writing her accomplishments and interviewing other bloggers.

    She also loves baking and trying new treats, being creative and learning new things.
    She reads historical fiction novels, listens to Leeland’s and Jordan Feliz’s music,
    loves watching fun challenges on YouTube, experimenting with photography, watching comedy and learning Spanish.
    But most importantly she loves spending time with her family.💖

    Thank you Maggie for being such a bright light in this world, and always supporting other bloggers in this community. I think I can speak for all when I say we really appreciate it. Continue to let your light shine, never let it dim!
    I admire the fact that you’ve been blogging so long! I wish I had known when I was ten years old that a diary wasn’t the only place to express myself. Even at 16, 17. I was still writing in those diaries. Your passions are beautiful and so are you.
    I enjoyed featuring you all week 🙂 thank you one last time for participating.

    Party In The Garden: My Summer Party Playlist Lyrics🌻🎶

    The time has come for my summer hit lyrics! Are you all ready?!

    I’ve added in a recording of the first verse just so you can hear exactly how I imagined it to be. I am not a singer by any means (I wish I was aha) so it doesn’t sound spectacular by any means, but I thought you all would love and want to know how it would sound instead of just reading the lyrics. That would be no fun right?

    Click here to listen to the first verse. Click here for the full instrumental/beat.

    Party in the Garden by Lee @GoldenPinkJournal
    Spring has just ended
    summer has begun
    Flowers have been blooming
    time to have some fun
    Grab some shorts or a dress
    It don’t matter just dress your best
    Summer parties or a swim
    We can even take a trip
    Vacation in a paradise
    You’ve just got to have an open mind
    Open your eyes

    Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeahh

    I just wanna go go go
    To a place I’ve never been before
    I just wanna know know know
    What this summer has in store
    It can be the best yet
    Beauty in the sunset
    Does anyone wanna join in?
    Everyone’s invited to my summer party
    Not your ordinary
    You can find me in the garden
    Dancing with the daisies
    Dancing with sunflowers
    All through the hours
    I’m singing my own tune
    But can I sing with you?

    The birds have been singing
    The sun has been shining all on us
    When the night comes
    light the fireworks
    We’re having so much fun
    If you’re still not here yet
    Grab some shorts or a dress
    It don’t matter just dress your best
    Summer parties or a swim
    We can even take a trip

    Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeahh

    Summers close to ending
    we don’t have to end it
    Before falls beginning we can just pretend that
    there’s a few more hot moments
    and memories to make
    Memories to bring
    to the next season
    Another party in the garden
    No more flowers
    We’re dancing with the leaves
    But we done have to leave

    Oh yeah yeah yeah

    I just wanna stay stay stay
    In this place in this space
    I don’t wanna go go go
    What this summer has in store
    It has been the best yet
    Beauty in the sunset
    Anyone else wanna join in?
    Everyone’s invited to my summer party
    Not your ordinary
    Find me in the garden
    Dancing with the daisies
    Dancing with sunflowers
    all through the hours
    Singing my own tune
    Will you sing it too?

    Ahhh that’s it, what do you think? Let me know in the comments! I think I want to make another one lol. Also, I mentioned that I will be extending the Summer Party Playlist Project. I have decided not to extend it because I don’t believe I will have any more entries and I’m moving on to some changes. This is now the end of the project. I only had 4 submissions and I don’t know of any albums or playlists that are that short lol. My plans for this didn’t work out well but that’s okay, I understand everyone can’t participate in everything, no worries. Thank you to those of you who did participate:) 

    Check out their entries below, I loveee them all!

    Elsie’s Entry – Summer Bucket List

    Hannah Maggies Entry – The Beautiful Everyday (video poem)

    Wonderwall’s Entry – Summer Love That Lasted

    TipsAndTricksForLifeBlog’s Entry – Summer Flame (lyrics) read them below!

    ~summer flame~
    This place is not the same anymore
    I walk around feeling lost without you
    My eyes are still staring at the door
    Waiting for your smile to come through
    Waiting for your hand on my shoulder
    Waiting for your walk around me
    Waiting for you, while it gets colder
    But the sun is gone and now I see
    You were just a summerflame
    But I kept the fire for us going
    You only wanted the sumer fame
    Now it’s with her you keep on rolling
    I miss your smell in my nose
    I miss the looks you gave me
    And I think no one knows
    I wanted you to be with me
    I miss the movements you made
    Our last words supposed to be goodbye
    But I’m still dreaming about a moment
    That you come in just to say hi
    But I guess You were just a summerflame
    But I kept the fire for us going
    You only wanted the sumer fame
    Now it”s with her you keep on rolling
    But you had your moment of doubt
    And I could read it from your face
    Maybe you were just too proud
    And that’s why you let us go to waste
    Can’t think about that car,
    without you on my mind,
    I have to touch it
    everytime I’m around
    But I guess You were just a summerflame
    But I kept the fire for us going
    You only wanted the sumer fame
    Now it’s with her you keep on rolling
    When will you understand
    What you did when we touch hands
    I hope some day you understand
    That I only wished to stay friends
    Did you enjoy my lyrics and all of the entries? If you did submit an entry and I just didn’t see it please let me know so I can add to this list!
    Let each of the participants know how great of a job they did, these entries were amazing! Again, thank you so much💕