Holiday Gratitude Challenge & Giveaway Day 3: The Pain That Brought You Here

Hello Friends,

Today’s topic GOES THERE.

TRIGGER WARNING: ABUSE

This is me being super vulnerable and talking about topics that are painful for me and my family, However, I hope that this is an inspiration for all that you are able to do with your own lives and look at a terrible situation differently.

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Today’s Prompt:

Think of a difficult or terrible thing that has happened to you in your life and thank it for the lessons it taught you or the strength it gave you.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED

ELF Eyebrow Pencil

Benefit 24-hr Brow Setter

Colourpop No Filter Concealer & Kathleen Lights Zodiac Palette

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Wet N Wild Doulce Contour and Highlight Palette

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink Liquid Liner

BH Cosmetics Lipliner Playful

Live Glam Kiss Me Club Liquid Lipstick

Tarte Tartist Gel Liner & Jewel Eyeliner in White Gold

L'Oreal Loose Highlighter Light

MUSIC

Music by Skylar Stecker - Let It Pour - https://thmatc.co/?l=6E7ED1

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jay_Kirk/

GIVEAWAY RULES FOR ENTRY

I’m gonna need you to head over to the BackPorchPoet Instagram, friend. There you’ll find all the prompts and rules for entry. If you partake in the challenge you’ll be automatically entered to win $112 worth of The Established goodies ranging from lux lotions and good for you serums. Can’t wait to see you there!

GIVEAWAY SPONSOR

https://theestablished.co

https://www.instagram.com/theestablished/

Holiday Gratitude Challenge & Giveaway Day 2: Taking Stock

Hello Friends! Day 2 is already here?! Craziness!

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Today’s prompt

Taking stock:

List 5 people or things (big or small) that you’re grateful for.

There are several reasons I think it’s a good idea to do this on a semi-regular basis. The first is a whole Law of Attraction thing that you can research if you feel like it’s something you want to learn about (my faves are Jen Sincero and Manifestation Babe).

The second is to remind yourself of your own power and your propensity for good things in this world. Was there anything you’ve accomplished after working really hard for it? Are there parts of your day, week, year, that make you smile uncontrollably? Do you just love your dog?! (I really love my dog, ok?!)

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the things you haven’t received yet or accomplished yet and this isn’t to say goals are bad things (goals are really really good things!). This is to say that just because you haven’t finished the journey yet, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t travelled miles already.

5 (More) Things I’m Grateful For

In Addition To The Instagram and Youtube Additions

1) Heated Blankets - If you live in a semi-cold location and you don’t have a heated blanket lemme tell ya you’re missing out. Hands down one of my best life choices (the absolute cozy-est!).

2) Podcasts - I have been turned on to several amazing podcasts thanks to my Insta-Girls. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways I keep on top of my mindset. Whenever I’m in the car or doing chores, I love popping on a podcast and doing my inner and outer work.

Some fave Podcasts:

The Manifestation Babe Podcast

No Man’s Land by The Wing

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

Earn Your Happy by Lori Harder

3) Bagels - Yes, I am aware that bagels are like 12 loaves of bread, a billion calories, and probably the ones who slashed my tires. But I love them. A great bagel is enough to make me sing with joy and dang it if a bagel is what ends up killing me then so be it! Death by bagel sounds like a great death to me.

4) Audible - Hey, isn’t Audible like a really long podcast? Yes, probably. But I still enjoy the service (and most amazon services) immensely. The way I listen to podcasts is generally the way I listen to my audible books and it has really been a massive help in my personal development over the last several years.

Fave Audible Books:

Anything by Jen Sincero (just do it, ok?!)

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker

5) My Day Job - My day job is not perfect. My day job isn’t all that I hope to accomplish in life. My day job is good. My day job provides me with the means to support myself. My day job is helping me create the time for what I want to be my day job (ie: this). I get to talk to wonderful people and spend time with wonderful people and help people during my day job. My day job is not what I want to do the rest of my life but it is good and I am thankful.

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Today’s Video

Giveaway Rules for Entry

I’m gonna need you to head over to the BackPorchPoet Instagram, friend. There you’ll find all the prompts and rules for entry. If you partake in the challenge you’ll be automatically entered to win $112 worth of The Established goodies ranging from lux lotions and good for you serums. Can’t wait to see you there!

GIVEAWAY SPONSOR

https://theestablished.co

https://www.instagram.com/theestablished/

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PRODUCTS MENTIONED

ELF Eyebrow Pencil

Benefit 24-hr Brow Setter

Colourpop No Filter Concealer

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Wet N Wild Doulce Contour and Highlight Palette & Lash Extension Mascara

Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Fuego Highlighter

Coloured Raine Rust & Berry Cute Palettes

NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink Liquid Liner

Too Faced Peach Perfect Papa Don't Peach Gloss

Pixi Eyeliner Pencil


Holiday Gratitude Challenge & Giveaway Day 1: Life Happens In The Moment

Hello Friends!

I’m so excited for you to be here and to partake in this free gratitude challenge!

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Today’s Prompt:

Where are you? What are you doing? And why is it ultimately good?

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I am pulling my second late night to produce content for this challenge. My day today wasn’t great and it wasn’t terrible. I was feeling cranky, low vibe, and aggravated. I caught myself thinking mean thoughts about others over silly things that I know deep down don’t matter. I wasn’t feeling very grateful during my gratitude challenge.

But then I recorded the audio for my video today and somehow I reminded myself about what it means to be grateful each moment - to live life moment to moment. Basically, I used my own challenge to teach me my own point. The irony isn’t lost on me.

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“Now, Cara, why another mug?!”

Well, for one, I like drawing random things on my face. And for two it’s my favorite way to practice mindfulness. There are few things that bring me the same amount of joy as my morning coffee or my bedtime tea. When it’s too hot I’m forced to be patient. When it’s the perfect temperature I have to force myself to pay attention to it in order to enjoy every drop before I eventually forget about it and it’s too cold to drink. There is only one moment in time it’s the perfect drinking temperature and I intend to be present for every second of it.


Giveaway Rules and Details

If you want to get on top of winning $112 worth of The Established bath, body, and skin care products you better head on over to the BackPorchPoet Instagram and start partaking in the challenge prompts. We can’t wait to see you there!

Inspired Makeup Monday: Two Parts of A Whole & Upcoming Giveaways!

Hello Friends!

Today’s Inspired Makeup Monday has a lot to do with duality. I saw an amazing art piece of the Sun kissing the Moon as a couple and I couldn’t get it out of my head.

There is a little bit of Sun and Moon in all of us, I think. We all have a little polarity within - but that’s the spice of life I guess.

The Creation:

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Product List:

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac Palette

NYX Epic Ink Liner

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Grande Cosmetics Grande Lips HydraPlump Liquid Lip Honey Ginger

Upcoming Giveaway/Challenge

Hey there! Gratitude week is on its way here at BackPorchPoet! Be sure to follow me on my Instagram to see 5 days of #HolidayGratitude and if you participate with me, you could win an assortment of The Established Bath, Body, and Skin Care goodies including Body Cream, Luxurious Soap, and other skin care essentials!

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