It’s November Now.

Hello.
My name is Alyssa.
It’s been 24 days since my last post.

“Hi Alyssa”….

I am such a repeat-offender for blog abandoning…
But who am I kidding. There’s a lot to absorb right now, with the world in general (unless you’ve been living under a rock, in which case you wouldn’t really notice). And to be totally honest, writing just hasn’t come as effortless. Absorption is good, along with equal parts release. The idea behind that being: the acknowledgment of your thoughts, feelings and emotions – and then filtering out and letting go of what doesn’t belong. Working on that part!  But anyhow, what I’m not going to do, is go down the typical beaten path of excusing or explaining away the absence; I’d rather keep it simpler, and just share some of what I’ve been up to the last 25 or so days.
It’s good stuff. 

Travel SouthWest Miles to the Max Free Travel San Diego, CA
Lighthouses in Southern California.Yuba City, California Bridal ShowerHappy faces and celebratory gatherings in Northern California.San Francisco Farmers Market San Francisco California Vegan Juice Suja Juice Organic Vegan FoodThe transition to a *mostly* vegan diet.Anthem PetsVolunteer freelance photography work for the animal rescue in my community.Kid Cudi Cudi Saves #CudiSaves Michelle Hux Lauren Chanel
Connecting, collaborating, and networking with really great people! Doing good things, purely because you want to and because it feels good.
Victoria, BC Canada Maple LeafVictoria in the Fall.Travel SouthWestMore of this.Coffee in San Francisco Fisherman's WharfCoffee in San Francisco.Caleb Kurtz Alyssa KurtzAll with this guy –
Travel buddy.
Life partner extraordinaire.25 days comes and goes before your eyes.
Seasons change, all the time.
and before you know it, it’s November..

Transformation Tuesday + Saying YES To Life.

Say Yes To Opportunity.

Connect with people. Be less afraid.
What is honestly the worst thing that could happen?

A really awesome friend of mine let me paint her pretty face recently.
This was my very first attempt at a full face of makeup on another human being! : )
– Skin
– Cheeks
– Brows
– Shadow
– Lashes
– Lips
and guess what?
She could have totally gone out in public w i t h o u t  any embarrassment when I was all done. And not only that, but I was happy with it, even. Who would’ve thought? Haha! Not to mention, I had a blast hanging out. Say yes to stuff. Whether you’re ready or not. Just go for things. You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you go and d o.

NOTES

Some things I have learned s o  f a r:

► Have a way better organization system, it probably makes life easier.
► Covering texture is more challenging than I would’ve thought.
► Not everyone needs false lashes 100% of the time.
► It won’t be perfect the first time – it takes practice, like everything else.
► Doing things that make you nervous is f u n.
► The less you think about something, the more you enjoy it.
► The less you think about something, the more it will just flow.
► There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of.
► Putting makeup on other people is one of the greatest things ever : )

I can’t wait to do it more!

Here is this beauties before & after.

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Transformation Tuesday + All The Feelings

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If there’s anyone out there who has ever stumbled across this blog and thought to themselves that I just awoke one day and was like –

“yes, all the skill for:
-Makeup!
-Being a healthy(er) human!
-Keeping things primarily positive and upbeat!
-Photo taking!
-Photo
editing!
Please allow me to officially inform you that you are d e a d  wrong, and that isn’t how transformations work 😁

When I started writing this post it was only intended to be a makeup type of transformation, but then I realized (upon looking a little more thoughtfully at this picture) that it’s sort of way more than that, and I feel like talking about it..

I obviously can’t put a number to the things that I’ve learned over the last 27 years but that’s what I have behind me…

TWENTY

SEVEN

YEARS.

– I’m going to try my absolute best to articulate. Try and hang with me. I’ll appreciate you forever, seriously. –

For the makeup/beauty side of things, the passion has a l w a y s  been there. I’ve been playing with makeup for over 10 years and been enamored with it for far longer than that, but the true artistry of makeup…that’s something that didn’t show up on my interest radar until about 2012-2013 when I discovered Jaclyn Hill and the world of YouTube tutorials and Sigma blending brushes..

But still, the same concept.

Y E A R S.
and you’ve clearly seen the picture of my makeup in 2012..

It’s a journey.

For the health-conscious/active lifestyle stuff – same.

Y E A R S. 

Years of documentaries, research, trial and error, changing things up, progressing, being stuck in plateaus, going pescatarian, going vegetarian, incorporating more vegan food, being inconsistent for months at a time, struggling with a donut addiction. The list goes on for a long time..

It’s a journey.

For all things  c r e a t i v e; like blogging, taking photos, or editing the photos – the passion has always been there, but again..the technical more “professional” aspects of that stuff is actually something more recently developed. Nonetheless, effort is going into it, and will continue to go into it.

It’s a journey.

Positivity, mindfulness, activism, consciousness and all of those things are where I’m at in this moment. Lots of awesome things. Still lots to learn. 

It’s a journey…

I’m sure you’re getting the bigger picture by now but if not, here it is –

I have no clue what I’m doing majority of the time. I just start somewhere, and I learn, and figure things out as I go. But it’s taken me my whole life to get that. To get here.
To really understand it all, and trust it.
my intuition.
m y  j o u r n e y…

To know that my thoughts and ideas and views will always be changing, and they should be. (Because we should always be growing, amirite?)
To truly start putting these ideas into practice. But like, actual practice…because as obnoxious as it may sound, you’d be pretty surprised how we as humans have somehow forgotten the easiest of things – things like:
preaching and sharing things on social media or in real life, and actually backing those words up with the way we live our lives, are two very different things.

But anyway.
Let me get to the bloody point.
Nothing happens overnight. N O T H I N G. Or even relatively quick, for that matter.

You just do something, anything, everyday..for years –

Be consistent.
S
pend lots of time learning new things about it.
R
esearching.
T
ying.
F
ailing (if there is such thing).
N
ailing it.
C
ompletely screwing it up.
W
ondering if it’s too much or too little for others.
N
ot giving a singular crap how it’s perceived by others.
P
racticing.
G
rowing.
L
earning.
E
xperimenting.
E
volving.
L
eaving comfort zones.
E
xpressing.
G
iving more effort than you want to it, sometimes.
M
otivating yourself.
C
onnecting.
D
isconnecting.
F
inding inspiration in others, as well as yourself.
D
edicating time.
H
aving passion.
G
iving.
G
etting creative.
H
aving fun.
H
hatever…just  s t a r t !! 

Always remember that everyone starts somewhere, with everything, and that it doesn’t usually just ‘magically’ happen : ) 

✨can be applied to any aspect of life ✨

I hope that you guys have a super solid Tuesday!

Weekend Hikes: Winter In Phoenix

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One of my favorite things about the valley is that in terms of hiking, the weather is pretty much always on your side…

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Erin Condren Life Planner 2016: Hello, New Year.

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One of my favorite ways to start the day, is to find a surprise on my desk when I get to work at 6AM.
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Happy Two Years of Marriage, My Dear: A Message For My Hubs

Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz

Today makes two whole years since you made me Mrs. Kurtz!
Time genuinely does fly when you’re having a total blast, I guess.
I still fall in love with you every single day.
Doing life with you makes my world a little brighter.
Thank you for constantly inspiring me to be a better person.
Thank you for always being such an incredible man to me.

I love you more than black coffee, and all of the ripest avocados in the universe!
Let that sink in for a minute…you just think real hard about how much that is, if you can even imagine.
You have made me the happiest woman.

Happy Anniversary, my love.

Keep Calm and…Overcome This Anxiety: 7 Things That Improve My Chill

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I’ve never been super great at “intros” and such so I’m just going to jump right in and tell you guys that I’ve been dealing with some very sudden, and very intense anxiety lately. I may talk about it with light-hearted humor but that doesn’t mean that I find the subject particularly funny so, please keep that in mind.

I’m 27 now, and I have not had to deal with anxiety like this since I was in the very beginning of my teenage years.
It’s been pretty debilitating if I can speak completely openly (which I’ve decided to do today). To have to be a functioning adult during sporadic attacks of anxiety is quite the experience…
We’re almost to the end of day# 4 now and for the first time, things are finally starting to feel a little lighter.

I know that anxiety is a very real thing.
I know that it comes in many different forms.
I know that it has many different levels.
I know that everyone deals with it in a different way.

I’m not here today to tell anyone how to “deal” with it.
Or to tell you what will “fix” it, or make it go away forever. But I do want to share with you guys some of the things that I’ve been doing since last week to deal with the anxiety attacks that have been disrupting my life in the worst and oddest possible kind of ways. I felt like sharing because I truly feel these things have gotten me to the pretty “functional” point that I’ve been able to reach today, which is basically the following:

Not feeling so much like an alien, but a little more like myself.
Starting to see the light in the situation/event that put me in the anxious state I’m in.
Starting to really let go of some irrational thoughts/fears/worries.
(Positive thinking is kicking back in.)
Not feeling that lump in your throat every 30 minutes.
(You know? The one that warns you the tears are coming, and there isn’t sh*t you’ll be able to do about it. That one. AKA just not crying every 30 minutes.)
Talking more. Laughing more.
(If you’re not an introverted person, this one may not apply to you.)

. A  N  Y  W  A  Y .

Feel free to keep reading if any part of what I’m saying is in any way relevant to you.
I realize it may not be to everyone.

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Thursday Afternoon Humor, Kind of…

NOT AS BRAVE AS THESE SOLDIERS TUMBLR FTW

I’m almost little embarrassed to admit how hard I laughed at this, and for how long……ALMOST!

I don’t really give a crap what the subject matter is to be honest with you, but I really wish that the people who have been “doing this” lately can eventually see how silly, and kind of ridiculous (if I can be quite frank) they look.

Moral of the story: You don’t need to take away from something in order to prove the importance of something else. If you do, then your argument is nonsense, and had no solid ground to begin with. Bravery is a really relative term.

That is all.
Happy Thursday to everyone!

April Showers Bring…More May Showers?

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My absolute favorite.
Happy Tuesday from Phoenix, AZ.