Dreams do come true.
To be honest, I never thought I would be able to collaborate with a brand as big as Maybelline. Ever since I started blogging 4 years ago, working with brands like Maybelline was only a dream, but today, I have finally achieved that dream.
I’ve known Maybelline since I was a young girl, I can still remember the commercials with the catchy singsong line, “Maybe it’s Maybelline”. Believe it or not, Maybelline was actually the first brand of cosmetics I personally bought as a student.
When I was younger, I couldn’t ask my mom to but makeup. She was super strict about my sister and I not trying on makeup unless it was really needed, like say, for grad pic photoshoots, as part of a bridal entourage for weddings, and related events. She was soo against the idea of putting on makeup because she was afraid my skin would be ruined.
As you guys prolly predicted, I didn’t listen. Watching One Tree Hill in high school inspired me to put on at least a sheer powder foundation, and some lip gloss. Wearing makeup in our conservative high school was forbidden, so looking natural was a must, else you get sent to the prefect for a violation.
I saved some money from my student allowance, and bought myself my very first sheer (light coverage) compact from Maybelline (I think it was Clear Smooth), and the classic Great Lash mascara. I was convinced mascara would make my eyes pop, while the compact could hide my adolescent pimples :))
There’s also another reason why Maybelline is so dear to me. Earlier this year, a friend of mine from high school, Maybelline Sy, passed away. It came as a shock to everyone, because Maybelline was young and healthy, very much like most of us, her classmates. According to her mom, One day she was suffering from back pains, and a week later, a biopsy, X-rays, and CT Scans revealed she had stomach cancer. She was our friend who had very fair skin, and was always the fastest to blush. She would always, always, blush furiously (almost as red as a tomato), everytime we sung Maybelline (the cosmetics) tag-line, “Maybelline”. She had a vibrant personality, very witty, had a lot of friends, and a loving family. When you look at her family, you can mistake them for a barkada, because that’s how close they are.
When Maybelline passed away, it took a moment to sink in. I cried because I wasn’t able to get in touch with her recently, and this is how I last remember her? It was painful, but I will always treasure the funny memories we have together, like the time we dressed up in costume for school plays, or the time we went to an activity park and the tricycle we were riding and driving turned over 360 degrees, or the cake fights we had in China. You are missed, Maybelline.
Losing a friend made me reevaluate my life. Because it is these times that make you realize that life really is short, and that we have to make the most out of every minute of everyday. For me, I had to refocus and think about my goals in life. After that, I made the decision to make things happen, to spend every day working towards my goals, no matter how difficult and how many they are.
Here, I’m sharing my thought process on achieving my goals/dreams:
1. Write down what makes and will make you happy.
I learned this when I went to the Passion and Purpose Workshop at Circle Hostel Baler. It helps to list things down, it was actually very therapeutic.
It also makes you stop and think of what really matters to you. It’s not just about listing down anything that pops to you your head, it’s also about learning which ones really make you happy.
2. Simplify each one and prioritize.
Another tip I got from the workshop, is to prioritize. It gets overwhelming when you realize that there are a lot of things to do, in so little time. It helps when you prioritize or rank them in order, so you know which ones you have to focus on first.
Also, you can merge one or two things when you realize that they go hand-in-hand, therefore reducing the load.
3. Set goals and a realistic deadline.
After you’ve prioritized, set goals, and a general timeline. Say, you want to finish goal #1 in 10-15 years. You don’t have to be super specific, you just need a concrete deadline.
Don’t rush yourself. Remember that great things take time, so a dealine that has allowance for a few bumps on the road would be good.
4. Create a Step-by-Step Plan of Action.
Now that you have a general timeline, you can start creating a mind map or a more compartmentalized timeline.
Again, give yourself extra allowance for time, and no need to be super specific. For example, for Goal #1, you gave yourself 10 years, what should you be doing in between those years? On Year #1, possibly brainstorming and research, on Year #2 say you’re developing a product, perhaps work on a prototype, Year #3, pitch to different companies or start up first shop. Whatever your goal is, think of the small steps you can take to achieve your goal.
5. Consider all possible outcomes, whether good or bad
Let’s be honest here, nothing is all rainbows and sunshine. There will be times when you’ll question yourself whether you took the right path, or made the right decision. There will also be times that things are looking up.
What matters is, learning from every possibility, so that in the end, you can keep moving forward.
Remember, nothing worth having, ever comes easy. There will be roadblocks, and helping hands along the way, we just have to learn to roll with the punches.
6. Be patient, persevere, and keep on working to achieve your goals.
In relation to number 5. Whenever you feel stumped, don’t give up. Think of alternatives. Sometimes, you just need the right timing, a small favor from a friend, more research. There are a lot you can do, don’t just stop because it’s hard.
Keep going, refocus, reevaluate, trouble shoot, readjust, and whole lot more verbs to help you keep on going. In the end, when you reach your goal, it will be worth it.
What do you do to make your dreams happen?
Btw, I have another ongoing giveaway on my Instagram account. Just regram the photo below, and use the hashtags #maybellineNYFW and #maybellineNYFWxPhya to qualify!
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