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The Story Behind Lipstick & Ink®

The Story Behind Lipstick & Ink®

On this day four years ago, my day started off as any normal Saturday in January. Little did I know, it would be the day Lipstick & Ink® came to be - a day that would change me forever.  Leading up to January 13, 2018, I had experienced an action-packed few...

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2021 Recap: 6 Reflections from the Year

2021 Recap: 6 Reflections from the Year

As I write this on the last day of 2021, I find myself wondering how we’re already here. Another year passed, another on the horizon. I remember my high school Algebra teacher once saying how as we get older, the years seemingly go faster. She wasn’t wrong. I take...

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2020 Reflections: A Year We’ll Never Forget

2020 Reflections: A Year We’ll Never Forget

Every NYE, I like to take a moment to reflect on the year, to acknowledge my growth, to accept what didn’t go as planned, and to appreciate the life I am creating. I like to write these in my journal, as well as post them to the blog (as I did in my 2019 and 2018...

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What We Learned in 2020

What We Learned in 2020

Living through this year has been challenging on a number of levels. There’s no doubt about it. Between the pandemic and the upheaval of our lives that’s come along with it, to the racial injustice many of us had our eyes opened to, to the ongoing political strife and...

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Ending the Silence & Committing to Change

Ending the Silence & Committing to Change

“Silence, especially in these times, is deafening.” ~ Vivianne Castillo I didn’t find out about George Floyd’s murder until the night after when I was watching ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. As I was finishing my dinner, I heard the words “I can’t breathe… I...

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Top Reflections of the Decade

Top Reflections of the Decade

The last few days of December has always been a time I genuinely look forward to. After all of the holiday festivities and quality time with family and friends, I typically find myself back at home, able to pause and reflect on the last year. It’s so important to set...

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9 Realizations I Had My First Year of Blogging

9 Realizations I Had My First Year of Blogging

Believe it or not, it's Lipstick & Ink's first birthday this week! It’s incredible in just one year how much I’ve learned and grown from this crazy exhausting, but extremely rewarding experience in blogging. There's been a lot of realizations along the way, and I...

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