My Life After Long Distance: Is there Happily Ever After?

 

 

10767_580001355423353_1395853598_n

February 8, 2014

 

I’ve moved! So, I want to reblog this again. Enjoy! 🙂

I am writing an interesting topic that I’ve also been through. The majority of people who are in a long-distance relationship want to know the ultimate secrets of how to survive the distance. There is so many advice from friends, family etc. You also come across many blog posts and YouTube videos from long-distance couples giving advice on how to make a long-distance relationship work. Yes. It is hard. We all work toward the same goal, to get rid of the distance. However, no one ever discusses what happens after you conquer long distance. Is it truly happily ever after? 


I was in a long-distance relationship with my now-husband between the USA and Philippines for a year and a half. For over year, we endured months apart, months of endless texts, phone calls, emails and Skype sessions. We had fights and tears during our time apart and rejoiced at being reunited, only to be shortly ripped apart. We always kept in mind that ultimately it would all be worth it, as one day we would no longer have to endure the miles apart. We first attempted to end the distance in 2013, when we applied my FIANCEE VISA to live with my Fiance.  After waiting for months and months processing my fiance Visa, 6months of waiting, processing, interview, we finally got the best news we had been waiting for My FIANCE visa had been successful and approved! 


“Good riddance” to long distance, to plane rides and having to accept a mere few weeks together. Now we wouldn’t have to sleep alone or not hear from one another due to the time difference. This time, when I came to the US, I would not be leaving. For once we got to be together for the amazing and mundane moments of live both our birthdays, Christmas, Newyears and Valentine’s Day and travel together. February 8, 2014, we are finally married! From long distance relationship to the married couple. I am very proud to say that we survived!


Life has truly never been better, but that is not to say that it is a seamless transition from the torture of long distance to forever-happy days. While we couldn’t wait to see the end of the distance, there are things we didn’t even realize we were going to miss: the ability to leave your life as you know it and be submerged in a different culture, the longing for one another and the butterflies leading up to the days of finally being together, a feeling like no other! the excitement in the hours leading up to being reunited, like nothing else. You can say goodbye to Skype and final touch for the first time in ages. 

Finally, embarking on our lives together was a completely surreal feeling! Doing long distance has made us appreciate all the little things in life, from grocery shopping, etc and to waking up next to one another in bed. Yet it still felt like this was too good to be true, that we couldn’t just live a life like every other couple. we cannot go a day without being by each other’s side. We have not had a single day or night apart! One thing we know for sure is that it was all worth it. We no longer have to count down our time apart unless you count the hours at work, which, yes, I do. It’s perfectly normal for culture shock to occur when one world is given up for another. What is important is that we make it through together. We wouldn’t swap anything in the world for our lives right now. We get to make each other get out of bed at the crack of dawn for his work, I make him lunch/dinner every day, and I get to hug and kiss him goodbye before he starts his day. We plan to grow old together and to never be apart again. This is the life we all dream of. This is the happily ever after. Don’t give up in long distance relationship but instead cherish everything and you will both survive the love distance. Yes, It’s worth It!!

1779816_580001875423301_1196180732_n

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails …”

1902934_580001812089974_1649536286_n

We got hitched!

1902715_580001155423373_55279083_n

 

1524569_580001472090008_1670929567_n

Mr & Mrs. Sowers

REVIEW: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

 

IMG_8706_Facetune_23-02-2018-21-27-04

NARS Natural Longwear Foundation $49

 

Foundation is definitely one of my favorite beauty products. I am a huge fan of NARS. One of my favorite foundations happens to be by NARS. So, when I saw that they were releasing a brand new one, I had to get it ASAP! Especially, When it comes to foundations and tons of beauty gurus are raving about it, I have to try it. So, when I came back from my Philippines vacation, I immediately went to Sephora to get that beauty! I got it, tried it. 

So, let’s get to it… 

The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is available at Sephora, Ulta for $49.00. Available in 33 skin tone-matching shades. I went for the medium shade Santa Fe. (medium with peachy undertones) The foundation claims to be medium-to-full coverage and great for all skin types! It’s meant to be the radiant long wear foundation with the ‘first’ 16-hour fade resistant wear with full-powered radiance. The packaging is so stunning, It comes in a sleek, slim glass bottle. Oh yeah, It also comes with a pump (Hallelujah!) which dispenses a small amount of product. The formula is lightweight on the skin and fade, transfer, and sweat resistant. Creamy and thicker than the other NARS Foundation I’ve tried but it can be blend out very easily. 

A little goes a crazily long way so apply lightly and build. I love the lightweight feel of this foundation; it wears like a second skin. The coverage is medium to full and buildable, without being heavy, doesn’t look cakey and it really does give a radiant finish. I think this foundation will do wonderfully during the warmer months when you want coverage but don’t want to feel like you have layers on your face. As far as I can tell there is no detectable scent, no irritation on my skin, no white flashback with a camera flash. 

Overall, I am in love with this foundation. I think I found my new holy grail!! the texture, coverage, finish and staying power is the bomb and exactly what I look for in a foundation. 

So, If you are looking for a really great high-end lightweight foundation that is going to last ALL day long then this is the one for you. It truly is worth every penny.

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried this foundation! 😊

To buy: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

IMG_9901

 

NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation 33 Skintone shades:

Light Shades- NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

  •  OSLO Fair with pink undertones
  • MONT BLANC Light with pink undertones
  • YUKON Light with peach undertones
  • GOBI Light with yellow undertones
  • SALZBURG Light with golden undertones
  •  DEAUVILLE Light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones
  • VIENNA Peach undertones for light to medium complexions
  •  FIJI Yellow undertones for light to medium complexions

Medium Shades- NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

  •  PUNJAB Medium with golden, peachy undertones
  •  PATAGONIA Medium with light peach undertones
  •  VALLAURIS Medium with pink undertones
  •  SANTA FE Medium with peach undertones
  •  SAHEL Medium with golden peach undertones
  •  STROMBOLI Medium with olive undertones
  •  VANUATU Medium with a neutral balance of yellow and pink undertones
  •  BARCELONA Medium with golden peach undertones
  •  VALENCIA Medium with golden undertones
  •  ARUBA Neutral for medium to medium-dark complexions

Medium Dark Shades- NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

  •  SYRACUSE Medium-dark with brown undertones
  •  TAHOE Medium-dark with caramel undertones
  •  MOOREA Medium-dark with golden olive undertones
  •  HUAHINE Medium-dark with peach undertones
  •  CADIZ Medium-dark with caramel and red undertones
  •  CARACAS Medium-dark with warm red and golden undertones
  •  BELEM Medium-dark with red and brown undertones
  •  MACAO Medium-dark with yellow undertones
  •  MARQUISES Medium-dark to dark with yellow undertone

Dark Shades-NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

  •  MANAUS Dark with caramel undertones
  •  NEW CALEDONIA Dark with golden olive undertones
  •  IGUACU Deep with olive undertones
  •  NAMIBIA Deep with red undertones
  • ZANBIE Deep with neutral undertones
  •  MALI Espresso

Battling Hyperthyroidism: Over-active Thyroid

So, I have just recently been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism with an overactive thyroid along with other millions of young and older women who suffer from it.

What is Hyperthyroidism?

It is a type of autoimmune disease that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormones. When thyroid hormones are too high, energy metabolism will speed up, causing the body to burn through nutrients too quickly. This is also why I lose a lot of weight pretty quick. Yes, I had been trying to lose weight, but hadn’t realised how much I’d lost. 😄

So, what symptoms did I have?

I hadn’t felt “right” for a little while, but I could never put my finger on what the problem was. The sign and symptoms of this disease is very challenging, I have the worst mood swings like irritability, I get mad so quick, very sensitive, emotional liability, nervousness, restlessness, worrying, I’m happy but feeling empty inside. And I also get hot flushes, sweating especially at night, hair fall out, etc. to name a few…

I also developed heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia). Staff nurse, doctors are always concerned to how fast is my heartbeat until they rule out the disease (over-active thyroid).

Few years ago, I was diagnosed with 5.5mm pituitary brain tumor. I had a lot of blood test, MRI’s and thanks god after year of treatments, It’s all better now, the tumor shrunk, I stopped the medication and now, just follow ups and maintaining my levels. 🙏🏻☺️

I am going to start my thyroid treatment in a few days. My Endocrinologist prescribed me with beta blockers for my heart rate (tachycardia), new medication for my thyroid hormones. She also advised I should not be even trying to get pregnant until thyroid levels are improved and symptoms better controlled. ☹️ Speaking of getting pregnant, For some people who really knew me, they know our struggle in trying to get pregnant. My husband and I didn’t even know that my hormones are out of wack until I get all these symptoms and finally, getting it controlled. 🙏🏻 I also hope another takes in to account how insensitive an innocent question about having kids may be. My stomach cringes when I hear “When are you going to work on having kids?” “Why you don’t have baby yet” To tell you honestly, It’s makes my heartbeat fast and it makes me annoyed. You never know what a man, woman or couple have dealt with or are actively coping with. You have no Idea. #DontAsk

Anyhow, I have been doing a lot of research to heal myself in holistic way, thyroid diet. I also started cutting out sugar and start my gluten free diet. ☺️

I am lucky cause Im living here in America. Getting health care treatment is not hard unlike in other countries. We have the best doctors in the world who always follow up with your health. Advance healthcare technologies etc.

Life is good! I know everything will be fine. (I will be fine) I just encourage myself to keep going, be strong and look after myself as best as I can. Even if that means some nights going to bed really early and try to eat healthy foods everyday. Lol! Love yourself before it takes its toll in your body. ❤️

#justsharing #thyroiddisease #hyperthyroidism #glutenfree #thyroiddisorder #overactivethyroid #imstrong #thyroiddiseasesucks #loveyourself #behealthy