Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Inspiration

Life has a way of really breaking you down before building you back up.  June 2nd I got to experience one of the most exciting times in my life when my long time boyfriend got down on his knee and asked me to marry him.  After that living 5 hours away from him just didn't do it for me.  Obviously it wasn't ideal to start with but now more than ever I realized that it was time to start taking direction and going where I wanted to go.  That was when I told my job that it was time for me to start looking for a new position and moving up, doing something more challenging and somewhere close to where my fiance lived.  I am so blessed to be working for a company that truly believes in me and my talents and helped find my perfect position within just a couple of weeks.  So I set up my interview and found out two days later that I got the job.  Life was simply falling into place and I was feeling so incredibly blessed.

The next day life took a turn for the worse.  I got a call early on June 27 from my mom and through the muffled voice message I knew that our worst fears had become reality.  That was the day that I found out my precious 8 year old cousin Christopher Robert Schraufnagel had lost his battle with cancer.  Words can not describe how broken my heart was and how many thoughts went through my head.  I was angry, sad, and completely at loss.  My heart and my mind could simply not understand how such a courageous and strong CHILD could be taken from this world in the blink of an eye.  I will still never understand why, but I know that Christopher is in a better place in the arms of Jesus.  Christopher was an inspiration to everyone who met him and he brought smiles to a million faces.  He not only touched the lives of those around him, but he changed them.  Seeing Christopher go through his battle with cancer and watching how it affected my family and the people who knew him opened my eyes to life and helped me realize that it is so incredibly short and you are never guaranteed another day.  

So through all the heartache and the loss I have gained new strength, new courage and more than ever MOTIVATION.  I want to dedicate everything I do to bringing awareness to cancer research and saving the lives of children going through struggles like Christopher did.  I have decided to challenge myself to training for a 5K and then a marathon and this challenge is not only to run, but to become exceptional at it.  I am determined to help represent Team Christopher and raise awareness about childhood cancer research and use my health to help fight for a cure.  

Christopher is in my thoughts every single day and I put my best effort into everything I do because of him.  I know I have an angel watching over me and I am so blessed to not only have known such an incredible young man, but also so lucky to call him family.  

Forever & Always 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Beau Monde Salon Review

Hello lovely s!  Now I don't know how many of you have already or have just been interested in experiencing a Deva Cut, but I wanted to share with you my experience and results.  

A week ago I was in the Burnsville, MN area for a work meeting and had the rest of the day to myself so I figured... hey, why not get my hair done!  I googled salons online and Beau Monde was one of the first salons to pop up in the area and once I saw they specialized in curly hair I knew I had to go.  They were extremely friendly on the phone and quick to find an opening and squeeze me in that day, not only to get my hair cut, but also for a color.  Needless to say I was already impressed.  Upon arriving at the salon I walked up to what looked like a normal, low key salon located in a strip mall on the outside to what appeared to be a fairytale land on the inside.  I kid you not this place is absolutely GORGEOUS I almost expected fairies to be flying around sprinkling glitter around the building ha ha.  

My appointment was scheduled with Stefany Carrol and I was very well taken care of while I waited.  Stefany was extremely friendly and listened very well to my ideas while giving some of her own.  I felt totally comfortable in her chair as she began the process and she was very attentive to how I was feeling and making sure that I was completely comfortable.

The end result was phenomenal my hair felt completely revived had taken its shape back and the curls were miraculous.  And lucky for me my fiance decided to take me out to dinner ;) 

So if any of you fabulous curlies are in the MN area looking for a nice salon I highly recommend Beau Monde Salon located in Burnsville, MN.  

You can view their website here:  Beau Monde Salon