Gifting A Unique Wooden Watch for Him this Valentine’s Day

It’s funny to think that you all have been reading my blog post and YouTube videos for a year now, and yet all you really know about me is my Cerebral Palsy side. I mean I suppose that makes sense being that’s the whole reason I created Eyeliner and Empowerment in the first place, right? To spread awareness and give my little tips and tricks about living with a disability. I think that needs to change though, I truly stand by the term “you are not your disability” meaning yes I get it I have a disability but my disability doesn’t have me… at least most days it doesn’t and even when it does it’s not all of me. Cerebral Palsy is not your looks, interests or hobbies. There is still so much about each of us when we take Cerebral Palsy out of the equation.

Like for instance I love all things beauty from hair to makeup and fashion. I love, love. Literally. Everything about it, seeing people in love and being in love. I’m a total sucker for Valentine’s day too. So when I received an email form JORD asking to make my fiancé’s Valentine’s day extra special and to be in a partnership with them I was totally on board. To be truthful, I hadn’t heard of JORD when I received this email, but of course I went straight to the source… Instagram. I was blown away with how beautiful these wooden watches were. I was also extremely excited because I knew my fiancé would love it, especially because since we got engaged he has been saying he wants a wooden wedding ring so it knew this watch would be perfect.

JORD is a watch company that makes hand crafted wood watches that are truly unique, using 13 different wood types used alone or in combination depending on the design of the watch. Don’t get jealous ladies there is also a women’s shop as well as the men’s shop too. The one I choose for my fiancé was from the HYDE series Stacked Sandalwood & Olive with Ivory. When it arrived on our doorstep it was elegant from the start in a black matte postal package with JORD printed in white on the bottom right. When opening the box, you flip up one side and then you see it, the beautiful wooden box with a J on it. The wooden watch was placed perfectly in the middle with a small microfiber cloth and 100% natural finishing oil for your watch as well as well as a smaller polishing cloth for the face of the watch. The wooden box that your watch comes in is beautiful, with a magnetic top that comes on and off and a small draw on the bottom. JORD did not skimp with their packaging, it was truly high quality from the moment the package was in my hand.  

Opening up and seeing my fiancés new watch for the first time brought so much excitement to me. It was simply perfect. I like to describe it as the wooden “Rolex”. The quality was strong and sturdy, it was trendy yet beautiful and elegant. The best part is your JORD watch comes sized and ready for you to wear along with the option to have it engraved. It was so perfect and I was so excited to give it to my fiancé I couldn’t wait for Valentine’s Day and decided to give it to him early. To say the least, he loved it, like I knew he would. His favorite part was the large watch face along with the small details that JORD puts into their watches to make them perfect.

Well now that I made you all fall in love with JORD this Valentine’s you have a chance to get a great discount of your own. If you enter you will have a chance to win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site! One lucky person will win but everyone who enters will receive a 10% off code once the contest it over.

 

Giveaway link: https://www.jordwatches.com/g/eyelinerandempowerment

 

The giveaway will close February 18th at 11:59pm.
The $100 and 10% off Coupon Codes will expire March 4th for the one lucky winner and all participants.
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The Daily Fight

Today I am happy and I say that with a smile on my face, a real smile with meaning behind it. Not that fake smile that I hid behind for years of my life. As I write this my eyes fill up with tears, tears of acceptance, relief, accomplishment and happiness. The past years were brutal it was a constant battle of accepting myself and trying to find true happiness. Let me tell you, the truth is it takes time; a lot of time. Happiness just doesn’t come in the blink of an eye. Loving and accepting yourself the way you are doesn’t happen on a wish of a shooting star. True happiness doesn’t come easily and the biggest thing I learned is that to be happy and to feel happy are two totally different things. I learned that the hard way, by letting someone’s opinion of me take away my self-image and happiness. I had to fight like hell to get it back. I was so focused on being in love and having someone love me that I didn’t realize I was being mistreated, and once I realized what had happened to me I knew I had to change my mindset and work on myself.

The true lesson of life isn’t to love yourself it really is to accept who you are today. Accept every little flaw that makes you who you are too. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in others people’s lives and others appearance. That’s when the saying “The grass looks greener on the other side” comes into play. You have to accept yourself with no makeup on. Accept yourself with that extra five pounds that you hate. Accept everything you hate about yourself and learn to love it, because once you do it will be a lot easier to strive to be a happier and healthier version of yourself. Never let one person change your self-image because you have to know that you are enough and you will always be loved. The most important person to have love you is yourself and once you realize that you will be truly happy.

Today I do have someone special that loves me, and she is looking right back at me in the mirror. I accept myself and I love every little flaw about me that makes me who I am today, and most importantly I got my happiness back, and it never felt so good. I may have not been made the way I would have chosen but I am the exact way God wanted me to be. Although he didn’t give me the perfect legs, he gave me so many other qualities that made me who I am today. He gave me incredible strength, a caring heart, a selfless personality. He gave me beauty and confidence. He gave me all the qualities that made me the women I’m supposed to be today.

The truth is everyone has a daily fight, whether we want to admit it or not. The only difference between you and me is you can see mine; I can’t hide it or pretend that it doesn’t exist. It does exist and each day that I’m fighting my battle head on and it’s out in the open for the public to see. I used to think that it was unfair and I would wish I had a different battle to fight one that I could hide, but why? What’s the point? So what you can see my fight, but you can also see my determination, my progress and my pride. My pride of which I am, my determination of making myself stronger each and every day and my progress of how far I come. My fight made me the women I am today and the women I’m supposed to be, and I would never want to change that.

A Quarter of a Century

I’m twenty-five years old today, a quarter of a century. Wow, that’s seems so weird to say. Twenty-five years old and I think I have my life figured out… well, most of the time. Dealing with the usual stuff a 25-year-old goes through on top of that let’s throw a disability into the mix. A mild case of Cerebral Palsy to be exact.

When I was younger I had a theory that if I kept praying to God and wishing on my birthday candles, shooting stars and 11:11 that one day I would wake up and my legs would work “perfect” after all birthday wishes only happen once a year and seeing a shooting star is rare, so it has to work, right? I thought that the way I walked was just temporally. “Okay God, I’m ready.” I used to say to my praying beanie baby bear, like magically somehow God could zap me in the middle of the night and I’d be fine. I can remember lying in bed curled up in my twin size mattress bundled under my blue Snow White comforter. I remember the excitement I had thinking that tomorrow would be the day that God would take my Cerebral Palsy away, all because I made a wish at 11:11.

Well believe it or not, that wish never came true. Shocker right? I did this for years before realizing that this is me, it’s not going to change. Trust me it took me years to come to terms with my disability and trust me I mean years, but once I realized that, life got easier. I finally decided that I was blessed to have the ability to walk with my limp rather then not walk at all, the day I came to terms with that was the day I finally started to thank God each and every day to allowing me to walk and have the inner strength that I need to thrive with.

In life everyone has two choices that occur over and over again in every situation that life throws your way. That is to be positive or negative, to look at the glass half full or half empty and that choice is one you can only make for yourself. Now I’m definitely not saying to be happy go lucky or to take your positivity to the extreme, but that is just what works for me.

I have Cerebral Palsy, it would be so easy for me to have a negative mindset, and always think bad thoughts. I could sit here and complain and tell you all the negative things about having Cerebral Palsy or I can sit here and tell you how having CP made me a stronger, caring and a more determined woman. Now, I’m certainly not going to lie to you, I definitely have my times of weakness and will complain about my sore muscles, or how the cold is making my legs tighter and stiffer. I’ll think to myself “why me?” but then I remember God doesn’t give you things that you can’t handle. I may struggle a little more then some, but I am blessed in so many other ways.

I do truly believe that I wouldn’t be the same girl without having CP but I also think that I was given this life for a reason, maybe the reason is to share my story of going through life with a disability and how I dealt with those uncomfortable situations and to show younger boys/girls they aren’t alone, everyone has a battle that they are going through.

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