Where I’ve Been…

Hello Friends!

How are you?

I’ve been on a journey — a  powerful one that I fully believe is my purpose. I wanted to come here to write an update to you guys on what to expect going forward.

First, I want to say this blog has been the most empowering thing I have ever started and done. It showed me that whatever you want to do, whatever goal you have — the first step is just to start. I started this blog not knowing anything about the online space, all the technicalities of starting a blog and how much work actually goes into building all of this.

I wanted to say this has been so much fun and I’ve learned and grown so much along the way…

So much that, I decided to go on a different path at ozzybalkanli.com. Although make up will always hold a special place in my heart, I am moving toward self love, self care and development. Of course, here and there make up and skin care will be talked about as it relates to everything, but I will no longer reviewing products often as I did here.

You can read my full story on the about me page and why I’ve decided to change paths. I fully believe helping others with their struggles is my purpose and I am so excited to be getting started!

If you want to follow me, then head on over to my site and download the free super hero meditation! We can email each other that way as well.

That’s all I wanted to say and thank you so much for supporting me.

All the best,

Ozzy

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Styled Stock Collection Photos | Review

I’ve been recently getting into more photography and trying to make the design of my blog more cohesive.

I struggle with this because I don’t quite have the artistic eye.

I think a good quality photo is so important for the internet or for your business.

But… as someone who is not so great at it, and is busy with other things, it can be hard to keep up with creating images for your business or blog.

I typically use Canva to create the images you see on this space, but it sure does take time to make it perfect.

Recently, I have been incorporating Style Stock Collection’s photos and it has made things so much easier and faster for me!

I am constantly juggling so many projects at once, and my time is very limited. With their beautiful pictures, I can easily have photos for my blog at my finger tips, without having to go through all the photos in Canva and try to make it more personable.

With Style Stock Collections photos, you get more personalized photos that are more blogger-friendly; especially if you are a lifestyle blogger!

I’ve been really enjoying them, and I think you guys will, too!

They have everything from layouts of tea, notebooks, flowers, plants and anything that will allow you to have the perfect image for to feature your blog posts!

They even have quotes for Instagram, so if you’re like me and love quotes, this makes it easy for you to pick one whenever you are looking for one. You can use their photos for your blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and really anything that will allow your business to take it up a notch!

This has made my life so much easier because now I don’t even have to think about it, and if I want to add texts to their photos, I can using Canva.

Where to find them?

  • If you guys are curious or want to check them out, you guys can visit their site here.
  • And this is their photo page!

Let me know what you guys think of their collection and what do you guys use for your featured images? Would love to know!

xx,

Ozzy

5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me

5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me

Happy Mother’s Day to all my strong, courageous, confident, kind mothers out there! You are truly all amazing and I don’t know how you do half of the things you do! So much love and appreciation to you all. 🙂

I believe a mother is the shaping and molding of a kid, and our stepping stone to this thing called life. And although a mother plays an integral part in your future, if you didn’t have the opportunity to have that role model in your life, sometimes in other ways you can be shaped into becoming even a stronger person, once you realize your potential.

5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me

I wanted to share with you guys 5 things my mother has taught me as I believe all mother like figures teach us things that shape us in becoming who we are, positive or not. My mother was a tough one. She was one that you’d be scared to mess with. Growing up, my sister was terrified of my mom and since I was a bit more of a daredevil, I wasn’t as much, to an extent, scared of her. My mom was a “clean freak” and wanted things in her particular ways. To make this short, the sound of a vacuum on a Saturday morning still haunts me to this day….

5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me

Then, you get to an age and realize….. your mom was right about everything! (Ugh!) You start to do the things she does and you realize she had a lot of truth in what she was saying, but you were just being a brat and didn’t want to listen. Nowadays, I’m somewhat of a clean freak as well, but to a healthy extend. In my moms definition of it, I’m no where close, but I think that’s perfect for me! 🙂

Since, I am at that age where I realize my moms molding and shaping of me was such an integral step in becoming who I am, I wanted share some of the things my mom has taught me. She’s one of the strongest people I know and everyday I think about how I can be tough like her. She is also compassionate and loving, like most mothers are. And I am so happy to celebrate a day that is dedicated to the woman who sacrifices so much for our lives!

5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me

Without Further Ado, Here Are 5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me:

1. Be Stronger Than Life

Not sure if this one sounds a little off in English, but in Turkish it makes perfect sense. Let me explain. This is the one that I think about the most. How courageous is it, though? To be tougher than life. Life isn’t easy and we all go through some hard events and get blind sighted by hard events. My mom has always told me to be the most strongest version of myself so when life hits you with tough situation, you are tougher than what is getting thrown at you to handle it. It’s almost like being ready for battle and that life should be scared of you instead of vice versa. I’ve always taken that mindset with everything I have done. Growing up she would always push me out of the limits I’ve had for myself and never allow me to say I can’t do something. She always believed you can do anything with perseverance.

2. Enjoy Your Life & Keep Your Head Held High

My mom has always told me to enjoy your life, and that it’s the most important thing to do because life really is so short. Not only to enjoy your life but do it confidently following your own path. She has taught me to always keep my focus on my own path and not to care what people think of me. She’s taught me to be a free spirit and that to always keep my spirits high because we only have this precious life to live. She has always told me to ask yourself everyday; “What do I want to do today?” and then to do exactly that. She has told me to keep moving forward and do what you have to do for you.

3. Be Immensely Grateful

My mom is the type of women that can be grateful at any situation for the littlest things. She will see a flower and suddenly be immensely grateful for it. She says thank you to every little thing that she believes is made of magic, which seems to be everything in this life. Nature is her thing and she gets such a high from it. Which I think is where I get my love of nature. I think of her each time I practice gratitude and that we really don’t need so much to be extremely grateful for this life we’ve been given. It definitely makes my gratitude practice much easier thinking of how she can be grateful for anything.

4. Dance Your Way Through Life

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a dancer but she has told me to dance through each thing you are doing. To do it in elegance, in a free spirit and to not take things so seriously. What she means when she says is that you should always have a positive attitude with each task you are doing. To flow through life with a smile on your face as much as you can.

5. No One Is Superior Than You

This one has gotten me through my professional years when its necessary to speak to higher up team mates. It’s still something I try to incorporate, but it totally makes sense. No one is superior than you because everyone is special in their own way and have different things to offer. Someone’s accomplishments shouldn’t be the defining point of who they are as a person. At the end of the day we are all human. She has taught me to be confident in what I have to offer and that it is nothing less than my managers.

5 Things My Mother Has Taught Me

My mom was a tough cookie, but now I appreciate her so much more for everything she has taught me and strive to be more like her everyday. I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones, and don’t forget to call your mom!! 🙂

Until next time.

XX,

Ozzy

“Never apologize for being a powerful women.” – Unknown

 

 

May Spotify Playlist

May Spotify Playlist

I seriously can’t believe it’s May already. I’m really excited and happy that summer’s right around the corner! I have so many little road trips planned on my mind and can’t wait to just drive and be free. 🙂

The other day I was thinking/being mindful of the moment and realized, although I don’t like the winter because it’s cold, sometimes hot weather doesn’t have its great qualities, either. Such as being stuck in a train with all sweaty people and feeling like you can’t breathe from the hot weather (yes, this actually happened to me!).

Boston’s getting pretty hot! But, what I’m trying to say is, I think it’s best to enjoy each moment as it is and not wait for one particular season because you like it the best. Winter has its perks and so does summer. 🙂 It’s all about your focus that allows you to stay positive, so I hope that these songs will help you with that kind of mindset.

This mindset also reminds me of missing someone because you keep thinking about the positive, but in reality the relationship or the person can be just as cold as winter….

Sometimes we put too much focus on one thing, or the future, where all we have to do is stay present in the most precious moment – which is now.

May Spotify Playlist

May’s Spotify playlist has been mostly country. I’ve been really getting into Kacey Musgraves. Actually, I have been OBSESSING over all her songs. Her songs make me want to lay down at a park in the grass with my headphones and have the sun shine on me, while relaxing and daydreaming. Doesn’t that sound so relaxing?! Well, Kacey’s voice is powerful to be able to put you in that state of mind. I’ve been listening to all her songs like; “Follow Your Arrow”,  “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Butterflies” on repeat, which all have great points about our life. I love her vibe and that all her songs are about following your intuition and heart, forgetting about what society thinks about you or allowing your decisions to be made by them, and to just go with the flow. I love that. I think it’s so important to question things, to question the ‘norm’ and to follow what feels right inside. Just because something has been done a certain way for so long doesn’t mean the method is perfect. And just because society doesn’t approve of something that is not widely known to feel comfortable doing, doesn’t always mean you shouldn’t do it.

With That Note, Here Are My May Spotify Playlist:

  1. Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves
  2. Love Is A Wild Thing – Kacey Musgraves
  3. Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
  4. Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves
  5. Burning House – Cam
  6. Hide The Wine – Carly Pearce
  7. Die A Happy Man – Nelly
  8. Never Be The Same – Camila Cabello ft. Kane Brown
  9. Act Like You Don’t – Brooke Eden
  10. My Wave – Keith Urban
  11. Coming Home – Keith Urban
  12. Church Bells – Carrie Underwood
  13. Babe – Sugarland ft. Taylor Swift

That’s all I got for now! Let me know what you’ve been loving, I still want to add a lot more to my list! Also, does anyone else listen to a song about 20 times in a day when they love it? I’ve listened to the number one on the list over 100 times already and its only been a week since I started listening to Kacey! 🙂

My Spotify is ozge18, if you would like to follow me there. And let’s become friends on Instagram! If you follow me, let me know, I’ll follow back. I want to get to know everyone. 🙂

xx,

Ozzy

The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will. – Andy Warhol

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Women Empowerment Playlist

Women Empowerment Spotify Playlist

Hey guys!

I know I’ve been a bit MIA for a little now and just had a lot happen all at once and it’s been tough trying to juggle so much at once. I’m hoping to be a little more consistent going forward and I want to really get to know you guys as well!

The last two weeks have been a bit tough for me and anxiety was at its peak. The things that have gotten me through it is this playlist I am sharing with you today and meditating. I feel a whole lot better and hoping to share more with you guys going forward. 🙂 I think life’s all about learning to rest and to keep going toward your goals every day; even if it’s at small little steps at a time!

I’ve been jamming to these with so much happiness lately and I hope it brings you the same amount of happiness, encouragement and allows you to see how strong and what a badass you are. 🙂

I love listening to these songs at the gym or any moment I need to lift my spirits. It allows me to have a great mindset and brighten my day.

I think it’s important to do what makes you happy each day, no matter how small or big the action is.

Anyways, hope these uplifts your mood and allow your inner badass to shine!

Women Empowerment Spotify Playlist:

  1. Superwoman – Alicia Keys
  2. Stronger – Mandisa
  3. Female – Keith Urban
  4. Power – Little Mix
  5. Bo$$ – Fifth Harmony
  6. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
  7. F**kin Perfect – P!nk
  8. Thunder – Leona Lewis
  9. Wings – Little Mix
  10. Who Says – Selena Gomez
  11. Girl On Fire – Inferno Version – Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj
  12. Salute – Little Mix
  13. Run the World (Girls) – Beyoncé
  14. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
  15. Warrior – Demi Lovato
  16. Diva – Beyoncé

Let me know what you guys listen to empower yourself. Would love to know 🙂

Until next time,

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“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

Two Books I've Read In March

Two Books I’ve Read In March | Review

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am really into self-help books. It seems those are the only books I can read until the end. I have so many finance books…that are all half read…

This month’s books were both self-help and both had concepts of spirituality embedded in them. One of them, not as much as the other, and little more on the comical side of things.

I’m sure you guys have heard of Jen Sincero and read her book; You Are a Badass. This month, I read her sequel called I am a Badass at Making Money. If you haven’t read her original one, I highly recommend it. I always go back to it and re-listen to it, whenever I feel like I need a boost of motivation in my life. I also bought this month’s book on audible, which for me is great to re-listen to whenever I am cooking or at work or working on my blog. That’s what I love about audible, you can re-listen to any book whenever you want to ensure the points of the book really get carved in your brain.

The other book I read has officially become one of my favorite books of all time. It’s called Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. It’s fighting for first place with The Alchemist. Both talk about the Universe having your back, well as all of the books I’ve read do, but in different ways.

Two Books I've read in march

I read both books at the same time this month as one was an audio book and the other was a hard copy. Which was in a way amazing to be able to embed the whole law of attraction/Universe principles in my brain.

Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell

This book is written so beautifully. It’s written different than most books in that it’s almost written like a poem. There are some pages that are motivational sayings or just quotes. I absolutely loved it. I think Rebecca did it on purpose to have it have meaning to you at a point in time that you needed to hear those words. I was a little weary about this book when I first started reading because Rebecca believes in reincarnation and it’s not something I believe in as of now, so I decided to just ignore that or in other words, respect other people’s views. Once I got passed that, I was able to enjoy the book. She doesn’t talk about it too much to make the book un-relatable for someone like me who doesn’t have the same belief. I’ve left so many little sticky notes in this book to be able to go back to and re-read. I’ve also learned so many practices related to mindfulness and meditations.

This book is, in the same breath, a book on self-help, self-confidence and spirituality. The books message is to follow your heart and to do what lights you up. In doing what lights you up, you give a chance to light up the world and allow others to have courage to light themselves up, too. This book is about believing in yourself, to taking out your ego and fear in what you do, and to follow your purpose in this lifetime. It’s about trusting that the Universe has your back, but also to put in the work. It’s also about trusting your gifts and that you have a voice that needs to be heard and have gifts that others are waiting to receive. It’s a beautiful book and has easily become one of my top 5 favorite books.

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

I love Jen Sincero’s humor with her self-help books. She takes the subject and makes it light for readers. If you haven’t read You Are a Badass, I would highly recommend that first. This book is also, in some way, has spiritual side to it. She talks about Law of attraction, God and believing in a higher power or the Universe, which has your best intentions in this world. She talks about how to change your mindset around money and how many of us don’t think that we deserve it and how we can change that thought. She also puts into perspective why money is important and how it can be easily achievable (with hard work), if you put her concepts into action. She, herself was poor, had bad connotations with money until she was about 40, which is nice to hear because it means we can all still pick ourselves up and live a more meaningful live with the help of money. This is also on my audible app, and I’m excited to listen to it whenever I feel that I need to hear the concepts again. She really makes you think about the concepts by asking you questions and sharing what you can do to really understand why you need money in your life and how it would benefit you. Sometimes all it takes to understand ourselves is to put it in writing.

Two Books I've Read In March

I love that both books I read this month had spirituality concepts in them and if that’s your thing, too, then definitely give both of these books a try!

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Until next time,

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Unknown

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The Shoes You Need This Spring

Shoes You Need This Fall

It’s officially Spring and longer days have officially commenced! 🙂

This time of the year is such an exciting time, and although, each season has its beauty, Spring always has one of the best feelings to it. Each season is an opportunity for new beginnings, to start something you’ve been wanting to start and to become who you want to be!

I am hoping the snow in Boston will come to an end, and warmer days are in the short future!

Is it cold where you guys are still? Or is it becoming Fall where you are? I’m curious to know!

Shoes You Need This Fall

Today, I wanted to talk about the new shoes I recently purchased for Spring/Summer. I am OBSESSED with them. I’ve been eyeing the See by Chloe Shoes, but I couldn’t get myself to spend that much on wedges (or at least not yet!).

Marc Fisher LTD Adalyn Suede Espadrilles • Marc Fisher •

MARC FISHER LTD ‘Adalyn’ Espadrille Wedge Sandal • Marc Fisher •

Urban Outfitters UO Striped Button-Down Plunging Midi Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Button-Front Linen Mini Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Satin Tie-Front Mini Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Tie-Front Button-Down Midi Dress • Urban Outfitters •

Urban Outfitters UO Empire Waist Cinched Romper • Urban Outfitters •

Compared to See by Chloe, these ones are much more affordable! 🙂 And honestly, they are equally as cute, if not more. I think these ones are more wearable, and they match everything!

You can wear them with jeans or this dress I’m wearing and looks cute either way!

I was stuck on buying either these green ones or the nude ones, but I decided to go with green since it goes great with denim! I will have to buy the nude later, too. 🙂

It could be great shoes for Easter (if you celebrate it!), because I think they go great with a yellow dress! And if you’re not wearing a dress, it’s a really cute spring color.

Shoes You Need This Fall

The nude ones are also gorgeous and will go with almost anything. These shoes are so comfortable, and for all my short ladies (like myself), it’s a great way to add some height, comfortably!

I honestly, just want to buy every color, but you know the bank account is telling me otherwise! I also am a responsible adult…I think….

Shoes You Need This Fall

Does anyone else think of the movie “In Her Shoes” whenever talking about shoes? I always think of the sister who says shoes always make you feel good no matter what. It’s so true! You can be at any point in your life, but shoes will always fit and will always empower you! I mean, if the sisters closet is not goals, then I don’t know what is!

Anyways, thanks for reading! Let me know what you guys are eyeing this Spring. 🙂

xx, Ozzy

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“Life is short. Buy the shoes.” – Unknown

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

For today’s wellness Wednesday, I want to share with you some positive affirmations you should repeat to yourself daily. I find the whole saying of ‘you can’t love anyone else until you love yourself’ to be so true.

With affirmations, you allow your inner body (or soul) to believe everything you say, and in turn allows you to be more positive towards yourself. Once you attract that type of love for yourself, then when you go in union with anyone else, you and that person’s love join together in perfect unity – whomever that person may be!

These affirmations are written to help you build confidence, to love your body, your soul and mind. I want you to become whole after repeating these affirmations. I would highly suggest meditating before or after to amplify the effects. Also, if these are uncomfortable to say, you can start with writing it down.

Instructions: Sit relaxed in your chair and take a deep breath. The key is to put your full heart into these affirmations and to believe with every inch and ounce of you every word you say. Even if you don’t 100% believe everything you’re about to say, make a promise with yourself that in that moment, you will put all your trust in everything you say.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love:

  1. I am ENOUGH. Who I am, what I do and what I have is enough.
  2. I am beautiful. I am blessed. I am confident.
  3. My life is overfilling with joy and happiness.
  4. I attract love everywhere I go.
  5. Something amazing is about to happen to me today.
  6. My body is beautiful, and it allows me to live out this beautiful, amazing life.
  7. Everything I need is already within me. My courage, compassion, strength and love radiate inside me.
  8. I am light. I am joy. I am love.
  9. I am worthy of so much love.
  10. I am pure beauty and treasure all that I have.

Here’s a meditation practice I’ve been enjoying from Tone It Up. I love Karena and she makes it easy for you by talking you through it. She also has affirmations in it as well. Give it a try! It’s simple and makes you feel amazing after. If you need to skip through the beginning, I believe she starts the practice at the 1:58 mark.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

Hope you all know how much you are worth. I know it can be hard, but I know you can persevere through anything and any negative mindset.

I want all of you to live out your best life, as always. And don’t forget to take care of you, so you can take over the world. <3

With love & gratitude,

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Two Books I've Read in February

Two Books I’ve Read in February | Review

As some of you know from my previous post about my 2018 reading list, my goal for this year is to read two books per month.

I can proudly say, I have accomplished that so far. It definitely does take dedication, but like I’ve said, I didn’t put myself on a high unachievable goal. It is a goal that’s, yes a bit challenging, but also very achievable with a little habit change.

The two books I’ve read this month had both the same feel to it, which was about reaching your goals and dreams. They were both written so uniquely and had a dreamy feel to it.

The first book I’ve read is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Two Books I've Read in February

This is a very well written book and is written almost like a poem. One of the first books I’ve read where the writing wasn’t all structured the same as any other book. I guess it makes sense with the title of the book being about art and that writing is a form of art. I see what you did there Steven Pressfield….

If you are struggling to create something because of your negative thoughts or your own laziness, give this book a try. It allows you to step out of your shell and to step out of your conformity and to get closer to your authentic self. It’s, in a way, a book about how to get closer to your soul and to your souls calling. I highly recommend it. It’s also an easy read.

The next book I’ve read (which many of you probably already read), is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Two Books I've Read in February

I think I finished this book within a week. I have never read a book this fast since I was in high school. The last books that got me feeling like I was in a fantasy world, all caught up in their world was Twilight. Ha! I know, good ol’ days (or maybe not for Twilight haters…). This books is officially my favorite book out of any other book I have read. This book is written so well and so magically that it takes you to another place.

The Alchemist is a good book on teaching you life lessons, to get closer to your soul and to never stop being a dreamer. It shows you that absolutely anything is possible for you if you just ask and want it bad enough. This book is about a little boy going out and finding his treasure and I feel that this book is a treasure in itself. I felt so happy reading this and if you haven’t read it yet….what are you doing!! Go and get this book, and thank me later. 🙂

Both of the books had the Law of Attraction embedded in them, so if that’s your thing, then these books will be helpful for you in your journey.

Thanks for reading!

xx, Ozzy

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“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” J.K. Rowling

Favorite Kettlebell Workout

Favorite Kettlebell Workout

“Do your squats,

eat your vegetables,

wear your red lipstick

and don’t let boys be mean to you.”

Sometimes getting to the gym is the hardest part of working out and it takes a lot of will power.

But…when you get there, the motivation is sometimes still not there. I feel that most of us have those days when you have no motivation to go and once you do go, you still just don’t feel like doing anything.

For those days when you don’t feel like working out, here’s a quick workout (only 20 minutes), that really gets your whole body toned. Whenever I do this workout, I feel a bit sore the next day because it’s quite intense without feeling too much. It’s beginner friendly and honestly the best workout. It’s also fun!

You can do this workout at home because all you need is a kettlebell. You can get one from Amazon here for only $25 and you got yourself an easy (well, not easy but convenient) workout at home!

I cannot rave enough about Tone It Up. I’ve been following them for about 6 years now and they are the most supportive community I know. If you are looking to be your healthiest and best self, look no further. These girls are such sweethearts and I feel like I’ve really gotten to know them within the years I’ve been following them. They also have a complete meal plan that you can purchase if you are struggling in that area. I personally own one, and it’s great. They always have challenges that range from one week to thirty days. They make it fun and pretty easy for you. I’m not sponsored by them, I’m just sharing my love for them.

This kettlebell workout is my favorite from them, but they have MANY more workouts. If this one isn’t for you, just search them on YouTube and you will find their other workouts.

Hope this will help you get in shape and motived to be your best self!

Have an amazing weekend!

With love & gratitude,

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