The Most Important Lesson I've Learned

Last spring I was on a career path. I had graduated a semester early from college, was earning my masters degree in sports management, and had a job that most people would die for. I had an amazing boss who wanted me to be successful, and a co-worker who had become one of my best friends. 
But they say hindsight is always 20/20 right? 
Since the day I left Charlotte, I was so focused on getting back, that I couldn't see how blessed I truly was. 
I forgot that I had worked so hard during my college years to get exactly where I was. I already had my dream job.

Last March I wrote this post, announcing that I was leaving NASCAR (the first real job I'd ever had and the only sport I'd ever worked in) for a new opportunity in Houston. 
Last night I was reading this email that my mom sent me after I took the job, and she was so right. Aren't they always?
If anything, this move has taught me exactly this. 
I've learned what I love and know exactly who I am. I'm a girl who gains so much fulfillment out of my career. I love the sports industry, and I truly believe that no amount of money will ever be greater than doing what you love. 
If I never would have left, I might have never been able to appreciate it. 

The opportunity in Houston has been great, anyone would be lucky to have the job that I do. I've been able to enjoy some time with my family, from sleepovers with my little brother, to home cooked meals with my parents, and girls nights with my sisters-in-law, and for that I'll be forever grateful. If I'm honest with myself though, I didn't listen to my heart when I decided to make this move.

So, yesterday I resigned from my job and decided to move back to Charlotte. My heart is in the Carolina's and I have a passion for racing. It's the most amazing industry to work in, and people often don't realize what a huge business is behind the sport.

I don't have a job yet, and it's scary. 
For the first time in a long time I'm not the one with a grand plan, I don't have it all together, or my next steps mapped out, but it's okay. I'm learning to listen to my heart, and I've never felt happier. From the second I made my decision I've felt a sense of relief, like it's exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. I don't think that God would put a desire in our heart, if he didn't have a plan, and I'm learning to trust him.

A buddy sent me this verse last night, it's one of my favorites. I don't know how he knew, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.
It's taking a lot of strength and courage, but I'm trusting that God has a perfect plan for me, I just need to be patient.

Macy's Handbag Winner...

I've finally gotten around to posting a winner for the Macy's Hispanic Heritage Month  Handbag, and it's...
Congrats Shauna! I'll send you an email to get your info.
Also, I don't know if y'all follow Alyx, but you should...
I don't know how it's possible to be so excited for someone who you've never met, but it happens. It happened to me this week when she announced that she's gonna be a mama! I was literally giddy with excitement for her and her hubby. Head on over and tell her congrats! (sorry Alyx, I had to steal your pic!)
That's all I've got for you today. Come back tomorrow for another edition of "This Week's Best..."

This week's best. A little weekend reading...

I love reading blogs, but sometimes I get tired of seeing the same outfit pictures, beauty "must haves", and pins thrown onto a page just to have something on the blog that day. 

It's refreshing to come across a post with substance, writing that draws you in, a question that makes you stop and think, or a story that you can relate to. I've decided to start compiling the "week's best" posts from my feed every Friday, and sharing them with y'all. A bit of "weekend reading" for you to enjoy.

So, head on over to these blogs, and check out my favorite posts from the week!

This post inspired me to live out my faith, not just occasionally, but in everything I do - Hope Engaged
What would you tell your 15 year old self? Read what this gal would say - Amar Como Loca
Even on her worst days, she still manages to laugh. I'm never disappointed by this blog! - The Daily Tay
Raven says it so well & I know I'll want the same when I have kids one day... - Don't Quote The Raven
I loved this post about the importance of marrying the right man - Forever and A Day
Happy Friday Friends!
Enjoy the weekend, and I'd love for you to send me your favorite posts next week for next Friday's "This Week's Best"!

Beauty Battle: Dry Shampoo

It's time for another beauty battle. This week, the battle is between two very different types of dry shampoo. I'm comparing the Suave dry shampoo spray, and Oscar Blandi dry shampoo powder.
The biggest thing to notice between the two brands is the price difference. I've found the Suave shampoo at stores like Walgreens and Target for around $3, and bought the Oscar Blandi shampoo at Ulta for a little over $20.

The Suave shampoo comes in a spray bottle like hairspray while the Oscar Blandi shampoo is in powder form. The Suave version smelled fantastic, and sprayed on evenly without leaving any residue or white looking powder on my hair. I really feel like it added tons of volume and soaked up excess oil. The Oscar Blandi shampoo was a bit trickier. You have to put the powder in your palms and then rub it through your hair. I didn't see any added volume, and I don't feel like it worked to remove excess oil. It also left a gross white film on my scalp and in my hair.

I tried both dry shampoos after one day of not washing my hair. While the Suave shampoo was good, wouldn't expect to have the same results if I went longer than one day. Also, even though I had some white powder after using Oscar Blandi, it could be because I have dark hair and might work better on blondes.
My verdict? Save the $15+ and go with Suave. It smells fantastic, and leaves your hair looking fresh not powdery, for a much lower cost than Oscar Blandi. I'm a fan, and know I can put that money I saved to good use!

Life Lately & Shop My Closet

Life lately has been busy, but fun. I've really been focusing on being "in the moment" and enjoying what I'm doing and the people I'm with, instead of focusing so much on what's ahead. Being able to stop and cherish the present moment really does make all the difference.

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) was a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work. Bonus though? I got to meet Dierks Bentley.
Last night I spent some Q.T. (quality time) with my oldest brother. We went to a Dynamo game, the Houston pro-soccer team, and it was really fun. They just built a new soccer stadium and it is pretty awesome, I'd definitely encourage y'all to go if you're in the area. Derek had the hookup so we got suite tickets with free food and drinks all night!
I've really been blessed with the best brothers ever.
and today, I got to hang with some of the Houston blogger girls! We met for brunch at The Tasting Room, where we drank frozen sangria, ate delicious brunch and caught up on all things going on in the blog world.

I met Selena at the Symposium last month and she is one of the NICEST girls I've met, seriously love her, and I finally got to meet Steph. She is just as pretty and sweet in person y'all!
I feel so lucky to have so many awesome bloggers right here in Houston. It's allowed me to build some great friendships that extend beyond just blog comments. Darby planned this months get together and I think she did a fantastic job!

Shop My Closet...
I'm trying to de-clutter a bit, and I have a few items that are barely used and are looking for a better home. If you're interested in either of these, send me an email.

J. Crew Top - $25 (includes shipping)
Black J. Crew top, size 0. In great condition. Worn once or twice.

Vera Bradley Laptop Case - $20 (includes shipping)
Soft Vera Bradley laptop case. In great condition.
If you want either of these shoot me an email! Buzalibri (at) gmail .com


Heavier Things

So, I haven't blogged in over a week. I had plans of a giveaway (which you can now enter here), a guest blog post, and an update after the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. Unfortunately, I went through a little thing called a breakup this week and it put all of that on hold.

I didn't know what I wanted to write or share with y'all. It's awkward, I wanted to tell people, but I have a hard time managing the "I'm sorry" that comes after. I was really sad (for about a day), but decided that I've cried WAY TOO MANY TEARS over this boy, and honestly, he's not worth it.

Tyler and I have been through a lot because we've been friends for so long, but we had never actually dated. Last February when he and I decided to date, I thought it was because both of us had finally reached a point where we were ready to give the relationship a fair chance. I believed that he and I both wanted to make this work, despite the distance, and despite the hurt we've both caused each other in the past. APPARENTLY I was wrong. Tyler told me this week that he wanted "easy and carefree - without so much commitment" I'm sorry, but I've never heard "easy" and "long distance" used in the same sentence. When you decide to date long distance, you know it's going to take work, and commitment.

I settled during this relationship, and put up with a lot of things I shouldn't have, because of an idea I had in my head of who Tyler was. I wanted him to be this ideal person so badly, but in reality he isn't, and I'm glad I'm not settling any longer. We disagree on a lot of things, such as the value of a college education, or the role a female plays in a marriage. I lied to myself and said that these issues didn't matter, but really, you need to share the same values as the person you're with. This is the foundation that will help the two of you make decisions throughout the relationship, and maybe for the rest of your life.

I know how I want to be treated, and how I deserve to be treated. I want a man who treats me as a priority in his life, someone who values me, and our relationship. I deserve a man who will be there to support me. The past two months have been some of the hardest in my life, and even though I was dating Tyler, I've felt alone. I want someone to laugh with, someone to be my best friend, and my biggest fan. Most importantly, I want someone who I can trust, who isn't selfish and will be there through the good AND the bad.

I share all of this so y'all know what's going on, but PLEASE don't feel bad for me. I'm happy and I know someone who is perfect for me will come along one day. Until then, I plan on enjoying the moment.

Let's end this post with some breakup humor shall we?! For all my single ladies... - I can't get over how much I can get over you. - I'd like to go out with you, but I'm not ready for a serious relationship with an asshole. - This has been great, but I think I'll go back to doing whatever I want all the time.
and in the words of my girl T-Swift "we are never ever ever, getting back together!"

Macy’s Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Carlos Santana

I have some exciting news to share with y'all today! Macy's is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in partnership with Vanidades Magazine to salute Carlos Santana as the 2012 Icon of Style and they want YOU to join in the festivities. As a proud Latina, this is an event that I am so excited about!

Join Macy's at one of the Icon of Style events listed below as they explore Carlos Santana's influence in the music and fashion world along with Carlos Santana* and a panel of style makers and industry experts. Plus, with any Carlos by Carlos Santana purchase of $50 or more made during the event you'll receive, limited-edition Carlos by Carlos Santana key fob made by Brown Shoe Company.
*Personal Appearance at Herald Square only
Don't live near one of these cities? Don't worry, they've given me this great handbag to give away to one lucky reader! 
Just enter below...
a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can also test your knowledge of Macy's Hispanic Heritage Month by taking this quiz for a chance to win a $100 gift card - here
*M80 contacted me on behalf of Macy's and offered this handbag to use as a giveaway for my readers. This giveaway is in connection to Hispanic Heritage Month where Macy's in partnership with Vanidades magazine is honoring Carlos Santana as the 2012 Icon of Style.
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