How I Made my #LifeGoals a Reality

Every now and then, I will see girls tagging their friends in my photos and say #lifegoals.

It’s funny reading the I wish this was my life comments, because everything I have accomplished and built is completely attainable by anyone. Sometimes I wish I could just scream it through my phone.

I was always the day dreamer looking out the window, I never knew exactly where my life would take me but I knew that I wanted to build it myself. Ever since a very young age I was completely enamored with creating. It could be arts, crafts, or school projects; I just loved being the architect watching my visions come to life and this passion carried over into adulthood. I’ve never worked a 9 to 5 and have always been my own boss and on my own terms, from working as a photo-retoucher, to an internationally-published photographer, and now a blogger living in my dream city. What I’ll decide to dabble in next is a mystery but I’m confident in my passion to learn, explore, and turn it into a living. The last thing I want to do is write a vanity piece on myself *cringe* but so much of my audience is at that pivotal crossroad stage of life, I am hoping that with this post, I can help inspire and provide some guidance.

Let’s face it, everyone wants to be a blogger these days but not everyone has a tech-saavy-photographer-boyfriend or a dream team behind them like a lot of these A-list bloggers do. I always moan that I wish I had the same resources as the girls that I look up to – but the fact is that I don’t. The up-side is that there is such a full sense of satisfaction with every accomplishment, deal-closed, and successful project in the books when it is all done on your own from start to finish. I do hope to have a dream team behind me one day, but I’m proud to say that in the mean time… I got it handled. :)

Today I am sharing with you the genesis of my story. No, it wasn’t a makeup class, or sitting in on a blogging seminar.. it was my 7th grade computer class. Yes, a general middle school class that I attended a couple days a week for a quarter of the school year was the catalyst for everything to come over the next 17 years & hopefully the rest of professional life.

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A Woman on the go x Staying Put Together

Being able to blog full-time is an immense blessing. Work can always be something I’m passionate about because I control the content, ensuring that everything I create has my heart and sweat behind it. Ha, sweat! We’ll come back to that in a sec. Being in complete control of my content and my space makes me very protective over it as well. As much as I logically know that I need a team, as of now I prefer to be a one-woman- show. After all, my blog is my baby! As overwhelming as things can get and no matter how flustered I make myself, I know I can always rely on Secret Outlast Xtend to keep me feeling put together and fresh.

A typical day for me begins with shooting under bright lights in my tiny home-office, lugging half of my equipment out into LA’s hot afternoon sun to shoot some photos, drag it back inside and run off to an event or meeting. Working for yourself means being on the go from the moment you wake up and sometimes there just isn’t time to touch up between point A and B. Feeling dry and fresh really keeps me in the right mindset to feel confident and be able to work the room once I get to point B. I think every blogger can agree that you never feel like you’re not working, everything becomes a photoshoot and everything exciting needs to be shared with my e-family (you guys!). It might seem unhealthy but I promise, to me, the passion I have for documenting everything just feels like a closer connection to life, not the opposite. Real life does find its way into my work-that-feels-like-play schedule: errands, deadlines, family responsibilities, etc.; so it’s important for me to be organized in mind even if my workspace doesn’t look like it. I rely heavily on my iCalendar but I love to keep a handwritten notebook and planner on me at all times as well. Handwriting helps me visualize and organize my thoughts better, baby-steps towards a clear mind on a busy day. Being forever on the go, not even counting my permanent wanderlust, means I have to have multitasking down to a science and Secret Outlast Xtend keeps me feeling like I’m never running on empty.

Secret Outlast Xtend comes in two forms: an Invisible Solid and a Clear Gel. I love both but I’ve always gravitated towards a gel. I love the way it feels on the skin; I instantly feel cooled & refreshed and I love how quickly it adheres to my skin leaving no white marks or residue behind. Now that is the key to success for a woman of color! I do enjoy the Invisible Solid when I travel because there is no chance of it getting messy from all the moving around and pressure changes. The Invisible Solid has a patented active enhancer that helps stop odor before it even starts! Its dry application also lets you control the amount of coverage you need. Both formulas provide continuous 48-hour protection, perfect for a jet-set-girl or woman on the go. Our days may feel meshed together, but it’s comforting to know that Secret’s got you covered!

Secret is giving you all the chance to try their new Outlast Xtend for free! Head to SecretStore.com and enter promo code PL76XS for your free sample!

(Make sure you click Outlast Xtend at the top of the page, that is what the code will work for!)
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What’s in my Travel Gear Bag? | Cameras & Gadgets

Hello from London!

I’m recuperating in our hotel room after a very long day of travels and I’m finally ready to share my camera/gear collection with you! Obviously I filmed this when I was in Mexico two weeks ago but I held off on posting it because of the holiday. I thought I’d squeeze it in before I post my New Years Eve tutorials this week – because who wants to wait another week?! I’ll list the items in order of the video but I’ll include all of the little accessories that I didn’t mention in the video here as we go. Enjoy!

PS don’t forget to enter to win an all-inclusive trip to Mexico HERE! Contest is open until New Year’s Eve!

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Cameras & Lenses for Sale!

I’m breaking hoarder-protocol!!! lol!

Being a photographer and a blogger, I’ve accumulated a ton of gear over the years.. most of which is collecting absurd amounts of dust. In an attempt to declutter and not be so wasteful, I’m finally letting some stuff go!! I’ve included plenty of photos that I photographed with the camera or lens in question! If you have any questions at all please leave me a comment below or feel free to email me at info@irenesarah.com! I hope who ever ends up with these items love them as much as I did *tear*

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