What’s Your Story: GG from All the Many Layers
Creator and author of All the Many Layers, GG writes about the ways in which she overcame the challenges she encountered in life by finding her own voice and following her passions. With her blog, she aims to inspire and empower women to be their best selves no matter what they have been through, and I think she is doing a beautiful job! I had the pleasure of working with her on my own feature, which I talked a little bit about on my blog a couple weeks ago, and I can honestly say that it has been a pleasure to work with her! She regularly covers issues like self esteem and inner beauty, and works with other female bloggers to create inspiring feature pieces in addition to her own content. I hope that you will find inspiration in her story, and find the power to share yours with others. Reading her story, I am reminded of one of my all time favorite quotes:
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Without further ado, here’s GG in her own words…
“Hi, I’m GG. Writer for hire. Soulful living expert. Daydreamer Extraordinaire. Shameless about my love of big hair, pretty things and deep thoughts.”
By GG Renee
I was excited when Maha asked me to share my story with her readers because storytelling is my passion. It’s only my favorite thing in the whole world. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than a woman with a story and a sparkle in her eye. So here’s an abbreviated version of mine.
There are so many ways that life has thrown me for a loop. I got pregnant right when I was on the cusp of twenty-something, professional woman fabulosity. Recent college graduate. First job. I was 23. I never expected to be a single mother. I never expected that marriage and family would become such a complicated issue for me.
I didn’t expect to acquire a lifetime of debt before I was 25. I didn’t understand the implications of what I was doing or how my spending behavior was linked to deeper issues. I didn’t expect to find myself at 28 sitting on a couch in my therapist’s office crying my eyes out saying that I’d ruined my life. Completely and utterly disillusioned with the woman I thought I was supposed to be, worried that my messiness would affect my kids. I had two at that point.
Over time, I realized that I needed to get back to the fundamental basics of who I am as a human being. Not as a woman, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Just as a human being. What comes naturally to me? What excites me? Comforts me? Sustains me? What is inside of me that I have been so afraid let out?
So I started writing and life started making sense. I stopped beating myself up and took a creative approach to life. Now I live to find the beauty in everything, even the things that once made me feel ugly. I write to inspire complex women to be vulnerable, follow their hearts, and explore their extremes.
GG’s Face of the Day
In the photo, I am applying Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer in Brown Bronze. Before I applied that however, I used Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream. If I’m keeping it really quick and simple, say to run to the store, I wear this alone. If I’m going out and need longer wear or more coverage, I use the bronzer as well. When I use concealer I use Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer. I have Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow on my eyes in Bad to the Bronze. As you can see, on an average day I like to wear just enough makeup to give me some glow and some shimmer, but I don’t like to fuss with too many colors or techniques unless the occasion calls for a bit more drama. I have on NYX eyeliner in black (I think!), I usually use black or dark brown and Maybelline Falsies Mascara. When I wear blush, I have been using IMAN’s blushing duo. Oh! And I have on NYX lipstick in Sparkling Beige. I’m bronze beige everything, huh? LOL.
GG’s Beauty Secret
My favorite beauty secret is grapeseed oil. I use it for everything. Makeup removal. Facial moisturizer. I mix it with castor oil to oil cleanse my skin. It’s a great heat protectant when I use heat in my hair. It’s natural, it’s light, it’s rich in antioxidants, it’s anti-aging and it evens skin tone.
I hope you enjoyed this entry, as the inaugural post for my Inspired Beauty features! If you are interested in sharing a story with my readers, please feel free to contact me at Maha@mahamaven.com! Be sure to cc TheMahaMaven@gmail.com.