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Livin 20/20 and Changing My Perspective with Acuvue®

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After years of denial, I finally admit it. I needed contacts! I’m partnering up with @Acuvue to share my experience with trying ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses for the very.first.time. If you’ve worn glasses for years or have sensitive feeling eyes, I’m right there with you. Follow my new journey on the blog! First time experience from glasses to Acuvue brand contact lenses on the blog! Ready to make the switch from glasses to contact lenses? I'm sharing my experience with Acuvue and how I dealt with contact lenses with my sensitive eyes. More on the blog! GoodTomiCha.com

From glasses to Acuvue® Brand Contact Lenses:

I’ll be honest. I should’ve been wearing contacts a longggg time ago. My journey to better eyesight has been an odd one. I knew that I should’ve been wearing some kind of corrective wear, but was scarred from rude elementary kids when I was younger. I had braces at the time and told my parents they had to choose one for me to have (LOL).  My eyesight has never been that bad, but when I went to college I started having more difficulty. Reading the board in large auditoriums and staring at computer screens all day really took a toll. I would have to rush to get to class early because I needed to sit in the front 3 rows. If I was late, I would literally turn right back around because the class would be pointless.

I finally caved and got glasses my junior year and it completely changed the game! However, it still didn’t give me the confidence I needed. I always found they got in the way or I wanted to add sunglasses while driving. Contacts have always scared me because I have sensitive feeling eyes. I didn’t even wear eyeliner for years because my eyes would water! When the opportunity came up to try ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, I jumped at the chance. I needed something to push me to try or I would always wonder if I’d like them… and I’m so glad I did!

Southern Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger, Tomi from GoodTomiCha, documents her journey from glasses to Acuvue brand contact lenses. After suffering from blurry vision and sensitive eyes, she was ready for a change! Read more on the blog: GoodTomiCha.com How to put in Acuvue Branded Contact Lenses | First time experience after switching to glasses on the blog! First time experience putting in Acuvue Branded Contact Lenses | Switching from Glasses to Contact Lenses

First time experience:

First, I visited the eye doctor to get fitted for my lenses. After about an hour of tests, I had the contacts in my hands! I had to get them in before I could leave and I’ll admit it took a while!….. Ok, it took me 1.5 hours! I told you I had sensitive feeling eyes! However, once they were in I couldn’t even feel them. It was odd to have such great vision without glasses. One week after my initial appointment, I had my follow up. During that time I was able to find new tips and tricks in order to get my contacts in more quickly.  For starters, YouTube was my best friend! I slowly realized I should use my middle finger to insert them and hold my eyelashes on my top eyelid. This allows me to open up my eye more and it won’t make my eyes water as much. While I was at the eye doctor, they showed me how to put them in and take them out before I left. However, those were the ways that worked best for THEM. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work out that way for you! You’ll find the best process that works for you in time.

Guide to How to put on acuvue branded contact lenses | First time experience shifting from glasses to contacts with GoodTomiCha Getting fitted for Contact Lenses soon? I'm sharing my entire journey from the eye doctor appointments to putting Acuvue brand contact lenses on for the first time after glasses! Read about my experience on the blog: GoodTomiCha.com

Livin 20/20 and Changing My Perspective with Acuvue®

Since my follow up appointment, it’s definitely become easier every day. Driving at night isn’t something I dread anymore and I’m happy I can pay attention in my MBA classes without any problems! Also, the ACUVUE OASYS® 1-Day with HydraLuxe™ Technology are easy to change out. I can’t wait for the day where I can just pop them in without any problems! In order for me to balance blogging and school, being able to be efficient in my work is crucial. With my lenses, there’s one less thing to worry about.

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately.

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The Social Media Comparison Game and How to Beat It

Photography: Deanna Kourtney Photography

Outfit Details:

Sweater (Lizard Thicket Greenville) similar style here | Jeans

Boots  (under $40!)| Sunglasses | Purse

The Comparison Game

Gucci Belts. Fairy Lights. Goldendoodles. These are all things I considered buying this year in the name of Instagram. Sure you can try staying off of social media, but you can’t really do that when it’s your job! I’ve been sitting on this post for days because I didn’t want to admit how this hits so close to home. It’s very easy in an environment like blogging or even just as a typical consumer of social media to compare yourself to others.

“Comparison is the thief of joy” and we all know that to be true. I’m not talking about in the competitive aspects of how studying people in your industry can help you be a better brand. I’m talking about focusing on the superficial moments that affect your mentality. “How do they get their hair perfect EVERY time?” “Where do they find the money to go on trips to fun places. Wish that could be me.” “Why am I still stuck at X amount of followers when she started blogging after me?”

The feelings of self-doubt kept growing stronger and I knew I didn’t want to be on this path again in my life. When I was in middle school and high school I struggled with self-esteem and comparison constantly. It would always come in waves and of course, it was immediately interrupted when I was reminded that I was pretty… for a black girl. Or reminded that I was the friend who was invited just because I was friends with the most popular girls in school. I hated feeling that way. Like I wasn’t good enough and that no matter how hard I worked to get noticed, it would never be enough in comparison.

I wish I had some special eureka moment to share when I finally got it, but I don’t. There was just a time right before college when I remember thinking to myself, “I don’t have to live this way. It’s draining keeping a pulse on what everyone else is doing. Why would I want to waste my energy on something that’s not ultimately helping me to become a better person or better my future? College is honestly when I learned to stop giving people my joy. (#RECLAIMINGMYTIME lol) It’s only when you start focusing on your own goals and opportunities that you can really shine.

We Need to Work On Our Authenticity

In the blogging world, comparison is the reason why the market has become so inauthentic. People are buying followers, comments, and likes or participating in loop giveaways every week. And for what? Some number to flaunt to strangers to prove superiority? If we’re not careful, this can end like a creepy Black Mirror episode. When it comes down to it, being fake does nothing for bloggers in the long haul. 2018 marketing trends will push for more diverse, content creators to make videos, podcasts, and to be more genuine with their followers. Those girls with the perfect feeds who have the personality of a potato will hardly last.

If you’re trying to be the boss babe that I know you can be, it shouldn’t matter how other people are approaching their business. Stay. In. Yo. Lane. Use that time and energy to work on creating something that can really benefit your followers and put back something useful in this world. For me, that means sharing stories just like this one. Unapologetically opening up about my insecurities and how even though I’m stronger now, I still struggle with them. I’m guilty of a few controversial blogger growth tactics like loop giveaways, the follow/unfollow method, and comment pods. It kind of makes me sick to even know I tested them out. Maybe instead of worrying about the quantities of followers, we should’ve been focusing on the quality of our content.

Here are 3 Ways to avoid Comparison on Social Media:

1. Unfollowing Toxic People: That can mean anyone who makes me feel these moments of inadequacy or those who are just there to waste your time and not support you. When I first started blogging, I actually avoided following repost accounts and RewardStyle because I never saw women who looked like me. Fill your feed with inspiration and not the false, aspirational narratives of others.

2. Having Honest Conversations with Yourself: If I want to have x amount of followers is it because I want to reach more people for Christ as a brand or because another blogger just hit that same goal. If it’s the latter, I need to find ways to do it for ME. Understanding the reasoning behind our decisions as bloggers are so important.

3. Community Over Competition. Always:  I found a quote on Instagram recently that says, “Don’t compare yourself to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon; they shine in their own time.” It’s ok to support other women and still be hustling for your own dream. Empowered women, empower women. Right, ladies?

It’s easy to fall into the social media comparison game and envy other people’s highlight reels. We’re all works in progress and that’s ok! I can already tell 2018 is a year for mental and spiritual growth for me. If you struggle with comparison, let me know how you hope to fix it this year below!

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Happy Holidays with Basic Invite Christmas Cards

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. However, all opinions are my own. 

Create your dream invitations, announcements, and Christmas cards with Basic Invite! With over 400 color options, you're sure to make the perfect greeting.

Growing up, I never got the chance to do Christmas cards with my family. We were always so busy with school, extracurricular activities, meetings and more. I think that’s why I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the holidays. Winter break meant I would get to spend quality time with my family (including my extended) to catch up. Now with social media, it makes everything so much easier, but nothing compares to the tradition of Christmas cards! Plus, who doesn’t love getting some good ole’ fashioned snail mail?

Basic Invite offers over 400 different combinations for your 2017 Christmas cards and offers everything from stationery to wedding announcements. I’ll definitely be hoping to partner with them again in the future! (Pssst. You can send this blog post as a big hint to your significant other like I’m doing with mine.)

Keep reading to find out why I love Basic Invite for announcements and holiday cards

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