February 25, 2017 • style, wise words
So much of our lives, we’ve been told who to be, how to act, and what to see. Mantras have personally unburied me from the labels I’ve put on myself. Daily recitation has increased my confidence in myself and my abilities. Read on for mantras and affirmations that will change your perspective and view of yourself.
I BELONG HERE.
I always say this when I'm walking into a place out of my comfort zone. It's the best reminder that you deserve to be where you are.
I RELEASE WHAT I CANNOT CHANGE.
The past has passed and it's time to let go of our regrets. Those choices we made have shaped where we are now. And no matter what, I promise you it will work out.
EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY.
I CREATE MY OWN STANDARD OF BEAUTY.
Hi comparison. Hi social media. It's the easiest thing to wonder why we don't look like this or aren't skinny like "them." Our bodies are so so different, for a good reason. Embrace what you look like and work what chu got.
I LOVE MYSELF.
Breathe in and out, and say that to yourself. Look in the mirror, embracing every imperfection and say it. It's time to become best friends with yourself. Root for yourself, love yourself.
I LOVE WHERE I AM.
I AM WHOLE.
I AM ENOUGH.
I'm a mess, like all of the time. I struggle to get to the gym. And my body isn't perfect.
But nevertheless, I AM ENOUGH. And so are you. You deserve the world and the moon and the stars. Don't let anyone treat you like you deserve anything less, most of all yourself.
I write this post because I want you to get closer to lasting happiness and believing in yourself. Sending all of my love across the interwebs to you.
P.S. If you were wondering, yes, that's snow on the ground, and yes, it was quite cold in that short sleeve tee. 😂
Bookstores are the perfect escape during winter. I love exploring bookstores or libraries. It seems time stops and you just are surrounded by words, picking which ones speak to you the most.
I have fond memories from middle school when my dad and I used to venture to Books A Million and peruse for hours trying to find a new read. Our favorite part was that they didn’t close till 11:00 pm, so us night owls could take our time. 😊
It’s been a while since I’ve read a fiction book. I truly enjoy escaping into another world. It’s like a pre-written daydream, which is what I’m very fond of doing frequently. It opens your eyes to new perspectives and unimaginable wonders. It allows your creativity to soar. You can travel a million miles away all in a day while reading a book. That’s what I love. Mini escapes.
Some fiction reads that I always have on hand are:
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Yes, the same gal who wrote Twilight, but seriously, I love this one!)
- Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Brad Barkeley and Heather Hepler
- Dream Factory by Brad Barkeley and Heather Hepler
What are some of your fiction faves?
February 09, 2017 • food
Is it too late to eat pumpkin? Was that a fall thing? Is it soooo last year? NAH. I was craving some of these cookies as I was shopping yesterday, so I picked up the three ingredients and made em!
So here we go. Listen really carefully.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪
You will need:
- 15 oz canned pumpkin puree (plain, not the pumpkin pie kind)
- 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 17 oz spice cake mix box
What ya do:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease cookie sheet.
- Mix pumpkin and spice mix together in a bowl.
- Once mixed, add in the chocolate chips.
- Put scoops onto cookie sheet. (Make the cookie dough as big as you want it on the cookie sheet. They won't flatten out or expand.)
- Put the cookies in the oven for 13-18 minutes. Watch carefully.
- Let cool for a few minutes and then eat eat eat.
They should be gooey and oh-so-freakin good. Seriously so simple, but everybody loves em!
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What's a simple recipe that's your go-to? Tell me below!
February 07, 2017 • how to, style, wise words
I believe happiness and kindness should spread like the plague. I'm here sharing 6 ways to find your smile.
1. Care less about what others think.
I've spent a ton of time trying to figure out what people think of me. Does it really matter? Stop assuming people think the worst of you, stop making life decisions based on what others think. Be you and follow your heart.
Also, stop comparing yourself to everyone else. You see people's highlight reels on Instagram and Facebook. That ain't real stuff. You know that, right? They don't post the pictures of their credit card bills, their tear-stained faces after a bad day, or their tragedies. Please remember that. Comparison is the thief of joy.
2. Give yourself some credit.
You get up everyday. You're trying. That in and of itself is amazing. Clap for yourself for every little achievement you do. I've been doing that lately and have felt like I have accomplished the world (even if I just went to the post office and did my laundry. Haha).
3. Take care of yourself.
In the words of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, TREAT YO SELF. Allow some time for you to take care of yourself. Take a longer shower. Paint your nails. Do a body scrub. Spend some time meditating about your life and goals. Write down your worries and thoughts. Decompress.
Yes, you deserve it!
4. Feel your feelings.
I've tried to achieve this level of 100% perfection in my life, so I've tried to always be happy. When I was in my acting class performing a monologue last year, my professor stopped me, and said, "You're sad today, McKenzie." I kinda took a step back, and replied, "Yeah, I am." I had put up that wall of constant happiness that I didn't even take a second to reflect on how I actually felt. My professor said that the second we feel our feelings, whether good or bad, we are able to move on so much faster.
Don't bury your feelings and save them for later. Feel that ish. Cry. Hit something (like a pillow). Let it out. That will allow you to get over your feelings faster. When I have a good 5 minute cry, I let out the feelings, and then I'm able to have a much better day.
5. Get in the mindset.
Sometimes happiness doesn't always come. There was a period of time where I was consistently sad, and I woke up one morning and the thought came to me to choose to be happy. Look for the good instead of focusing on the negative, and I'm sure you'll be able to find your smile.
Don't forget to be grateful. Every time I have to park like a mile away from the grocery store, I always remind myself how thankful I am that I can actually walk. There are many things we take for granted. When we take a step back and realize how much we do have, the world gets a little bit brighter.
6. Take a deep breath.
Sometimes we get into the mindset that it's a bad life. I used to quote Jacob from Twilight saying, "Life sucks then you die." That is WRONG. It's not a bad life, sometimes it's just a bad day. Make sure to distinguish that and keep it in perspective.
I want you to be happy—truly and authentically. It starts with you and your mind.
Been going on more carefree adventures lately, where everything isn't planned out and we just go and see what we find. I love those moments. I also love planning out everything down to the minute. I think that's called balance. Ya need both.
I'm off to hang with my friends and do something fun. Probably go to a dessert joint and have a night in watching rom-com's. It's time to celebrate that we've made it through another week and that this week has been a good one. Hope your weekend is awesome. ✌
What's your idea of the perfect weekend?