May 16, 2017 • style, wise words
After what seems a crazy couple months, the dust has settled, and now I'm taking inventory of what I've learned. It's a long journey, ain't it? I love learning and changing. That's what keeps it exciting. 😊
1. When everything falls apart, and then continues to snowball, it's time to question it.
In a two week period, my wallet was stolen, I got super sick for about 10 days, got in a car wreck with some awful whiplash, got sick again, my car was totaled (2 months after buying it), my old car (which I hadn't sold yet) completely died when I went to use it again so I had to get a new battery, I sprained my foot and could barely walk, I locked my keys in my car, I got a new car (yay) then got a huge crack in it after a rock hit my windshield.....it just seemed like it was not. going. to. stop.
I started taking inventory of my life to see if God/the Universe was trying to tell me something. The second I scanned over my life, I knew what it was. I was continuously making a bad choice that wasn't good for me. It had changed who I was and how I wanted to live my life. It took me another few weeks, but finally, I let that "disease" out of my life. Everything is looking up! More than that though, I feel peace.
Sometimes crap happens, and there's no explanation. Other times, it might be a wake up call.
2. Having self-respect is nothing to feel sorry for.
I started feeling bad for cutting people out of my life because they weren't bringing goodness to it. To move forward, we will have to cut out people from our lives. I love this quote, "Don't set yourself on fire to keep others warm."
3. Trust your gut.
I mull over decisions forEVER. I've annoyed myself and a lot of my friends. What I've discovered is when you've got the gut feeling that it's right, do it. Don't second-guess your gut. It's usually never wrong.
4. Kindness is underrated.
In a world full of cynicism, kindness creates such an impact. I've found that when I've learned to be more patient and happy with strangers, they appreciate it and throw kindness back to you. Then you want to share it more and then you create a ripple effect! 💚 Let's throw it around like confetti.
5. Keep on truckin'.
You didn't get this far to give up. If you're lacking in motivation, read some inspirational quotes or speak affirmations. It will always get better, I promise. Take a deep breath, and tackle that grind.
"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end."
March 21, 2017 • style
It was fun having a conversation with my momma the other day about how the bell sleeve trend is back "in." She grew up in the 70s and she said, "Those bell sleeves and bell bottoms were all the rage. You are literally wearing a shirt I used to wear." Funny how it all comes back, ain't it?
Have you seen the new Beauty & the Beast yet? That's what inspired me to name this post Beauty & the Bell Sleeve. Bell sleeves are feminine and seem to have some princess charm to them, right? If you have seen the movie, tell me your thoughts below! (I guess you can't spoil too much of it, since it's the same basic story.) 😉
How do you feel about bell sleeves?
I was going through old photos on my camera last week, when I happened upon this weekend trip I had taken to Torrey, Utah last summer. I'm obsessed with all of the red rock. I've got some serious cabin fever lately, so I wanted to share the beautiful scenery and maybe make you feel my pain. 😉
My goals are to head to Mexico and back home to Nashville at some point this summer. Fingers crossed.
Where are you off to next?
March 09, 2017 • how to, style, styling tips
I stared at my closet this morning completely lost what to wear. It's warm enough that I don't need to be bundled and frump-a-schlump, but not warm enough that I can just frolic in dresses. (Anyone else experience this struggle?) So...I compromised. I wore a light sweater and my favorite lace-up sandals. Warm on top, cool on bottom. This will probably be my outfit formula for the next little bit.
Keep scrolling for my top picks to wear for this awkward spring thing we're experiencing.
MY 12 PICKS FOR SPRING TRANSITIONING
How do you dress during the awkward winter/spring transition?
(Let's call it swing, for winter swinging into spring. Yeah?)
March 04, 2017 • how to, style, wise words
Millionaires usually have around 3-7 sources of income. So if you've got multiple hustles, they are legitimate and are bringing you towards your financial goals and life goals. That doesn't mean it isn't overwhelming and stressful.
As someone that has been known as or is currently known as a store owner, student, sales associate, actress, blogger, model, and singer...just to name a few, you need something that can help you stay sane amidst all of the madness that comes with your hustles and side hustles. I'm sharing how I stay sane with all of the hats I wear. I hope these tips can help you as well.
SCHEDULE EVERYTHING OUT
I use a Happy Planner which helps me to stay on top of every different thing I’m doing. The one I got has different sections that I can use for my different jobs/activities.
Everyday, I have my to do list, my schedule, and business tasks written down. I also try to write down my 1-3 goals that must get done for the day.
ALLOW FOR “ME” TIME
If I don’t get time to recharge my batteries, alone in my room, I feel like a robot that’s about to combust from overheating. Allow at least 30 minutes a day that you can take a break and do what you want to do. Like catching up on a funny show (like Superstore or Brooklyn 99 for me), painting your nails, taking a nap, reading a book, or just chilling and doing absolutely nothing.
GET UP EARLIER
Okay, I am not a morning person, but I’ve started getting up earlier and completing the must-do tasks then. What happens? I’m not fretting about those tasks for the rest of the day. Hallelujah! I try to work out in the mornings for sure, cause if I don’t, let’s be honest, it ain’t gonna happen.
Your body deserves nutrients. It fuels your mind, your energy, your mood…I could go on and on. Take care of your body and you’ll be able to be so much more productive and feel a ton better.
I found this article on easy and healthy snacks that I use for my snacks throughout the day.
LEARN TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF AND YOUR MISTAKES
Sophia Amoruso said in her book #GirlBoss (a must-read) that success and failure is not black and white. It’s kinda gray. Your failures and mistakes can be a lesson that catapults you into your success. But what is success? Only you define that.
When you mess up, just laugh, and remember you're human. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be grateful for the mistakes you make. Now you know what NOT to do. 😉 Don’t let it set you back. Within every failure is a hidden opportunity. Find it and get back out there.
SLEEP 7-8 HOURS
Caffeine is not an option to constantly keep you going. Making sleep a priority will help you stay healthy and, let’s be real, SANE.
When I don’t get enough sleep, I’m cranky, unproductive, and just done with life. Sleep sleep sleep. And if you feel tired during the day, take a 20 minute power nap. It’s proven to increase productiveness.
CARVE YOUR OWN PATH
It’s always a good idea to read up on how people have been successful in your field. Take a few notes, but don’t use them as your bible. Throw out those notes, if you want! There isn’t just ONE way to do things. Even if it’s never been done before, carve your path in your own way and see if it works!
Their way worked for them. Do what works for you. And start that by being you.
Hat: Gigi Pip (similar) | Blouse: Boohoo (on sale for $17!) | Jeans: Joe's Jeans | Booties: Sold Out (similar pair)