Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love: June

June was a whirlwind y’all,

I’m not going to lie when I say that I have been living and planning for the summer months throughout the month of June because the next two months are going to be insane. I’m working hard to share amazing content that I’m passionate about, and I’m in the middle of a busy season at work and in my person life.

I love summer, but I always find that it goes by WAY. TOO. QUICKLY. So I made it my mission to make as many plans as possible for the month of July and August despite potentially being overwhelmed. It’s going to be an interesting two months ahead, but I’m excited.

Let’s get on to the June favorites, shall we? Make sure to share your favorites from June in the comments below so I can see what you all have been loving, too.

1| Beautiful Weather

I was finally able to lay outside and work on my tan this month, which is exciting for someone who enjoys the sun. Despite having some rain throughout the month, we finally stepped into 70-80 degree weather. It feels so darn good to be able to wear dresses, skirts and wedges all the time. It makes getting ready so much more enjoyable every day. I’ve also been doing little things like reading on my porch or blogging on my patio. It’s amazing what good weather will do for you.

2| Taking Risks

Real talk: I stopped taking risks in life. And it wasn’t fun AT. ALL. I was bored with life and needed excitement and thrill back in my life, so I decided to start saying yes and take risks. Let me tell you, there are going to be some exciting things happening in 2017 because of that. Whatever risk you’ve been avoiding recently like applying for that promotion at work or starting your own business—let this be your reminder to GO FOR IT. You got this, girl.

3| Focusing on Self-Love

I finally decided to get serious about self love in June, and I can’t express how positive it has been for my overall health and well-being. Bottom line, you need to love yourself, and you need to focus on taking care of yourself in the process. You’ll see so many benefits from it, and you will feel nothing but bliss. I promise. Stop the comparison game and the negative self talk because you are amazing. Point. Blank. Period.

4| Making time for Friends

Sometimes, you simply need time for your friends. Although work is crazy, and it can be difficult to make your schedules work—you need to make time for your friends. Whether it’s for happy hour after work, or a sushi night at your house with a bottle of wine, surrounding yourself with good friends is so important for living your best, most blissful life. Even if your friends live hours away, make time for a FaceTime call to catch up. I talked with my best friend on the phone for two hours about everything in life, and how we were excited to see each other. It made my week because I was reminded that even though I can’t see her often, we will always be close.

5| Intentional Living

I’ve been focusing on minimalism like decluttering my home, and being ruthless on what I bring into my own home by stopping unnecessary shopping. I wanted to focus more on intentional living and slowly. Essentially, enjoying the little things in life and not sitting on my couch and aimlessly scrolling on social media every day. Instead, I want to focus on my goals and create a blissful life. I’ve been appreciating my morning coffee and eating my meals without having my phone nearby. Let me just say there WILL be a post coming your way soon on this topic.


Sharing Love

If you’re knew to these posts, I’m all about sharing the love in the blogging community because there are some amazing bloggers out there who deserve to have their content shared with the world.

12 Thing I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

“You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.” This was  huge truth bomb for me. I’m happy that once I got to college I was comfortable with myself to do what I wanted to do and make my own path instead of doing what everyone else was doing. If you need a little encouragement or are looking a post that will help you reflect on your own experiences, make sure to read this post!

A Tiny Traveler: Apartment Tour 

I LOVE watching/reading people’s home/apartment tours. This probably comes from my love of home renovations, interior decorating, etc. I’ve always watched HGTV even when I was in elementary school. I watched all the shows from a young age because renovations and contracting runs in the family. You can say I’m hooked. So whenever a blogger shares their home, I love to see how they decorate and what their personal style is. I love Natalie’s style, and how minimal and simple her apartment is. You’ll definitely want to pin some of these photos for your some apartment inspiration.

Why You Should Take More Risks

Summer is always dishing out some amazing, relatable content on her blog; and that’s why I love to read her posts. She shared some truths on why you should take risks in life, and that it’s always important if you want to learn and grow. I couldn’t agree more with some of the things she shares in her post. It reminds me that I want to take more risks, so if you’re looking for some encouragement to start your own business, make a career move or any other risk in life—you’ll want to read this ASAP!

How & Why to Set Goals As A Couple 

This post was inspiring for me because I’m all about setting goals for myself every week, month, and year. If there’s something I want to accomplish, you can guarantee that I’m going to find a way to make it happen. #committed. But when I read about setting goals as a couple, I thought that this could open a door for even more goals to achieve. So I’m going to sit down with Josh and talk about goals we have for our relationship, life, etc. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together as a couple.

12 Powerful Things to Remind Yourself Today 

Erica is my girl. I feel like she’s one of those bloggers who is your virtual BFF. She shared some amazing and inspiring reminders that you’ll definitely want to read today like you’ll want to book that flight instead of buying a T-Shirt. And that you should live to work instead of work to live. And everyone knows all her advice and comments are true. So, if you need a simple, feel-good post that will bring you all the bliss in life, you’re going to love this post.

What posts have you been loving this month whether it’s from your blog or a blogger you love? What have you been loving this month as far as Netflix shows, recipes or your favorite trips?! Make sure to share all these wonderful things in the comments below!

 

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3 Reminders for Embracing Life’s Valleys

Life has peaks and valleys. There are times where we feel so high and on top of the world that we don’t ever want that feeling to stop, and there are times where life can have us feeling low and lost. There are many ways valleys can enter our lives that we have all experienced: rejection from a college, rejection from a promotion or job, or other unexpected changes that might interfere with previous plans (moving, changing jobs, beginning a relationship, etc.)

Some people see valleys as “bumps in the road” or a setback. While this is true, I think it negatively illustrates the value of valleys. I used to think a valley was the universe laughing at me struggling. Now, I view them more positively.

Yes, you may have gotten fired from your job; but you can use it as an opportunity to find a better job. Maybe one that pays more, or that offers more flexible hours, or where you can work from home. It’s still an opportunity.

You’ve plateaued after working hard for months on end to achieve your health and fitness goals. So what? Give yourself a week to relax and rest your body so it can work even harder. It’ll give you more motivation so you can get stronger. It’s an opportunity.

A few years ago, I experienced a “valley” when I applied to work at a local hospital. It was an opportunity I was excited about and had planned my entire summer around getting this job. Over a month past my “start date,” nothing progressed as far as paperwork or my medical clearance. Working at the hospital was my only plan for summer, and then I realized it wasn’t going to work out. I reached a valley I had no intention of being in.

Then I went through endless applications. I thought to myself, “I could go back to my old job.” But I didn’t enjoy my last job after four years. I decided to use this as a opportunity to find a job I loved. And I found it, and it paid far more than I intended. During the interview, they wanted to promote me to a higher paying position before I even began. It was a golden opportunity, and I said yes.

Fast forward a year later, and that same job lead me to my first, full-time marketing position that I’m currently working and loving today. I often think what would have happened if I ended up working at the hospital. Would I still be in a LDR with Josh? Would I have finished my Master’s? Who knows, but it’s incredible to think that begin rejected from something lead me to exactly where I needed to be. Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.

So how can YOU embrace your next valley?

1| Remember it’s temporary

If you’re going through a valley in your life, remember that your valley isn’t permanent. It won’t last forever. It’s a small stop along your journey, so treat it as such. Oftentimes, we get caught up with the negative moments in our lives that we don’t think about the positive things that could come from that experience.

2| There’s a bigger plan

You were rejected from your dream job that you’re more than qualified for. That’s horrible, and you’re probably feeling pretty sad about it, too. Take the time to go through the motions that come with rejection. But don’t let it keep you down. Remember that there’s a reason you weren’t hired for that job. You will be lead to the job you’re meant to work.

3| Opportunities are everywhere

Even in the midst of a valley and a negative situation, there is always room for opportunity.

But you have to remember to be open to the possibilities and the opportunities that could be presented to you in that season.

Think outside the box. Apply for something that is exciting and out of your comfort zone. You never know when an unexpected opportunity may present itself.

Even when we have reached a valley in life, it’s not necessarily negative. Sure, you might feel disappointed or confused on what your next step should be, but it’s easy to make a valley into a peak. All it takes is a little patience and time.

Have you experienced a “valley” in your life recently? How can you turn it into a peak? Make sure to share your stories and thoughts in the comments below!

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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love

Wasn’t May 1st like…yesterday?

Is it just me, or is 2017 flying by for everyone else, too? Because I truly feel like this year has been flying by every single month and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Now we’re heading into the summer months, and I’m hoping to kick my blog work and goals into high gear for the second half of the year. What are your goals for June or for summer altogether? Make sure to share your goals in the comments below because #accountability. Am I right?! Also make sure to share what you’ve been loving this month whether they are beauty products, podcasts or anything in between!

May Favorites:

My favorites all weren’t necessarily beauty or fashion favorites, but they were favorites that I know we can all relate to if you love podcasts, blogging courses, and everything in between. Make sure to leave comment below telling me what you’ve been loving this month whether it’s food, fashion or tech-related!

1| The Lavendaire Lifestyle

I have been loving podcasts this month and I’m not too sure how I didn’t get into them months ago. I have been watching Aileen from Lavendaire on YouTube for awhile now, but I just recently began listening to her podcasts. Her podcasts alone have inspired me so much that I’ve been catching up on several episodes a day. (Not every day, but quite often!) I love how she is able to discuss different topics and reach her audience by sharing inspiration for living your best life. If you’re into podcasts like the Lively Show and Big Magic, you’ll love Lavendaire Lifestyle.

2| Blogging Courses

Y’all, I’ve been all about the downloads, e-courses, webinars, and everything else you can imagine. Whether it’s about pitching to brands, to learning more about Instagram—blogging courses in general have been my jam this month. I wanted to take the month to really focus on learning. So I put away the books for a month, and focused on courses, classes and videos. Needless to say, I have some plans for the blog I hope to share with you soon. I recently reviewed my notes from Erica’s #BrandOut presentation, and I’ve been putting some of those tips into actions. What blogging courses, webinars, e-books, etc. have you been loving? Make sure to share your favorites!

3| Pedicures

And if we’re being honest, I’ve been loving manicures, too. I go through phases where I get my pedicures done religiously basically from May to September and then stop from October through April. Because why spend money when your feet won’t see the light of day for months on end? So, I have given permission to treat myself for a few months out of the year for a pedicure and color change for summer.

4| Pinterest Inspiration 

For awhile, I was lacking inspiration in all areas of my life, but especially with blogging and my journey toward living minimally. I felt lost and needed to kickstart my inspiration ASAP. Pinterest has been incredible for me this month because of the way I’ve been using it. I haven’t been aimlessly scrolling on my feed. Instead, I treat it like “studying.” Ask yourself, what is your goal? Are you trying to get some motivation for decluttering your closet? Are you looking for clogging resources? Social media is an amazing tool to help achieve your goals when you use the platform wisely.

5| Self-Tanning Products

Back in high school and early college, I would tan for two months out of the year. You know the awkward period from April through May where you can wear spring/summer clothes, but you look horrible because you’re still so pale? But I know how horrible tanning is for you, which is why I decided to take an alternative route for getting a healthy, glowing look. My favorite product has been The Banana Boat Self-Tanning Lotion. It’s only $7 at Target (yes, really!) and I love everything about it. You don’t need to apply much to see results, and it doesn’t leave that sticky feeling on your skin. TBH it will be my go-to product from now on.


Sharing Love: May 

1| “I was born to stand out” from Erica 

I was yelling, “YASSS, PREACH” during this post because Erica was dropping some major true bombs left and right. Needless to say, I was ALL about it. Especially when she discussed how giving yourself permission to live your best life, you’re giving others permission to live their best lives as well! All of her insights on this topic hit home for me, so if you’re looking for a pick-me-up post, I’d give this a read as soon as possible. P.S. Who else joined in for Brand Out because I LOVED it. Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments on her tips!

2| How to Find Community in the Blogging World from Summer

Summer is one of those bloggers I can always trust for some amazing blogging advice, and this post was no different. I loved reading more about what specific things you should look for when looking for a blogging community that’s right for you and your blog. She also talks about the importance of community in the blogging world, which is something I needed to be reminded of. What are some of your favorite blogging communities and groups that you’re part of through social media? I’d love to check them out!

3| Summer Reading List from Neely

Guys, I needed a little reading motivation this month. The last two months have been slow in terms of books that I’ve read, so I’m hoping to change that for June and July. Neely has amazing taste in books, although I might be biased because I think her and I have similar taste in genres of books, which is why I trust her reviews and opening of books. Her post gave me a ton of new titles to add to my list for summer. I’m hoping to knock out three books or more for summer, so I want to get to it.

4| How to Stay Motivated from Rachel

Sometimes, it can be difficult to always stay motivated and stay on top of every to-do list, task and list of goals you have set for yourself. I love how she talks about the importance of finding your high energy times throughout the day so you can focus on your most important to-do list items for productivity. Organization and scheduling your day is so important to getting things done and staying motivated! If you’re trying to work on these things, check out her post!

5| Finding Work-Life Balance in a 24/7 World from Kristen

We simply live in a world where we are expected to work all the time and that’s not healthy whatsoever. It’s so important that we take time to set work aside, destress, unwind and recharge for the next day, so we can have another productive day at work! When I fist started my full-time job, I was all about working extra hours, checking emails at any hour of the day, etc. Now, when 5 p.m. rolls around, emails stop and I give myself the rest of the evening to relax and take the time to work out, read, spend time with Josh, etc. How do you unwind after a long day?

What have you been loving this month? What are some posts you have read this month that you have loved from your blog or from other bloggers? Make sure to share the links in the comments below!

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Why You Should Say Yes & Take Risks

Let me first say that I’m all about saying no when it makes sense to say no. For example, I will always say no to anything I know I truly can’t commit my time to in order to get that project or task done. I think it’s important to know when you should say no because it helps you understand what your limits are.

Recently, I have noticed a trend in my life where I kept saying no so much that life wasn’t enjoyable. I let fear dictate every decision even if it was to meet a friend for happy hour after work. Living with anxiety isn’t easy, and it’s something that was truly affecting my ability to say yes. Instead, I kept saying no.

I become so comfortable with saying no, that I stopped saying yes to opportunities. I stopped taking risks even if they were GOOD risks!

No bueno. Am I right?

I became comfortable with saying no because I didn’t want to take risks. I was afraid to take risks. I had already taken some risks, so I convinced myself that I no longer needed to say yes and take risks in life. My life felt stagnant because that’s what saying no and NOT taking risks does: It leaves you in a space when you’re not gaining or losing anything. You’re at a standstill. And that’s boring, and it’s not what I wanted my life to look like anymore.

There are so many things I said no to even things I wanted to say yes to. But the uncertainty of failing and fear consumed my mind and heart so much that I kept saying no. I continued to sit at a stagnant point in my life and truly not succeed.

If you’re questioning if you should take a risk whether it’s for a career move, beginning your business, writing a book, a relationship, moving across the country—do it. Don’t sit back and wait. There might not be time later in life. You’re always going to have fears regarding the risk you want to take, or saying yes to an opportunity. And that’s okay!

It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t say no ONLY because you’re afraid. 

If we were to only wait to do things when we felt “ready,” we wouldn’t accomplish anything. REAL TALK: You’re never truly going to feel “ready” to ask for that promotion, move to a different country, start your business that you’ve always dreamed of, but allowing fear to determine your future isn’t the answer.

So, I’m making a change.

Today, I will stop living in fear of all the things that could go wrong, and focus on all the things that could go right. Live is too short to say no to opportunities that will help you grow and get you to where you want to be in life. I let fear control me and my decisions for too long, and now—it’s time to say yes and it’s time to take a risk.

There are a lot of risks I’m hoping to take this year. And I hope you feel confident and comfortable to take that risk you’ve been wanting to take, too. I hope you feel confident and comfortable to say yes to that new opportunity you’ve been thinking about. Because if it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk.

What risks do you want to take this year? What is an opportunity you want to say yes to, but haven’t yet because you were afraid? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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31 Tips To Stay Blissful All-Month Long

Let’s be honest, friends—life can be stressful. Work can be too much, and we forget to enjoy moments outside of the office and be present in the moment. Needless to say, the last two months at work have been a lot and I’m making it my mission to focus on life outside of work because self-care is important and you should always be focusing on things that make you happy.

1| Take a walk.

2| Read a book.

Read: Why you Need Hygge in your Life

3| Two words: Adult Coloring.

4| Take a drive.

5| Watch your favorite movie.

6| Call a friend to catch up.

7| Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure.

8| Binge-watch Netflix.

9| Do your favorite workout.

10| Meditate.

11| Write down five things you’re grateful for.

12| Wake up 30 minutes early and enjoy your morning.

13| Blast your favorite song and SING!

14| Be present in the moment, whatever that moment may be.

15| Write a list of everything you love.

16| Have a glass of wine (or three).

17| Treat yourself to your favorite Starbucks drink.

18| Have a girl’s night in.

19| Try a new restaurant in your city.

20| Have a no-complaint day.

21| Buy yourself flowers.

22| Make your favorite meal.

23| Declutter your closet.

Read: 10 Things to Remove from your Closet Right Now

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24| Buy the cake & eat it, too.

25| Dog Therapy (Yes I’m serious and you’re welcome in advance.)

26| Go to bed early.

Read: Mental Cleanse Challenge Week 2

27| Drink water.

28| Write for fun.

29| Take your workout outside.

30| Put on a face mask.

Read: 5 Holy Grail Skincare Products that Will Change Your Skin

31| Think positively.

I hope you find time to slow down this month and truly enjoy every moment that comes your way. Life is too quick not to appreciate all the little things that make it special. 

Make sure to share how you focus on self-care and what you’ll be doing this month to stay blissful. Share how you treat yourself after a stressful day (or week) so we can all focus on the good this month!

 

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