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10 Things to be Happy About: August Edition

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 8, 2016

BB8816_10 Things to be Happy About(2)I can’t believe summer is almost over. I feel that I didn’t take advantage of summer as much as I should have, so I’m hoping to get as much done this month before we welcome a new season that’s right around the corner. Make sure to leave a comment telling me what YOU are loving about the month of August!

1| National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

If you’ve been around the blog here for awhile, you’ll know that I’m all about chocolate chip cookies. So this “holiday” (let’s be real it’s essentially Christmas in August) is what I’m all here for. Make sure you grab some chocolate chip cookies ASAP.

2| Book Lovers Day

I’m trying to channel my inner book nerd by reading a little more this month, and I never knew there was a book lovers day. If you’re like me and enjoy a good book, leave a comment below telling me what you’ve been reading recently!

3| End of Summer

So, I know that the end of summer can be a bittersweet moment, but hear me out. Autumn is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but autumn is my favorite season of the year for so many reasons. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you my basic, white girl bit on my love for this season.

4| #GoalDigger

Maybe it has to do with back-to-school season, but I find that I am big on setting goals during this month, and I find that I accomplish so much during this month as well as September. I’m working on an extensive list of work, personal, health and financial goals for the next few months.

5| Getting Organized

For those who don’t know, I’ve been getting rid of things like it’s a full-time job. I’ve been taking time each week to go through and edit my closet more and more to reflect my personal style. Needless to say, I’ve been incredibly successful and I love the progress I’ve made.

6| Appreciating the Weather

Josh and I have been running twice a week outside in a local park two miles from our house. We typically go for 45 minutes, and finish off stretching in our glorious air-conditioned home. We’re making the most of the sunshine because the cold weather will be here before we know it.

7| Lazy Days

If I’m not working on a Saturday or Sunday, I’ll take my time in the morning to relax, read, blog, and sit outside to enjoy the quiet. I’ll go for a walk, clean, cook, but enjoy the day without rushing. Lazy summer days are so enjoyable, and I’ll make the most of them this month.

8| All the Fruit

I don’t know what it is about this month, but I feel like fruit become the main type of food I’ll eat each day. I will admit I’m pretty fruit crazy all year long, but this month especially is when I’ll take advantage of fruit stands and open markets.

9| Me Time

I always try to practice self care regardless of what month or season it is, but I find that it’s much easier to have “me” time during this month. In some ways, August is a relaxing, peaceful month because it’s the calm before the storm with back to school and before the holidays.

10| Going out of my Comfort Zone

This can mean anything from taking a new fitness class or trying a new restaurant in a different part of town. I’m more open to exploring or trying different things in life. I love having spurts of spontaneity because I always take time to go out of my comfort zone and try new things.

What are you happy about now that it’s August? Make sure to share in the comment below!

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Don’t Lose Yourself For Love

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on August 3, 2016

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You know those friends who you haven’t heard from in months because they have become too involved with someone they’re dating? You know the type. Their Instagram feed solely consists of photos of them and their significant other. They can never hangout because they have plans (again) for a dinner date with that person, etc.

It can be frustrating to have someone in your life who acts that way, which is why I made sure that my relationship with Josh would never turn into that type of relationship.

I never want to lose myself for love. And you shouldn’t want to lose yourself either. I understand that you have to spend time with your significant other, and make sure your relationship is growing, evolving and improving every single day. Here are a things that you should never lose sight of regardless of the person you’re seeing.

1| Time with friends and family

Please don’t stop seeing your friends and family just because you have began dating someone new. If that person truly cares about you, they will always want you to spend time with your friends and family. If you’re scheduling time to spend with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can schedule time to see your friends and family as well. Family should always comes first, and friends should always remain an important component in your life.

2| Your passions and hobbies

Why would you want to abruptly stop reading, writing, working out, or any other activity you’re passionate about? You would be surprised how many people will stop pursuing their passions because of the person they’re seeing. Never quit something unless it doesn’t make you happy. This is similar to the friends and family scenario—your partner should want you to pursue your passions because you love them! Focus on what you love and the people you love in your life. Your relationship should fit into the life you already have.

3| Time for yourself

Time for yourself is always important whether you’re in a relationship or not. But it can be easy to become dependent on a person always being around to the point where you don’t know how to be alone, or how to do anything on your own without feeling overwhelmed. Remember, you are a whole person. You’re not a half a person in love with another half of a person. You need to be able to do things alone and be comfortable with that fact.

It’s important to allow your relationship to flourish whether you’ve been together for three months or three years. However, you should never allow your relationship to control how you live your life, or how it affects other areas of your life. Don’t stop living a life you love only because of the person you’re dating. You shouldn’t stop being the person you once were simply because you’re dating someone.

 

Have you ever lost yourself for love, or have had a friend who lost themselves for love? What did you learn from it? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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Dear Women,

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 10, 2016

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Dear Women,

You are capable of so many incredible things.

Yes, you!

I know you might not believe that because there are so many focuses against you in media, government policies, business, and more. They’re trying to tear you down.

But you don’t have to let them tear you down because you are much stronger than the forces against you.
You’re beautiful no matter what the media portrays as “beauty.” Beauty is every size, every color, every age and every cultural background. Your natural features (even the ones you hate) are beautiful because they are yours. Please don’t forget that.

Every woman out there is at a different point in their life, and I’m sure they’re all equally questioning their worth because that is what standards do to you—they make you believe that your choices are wrong and inferior. Regardless of what season you are in life, I hope you relate to one of these stages:

For the women in college, there are three numbers that will NEVER define you: your GPA, the number of people you slept with, or the number on the scale. Remember that. There is so much more to you than numbers, so please don’t associate them with other women or yourself. We are stronger than that.

To the women who are out of college and trying to find their place in the world, don’t give up. You might go through jobs, rejections, redirection for your career and more; but keep chasing your dreams. Be a dream chaser. I promise you will find your place, and you will be happy. But if you’re not happy, I hope you feel confident in yourself to make changes so that you can be happy.

To women who are mothers, If you want to stay home and raise your children—wonderful. If you want to be a working mom so you can support your family’s financial needs—that’s equally wonderful. Don’t let someone think you’re doing the wrong things. You’re doing what’s best for you and your family. Remember that you’re doing the best you can, and that IS enough.

To women in their 50s and 60s, I can’t fully relate with what you’re going through at this point in your life. But I can tell you that doing what makes you happy is always the best decision. No matter what that may entail. On an unrelated note, don’t forget that you need to take time for yourself. You’ve raised a family and worked for years. If you can do one thing, make sure it’s to focus on yourself and your happiness.

To every woman out there,
You’re brave, you’re beautiful, and you’re worthy of all good things. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

And I hope you always feel loved. Because you deserve it.

I hope you felt some encouragement from this post. Please share a comment of encouragement to other women.

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Why My Boyfriend and I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Posted in Lifestyle
on February 8, 2016

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I can already see the excessive eye rolling from the title. Just hear me out. First, I don’t hate Valentine’s day. I have no reason to. People assume I’m single when I say I don’t celebrate it—but the truth is I’ve been in a relationship with my boyfriend for over two years. Then people assume that my boyfriend and I aren’t romantic, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Our reasons for not celebrating Valentine’s Day couldn’t be more simple. So simple that I can boil it down to three main reasons:

I don’t need Valentine’s Day to eat chocolate:

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a dessert connoisseur. I have never met a dessert or chocolate candy I didn’t like. I also believe in treating yourself daily, so most of my days incorporate chocolate or dessert. Why should Josh buy me a pound of sponge candy when I already have four pounds of it at home? It’s unnecessary. If you want to buy me chocolate, feel free, but don’t discriminate against the other 364 days out of the year.

I don’t need Valentine’s Day to have a special day with my boyfriend:

Being in a long distance relationship has taught me so much about appreciating every moment when we have our visits. When someone asks why we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, I tell them that there’s no need when we celebrate “Valentine’s Day” 24 times throughout the year when we visit each other. Every visit feels like Valentine’s Day because it’s special. Why have a romantic day just because it’s February 14th? You should be able to do that any day of the year.

I don’t need Valentine’s Day to express my appreciation for someone:

I love cards. I love gifts. I love giving cards and gifts. For the longest time, I kept every card I received since I was 16 because that’s how much every individual card meant to me. But, if I truly want to send a card, buy a gift, or do a kind gesture for Josh, it’s not going to be because there’s a holiday around the corner. I would rather have it be a spontaneous gesture when they’re least expecting it instead of anticipating the card to come because of Valentine’s Day.

The bottom line:

It’s perfectly fine if you celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m not hating on couples who celebrate this holiday. I essentially celebrate it with my friends because I think it’s far more fun! However, Josh and I both have always felt this way about Valentine’s Day, and we think it’s an unnecessary holiday if you’re committed to expressing gratitude and love for each other consistently throughout the year.

Regardless of how you spend Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy it! Leave a comment below saying how you celebrate/or don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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10 Things to be Happy About | December Edition

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 4, 2015

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In November, I created a new monthly edition to the blog titled, “10 Things to be Happy About.” You can read last month’s post here. The purpose is to express gratitude with each month of the year. Each month, I’ll write what I’m looking forward to in relation to that month. For December, I could easily create a list of 20 or more reasons, but I’ll keep it at 10 for the sake of word count.

Christmas Movies:

I have a mental list of the line-up of Christmas movies I will watch beginning December 1st. Some of my favorites are “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Polar Express.” (Secretly, I love them all.)

Holiday Food:

There are some special recipes that only come out during December like my mom’s homemade Christmas potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Almond Pastries, and so much more. I appreciate these foods so much because I can only eat them once a year.

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Does anyone else feel excited counting down the days until Christmas? (No, just me…okay). But really, everything about Christmas puts me in a good mood—I swear I was an elf in a past life. I love the spirit I get around this time of year.

Christmas Music:

I love Christmas music. I’ve been secretly listening to it for about two weeks now (no shame). I essentially play Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat from now until Christmas. But I also love the classic songs and artists as well.

The Reason for the Season:

It’s important to remember the true meaning of the holidays. Although there’s stress from shopping and planning, it’s a magical time of year. Go out and spread love, peace and kindness. Donate to Toys for Tots in your community, or donate time at a soup kitchen.

Desserts:

Cookies are my number one weakness. I love them even more around the holidays because I get to bring out my (non-existent) pastry chef skills and have fun with baking and decorating. It’s the simple pleasures in life that I love about December.

Winter Fun:

I don’t ski or snowboard, but I do plan on ice-skating this winter. My idea of winter fun consists of reading, blogging, baking, etc. But I do plan to bring out my inner child this December. I’ll take my dog to the park when there’s four feet of snow and she’ll romp and play forever.

Making Memories:

Whether they’re funny stories from shopping experiences, or buying the same gift two years in a row (didn’t happen to me). Most of my favorite memories from my childhood and recent years revolve around the holidays.

Traditions:

Examples include: decorating my house with my family the Sunday after Thanksgiving (we go all out), Baking with my mom, waking up at 6 a.m. on Christmas morning to open gifts. They’re the moments I love most about the holidays.

Giving:

I take Christmas shopping seriously. I try to give personal gifts for my family and friends. I love seeing someone’s face light up when they open your gift. I also try to give back as much as possible with donations while shopping or donating books or toys for a Book/Toy drive, etc.

What are you excited for now that it’s December? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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