• INSPIRATION

    Be Kind

    “In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.” Such a basic quote with such powerful words, am I right? I’m sure you’ve seen in the headlines about Caroline Flack passing away on Saturday… I didn’t know much about her personally, nor am I coming here to make this a controversial conversation; but hearing the news really hit something deep inside of me. I saw an article that spoke about her retweeting that quote along with the movement #BeKind. My heart broke when I read that… Sadly, Caroline took her own life last weekend, because she was hurting. Hurting so deeply inside, yet even in her time of pain,…

  • INSPIRATION

    Family Bond

    There’s a small white pillow on my grandma’s couch; it has red stitching that says, “OUR FAMILY IS A CIRCLE OF STRENGTH AND LOVE. WITH EVERY BIRTH AND UNION, THE FAMILY GROWS. EVERY OBSTACLE FACED TOGETHER MAKES THE CIRCLE STRONGER. EVERY JOY SHARED MAKES MORE LOVE.” This pillow has been here for a while, but I’ve only recently taken notice of it. Since moving back home from North Carolina, I’ve lived with my grandma, and we’ve become pretty great friends let me tell ya. Not only do we share a birthday, but we also share a love for Panera salads and The Bachelor! So when she got admitted to the…

  • INSPIRATION,  SELF-LOVE

    Daily Affirmations

    Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Repeatedly tearing down our minds and bodies does not heal the wounds, it only deepens them. When we take the time to commit ourselves to change and growth, we will become stronger. It’s so much easier said than done, but it truly begins in OUR hearts & OUR minds first. When we believe in ourselves, others will too! Your possibilities are endless, but only if you take action to accomplish them. And trust me, I KNOW YOU CAN! To be honest, telling you that I talk to…

  • INSPIRATION,  SELF-LOVE

    Body Image & Self-Love (part 2)

    “Another person’s beauty is not the absence of our own.” I felt like this was a good quote to start with because today, that’s what we’re focusing on. Comparison is a nasty game to get into…no one plays fair, there’s lies, flags and fouls on the field…and the ref has to blow their whistle a few too many times. Now, I’m no sports fan, but I can promise you–that’s NOT something I want to get roped into! When we choose to compare, the one that takes the fall becomes ourselves. Teaching our minds that we are not good enough, and that someone else is “better.” Let’s face it; LIFE IS…

  • INSPIRATION

    Ju$t $ay NO!

    Why does the act of “saying no” tend to be such a struggle for most of us? Even when we know it’s for the best? Ugh. The human brain baffles me on the daily. In this instance, I’m most specifically talking about money. Yes, baby, I mean spending that moolah we work our asses off for! WHY CAN’T WE JUST SAY NO! (callout post @myself) I’m not going to lie to you, money is a touchyyy subject for me right now. And I know I know, talking funds is probably just as much of a mistake as bringing up politics or vaccines at Thanksgiving dinner… But you know what? I’m…

  • INSPIRATION

    2020 Word of the Year

    Ohhh Myyy Goddd (said like Janice from FRIENDS)…it’s 2020! Not only are we beginning a brand new year, but an entirely new DECADE! Man oh man have times changed since good ole 2010. But that, my friend, is a story for another time. Today, I want to share with you something that’s been on my mind for a couple weeks. Something I always look forward to, and a topic we all seem to be talking about right now! Let’s talk “WORD OF THE YEAR”. Have you ever done a word of the year; where you begin in January, choosing a specific word/phrase to help set your intentions for the new…

  • INSPIRATION

    Be Like Elsa & LET IT GO

    Can you think of many things more peaceful than a fresh blanket of snow? Followed by the crisp wind spiraling nature’s glitter through the air. The delicate tapping of ice as it hits the tree branches and settles on the frozen ground. As if everything, for but one moment, is finally calm. Things like that will never fail to amaze me. For as long as I live, if snow is near, you better believe I will be out there watching as it falls. With the sheer happiness of a child on Christmas morning. There’s just nothing like it.  If you can’t tell, we got snow last night! Only like an…

  • HOLIDAYS

    It’s a Family Tradition

    “At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience.” Oh how true this is to me! Family traditions (especiallyyy around the holidays) are my absolute favorite. Each year brings it’s very own memories, but it just wouldn’t be the same without our annual festivities! And if you’ve been around for a while, you know we have quite a few of them… When I think of the Christmas season, my mind instantly flashes back to times with my family. Of course we’ve had our fair share of difficult holidays (we are only human). But when all is said and done, if we got to spend quality time with one…

  • INSPIRATION

    GIVING. The greatest act of GRACE. (feat. Grace Case Youth)

    “Be the reason that someone believes in the goodness of people.” Too often these days, we get all-consumed by our trivial situations and tend to lose sight of major dilemmas happening right in front of us. This is in no way a comparison game of “who’s problem is more important than the other’s”. This is simply an act of opening our hearts to those around us, and learning not to take what we have for granted. As I preach on the daily, PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING. So for now, let’s take a few steps in another person’s shoes and humble ourselves because of it. It’s December now, which means it’s officially…

  • INSPIRATION

    Thankful? Grateful? Blessed?

    It’s not JOY that makes us GRATEFUL. It’s GRATITUDE that makes us JOYFUL.  Each year, we enter this holiday season with expectations of all kinds. Whether it be the hectic travel plans, the hustle and bustle of last minute shopping, or the stress of cooking… Life can quickly become chaos before our very eyes. Even when we convince ourselves that “this time will be different” it always seems to sneak up on us doesn’t it? One time or another, we’ll probably find things not going exactly our way, causing us to overreact and be discontent. Feeling the exact OPPOSITE of what this time is meant to be all about! I…