• 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…

  • SELF-LOVE

    Body Image & Self-Love (part 1)

    Bodies, man. What a wildly diverse and broad topic, huh? So many variables and differences among us all, yet so many vast similarities as well. This is a subject that I am so passionate about and one that I tend to get pretty fired up about if it comes up. Like my phlexT motto goes: MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, CONFIDENCE. Key factors in life that I am determined to share with as many people as I can.  So where do we begin, you may be asking yourself? When talking about something as touchy as “body positivity”, it feels a bit like a fragile subject at times. Not wanting to publicly speak up…

  • INSPIRATION

    Introducing…phlexT!

    Hello Hello Hello! Happy Tuesday, my friends! I felt like today was as good a day as any to introduce you to something very very special to me… And that is my brand new baby: phlexT! (pronounced liked “flexed”, but spelled cooler) Now you’re probably wondering; What in the world is phlexT!? Well I’m glad you asked because I’ve been dying to tell you! If you want the quick version, phlexT is my latest passion project. Based all around positivity and happiness. This is something that I have built from the ground up, purely from my heart–something that has really been on my mind for a while now, and I…

  • INSPIRATION

    To Plan or Not to Plan

    “Jump and grow wings on the way down.” A saying that I’ve heard many times in my day. A tactic that I learned first hand from my father. A way of life, you could say.  To some people it might seem chaotic and stressful. But to me, it’s how I get things done. If I take too much time “prepping & planning”, I get overwhelmed and end up even further behind. Caught up in the minor details all too often. The best thing for me to do is just dive right in head first. It’s probably the enneagram 7 in me, let’s be honest, I thrive on constant change. Keeping…

  • INSPIRATION

    Comparison is the Thief of JOY

    Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by the little troll we call COMPARISON? Yes. I see you…in the back? Don’t be ashamed. I’m right there with you. I could rant on this topic for dayyysss if you let me, but I promise, I’ll get down from my soapbox in a minute. Like I’m sure many of you can relate, those toxic thoughts have tormented my mind countless times. Shutting me down and whispering lies into my ear like that little devil on your shoulder. Causing discontent and pain in our life. Making you want to toss salt and flick him away. (please tell me you’ve seen The…