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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Inhale the FUTURE, Exhale the PAST

    Letting go is hard for me. Sometimes I find myself so caught up in the past, I forget to live in the moment. Forcing myself to remember all of the good old times and not actually realizing just how good I have it now too. For example, the year I turned 16 was one of the best summers of my life. Fast forward to my Senior trip in Florida, unforgettable. Moving all the way to North Carolina with my best friend, (insane) but SO INCREDIBLE. Or when I turned 20 and launched my very own online clothing store!?  All the times I was living my best and happiest life, gone…

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    It’s All About PERSPECTIVE

    The moon is always full–it’s just our view that is partial. Think about it. This little thing called PERSPECTIVE can change so so much for us and our lives. (Whether we realize it or not.) Sometimes we simply do not have control over our situation, but we do have a choice on how we view it. Like I’ve preached a million and one times before: Things are not either good nor bad. They are just simply things. It’s our opinions that make them choose sides.   We’ve all been there before… Hurt or confused by something that happened to us, causing anger and frustration. But when we take a moment…

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    Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

    E-X-E-R-C-I-S-E   Oh the infamous (sometimes daunting) activity that we’re all too familiar with… As a kid, I could NOT spell that damn word to save my life. Always finding a way to add a random “Z” somewhere, and probably a few extra vowels too. Lord help me! (and my poor mom aka teacher)   In our household, we’ve never been a big sports family, but we have managed to be a fairly active one! Hikes on every vacation, walks down to the city park, and bike rides along the trails, to name a few. I must credit my parents though. Always being good examples of staying motivated and treating…

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    Authentic Over Perfection

    How easy is it to find ourselves caught up in perfection these days? Especially with our CONSTANT access to celebrities, social media, and the internet–it’s almost 2nd nature to compare ourselves and aspire to have a “perfect life”. (Since it obviously seems like everyone else already has their shit together…) But come on. Is that reality?   Believe it or not, behind each Instagram post, or trendy pin on Pinterest, every single one of us has some sort of trial in life. We’re honestly setting ourselves up for disappointment by assuming we are the only ones struggling. It breaks my heart, because it seems to be engraved in our minds…

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    21st Century Friendships

    “So no one told you life was gonna be this way… Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A… It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear… When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year… I’LL BE THERE FOR YOUUU!!”   Yep. You guessed it. We’re talking all about FRIENDS today! (P.S. if you didn’t sing along to that, I’m not mad–I’m just disappointed.)   Let’s cut straight to the point. Making friends has never come easy for me. For the vast majority of my life, I’ve been insanely shy. My friend group mainly consisting of siblings and close cousins. Not that…