• INSPIRATION

    Learning to be BRAVE

    It’s been a while since I started a post with a quote, so let’s set the stage with this: “Do not be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” That shit hits pretty hard doesn’t it? Because deep down you already know that, but let’s be honest, it’s so much easier said than done.   Life is VERY good at throwing us curve-balls and always finding a new way to “spice things up”. But we do not have to be afraid of it all. Each day offers new opportunity around every corner. Are you going to sit back and watch it all pass you by? Or are you going…

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    Communication is KEY

    Let’s cut right to the chase–without communication you have no trust. It’s truly as simple as that. When building a foundation with those you care about, talking is so so important. And I don’t just mean about the good things life has to offer or basic-ass small talk. I mean EVERYTHING. The good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly.   Part of learning and growing with one another is figuring out just HOW to communicate with them. I’m sure you’ve heard about love languages, and this is sort of in line with that. We each have our own ways of expressing ourselves and our own ways of dealing with…

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    L-O-V-E

    There’s something about LOVE that equally excites and terrifies us all at the same time. Whether it’s a romantic love with a partner, the platonic love of a friend, or even the sincere love you have for yourself, it’s all so important.   LOVE means being open & vulnerable. Which is hard…it can be so so difficult. For some, it comes as naturally as breathing air in and out, for others (myself included) it does not! And that’s okay. If we were all wired the same, what would be the point? Choosing to let someone in on your deepest emotions, happiest memories, or darkest thoughts is a big risk. But…

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    You CAN

    Growing up, most families have a few choice words that their kids are not allowed to say…in our house, it was the word CAN’T. Starting from a very early age, my parents instilled hard-work and determination in their 4 little bull-headed procreations. When difficult situations arose, we were consistently taught to improvise, adapt & overcome. (any other military brats out there that can relate?)   Now, my mom & dad NEVER told us these things to be harsh, or rude, or negative. Honestly, it was just the opposite. We were raised to have high standards, and to truly never give up! Life lessons that they both inherited from their parents—it…

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    You’re NOT Alone (Mental Health Awareness Month)

    It’s May. M-A-Y. Can you believe it!? I think I blinked twice, and yet here we are, almost half-way through the year… (help. is this what getting old feels like?) As yet another month flies by, another “Month of Awareness” comes along. This time, we’re talking MENTAL HEALTH. A topic that I personally feel very very strongly about, and am very upset at just how taboo our society seems to be with it.   We tend to dance around the subject, and avoid talking about it, even when it matters most. But if you know me, I am not one to do such a thing… So here I am, starting…

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    What Goes Around, Comes Around

    “What goes around, comes around.” A very common saying that I’m sure you’ve heard a time or two…and that’s because it’s TRUE! Whether we are discussing karma itself, or the hit Justin Timberlake song from 2009, the general idea remains the same. It’s like the story in Galatians 6:7. “YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.” If all you do is put out negativity, that’s all you will bring in. But on the flip side, if you live a positive and uplifting lifestyle, that’s what you will get in return!  A very simple strategy if you ask me. I want to share with you, a little experience that happened to me at…

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    Failure is NOT an Option

    “DON’T SIT IN DARKNESS. REACH FOR THE LIGHT.” I read this quote recently and couldn’t seem to get it off my mind! As I drove past a local church, I noticed the sign out front. (It’s well known for their clever phrases & memorable quotes, but this one really stuck with me!) Thought provoking if you must. To me, it means that we shouldn’t ever be afraid to try something new! Great things never came from comfort zones… It wasn’t until after my high school graduation that I suddenly became very aware of how mundane my everyday life was. Sad as it sounds, I was going through that routine, “hamster wheel…

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    Don’t Worry, Be Happy

    “…In every life we have some trouble, But when you worry you make it double. DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY…” This song holds a very special place in my heart. It’s gotten me through many hard times, and it just has that tune that can instantly bring your mood up! I’m sure you have a song like that too. !! Stop what you’re doing, go leave me a comment with your favorite song that always makes you happy !! When you think about it, humans are just so complex! We love, we hate, we laugh, we cry. So many emotions that we go through–EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s hard to understand, and…

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    A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

    We’ve all heard the stories of Cinderella. Just an average girl, that was dealt a rough hand (and no, I don’t mean in poker). Guys, things were hard…she had struggle after struggle, but did she let that stop her!? Absolutely not. She dreamt of making a life for herself, and being exactly who she wanted to be. And let me tell you, home-girl was wise. She knew that it does no good to sit around WISHING, if you’re not actually DOING. Now of course, not all of us are lucky enough to get a sparkly fairy godmother, and a pumpkin-turned carriage…but that shouldn’t deter you from accomplishing whatever it is…

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    Take the Risk or Lose the Chance

    As humans, I feel as though we tend to get caught up in life as we know it. Many of us being too afraid to go out on that limb and to take that chance…even when it is something we want SO bad. The question is, “Are YOU willing to take that risk before it’s out of your grasp??” I know I probably sound like a broken record just going onnnn and onnnn about the same old thing. But this is truly something that holds a special place in my heart. I want to live my whole life, on MY terms–doing what I love–for ME! Is that too much to…