• 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

    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…

  • 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

    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…

  • INSPIRATION

    More Kindness, Less Judgment

    “When you judge others, you do not define THEM; you define YOURSELF.”   This has been weighing heavily on my heart recently, and per usual, it has caused me to start writing. I don’t personally know what storm you may be going through right now, but perhaps you can find peace in knowing that others are feeling it too. And that all-in-all, judging is NEVER the answer. Point blank. End of story.   I am going to speak from personal experience right now, because I’m aware of how much of my life I spent judging other people. Feeling a deep rooted desire to control all of the variables around me…

  • INSPIRATION

    All the Feels

    Alright, everyone. The time has come… The dreaded moment is here… I’ve been pushing this topic further and further down my list of posts to write, but I think it’s finally time we talk about our FEELINGS. (ew, I know, just bear with me)   If you have had the pleasure of knowing me for any length of time whatsoever, I’m sure you’ve become aware of my distaste for regularly showing emotions. Heartless? Nah. Let’s call it “reserved”. It’s just who I am. I’m farrr more introverted than the rest of my siblings (and mother) and voluntarily talking about how I feel does not come naturally at all! Can anyone…