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    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…

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    The Finer Things

    “Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you’ll look back, and realize they were the big things.”   Oh how this quote resonates with me. When I think about some of my most fond memories, or my favorite things about my favorite people–it always comes down to the small details. The inside jokes…the spur of the moment outings…all of the random elements that make them unique… THOSE are what mean the most to me.   Of course big things can be important too, but come on. You have to admit, it’s so much more exciting when you let yourself get captivated by the finer things life has to…

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    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…

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    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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    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’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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    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…