• We’re All In This Together

    I’m not the first to say it, and I know I won’t be the last…but this month has been WILD! I’ve been in a brain fog and at an utter loss for words for the last week now. Trying desperately to understand it all and find some sort of normalcy amongst the chaos and uncertainty. Life as we knew it seems to be a faint memory now, and it feels like we’re living in a false reality or something. I love the airport analogy that I keep seeing on social media about how nothing makes sense…time doesn’t exist…there are no rules… It’s just blowing my mind how fast things escalated!…

  • Be Kind

    “In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.” Such a basic quote with such powerful words, am I right? I’m sure you’ve seen in the headlines about Caroline Flack passing away on Saturday… I didn’t know much about her personally, nor am I coming here to make this a controversial conversation; but hearing the news really hit something deep inside of me. I saw an article that spoke about her retweeting that quote along with the movement #BeKind. My heart broke when I read that… Sadly, Caroline took her own life last weekend, because she was hurting. Hurting so deeply inside, yet even in her time of pain,…

  • 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…

  • Daily Affirmations

    Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Repeatedly tearing down our minds and bodies does not heal the wounds, it only deepens them. When we take the time to commit ourselves to change and growth, we will become stronger. It’s so much easier said than done, but it truly begins in OUR hearts & OUR minds first. When we believe in ourselves, others will too! Your possibilities are endless, but only if you take action to accomplish them. And trust me, I KNOW YOU CAN! To be honest, telling you that I talk to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…