Monday, March 21, 2016

#Goals

Happy Monday!

Last week was such a whirlwind for me. Whenever I think I have school under control, and a decent schedule set up for myself, something throws me for a loop and I'm scrambling to make everything happen. I need more than 24 hours in a day. Can I get an Amen?

I did, however, get to spend the last 6 days with this guy and just as the picture shows... It was pure bliss :)


I guess because I've had so much on my mind lately, the last few nights my sleep has been pretty broken. I wake up and think about something I have to do/want to do, and then struggle to fall back to sleep. So to help with my sanity, and hopefully get my Virgo-self even more organized, I decided to write some goals down. They're mostly blog related, but there are others mixed in there. Oh, and I put a note pad on my nightstand, so when I wake up in the middle of the night and think of something, I can just jot it down. Genius, I know.

1. Beginning in April, post at least 3 blogs a week. Sounds like no hard task, but I assure you that the time put in is much more than you'd think. I'm a perfectionist. ::Insert eye roll emoji here::

2. Get more professional pictures on the blog. I bought a super nice camera for a reason. I need to plan out a day or two for pictures, and a day or two for writing.

3. Make use of my planner. I am horrible at this! I'm more of a make-a-list-on-a-post-it kind of gal. But I pulled out my favorite Lilly Pulitzer agenda (sold out, but you can add your name to their email list so you're the first to know when they arrive!) and started to fill it in. 



4. Add more weights in the gym. I'm that girl who is SO intimated by everyone around me. I usually grab a medicine ball and keep it near my treadmill. I'll do intervals of sprints, squats, walking hills, lunges, etc. But then I go home and do push-ups, curls, burpees, planks, etc. because I'm too scared to do them in the gym. WHY?! I honestly don't know. It's absurd, really. I pay to use the space in the gym for a reason. So my goal is to do just that! This should also help with #29 on my 30 before 30 list.

5. Spend a day doing something for myself that isn't work or school related. My idea? Walk around St. Augustine or spend the day at the beach. It just sounds so therapeutic.

Look at that. I already feel better just writing those down. Here's to making it happen!

XO

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

International Women's Day



The shirt I'm wearing in the picture above is in support of The Kind CampaignMolly Thompson and Lauren Paul are the Founders behind this movement to stop girl-against-girl bullying. They rock my socks! If you've never heard of this campaign, I highly recommend heading over to their Instagram page and following along!
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So I contemplated this post for a while.
 But with it being International Women's Day and all, I decided to be brave and go forth with it.
Because I have a voice, and I'm going to use it! :)



I was bullied growing up. It wasn't a daily thing, and I wasn't physically hurt, but it was certainly never fun. I came home crying more times than I can count. And one time is one too many. Because even at almost 30-years-old, if I see someone staring at me, I automatically assume it's for the worst reasons possible. I've become the most self-confident, insecure person you'll ever meet. What you see on the outside doesn't always mimic what is happening on the inside. 

Last night, I was watching The Bachelor: Women Tell All [I know, I know. It's my unhealthy addiction!] and I couldn't help but cry for Olivia. She certainly was not my favorite throughout the season, but as she was talking about being bullied growing up, I got it. I felt her pain. Bullying is real, and it's so hurtful. Some of the very same girls [and possibly boys] who bullied me in school are probably reading this right now. [Thank you, social media!] And some of these very people that I'm talking about have children of their own now [or will soon]. My hope for them is that their children don't become bullies themselves, or victims of bullies. Let's not pass the torch on. Instead, let's be the change. 

Do I hate these people? Of course not.
 Am I bitter? Not anymore.
 I forgave them even though I never received an apology. 
Instead, I'm being the person that I needed when I was younger and helping spread awareness. 
Because even adults need to hear this: Mean people suck. 

So do our beautiful world a favor and be kind. 
It's definitely one trait that you'll never regret having.

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Happy International Women's Day to all the fabulous ladies I know! 
Always remember: you're smart, you're beautiful, and you're definitely badass! :)


[Thanks, Timehop!]

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

XO




Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gratitude

You guys. 
The outpouring of love I received yesterday after sharing my blog on social media was overwhelming [in the best way possible]! I had SO many people reach out to me [publicly and privately] that I felt like I didn't put my phone down for hours. People I haven't spoken to in years, people I never speak to, and my best friends & family. It just showed me that I really am surrounded by some of the greatest people on the planet, and that my support system is out of this world. I seriously cannot thank you enough for stopping by and reading. 

In the midst of all that goodness, this quote came to mind:



Granted, there are a few gentleman (hi, guys!) out there that are showing their love for my blog, you ladies really now how to make a girl smile. Cheerleaders I didn't even know I had, that want me to succeed, and are so proud of me for following my heart. You ladies rock my socks off. For realz. I'm so, so thankful that you're all in my circle. My hope with this little space on the interwebs is to create more people like you. Because kind people are my kinda people. Men and women who want to see each other follow their dreams and excel in anything they put their mind to? That's my jam.

So, thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting me on this new venture. 
From the very bottom of my heart. 

XO