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Why not you?

Why Not You?
Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?

Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?

Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?

Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?

Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?

Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?

Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?

Today is a new day!
Many will seize this day.
Many will live it to the fullest.
Why not you? 

Steve Maraboli

You are sensational.

Girl,
You are sensational.
What you have to
say is important.
It is relevant.
You are undeniable.
You are capable.
Indescribable.
Revolutionary.
You are beautiful.

-Gala Darling

>>>Simple and sweet words to remember. Never, ever underestimate yourself and never sell yourself short. Enjoy your Friday, thanks for reading this week! xo

Thursday Thankful List


Understanding how much God loves us
Lazy Sundays
Afternoon naps
How joyful little kids are
Kaitlyn & Michelle:

The time 5 pm hits on Fridays
Not limiting myself
Friends who blog!
Texts from my grandpa
 Trips to the art museum:

Brie + bread
Reading poetry books
Crying
Newborn babies
Bravery:

Pictures of my parents when they were younger
Organizing my closet
Surprising other people
That weird mix of nervousness and excitement
Sunglasses!

Keeping life uncomplicated
My safety and health
When random strangers are just plain kind
Stretching
Genuine laughter:

>>>Happy Thursday! Above you’ll find a small fraction of the things I’m thankful for today – what are YOU appreciating today? I’m reading a book now called Thanks! by Robert A. Emmons and already on chapter two know that this book is pretty life-changing. It’s already reminded me just how vital it is to count each and every blessing. In the next few Thursday Thankful List posts, I’ll be sharing what I’m learning about thankfulness and gratitude from the book. Here’s what I learned this week [taken from pages 4-5 of the book]- it’s important to think of gratitude in two stages.

  1. Gratitude is the acknowledgement of goodness in one’s life. In gratitude, we say YES to life. We affirm that all things taken together, life is good and has elements that make it worth living
  2. Gratitude is recognizing that the source(s) of this goodness lie at least partially outside of the self. Gratitude is OTHER-directed. We can be grateful to God, other people. animals, but not oneself.
Gratitude is different than all other emotions. You can be angry at yourself, pleased with yourself, proud of yourself or feel guilty for doing something. It’s bizarre to say you are grateful to yourself. Right? Thankfulness and gratitude is not just a feeling, but a LIFESTYLE. It also implies a level of humility, in that you could not be who you are or where you are at in life without the contribution of others.
So here’s to yet another thankful, grateful and positive Thursday queens! xoxo

always wear love.

>>>The week is half over, queens! Happy Wednesday!

This week I’m reminded of a favorite verse, Proverbs 3:3 – “Don’t lose your grip on love and loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart.” My goal moving forward not just this week, but in life overall is to live my life with love worn around my neck. Love adorned like a necklace. Not only will I be wearing love on my body, but I want it to be embedded in my heart to become part of my character. Learning to love life, myself and other people really well is way easier said than done. I wanted to share images/quotes above that reflect love and remind you to always, always, always wear love. xo

100 Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life

It begins…
You see, when we’re born we see the world in an uncomplicated way. We know what we need, and we ask for it. We like nice people, and we don’t like mean people. We sleep when we’re tired, we eat when we’re hungry, and we stop eating when we’re full.
As we grow older, we eat and drink to console ourselves, rather than addressing what’s bothering us. We overwork to avoid close relationships, rather than finding people we can trust to form strong bonds with. We hold grudges, play games, spend more than we make, want things we don’t need, and we get too far away from our basic human needs. In other words, we complicate things. Here are 100 ways to uncomplicate it…

Enjoy! Happy Tuesday! xo

1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds
2. Get up 30 minutes earlier so that you don’t rush/get a ticket while driving too fast/have to explain why you’re late/get fired
3. Get 8 hours of sleep per night so that you think more clearly
4. Stick to your budget
5. Start saving and investing every week, no matter how little you can spare
6. Balance your checkbook
7. Don’t try to be friends with everyone. Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.
8. Don’t try to do business with everyone. Identify your target client and take very good care of them.
9. Before getting angry, ask yourself if it will really matter in 20 years
10. Focus on being a good person, not on pleasing others
11. Stay home this Saturday, and finish off that nagging chore that you need to finish
12. Kiss and make up
13. Make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the market
14. Ask your grandparents the best way to uncomplicate life, and try it for a month
15. Fill up your gas tank when it’s half full
16. Don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad
17. Pay your bills on time
18. Get an annual physical examination
19. Say “I love you” to your significant other and to your children. Studies show that more marriages last, and fewer kids use drugs, when these words are spoken every day.
20. For just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are
21. Give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years
22. Throw out clothes that are in disrepair, and can’t be mended
23. When you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is.
24. Know what your priorities are in life, and act as if they are your priorities
25. Tell the truth
26. Don’t cheat
27. Don’t steal
28. If you’re holding on to a ridiculous grudge, let it go
29. Clean your house weekly, so that it doesn’t become too large a chore
30. Do your best at work, or at school
31. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry
32. Eat when you are hungry
33. Be yourself
34. Say no unapologetically
35. Cook simple meals
36. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses
37. Pay off your car before buying a new one
38. Organise your desk at the office
39. Change your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks spring forward, and again when they fall back
40. Organise your important paperwork
41. Take only half the clothes that you planned to take with you on holiday
42. Help your children with their homework every night, and have an open dialogue with their teachers
43. Have white sheets and white towels in children’s rooms/bathrooms, because they’re easily bleached
44. Spend your time with nice people
45. Avoid drama
46. Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving
47. Turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers
48. Don’t engage in office politics
49. Refuse to gossip, or talk behind other people’s backs
50. Do the dishes right after dinner
51. Never go to sleep angry
52. Ask nicely for what you need and want
53. Walk 10,000 steps per day to help your heart
54. Do 20 push-ups before speaking in anger
55. Leave work at work
56. Don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy
57. Don’t envy others
58. Have your oil changed
59. Take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold
60. Don’t work more than 8 hours per day
61. Weed your garden weekly
62. Wash your car weekly
63. Have a spring cleaning month every year, and do one room at a time
64. You don’t need to be best friends with work colleagues, but build respectful partnerships
65. Don’t drink and drive
66. Don’t look for reasons to be angry or sad, look for reasons to be happy. You’ll always be able to find plenty of each.
67. Be friendly with your neighbours
68. Return emails and phone messages promptly
69. Schedule in free time
70. Don’t procrastinate
71. Do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it
72. Be more flexible when you’re able to be
73. Forgive and forget. End of story.
74. Break the consumerism habit…put a three month moratorium in place on buying anything not deemed a necessity
75. Start your diet on September 1, rather than January 1, so that you won’t also have holiday pounds to lose
76. Take care of any health issues or concerns
77. Have your tires rotated
78. Have your brakes checked
79. Have your eyes checked
80. Don’t let your imagination run away with you
81. Let go of perfection in others
82. Let go of perfection in yourself
83. Don’t try to help those that refuse to help themselves
84. Find a way to reduce your commute to work
85. Have an alloted amount of worry time per day/week, that you strictly abide by
86. Drink more water
87. Eat more salmon
88. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill
89. Wear your hair in a classic, easy to care for style
90. Finish what you start
91. Wear classic clothes and shoes that never go out of style
92. Create a daily routine
93. Have a 1, 5, 10 and 20 year plan for your financial and life goals
94. Slow down
95. Eat out less often
96. When you ask your husband which outfit looks best, thank him for his answer and wear the one he liked rather than focusing on why he didn’t like the other one
97. Allow your children to grow up
98. Clean out your garage, and donate anything that hasn’t been used in the past year
99. Stretch every day
100. If a relationship is over, let it go
{Source: Live The Charmed Life, Images: Pinterest}

Say yes.

“What if you approached every situation in life as if the answer is already yes?”

Good morning! Hope you’re having a fantastic day – I am! A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to Skype with Gail Lynne Goodwin, the founder of Inspire Me Today. I initially approached my communication with Gail via email and wanted to ask her a few questions for a blog post about her work and what inspires, motivates and encourages her. Gail went above and beyond and offered to Skype with me on a Saturday morning. Our “interview” was the absolute opposite – but turned into a friend-to-friend chat. 

The one huge lesson I learned from Gail was simply embracing YES. I told her that one of my goals for the future is to become a certified life coach but expressed that I was too young to do it now. She was confused and perplexed at my statement – and took me off guard when she said, “Wait…why not?” We then had an absolutely lovely conversation about how WE are often the ones who block ourselves from OUR future. We are often the ones who are blocking ourselves from our own dreams.

This advice doesn’t just apply to my dream of being a life coach or to me in general – it’s for all of us. It’s so easy to be scared to pursue life to the fullest because we are scared people will judge us, look down on us or simply “say no” to what we are doing. By shifting your mindset – by approaching life as if the answer was ALREADY yes – you certainly are giving yourself more opportunities and way more joy.

I’ve previously shared my love for the Brave Girls Club with you, but found it ironic that this post (below) was their daily email today. Queens, for the next 24 hours, say yes to whatever comes your way – “say yes to crazy things that have shown up that you weren’t expecting. Say yes to the opportunity to love unconditionally even though it’s difficult.Say yes to the opportunity to forgive another, even if it seems impossible. Say yes to the things that are creating resistance. Enjoy your Monday! xoxo

Friday Five!

Friday, Friday, Friday!!! Needless to say, I’m excited for the weekend. While my last Friday Five post was all about San Francisco, this week’s post is all about my friends – and the feeling of friendship overall. Both near and far – isn’t it truly a blessing to have fantastic friends? I wanted to share with you a little more to inspire you this weekend. Enjoy and again, happy Friday!  xo

1. My friends who blog! I’m lucky enough to have some fantastic, talented and hilarious friends/coworkers who have great blogs! Check them out ASAP – and send any more of your favorite blogs my way!


2. Marky’s music - Balloon Messenger. Marky is one of the most talented people I know and has been friend of mine since junior high. Although we haven’t lived in the same city/state for many years, nothing has changed. He’s someone who I could go a few months without talking to, but the second we get together and sit down for coffee, we’re right back where we left off. Don’t you love that? Listen to his music on Soundcloud. I’ve been playing on repeat all week! Balloon Messenger also has a Facebook and Myspace pages.

3. SF visitors! Some of my absolute favorite people are visiting in the month of August – and a few are moving here! I could NOT be happier! In order of appearance (and visit/move-in date!): My sister Katie, Agnes, Jordan, Aimee, Courtney, Ali. Helllllo reunions, you are the best!

4. Quotes:

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis

Friendship doubles your joy and divides your sorrow.

“That’s what friendship looks like to me. Friendship is acting out God’s love for people in tangible ways. We were made to represent the love of God in each other’s lives, so that each person we walk through life with has a more profound sense of God’s love for them. Friendship is an opportunity to act on God’s behalf in the lives of the other people we are close to, reminding each other who God is. When we do the hard, intimate word of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life. We get to remind one another about the bigger, more beautiful picture that we can’t always see from where we are.” - Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

5. An inspiring friend’s story. Please keep Jenna in your prayers as she is battling myelodysplastic syndrome. I met Jenna one year ago as she was coordinating my internship during the school year from DC. Despite the journey she has been on in the past year, she still maintains a sense of peace and joy – what a true inspiration. Stay up-to-date with her on her blog The Redhead Report and if you haven’t registered to be a bone marrow donor, please do so! Thank you for your prayers! 

Thursday Thankful List

Running downhill
Impromptu laughter
Getting a pedicure
Staying in bed until the afternoon
Life rules:

Reoccurring events to look forward to (wine night at Amelie, for example)
How everyone gets so excited after a goal or point is scored in sports
The way bodies heal themselves
Rewatching favorite movies
Big skirts/dresses

Library cards
The smell of clean laundry
Having permission to be wild, expressive, free and myself.
Prayer
This little one visiting in less than TWO weeks!!!

Striving to clothe myself with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
Recognizing how much I need God’s love
Friendly strangers
Yellow Gatorade
Wearing flowers in my hair

Forgiveness
Embracing this twenty-something life (love that blog by the way!)
Writing thank you notes to people
Puppies. All. of. them.
Repeating my favorite verse in my head:

Dancing in my pajamas
Being okay with the fact that this week might not be the best of my entire life
Vanilla candles
Sweet messages from friends
Adding this chair to my list of DIY art projects:

>>>Thursday Thankful List - A short and sweet list of some things I’m thankful for this week! Hope your Thursday is full of purpose and blessings. I’m choosing to make the most out of today; make it better than yesterday. I’m choosing to live life with great love and a whole lot of energy. Enjoy today queens! xo!

Happy Birthday Mom!

>>>Happy birthday to the woman who inspires me the most – my mom. She is absolutely beautiful inside and out and although I can’t be celebrating with her today in person, I am celebrating her presence and impact in my life from the other side of the country. I love you Momma – HAPPY BIRTHDAY! xoxo!

Stay beautiful.

>>>‘Ello friends! How’s your day going? Although it’s super early, mine is pretty great so far – new playlist on the computer, had a fantastic time catching up with friends this week, and “enjoying” a raw food diet for the week. Let me just tell you…giving up coffee NOT enjoyable and actually super hard, at least for me! Also, I wanted to share with you that Polish My Crown is getting redesigned by the lovely Lindsay and I’m very pumped to share with you the revamped blog early August. Change is good, right? By the way, how is it already July 20? Insane!

>>>Today I wanted to share some simple quotes and words to encourage and inspire you mid-week. I love the above image that reads: go for long walks, indulge in hot baths, question your assumptions, be kind to yourself, live for the moment, loosen up, scream, curse the world, count your blessings, just let go, just be. Enjoy and thanks for reading – I totally appreciate you! XOXO