Category Archives: Words for Wednesday

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What Love is Not

I’m currently reading Augusten Burroughs new self-help book This is How and have bookmarked several favorite parts. The author’s humor is dark and witty and certainly not like any of the other books of its kind. The particular piece I’m sharing is from a chapter titled “How to Identify Love by Knowing What It’s Not” and discusses the importance of being aware of your relationships and identifying them as toxic or life-giving. The list starts the chapter sharing simple but insightful reminders on what love is absolutely, positively not.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did! xx

Love doesn’t use a fist.
Love never calls you fat or lazy or ugly.
Love doesn’t laugh at you in front of friends.
It is not in Love’s interest for your self-esteem to be low.
Love is a helium-based emotion; Love always takes the high road.
Love does not make you beg.
Love does not make you deposit your paycheck into a bank account.
Love certainly never, never, never brings the children into it.
Love does not ask or even want you to change. But if you change, Love is as excited about this change as you are, if not more so. And if you go back to the way you were before you changed, Love will go back with you.
Love does not maintain a list of your flaws and weaknesses.
Love believes in you.

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be your wild, courageous, brilliant self every single day.

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I just love Curly Girl Design artwork and these new typography cards that the artist Leigh released are no exception. I have Curly Girl Design splattered all over my life: in my living room, in my bedroom, on my desk. In this case, I’m inspired by the beautiful, inspiring quotes and thoughts written in “chalkboard style.” Today’s Words for Wednesday shares just a few of my favorites – I think it’s about time I make a few more purchases on the shop online;) Which is your favorite?

Someday is made up of a thousand tiny nows.

Have only one rule: be your wild, courageous, brilliant self every single day no matter what.

Life is long. It is living that we risk being short on.

I am fairly certain that given cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.

I do not think we know our own strength until we have seen how strong love makes us.

Enjoy your day! xo

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the future is exciting!

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Happy Wednesday! I’m back in the country and feeling really thankful for a few days to settle back into normal life. I can’t wait to share my photos from Barcelona and Marrakech with you — stay tuned!

Today’s Words for Wednesday is all about the future. When I think of the future I think of a few words: exciting, adventurous, terrifying, unknown, open. While thinking about times ahead can be really overwhelming and scary, I want to shift my focus to be completely excited and in amazement of what’s to come. I like to think that my life manifesto can be found in Proverbs 31:25: “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs with no fear of the future.” When was the last time you thought about the future with absolutely no fear and instead, pure laughter and cheerfulness? When was the last time you started proactively helping, supporting, loving your future you by helping, supporting and loving yourself right now? That’s what I’m working on.

More future-focused blog posts here and here.

Have a lovely day! xx

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everything is amazing!

6a016764130f68970b0167685e300a970b-800wiI really enjoy the word amazing. I always viewed the word as an extra special version of “great!” but it’s actually defined as: causing great surprise or wonder, astonishment, startlingly impressive. I’m pretty obsessed with that definition. When was the last time you had a startlingly impressive day? When was the last time you were surprised or in sheer wonder of a conversation you had? When was the last time you were astonished at just how wonderful life is?

Today I encourage you to make amazing decisions, have amazing conversations, enjoy amazing company and pursue amazing opportunities. I am going to try to do the same!

Lots of love,
Andi
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greater things are yet to come.

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A quick trip down memory lane showed me that I haven’t shared a Words for Wednesday post since December – crazy! While lately I seem to be compiling my favorite images of advice and inspiration on Instagram or Pinterest, I definitely don’t want to stop sharing on Polish My Crown today. I recently found a site called staypositive.me – I could literally spend hours on the site reading the different inspirational and empowering words. Here’s just a few of my favorites!

I think my favorite is the top quote: greater things are yet to come. There are much bigger and better plans in place for our lives than we can even imagine. That’s always a wonderful reminder to me when I feel like I’m stuck in a current situation or unsure about the future. It’s definitely a hopeful reminder! xx

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I can’t believe it’s less than one week until Christmas! I flew back home on Sunday night and I’m very thankful for the extra time I can spend with my family before the holidays. Since Christmas is obviously on my mind, I thought I’d share a fun holiday-themed Words for Wednesday post today.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? I also enjoy our girls cookie day {Saturday this year!} where we bake cookies all day with my cousin Erin, aunts and grandma. I also love Christmas Eve with my family – church, fondue, family game night and a big sister sleepover. Hope your day {and entire holiday season} is merry and bright! xx





Let everything happen to you.




Happy Wednesday!
After noticing my Words of Wisdom board on Pinterest reached over 650 pins, I decided it was time to oh, I don’t know, create a separate board focused on quotes. Enter in my Words of Wisdom, Part 2 board where all of the images in this blog post are also currently located. These are a few quotes that have inspired me lately, especially the top one. “Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” This is a great reminder whenever you’re in a funky mood or at a point in your day/week/month where you’re at the breaking point. The icky feeling you might be experiencing now will not last forever and it always helps me to sit back from the situation, take a long and deep breath and just hit the refresh button on life.  What IS important is to recognize each and every feeling you experience rather than ignore them or bottle them up. Just keep going.

P.S. Sorry my posts have been so short and sweet lately – I’ve been crazy busy. I promise I will be back to normal soon-ish annnnnd….excited to let you know I’m announcing a big, fun holiday giveaway next week! xo!