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Intelligent Women

in·tel·li·gent, adj.

1. Having intelligence.
2. Having a high degree of intelligence; mentally acute.

3. Showing sound judgment and rationality

There’s something to be said about intelligent women. Women who are bright, brilliant, quick-witted, smart and intellectual – and embrace it wholeheartedly. When I think of intelligent women, I think about women I look up to. The women who are able to brainstorm and problem solve effectively. Women who are consciously aware of the situation they are in, whether good or bad, and make an appropriate decision to stay in cheerfully or get out proactively. Women who fully know and accept their true queeniness. Here’s a few favorite quotes about intelligent women. Enjoy!

That’s the thing about intelligent women- when one door slams in their faces {and another, and another}, they don’t quit. Rejection becomes a perverse form of encouragement- just another person to prove wrong. –Heidi Klum for Elle Magazine, March 2012

I like intelligent women. When you go out, it shouldn’t be a staring contest. –Frank Sinatra


I think the important thing to know is that women are intelligent and they know how to take care of themselves. –Betty DeFazio


A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It’s the same qualities I require from a man. –Catherine Deneuve


I have always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to. –Shakira


Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women. –Leo Tolksy


God made man stronger, but not necessarily more intelligent. He gave women intuition and femininity. And that, used properly, that combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I’ve ever met. –Farrah Fawcett


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yellow, yellow

While yellow is a color I’m not typically drawn to, I’ve recently noticed just how much the color pops up in my bedroom. Yellow is color that radiates optimism, cheer and happiness and I definitely appreciate the light and brightness that the color adds to my space. I wanted to share a few of my favorite yellow things in my room! Do you have a favorite color?

{1 & 2} Small stool for holding magazines
{3} Daffodils brighten up my bedroom
{4} A favorite print gifted from the wonderful Jenna!
{5 & 6} Floral hooks from Pottery Barn hold my closet curtains open
{7} Wall decor
{8 & 9} Simple flea market desk chair I painted for a pop or color


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He is risen!

Happy Easter, queens! Today, I am thinking beyond egg hunts and Easter baskets and instead about the real reason we are celebrating. I shared this Robert Flatt in my Easter 2011 blog post: The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.

To start over. To be aware of what’s being offered to us. To say thank you, big time. To experience overwhelming mercy and extravagant grace. What a sweet and glorious gift we are given!

God extended his mercy to each and every one of us, and even further, extended us grace. Gifts of peace instead of suffering and pain. Beauty instead of ashes, joy instead of mourning, life instead of death. Broken hearts are mended and despair turns to hope. We are poured with gifts every single day because of the resurrection! We are given purpose and meaning and direction.

Amazing grace today. He is risen!

Lovely links

Can I get a hip-hip-hooray! for Friday!? I’m beyond stoked to soak up the weekend with good company and an even better Easter celebration. Here’s a few things I found online that made me extra happy this week. Enjoy your weekend!

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I love all things polka dots, this DIY rug is no exception.

“How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you.”

I want to date every single person in The Head and the Heart. This song is beautiful!

Yay or nay to ombre tights? A definite YAY for me!


I am from obstacles that turned into opportunities

Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

Beaaaaautiful jewelry!

These $14.95 floral pants from H&M are a-mazing. Thank god my roomie owns them! ;)

YUM! Breakfast pizza topped with avocado and an egg

What song inspires you? Tell us and enter to win an 8×10″ print from Lisa!


For all you list-makers out there!


One year ago today

One year ago today, I grew up a whole lot.

One year ago today, the date was April 5, 2011.

One year ago today, I woke up and all of my possessions were neatly packed in three suitcases.

One year ago today, my dad said goodbye to his oldest daughter and realized he couldn’t come pick me up whenever he wanted anymore.

One year ago today, my identity as a college student disappeared.

One year ago today, I left everyone and everything I knew behind.

One year ago today, I embraced change.

One year ago today, Katie and Hope gave me handwritten letters telling me how much they love me and how much they will miss me. I still have the notes.

One year ago today, my mom and I were wearing the same denim button down {styled in much different ways}.

One year ago today, my stomach hurt…a lot. In a nervous/excited kind of way.

One year ago today, I embarked on an adventure with absolutely no clear idea what was going to happen.

One year ago today, I ate breakfast with my mom and sisters at a favorite cafe on the way to the airport.

One year ago today, I stood near airport security avoiding the goodbye with mom and the girls.

One year ago today, I said goodbye and couldn’t look back to make eye contact with those I left behind on the other side of the security gate.

One year ago today, I approximately drank eight coffees in a 24-hour period. Maybe nine.

One year ago today, I began reading One Thousand Gifts: “The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agent who bring fullest Light to all the world….”

One year ago today, and one layover later, I landed in California and met my blogger friend {and now real life friend!} Rayne at the airport.

One year ago today, I first saw the California sunset and the way the sky turns approximately sixteen shades of yellow, orange and pink all at once. The same sunset still amazes me.

One year ago today, I heard the advice that has now proved to be true: “Bravery and courage are always rewarded.”

One year ago, I went to bed at 11 pm {although it felt like 2 am to me}.

One year ago, I prayed thinking “What am I doing here?!?!??!”

One year ago today, a new chapter of life began.

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April 5 marks a weird, exciting, crazy, scary, nerve-wracking, adventurous, thrilling, sad, happy and challenging day of my life. I said goodbye to my family and friends and moved across the country to a place I had never been without knowing anyone {except for blogging/Twitter friends}. It’s insane to me how quickly time flies, yet crawls on. I can’t believe I’ve been here for so long and yet it feels like I moved just yesterday! I’ve been a bit emotional and teary-eyed all week thinking about the entire change and the past twelve months of my life but out of my overwhelming emotions, I mostly feel thankfulness.

I’m thankful for this adventure. I’m thankful for each and every opportunity that’s come my way. I’m thankful that I learned my way around a new city and that people have showered me with kindness. I’m thankful that God has showered me with kindness. I’m thankful for the bus rides and train rides in the wrong direction. I’m thankful to live so close to the Pacific Ocean and for breathtaking views on a daily basis. I’m thankful for the people who have invested in my life both near and far. I’m thankful for an apartment that I love and God’s provision. I’m thankful to have a job doing things I’m interested in and working alongside people who are brilliant and inspiring. I’m thankful I’ve met new friends here and old friends have found jobs in San Francisco. I’m thankful that I’ve crossed almost every SF tourist activity off my to-do list. I’m thankful for Indian summers and a long holiday back in Ohio. I’m thankful that true friendship knows no distance and a family that loves me unconditionally. I’m thankful for bravery. I’m thankful for courage. I’m thankful that all of my steps have been preplanned according to a larger purpose. I’m thankful for the hard and lonely days, because each of the good days overpowers any bad. I’m thankful for everything that has happened between one year ago today and…today. I’m thankful I can sit here now and just say, wow. I’m thankful for right now.


live a colorful life

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>> I like to think of the word live as a bit more than the standard dictionary definition of “to exist, to be alive.” Nope, for me, to live means a whole lot more actually. Living is the way we conduct our lives; to live means to pursue a positive, satisfying experience that is life. Today, I encourage you to not only live in the sense of being alive, but to live above and beyond – to live to the fullest possible extent. This Words for Wednesday post shares some favorite quotes/images that share advice on how to live life, what the purpose of living fully means, why we should live colorfully and purposely.

With love,

PS Don’t forget to tell me what song inspires you + enter my photo giveaway with Lisa!
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With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair

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you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart,
but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see
what you find there,
With grace in your heart
and flowers in your hair.

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The above lyrics are my favorite from the Mumford and Sons song After the Storm and the photos are from my lovely friend Lisa. Today’s post is a collaboration with Lisa to share photo inspiration for this song; to tell the song’s story through the photographer’s eye.

We all have those experiences where we feel completely helpless – whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the loneliness that sets in after an ended relationship, being a stranger in a brand new city. Today, I want to encourage you to rise above whatever you are going through; take a leap of faith and move forward – “get over your hill” as the song lyrics state.

For me, this song is a statement of hope. The words explain {and Lisa’s photos show} the journey of recognizing doubt, fear and darkness and then pressing forward to find peace in a place, literally or figuratively, where there are no more tears. It’s important to face these uphill battles by abandoning our fears and embracing grace and forgiveness.

This song is quite an inspiration to Lisa and myself and we want to hear what song inspires you! We’re hosting a giveaway to all Polish My Crown readers – all you have to do is comment on this post and tell us what song you go to for inspiration. Want an additional entry? Tweet us the song that inspires you. A sample tweet is here: “I’m inspired by the song ‘XXXXX’ Enter @luckyandi & @Lerbee’s photo giveaway: http://bit.ly/Hd90r6

One randomly selected winner will receive any 8×10″ print photo of their choice from Lisa’s portfolio {I have her photos all over my apartment and get compliments all the time!}

The winner will be selected on Saturday, April 7! Good luck and we’re so excited to hear your answers!
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