Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS



 top || pants || shoes || jacket || c/o choker || c/o liquid lipstick in Fawn

Isn't it funny how almost overnight, your whole life can change? If you've been following along for a while, you've read vaguely about some struggles we've had the past two years. Life just didn't seem to be going our way. But recently I've been practicing this mindset of not worrying about things that I have no control over. I can tend to be a control freak/over-planner/worry-wart, so when things would go wrong, you can only imagine how high my stress levels would get. I literally worried so much last year that towards the end of the year, I caused myself to have TMJ which is kind of like lockjaw and I could hardly open my mouth to eat or talk. It was pretty scary and often times, stress-induced. WHICH IS ALSO THE DUMBEST. I was physically, mentally, and emotionally hurting myself because of my crazy stress levels and bad anxiety.

I was the cause of it. Nobody else. (I know for some people this is not the case, but for me it was.)

My stress and anxiety were also putting me into a state of sadness, which is something I haven't had to deal with personally before. I've always been the happy-go-lucky kind of gal, but you guys. I was in a weird place. And weird places can make you feel things you've never really felt.

So at the start of the year, I knew I needed to make a serious lifestyle change. The unhappiness was all-consuming and indescribable all at the same time. I made the decision to stop. Stop the unhappiness from seeping into every pore. Stop the worrying of every little thing. Stop the comparisons.  For me, it was all about the mindset and staying mindful. Don't get me wrong, this is definitely not as easy to do as it is to say. There are still days where I feel a little less hopeful and a little more darkness, but overall, everything's been coming up roses. I've truly seem a night and day difference.

I know some people who experience sadness and anxiety aren't as easily cured, but making a conscience effort to change any situation is always the first step.

If anyone else would like to share their secrets to happiness, I'd love to hear them in the comments! xoxo

P.S. Sorry if this was too heavy of a blog post for anyone. I've been trying to write more purposeful posts here, and this topic has been on my mind tons lately and if I can speak to even one person through this post, then it's worth it to me!

P.P.S. If anyone out there ever wants to talk and doesn't know who to turn to, you can always email me. I promise I always respond. :)

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Friday, February 3, 2017

WHAT TO GIVE HER ON VALENTINE'S DAY







Ok people. Here's the thing. If your significant other is anything like my husband, then chances are he/she doesn't ever really know what to gift you. So let's take the guess work out of things. I've put together the ultimate gift guide to pass along so you actually get something good for Valentine's Day this year. (Although it really is the thought that counts!) Valentine's Day is only 11 days away, so the time to purchase gifts is now.

So without further adieu, here's the low-down on all the items I've selected:

Zodiac Journal- Perfect to jot down all your memories together.

Lace Romper- To make her feel desired.

Watch- To tell her your time together is eternal.

Customized Bracelets- For the sentimental gal. You could engrave your anniversary date in roman numerals, or initials of your children!

Ring- Just what the minimalist gal would want. Plus, diamonds are forever.

Purse- For the stylish lady in your life. She will owe you a lifetime of favors if you gift her this splurgey item. ;)

Pot- This is a great option for any woman in your life (sister, mom, bff, girlfriend, etc.)! You could plant her favorite flowers in it, or have her use it to store makeup brushes.

Calm Bath Salts + Coconut Bath Soak- Take some time to unwind and relax together. Quality time together is so healing.

And there you have it! I hope you find the perfect gift for the special ladies in your world. And if you're a gal reading this who wants something off this list, don't be afraid to send a hint-hint to your lover! I also linked to more goodies below. (My poetry-loving soul is obsessing over THIS. Plus I love Tyler Knott Gregson's work so it's a win.)

xoxo