April 30, 2014

5 Things To Remember at 25




I wanted to share some things that have been on my heart. I don't normally get too personal on my blog but these are some things I have been feeling recently and wanted to share with you all. Sometimes we all need a reminder, to just step back and think about what really is important.



25 is a critical age. Some people are still finding themselves, while some are right on track with their own "life plan". At 25 you're technically classified as a grown up, even though you still may be getting use to doing certain "grown up" things. We begin to make certain life investments through work, family, friends, and community activities. By 25, some friends are probably getting engaged, married and/or possibly starting to have children.



Some days I still feel like a high-schooler; young, naive, still trying to pave my way through life. Up to this point in my life, I have had a fair share of life experiences, good + bad and I know that there are many more to come (both making me feel terrified and exhilarated at the same time). Do I some days get discouraged? Yes! But these are some things that keep me grounded and that I always try to remind myself of.










1. LIFE IS NOT A FAIRY TALE
As little girls, we grow up watching all sorts of fairy tales. You know how the story goes, there is a princess, she somehow finds herself in despair, only to be rescued by her prince and then they lived happily ever after. For some of us, maybe that has happened. I like to think that I have found my prince, but what about the after part? But the thing is, our lives aren't a movie. Throughout life, things are going to happen along the way, some good, some bad. God has a plan for all of our lives and we have to remember that our happily ever after will come one way or another. Even though sometimes it can be drastically different from how someone else's may seem.





2. COMPARISON IS THE THEIF OF JOY
More times than most, I've found myself comparing my life to other's. Somewhere I remember reading the quote, "Don't compare your beginning, to someone else's middle." We are all at different stages in our lives, our careers, and our relationships. Still, it is hard to sit there and not compare ourselves and think, Why don't I have that? Why hasn't this happened for me yet? Why? Why? Why?. For me, it took a lot of prayer and realization that I'm where I'm suppose to be, I'm doing what I'm suppose to be, and in time these things too, will happen for me. There are always going to be those who have more, do more and that's okay. Just remember you're where you are suppose to be, celebrate that!





3. LEARN TO STAY HUMBLE
Humility is a character trait I strive to practice daily. Everyone is facing a struggle, whether we know it our not. We all have stresses and most certainly have all had bad days. It's important to always be patient, caring, encouraging, and lastly apologetic. Be thankful for the life you have, because there are always going to be those who have a life much worse than yours. "Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own."





4. LIFE DOESN'T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED
Whew, is this not true! I like to think of myself as a planner. Sure, I love being spontaneous and flying by the seat of my pants, but I still like for things to be organized...maybe it's the OCD in me, who knows? I love lists, I love organizing, I love just having things planned out. For me, sometime in college I sat down and realized, life doesn't always go as planned. There is always going to be something added to your list, taken off your list, and so on. Your list will grow and it will shrink,  it will change drastically, and sometimes who knows..you may even lose your list and have to start all over again. The thing about lists and plans are, normally when we make them, we aren't really the ones that control their outcome. Yeah, we can try our best to make things happen as planned, but so many of the things we do are out of our control. We all encounter things that aren't suppose to happen. Life happens, Plans change, but God is still there.






5. DON'T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY
Well of course, life is serious and obviously there are those moments when we should be cool, calm, collected and serious. But life is also fun! It is about taking risks, breaking the rules (sometimes), being spontaneous and creating your own adventure. Laugh at yourself, and with others, it really is the best medicine. When you take life too seriously, and worry about perfecting those tiny things (that in the end may not even matter), you miss out on a profound amount of joy.









April 25, 2014

five.


ONE.


It's been almost a year since I took the plunge and cut my hair short and for the most part I've loved it. It was a nice change, and super easy to handle..but I think I've decided to grow it out again. I've been struggling with styling my hair ever since deciding to grow it out. It's in that awkward grow-out stage and I've tried curling it under, straightening it, etc and have never really loved how it's looked. I've successfully tackled my version of the sockbun/topknot (tutorial soon), which has seemed to be my go to style for now, but I've missed being able to wear my hair down. I came across the recommendation to blow dry with this paddle brush and this has worked wonders. I also put in some Bumble & Bumble prep spray before blow drying, which helps with tangles and preps your hair for drying...It's like getting a professional blowout at home.









TWO.

Wedding season is in full swing and so far we've been invited to attend two weddings in our favorite city....Charleston. I couldn't be more excited to celebrate these two couples in the "Holy City". Now its time to find a dress, I've narrowed it down to these two Lilly Pulitzer dresses, the Janice Shift Dress and Pennie Shift Dress..what do y'all think?





THREE.


Lately, I have been on the hunt for the perfect distressed denim in a lighter wash. 7FAM is my go to brand for jeans but I just couldn't seem to find a distressed pair that I really liked, plus to be honest I didn't really feel like spending $100+ for a pair of distressed jeans. Luckily after looking for a while, I finally stumbled upon the perfect pair at H&M! Seriously, I could wear these jeans everyday, they are not only comfy but are UNDER $25- um hello, perfect. I loved them so much that I went online to see if they came in any other colors, and guess what- they have a distressed dark wash too, you better be I went and snagged those up to. 






FOUR.


I've come to the conclusion, that I need a tan, like yesterday. With the warmer temps we've been having (sadly, currently there is rain on the forecast & it's in the 50s) I have begun to bring out Spring/Summer clothes and let me tell you something...this girl has got to get some sun on them legs. I'm curious what y'alls favorite sunless tanner is? I've experimented with sunless tanners before but not too too much. There are a couple on my list to try out after reading some reviews online but I 'd love to hear from y'all...best vs worse, etc. St. Tropez, Versa Spa, and TanWise are all on my list to try.






FIVE.


And lastly and most importantly, always remember today and everyday