A new year’s letter to the universe…

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Dear last year,

 

You were really good to me. You showed me more of who I am, parts of me that I didn’t even know existed.

You showed me disappointments, in the form of losing houses we fell in love with and a career I thought was a dream. You showed me that you can do everything and anything for someone you work for (or this can be applied to a lot of things in life) but that in the end, sometimes things are just too good to be true for a reason. Sometimes you need to walk away when you realize that being in an environment where your absolute best is never good enough is detrimental to your mental health, happiness, and well being.

This year taught me to run like Forest Gump in those situations. Run at the first sign of a red flag. Your instincts are instilled in you for a reason…use them.

 

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But with these, you lead the way for me to even better paths. You made me aware of a strength I didn’t know I had when it comes to standing up for myself and knowing what I want and deserve.

Within you, 2018, I learned that it’s okay to just….need time. To decompress after these disappointments and disappear for awhile, if you need to.

I learned that “FOMO,” or “fear of missing out” is basically all in your head and I have gotten insanely good at appreciating what I have rather than comparing to others. We all feel bad with social media but I think it’s more about how you look at things. Like, seeing someone go on a beautiful vacation and feeling happy for them and also being like “that’s great and I would love to go there someday too- but after we buy our house! Because I have exciting things coming my way that are more important right now than traveling.” I also know myself well enough now to look at someone’s photos of being out and filtering my own thoughts-like thinking, wait, do I even want to be doing that right now? Actually no, I’m super happy being on my couch watching this movie with wine.

I learned that the hustle is real and you can damn well get anything that you want if you work hard enough. This means you don’t always listen to people who tell you that there’s no way you can travel while you are not working for 2 months (yup and I never did put up my Canada travel post- but I will!) or that you can’t possibly pay your bills through selling on Poshmark?! Watch me, yo.

 

 

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Dear new year,

Hey girl…heyyyyyy.

 

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I have to say, you are starting off with a bang!

 

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Please continue to teach me valuable lessons.

Please bring me a house I love with enough space for a chicken, pygmy goat, and another pupper. (or 2…?)

Please help me with discipline and consistency. This goes with all things: bullet journaling, blogging, Poshmark, gym,yoga, etc. 

Please allow me to finally actually learn the ukulele or guitar. (I see a theme here- again, consistency and discipline?!)

Please help me to continue stepping even further outside of my comfort zone.

 

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Currently in December + December Bullet Journal

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Hey everyone! Happy Holidays 🙂

 

It has been super busy lately between the holiday season, training for my new job, and the ongoing house hunt. I am feeling such an intense amount of gratitude lately. We have something in the works right now regarding a house, but I don’t even want to go into detail until it’s done- since we have been in too many situations lately where we were beat out on an offer, backed out, etc. The horrors of house hunting, am I right?!

 

 

 

Currently doing…

All of the Christmas things!

 

I am really enjoying every last second of the holiday season this year…I remember last year it didn’t feel like Christmas as much. Do you ever have a year like that?

Last weekend Frankie had off of work and we had the best holiday weekend filled with a Victorian stroll, a guided lantern tour of a historical home, and a winter bonfire with eggnog.

 

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But my favorite part of the stroll…

Was the Christmas goat. OMG!

 

Later that night we headed to a guided lantern tour at a historical home…the home is that of a famous Hudson Valley painter.

 

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Holiday parties…

 

We actually had 2 work holiday parties last week and I had so much fun at both!

 

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Fun fact…I ate all 4 of these in the car on the way home. Shoutout to Frankie for picking me up so I could have a few cocktails 😛  #Ineedtogotothegym

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This weekend my currently doing list includes: nothing. And it has been glorious. Today it is icing and sleeting outside and I plan on staying in and wrapping presents 🙂

Although I did make homemade pizza (mom even made the dough herself!) with mom last night. It turned out so amazing. Check out mama’s pizza recipe here!

 

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And I hung out with my favorite girls 🙂 Follow along with us on Instagram.

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Currently Wearing…

#Decemberoutfits

 

I’m going to apologize ahead of time for the terrible quality of these phone selfies. Also don’t judge me for the bathroom selfies…the bathrooms at work have great long mirrors!

My all time favorite outfit of the month goes to this Pinstripe jumpsuit find from Forever 21…complete with my Moon and wolf sweater. I got this moon sweater from Target, although it was quite awhile ago. They still have some pretty adorable sweaters right now, especially ugly holiday ones! P.S.-I have quite a few holiday sweaters (and other holiday attire) for sale right now on my Poshmark too.

 

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My holiday part look: Plaid leggings + Black denim overall dress

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Sorry for the grainy picture…The moon sweater makes an appearance again,  this flannel is also from Target (their new brand Wild Fable that I love) and has become my favorite ever, and these hounds tooth leggings from Zara are another favorite.

Currently watching…

 

All the Christmas movies!

Anything on Hallmark is good to me. Even the cheesy ones!

 

And…this show is hilarious and very binge worthy.

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The first season follows the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Senior class clown Dylan Maxwell is accused of the crime by the school. He is expelled, but an investigation into the incident is launched by sophomore Peter Maldonado, with help from his friend Sam Ecklund, to uncover whether Dylan was the one truly behind the crime.

The second season follows Peter and Sam as they investigate a new crime at a Catholic private high school after their cafeteria’s lemonade is contaminated with laxatives by someone calling themselves “The Turd Burglar”.

 

Currently Bullet Journaling…

 

My December layout may be my favorite of all time.

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As you can see, I need to go to the gym, LOL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Gratitude

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The last 2 years I have done my November Gratitude weekly posts. This year has just been a bit crazier and my blog has been a little more sporadic. 😦

The good news is I am busy for amazing reasons and I have (what feels like) more than ever this year to be grateful for!

When considering what we are appreciative for every day, I think it’s important to think about the little and the big things.

 

Gratitude…

 

Small things like noticing the heart in the jam of the cookie you just baked…

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Simple Sundays spent baking with your mama, tidying your room to make it just a bit “cozier” and to prepare yourself to have a peaceful week, and a Saturday night spent in by the fire watching the classic Grinch and My Cousin Vinny (for the very first time!) with puppies snoring on top of you.

 

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Never forgetting to notice the beauty surrounding you

Or where you came from

Or where you have yet to go

 

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Gratitude for life’s seemingly twisted paths that lead you directly to where you are meant to be. 

Speaking of paths, I have so much gratitude for life’s weird ways lately.

 

A favorite guided meditation of mine is anything by Sarah Blondin.

I first found her on my Insight Timer app and have loved her ever since.

In this guided meditation,

She talks about following your inspiration and I can’t even tell you how many times I have listened to this lately. A lot. What I talked about above, these twisted paths of life, she normalizes it and writes it off as just another part of our story.  She emphasizes how important these vast experiences are. In this time in my life, when I have been transitioning a lot to try to find my way, this meditation is extremely comforting for me and I hope it helps you too.

Some words from this meditation that I especially love….

 

” If your inspiration requires you to stretch farther out of your skin than you are used to,

Please…do it.

It if requires you to get on a plane and never look back,

Please…do it.

If it requires you to sit and learn patience,

Please…do it.

If it requires you to quit your job, sell your belongings, move across country, buy a boat, walk up to a stranger, write for no reason, cry for no reason…

Please…do it.

I can’t urge you enough….do it.

 

You will always, without fail, land exactly, divinely…where you are meant to land.” 

 

I am feeling especially grateful lately that I have landed (and worked super hard for!) into a career at Etsy 

 

I have wanted to work somewhere creative for a long time and I feel like for awhile I wasn’t even aware of what I was searching for– but knew it was something more, (this explains all of the random classes I took, lol) and Etsy has all of the things I was missing.

 

 

 

Feeling extremely blessed and hoping they let me stay forever 😉

 

Thank you to my readers who stick by my blog ❤

 

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Some Spooky Art…

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Hey friends! Sorry I have been a bit MIA lately…

If you have followed me for awhile, you know this blog goes through ebbs and flows often…

I start a new amazing career opportunity on November 6th and am very excited and feeling extremely blessed. It’s with a very well known company with values, morals, and a mission I really respect and stand behind.  The benefits are amazing, the office is stunning, and they are dog friendly. YUP.

It’s pretty normal for me to come back from not blogging after a month with a spooky post. However, it’s also Halloween! So….it’s perfect.

 

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You know what’s also spooky, though?

 

Accepting less than you deserve

Selling yourself short and knowing you are capable of more than you are doing

But not even trying for fear of failure

Not letting yourself see the value of a good hard mistake

Comparing ourselves to others

Forgetting that we are one in a million

Not calling ourselves out when we need to

Misinterpreting other’s opinions of us for a solid definition of who we are

Swallowing that idea of us into our core being ; holding it there for way. too. long. 

Life tip

The only time it is every okay to wear someone else’s mask or personality is Halloween.

 

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Lessons from my Poshmark fall wardrobe

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I have been through some life changes since my last blog post… more to come on that later. I will have a lot more time to blog (at least for now) and plan on getting back into the weekly blog swing of things. 

It’s fall! 

 

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My absolute favorite time of the year to blog about all things fashion related. 

Whether it’s a Fall Fashion Inspiration post, a Spooky shoot, I really love doing these. 

This time I thought I would do something a little different. 

While going through my photo shoot photos from the other night, I realized that our clothes can kind of….teach us something. 

 

We wear what we feel and we wear our hearts on our sleeves. 

 

In the mornings, we go through our closets and carefully choose how we want to portray to others that day, we wear Black to certain occasions, our friend tells us “wow, you have a lot of Black clothes!” while going through your closet-while you may have never noticed before. 

We speak as silently, or as loudly, as we want to the world with what we clothe our bodies with. 

 

Here are some lessons from my Poshmark fall wardrobe, which you can find here:

 

Be as humbly yourself as possible, but with attitude.

 

 

It’s perfectly okay to be quiet- if that’s who you are (me.) 

But never, ever, ever let people tell you who you should be, walk all over you, treat you less than you deserve. 

Remain yourself, but know when to step outside of this comfort zone when it comes to protecting your own values. 

Damn straight.

 

Keep it simple.

 

 

This means taking time to sit with yourself and learn patience through your process. 

Wake up in the morning, wipe the sleepy from your eyes and look up at the sun and how it has risen for you ; the way in which it has blessed and given you another minute, another hour, another day. 

For a minute quickly becomes days and months and years and if we don’t take the time to sit with it, really notice it and breathe it in, it will evaporate right before us.

 

And on it goes…keep it simple. 

 

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Daydream as often as you like.

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Play dress up with your life and try on as many varieties as you like.

Our choices were not meant to be taken so seriously… 

Do your very best and the universe will send rewards and gratification your way.

 

It’s okay to dress like Fiona and Frank from Shameless.

In fact, I encourage it. 

 

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But don’t be too much of a Frank…. #Shameless

 

Life lately…

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Hey everyone! Are there any blog readers still out there? ….Hello?

This was a very unintentional and way too long blog break but I’m happy to be back! Life lately has pretty much hit me and made me as surprised as Molly is in this picture.

 

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It’s been a busy summer with fun adventures involved. Here’s just some photos of a few things we have been doing.

 

 

 

The summer has been awesome & I hope you all are having a great one, too! We know it flies by and by the time we know it, it’s time for Halloween decorations and fall movies… which I am already excited for!!!

 

But the real reason I have been insanely busy is because I landed a new job!

I now work for Found My Animal

 

Our Mission

 

” Found My Animal promotes animal adoption in a very direct way: let your pet wear your values. By encouraging rescue over purchase, we support animal welfare by asking pets and their owners to help deliver our simple, important message. “

 

 

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The owner’s adopted own- Claude & Henry.

If you have been reading for awhile, you may know that this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Wanting to work for an animal rescue organization or company is a very specific goal and when I had actually started to think it was not going to happen for me, I saw this job and decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did.

To work for a company like this is a dream! Part of my job is also community outreach- which will involve spreading the word about our company and even holding adoption events with dogs!

In addition to that, if you are interested in learning more about Found My Animal or even carrying us in your store, contact me! We love collaborating with new businesses and like-minded individuals supporting our mission.

 

 

The girls are definitely enjoying their Prismatic Ombre Adjustable leash

And they love being able to walk side by side!It has really helped Molly’s anxiety to go new places with Daisy walking on the leash next to her.

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And Molly feels amazing supporting a leash that supports rescuing animals, just like she was rescued almost a year ago by us. ❤

 

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The day we found our animal. And she found us. #onherwayhome ❤

An excerpt from my blog post about Molly’s #foundmyanimal story…
We know she was left outside all day in the hot Tennessee weather.
We know that a woman had her and gave her up because she did not have patience with housebreaking her. Because you know, dogs take work and patience. But the love they give you back is ten fold and oh so worth it…
We know she is afraid of crates and wary of men coming near her but don’t know why.
We know she was afraid of water beating down of her because we (and her foster mom) suspect she may have been from a puppy mill.
We know that she is home now and we will never make her feel that way again.

 

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By the way, if you can help in any way with our Rescue Road Trip Go Fund Me  –

It would be so appreciated! We are trying to raise funds to organize a road trip down to Miami to transport dogs from high kill shelters up to shelters in the Hudson Valley in NY.

All funds donated will go directly to the following costs:

1. Adoption Fees to Miami Dade Animal Services
2. Van Costs, Insurance
3. Gas + Tolls
4. Vetting
5. Transport Driver

 

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Letters to the Universe { June }

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I thought it was time for another Letters to the Universe post.

 

 

 

 

 

The universe has been very good to me lately. So I wanted to send out some letters and talk to it a bit.

 

Dear June, Thank you for the good and bad you brought me this month. June will always be the month papa passed away but it is also the month that papa came back as yellow butterflies surrounding us. (Seriously– they have been everywhere and I even found 2 beautiful yellow butterfly wings on the floor yesterday.) I find comfort knowing that not only is he breathing better than ever up there, but he is flying over us in protection and freedom. Mom had finished off papa’s garden that day and I think that was a sign that he knew we were honoring him.

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Sitting next to papa’s garden under his lights last night with a dear friend XOX

Dear July, How the hell did we get here? That means more than half our year is over already.  Is it true that the older you get the quicker the years pass by? Because I feel it already. Please slow down.

Dear timing,  I’m beginning to see why you do things in the order that you do. I feel like it is all lining up the way it is meant to and I thank you for being patient with me and teaching me that same patience.

Dear self, you are going through some big life changes right now and big opportunities (more on that later) This is something you have wished and worked hard for for a long time- work hard, but take care of yourself, and embrace every second of it. And it’s okay to have some fear- as long as you use it as motivation. I commend you for getting outside of your comfort zone over and over again even though it is really hard for you. You know you cannot grow in the same place.

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Dear mind, stop thinking so much. If just for a minute. Or enough for me to sleep well again!  As Frankie says, “worrying is like a rocking chair- it gives you something to do but won’t get you anywhere.”

Dear Advil PM, thank you for being there for nights when I absolutely cannot take another night of not sleeping. (Not usually- but lately)  I know that’s not what you are there for, but I’m so happy to have you.

Dear my bullet journal,  thank you for being there for me when I need to organize my days and months and years. And my thoughts. Thank you for allowing me to create more mindfulness in my life.

Dear Molly, please stop hoarding my underwear in your bed when I am away and you miss me. It’s getting really weird and awkward…. but thanks for being my little weirdo with your quirky quirks- I feel you are the dog version of me. (Besides the weird underwear thing)

Dear summer and your little moments, you really snuck up on me this year but I especially love your night sounds, twinkly outside lights, and light bugs. In addition I really adore your swaying nighttime breezes, your hot and heavy sunshine basking onto my face at the lake, and your ability to really bring people together.

 

Dear Universe, We have a lot going on right now. But with the ups come the downs and without both, we may not know the beauty of the other. This balance is sometimes tough, but so needed in order to really truly appreciate life and all it’s craziness.

 

XOXOX