2019 Bucket List

Hello World!

We are a month into 2019 and it has been a time of reflection. As I look back on 2018, I wonder how I ever got through the year. 2018 was full of pain, change and overall growth; and I could not be more thankful for it. With that being said, I will take a note from the wise Ariana Grande; 2018, thank you, next. 2019, I’m coming for ya. I’ve got that, “I want it, I got it” attitude and nothing will slow me down. Like every new year my social media gets blasted with everyone’s resolutions. I see these unrealistic goals that people set for themselves that they probably wont keep after 2 weeks. As much as I love disappointing myself by not sticking to one goal I pressure myself into thinking I need to accomplish: I decide to do something different.

Like every new year my social media gets blasted with everyone’s resolutions. I see these unrealistic goals that people set for themselves that they probably wont keep after 2 weeks. As much as I love disappointing myself by not sticking to one goal I pressure myself into thinking I need to accomplish: I decide to do something different.

So I started this year by sitting down and making a list. A bucket list to be exact. A list of things that I want to complete in 2019. Throughout the month I’ve added to the list and have started to cross some off. With the list constantly growing and changing, it really helps to remember the goals I’ve accomplished when I feel that I haven’t accomplished much. With that, here is my list:

Get a tattoo
Go to more concerts
Take a road trip
Be more active
Do more yoga
Finally Chop Hair (see photos below)
Be present
Say "Yes" to more things
Speak my mind
Drink more water
Do 1 thing a day that brings me joy
Set aside time to do something creative twice a week
Continue to practice self love/self-care
Before
Jan 1, 2019

After
Jan 8, 2019

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2019 has in store for me. I look forward to sharing all my adventures with you all. I would love to hear what you put on your bucket lists! Let’s reach our goals together!!!

 

xoxo!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Chapter

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Hello world! I’m back. In the time that I have been gone a lot has happened. Some good, some bad, but I want to share it all with you guys! A few of the events will have their own post so I wont get into too many details here. So, lets get started. Today will be a little over two months since my last post. In that time I have travel to 2 different states, moved again (kind of), got out of a relationship, and really started my journey of self love/care.  These past two months gave me a much needed break and clarity on where I want to be and what I want to be doing.

 

 

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Even though I wasn’t posting while I was away I was still working on content for you guys! I got the opportunity to meet an amazing guy, Geoff, who gave me the chance to get out of my comfort zone a little. Geoff is an up and coming photographer in the Denver, Colorado area. Geoff is a friend of a friend and very kindly agreed to wander around Denver taking photos of me. That was something I’ve never experienced before. For the most part I like to stay behind the camera, but the more I practice self love, the more I realize that there is nothing to be scared of. All the pictures on this post (plus many more to come), were taken by him. I would love for everyone to go check out more of his stuff! His Instagram is: captured_rooster. Please go over and show him some love.

 

 

 

 

One of the more difficult things that I went through during these past two months was my breakup. I had been with my ex for 2 1/2 years. Breakups are never easy, especially when you live together and have created a whole life together. It can be devastating. I don’t want to get into too much detail on it, but I would like to say that even though at the time it felt like everything around me was crumbling down, I know that in the end I will be stronger because of it. I think it also took that experience to really push me to put myself first. I want nothing but happiness for him, as well as myself. I will continue to turn a negative into a positive.

I have so many ideas on posts I want to write but I would also love your input! Please comment below telling me what type of things you like to read most! It can be hauls, DIY, product reviews, favorites, day in the life, etc. I can’t wait to share all of my ideas with you guys!

 

xoxo!!

Adventure Time: Hidden Falls

Hello!! Spring is here!! Well…kind of. I don’t usually trust the good weather here until about July, and even then I can’t make any promises. Luckily this past weekend in the high 70’s, which means it is time to get into nature! I am pretty lucky in the sense that I can travel about 30 minutes and hit mountains. I am also lucky  because I am very close with/ and live very close to my mom and siblings. So last weekend we decided to take advantage of the good weather and go for our first hike of the season! I have hiked to the Hidden Falls before but it was the first time for my older sister, Amelia, and my mom.

 

The hike from the start to the Falls is 2 miles (so 4 miles there and back). It is one of the easier trails in this specific area however, there are a few parts that you have to climb over some larger rocks. The trail is pretty straight forward as long as you follow the correct signs haha. It really was the perfect day for a hike and we even packed a lunch! The sun was out but it was slightly overcast, which meant there was a slight cool wind. Warm enough to be outside but cool enough to not sweat my butt off the whole hike.

 

 

The one down side to it being a perfect day is that the trail was so busy! Everyone took advantage of the lovely weather which was just inconvenient to my life haha. There were children and dogs and mountain bikes….OH MY! Because the trail was busy and there were so many people at the actual Falls, I couldn’t get a good picture of it. I do know that once the weather stays nice for an extended period of time, fewer people will want to be active.  Hopefully I can get back there soon to take some more cool pictures!

 

I hope you enjoy the pictures of my adventure. If you like post like this please let me know in the comments below! Also, if you would like to start seeing videos of my adventures along with photos let me know!!! I want to hear about your fun adventures too so share, share, share!!! Until next time…

xoxo!!

*All the views and opinions mentioned above are completely my own. The photo used above is my own and can not be used with out written permission from myself. If you have questions about your own, please ask a professional.

Dove Product Review

Hello everyone! I don’t know about you but for me it is very hard to find a brand that I buy a majority of my products from. However, recently I have been doing that with Dove. I first found this brand when I was in need of a good dry shampoo. Boy did I find one. From there I wanted to try more and more of their products. I love this brand because it is a great price for the quality of the products. I have four products of theirs that I purchase regularly; two hair products and two body products.

  • Dove Refresh + Care: Volume & fullness dry shampoo. So I basically bathe in dry shampoo. I use it on first day hair for styling, second day hair for volume and third day hair to try and trick everyone into thinking it’s not third day hair. With that being said I needed to find a dry shampoo that did everything I needed it to without leaving my hair feeling even more dirty. This product comes out as a white spray but very easily absorbs any unwanted oil in my hair and blends into my dark brown hair color. It also gives my hair volume throughout the day! There is no need to reapply. Added bonus: it smells great!
  • Dove Style + Care: I was never really into using mousse. That was until I found a way to give myself a lovely blow out. On days when I don’t feel like doing anything to my hair but still want a little volume and style, I just spray a small amount in my hand and apply it to my roots after I get out of the shower. I rub it into my roots and then blow dry my hair while using a round brush to give it a slight curl. I make sure to lift up from the roots so my hair gets bigger. My boyfriend will use this as well to style his hair sometimes and he loves it too. It doesn’t make my hair feel weird or crunchy (which is a great thing).
  • Dove Advanced Care: I have very sensitive skin so it has been hard finding a deodorant that didn’t irritate me. The advanced care works so well and I can apply it right after shaving without the fear of it making my skin break out. I love the coconut scent and the smooth application. If you aren’t into stick deodorant, they also have it in a spray.
  • Dove Shower Foam: I didn’t realize how much I would love this product until I used it. First, I love that it is a foam. Just two pumps is enough for my whole body. Second, it has Shea butter in it which makes my skin so happy and nourished. Third, it smells wonderful!! I grabbed this products because I was out of body wash and wanted to try a foam one. This truly makes my skin feel amazing. After using it I don’t need to use as much lotion on my body after the shower. It is especially amazing while it is still cold out and my skin needs all the extra love it can get. I highly recommend this product. They have other scents in this foam range if you don’t like vanilla.

 

Not only is the women’s line of products amazing but I know that the men’s line is great as well. They are the only shower products that my boyfriend will buy. I know they have a wider variety of products that I am very excited to try for myself. I linked each product to the Target website, check them out!

Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite Dove product or if you try any of them out!!

xoxo!!

 

*All the views and opinions mentioned above are completely my own. I was not sent products, nor was I paid in exchange for a review. The photo used above is my own and can not be used with out written permission from myself. I am in no way a medical professional, these products worked for my hair and skin type. If you have questions about your own, please ask a professional.

Midweek Motivation: 1

Alright everyone, it’s Wednesday. That means we are half way through the week. I don’t know about you but I can already taste the weekend. Recently I seem to find that Wednesdays drag on and on. It’s hard to stay motivated to do, really, anything.  All I can think about is the weekend, sleeping in, binge watching everything on Netflix, and pretty much anything that doesn’t have to do with my 9-5 job. Now, I hate being unmotivated. I am constantly planning out different aspects of my life in my head, so when I make plans and then don’t see them through I get pretty upset with myself. So I have decided that I am going to use Wednesdays as a day full of motivation. Instead of being upset that the day seems to be the longest day of the week, I am going to use that imaginary “extra time” to make sure I’m doing things that help me reach my goals.

(If you want to know my goals for the year go check out my Vision board post!!)

There are a few things that I am unmotivated to do when I feel the day slowing down. Some of those things include going to the gym, cleaning my house, and actually creating content. Below I am going to share with you some ticks I use to make it through my Wednesday blues.

Going to the gym:

I made it one of my goals this year to get back into shape. That means that I have to actually leave my house and interact with other humans…..I’m not really into that haha. Luckily I have a boyfriend who decided to keep me on track with this goal. My biggest problem is that once I start feeling sore I don’t want to move until I feel better. I have started using Wednesdays as the day to exercise the way I love most. Whether that means doing some yoga, a Zumba class,  going on a hike (when it’s not freezing outside), whatever makes me feel better than being surrounded by people significantly stronger than me. If I do an activity I love, not only will I be getting my workout in, but I will feel better throughout my body, mind and soul.

 

 

Cleaning my house:

Let me start by saying that I live with two boys. My boyfriend and his friend. Let me also say that I do not claim to be the cleanest person, but I usually just stick to making my office a mess with papers and unnecessary things from my past. Me and the boys are also on different work schedules, so when I get home after work there are usually multiple meals that have been had by them all over the house. So cleaning….is a job and a half. Don’t get me wrong, they will also clean so it’s not just left on me, but when it’s my turn, I like to have little to no distractions. To make cleaning better I will grab my beats and listen to a podcast. Currently I am catching up on some John Jay and Rich radio.

(I am OBSESSED with this radio show)

I like listening to podcast because it feels like I’m having a conversation with someone. It keeps my brain active. Whereas, I usually just zone out listening to music. A few other podcast I enjoy are “Not too Deep with Grace Helbig” and “Jenna+Julien Podcast”.

 

 

Creating content:

6fe6bb0a-4f79-4136-bcbe-be24703338d5This is probably one of the hardest things to do when I am feeling unmotivated. That is because I second guess everything. Everything I try to create doesn’t feel good enough to me. One thing that I have been trying not to do is put as much pressure on myself. If I am feeling stuck, I take a step back and revisit it later with a clear mind. I try to spend time not only creating content but revisiting some of my favorite content created by other amazing people. I get inspiration from the people I follow on Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.  Revisiting the content that I love helps me focus on what I want my content to look like and represent. I highly recommend looking into other creators that you admire. I have found sooooo many people that I dream of working with through people I watch/read on the regular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays can be hard but your attitude towards it is what makes the day harder. The most important thing to remember is it is OK to feel unmotivated sometimes. And it is OK to give yourself a break. As long as you don’t let that feeling take over your everyday life. Stay positive, stay motivated, stay you!!! I’d love for all of you to comment down below and tell me what helps you stay motivated during the week!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo!!

Autumn Festivities

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It’s that time of year again! Time for pumpkin picking!!!! I love autumn and I love pumpkin picking. Although I love pumpkin picking….I’m not the biggest pumpkin fan. I know, I know, grab the pitch forks and torches. I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes, I don’t like pumpkin pie, I don’t like pumpkin scented candles, but I love them as an aesthetic feature in my home. So every year my family and I make our way down to The Bartel’s Pumpkin Patch, which is about 40 minutes away from where I live.

Last year my boyfriend and I got about 12 pumpkins (all different sizes) that we carved. This year we didn’t get as many (and by that I mean we only got 9 haha) but I did pick some smaller ones that I want to paint and decorate our house with. For some reason this year I really wanted a big white pumpkin. I have no idea why I like the white ones so much but I think they are just so cute. I also love small, round pumpkins. I will pick 5 perfectly round little pumpkins over one weird shaped big pumpkin any day. I think I am most excited about the fact that I now have steps and a porch in the front of my house that I can put all my pumpkins on. I don’t know how long they will last outside because we currently have a raccoon problem, so I think I’m going to put them out a little closer to Halloween. That way I won’t be as sad if the wild animals (squirrels, raccoons and our dog) eat them.

This is probably the only “Halloween-ish” activity I will be participating in. I am a HUGE baby when it comes to this time of the year because I HATE being scared. Which is very hard in my current relationship because my boyfriend loves nothing more then scaring the crap out of me. I may end up giving in and going to see a scary movie with him but I refuse to go to any haunted house! I just don’t understand how people like to be scared!!!

Let me know below what your favorite Halloween/Autumn activity is!

xoxo!!!

Current Fashion Obsessions

It’s September…which means one of my favorite season is right around the corner….AUTUMN!!!!! I absolutely love Autumn. The leaves change colors, it gets colder and layers are back in style! I am still in the process of collection more sweaters and flannels but as of right now I have two items that I have been loving. I bought both of these at TJ Maxx (one of my favorite places to shop).

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The first item is a jean jacket. The brand is Ci Sono and it was $19.99. I have always loved jean jackets but I could never find one that I was super in love with. When I found this one, I just loved how it fit and how distressed it was. It’s very my style and although it is fitted, I can still layer it with a flannel or T-Shirt underneath. I have not jumped on the denim on denim train just yet but maybe someday I’ll get there.

Second is these sliders. They are the brand Qupid. I got them on sale for $7.99 and I believe that they are one of the best purchase I’ve ever made. All of my shoes are either booties or some form of a sneaker, so to have a shoe that I can just slide on when I’m leaving the house or put on to match a super casual outfit, makes me so happy. They are super comfortable. They don’t hurt my feet after wearing them all day. I absolutely LOVE that they have faux fur on them. The fact that the fur is maroon, white and black means that they match just about everything I own.

I love stores like TJ Maxx because they have super cute designer brands for half the price! It is a great place to shop if you’re on a budget or if you’re going back to school shopping! I can find clothes, pillows, pots & pans and pretty much anything else I need in life, all in one store!!! I can’t wait to show you guys all the other things I will be wearing this fall!! Comment and let me know some of your favorite fall trends or any trend you’ve been loving recently!!!

 

xoxoxo!!!