Books in August & September!

Books in August & September!

The Awakening of HK Derryberry – Jim Bradford

HK is just like anybody else, if not more; his ability to remain positive, all day/everyday while still cracking a joke inspires me to be better.  We all have those days, where we just feel like nothing is going right and we want to go home, kick up our feet and maybe enjoy a glass of wine while we vent to our loved one of our miserable day.  In all honesty, after reading this book and personally meeting HK, I no longer want to complain, because not all of us have the disabilities that HK faces each and every single day, yet he still pushes himself and dreams big!

Things To Do Before You’re 30 by Jessica Misener

A Beautiful Mind. A Beautiful Life by Lindy Tsang

“You are the one who is truly responsible for your own happiness.  You and only you.  You are going to be your own best friend.”

“We all have our strengths and weaknesses, our perks and quirks, our highs and lows, our triumphs and struggles.  We all have them at different points of our lives.”

“There isn’t a single way to be a perfect human being, but there are a million ways to be a good one.”

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.  Instead of being a duck that spends all day long quacking, choose to be an eagle and soar above the rest.”

“The truth is, we already have everything we’ll ever need for a beautiful life.  We just need to ignite ourselves from within.  Now that you’re connected to your power, turn on the light and shine your way, beautiful one.”

Embraced – 100 Devotions by Lysa TerKeurst

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It – Lauren Graham

“Treat every day like you’re starring in it.  Don’t wait for permission or good reviews.  If you can do that, you’ll be surprised by how far you might end up sailing.”

“Don’t be perfect, just be done.”

“Love Yourself, and what you’re doing, even if you’re not yet at the place you hope to land.  Let joy be the thing that drives you, and I bet you’ll get there faster.  Give yourself permission to make mistakes.  Those mistakes are as valuable as the triumphs.”

“In conclusion, don’t worry about it.  You already have The Most.  And you’re already one of The Best.”

The Child – Fiona Barton

“The problem is that a secret takes on a life of its own over time.”

A Simplified Life – Emily Ley

“Life is hardly simple. In fact, it’s often quite complicated.”

“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 ESV

“You Are Multidimensional, Wildly Captivating, and Uniquely, Extravagantly Wonderful Just As God Made You.”

“You have permission to make yourself a priority.”

Present over Perfect – Shauna Niequist

“Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for resting your body and soul.  And part of being an adult is learning to meet your own needs, because when it comes down to it, with a few exceptions, no one else is going to do it for you.”

“I’ve always had what I call crazy brain – a mind that runs and spins, that remembers obscure details and whirs in the middle of the night.’

“You have to pour out the acid before you get to the richness, and you can’t get there unless you’re willing to truly be seen, vinegar and all.”

Ghosted  – Rosie Walsh

“I wondered how it was that you could spend weeks, months – years, even – just chugging on, nothing really changing, and then, in the space of a few hours, the script of your life could be completely rewritten.”

Make Your Bed  – Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired)

Start off by Making your Bed:

“It demonstrated my discipline.  It showed my attention to detail, and at the end of the day it would be a reminder that I had done something well, something to be proud of, no matter how small the task.”

“Nothing can replace the strength and comfort of one’s faith, but sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day and provide you the satisfaction to end it right.”

Find Someone to Help you Paddle:

“You cannot paddle the boat alone.  Find someone to share your life with.  Make as many friends as possible and never forget that your success depends on others.”

Measure a Person by the Size of their Heart:

“It’s not the size of your flippers that count, just the size of your heart.”

Get over being a Sugar Cookie and Keep Moving Forward:

“It is easy to blame your lot in life on some outside force, to stop trying because you believe fate is against you.  It is easy to think that where you were raised, how your parents treated you, or what school you went to is all that determines your future.  Nothing could be further from the truth.”

“Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, no matter how good you are, you still end up as a sugar cookie.  Don’t complain.  Don’t blame it on your misfortune.  Stand tall, look to the future and drive on!”

Don’t be Afraid of The Circus:

“In life you will face a lot of Circuses.  You will pay for your failures.  But, if you preserve, if you let those failures teach you and strengthen you, then you will be prepared to handle life’s toughest moments.”

“I realized that the past failures had strengthened me, taught me that no one is immune from mistakes.  True leaders must learn from their failures, use the lessons to motivate themselves, and not be afraid to try again or make the next tough decision.”

“You can’t avoid The Circus.  At some point we all make the list.  Don’t be afraid of The Circus.”

Slide Down the Obstacle Headfirst:

“It was a simple lesson in overcoming your anxieties and trusting your abilities to get the job done.  The lesson would serve me well in the years to come.”

“Life is a struggle and the potential for failure is ever present, but those who live in fear of failure, or hardship, or embarrassment will never achieve their potential.  Without pushing your limits, without occasionally sliding down the rope headfirst, without daring greatly, you will never know what is truly possible in your life.”

Don’t Back Down from the Sharks:

“Without courage, the bullies of the world rise up.  With it, you can accomplish any goal.  With it, you can defy and defeat evil.”

“In life, to achieve your goals, to complete the night swim, you will have to be men and women of great courage. That courage is within all of us.  Dig deep, and you will find it in abundance.

Be your Very Best in the Darkest Moments:

“At some point we will all confront a dark moment in life.  If not the passing of a loved one, then something else that crushes your spirit and leaves you wondering about your future.  In that dark moment, reach deep inside yourself and be your very best.”

Start Singing when You’re Up to Your Neck in Mud:

“Hope is the most powerful force in the universe.”

“We will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday.  That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day.”

Don’t Ever, Ever Ring the Bell

“Never quit.  It doesn’t sound particularly profound, but life constantly puts you in situations where quitting seems so much easier than continuing on.  Where the odds are so stacked against you that giving up seems the rational thing to do.”

“Life is full of difficult times.  But someone out there always has it worse than you do.  If you fill your days with pity, sorrowful for the way you have been treated, bemoaning your lot in life, blaming your circumstances on someone or something else, then life will be long and hard.  If, on the other hand, you refuse to give up on your dreams, stand tall and strong against the odds – then life will be what you make of it – and you can make it great.  Never, ever, ring the bell!”

 

“Remember…start each day with a task completed.  Find someone to help you through life.  Respect everyone.  Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often.  But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden, and never, ever give up – if you do these things, then you can change your life for the better…and maybe the world!”

 

The Fall Box is here!

The Fall Box is here!

The Fall #fabfitfun box has arrived and it is screaming the new season!!  Fall, Fall and more Fall – this may be one of my favorite boxes yet!!  If you love coffee and the perfect skin care products, you want to get your hands on this monthly box!  And don’t forget to check out the magazines article, “50 ways to be thankful!”

So what’s in my box!!??

  • BeautyBlender – $20
  • Simply Whimsical Tea Towels – $14.99
  • Skin & Co Roma Blue in Capri – $22
  • GlamGlow Bubblesheet Masks – $18
  • Luna Rica Bar *sponsored*
  • Vince Camuto Luck Tote – $128
  • Alfred Teapot – $26
  • Alfred French Press – $22
  • Cylo Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds – $40
  • Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant – $67
  • Touch in Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo – $24.99

Overall Total – $382.98!!!!!!

Summer Favorites – August

Summer Favorites – August

  • Lake Days
  • Coffee…all day everyday!
  • Dressing Up Makes everything Better!
  • Traverse City…of course 🙂
  • The Inspirational…HK Derryberry and Jim Bradford
  • Babies 🙂
  • New Workout Equipment 🙂
  • Fall Arts & Crafts!!
  • September Picnics
  • Football!
  • Coffee Runs

 

Let’s Empower and Inspire

Let’s Empower and Inspire

I have recently, and not so much discovered since this has been an ongoing issue for years, but recently put it under the microscope of reality that negative body images and self-confidence is continuing to be a huge problem worldwide.  It brings tears to my eyes thinking about those in the world, especially women, who suffer from their own body image, every single damn day.  And it may not be what they see in the mirror, but it is how other people see them and the reaction they illustrate upon their face in return.  Women have so many beautiful characteristics and yes, I am going to say it, to show off, that it is sometimes blinded by our shield of negativity because the world’s runway portrays one size only, a size skinny.

For so many young girls out there – let’s be their inspiration.  Everyday people, the business woman, the stay at home mommas, the I wear leggings all day every day, to those who can’t wait to take their bra off at the end of the day.  Let us be the inspiration – not a size zero model with a fresh blow out every week who can never indulge in a Big Mac and a large Coke (and of course a side of fries).  Of course these runway models seem to be flawless…but let’s give them a makeup wipe and remove their designer brand clothing, and they become just like us.  Little girls are fascinated by these models, actresses and runway superstars and sometimes get the image embedded into their mind at a very young age that skinny is the only size to be.  Well let me tell you something, skinny isn’t all what it is cracked up to be – and I may not be the greatest to share this message because I won’t lie, there have been several days where I wished I were ‘skinny’ but guess what, I am not, and I will never be, and I am now understanding the realization of that.  Skinny is not the only size.  I have many friends who hate, and I mean HATE with a passion being called skinny…and they literally can’t do anything about it, even if they eat the most unhealthy meals 6+ times a day…so to all those women who pray and wish and hope to be skinny every second of their lives…it takes one to know one….there is nothing special about it.

Smaller people have a difficult time finding clothes that fit, taller people have a difficult time finding clothes that fit, larger people have a difficult time finding clothes that fit, short people have a difficult time finding clothes that fit…it is the cycle that continues to repeat.  Self-confidence is a worldwide spread and whether you are skinny, big-boned, short or tall…it affects us all.

The world is forever changing and so are the sizes of women.  We are short, tall, larger, smaller, curvier, pear-shaped, bustier, apple-shaped but it should not matter.  Your weight should never determine what job you apply for and it should never discourage you either.  You have dreams, you have goals – so go for it!  Don’t let the number on that itty bitty scale in bright neon blue glistening under your toes tell you differently!

At a young age, girls play dress up, and that truly never stops as we age.  Dress up is a part of our everyday lives.  Each morning, I get up and ‘dress up’ for work.  I come home from a busy day and ‘dress up’ for my night, even if that includes leggings and no bra.  Dressing up does not need to be fancy like our Cinderella dresses like when we were five.  Dressing up is how you want to portray your self-image, how you want to dress and what makes you feel best!  Want to wear jeans with holes and a white t-shirt, go for it.  Do you prefer a dress and stilettos – rock it girl!  Sweatpants and a tank – why not!  Make what works for you!!

My first idol introduced braided pigtails secured with a pretty pink ribbon and set a high level of Catholic School attire that I would never be able to reach without receive a pink slip…the standards are high, but feel the pressure is rising in current day.

Every single day, women in the world face a negative thump towards their self-image.  Whether she is feeling down on herself, sees her reflection in the mirror, missed a workout or has a negative comment shouted out by a stranger – the world is tough, especially if you are a women.  It is hard but we can all do something about it.

I struggled with my own body image for a while – and truth be told, I am still working on it.  But I am going to take my healthy, god-made body and appreciate it every single day – even though I got more of my mother’s traits than any one of my sisters did – big boobs and all!

I don’t want to be a negative reflection on the youth – I want to be inspiring – being true to myself and keeping true to my size.  So what if I am no longer a size 4 like I was in high-school, this body didn’t get to where it is today without lots of wine, late night snacks and of course carbs!

Xo

A Letter to My 29-Year Old Self

A Letter to My 29-Year Old Self

While in my twenties, I wrote a Children’s Book.  I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree, all while remaining a full-time employee.  I celebrated 7 years of working for the same employer and couldn’t be more proud.  I was recognized by my community.  I made a place my home, five different times.  I’ve found love.  I made amazing friends.  I even auditioned for the Bachelor…before I found love of course.  And I finally left the country, three times now!  And I also became a dog mom!

 

Am I satisfied with the accomplishments thus far?  Absolutely.  But I haven’t stopped there.  I keep dreaming, I keep reaching and I keep achieving!

 

Real talk, a lot happened in my twenties.  What will my thirties bring?  It is hard to remember what I was before all of this.  Some tendencies are still the same as that social butterfly has continued to fly, my strong opinions can get the best of me and my comfortable skin has some rigid edges to it.

 

I don’t expect to have a plan for the rest of my life and I have learned to not put an extraordinary amount of pressure on myself.  My twenties were dedicated to adapting to what some call, our quarter life crisis.  They were insane, complete with tears, laughter, joint pains and higher prescription glasses.  I’m on this intense ride called life and as I come into my last year of my twenties, I can’t wait for the tidal wave of acceptance and my next chapter of life accomplishments.

 

Dear Meaghan,

What did you expect to learn while in your twenties?  Did you dream to have it all figured out by the time you celebrated your 30th birthday?  With one year left, are you prepared for your thirties and are you satisfied with your achievements to date?  Is your life what you expected?  Or is it more?  Maybe less?  You my friend are a sparkle of life, a ball of energy and a person who has come a long way, and I mean a very long way.  Keep moving and keep reaching your purpose – you are a gem.

Remember to always wash your face before going to bed (thanks Grandma) and don’t take life too seriously, even when you feel like it will all crumble down in any given moment.

Don’t pick your face, it is not attractive and it will only cause a greater issue…just continue to take care of yourself.

Being hard on yourself does not create positive, independent outcomes.  Turn down the volume on backseat drivers and just keep going.  Remember to keep smiling and continue to laugh, a lot.  Travel the world.  And don’t compare yourself to others – look at yourself as you walk past that glass window and strut those curves, flash that smile and who cares about your cellulite – we all have it!

Don’t burn yourself out, there is no point.  Believe in yourself and convey with great confidence.  Life will not be figured out at age thirty or even age fifty, we all display versions of our fearful psycho self but just keep going.  Don’t get in your own head but instead, find usefulness within and thoroughly, believe in yourself.

Life will continue to present seven shades of sorry and your superpowers will need to be enhanced but don’t throw in the towel just yet.  Yes, you will always have your number one enemy, Navient – but we all have times of being that delicate little flower that tries to dodge the minor bumps on our path, but don’t worry perilously, you have ideas and dreams unlike anything I have ever seen before.

Throw more glitter, visit your grandparents more, drink more wine and keep feeling comfortable in the skin you are in.  You are likable; your sharp edges have been smoothed out a bit and you walk with your head held high, even if the pain from your shoes makes it hard not to; but not too high to create an unapproachable persona. 

Meaghan, continue to live life to the fullest and keep showing the world that smile; you little inspirational go-getter.  

Xo