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In the Midst | Life Updates and Life Lessons

I need a new journal. My old one is nowhere near filled to the brim like the ones before, but I feel like this new chapter in my life requires a completely new book to symbolize everything that has changed you know? There’s been a lot of change. Some really great and some I really wish hadn’t come about. Over the past 2 months I moved out of my home, moved into a new apartment, got married and am now in the process of adjusting to life as a wife alongside my new hubs. Crazy, right? We’ll sort through the details of all of that another time, but yes. Major changes and the good kind. Some other major changes, from the other side of the scale; my grandmother who lives in Barbados fell sick and passed away and right after my family dog of 16 years also fell sick and passed. Through all of these events, I’ve been learning some really important lessons. Lessons of how to be excited and happy about life while simultaneously …

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Spending Time Alone

Did you know that solo time is healthy? (all the introverts in the house said HECK YEAH). Really though, it is. Our world is loud, busy, overstimulated and full of interaction. Every once in a while it is healthy to take time away from the noise and spend sometime with yourself. There are benefits to spending time alone Solo time can actually increase your creativity It can increase your ability to feel empathy It can help us to regulate our emotions when going through a rough time It can help you identify truths within yourself (how you may really feel about a situation or circumstance) It can help you to get to know yourself better Spending time alone can even increase your mental strength So. What does one do when spending time alone? Do you have to stay home, close the blinds and sit in the dark? No. There’s a lot that you can do alone…like a lot. You’d have to increase your comfortably of hanging out alone over time (or, you could just dive …

Feel Good February

Hey friends, welcome to February! We’re a full month through with 2020 already, crazy huh? This month I’m going to be doing a series focused on YOU. I’ll be sharing self care tips, things to encourage mental health & wellness and more. I’m excited for it and I hope you’ll come along! I wanted to do something different than the usual things that come with the month of February. I figure there will be enough “date ideas” or “valentines day crafts” or even “best dating apps” this month and personally I hated seeing all of that when I was single and I STILL hate seeing all of that now. Annnnd no, there’s nothing wrong with Valentine’s Day…I’m by no means anti it, I just don’t feel like posting about it : ) I’d instead much rather go deeper into what I’m most passionate about and the purpose of this blog as a whole which is to encourage women to see themselves as the strong individuals they are and to help us all to be the …

My 2020 Stop Doing List

I want to take a different approach to the way I engage with the upcoming new year. In previous years I did the usual thing; I set new goals, added new items to my “do these things to be successful” list and set an ideal weight to strive towards. Although it’s been semi successful, I’m kind of over it. I’m over the updated list of new things to track and maybe accomplish that simply leave me feeling overwhelmed and disappointed if it doesn’t work out. My new approach? A list of things I want to stop doing in 2020. As far as my life goes, I’m doing pretty okay. My overall goals are well on their way to being accomplished and to be honest, I don’t need any new ones right now. What I do need to start doing, is making time and saving energy for the things in my life that matter and bring me joy. In order to do that I need to stop doing things that simply fill up time and take …

The Creative Struggle for Authenticity

I’ve got a struggle on my hands I’ve been at an epic creative standstill with myself. I want to create. I know what I want to create. But I don’t create it. I won’t rather. There are outside factors to this standstill, but none more prominent than the quiet understanding that if I do what I want, what I feel is within me, then I will loose something. Whether that something is important to me or not, I’m not really sure. That uncertainty alone probably leans me more towards it not being that important….but I guess I can figure that out later. I crave authenticity. I so desperately want nothing more than to live a life of transparency and vulnerability. I want people to be able to have conversation with me where I am open about things I’ve over come or things that I am currently in the process of overcoming and I want to bond with others over our mutual triumphs and glory. But in order to do that, I need to be authentic. …

Adam and Katie: A Rainy Day Engagement

Imagine this: You’ve booked a photoshoot. Maybe you’re recently engaged and want a photographer to capture some intimate photos of you and your fiancé. Maybe you’re having a small wedding and want a few timeless photos to remember the day. Maybe you’re an entrepreneur in need of social media content. Whatever the case is, you’ve scheduled a photoshoot and booked a photographer. A few days before, you check your weather app and uh-oh. Storm clouds and rain. All. Day. You’re nervous but hopeful that the less than desirable weather could blow over and that you could still be gifted clear skies. Well, it doesn’t clear up and todays the day and the weather is wet, cold and windy. Obviously, you should just cancel your shoot and try another day…right? A few years ago I may have had the same perspective, but something I have learned over the past year of perfecting my craft, is the best photos tend to come out of those days when you say, “You know what, let’s just do it.” This …

Podcasts: Why I’m Learning to Love ‘Em (does that make me old?)

The conversation around podcasts have transformed a lot over the past few years. I remember the first time I really became aware of the fact that they were an actual thing and that people actually listened to them. My initial thoughts were that they were the same as talk radio and that they were for the old and boring. I was wrong. Fast forward a few years and now, the time that I would spend with music playing as a background track to my driving/cleaning/napping/cooking or whatever else, is now filled with a library of information, personalities and knowledge. Thanks to podcasts. My life is busy (whose isn’t?). I’m now in my late 20s and I’m doing the most I can to make sure my next phase of life has a good foundation. That means working, networking, marketing, investing time into people and friendships, staying on top of my fitness, and everything else. Sometimes that wheel of tasks and duties can get a little (or a lot) bit overwhelming. Especially when I realize that I’ve …