Hello all of my beautiful readers!
Many of you are probably thinking: Woah there. A blog post? This can't be real.
Alas, the blog is not dead! Just went into hibernation for a bit. ;)
Along with some major life changes going on in my life recently (been CRAZY busy), I've also been having a bit of writers block. If any of you have suggestions for topics to write about, send them my way! For now, a little personal life update:
In the last 2 months, a lot has changed.
Let me back up...
Since the beginning of the year, I have felt extremely lost. Most of this feeling was due to taking on a job at the end of last year that wasn't in my line of work, because I was having such a hard time finding a position in my field where I live. The job wasn't a bad or hard job, it just wasn't fulfilling or rewarding for me. While I was still doing my Esthetics on the side, it was extremely hard for me to concentrate on my goals. My life plan changed daily, and I lost a clear vision of what exactly I wanted. I considered going back to school for something else, because I lost all confidence that I could find something in my field.
It never occurred to me that I could do it on my own. Or maybe it did...but I was scared, so I stayed at this job for much longer than I anticipated. Almost a full year, even though it was originally supposed to be temporary.
I recently took the biggest leap of faith I have ever taken. I was lucky enough to quit my mundane day job, and go full time at home with my Esthetics business. It was a huge risk for me (I'm NOT a risk taker), and to be honest it has been terrifying for me. But that assures me that it was really brave and will continue to be rewarding. It has lead me to meet/reconnect with the most amazing people. It has allowed me to reset my brain, and set some clear goals. It has also given me some great opportunities to better my career, and I don't anticipate those opportunities stopping. I absolutely love what I'm doing, and now know that I was always meant to be an entrepreneur. Without the support of my sweet husband, I don't know if I ever would have taken the risk. He has been so supportive and helpful during the times when I haven't thought I could do it or be successful at it. I tend to be a bit of a pessimist, and his words of encouragement keep me going. Although some may not understand, I have clear goals now of exactly what I want. I'm able to dream again, and that's what matters.
Of course with any big risk, it means inconsistency. At my last job, it meant consistent hours, consistent paychecks, consistent work. While that's nice to have and was "safe", great things never came from comfort zones. More money isn't worth my happiness. I am okay with having inconsistency for now if it means I'm happy with my job. I have big plans/goals for the next 5 years, and that's something I haven't had in a long time.
This life change has been quite the learning experience. I've had to learn the business side of things, which is something I'm still learning. I've started to learn what works and what doesn't. I'm doing it all on my own (with inspiration of others of course), but that's been the most rewarding part of the whole experience.
Isn't that the whole point of me starting this blog? We're all learning.
This isn't me telling you to quit your job tomorrow, or that I'm any sort of life expert. Some of you have a family or children to support, which I totally understand. But if it isn't fulfilling and you dread going to work every day, maybe it's time to make a change. Look for other opportunities. The right one won't just fall into your lap, and may take some time. Life's too short to hate your job every day. The beauty about living in the era we do now, is we don't have to be stuck at the same unfulfilling career for 40+ years until retirement. Our generation is much more open to new opportunities and entrepreneurial work than the generations before us.
Like I said, I'm not claiming to be some life expert guru. But maybe sharing my own experience will give one of you the confidence that I needed a year ago.
As far as the blog goes, it's happening. The blog is not dead. ;)
As always, thanks for reading. If you made it this far into this long post I applaud and appreciate you!
See ya in the next one.
P.S: If you want to see what I do, head over to my Instagram page @ashleychanellebeauty!
I did something today that I swore up and down I would never do, but here I am...creating my first YouTube video.
Now don't get all crazy, it's all just for fun! I wanted to do this to share with you guys more than just pictures of our trip to Alaska! Pictures are beautiful, but will never do the whole trip justice. In fact, the video doesn't really do it justice either. But I promise it's better than the pictures!
I'm still in a slight depression that we aren't still there, but making this video kinda eases the pain of being back home!
As always thanks for reading, and this time thanks for watching! I had fun making this video, and maybe I'll do more like this one. :)
Yay for part two of our trip to Alaska! Last post I told you all about the cruising portion of our trip, and today I will go over the land portion! If you missed my last post, you can find it here.
Before we booked this trip we did LOTS of research. We were able to find lots on what to pack and what excursions to do, but not a whole lot of information about cruisetours. I am giving these reviews in hopes it will help those who are thinking of taking a vacation to Alaska in the future!
Here's an overview of the places we went for the land portion of our cruisetour, and what we did each day:
Day Eight: Train from Whittier to Denali
After two straight days of cruising, it was finally time to disembark the ship and start our land tour! As much as we loved the cruise, we were definitely ready to explore the land. We disembarked in Whittier (close to Anchorage), and boarded our train right outside our ship. The train was a two story train with a dining room downstairs. We had assigned seats at booths with tables, similar to a restaurant. We sat with two lovely ladies from Virginia who were such fun to sit with! The best part of the train were the full length windows, because you got to see all of the scenery on both sides of the train. Our train ride was LONG...almost ten hours. Luckily, you could get up and walk around the train and go outside between the cars. We didn't see too much wildlife, but I've heard that's pretty unusual.
We arrived at the Denali Princess Lodge at about 6:00, and were SO pleased with the lodge! The only drawback is there was no air conditioning in the rooms, but the weather was pretty cold and rainy so it didn't affect us much. After our train ride we didn't really want to do much, so we went to dinner and went straight to our room to relax!
Day Nine: Denali National Park
We had a jam packed day planned for our day in Denali, which is one of the most beautiful forests I have ever seen! We started the morning with a prior purchased zip lining excursion through Princess. This was by far my favorite excursion we did! The value for money was unmatched! They picked us up from our lodge, gave us an ATV ride where we drove 3 miles into the forest, and rode eight zip lines with suspension bridges and climbing! It was incredible! Just look at the forest we got to zip line over (and that photo is a VERY small portion of the views we got). Oh, and there's an awkward selfie for you. You're welcome. :)
After our morning zip line tour, we grabbed some lunch at the lodge and headed straight to a natural history tour of of the park! The tour was actually included with our stay, so that was super nice! The tour beyond exceeded our expectations. We actually thought the tour would be kinda lame to be honest, but it was incredible! We toured on school buses, which was very nostalgic :).
The tour was about five hours long, and it was a very interesting, informational tour! We learned a lot of history about the park, and about the Native Athabazkan culture. There were a few stops made along the tour, including a small cabin that the dog mushers (dog sledding) use during their crazy races. Even though it was pouring rain outside, we still saw plenty of wildlife! Look at the moose!
Our tour ended around dinnertime, so we spent our last evening in Denali at our lodge. We walked around a bit, grabbed some dinner, and went to our room to enjoy our beautiful view!
Day Ten: Arrival to Fairbanks
We departed Denali this morning and boarded a tour bus to Fairbanks. I was a little sad to leave Denali, but was excited to see what Fairbanks had in store for us! We made a stop at a dogsled camp on the way, where they gave dogsled rides and had puppies to play with. Of course you could find me with the puppies!
We arrived at the Bear Lodge at about noon, and didn't have much planned for the rest of the day. We found Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum nearby, and decided it was worth a shot going to.
You guys. This is the most underrated, amazing museum I have EVER been to! There were over 80 cars in the museum...owned by one freaking owner. ONE OWNER. Every car was from the 1930's or older, even having one from the 1890's! Every car was either mostly original, or restored to look exactly like the original. All of the cars (except for 2) ran and drove perfectly! How cool is that? To top it all off, the owner's wife appeases the women by showing off vintage fashion pieces from that time. Again, all original pieces. Seriously, coolest museum ever! If you ever get the chance to go to Fairbanks, make sure you stop by!
The rest of the day was kind of low key. We walked around a wildlife sanctuary for a bit, but there were so many mosquitoes I could hardly take any good pictures (just picture me squirming every time one came near me). We had spent a lot of time in the museum, so we just grabbed dinner after our walk and went back to the room. We were exhausted, and had another full day ahead of us!
Day Eleven: Fairbanks
We had another jam packed day today, and the best part about it? It was all included in our stay again! We started the morning with a riverboat tour, where we saw all of the beautiful houses along the river. We also made a stop along the way to see some domesticated caribou, and to walk around a Native Athabazkan village. It was really cool! Look at the size of the antlers on that thing!
After our riverboat tour we boarded a train to tour the Gold Dredge 8 and pan for gold. The dredge is HUGE! It's way bigger than you would expect it to be. We actually did find $52 worth of gold while panning, so we struck it rich!
We got back to our lodge in the evening. We grabbed some food for dinner, and took the rest of the night to relax. Tonight was our final night of our vacation and we had very long day ahead of us!
Day 12: Homeward Bound
The final day of any vacation is always the worst, because reality sinks in that your trip is over. We were ready to come home and sleep in our own bed, but I could have stayed in Alaska for a lot longer than two weeks. Our flight wasn't until midnight (Fairbanks only does red-eye flights), and our checkout time for our lodge was at 11 AM. This had to have been the only part of the whole trip that was pretty inconvenient. Luckily they took all of our luggage to the airport for us that morning, so we didn't have to lug it around all day. The only problem was that our lodge was in kind of a weird spot. It was about 25 minutes from downtown, so there wasn't a whole lot to do within walking distance. We spent a lot of time at the lodge and the airport, which wasn't all that fun. To top it off, our flight had a 3 hour layover in Seattle at 3 AM, so we were in for a looooong day. We finally made it to Las Vegas at 9:30, then drove home to St. George. What an exhausting day!
Overall Thoughts of Land Portion:
We had a fantastic time in Denali, and truly have no complaints there. I loved the Princess Lodge, despite all of the negative reviews it had online. There was plenty to do nearby, and our excursions were fantastic!
If I were to do our vacation over, I probably would have skipped Fairbanks entirely. We enjoyed our stay there, but our lodge wasn't the greatest, and wasn't in a good location at all. Fairbanks was the only city we went to that didn't feel like Alaska anymore. It just felt like a regular, small city. Besides the auto museum, there isn't a whole lot to do there. If I were to go somewhere else instead, I probably would have chosen Anchorage or Mount McKinley.
Cruise vs. Land:
If I had to choose between doing only cruise or land, I would hands down choose cruising. It's is much less stress, you don't have to pay for each meal, and there is always some sort of entertainment going on.
Having said that, I do thing the cruisetour is definitely the way to go if you can! Spend the extra money to see the inland. Everything is still planned out for you by the cruise line (including your luggage), and you get to see so much more of Alaska. The inside passage is such a small portion of what you get to see on the land portion. Plus, you can see a lot more wildlife off the ship than on the ship, which is always a bonus.
I hope this super long review was helpful for those who are thinking about taking on Alaska. I've said it once and I'll say it again, if you EVER get the opportunity to come to this magical place, take it and run with it! This was the most incredible trip I have ever been on, and am so thankful we were able to go to a place like this for our honeymoon.
Until the next one! Thanks for sticking with me through the end of this one!
For those who don't already know, we took a 2 week trip to Alaska for our honeymoon. We delayed our honeymoon a bit because, well, you can't really go to Alaska in March on a cruise ship (unless you want to end up like the Titanic). We are finally back from our 2 weeks in paradise, and the reality of us coming home has hit us HARD. Alaska was the only vacation I've ever been on that I wasn't ready to come home at the end. I could have stayed there forever....well at least until the snow hits.
I wanted to give a detailed overview of our trip so it can help those of you who may want to travel there someday...and you really should travel there someday.
Before I go into all of the details, I want to give a brief overview of the way we did our trip. We decided to go on a cruisetour. If you don't know what that is, half of the vacation you are on a normal cruise ship. After that you disembark and tour different portions of the inland while staying in hotels/lodges. We had only been on one short cruise to Mexico through Carnival which was fun and all, but not really our ideal trip for a honeymoon.
We did months of research before booking this trip, and decided the best value for money was through Princess Cruise Line. We decided to do the cruise portion first (northbound), and the land portion second. You can choose either way, but typically the land first (southbound) is more expensive.
To keep this post from being too long, I am going to split it up into two parts. Part one will be our cruise portion, and part two will be our land portion. I will give all the deets of what I though of each portion at the end of each post. :)
Here's an overview of the places we went for our cruise portion, and what we did each day:
Day One: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Our first day we flew in bright and early into Vancouver, and went straight to the ship. Our transportation and luggage were both taken care of by Princess, and we actually booked our flights through Princess EZ Air too. They seemed to have the cheapest prices (surprisingly), and you are guaranteed to get on the ship if there is a delay in flights. The boarding process was very smooth. We were on the ship within 2 hours of landing at the airport, and it's a 45 minute drive from the airport to the ship. I wish we could have spent an extra day in Vancouver, because it looked like a really cool city (possible future vacation?). Our luggage was in our stateroom by the time we got on board, and we spent the rest of the day scoping out the ship and relaxing since it was pouring rain outside.
Day Two: At Sea
Day two was a very relaxing day. As much as I wanted to sleep in, I was actually awake by 6 AM due to the time change and it being extremely light outside. It never gets dark in the summer in Alaska, and the further north we went the more daylight lingered around.
We were at sea the whole day, so we got ourselves some fancy drinks, splurged and got a couples massage (thank goodness for on-board credit), and dressed up for our for first formal night dinner. The weather was a little better, so we spent quite a bit of time outside.
There were lots of events to go to after dinner, so we decided to go to the comedy show. The comedian was Carl Strong, and he was absolutely fantastic! He kept it clean for the most part, but still had us rolling on the ground! He did such a great job that he actually did another unplanned show due to popular demand!
Day Three: Ketchikan
Our first stop was in Ketchikan, which is Alaska's first city. In my opinion, this was probably my favorite town we stopped in. I'm sad we weren't able to stay at this port longer. We were only there from 6 AM-2PM. We didn't have any excursions planned for this port since we were there such a short time, so we spent the day exploring the town. It was small of a town to walk around by foot, so we didn't need to worry about transportation. It definitely has an old, fisherman style to the town. We found some trails to explore, and found a cool restaurant/bar to hang out in too. Seriously, such a cool place!
Day Four: Juneau
Our second port and fourth day was in Juneau! We had a lot of time in this port (we were there 12 hours), which was a great thing because there is a lot to do here! This was a close second to Ketchikan. We had booked our excursion for Juneau through Princess prior to our vacation, so it was nice to have our day kinda planned out for us. We spent the morning going river rafting and got some really cool views of the Mendenhall Glacier (which is HUGE). Photos will never do glaciers justice. They are super fascinating and absolutely beautiful in person. As for river rafting, we had a blast! It wasn't anything crazy, in fact a lot of the time we were scenic floating so you could have your camera to take photos and videos. It was such a beautiful ride.
After our ride, we grabbed lunch on the ship and walked around. We rode a tram that gave us magnificent views of the town, and lead us to some hiking trails.
We took a five mile hike to the top of the mountain, where we found lots of cool trees and incredible scenery. It wasn't a super hard hike, but it was definitely steep. We were thankful it was raining the whole time to keep us cool. The hike was totally worth it, I mean look at the view! We even found snow!
Day Five: Skagway
Our third and final port off the ship was in Skagway. We had our excursion planned prior to porting again, so most of the day was planned out. We took a scenic train ride up to the White Pass Summit, and it was incredible! We didn't see any wildlife (surprisingly), but the scenery took my breath away. It was raining all day again, so it was nice to be indoors. The train actually broke down while we were on there, and it took 40 minutes to get it running again. So we got to see some of the scenery several times, which was nice! The train ride took up the majority of the day, so we walked around town a little bit (there wasn't much to see), and headed back to the ship after our train ride.
Day Six: Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising)
By the time day six came around, we were super pooped. We decided to sleep in and get going on our own time, since we were cruising today. Words can't express how beautiful it was scenic cruising through Glacier Bay! Look at the size of that glacier! Photos will never do the real thing justice, so you will just have to go see it yourself!
Day Seven: College Fjord (Scenic Cruising)
Our final day on the ship was another day of scenic cruising through the College Fjord. We weren't at the actual College Fjord very long, but in my opinion I thought it was even more incredible than Glacier Bay! The ship was stopped perfectly so you could get a panoramic view of all three glaciers. It was one of the most beautiful things I saw on the whole trip! Since it was the last night on the ship, we got dressed up again for dinner as it was the second formal night on the ship. We were definitely ready to get off the ship after two days of cruising, so it was good that we were disembarking in the morning.
Overall Thoughts of Cruising Portion:
The cruise really was outstanding, and I really have no complaints about it! The staterooms were nice and clean, and although the interior of the ship is a little outdated it's still classy and beautiful! We could not get over how amazing the service on the ship was. Everyone was happy to be there, and was immediately there to serve you as soon as you sat down no matter where you were sitting.
Our favorite part of the day was dinnertime, because we chose anytime dining and were able to sit with new people every night. It was so fun to get to know new people, and an even bigger bonus that most of the people we sat with were Australian! It was interesting to learn things about their country and what their culture is like.
I will put a small disclaimer that we were most definitely the minority in age on the ship. In fact, we were probably the youngest people on the entire ship. Alaska isn't really the first place 21-year-olds
decide to take a vacation, and it's kinda pricey for people our age. We knew long before we booked our vacation that it was going to be mostly and older, retired crowd. We didn't mind at all! Older folks make great company. :)
The food was fantastic. The drinks were fantastic. We had a blast! Although it was only our second cruise, we were so impressed with Princess Cruises. Overall, I have zero complaints.
As for the land portion of our cruise, I'll write that in a separate review. I think this one has been long enough! And if you've stuck with me to the end of this one, thank you! I hope it was informational.
See ya in the next one!
I read something earlier this week that I cannot get out of my head. I don't know who originally wrote it, but I'll go ahead and share it with you:
"At age 23, Tina Fey was working at a YMCA.
At age 23, Oprah was fired from her first reporting job.
At age 24, Stephen King was working as a janitor and living in a trailer.
At age 27, Vincent Van Gogh failed as a missionary and decided to go to art school.
At age 28, J.K. Rowling was a suicidal single parent living on welfare.
At age 28, Wayne Coyne was a fry cook.
At age 30, Harrison Ford was a carpenter.
At age 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker.
At age 37, Ang Lee was a stay-at-home-dad working odd jobs.
Julia Child released her first cookbook at age 39, and got her own cooking show at age 51.
Vera Wang failed to make the Olympic figure skating team, didn't get the Editor-in-Chief position at Vogue, and designed her first dress at age 40.
Stan Lee didn't release his first big comic book until he was 40.
Alan Rickman gave up his graphic design career to pursue acting at age 42.
Samuel L. Jackson didn't get his first movie role until he was 46.
Morgan Freeman landed his first major movie role at age 52.
Kathryn Bigelow only reached international success when she made The Hurt Locker at age 57.
Grandma Moses didn't begin her her painting career until age 76.
Louise Bourgeois didn't become a famous artist until she was 78.
Whatever your dream is, it is not too late to achieve it. You aren't a failure because you haven't found fame and fortune by the age of 21. Hell, it's okay if you don't even know what your dream is yet. Even if you're flipping burgers, waiting tables, or answering phones today, you never know where you'll end up tomorrow.
Never tell yourself you're too old to make it. Never tell yourself you missed your chance. Never tell yourself that you aren't good enough. You can do it. Whatever it is."
Wow. What a powerful message.
What I'm about to say is very scary for me, but I will do my best. At the age of 21, we think we have it all figured out. The truth is, wherever your life is now is not what it's going to be forever. A lot can happen in 1, 10, or 20 years.
People who are my age and think they have found the career they are going to do until they retire, think again.
It's never too late to achieve your dreams. In fact, it's never to late to write a new dream.
It's never too late to change your career. Life's too short to stay mediocre.
It's never too late to go back to school. Even if you've already been once. Even if you've already gotten a degree in something else. What's stopping you?
It's never too late to learn a new trade or skill you've always wanted to learn. Always wanted to try kickboxing? Always wanted to go get that cosmetology license? Always wanted to learn how to sew? What's stopping you?
I think in this day and age, we are so damn worried about what everyone else thinks of us that we are too scared to go and get after what we have always wanted. I think we are too scared to even admit what we want, because it might affect those around us.
The people who really care about you will stick by you and support you through whatever dreams you have.
So I'm going to tell you all a few things I've never said out loud to anybody. I have dreams too.
I've always wanted to get a degree, but I'm not sure what yet. I plan to go back to school some day.
I've always wanted to start getting into yoga, and maybe become an instructor.
I have a passion for the Aesthetics industry. Although I am trained in that industry, I have other possible avenues I am interested in.
I have an interest in interior design.
I have an interest in nutrition.
I have an interest in fashion.
I (secretly) have an interest in criminal justice (not so secret now).
With all of this said, I am 21 years old. I work at a local credit union. And I have dreams. My story doesn't stop here. Yours doesn't either.
What are your dreams? And what's stopping you? Go get 'em tiger.
I had some alone time this weekend, and was feeling quite nostalgic.
We cannot turn back time but if we could, who would we talk to one last time?
There are many people who have come and gone in my life. Friends, family, family friends, teachers/mentors, you name it, they've been there. Some were my age, some younger, and some much older. Some were there for a long period of time, and one day they just grow distant. Others were there for a short period, but still made an impact. At the time you think you'll keep in touch with people forever, and that's simply not the case. People move, go to college, get married, or are just in a different life stage than you.
If there is one thing I want to say to these people no matter how big or small their impact on my life was, it is this:
You walked into my life at a time when you were supposed to be there. Even to the ones that ended on a sour note, I want to say thanks for being a part of my life anyway. There are so many people that this message could apply to, and if you think you are one of them you probably are.
No matter how hard we try, there are some things we can't keep a hold of. Some people aren't meant to be in our lives forever, and that's okay. They are passing through. They give us blessings, lessons, and gifts no matter how long their stay is.
I'm only 21 years old, and there's a very long list of people whom I've lost touch with.
Time goes by so quickly!
Know that if you are on that list, I still think about you, and cherish the time we had. Even going back to my playground days. :)
Love you all. Happy Monday!
Dear 16 year old self,
I want to start off this letter by saying one thing.
Life does not go how you plan or imagine it. Whatever you picture your life to be in the future, do yourself the a favor and stop. It won't turn out that way, and in your case that's probably a good thing. It is when we have expectations that something should be a certain way that we get let down. That is the number one lesson I have learned.
Know in your heart that whatever you are feeling right now will come to an end. You have had your heart broken by both family, and friends...it probably won't be the last time either. Although you may not see it, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will lose people, and you will gain others. You WILL be happier than you ever thought possible.
Embrace all of those football games and nights out with friends. Those nights don't last forever, and come to a screeching halt when you work a full time job.
Not reacting at all to the people who hurt you will save you so much heartache. It's an amazing feeling when you figure this one out. How beautiful is it to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged? Have the courage to stick up for yourself when needed. Stop worrying about hurting other people's feelings so much, and worry about YOUR feelings.
Last, don't take anything for granted. Be present when spending time with the people you love. Never let a day go by where people don't feel you care.
Something I want you to take away from this letter is that I have made it, and you will get there. Your story is just beginning, and it will go on.
Your 21 year old self.
*This was supposed to auto post yesterday and for some odd reason it got deleted! Friday the 13th I tell ya. Sorry for the technical difficulties!*
I want to make one thing clear before I start this post. I am not going to go into grave details about my past. I believe the past should be kept exactly where it is at: the past. Whether you had a good struggles or bad ones, I prefer to keep my own details private. Thanks for understanding.
I have encountered many obstacles in my day, each one making me stronger. Every time I reached a point where I felt like giving up, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to better myself. I wouldn't take away anything that has happened to me in the past. Those are the things that have molded me into the person I am today, and I love that person now.
There is absolutely nothing that can be changed from our past other than to learn from it, and use it to prepare for our future. How are we to love our present if we are constantly going back to a past that cannot be changed?
I prefer to live in the present tense, because it's the only place that I feel peace. The present is the only place that matters.
If you are going through something where you feel like giving up the fight, don't. Just keep going. Good things will come to you. God doesn't give us anything we can't handle.
I love you all so much. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Annnnd the Gratitude Challenge continues! Today's topic can be a hard one for a lot of people. I'm hoping after today it's not hard for myself. We all need a reminder every now and then that in order to love other people, we must love our self first. There will always be something that you can love about yourself, you just have to dig deep and find exactly what it is. Here are five things that I love about me:
1. I am very self aware:
I have an amazing ability to be 100% aware of myself. I analyze everything before I react to situations. I know when I'm not being my best self, and know how to direct myself back to the right path. Having self awareness helps me become the best version of myself every single day.
2. My blonde hair:
Man...I have tried the dark side before and it just doesn't feel quite right. I am a true blonde girl, and I love that I inherited that gene. Even if my current shade isn't exactly natural. ;)
3. My caring nature:
There is nothing that I think about more than caring for others. It's just in my nature. I put others before myself a lot, and in some cases it bites me in the butt. I wouldn't trade my caring trait for the world though.
4. My empathy:
This goes hand in hand with my caring nature, but I have an ability to emotionally connect with people. It's pretty awesome.
5. My loyalty:
I can be very closed off and hard to get to know but once you get to know me, I can promise that you want to have a person like me in your life. I am very loyal to the people that I care about.
This is a very hard topic, but I'm so glad I had the courage to do it. There are so many things we can find about ourselves to love, and it doesn't always have to be about looks. It's who's inside. I challenge all of you to find at least 5 things you like about yourself today. No more negative self talk. :)
Thanks for reading. Much love,
Good morning folks!
I have a poem for all you this morning. Ready?
Coffee, coffee, coffee
Everyone shut up,
Or in my case, Chai Tea. Wasn't that a beautiful piece??
But on a real note, I want to share with you my morning ritual in the fall/winter months! It's kind of simple, but it really sets my tone for the whole day.
When I finally get myself out of bed (definitely not a morning person), the first thing I do is make myself my home version of a Chai Tea Latte. I have a Keureg, which if you don't have one go buy one NOW. I'll just pop in a Chai Tea K-cup, sprinkle a little cinnamon, and pour a little Creme Brulee flavored creamer after it's brewed. Close enough to the real thing right?
While my piping hot drink cools a bit, I'll make a super fancy breakfast (usually cereal). Once I'm finished I take my drink over to our big blue recliner and sip on it while I read a chapter from the book I'm reading. I keep the room completely silent and tech free, even if it's only for 10 or 15 minutes. It's my time in the day to really recharge from all of the chaos. It might be a short amount of time, but it's "me time." No people, no TV, no phone. Just me, my book, and my Chai Tea.
Everyone needs a dose of "me time" during the day. My favorite time of day to do it is in the morning. If I don't do it in the morning, it won't happen at all in the day. Once you get going in the day, it's easy to make excuses or forget.
I know today's post was very simple, but I think we could all use a little time with no noise or technology. What do you do for your "me time?" Do you even make time for it? If not, make a conscious effort to start, especially before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Notice how it affects your day.
Love you all.
*PS: Thank you to my sweet friend Abbey for giving me this adorable mug in a care package!