The Bachelor: Season 22; Episode 4 - Wait, do you know how old I am?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Well just like we all knew, the episode started with the girls chatting about Bekah's age while she swims int he pool.

"So I'll be that voice of reason, that voice of reality." --Krystal 

I heard a lot of criticism about the first destination being Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe to be specific. But, I grew up going to Tahoe every single summer since I was like 8 years old and let me tell you, Tahoe is the absolute best place in the world. I would have been thrilled to be on this date. Sure, it's not an international trip, but damn, I'd take it. 

Sienne's One on One Date: I think she is a doll. She's intelligent, kind and seems fun to be around. I'm hoping Arie isn't taking her on a date to send her home. The more I get to see her, the more I love her. She got the rose! Whoop! Guys, I'm obsessed with Lanco, Greatest Love Story. It's the sweetest song. You can listen to it here --> But... Arie is not a great dancer, but I will give him props for trying.

Maquel talking to her mama about her grandpa passing away was heartbreaking. I just wanted to give her a hug. That was so sad to watch, my heart breaks for her.

Krystal is such a catty little bitch. Literally all she does is talk crap about people.

"I'll drink my pee for Arie." Some blonde girl said this.

This survival date is so weird. Drinking pee, eating bugs. And then you have Krystal who is way too cool for school. Sure, I'm not gonna drink my pee, but gf get on the fun train. Kendall and Arie literally snuck away to kiss. Typical.

Can we just talk about what a bombshell Carline is? She has a one piece on and is a stunner. As I'm writing this, I'm freezing and sitting in that hot tub looks amazing. I could really use one right about now. Guys, I'm trying to pick quotes from all the girls but Krystal is just one point tonight. 

"I'm not sure what I'm going to say to Arie, but whatever it is, it'll be perfect" -Krystal

So I did not think I was gong to like Chelsea. But surprisingly, I don't mind her at all. She's actually pretty cool and normal. Go Chelsea! Still, Caroline and Tia are still my favorites. They are so hilarious. When Krystal talks to Arie, she literally pouts. Is she the actual worst? There is so way Arie is buying the BS she's spilling. 

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and I'm just so emotional." Krystal

"Tia is gonna speed bag her face." Caroline hahahah favorite quote of the night

Is it just me or does Krystal not blink? Like, I watch too much Lifetime drama movies about crazy girlfriends to not think she's a little crazy. 

Bekah's One-On-One Date: Arie and Bekah are in the hot tub and the girls are all talking about her age. His response to her age...

Here's what I will say about age/marriage/22/life: When I was 22, I didn't want to get married. I was single, just graduated college and my focus was hanging out with my best friends, going on dates, going out and enjoying being 22 with a great metabolism. I went to law school, met Adam and all of a sudden, I turned 26 and marriage was at the top of my mind. For me, those single years of going on is what got me to "marriage age." But, I also had tons of friends who got married at 22 or younger and are still happily married and loved being married young. 

I totally get where Arie is coming from, wanting to go to bed early, wanting to get up early, the older you get, the lazier you get. It's true. But, that doesn't mean Bekah isn't there and I don't think it's fair for all the other girls to tell Bekah how she should feel, is feeling or question her when she says one way or another. 

But to Bekah, think clearly about what you're doing. Try to step away from bachelor land and realize that Arie does want to get married at the end of this and yes, age is just a number, but 14 years is a big number. That's all.

"I'm not here for a 22 year old girlfriend, I'm here for a wife." - Arie

No cocktail parties are the best. Like I highly doubt that a ten second conversation right before he gives a rose is going to change his mind. Plus, it adds some fun drama to the mix.

Girls Bye: Caroline, Brittany T and Maquel (for now) We'll see if he lets her back in the clubhouse.

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10 Blogs You Should be Reading Now!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Monday friends! How are you? Denver got the most beautiful snow ever yesterday, so we spent the day doing nothing. Breakfast burritos, naps, baking. It was the most perfect lazy Sunday. 

Today it's bitter cold, so cold, schools are on a delay! But to brighten your day, I'm sharing with you my favorite bloggers. This changes daily since I subscribe to so many amazing bloggers, but these are the ones I'm super pumped on. They're the ones I look for on Insta and in my inbox for new posts.

They are all bad-ass woman, kicking ass in the blog world. They're all smart, passionate, stunning, funny and I think you will love them all.

Lauren Kay Sims // Lauren is a Boulder blogger, dog mama, wife and super athlete. She just ran her first marathon! I love her sense of style and her hair. She's absolutely darling and her insta stories are the best. Her instagram is HERE!
Something Navy // Arielle is my favorite blogger. She's from NYC, has the cutest babe Ruby and is expecting her second. Her life is more than fabulous and she is so good at documenting all of it. Plus, she has an amazing line at Nordstrom. Her instagram is HERE
Positively Posie // Whitney is my real life BFF and blogs all things motherhood, lifestyle, fashion and fitness. She's a military wife living in San Diego with her adorable babe Blakely. She shares the best beauty, fashion, kids clothes and recipes. Her instagram is HERE
One Small Blonde // Brooke blogs about the best fashion, lifestyle and great food. She seriously has the best style and my favorite part? She's super relatable. Her Instagram makes me want to be her best friend. Her instagram is HERE
Lifestyles by Lauren // Lauren blogs about everything. Food, beauty, great clothes. Her blog is adorable and I love all the content she posts. She lives in NYC, so obviously I'm living vicariously through her.  Her instagram is HERE
My Kind of Sweet // Suzanne is a mama to the two cutest little babes and is so fashionable while doing it! The thing I love most about her blog is she is super relatable and her clothes are everyday.  Plus, her Insta stories are the best. She's always sharing stories about her family and her kids.  Her instagram is HERE
Life as a Larsen // Chandler is another amazing mom blogger who shares her marriage tips, family, and lifestyle tips. She's super honest, funny and has the cutest babe. Her instagram is HERE
Chasing Whimsy // Mackenna is my Colorado blogger babe. Besides being absolutely stunning, she showcases the cutest clothes in the best places around Denver and Colorado. Plus, her positive attitude will make you feel better any day. Her instagram is HERE
Dani Austin // She's newly-engaged, a huge Texas influencer and so cute and quirky. She's not afraid to show her nerdy side (she does retainer talks on insta stories) but she's an incredible blogger and encourager. She is full of faith and feels like a great friend even though we've never met. Plus, she has fabulous clothes. Her instagram is HERE
The Darling Detail // Jessi is a stunner with the best fashion. But, she's super honest about her faith, her struggles, her life as a 20-something-year old girl. Her instagram is HERE
Happy Monday! Who's watching The Bachelor tonight? I know, I am! Bekah's age is finalllly revealed!

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The Bachelor: Season 22; Episode 3 - GLOB + 20 Thoughts.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Friday friends! Just me or was this seriously the longest week ever. I swear every day was Tuesday, which sucks, because Tuesday is the worst day! But, alas, here we are! It's officially the weekend! Praise. 

If you watched the Bachelor this week you know how NUTS these girls are! I swear, they get a little crazier each week. It's almost exhausting to keep up with them. But someone has to blog it right. 

I had some requests for Adam to watch this week and get his thoughts, but I hate to be the bearer of bad news. He didn't watch this week. I will do my best to get him to watch next week, swear. 

This week was absolutely all over the place, so now, just some thoughts. 20 thoughts during the bachelor. What are you bachelor thoughts, leave them in the comments. Let's chat.

ONE // This is the season of belling shirts, abs and Lululemon.

TWO // Who comes up with these stupid date ideas? GLOB? Girl wrestling? Are we joking?

THREE // Thee wrestling girls are mean and I honestly don't blame for the girls being upset.

FOUR // 
Seriously- Kenny from Rachel's season? This is when it's too much.

FIVE // Bibiana, have you learned anything in 22 seasons of this offing show. The girl who tattles goes home. Every. damn. time.

SIX // Krystal is too much. Steals Arie first. Interrupts the girls to chat her time. Her voice. I can't. She is obviously a little delisional and doesn't quite realize there are other girls in the house.

SEVEN // "We know we want to end up together and this is just a process we have to go through." Are you joking Krystal?

EIGHT // Whenever Arie is talking to a girl, I feel like he is half listening half waiting to kiss.

NINE // Lauren S. is never going to make it. She's too ditzy and laughs too much. I do appreciate that she's 31.

TEN // The only words in Lauren S' vocal - "so cute, so handsome, amazing, so amazing, so awesome."

ELEVEN // ARIE IS EATING THE FOOD. ATTENTION. No-one eats the food. THIS IS A RULE.  He must be SO bored. She's going home.

TWELVE // Another traumatic experience from Annaliese - first bumper cars, now dogs. Whats next gf.

THIRTEEN // Legit bachelor question, if they come together on a private jet, how does the loser go home?

FOURTEEN // All I can say about the dog show is that Lola was going nuts the entire time they were barking and growling. In the words of my friend Kate, "longest 20 minutes of an episode, ever."

FIFTEEN // Not gonna lie, I totally spaced that ENTIRE girl-dog group date. Whew, that was dull. Beside Annaliese trying to get a kiss, saw that girlfriend.

SIXTEEN // If you were the Bachelor/ette, what would your drink of choice be? Mine would be champs.


EIGHTEEN // Do you think as a contestant you get a say as to what goes in the fridge? Like, hey'd Id LOVE some Nada Moo Salted Carmel Ice Cream and So Delicious coconut milk vanilla creamer.

NINETEEN // Poor Annaliese asking for a kiss. Oh no.

TWENTY // Is it just me or are the previews more exciting than the episode?

Lauren S, Annaliese, Bibiana

Stay tuned - Monday, my 10 favorite blogs you MUST read.

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Fab Fit Fun!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? Ours was so fun! After the flu ravaged our house last weekend, we needed to get out. Happy hour, dinner with our friends, home improvement projects and binge watching Homeland. It was great.

I'm so pumped to share with you all the details of the Fab Fit Fun box! I've heard so much about it and when I finally got it, I was not disappointed.

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Let's chat Fab Fit Fun.

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The Bachelor Recap Season 22, Episode 2 - Bumper Cars & Tears

Friday, January 12, 2018

So we've met the ladies, picked the villains, found our favorites and judged Arie. The second episode is always where things get a little nuts. We're still learning the girls names, we have our first one-on-one and the "falling in love" toasts are in full swing.

Part of me wishes this post was blogged in real life because making this a drinking game would be amazing. Drink whenever they say "falling in love" "date card" "Arie" "talk about his eyes" "jealous" "pillow lips"

First One-On-One: Becca K. Don't you wonder how Arie picks the first one-on-one? I honestly don't remember much of her from the first episode so I'm curious as to how he picked her. Sidenote: the road their driving down is the road I used to live on in college and it makes me soooo jealous (drink!). I just want to be there. RACHEL ZOE - WHAT. I want her to dress me! And Christian Louboutins? Okay, well this would be a great date to be on. No way she gets to keep the Neil lane diamonds. This is the ultimate bachelor swag bag.

Is it just me or is the silver dress not the dress I would have picked for the date? She got the rose.

Second One-on-One: Krystal. Krystals voice irritates the **** out of me. They're going to Scottsdale. I instantly get jealous when people go to scottsdale because I'm so protective of it! Kryal goes all he way to Scottsdale and he takes her to his highschool? And then baby pictures? I'm bored. Wouldn't it be so awesome to never have to carry a purse? Lauren B met Ben's family early on the Bachelor and she won - just saying. Arie's mom is a babe! Literally watching Krystal talk drives me crazzyyy. I think she's gonna go far, but I'm over her. PS this is the song they danced too - he has a beautiful voice. The highlight of this super boring date.


Group Date: Maquel, Marikh, Tia, Valerie, Annaliese, Lauren G, Kendall, Bekah, Jenny, Janna, Caroline, Brittany, Bibiana, Chelsea. Bekah is literally wearing no clothes. This part should be like a lululemon ad or something. Everyones just in sports bras and leggings/shorts. I'm sticking to my thoughts that Tia is still one of my favorites.

Cue the tears Annaliese. She literally hummed the circus song, talked about being a kid in bumper cars and wont stop crying. She literally was the most scared but she was also the most badass. I think this would be so fun! I want to do this - anyone know where we can?

I take back my earlier thoughts, Chelsea is the worst. And, I officially hate watching Arie kiss.

Not that it's funny, but I love guessing which girls are going to unravel the quickest. I didn't expect Bibiana to be that girl, but she is quickly losing it. She's already almost crying. She's fighting with the other girls. She has a horrible attitude. And she yells at the producers, like "hey girl you signed up for this shit."

Okay, I get it, age is just a number, but Bekah is 22 and Arie is 36. 14 years. 14 years. 22. 36.

Seinne gets the rose! Hooray! I love her.

The Rose Ceremony. Did Bekah really just say she always needs a fur on her? Cue the eye roll. Lauren B is so cute. I really like her. Oh my gosh, Krystal interrupting Bibiana. Shits about to go down. Bibi just gave it to Krystal. Whew. You can watch it here. You gotta love that they put Krystal and Bibiana next to each other.

Spoiler Alert: The girls who go home are --  Jenny, Valerie, Lauren

Wow Jenny, not even saying goodbye. Further proof she is only 25. "I'm not sad about you, I'm sad about the girls."

Next week looks extra good. So many tears, so many fights.

Happy Friday friends! Monday - all the details on FabFitFun! It's a post you don't want to miss!

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My Happy List.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Is it just me or is January the worst. Its the longest, coldest and most boring month of the year to me. It's full of diets and resolutions, Christmas is over, the decor down and now it's just cold and all the leaves are off the trees. There are no more holidays until like Easter and that's only a day. If this was a Christmas post, I'd end that with a bah humbug!

We currently have nothing on the schedule (except a quick trip to AZ! whoo!) and while I'm excited we are free, I need some fun stuff to look forward too! Send ideas!

This doesn't seem like much, but let's make a happy list. Simple, tiny, easy things to do daily to make your day a little brighter. I'm talking to myself here.

January doesn't have to be all cold weather and resolutions. Let's get happy.

2 // DRINK A LARGE LATTE. Maybe add Carmel. 
3 // TURN OFF ALL YOUR ELECTRONICS. Even the TV and your cell phone.
4 // LAY IN BED. Talk to your spouse, read a book, sleep.
5 // EAT A BREAKFAST BURRITO. Add salsa. Add guac. Add cholula. Eat three. 
6 // THIS IS US. Binge watch it and thank me. Cry and thank me. Tell other people to watch it.
7 // PRAY. 
8 // COOK DINNER. Make dinner with your loved one, your friend, your family. Eat it together. 
9 // READ A REALLY GOOD BOOK. Get lost in a different world with different characters.
10 // LAUGH.
11 // GO FOR A WALK/WORKOUT/MOVE. This is huge for me and my sanity. Fresh air people!
13 // LIGHT THE CANDLES, TAKE A BATH, DRINK WINE. There is nothing better than a relaxing bath.
14 // FACETIME FRIENDS. Since I don't live in the same state, this is my saving grace.

Happy Thursday friends! We're almost to the weekend! I am so pumped for this weekend. Last weekend, the flu and extreme colds kept us down. I cannot wait to get out of the house and enjoy the weekend! We're so close!

Stay tuned, tomorrow -- all things bachelor, including a girl who cried about bumper cars. Cue the eye roll.

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5 Frequently Asked Questions!

Monday, January 8, 2018

We're officially one week in to the new year! So far, 2018 has been the year of the colds. Adam and I spent new years in Breckenridge with his family and everyone got sick. Between colds, flus and altitude sickness, we were all ready to burn the house down when we left.

Adam and I took those colds back to Denver and Adam's unfortunately turned into the flu. At this point, everything has been disinfected, the cleaning ladies came yesterday, the sheets have been washed and things are shaping up.

Over the last few months, between Insta and this blog, I've been asked some of the same questions multiple times! I figured instead of answering them one-by-one, I'd just do one fun blog post. If you have more questions, make sure to leave them in the comments!

Let's get to know each other!

I get this one all the time. "I'm starting paleo, send me your favorite recipe." "My mom is coming in town, send me a great recipe." "What do you love cooking for Adam?" Adam is sweet and says he loves all my recipes bu these three are his favorite:

Paleo Mushroom Ravioli
Paleo Lasagna
Paleo Banana Bread

If you're looking for more awesome recipes, check the paleo tab. There are tons of delicious (and easy) recipes!

Lastly, great for a group? Beef Enchiladas. Make them with chicken. Add more cheese. Make three pans. Do wha you gotta do.

This is a trick question. The easy answer? Yes. I get my nails done with hard gel. Think of shellac, but harder, I only have to get them done every four weeks instead of 2. The polish doesn't chip and I'm obsessed. My nail girl is incredible. The steps: file off the previous color and top layer of gel. Fresh layer of gel. Light. Polish. Light. Gel. Light. It takes a little longer than a regular manicure, but it also lasts 4 times as long. If you're in Denver, you can contact my nail girl Nicole by Insta or Facebook!

Let me start by saying, my big sis in college taught me how to curl my hair every day for over 2 weeks and I still had a hard time. If you've never curled hair before, it's a challenge. But you can do it! To start I use a Hot Tools Ceramic Curling Iron, size 1 1/2. I separate my hair into two parts, top and bottom. The tip - keep the curling iron straight up and down. Take a small piece of hair. I don't use big chunks, but thats preference. My hair curls better in smaller chunks. Curl the hair, leaving 1 inch out at the bottom, hold for 5-10 seconds, let go. Remember, keep the curling iron up and down, don't turn it sideways. When done, run fingers through hair to combine curls. I don't spray, but if you know your hair needs it, a light mist should do the trick!

As many of you know, I used to be a practicing attorney. I graduated law school in 2013 and have been doing some version of practicing law since then. Late last year, I was offered a position to work for a startup. I was approached with the question, "Do you want to keep practicing law or do you want to try something new?" I had been struggling with whether or not I waned to keep practicing but I'm a creature of habit and switching jobs was terrifying to me. Adam and I sat down and really talked it out. We talked about our future goals, both personally, financially and with out family. We talked about how this would change my life for the good and bad. And at the end of the day, his whole goal, he wants me to be happy and do what I want. After we found out we lost the baby, life kind of changed for me. Priorities shifted and my ego that was telling me I had to stay a lawyer quickly dissipated. I knew I wanted a change. This new position allows me to work from home, have a little bit more flexibility and overall is a great change. I am the Director of Content and Sales for the startup. I'll let you guys in on more details once we launch, which is soon!

Patience, a love for dogs, wine, a kennel and a partner to help you with the animals. I've had Henry since I graduated college. I am very used to life with a small dog who listens to pretty much everything I say. He's tiny, can travel with us and is so dang good. Enter Lola. My 30 pound wonder. She's so hyper, loves to exercise, is super emotional and is the sweetest dog.

My tips: 1) Introduce the dogs in a neutral place. 2) Have a partner who loves dogs and will help with the training, walking, feeding and loving on. 3) Have a strong kennel or gate to close them off so you can separate them when necessary (and separate them from you). 4) Stick to your training. Its very easy to let them sleep on the bed or get on the couch, but if you don't want that to happen, you gotta start early, even when they are cute little pups. 5) Reward 6) If you have big pups, exercise them. Built up energy is when they start acting out. 7) Love on them hard. Dogs are the greatest gift ever.

Happy Tuesday friends!! Get excited, Friday's bachelor blog is gonna be amazing. Did you guys watch last nights episode? Crazy town. And, we're just getting started.

Ps. If you have more questions, leave them in the comments! 

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The Bachelor Recap: Season 22, Episode 1 - Blast from the Past

Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Happy Friday friends! I don't know about you, but I am SO glad this week is over. Starting the week on a Tuesday makes the week seem extra long. Throw the husband getting the flu in the middle of it and wham bam it makes for a long week. I am so excited for the weekend. 

Here we go folks, another round of Bachelor recaps. This time? It's a major blast from the past. Need a little update? Arie was the runner up on Emilys season over 5 years ago. She sent him home heartbroken and based on his intro in this season, he's been pining over her ever since. 

In the meantime, Emily has gotten married and had three kids since. We all move on at different paces. Well ladies and gentleman, Arie is back. 

He has a plethora of pretty girls and most of them are older than 20. Thank god because Arie is 36! The good thing about his age is hopefully he's a little more mature and semi knows what he wants. He's still enjoying the nickname 'kissing bandit' so... maybe not. 

In all my years of bachelor watching, I have to say, I like the girls a lot on this season. They all (well more than half) have real jobs, no-one got black out drunk on the first night and no-one cried on the first night until they got sent home. Winning! 

Let's start with the good first impressions -- these are my top 6:

Caroline26. From Florida. Stunning. Realtor. She was the first one out of limo, which is always a great sign. She made a clever “off the market” joke since they're both realtors. I like her. Top 5.

Tia: 26. From Wiener Arkansas and friends with Raven. Their accents are too cute. I have a theory that this town makes gorgeous girls. She's funny, gave him a baby weiner and then joked with the other girls about how stunning and smart the other girls are. Top 8.

Seinne: 27. Long Beach, CA. She is stunning. I loved that she gave him elephant cuff links, it was very sweet. Plus, I loved her dress. She managed to pull off incredibly sexy and class in one dress.

Lauren S: 31. Dallas, Texas. She was eager, sweet and sort of stayed in the background. I have a feeling she is going to be silent attacker. Top 8. I had a friend ask me to find where Lauren's first night dress was from and it's from Reformation. You can find it here

Annaliese: 32. San Mateo, California. Initially I was not amused by her kissing bandit costume but she she came to talk to Arie, I really enjoyed her sweet demeanor. 

Lauren B: 25. Virginia Beach, VA. She was the stunning blonde in the silver dress.  

Runners Up: 

Have you guys seen the meme that Arie looks like Ross. Try not to see it, I dare ya

These are my least favs: 

Chelsea: 29. Portland, Maine. She's a single-mom and really wants to get married. She got out of the limo looking like she wanted to eat him. Not that those are bad things, not what I'm saying, but from jump street, she's already jealous, talking shit on every girl that walks in and is pretty damn catty.  Next.

Kendall: 26. Santa Clarita, CA. She is a taxidermy collector which alone is pretty creepy. Then she showed  Horrible shiny pink dress. 

Jenna: 28. Upland, IN. What’s with the arm movements doing her intro? Then she starts massaging his feet? She is legit all over the place. Either she’s drunk or on something and even Arie thinks she's a little out there.

Bekah M: 22. Fresno, CA. She is a nanny and on her bachelorette info page and on her title on the show, she doesn't show her age. Thanks to buzzed, I found out she is 22. But I have a feeling her age is going to be a major topic and controversy. Then she showed up in a red car. I’m already annoyed by her. 

Adam got the flu this week and I watched late due to the holiday so unfortunately, I don't have much Adam commentary this week. He walked in while I was watching and asked, Is she the villain” referring to Chelsea.  So either he is super intuitive or he was secretly watching upstairs. 

Is it just my TV or do all the girls look airbrushed? Like is there a lady in the back spraying girls? Now that I’m watching Arie make out with all the girls, it’s bringing back memories of the sounds of kissing on Emilys season - blech.

Calling it now --> Chelsea is going to be the girl all the other girls hate and Arie holds a blind eye too until the end when one girl volunteers as tribute to talk shit and finally tell him the truth. Verdict - they both go home. 

Refinery 29 did an awesome piece that Bachelor creepers like me love - all the girls Instagrams. Go stalk and be merry. 

Stop reading now if you don't want spoilers. The following went home this week. 

Only 8 more weeks until we all know their names I want to know how he remembers all their names first night especially the Laurens. 

Girl bye. This week we said goodbye to: Amber, Jessica, Lauren J, Ali, Olivia, Brittane, Bri, Nysha 

PS. I'm thinking of permanently moving Bachelor blog posts to Friday. Thoughts? 

Happy Friday! 

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8 Life Lessons to Live By 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Welcome to 2018! I cannot believe this year is already here. Not gonna lie, I was so ready for 2017 to be over. Don't get me wrong, it was a great year, but it was also a really hard year. And there is something about a new year that creates a sense of a renewed spirit.

I am so ready to get back to my routine, start fresh, start clean. I know, I know, I don't need a new year to have a fresh start but there is something symbolic about the first of the year.

Last year was the first year I gave up resolutions and picked intentions. Last year my intention, my phrase was, "If its not a hell yes, it's a no." I looked at what I want less of and what I wanted more of. It was a decision to chose the things I want and need versus the things I was blah about.

This year, I'm setting goals. I'm creating new intentions.  Call this my vision board for 2018. It's time to set intentions and watch them come true.

The hardest part for me about setting intentions is watching them not come true. Part of my intentions is learning to live those intentions through God's plan. These are my intentions. But I'm walking in to 2018 knowing that Gods plans and intentions are way bigger and better than my own.

Today, my family and I lost a very important man. He's been a mentor, friend and now guardian angel to my family for over 50 years.

During his life, he made it his goal to live by 5 lessons; Be Honest, Work Hard, Have Fun, Be Grateful, Pay it Forward. I learned a lot from him during my life. And today, I'm writing out my 8 life lessons. 8 in 2018.

Accept each season of life as it comes all while knowing the season will change. 
This has been my hardest thing for me to do. It's so easy for me to get bogged down in the middle of a Thursday and forget to look up and see the weekend is only 2 days away. Or get bogged down in a hard month and accept that this too will pass. This year I really want to focus on accepting each season and choosing to learn what I can from that season knowing that it will pass eventually.

Make babies, raise babies, love babies.
This has been a personal goal for a while and here's to watching it come true this year.  This also applies to all the other amazing babies in my life. Nieces, nephews, friends babies. I have a feeling 2018 is going to be the year of the baby.

Someone else's success is not your failure.
This has been on my heart a lot lately. It is so incredibly easy to get bogged down in the success of others and compare it to yours. I work on this daily. Here's to supporting other girls, other guys, other bloggers and instagrammers.

Start each day with a grateful heart. 
Oh gosh, its so easy to wake up with a why me attitude. Why do I have to get up so early? Why do I have to make the bed? Instead, I'm choosing to wake up thinking, I get to go to work. I'm lucky to have a bed to make or dinner to cook for my family. Seeing the positive in the minute tasks is powerful.

Work harder. 
This was something my dad used to say (and still says) to me all the time. He used to tell me, "You may not be the valedictorian of your class, but you can always be the one who works harder." At the end of 2017, I started a new job with so many new challenged and this year I'm pushing myself to always work harder. Work harder than I did yesterday, work harder than my co-worker, work harder than myself.

It's never too late to start again. 
This goes to everything. Did you have a crappy day? Start again tomorrow. Did you have a bad hour? Start again next hour? Was the blog post bad? Write a better one tomorrow. Jump in, start again, stop waiting for something or someone to create your future, your goals, your life. Keep moving forward.

Be intentional. 
This whole post is about creating intentions and sticking to them, but what about being intentional. I desire to be intentional with my relationships, my friends, my jobs. I crave relationship. I crave closeness to people. I desire intentional time. I desire intentional moments.

Chose kindness. 
Being kind is so much easier than being mean. Spread kindness, show kindness, speak kindness. It's incredible what one small token of kindness can do for someone. Life is hard enough, don't be mean.

Happy 2018 friends! Let's make this year the best year.

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