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Sometimes we need a little extra something to keep us going. I love words and I think I have an obsession with beautiful ones. I am inspired at different times of the day, at many locations and by wonderful people. My mood can be changed after reading a great quote or seeing something pretty. My quotes are a direct reflection of what I see around me. I can feel empowered, inspired and happy after reading or writing just a few words.

A Battle He Will Win

So often in life we are faced with difficult situations. Most of them we overcome, some of them set us back and a few of them almost ruin us. But with each heart breaking, soul shattering, life changing event we push forward. On Saturday, we got the news that my best friends husband was diagnosed with cancer. A man in his twenties diagnosed with a disease that devastated their family and friends. After a long week of waiting for those results, my stomach sank when I saw her text message. You never really think that tragedy will strike in your circle. My group of friends on the other hand has faced some pretty serious tragedies over our 16 year friendship and yet again one of us will battle through something so awful that it’s hard to put into words. My friend’s husband is a man you can only dream that your best friend will find. When I gave my maid of honor speech at her wedding I had little flashes of their future as I read the words that came so easy to me when I wrote them. A specific part stands out now… “A girl can only hope that her best friend finds a man that puts her first, treats her like the amazing woman she is and values everything they have together. I know that Joey is that man for Michelle. I admire him for choosing such a spectacular woman to live his life with. And I am so proud of her for finding someone who is just as spectacular.” And now, just 7 months after this amazing day, this spectacular couple will face the biggest challenge of their lives. They will have to fight cancer together and although he is the one diagnosed, she will fight just as hard until he’s cured.

I’m an optimist and I think he is too. He will give everything he has to beat this and continue being the amazing father, husband, son, brother and friend that he is now. This moment in their lives will not define them but it will strengthen them. There is no other option but to get through it and when that happens, the appreciation for life and love will be greater than ever.

He couldn’t have a more perfect person by his side as he goes to war against cancer. She is the one you want in your corner and the one whose experience and strength will prove imperative. She will stand when he can’t, smile when he needs a reminder of how important it is to fight and she will love him more and more each day so that he never feels like giving up.

With their wonderful families and the friends that he has had his whole life, this tragic situation will soon only be a memory of a tragic situation. This will be a chapter in the beginning of their book. A chapter followed by so many more that it will eventually be a story told to their grandkids about how this strong man defeated cancer and everything that came with it.

It hits so close to home for too many people and although they didn’t expect it, they will rise to the challenge in order to defeat it.

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I pray for them and for everyone else fighting this same fight.

Xo,

Chelsie

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Give up. Don’t. Now keep going.

I blow my own damn mind weekly but lately I second guess every move I make and I’ve turned into someone I’m unsure of. Sometimes I just need to remember how freakin awesome I can be. This was a good reminder. Working a 9-5 has been great for our bank account but it’s put a serious damper on my creativity, drive and confidence. I never planned on living this life but when everything gets real you sometimes have to slow it down and do what you have to do to be comfortable. But comfort is short lived when the desperate need to create and inspire comes crashing back into your life. I look in the mirror and I’m shocked at what I see. I’ve chosen an easy path, one that was necessary but now I just feel complacent. I don’t have the energy or the desire to work on things that I used to. Things that I’ve dedicated so many years to already. On Monday I’m ready to give up and I convince myself that a convenient life is better. And then by Thursday I’m back to wanting it all and willing to do whatever it takes to get it. I’m on an emotional roller coaster and I haven’t been able to get off. I have dreams that overwhelm me. Can I do it? I’ve already wasted too much time. Is this really what I want to do? Maybe I should just do what so many others do. When will I be able to pick a side and dedicate 100% to it?

Random thoughts on a Monday night… Remember what I said about Monday. This one happens to be a bit different. I guess you could say I blew my own damn mind tonight.

Xo, Chelsie

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29 Years Of…

I’m turning 29 next week and I’ve been thinking a lot about what has happened in my 29 years of life.  I have seen some amazing things, felt some of the best feelings, experienced some of the worst tragedies and I’m fortunate enough to still be here and be happy.  My childhood was a great one, my teen years were pretty normal, my early twenties were hard and my late twenties were fantastic.

I was raised to be independent. I was told never to settle. I watched happy, hard working and loving parents raise two happy, healthy and adventurous little girls.  I was given a solid foundation to build whatever kind of life I wanted. I was encouraged to dream and chase those dreams until they became a reality. I was told I was worth it and I’ve never doubted that.

I have traveled in small doses but it has been enough to keep me content. I have witnessed beautiful love stories and I’ve experienced  tragic endings. Death has been something I’ve known too well but I’ve also watched many live life as if death would never catch them.

I’ve known heartache. I’ve seen betrayal. I’ve spent nights crying myself to sleep. I’ve let people go.

I’ve known love and I have been blessed to have found the true love of my life. I married a man who admires me, believes in me, pushes me, lives for me and knows that I am his equal partner in this life we are living together.

I’ve known phenomenal human beings and I continue to meet more that change the way I see myself, the world and humanity in general.

I have seen angels. I have felt God. I have wished for more knowledge and understanding. I’ve been taught that my mind will never be able to hold what my heart and soul already do.  I have had my faith tested and I still believe in miracles.

I have failed at many things but I’ve succeeded at many more. I still want children and I want to grow old with A.A Prince.  I want to watch my parents with their grandchildren and I want those children to learn the lessons I’ve learned.

I want to see more, do more and be more.  I guess the real point is that I have lived 29 years of real, passionate, meaningful life. My 29 years have been important and for that I am grateful and excited as I spend the last year of this decade admiring the ones that came before it and preparing for the ones to follow.  Here’s to 29… the last of the twenties, the prep for the thirties and the realization that a lot has happened and that there’s so much more to come.

Xo,

Chelsie

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15 Ways to be More FABULOUS in 2015

As I thought about my new years goals and what I wanted to change in 2015, there was one common theme.  I want to be more Fabulous!  Now what fabulous means… that’s were it gets tricky.  The definition of fabulous is: of an incredible, astonishing, or exaggerated nature.  I think being fabulous is an entire way of life.  It’s the way you think, act, react and live. It’s the way you take care of yourself, carry yourself and believe in yourself.  It’s intelligence, it’s beauty, it’s positivity.  It’s doing what you love and loving what you do.  I decided to come up with 15 ways to be more fabulous in 2015 and I wanted to share them with all of you.  Every year I work on becoming a better version of myself and this year in particular, I’ll work on making my life absolutely fabulous.

These are 15 things that I have chosen for myself. Some are about appearance because lets be honest, feeling good about the way you look does wonders for your confidence. Some are character building because doing a little soul searching is what everyone needs. And others are for creating a more well rounded me!

1. Take more weekend trips- Trips rejuvenate us and also give us something to look forward to. My husband and I live very busy lives.  Sometimes we forget about the importance of just being.  So we have decided that every other month we will take a weekend trip to get away and be with each other.  Every time we’ve done this in the past we have renewed the passion, love and fun in our relationship.  This year we will make an extra effort to spend time away together.  The months that I don’t go away with my husband, I will go away with my girls. Whether it be for a night or two, I want to spend some quality time with them.  We are wives and/or mothers and we are busy with work.  We miss each other and I vow to do the girls nights and sleepovers because I’m a happier person when I do.  My friends and sister are my true soul mates and our time together is never time wasted.

2. Try new kinds of fitness- I’ve been a runner for two years now.  I have spent the majority of my fit life, running and running and doing more running.  After running a marathon in November 2014, I’ve decided that this year I’m stepping back from long distance (although weekly runs are still on my schedule), I’m trying new things. Yoga, kick boxing, spinning, weight lifting and more are on my agenda. I encourage this in everyone because it is so easy to get bored with your fitness routine. The key is to mix it up so you continue to stay excited and look forward to what’s next.  Take classes with your friends, go on hikes, create new challenges and goals. Fitness is a must if you want to live a fabulous life.

3. Keep your nails done- Often when people think about nice nails they think about nail salons and pricy manicures but that doesn’t have to be the case.  You can give some TLC to your nails all on your own.  I feel like nails can give you a little glimpse into someones life. Plain nails can indicate the natural type or the too busy type.  Nails that are chipped can say “I once cared but now I don’t. I’m too lazy to fix the problem so I just won’t.” There’s just something about a well manicured hand that screams fabulous!  Everyone can see your hands.  You look at them every day.  Take care of them. Pamper them and for goodness sakes, beautify them! Whether it be a simple mani with a natural color or nail-tastic bright color that puts you in a good mood, just keep your nails done.  I go through phases with my nails.  I’ll go months without any polish or cuticle care.  Then I’ll be obsessive over it all.  This year, I’m making it a part of my bi weekly routine to pamper my nails.

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4. Take extra care of your hair and skin- Hair can really take you from feeling average and dull to extraordinary and fabulous.  A good head of hair can do wonders for your confidence.  It can be one of the most important accessories you have.  So cut it regularly, stay up on your color if that’s what you do, and wash it!  (There’s nothing worse than greasy hair and parts on it’s own.) Style your hair instead of always putting it up in a bun or ponytail. Curl it or straighten it or braid it or enhance the natural characteristics that make it so unique. But above all else, nurture it. I have never been daring when it comes to my hair.  I’ve been boring. I’ve waited too many months between coloring and cuts, and the gray hair and split ends are proof. 2015 will be different for me. Another important aspect of our confidence is our skin. Many of us have problems with ache, wrinkles and/or dark spots. Some of us are luckier and don’t struggle with these things as much.  Whatever your skin is like, do what you need to do to preserve its beauty and health. Drink water, eat well and find the products that work for you. This year I plan to get facials and spend more time researching the products and foods that will work to keep my skin beautiful. I’ll also be trying a few home remedies from this great article.

5. Focus on preventative health- Too many people wait until something goes wrong to really look at their health.  Are you living a healthy lifestyle?  I’m not talking about running miles everyday and eating a salad for dinner every night.  I’m talking about overall health.  Are you going to the doctor for check ups?  Do you see your dentist every 6 months?  Are you feeding your body well?  Are you controlling your stress levels?  Are you getting enough physical activity as well as sleep?  All of these things are so important and they do wonders for the way we feel about ourselves.  So try thinking more about preventing illness and injury this year.

6. Read books about fabulous women- Embrace aspects of their lives. Be inspired by their stories. Find pieces of their style that you can recreate in your wardrobe. Learn about their struggles and how they overcame them. And most importantly, appreciate the fact that they were and are fabulous women! Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, Eve Ensler, Marilyn Monroe and Carrie Bradshaw are a few of my favorites.

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7. Gain perspective- So many of us live in our own little world.  One in which we are used to our routine and our lives.  There is so much out there for us.  So many people to meet, stories to hear, places to travel and volunteering to do.  I encourage it all. Talk to a stranger and listen to their story. Go somewhere and see something you haven’t yet. And go out and help someone. In the end perspective helps build character and it makes us appreciate our lives.

8. Surround yourself with Fabulous people- You are who you hang out with right?  Encourage positive attitudes and lead by example.  Find people who share your mindset and goals. Talk about the appeal of hard work and success. Give compliments and help make others feel confident about themselves. Share vacation ideas, restaurant reviews and new life enhancing ideas that have worked for you.  But be careful not to be forceful or obnoxious.  No one likes someone who tells others how to live their lives.

9. If you are a dog person, make them fabulous too- Love them, train them, treat them to good food, dress them in pretty things (if you like that kind of thing).  Your animals are a big reflection on you.  If they are well behaved and well groomed that says something about their owner.  Dogs make our lives better so we should make their’s fabulous.

10. Wear more Pearls- There’s no explanation for this. Pearls are just FABULOUS! They can make any outfit a little more Fab.

11. Update your panty/pajama wardrobe- Throw out the old underwear and your grandma pajamas and replace them with a few pairs of grown woman, sexy sheik and flirty fun.  I am so guilty of holding onto underwear that have a hole, are faded or that I’ve owned for half a decade.  “They still do the job” is my way of thinking, but I don’t feel sexy or fabulous in those old pairs.  And my pajama game is weak.  Old sweat pants, t-shirts and many pairs of flannels that have shrunk and are now high waters!  They are horrible.  My husband really loves them, sike!  I just went through my drawers and through out all my old stuff. We all should pick up a few pairs of new panties. Add a new pajama set to your drawer every once in awhile. Slowly, or quickly, let go of all that old crap.  You are a grown and fabulous woman and your intimates should show that!

12. Spend time on your HOME- This is the place where you spend much of your life.  You sleep there, eat there, love there and relax there.  It should be a place that reflects your style.  It should be a place you’re proud of.  Your home is yours and it should look like you.  Decorate to show your personality. Keep it clean and organized. Create comfy rooms that you look forward to being in. Hang pictures, add color, find unique pieces and most importantly make it a place that helps you live better.  I love Home Goods, Target and Hobby Lobby for my home decor.

13. Eat great food in amazing places- Experience the food of different cultures. Dine in pretty restaurants, sit in unique coffee shops, go somewhere just to eat something you’ve never tried before. No matter if you love it or hate it, the experience will be worth it. Remember the tastes and textures. Take in the color and presentation. Enjoy it with the best of company.  Food is a fabulous part of life and it should be enjoyed with good drinks and better people.

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14. Learn how to do what YOU want- A very important lesson that many of us need to learn and embrace is to say NO. If you don’t want to go there or do that, then don’t. Say No when something doesn’t interest or benefit you. Say No when you’re not in the mood to be around those people. Say No when someone suggests something to you that you don’t like. Just say NO whenever you feel the need to.  So many of us are yes people. We try to help everyone, make them happy, look like superwoman, be easy going, spend time doing what others want us to do. You should always be #1 to you! Period.

15. Save Money- This is probably the most important thing on this list.  I know I’ve listed some things that require spending but the amount of spending is strictly up to you.  There are so many blogs and people out there that show you how to be fabulous for less. I saw this on a friend’s Instagram recently: Shout out to @polishedpractical_style

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Her comment included this quote: “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means. -Calvin Coolidge.”  People who save money are responsible.  They are conscious of their futures, the emergency situations that can arise and the fact that they are the only ones who can create a secure life for themselves. Someone who has it together and doesn’t try to live a lifestyle that they can’t afford, is someone to admire. Responsibility with a little risk is Fabulous in my book!

So there they are. 15 things I’m working on this year to be more fabulous than ever before.  This is my last year in my 20’s and I plan on going into my 30’s with a FABULOUS bang!  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for the new year.

Xo,

Chelsie

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End of September… What’s Next?

We will only live 2014 once.  I will only be 28 one time.  There will be things that happen to me in the next few months that will never happen again and I fully intend on enjoying each moment and appreciating the little things. How about you?

I can’t believe how fast September has flown by.  Now I’m starting to think about what I want to accomplish during the last few months of this year.  Have you thought about it yet?

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I always get a little anxious as the last few months of the year start rollin in.  I start to question what I’ve done and all the things I still need to do.  I try to reminisce about the amazing things that took place this year and I hope that I really soaked in the moments that matter.  When I look back at past years I’m disappointed by some, I’m encouraged by others and I question a few as well.  I believe that life gives us ups and downs so that we find who we’re meant to be.  I believe that my life has taken a certain route because I’m well on my way to becoming who I was always meant to be.  I still haven’t figured out who she is yet, but I’m happy to say I’ve let go of the constant questioning.  I’m confident that I’ll make the right decisions for me, my company, my family and future family when the time comes.  Health, happiness and success have challenged me this year but I’m glad to say that I’m still healthy, happy and successful despite minor set backs.  Just another couple of mountains to climb.

So as we end another month, what are you doing for yourself in the next 3?  Will you accomplish something great?  Will you do something for yourself you’ve never done before?  Will you make some good decisions that lead to a great next year?

Whatever you do, I hope you do it with purpose.  I wish you a beautiful last 3 months of 2014 and I hope you find something, someone or some place that makes this year one of your best!

Xo,

Chelsie

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Unknown Path

I used to be scared of the unknown. Now a days I find myself running towards it. New places, unfamiliar people and almost impossible challenges are what I’m drawn to. I want to experience all that I can while I can so I often choose the unknown path simply to see where it takes me. Have you considered the unknown?

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Just some Wednesday morning thoughts…

Xo,
Chelsie

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When Life Sucks!

I’d say I’m a pretty positive person and I often say that life is a beautiful thing that we shouldn’t take for granted. But what do you do when certain parts of your life just suck?!  You count your blessings and for the most part things are okay but there are those moments, those people, those insecurities, those failures that just wont leave you alone.  You can’t shake the negative thoughts.  You spend shorts periods (or long periods) of time sulking in your own misery. Your relationships might suffer.  Your productivity might go down.  Your mood is constantly changing and you have a hard time gaining control.

LIFE…. Whether the big things go wrong or the little things don’t go right.

Sometimes it really just sucks.  It’s confusing and often times annoying to feel such sadness, anger and anxiety about how it will all turn out.  I’m a realist.  I know that my life is pretty wonderful.  But I still have my days and those days are no fun.  Things don’t always happen for me the way I want them to.  I’ve experience hard times.  I’ve known the pain of a broken heart.  I still struggle with acceptance.  I’m constantly looking for ways to pull myself out of the depths of my own despair but it’s nice to share thoughts, opinions and advice on what to do when life just simply sucks.  Sometimes I feel like I’m being dramatic but then I look at the situations I’m in or the people who still affect my emotional stability and I know that dramatic isn’t the word to describe my feelings.  I know that many of you have felt this way as well about your own personal experiences and your own life.

My best medicine right now is running and a little bit of writing, (hence this blog post)  I’d love to hear about yours. Please share with me what you do when things go left and any other encouraging words you have for others who experience those times in life as well. Sometimes it’s just nice to hear the words of others who feel something similar to you.

-Chelsie

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