August 26, 2016

I can’t say I am 100% a morning person, but I tend to love the feeling of a fresh start and a new day. I have my own morning routine, and I thought I’d share with all of you today.

1. Wake up around 5:30 a.m. 
Ideally I give myself about 30 minutes to wake up, brew a cup of coffee in my Keurig, and either write or read blogs posts. I also love to read my “Jesus Calling” devotional in the morning and I will journal my prayer for the day. If you don’t write your prayers, I strongly encourage you too! It’s a great way to start my morning.

2. Shower. 
I always shower in the morning (and at night). It helps me to wake up and I just feel refreshed and ready for the day.

3. Moisturize & Make up. 
In total, my moisturizing and make up routine can take between 10 to 20 minutes. If I am doing lighter make up that day, then it can take closer to 10. I wash my face in the shower, so I don’t have to worry about that. I moisturize with Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar and that always does the trick for me. I have very oily skin, so a little moisturizer goes a long way. If I have a blemish or break out, I will apply the Clean & Clear Rapid Clearing Gel on my problem areas and then moisturizer. I always apply primer by Becca since it helps control oil throughout the day. I will then apply my make up.

4. Hair.
After my shower, I brush through my thick curly hair and wrap it in a towel. If I am straightening my hair that day, then I use a blow dry balm by Tresemme, Moroccan Oil by Garnier Fructis, and then blow dry and my hair and use a flat iron. If I am going curly that day I add a bit of mousse to the ends. I am in desperate need of a hair cut lately, so my hair is usually up by the end of the day anyway.

5. Get dressed.
I don’t plan my outfits ahead of time, but I rarely have trouble putting something together. This probably takes the least amount of time.

6. Out the door by 7:20 a.m. 
I carpool with my roommate to work, or sometimes we’ll drive separately if one of us has to work later than the other. We have about a 40 minute commute. We have A LOT of school traffic in the mornings, so we try and head out early to beat the traffic and delays. We also won’t get a parking spot at the college if we run too far behind.

7. Breakfast. 
Sometimes we will leave early enough to run by Starbucks first, or we’ll go by Krispy Kreme, Chick-Fil-A, or McDonalds. It’s not the healthiest breakfast, but we don’t do it everyday. Sometimes I am happy with a bowl of cereal at home, or some instant oatmeal.

That is my morning routine, folks! What did you think? Too much? Too little?

Happy Friday, xx!


August 22, 2016

I have always loved stationary and I have always been a fan of a hand-written note. There are so many things to be thankful about and when I feel the gratitude in my heart, I take it to the paper. Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, child or family member, saying “Thanks” never goes out of style. That is why I absolutely LOVE these thank you cards from Tiny Prints. Not only are they obviously beautiful in the outside, but they perfectly showcase the thankfulness I feel on the inside.

 Tiny Prints was so gracious in sending me a pack of their thank you cards, envelopes, envelope inserts, and mailing labels.

When I opened the package, I nearly squealed with JOY. Tiny Prints never disappoints!

These gold polkadot envelope inserts have an adhesive strip that you can easily peel so it will adhere to the envelope with ease. When your friend, or co-worker opens the envelope it’s like a little surprise inside. It’s details that really show someone you care!

The gold foil stamp is TO.DIE.FOR. and I cannot get enough.

Now, let’s talk about this floral. The colors are gorgeous and it’s perfect for any season. If you are in the market for beautiful stationary, go to Tiny Prints and place your ORDER! You will not be disappointed. You can customize your stationary with your name or monogram, which hello, is super adorable. You will never feel like buying regular stationary again!

Here is how to make your stationary more personal:

1. Include your name or monogram.
2. Purchase mailing labels to beautifully showcase your name and address.
3. Use envelope inserts to give your card that extra POP!
4. Use high quality beautiful pens, or maybe even take a calligraphy class to elegantly address your envelope.
5. Always include something from the heart. Being kind, showing gratitude, and expressing thoughtfulness is always personal!

Now, go get your stationary and write some notes!


August 20, 2016

If you have been around these parts for a while, you may know that I work at a University. Being in a learning environment everyday can be inspiring. Young people learning and chasing their dreams can make me want to re-evaluate my own dreams on occasion. Since I was young I have had an interest in Psychology. I am fascinated by how the mind works and how our minds affect literally everything about our day to day life. How we think affects how we behave and how we behave affects our environment around us. It can literally go on forever...

Lately, I have really been thinking about going to school to pursue my Ph.D. I am thrilled at the thought of being a “doctor”, but more than that, I am thrilled with the thought that this would lead to what I have always wanted to do - counseling. Counseling families and couples would be right up my ally. I have always had a significant interest in relationships, the dynamics of the relationships, and how they function. All of us are flawed, no doubt, but helping better relationships just makes my heart pitter-patter.

I know the sacrifice would be worth it, but it would also be hard. Working full time and going to school full time is no easy task. There is so much reading, studying, and writing that would need to be done. How can I find time to do it all? How can I be a woman who wants it all, and still get adequate sleep?

I have gone over the reasons why I want to, but I have to be honest in saying that there are some cons on that list. The amount of debt that I would accrue alone makes me cringe. But, I also have to be realistic about the fact that a terminal degree would lead to a higher pay grade. I could actually supplement my income by teaching and counseling. If I get licensed by the state, I could start my own counseling practice, whether it be inside or outside the church.

If you have any tips, advice, or thoughts at all, please leave them below! I am so torn, it would be nice to have some feedback!

Enjoy your Saturday, xx!