Inspiration for the New Year (and Decade)

Cheer’s to the New Year & Decade! May it be your BEST one yet!

 

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No matter where you are today or what you may be thinking, today symbolizes a fresh new start and opportunity. Today is the FIRST Monday of not only the year, but of the new decade! We could sit and grumble over the fact that it’s “Monday”, but let’s face it…we all need to look outside of the box from time to time and see things from another perspective. I’m here to offer just that and a bit of inspiration to boot!

 

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Whether you’re smashing your new year goals so far without the slightest bit of hesitation or grimace or you’re in serious need of a pick-me-up and ready to throw in the towel. You’re not alone!

 

Everyone has their own specific and personal goals in mind for what they’re bringing to this new chapter in their life and once again (the new decade). Hey, that’s pretty exciting stuff and you should be excited about it, too!

If there is one thing I love, it is to bring inspiration and cheer to others. No, I may not be able to say that I have walked in your shoes or felt what you’ve felt, but empathy is not lost on me and I, too, have had my share of grief in this life.

 

So cheer up, Momma!  You’re going to kick ass in this new season of your life & make your dreams come true!

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Whatever the past decade has dealt you, don’t be afraid to reshuffle your deck!

 

 

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There is so much beauty in your life and though it may be hard to see it now, the storms will begin to clear and the sun will come out again! Take heart in knowing you aren’t alone in your troubles or fears and you’re truly blessed to wake to see another day. Yes, your life is probably sometimes a crazy mess, but in the end you will see all of your beautifully broken pieces mended together in a masterpiece!

 

 

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It’s okay to take time and just breathe. Just be in the moment and not worry about the things that need to get done. Take time to relax and recharge your batteries and indulge in self-care. Because that is so very important to making everything else fall into place.

 

 

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LIVE. CREATE. SPEAK. HUG. SMILE. HOPE. LAUGH. SEEK. INSPIRE. LOVE.

 

 

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Sometimes not getting what you want may seem disappointing in the beginning, but can turn out to be your biggest blessing in the end. Not all roads are meant to lead you to your final destination. So enjoy the detours along the way!

 

 

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Get your creativity flowing again and reignite your passion. Whether it be writing, drawing, painting, singing, etc. Today is your day and this is your sign! Get started!

 

 

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You got this, girl! There will be speed bumps along the way, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals and making your dreams come true! Rome was not built in a day! Every time you quit and start over, you’re only delaying your own progress in life.

 

 

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Do something great today that your tomorrow self will thank you for!

 

 

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Thank your past self for the lessons learned and tell your future self you’re ready!

 

 

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Thinking outside the box is crucial. There is a reason they say old ways won’t open new doors. Don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit or even to reinvent yourself.

 

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I believe it! The question is, do you? And what are you willing to do to bring your dreams to fruition?

 

 

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Grab the bull by the horns and look the devil in the eyes and while you’re at it, punch today in the face! This is your time to shine and you will succeed because you’re crazy enough to think so! Let’s make it happen. I’m ready! Are you?

 

 

 “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” —Neil Gaiman

Practical Tips for Thriving as an Introverted Mom

I have been a mother for nearly 12 years and I have learned so much about myself during these years. However, I have always known that I was introverted. That was never a doubt or question in my mind. Raising my three children (who each have their own unique personality – a mix of future introverts & extroverts) has been extremely enlightening on so many levels.

 

I grew up being the quiet child that was labeled as shy or weird. I would watch as most of the other children would go on about their day without a care in the world. Laughing as loudly as they wanted without fear of looking silly or obnoxious.

Being an introverted person is different for every introvert and how they interact with the world is just as unique. However, being an introverted mom/parent can be even more challenging to maneuver in today’s society. I don’t mind being introverted. It’s where I draw most of my strength on my ability to inwardly think and process without the disruption of the outside world.

Before I share with you what has worked for me, I’d like to acknowledge that being a mother is wonderful, hard and a never ending learning experience. It doesn’t take away anything from being a mom whether you’re an introverted or extroverted mom.

 

Whether you are outgoing or more reserved and laid back, moms are constantly being judged no matter where we turn or what we do. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say we are judged on literally everything! With a fine tooth comb – no less. But, why? No one is perfect and introverts understand this probably better than the rest because we are outside of the box thinkers, dreamers and we can understand and appreciate everyone’s uniqueness, gifts & abilities.

 

 

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PLAN & EXECUTE YOUR QUIET TIME –   It is so very important as a mom to have time to yourself. We are so busy raising the next generation that we forget we are still living ourselves. On top of that, there is the nagging guilt that if we do take time for ourselves we are somehow not doing our job as a mother of always putting our child first.

Just remember that it is impossible to pour out anything from an empty cup. This tip is “plan & execute” for a reason. Because as mom’s we are so quick to “plan” on taking time for ourselves that we forget to actually “execute” that plan and make it happen.

So, take that time for yourself momma. Go grab some coffee and enjoy a quiet trip in the car or crank up those tunes. Take a long hot bubble bath or read a good book in silence. Just remember to relax. Not think about what you should/could be doing or what are the kids doing… They are being kids and to be brutally honest, they are probably not even thinking about you.. So fill your cup momma! Your kids will benefit from a freshly renewed and relaxed mom, and so will you!

 

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UNDERSTAND YOUR LIMITS –   Don’t let anyone make you feel bad because you’re not constantly running up and down the road taking your child from one fun new adventure to the next. Understanding your limits will help you avoid mommy burnout and more than likely your child will appreciate it as well. Kids need rest, too!

It’s okay to simply enjoy each others company and talk and be silly without the need to compare how someone else is raising their kids or maybe you should be more “fun”…

No! Stop it! You are a fun mom. You are amazing. You do awesome things with your kids and you do them on terms and times when you know you’re able and what’s best for your family! 

It’s important to know your limits in life and when to take a break and when to push on further. Once you have a grasp on that and don’t let the voices of others influence you, you will be much happier.

 

 

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LOVE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU’RE AMAZING –   You’re not perfect. No one is. So, love yourself! So what if you’re a little awkward or shy or don’t want to be the center of attention. You’re still amazing and you have so many wonderful gifts to share with your family and the world. And in your own time when you choose to do so.

Forgive yourself when you fall short or when you try too hard to be a perfectionist. Understand that your flaws are what make you so unique and embrace them completely.

Everyone learns things and copes with things differently. Being an introvert just means that you’re going to do things  differently than other’s. It doesn’t mean you’re doing them wrong or not good enough. You just do things to the beat of your own drum and that’s pretty awesome to me.

Don’t be afraid to stand out and be different. Don’t be afraid to try again when you fall. Each gift, talent and unique ability that you possess is what makes you amazing! Use those every day and you will not only be a better mother for it, but you will be a better person for it. It’s a beautiful thing when you can inspire someone else to let their own unique flame burn bright for the world to see.

 

 

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STOP OVERTHINKING EVERYTHING –   This should be interesting considering that introverts are naturally introspective and in-tune with ourselves. Which means we are often times more prone to overthinking. We seem to know when something is wrong with us even if we can’t pin point exactly what it might be.

We know these things because we have spent so much time thinking over each little detail time and time again. But, sometimes we benefit far more from things and certain situations if we just stop overthinking them.

It’s a hard feat to ask, especially from introspective people. Just think of it as learning something new, because who doesn’t like new things? Call it an experiment or whatever it is that you need to do to take your mind off overthinking things from motherhood, friendships, work or home… Just let it go and simply be in the moment. It’s okay!

 

 

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UNPLUG THE WHOLE FAMILY –    Whether your kids are too small to know what technology is or if you have teenagers whose smartphone has grown into a 6th finger on their hands… Make time for the whole family to unplug and spend some beneficial time together.

It can be so easy to let them play a video game so you can have a moment to yourself and trust me, I am not saying don’t do that. I do that plenty. But, there are times when everyone needs to come together as a family and actually interact with each other… (Cue every teenagers eye rolls…)

Social media and technology today has made some incredible breakthroughs, but it does come at a cost to how we interact with people. Especially how we interact with our family and friends. It’s easier now than ever to be so close to someone and yet so distant. To get wrapped up in comparison or the mindless scrolling and we forget that life isn’t on our smartphone. It is what is happening around us while we are busy looking at our phones.

So, get unplugged and start enjoying the things in life that really matters. Your family, friends and the precious time that you are blessed to be able to spend with them. You would be surprised at just how much time you waste (yes, waste!) on social media… It can be fun and sometimes rewarding to engage with technology. Just don’t forget to live your life!

 

 


 

As an introverted mom, I understand life’s challenges and the uphill battle that is sometimes unavoidable. However, I know how rewarding it can be to embrace who you are and the amazing things life has to offer once you’re comfortable in your own skin. Your spouse, kids, friends and most importantly you will benefit so much more by simply being yourself. Introverted or Extroverted or simply somewhere in between, we are all uniquely wonderful with truly amazing gifts and abilities to share with the world. Are you ready?

 

 

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Until next time, Stay Blessed Beautiful Mommies! ♥

 

30 Life Lessons I Learned By 30

I turn 30 in three weeks from today and boy have I learned a lot of things in these (almost) 30 years! Mostly, lessons learned the hard way. Is there any other way? (((sigh)))

 

I can tell you though that many of these lessons often came with huge beneficial gains for me mentally, physically and spiritually. Yet, sadly, sometimes it took learning some hard lessons more than once to really grasp the calamity of it all.

However, as I am quickly approaching thirty and getting ready to leave my twenties behind, I find it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on who I am as a person and just how far I have come from that young woman who entered into her twenties a decade ago.

 

So many lessons learned over these past three decades that I have been blessed to be alive, but in the spirit of “30”, here are thirty life lessons that really made a difference in who I am today and might help you going through something similar at your current stage in life.

 

 

1.) It’s okay to say no  – Those who truly respect and love you will understand.

2.) Get to know the real you – Take time to get to know who you really are. What are your likes, dislikes, goals, dreams. Not just what everyone else is doing. You do you! Trust me, it will pay off!

3.) You cannot make everyone happy – Trying to do so will only bring yourself misery. Not everyone will like you. They aren’t supposed to, and that’s okay!

4.) Having boundaries does not make you bad – It’s quite healthy and necessary and those who have issues with your boundaries do not respect you.

5.) Stand up for yourself – No one else can do it for you and if it costs you certain friendships, jobs or opportunities, then they weren’t worth your peace or your time to begin with.

6.) Forgive others – It’s not for them anyways, its for you and your peace!

7.) Don’t participate in toxic relationships – People will only treat you to the extent of how far you allow them. True friendships and relationships are mutually funded.

8.) Perfection does not exist – Trying to keep up with the Jones’s will only be a waste of your own good life. No one is perfect!

9.) True happiness is not found in material things – Having a nice house and a flashy car is wonderful, but don’t let your self-worth get wrapped up in what big or small material items that you do or do not possess.

10.) Change is inevitable – You can either embrace it or fight it, but change will come regardless and sometimes it can be a beautiful thing!

 

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11.) Be the bigger person – You cannot make everyone see your side of things or your perspective, whether right or wrong. Make peace with it and move on.

12.) Everyone makes mistakes – It’s part of life to make mistakes, but learning from them is a choice.

13.) Invest in your skin – Sure, a tan looks great, but healthy skin looks better! Invest in a proper day and night skin care regimen and your body will thank you for it.

14.) Diet & exercise do matter – Never underestimate how important diet and exercise can be for your health. Although, great for your body, it’s also beneficial to your mind.

15.) Sleep, sleep, sleep – As a life long insomniac this has been a hard lesson for me. Sleep is one of the most crucially important tools in your life and also one of which that controls many more mental and physical functions to boot. So, get that rest! Zzzzz…

16.) Knowledge is power – I say this with absolute humble intention. Reading is not something to do when you’re “bored”. Learning is crucial to your mental development. You’re never too old to learn something new. Now, get out there and explore!

17.) Do not conform – You were born to stand out with your own unique talents. Embrace them! Show your gifts to the world and inspire others to do the same.

18.) Not everyone is your friend – Not everyone who says they’re your friend is truly your friend. Some people seek only to bring you down to elevate themselves and weeding them out can sometimes be a heartbreaking but necessary experience in life.

19.) You cannot control everything –  Go ahead and give up that fantasy notion on being able to control every outcome. Learning to accept things in life especially difficult things is a hard but necessary life experience that everyone has to go through. Take what you learned from that experience and use it to your advantage the next time you’re approached with a similar opportunity and you will be all the wiser for it.

20.) Enjoy the little/simple things in life – It really is those simple moments in life that you will look back on and remember. Not that expensive purchase you made or that big promotion. It’s almost always a special dinner reservation with your significant other or family member. Or a simple and totally unexpected gift you will always cherish not because of its monetary worth, but the intrinsic value in which it holds! No one has ever been able to put a price on something I hold dear with sentimental value.

 

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21.) Stop planning and just do itAnother hard lesson for me being the natural planner that I am and my love to make a map and list for everything, is just do it! Sometimes you simply can’t plan for everything and coming to terms with this can eliminate your need for control and devastation when the outcome isn’t as you expected. Life is passing you by minute by minute, make the most of it and just do it!

22.) Make peace with your past – Everyone has a past and everyone has things in their past that they may not be particularly proud of. Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. You had to have lived what you did in order to know what you do now.

23.) Laugh every chance you get – Life is too short to be anything less than happy. Laugh as often as you can. Experience the silly and free side of life. It costs nothing to laugh and its good for your soul.

24.) Take pictures, but don’t forget to live in the moment – It’s important for me as a mother to capture pictures and video of my children every chance I get. Literally to the point of them thinking, oh my gosh another picture. It’s also equally important for you to be a part of those memories with your children or friends and family. So snap your pic if you must, but then join the fun!

25.) True character always reveals itself – People will always show you who they really are. Just pay attention to how they treat you or respond to you. If they’re always tearing you down to lift their own ego or agenda, then they’re toxic and need to go!

26.) Respect is earned –  This may conflict with some peoples standards, but for me respect is earned. I will respect someones good heart and hard work in life, but to truly respect someone is more than just a word. It’s also a mutually invested concept and feeling. Example: Would you automatically respect someone who held no regard or respect for you? Of course not! My point exactly. Respect. Is. Earned.

27.) Take the risk and go for it – Apply for that job you’ve always wanted or better yet become your own boss if that’s your dream. You will never get anywhere in life if you just sit on the sidelines doing nothing and being scared of what could go wrong. Go for it!

28.) Be yourself –  Be the true authentic version of yourself. Let others get to know the fun, quirky, creative and amazing person that you are. Those flaws that you may be so insecure over may inspire others to have the needed confidence to reach out and inspire someone else as well. Be yourself! Everyone else is already taken. You are the only you and that is your power!

29.) Don’t take criticism to heart – Especially from those who mean it to harm you or try and belittle you. The issue doesn’t lie with you, it’s their insecurities they need to deal with. Show them kindness and compassion and do not respond with ill intentions. Throwing gas on a fire has never solved anything. Take the high road!

30.) Do accept constructive criticism from the wise – It took me many years of having to do things “my way” and failing over and over before realizing that there are some people who truly have your best interest at heart and have only good intentions with helping you by sharing their wisdom and insight on lessons they too learned after many failed attempts in their own lives.

 

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I hope this list helps you in some way and I would love to hear what life lesson’s you have learned. The good and bad…Leave a comment or send me an email!

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How To Stay Focused & Slay Your Goals

Let’s be 100% real for a minute….Time management is an extremely crucial quality to have, and it is really simple to acquire if your goal is truly important to you!

 

Yes, sometimes things are out of our control completely and it makes it impossible for us to get everything (or maybe even just a couple of things) done that we planned to do. Ugh, I know the struggle!

I am a perfectionist to a fault. Meaning that it is both simultaneously my biggest strength and my greatest weakness. Yes, it will be correct! But, it may be delayed because I will go over and over it again with a fine tooth comb until I am completely satisfied with it.

It isn’t because I think I may have done it wrong, it’s because I am trying to do it better. I am constantly trying to improve on something that I haven’t even “finished” to begin with. Can you relate?

As funny and infuriating that this is to me on a daily basis, I have found certain things that help with focusing while allowing me to complete the task at hand quicker and with less distractions.

 

Procrastination & Time Management are two things that never work well together!

 

I often find myself reluctant to begin something simply because I know the amount of pressure that I put on myself with trying to perfect it along the way. So the task becomes paralyzing while I contemplate and overanalyze the infinite amount of ways to complete something, while at the same time sorting through potential solutions to figurative problems to begin with. Sounds crazy, right?  It’s mentally and physically exhausting! And I know I’m not alone!

 

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Here are a few steps that I have found help me to stay focused and slay my goals! 

 

1.) Make A List – A simple list. Lets not overcomplicate things by going into too much detail here. Just a simple list of the things you need to do to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed by trying to multi-task on too many things. Lists create visual accountability and help create a solution for that annoying problematic feeling of  “What was I doing again? or  “What did I need to be doing?”

Stress happens when you become overwhelmed by trying to do too many things at once.

Lists will prevent this! If you stick with them!

Multi-tasking is something that automatically happens when you get in a situation where you need to do two things at once. Most of the time, this is a relatively easy thing to do. For example, talking on the phone while loading the dishwasher or being able to answer calls and take notes. There are times when multi-tasking is nearly impossible for anyone. (If you say it isn’t, I’d love to watch you listen to two different people tell you two different stories while you simultaneously write down both stories accurately.) It can be impossible. So, prioritizing is imperative…

 

2.) Do NOT Overcommit!  – As a reformed people pleaser my entire life, I realize the difficulty this step will bring. Will people hate me because I said no? Will they no longer want to be my friend because I last minute backed out of something for my mental health? Will saying no to adding on another task to my plate make my peers think I am not capable of performing my duties to the best of my ability. The answer to all of these questions and many more is a resounding, NO! On the contrary, taking on too many things at once can be counterproductive and cause more problems in the long run.

Other peoples annoyed perspective of you saying no by not wanting to add more stress on yourself and trying to maintain a healthy mental and physical balance in your life, is not your problem. Frankly, it’s theirs and to their detriment…their loss!!

Making sure you keep your plate in life balanced and not overwhelmed is key in being able to  keep things flowing properly. (Checkout this video Netflix – Dead to Me “Saying No” and watch how empowering it is to say NO to shit that you don’t want to do or just can’t mentally or physically allow yourself to take on!)

Saying no does not make you a bad person! And if those people truly care about you then they will understand.

 

3. Just DO IT! – My least favorite of all, just do it! Why is it my least favorite you ask? Because it calls me out on my BS and forces me to get off the couch and make it happen! You are and always will be your biggest accountability partner. There are no shortcuts to success or no magic pill to lose that extra weight. You have to do it yourself! You have to get up and make it happen! Rain or Shine!

You are your biggest supporter and your worst critic!

The only way to reach your goals is simply by starting! One. Little. Step. And it will add up to your finished goal and you will feel so incredibly proud of yourself. But, it starts by taking that first step. Have you ever noticed how awesome you feel after you finish doing something that you weren’t particularly thrilled about getting up and doing in the first place? Take that past feeling of accomplishment and use it as the needed fuel to take on this next task! You can do it! And I will promise you that it will be worth it!

You are capable of achieving great things in life if you truly believe you can and are willing to put in the long hours and the hard work to make it happen!

 

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Here are some simple items that I always keep in my home office space for a little mood pick-me-up that makes my inspiration vibes thrive:

 

1.) My organizer/planner – I have used Erin Condren planners for years & love them!

2.) Cute pens – They really do help inspire you to write and create those lists!

3.) Colorful highlighters – What better way to add color and happiness to those lists?!

4.) Scented hand lotion – Currently alternating the stress relief and focus lotion from BBW.  So relaxing!

5.) Message board or chalkboard – Keep inspiration everywhere in your life!

6.) Candle or wax warmer – I love it when my room smells fresh and inviting!

7.) My favorite book – Whatever inspirational book that I’m reading at the time.

8.) Mints/Gum – Silly, but effective! Try it!

 

 

At the end of the day, you and only you truly know what works best for you. Because only you know what is holding you back. Too much social media? Too much TV? Whatever your time sucking vice is, it can be beat and you can slay your goals!

 

 

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Until next time, Stay Blessed Beautiful Mommies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream. Create. Inspire.

Everyone has a dream. You will often hear people characterize their dreams by how BIG they are. Well, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I have a small dream”. Dreams are just that…BIG! Each one special in its own way, and just as unique as the person it belongs to. The difference is in how you make them become a reality. What can you create from your dreams, and what is stopping you from getting out there and making it happen? 

 

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Never underestimate the investment that you make in yourself. Life will never get easier, but you will get stronger. In order to manifest your dreams, you must first be able to see yourself at the finish line long before you ever begin the race. Some may disagree, but optimism has a much greater track record for success than doubt ever could. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the negatives. The “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’s” will tear you apart if you let them. Compartmentalize your past mistakes and use them as tools to make better more informed decisions in the future. Life itself will always be your greatest teacher. Enjoy the lesson! “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

 

*Embrace your imperfections. No one is you and that is your power.*

 

Your life is your story and you are the Author. Every single day is a blank canvas for you to create a beautiful new chapter. Yes, sometimes things happen in life that is beyond your control. However, you get to decide how you react and what you do next. Life goes on whether you choose to actively participate in it or not. I could come up with a list of excuses or justifications as to why I shouldn’t do something. Maybe you are waiting for that perfect moment. You know, the one where everything just magically falls into place. I hate to break it to you cupcake, but that moment does not exist. If you wait for life to become perfect before you ever take a chance, then you will miss every single great opportunity that comes your way. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson

 

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

 

Do not wait for opportunity to come knocking on your door. Go out and create it! “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs  That is one of my absolute favorite quotes!

 

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Here is a great article that contains 50 quotes to motivate and inspire you.

 

I’m a sucker for reading quotes. I enjoy absorbing the great words and wisdom from people and era’s before me. Like many others, I am not someone who can come up with an amazing impromptu speech and public speaking absolutely terrifies me. I can, however, always come up with something better that I “should have” said or done. That’s life, right? Some people are better than others at articulating their feelings into words. For example, have you ever read something and thought, that’s exactly how I feel, but that sounds so much better than how I could have said it? It happens to everyone. 

 

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second in every day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax and take it all in. ~Jac Vanek

 

Let your dreams motivate you to create the future that you want to be a part of. Let your creativity shine. Find inspiration from others and become an inspiration to others. Life is a beautiful constant cycle. What are you going to do with the time that you spend in it?

 

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