5 Articles to Make You a Better Dog Owner- National Dog Day

Friday, August 26, 2016 5 comments

Happy Friday, friends, and happy National Dog Day! As a certified #crazydoglady, I was compelled to make today's post fit the bill. Not only do I love showcasing my babies (Bella, Freckles, and Molly <--- My three favorite posts about my dogs), but I also love finding helpful articles that can make all of us better dog owners and that give helpful tips we may not have heard before. And for those of you who don't like dogs....sorry, not sorry (but I still love you).

What A Dead Chicken Taught Me About Gratitude

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9 comments

Have you ever had a moment where seemingly nothing happened, and yet you learned a whole lot about yourself through that "nothing"? Well, I recently had one of those moments- a moment where a dead chicken taught me about gratitude.

There's Always a Bright Side (Mug-spiration Monday)

Monday, August 22, 2016 24 comments

Last week was rough. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I had an old back and hip injury flare up. It kept me from walking by myself the first few days, and it caused a lot of pain when I sat or tried to bend. I was basically bed-ridden. And it sucked!
Being bedridden, relying on my husband to take me to the bathroom so I could pee, and not being able to take a shower for almost a week doesn't sound so fun (and it wasn't), but as I thought about my week, despite my pain, I realized that there were blessings tucked in there too.

A Little Bright Side

I don't sleep in. My body rarely lets that happen. But last week, I slept until 8 or 9 almost every morning. I needed that sleep desperately.
I was also able to relax and just be in my room and read. I haven't done that in quite some time either. 

And believe me, I know that those seem like small things, but I am thankful for them. Just because I was in pain doesn't mean good things couldn't happen. There's usually a bright side if we just take the time to look, ya know?

So Go Ahead. Look.

If you have something difficult going on in your life, how do you usually handle it? Do you cry, do you throw things, do you call your best friend and vent about it? Those are all understandable and normal responses, and I react similarly.

Oftentimes, I will get really worked up, call my mom or hubby, and complain about whatever is going on. I also tend to get super-dramatic and think worse-case-scenario... because anxiety is my super-power. But those reactions don't accomplish anything good. They just make me more anxious, grumpy, and worked up. Venting can sometimes be a good thing, but it often turns into telling everyone how awful life is, which is a big load of bull.

Even if your life isn't super-sparkly-awesome at the moment, there is still so much to be thankful for. Think about your loved ones. Think about your home. Think about your job. Think about the fact that you aren't dying from starvation, or dehydration. You are blessed. And think about whatever bad thing is going on in your life right now. Is there something good that has come from it already? Can you see potential good that has the power to come through this situation? Can you see something you may need to learn from? Are you growing and becoming stronger through all of this? All of those are positive things. Even learning a painful lesson is a blessing. And all of those things are a bright side of a hard situation.

There's always a bright side if you just look around.

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Using Social Media for Good (Guest Post)

Monday, August 15, 2016 No comments

Happy Monday, all you wonderfuls out there!

Today I am a guest over at Life With Kristie, where I will be discussing how we can use social media for good and positive purposes.

So if you've ever found yourself thinking, "why is everything in my feed sooooooo negative?" (and let's be real, everyone has thought that), then this is the post for you!

I want to give you guys ideas for being the positivity that you wish you were already seeing on social media! You don't need to wait for someone else to post something uplifting. You can do that on your own.

So head on over to Life with Kristie and read my newest post, "Using Social Media For Good".

And speaking of positivity, don't forget about the #thebeautifultreasures movement which is all about recognizing the beauty we have regardless of any flaws or imperfections. Check it out on Instagram and join the movement!

The Problem with Bossiness

Friday, August 12, 2016 8 comments

If you were to come spend and evening with me and my husband, Taylor, I'd give it about an hour before you started to realize something about me: I am sooooooo bossy!

Why We Need to Be Fed By God in Order to Help Others

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 15 comments

Have you ever met someone who sucks the life out of you? You know, the one who you keep trying to help but they never take your advice, only care what you have to say if it's exactly what they want to hear, and yet they keep coming back. They keep "needing you help".

If you're anything like me, there comes a point when you are torn between self-sanity and self-sacrifice. Do you keep pushing forward trying to help someone that seems like a lost casue? Or do you let yourself take a breather and not allow that person to burden you or take advantage of you any longer?

Why Are You Afraid?

Monday, August 8, 2016 10 comments

Happy Mugspiration-Monday, friend! I hope you are feeling good this morning and ready to take on the day, and I hope you're having some strong coffee as you read this- because #coffeeisimportant.

I hope your day is full of ambition, accomplishments, and joy. I hope that today you feel encouraged and ready to take on the world! But sometimes, we just don't feel like that. Sometimes, we are scared. Sometimes we feel afraid that we will never be the person we want to be. We are afraid of failing.