Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reminders for My First Year


Well, today's the day! Today I'm starting my first year of college. I can say with all honesty that I never thought I would make it to this point. I spent so many years going back and forth with this decision, never knowing if it was the right option for me. I realize now that I was only holding myself back because my fears were bigger than my faith (in God + in myself). I just wanted to take some time to share a few pieces of encouragement not only with myself, but with anyone who is in the same boat as I am. Really, for anyone who is about to embark on a journey of any kind be it going back to school, tackling a new career endeavor, or working hard to accomplish a goal you have set. Whatever the case, I hope that these little reminders help you along the way.


T R U S T  G O D  +  T R U S T  T H E  P R O C E S S

YOU ONLY FAIL WHENEVER YOU STOP TRYING

YOU ARE TOO SMART TO BE THE ONLY THING STANDING IN YOUR WAY

N E V E R  U N D E R E S T I M A T E  T H E  P O W E R  O F  A  P O S I T I V E  M I N D S E T

GROWTH IS UNCOMFORTABLE BUT IT'S ALWAYS WORTH IT

REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP

I F  Y O U  G E T  T I R E D  ,  L E A R N  T O  R E S T  ,  N O T  Q U I T

THE STRUGGLE YOU'RE FACING TODAY IS DEVELOPING YOU FOR TOMORROW

BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU HAVE WHILE WORKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT 

D E C I D E  T H A T  Y O U  W A N T  I T  M O R E  T H A N  Y O U  A R E  A F R A I D  O F  I T

Monday, August 14, 2017

Little Letters // August


So, I probably should have joined in with Kristin (from Taz + Belly) for this little link-up on Friday along with everyone else, but oh well. Better late than never, right?

Dear RAINY WEATHER, it's time for you to leave now. I'm serious. I know I shared my appreciation for you last month, but enough is enough. We need a break to dry out from your daily visits. I feel as though I have been trapped indoors, with the exception of a few days, for over a month. Cozy rainy days have lost their luster.

Dear COLLEGE, you better watch out because I'm coming for you and I'm ready to dominate. Well, that is as soon as I conquer this increasing nervousness that I've been experiencing as my first day creeps up.

Dear THE OFFICE, thank you for always making my husband and I laugh our butts off. There's not a day that goes by when I don't reference your comical shenanigans in some way or another. All your episodes have been watched twice so far, but we're diligently working on changing that. Round three, let's go!

Dear FACEBOOK, it's been almost two weeks since I decided to cut ties with you. Everyone tried to tell me that I'd miss you, but I don't. I actually feel free. Free from the drama-ridden posts, free from the overly opinionated comments, free from the defensive friends who take every written word to heart, free from the fake portrayals of ordinary lives, free from those stupid game invitations. I can live without you and I intend to do just that.

Dear CHRONIC TACOS, you are a blessing to both my taste buds and my wallet. Delicious tacos that are budget friendly. I know that you and I are going to be good friends. This is the start of a beautiful relationship.

Dear TAE BO, I freaking love you. You really kept me on my toes (or should I say off my butt) every single day last week. I've even dropped a couple more pounds thanks to your sweat-inducing fitness DVDs. I'll do my best to incorporate you into my daily exercise routine in the weeks and months to come!

Dear TARGET CLEARANCE, we've been seeing a lot of each other lately. However, I can't complain because you have given me the opportunity to purchase some items that my budget wouldn't have otherwise allowed.

Dear OPI SUZI NAILS NEW ORLEANS, you are the shade of pink that I have been looking for my whole life the past two years. You are perfect. So perfect that I had to have you for my personal collection.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Top Film Picks · Romance

I have been wanting to start a little series similar to my Top TV Picks (VOL.1, VOL. 2 + VOL. 3), but I knew that I wanted to stick with sharing specific film genres for each post. When I first started compiling a list of my personal favorites for this first genre, I thought that I would only share six with you guys. Well, as you can see, it wasn't that easy. There are too many great movies out there and I refuse to settle on just six. So, with that being said, here are 12 movies (in no particular order) that I've deemed the best as far as chick flicks go!






What are some of your favorite chick flicks?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Visiting Pass-a-Grille Beach

It finally stopped raining long enough to spend a nice day at the beach! On Saturday morning my friend, Esther, and I drove down to St. Pete Beach for the day. There's a small beach community at the southern end of St. Pete Beach called Pass-a-Grille. It was my first time visiting this particular area, but I'm sure it won't be my last. It's such a quaint spot. Thankfully, it's kinda tucked away from all the other tourist-filled beaches. There was still a decent amount of beach-goers, but it wasn't as packed as Clearwater or the surrounding beaches.

It had been a few months since Esther and I had a chance to hang out. Our afternoon was spent soaking up the sunshine, fighting off seagulls, listening to Michael Bublé + Ed Sheeran, frolicking in the warm waves, feasting on yummy Publix subs / wraps, taking too many photos (if there is such a thing), and catching up on all the girl-talk. It was such a great day. I hope to have more beach adventures together in the future. Now, photos!


bathing suit top • Target // bathing suit bottom • Torrid // floppy hat • Walmart